In this third column, I am speaking to the governor of Burgenland, Austria, officials and media about the Burgenlanders who emigrated to Northampton, Coplay and the Lehigh Valley. In my last column, we spoke about Mr. Paul Eberhart’s American experience. His former neighbor on 10th Street, Northampton, Mr. Frank Spitzer, had a similar experience.
Frank was born in Austria July 13,1904, on a 50-acre Burgenland farm.
He recalled, “My brothers were in World War I. Austria-Hungary, in those years, was a member of the Triple Alliance with Germany.”
Until April 11, AARP Tax-Aide will continue its local, state and federal tax preparation help at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, for residents 50 and older.
To schedule your appointment, come to the church 9 a.m.-noon on a Monday or Wednesday.
Hokendauqua Park & Playground Association (HPPA) will be holding registration for boys and girls for the upcoming baseball and softball season at Hokendauqua Fire Company, 3022 S. Second St., 2-4 p.m. Feb. 10.
• Tai Chi, 12:30-1:30 p.m., at Whitehall Lifestyle Center, 2301 Pine St., West Catasauqua. Information: 610-437-3700
• Creation Station Club (for kids of all ages), 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339
• Cash bingo, 7 p.m., at Klecknersville Rangers Volunteer Fire Company, 2718 Mountain View Drive, Moore Township. Information and cost: fire company at 610-317-0808
Northampton Area Food Bank is sponsoring a Super Bowl gift card bingo Feb. 4 in Good Shepherd Catholic School’s gym, 1300 Newport Ave. Snow date is Feb. 11.
Doors open noon. Bingo starts 2 p.m.
Bingo prizes will be gift cards from area stores and dining and entertainment venues.
The cost of a ticket includes 20 games. Special games will be available for purchase.
Highlights of the day also include a Chinese auction, 50/50 drawing, door prizes, mystery envelope game and a cash drawing.
Food will be available for purchase.
Mark your calendar for Feb. 7. We will have a valentine card-making session 6-8 p.m. in the reference area.
We will be making Valentine’s Day cards to take to Fellowship Community and other senior centers. We are asking kids and adults both to stop by and create cards. We have all of the necessary supplies.
If anyone would like to donate cards, please drop them off at the library.
The Woman’s Club of Catasauqua will be having a lively new program called “Living on a Shoestring with Fashions and Food,” held 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St.
Some of the club members will be modeling clothes from Catasauqua Community Thrift Store, where many members volunteer.
A meal will be prepared by Heidi and John Brubaker.
The public is welcome to join.
Suburban North Family YMCA, 880 Walnut St., is the local branch of the Greater Valley YMCA.
Souper Bowl weekend is set for Feb. 3 and 4 at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 435 Pershing Blvd. Brownie/Junior Troop 63403 will be collecting at the exits of the church after all the Masses.
Any donation you can give would be greatly appreciated. Half of the proceeds will go to the ecumenical kitchen in Allentown to help feed the hungry; the other half will be used by the troop to help pay for Scout expenses, activities and trips.
St. Elizabeth’s will be holding its next all-you-can-eat breakfast 8:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 11 in the church social hall.
Coplay Lions Club will sponsor its annual all-you-can-eat Super Bowl buffet breakfast 8 a.m.-noon Feb. 4 at Coplay Saengerbund, 205 S. Fifth St.
This event is open to the public, and children under 5 eat for free.
For more information, call 610-262-9937.
St. John’s Lutheran Church, 18 S. Third St., will be holding its annual youth Souper Bowl Feb. 4, starting 10:30 a.m.
For more information, call the Rev. Timothy D. Boyer at 610-261-2003.
St. John the Baptist Church will hold its annual tricky tray event 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 17 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 18.
Stop by Ruffenach Hall, 3120 Chestnut St., and take a chance at winning some great prizes at this fun raffle event.
There will also be food available for purchase.
Tomorrow is Feb. 2, also known as Groundhog Day. Fingers crossed that Punxsutawney Phil does not see his shadow and we will have an early spring!
• Beading club, 1:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339
• Game night, 5-7 p.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Information: 610-262-7351
• Good Vibrations Chorus practice, 9:30-11 a.m., at Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown. Information: 610-437-3700
• Cards and games, 11:30 a.m., in the Trexler Room of Lehigh Valley Active Life, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown. Information: 610-437-3700