The Allentown Band will present its holiday dinner concert 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center, Breinigsville.
Everyone is invited to meet the band in a concert that will feature soloists and various instrument sections.
For information, go to allentownband.com.
The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, 2158 Ave. C, Suite 201, Bethlehem, has launched its 2018 Holiday Hope Chests program: Happiness in a Shoe Box.
This year there are 35 nonprofit organizations that have put in a total request for 7,500 shoeboxes.
The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley’s goal is to meet their needs.
Help is needed to wrap and fill 7,500 shoeboxes. Every shoebox benefits a child in the Lehigh Valley.
· Complete a 2018 Donor Pledge Form. To see a list of agencies receiving the shoeboxes, visit their website.
Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites and ArtsQuest’s Christmas City one day admission combo ticket is now available for purchase. The ticket, for Christkindlmarkt, Historic Bethlehem’s “Trees of Historic Bethlehem” exhibit and six historic Bethlehem attractions, is valid at Christkindlmarkt through Dec. 23, and at HBMS attractions through Jan. 14, 2019.
Acting Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Robert Evanchick recently announced 99 cadets graduated from the State Police Academy in Hershey and have been assigned to troops across the commonwealth.
The ceremony at Bishop McDevitt High School marked the culmination of 27 weeks of classroom and physical training.
Cadet Nicholas Manganiello, of Luzerne County, spoke on behalf of the graduating class.
The men and women representing the 153rd graduating cadet class assigned to the following troops include:
Lehigh County residents disposed of 500.5 pounds of expired and unused over-the-counter and prescription medications during the 16th National Take Back Day Oct. 27. The total of drugs collected during all Take Back Day events since 2010 is 12,943.5 pounds.
It just wouldn’t be Christmas in the Lehigh Valley without the mellifluous voices of the St. Luke’s Singers.
All are invited to the singers’ annual Christmas concert Nov. 25, at Wesley Methodist Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem. Preludes begin 2:45 p.m. and the concert begins 3 p.m.
Come join the lunch bunch at Ridge Manor Senior Center, 333 Ridge St., Emmaus, where activities and a hot, nutritious meal are provided. A donation for the meal – whatever amount you feel you can afford is requested. The program is open to all residents and individuals from the community. Contact Rachel, center manager, at 610-965-2171 between 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday through Friday for more information.
In recognition of National Veterans Small Business Week, Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, has updated information on his Pennsylvania Startups for Soldiers program to help veteran and reservist entrepreneurs.
The Startups for Soldiers program, created by legislation written by Mackenzie, waives state business startup fees for those transitioning to the civilian workforce from the United States military. Those serving in reserve units and the National Guard also are eligible.
The program is modeled on a similar program in Missouri.
Cmdr. Scott A. Wastak, formerly of Allentown, assumed command of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron One Two Zero (VAW-120) relieving Cmdr. Michael D. France as commanding officer in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Station, Chambers Field recently.
France, a Navy pilot from Memphis, Tenn., has commanded the Greyhawks since April 2017. His next assignment is Deputy Commander, Airborne Command, Control, and Logistics Wing.
NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD
New York National Guard Lt. Col. Shawn Shutts, of Macungie, a veteran of the Iraq War, took command of the 427th Brigade Support Battalion during a recent ceremony at the National Guard Armory at Fort Drum near Watertown, N.Y.
The 427th Brigade Support Battalion is headquartered in Syracuse and also has elements in Rochester, Fort Drum and Buffalo.
The battalion provides logistical support for the 4,000 soldiers of the New York National Guard’s 27th Infantry Brigade Combat team.