Editor’s note: Press writer Al Recker was involved in a car accident Nov. 16 in the borough. He sustained multiple injuries and underwent surgery. He will soon be moved out of ICU and into a standard hospital room.
Many have reached out to our office asking for an address to send well wishes. Cards may be sent to 17 N. Fourth St., Coplay, 18037.
Al’s son, Matt, reports that Al is eager to get back to work. In the meantime, please send information for this column to TinaMarie Martin at email@example.com.
We wish Al a full and speedy recovery.
• Half-price sale on women’s slacks, jeans and blouses, during store hours, at Catasauqua Community Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St. The sale will continue until Dec. 2.
• Beading club, 1:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339
• Miller-Keystone blood drive, 4-7 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Hokendauqua. Schedule a time to donate: Judy Ehret at 610-767-5061
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church youth group will be hosting a designer purse bingo Nov. 19. Doors will open noon, and bingo begins 1 p.m.
Purses include those by designers Kate Spade, Coach, Michael Kors and Vera Bradley.
Food will be available for purchase. In addition to bingo, there will also be a basket auction and a 50/50 drawing.
The church is located 4331 Main St., Whitehall.
Call 610-262-4053 to order tickets or for more information.
Come on out to the first-ever Lehigh Valley Vegan s’MAC DOWN, which will be held 2-5 p.m. Nov. 18 at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road. This event will feature the vegan macaroni and cheese recipes of 12 home and professional cooks from the Lehigh Valley. Several local restaurants will debut some of their favorite vegan options.
The public is invited to sample and vote for their favorite, in conjunction with the votes of the Lehigh Valley’s finest “celebrity” judges.
My first column in the Northampton Press was published in 1998. Since that first column, hundreds have been written with my trusty No. 2 Farber pencil.
I have always regarded the many people I have had the privilege to interview as not just columns, but friends.
Today, we go back and have memories from the birth of the Northampton Press. On this 20-year journey, my good friend Larry Oberly has taken thousands of photographs, a catalog of local history.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1235 Main St., will host bingo featuring Longaberger, Vera Bradley and Coach items Nov. 18. Doors open 11:30 a.m., and bingo starts 1 p.m.
There will be a Chinese auction and refreshments.
For tickets, call 610-262-2668.
Proceeds benefit the building fund of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church, 2181 Washington Ave., will hold a breakfast 8:30 a.m.-noon Nov. 19. In addition to the usual breakfast menu, this month’s special is creamed chipped beef on toast.
Hurry over to the library and purchase your tickets for our November basket social. Baskets are on display until the 4 p.m. drawing Nov. 18. Any winner not in attendance will be called Nov. 20. Don’t miss an opportunity to be one of the 60 lucky winners!
We are also having our final book sale of the year to coincide with the basket social. The book sale will be 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18. Lots of treasured volumes are looking for a good home! We are still taking donations.
Bridge Street Studio and Gallery, 123 Bridge St., is having its annual pop-up shop Nov. 17, 18 and 25. The gallery features local craftsmen with a unique array of gifts.
The Nov. 17 event is a wine and cheese reception starting 5 p.m. Hours for Nov. 18 and 25 are 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The gallery is owned by Kimberly Brubaker.
For more information, call 484-201-6140.
St. John’s Lutheran Church and St. Peter Roman Catholic Church will join Nov. 19 for the 51st annual Coplay Ecumenical Thanksgiving service. The 7 p.m. event will be held at St. John’s, 18 S. Third St. The program alternates between the churches.
This marks the first time since its inception in 1966 that Trinity United Church of Christ is not part of the service, as the church closed in August.
The combined choirs from the two churches will sing special songs for the service. Coplay Garden Club is providing the flower arrangements.
• Come Write In, 6 p.m., at Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave. This event will be held every Monday for the month of November.
• St. John’s Friendly Fifties meeting, 1 p.m., in the social hall of St. John the Baptist Ukrainian Church, 1343 Newport Ave., Northampton
• Woman’s Club of Whitehall meeting, 7 p.m., at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road, Hokendauqua
• Intro to A to Z World Food database demonstration, 6 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road