Asbury United Methodist Church, 1533 Springhouse Road, South Whitehall Township, will be having its fifth annual chili cook-off 5-8 p.m. March 16.
The community is invited to taste 40 chilies from professional, amateur and firehouse chefs and vote for their favorites.
Free-will donations will support the ministries of the Lehigh County Conference of Churches.
Log onto asburylv.org for more information.
Josephine K. Hinkle, 94, formerly of Emmaus, a life-long educator and librarian, died February 5, 2013, at Arbor View, an extension of Willow Valley retirement community, Lancaster. She was the wife of the late James O. Hinkle. Born in Reading she was proud of her Pennsylvania German heritage.
She was the first member of her family to go to college, earning bachelor's and master's degrees in library science, both from Kutztown University. She served as librarian originally at Emmaus High School, and finally at Emmaus Junior High School.
Herman A. Ginder, 85, of Macungie, formerly of Allentown, died February 8, 2013, at Lehigh Valley Hospital, Inpatient Hospice Unit, Allentown. He was the husband of the late Jane F. (Roessler) Ginder. Born in Allentown, he was the son of the late Arthur and Esther (Bowman) Ginder.
He was a carpenter all of his life and worked for Butz Construction Co. for many years where he was a foreman. He was a member of the Carpenter Union #600.
He honorably served his country in the United States Marine Corp. during World War II. He then went on to the Naval Academy from 1947 to 1950.
Stephen Christopher Mohan Sr., 80, of Macungie, died February 9, 2013, in Lehigh Valley Hospital, Salisbury Township. He was the husband of Josephine "Jo" (Pace) Mohan. They celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary June 21, 2012. Born in Newfield, N.J., he was the son of the late John and Helen (Lukowit) Mohan.
PA 2-1-1, which connects people who need help with critical services and volunteer opportunities, is now available in the Lehigh Valley.
The toll-free telephone number offers information and referrals for basic needs, food banks, child and elder care, health services, housing, support groups and more.
Hours of operation are 7 a.m.to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
In addition, 2-1-1 can be integral to the community's crisis response in the event of an emergency, such as flooding, tornado, fire or other tragedy.
For more information, go to uwlanc.org.
Marjorie J. (Appleby) Hoier, 78, of Macungie, wife of the late Julius E. Hoier, died February 9, 2013.
She is survived by children, Eric, Christine; siblings, Phil, Elizabeth; grandchildren, Robert, Madison, Ben, Charlie.
A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday at New Goshenhoppen UCC, East Greenville. Arrangements were made by the Mann-Slonaker Funeral Home, East Greenville.
Harry Norman Traugott, 94, died at Fellowship Manor. He was the husband of Elizabeth Anna Grab Traugott. They were married for 63 years. Born in Rochester, N.Y., he was the son of the late John and Katie Mae Traugott.
He served in the U.S. Army 5th Air Force during World War II in the South Pacific. He was made a lieutenant by General Douglas MacArthur and then served in the reserves as a Lt. Colonel. He received the Victory Medal, Combat Medals, Unit Citation and Purple Heart.
He worked for Curtis Publishing Co. in Philadelphia and later at BMT Publishing Co. in New York.
The 30th anniversary celebration of the Lehigh Valley Chapter, Executive Women International, will be held 6 to 8:30 p.m. March 7 at the Tompkins College Center Dining Hall, Cedar Crest College, Allentown.
The local chapter donates two annual scholarships as part of its assist program to help students who have had to interrupt their education for personal or financial reasons. The chapter also conducts reading rallies at Northeast Ministries, Bethlehem, and donates Christmas gifts to underprivileged families. For information, email jniffer20@ yahoo.com.
Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards have been announced.
Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented at 7 p.m. Feb. 24, Dolby Theatre, Hollywood and Highland Center, Los Angeles, and televised live on the ABC television network.
The person who chooses the most correct number of Oscar recipients receives a $50 Penn's Peak gift card; tickets to movies at the Roxy Theatre, Northampton, a Lehigh Valley Press prize package; and may have his or her photo appear in the Focus section.
For an Oscar Contest entry form, see Page B5.
The February meeting of the Young Musicians of the Allentown Music Club will be held at 4 p.m. Feb. 16, Jacob's Music Store, 2223 MacArthur Road, Whitehall.
A free concert will be presented.
New members are welcome. Membership is open to those ages 5 - 18.
Audition information: Emily Reyes, 610-398-0781