Due to the upcoming holidays, The Press offices will be closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2018 and therefore early deadlines are planned.
The advertising and editorial deadline for items to be included in the Dec. 27 issue is Dec. 21.
The advertising and editorial deadline for items to be included in the Jan. 3, 2018 issue is Dec. 28.
The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give the gift of blood for the holidays. Donations tend to decline during December, but the need for blood remains steady.
Donors who give blood or platelets Dec. 21 through Jan. 7, 2018, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Kevin Shoemaker, president of the Alburtis Lockridge Historical Society, announced the release of “Alburtis, A Stroll Through The Past.” This 171-page, softbound history of Alburtis is available at Alburtis Borough Hall while supplies last. There is a charge.
The book provides historical photographs and maps of the villages of Alburtis and Lock Ridge and traces their merger in 1913 to become the Borough of Alburtis.
Old photographs, taken in 1906 by Charles and Linnie Ross, are compared with images of the same scenes as they appear today.
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.