As Bethanne Nemesh admits, the quilts she designs and makes are much more than the quilts one would see on display at the Kutztown Fair.
Her quilts would not be used as bedspreads. They are award-winning examples of quilting that are hung on the wall.
Nemesh, who has a Mennonite background and is familiar with making quilts, has advanced from basic quilting to competing and becoming a prizewinning quilter.
“I am an artist first,” she said.
Nemesh has a degree in art and Master’s degree in art therapy.
Once a month, on the second Tuesday around 3 p.m., Parkland Community Library Senior Book Club meets at Luther Crest retirement community, South Whitehall Township.
On June 12, there were 11 women who met to discuss “Olive Kitteridge,” by Elizabeth Strout.
Lisa Cawley, library reference assistant, led the discussion.
A lively discussion ensued as some loved the book and one lady did not like the book at all.
About half the group members live at Luther Crest.
Lehigh Valley Active Life members and guests celebrated the last day of spring, June 20, with a poetry reading by poet Shirley Binkley of Allentown.
Some of the poems Binkley read were: “Life is a Gift,” “America’s in Distress,” “Adopted,” “A God Moment,” “My Rubber Ducky” and “What if it was Your Child.”
Binkley, who publishes her own poetry, has written 191 poems. Of these, 81 have been published.
Her first book of poems is titled “One Size Fits All: Poetry for Every Mood.”
Binkley is working on her next book.
Once a month, on the first Tuesday of the month, Parkland Community Library gives area residents an opportunity to take part in a program titled, “Technical Tuesday.”
Participants ask questions about their devices, such as smartphones, computers or iPads. These information sessions are held at Luther Crest retirement community, 800 Hausman Road, South Whitehall.
Becky Wanamaker, adult services and programming librarian, is in charge, helping to provide the best advice for those seeking assistance.
Students in grades five through eight recently took part in a two-week long session at Camp Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, where they could spend a week in four classes of their choice.
The classes were not only fun but they helped the students with career exploration.
Some of the choices were Compufun, Cuisinartists, Digital Padawan and Forensic Fun.
There were 21 classes from which to choose.
They were only available in June so look out for the classes next year.
Have you ever wondered how many calories you eat in a day?
Do you question which vegetables are better for you?
Are you thinking about how to lower your caloric intake? How to read a food label?
Stop wondering — at the Giant Food Market, Trexlertown, a nutritionist can answer all these questions and more.
Mary Ann Moylan, RD, LDN, CDE, who had been a hospital dietitian in the Lehigh Valley Hospital for many years, now has an office in the Giant.
Parkland Community Library recently offered science sessions for youngsters in the community.
During the last class in May, they learned how to make “slime.”
Youth Services Librarian Jaclyn Hoimes and Parkland High School student Prachi Soni mixed the ingredients to make the slime.
The participants added a washable glitter paint for color and then mixed it together.
They all wore plastic gloves to work with the slime as it is really sticky in the beginning.
But after working with the mixture for a while, the slime lost some of its stickiness.
This year was the eighth year Cub Scout Pack 12 from Asbury United Methodist Church, South Whitehall, placed almost 600 American flags along Tilghman Street, in the township.
Committee Chairwoman Kris Goorsky said the flags were placed May 23 by Pack members, who range in age from kindergarten to fifth grade.
The line of flags have become a meaningful tribute to the men and women who have served and died for our country.
Teens commemorated Earth Day by making miniature terrariums which they constructed in glass jars April 21 at Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall Township.
Using plants, moss and layers of soil, they carefully put together their own tribute to Earth Day and enjoyed their time at the library.
The first Earth Day was in 1970, when organizers of the day started the environmental movement.
Early in April, Parkland Community Library, South Whitehall, received a dozen eggs from Quiver Farm, Pennsburg.
The eggs were placed in an incubator to keep warm and everyone who visited the library eagerly awaited for them to hatch. They didn’t have to wait long.
By the beginning of the second week, the eggs were hatching and the cute little brown and golden chicks came to life and were placed in a brooder box.
Library visitors were invited to give suggestions for names for the peeps.
The ideas were written on paper chicks and posted in the library.