We have almost made it through the month of January and we are about one third of the way through winter.
Stay tuned for Feb. 2, when we find out Punxatawney Phil's prediction regarding an early spring or six more weeks of winter.
Although we have been fairly lucky with low amounts of snowfall thus far, surely many folks will hope Phil does not see his shadow so we have hope of an early spring.
Super Bowl parties are in the process of being planned. The big game, Super Bowl XLVII, will take place in New Orleans, La., on Sunday, Feb. 3.
St. Elizabeth Regional School, 435 Pershing Blvd., Fullerton, will hold a spaghetti dinner Saturday, Jan. 26, in the social hall.
There will be three seatings, at 4, 5:30 and 7 p.m.
Tickets will be available at the door or you can purchase them in advance at the school office. Call 610-264-0143 for more information.
AARP chapter 3115 will meet at noon Thursday, Feb. 7, at the American Club, 300 Cherry St., Coplay. Refreshments will be available during the social hour.
The Hokendauqua Park & Playground Association (HPPA) will hold boys and girls registration for the upcoming baseball/softball season at the Hokey Legion, 3739 American Legion Drive, Whitehall, on the following dates/times: Wednesday, Jan. 16, Wednesday, Jan. 23, and Friday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 16, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Bring a copy of your child's birth certificate (for first time players), proof of health insurance along with contact information including phone numbers and email addresses for completion of the registration form.
Now that the holidays are over, we are left contending with a blustery, cold winter.
Stay warm and take breaks when shoveling or snow-blowing to avoid health issues. Remember to look out for your elderly relatives and neighbors, too. Keep pets indoors to ensure their warmth and safety.
Mark your calendar for St. John the Baptist Church of Stiles' seventh annual Tricky Tray Social which will be held Feb 16-17.
St. John's United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., Whitehall, is hosting a Longaberger Basket Bingo Friday, Jan. 18. The doors open at 6 p.m. and the games begin at 7 p.m. The snow date is Jan. 19.
There will be 20 games of bingo and door prizes, three specials and a Chinese auction. Chance basket and 50/50 are also available. The kitchen will open at 6 p.m.
For ticket information, call the church office at 610-264-8421. Tickets will be available at the door, but you will save money by purchasing tickets in advance.
It's time to get the sign-up dates on your calendar for youth who plan to be involved in spring sports at the Egypt Memorial Park.
Softball and baseball sign-ups will take place on Saturdays, Jan 19, Jan. 26 and Feb. 9, 9 a.m. until noon. Park association volunteers will be on duty at the snack stand during those times.
Parents must bring a photocopy of the child's birth certificate if the youth has not participated in a park sports program in the past.
Jacqueline Kuba, organist of Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Whitehall, will present an organ recital of Advent and Christmas music on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 4 p.m.
The concert will be presented at the church, which is located on Main Street in the village of Egypt.
Organ works will include selections by Bach, Pachelbel, Daquin, Held and Purvis, along with some favorite seasonal carols.
A freewill offering will be taken to benefit the music program at Shepherd of the Hills.
A reception will follow.
As the month of December progresses, the countdown to the Christmas holiday continues.
About 10 days are left to prepare.
Also, this is a great time of year to remember those who do not have as much as we do and could use some help this season.
Donating to the local food bank is a great way to share the holiday spirit with others. Supporting one of your favorite charities is also a welcomed and appreciated gesture this time of year.
Knowing you have helped your fellow man also gives you a wonderful warm feeling in your heart.
St. John's United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., will hold Christmas services as follows: Dec. 24, Christmas Eve, 6 p.m. Family Style service, "A Razzle-Dazzle Christmas," cherub and joyful noise choirs, jubilation choir and soloists; 9 p.m. Sacred Worship, "How Has a Child Changes your Life," holy communion, chancel choir, handbell choir and soloists. Candle lighting will be included during both services.
Egypt Memorial Park will be having its annual Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 14 at the park pavilion. This event is free and open to anyone with a current paid park membership for 2012. Pizza and soda will be provided. The park is asking a small donation of cookies or other bake goods to be brought along that evening to share.
Santa will be arriving on the fire engine to visit with the children. There will also be crafts, games and plenty of holiday music. Please RSVP to Kathy Warren at 610-262-3140.