The Swain School, 1100 S. 24th St., Allentown, will offer two winter break camps for students currently enrolled in prekindergarten (age four) through eighth grade. The week-long camps will run Dec. 18 through Dec. 22. Information is available at www.swain.org/families.
As the holiday season continues, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slipups could put a damper on festivities. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy.
Beware of deals. Be wary of those too-good-to-be-true deals, especially those that show up as links on your social media feeds. Check out reviews, search the retailer’s name with “scam” to see what comes up, and if it’s a retailer you already know and frequent online, go directly to the website rather than clicking on a link.
Animals are available for adoption at the Center for Animal Health & Welfare no-kill shelter, 1165 Island Park Road, Easton. The shelter is working to end pet overpopulation by running a clinic so animals can be spayed or neutered before they go home. For more information, call 610-252-7722 or visit www.healthyanimalcenter.org.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the government of Puerto Rico have announced transitional sheltering assistance (TSA) is available to Puerto Ricans who are unable to return to their homes because they are displaced as a result of hurricanes Irma and Maria. This is one of several short-term housing options being offered to meet the demand for post-storm safe housing.
People in the three-county area who have been laid off permanently or indefinitely from their jobs have access to Lehigh Carbon Community College‘s employment retraining opportunities, including a tuition waiver. The ERO program is designed for those who have recently been affected by area layoffs and will help them find resources to get back on a career track.
Information sessions to learn more about the ERO are scheduled for the following dates, in the Alumni Center, room 107/108, main campus in Schnecksville:
•11 a.m. to noon Nov. 27
•2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 28
This year marks the 15th annual gingerbread competition and display at Kalmbach Memorial Park. The deadline for paper entries is Nov. 30; creations do not need to be delivered until Dec. 3. Judging takes place Dec. 4 and winners are revealed at the display Dec. 9 during Macungie Holiday.
It is not uncommon to have over 600 people come through the Kalmbach barn each Macungie Holiday. Everyone gets to vote on a “People’s Choice” award and it is a holiday event so many families really look forward to.
Brighten your home or office with beautiful flowers while supporting victims of violent crimes and their families in the Lehigh Valley.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is now accepting applications for home heating assistance, according to Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st.
LIHEAP is a federally funded program to help individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. The program also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing their heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.
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The St. Luke’s Singers’ annual Christmas concert will be held Nov. 26 at Wesley Methodist Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem. The preludes begin 2:45 p.m. and the concert begins 3 p.m.
The St. Luke’s Singers is a renowned hospital-based choir that performs on behalf of St. Luke’s University Health Network, the Lehigh Valley’s oldest health care provider, founded in Bethlehem, the Christmas City, to care for steel workers in 1872.
Affordable Care Act marketplaces are now open through Dec. 15.
The most important thing people need to know is that financial assistance is still available and, according to the latest analysis from Health and Human Services, people can find even more affordable plans this year than in years past.
This year 80 percent of Pennsylvanians can find a plan because of the financial assistance available.