The chamber has announced the following events for the month of December:
Tuesday, Dec. 11 – 5:30 p.m., Sam's Club mixer at 901 Airport Center Drive, Allentown.
Thursday, Dec. 13 – 11:45 a.m., Christmas Holiday Membership Luncheon at Fellowship Community. Anyone interested in displaying cash and carry items can secure a table on a first-come and first-served basis. There is a cost. Call the chamber to reserve your table.
Friday, Dec. 14 – at 3 p.m., Ramada ribbon cutting at 1500 MacArthur Road, Whitehall. Refreshments will be served.
The Hokendauqua Park & Playground Association extends warm holiday greetings to everyone.
The HPPA will again be sponsoring Operation Santa Claus during this holiday season.
Santa will begin his annual visit on Sunday, Dec. 16, starting at noon. In case of inclement weather, Santa will attempt to visit Saturday, Dec. 22, beginning at noon.
Once again, Santa's escort will be the Hokendauqua Fire Company, so if you hear the sirens, feel free to come out and say "hello" to Santa.
As quickly as we clean up the Thanksgiving dishes and leftovers, we begin to put up the holiday decorations.
Be careful if you plan to climb up on the roof or the ladder to deck the halls.
The Stiles neighborhood is beginning to look merry and bright as neighbors start the decorating process. Thank you to all the neighbors who have made the community look happy and festive.
The Fullerton American Legion Auxiliary will hold its annual Christmas party on Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. at the post home on Fullerton Avenue and Wood Street.
Members are asked to bring a covered dish and a donation to be sent to the USO of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey to welcome home returning military and their families.
The Fullerton Playground will have its annual Christmas Party for all 2012 athletes and families on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Fullerton Recreation Building, 901 Jefferson St. There is a small fee.
During the 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday, Nov. 18, the congregation of Faith Lutheran Church celebrated the Holy Baptism of Luke Thomas deJongh, the son of Robert and Kimberly (Kauth) deJongh. Kimberly is formerly from the Whitehall area, but the family now resides in Wilmington, Del.
A Miller-Keystone Bloodmobile visited Faith Lutheran on Nov. 12. Twenty three people were registered to give blood, and 20 units of blood were collected.
The next bloodmobile visit will be on Nov. 25. Call the church office at 610-435-0451 to select your choice of appointments.
The Laurel Fire Company is planning Operation Santa for the community and a Christmas party for the children of its members on Dec. 15.
Members can sign up their children for the Christmas party now. Anyone interested in having Santa deliver presents to their house that morning can drop off wrapped gifts complete with child's name and address anytime until Dec. 14.
Volunteers of all kinds are always appreciated at the Laurel Fire Company.
Please volunteer your time at the gift wrapping booth at the Lehigh Valley Mall this holiday season. Proceeds from the booth will benefit Camelot for Children with a portion of the proceeds going to the Simon Youth Foundation.
This year continues to fly by. We are now one week away from Thanksgiving!
If you are having friends and family over for dinner, surely you have begun to create your shopping list.
Thanksgiving is a fun holiday since we see many friends and family who return to town and we have the opportunity to sit down with them to a delicious feast.
We also need to remember those who are struggling to put food on the table this year. We can all help those in need by contributing to our local food bank and the many other local charities that help support those in need.
During the worship services on Sunday, Nov. 4, at Faith Lutheran Church, several youth received their First Communion after getting instruction from Pastor Mike Bodnyk.
Those young people include Austin Bilious, Avery and Hailey Druckenmiller, Kayla Endy, Justin Mattison and Alexa Wechsler.
Joshua Prince also received instruction, but will receive his First Communion at a later date.
The annual fall craft fair and quilt sale will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, this Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This Saturday, Nov. 3, remember to turn your clock back one hour before you go to bed. Daylight-saving time ends on Sunday.
The months have flown by and now it is time to hibernate, so to speak, for the winter months. Darkness is coming earlier each night, making it hard to participate in outdoor activities and exercise.
Be safe if you continue to walk or jog in the evening hours by wearing reflective athletic wear or light colored clothing.
Don't forget Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.