The winter solstice is coming up Dec. 21. This will be the shortest day of the year.
The bright side of this is that we are now on our way to longer days ahead. Stay warm!
With the holiday season in full swing, please take care when celebrating and visiting with friends and relatives. Enjoy the time spent together, but remember to select a designated driver to stay safe.
Don’t miss the holiday model railroad display, featuring nine trains on two operating HO-scale modular layouts, built by Explorer Scouts of Model Railroad Explorer Post 101. The display will run 7-9 p.m. Thursdays and noon-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from Dec. 19 to Jan. 5, 2020, in room 201 at borough hall, 98 S. Fourth St.
Admission is free, but donations are welcome.
For more information, contact Richard Lobach at 610-965-2598 or Michael Busch at 610-440-1875.
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., will hold a live nativity re-enactment 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Dec. 21 on the church lawn.
There will be live animals on grounds, which will be part of a petting zoo between the two performances.
After each performance you are invited to join everyone in Fox Hall for refreshments and children’s crafts.
For more information, call 610-264-8421.
St. John’s UCC is also planning a Christmas pageant, “The Real Story: a Christmas Comedy,” at the 10:45 a.m. worship service Dec. 22.
• Game night, 5-7 p.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Information: 610-262-7351
• Band, orchestra and chorus concert, 6:30 p.m., at Moore Elementary School, 2835 Mountain View Drive, Moore Township
• Bingo, 7 p.m. (doors open 5:30 p.m.), at Northampton Banquet and Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave.
• Gentle chair yoga, 9:30-10:30 a.m., at Whitehall Active Lifestyle Center, 2301 Pine St., West Catasauqua. The class will continue Dec. 19. Information, cost and registration: 610-437-3700
A few weeks ago, I was given an email from Janet and Bill Johnson of Mechanicsburg. Our loyal readers know this writer has no E, F or G mail!
They have done an extensive genealogy on their family history dating back to the American Revolution and Civil War. Both Janet and William graduated from Nazareth High School. Mr. Johnson had a long teaching career at Mechanicsburg High School.
Coplay Sports’ annual Christmas parade is scheduled for Dec. 15, starting 10:30 a.m.
The parade runs throughout the borough, starting at Front and Hokendauqua streets and traveling into the Echo Manor and Parkway West neighborhoods.
Coplay residents are invited to drop off presents for Santa and the Coplay Sports elves to deliver.
The gift drop-off dates are 6-8 p.m. Dec. 13 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Coplay Sports field house, 666 Potter Terrace. Gifts should be able to fit into a regular-sized grocery bag.
The parade rain dates are Dec. 21 or 22.
There is a Whitehall High School Christmas program scheduled 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road.
Come celebrate the season with this special performance.
Hokendauqua Park & Playground Association announces Operation Santa Claus will visit Hokendauqua starting noon Dec. 15.
Santa’s escort will be Hokendauqua Fire Company, so if you hear the sirens, come out and say hello. Santa and his helpers will be handing out oranges and bags of candy.
Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., will be having a breakfast with Santa 9-11 a.m. Dec. 14.
Come out for a scrumptious breakfast, and meet jolly old Santa!
Catasauqua Club, 226 Pine St., is holding its next all-you-can-eat breakfast 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 15.
This is a buffet with made-to-order omelets and eggs Benedict.
For more information, call 610-264-1771 or 610-554-8045.
Catasauqua American Legion Post 215, 330 Second St., will be holding a turkey/ham raffle Dec. 15.
Doors open 1 p.m. Refreshments will be served 2 p.m.
Mark your calendar for Coplay Public Library’s holiday open house Dec. 21. The theme will be “The Night Before Christmas.”
The program begins 11 a.m. with a special storytime, followed by singing, a movie and refreshments.
Everyone is encouraged to wear their favorite comfy pajamas. Bring your favorite stuffed animal so it can celebrate the holidays with us.
Reminder: Storytime and crafts with Miss Veronica and Miss Janice will be 11 a.m. Dec. 12, 19 and 26.
Adults are also welcome for a fun and relaxing hour. No preregistration is required.
Northampton Banquet and Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave., holds bingo every Monday night.
Doors open 5:30 p.m. The games begin 7 p.m.
The kitchen is open.
Proceeds benefit the Northampton Recreation Center.
The borough’s municipal building will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.
Email information to email@example.com, and I’ll include it in an upcoming column.