In this third column, I am speaking to the Rev. Jerry Mraz, an immigrant from Czechoslovakia and former pastor of Holy Trinity Slovak Church in Northampton.
The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of the Bach Choir in Bethlehem will offer a freewill concert 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St.
This amazing and auditioned elite youth choir, directed by Joy Hirokawa, is well known for its musically innovative and artistic renditions and has frequently performed abroad.
Bob Yoder, a Pennsylvania Master Gardener, will share the history of the current attempt to save the American chestnut at the next Catasauqua Garden Club meeting 1 p.m. Nov. 7.
• Walk This Way to Better Health community walking program (introduced by East Allen Township Parks and Recreation Department), 10-11 a.m., at Bicentennial Park West, 5351 Park West Lane. The program will continue Tuesdays and Thursdays. To participate: Chuck Frantz at 610-262-7961, ext. 306
• Sugar skull decorating event (for teens), 3 p.m., at Northampton Area Public Library, 1615 Laubach Ave. Information and registration (required): 610-262-7537
• Trick or treat, 6-8 p.m., in Allen and East Allen townships
You still have time to buy tickets for Whitehall Township Public Library’s annual basket raffle. Items are on display until noon Oct. 29.
We have 76 wonderful, themed baskets on display — everything from IronPigs, Christmas, children’s, cat, gift cards from local businesses, Vermont maple, books and more.
Northampton Area Food Bank will hold its Halloween walkathon Oct. 27.
Registration begins 8:30 a.m. at the food bank, 1601 Canal St. The walk starts 9 a.m., rain or shine. Those planning to attend are encouraged to walk in costume. Sponsor sheets are available at the food bank. Participants may also bring their own sheet to the registration area.
Halloween Wheels on the Canal will be held 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 27 at Canal Street Park. Rain date is Nov. 3.
The Catty Club, 226 Pine St., will be holding a chicken dinner bingo Oct. 27. Doors open 4 p.m.
There will also be a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle.
Trick-or-treat night in Catasauqua will take place 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.
Have a spooktacular time, and stay safe!
The Bel Canto Youth Chorus of the Bach Choir, Bethlehem, will offer a free-will concert 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St.
Trick-or-treat night in the borough is 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26.
Coplay Garden Club will meet 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 18 S. Third St. The meetings are open to the public.
The Ironton Rail Trail Oversight Commission holds its annual historical walk 9 a.m. Oct. 27. The walk starts at the barn on Chestnut Street at Whitehall Parkway.
The deadline to order tickets to see “The First Noel” at American Music Theater, Lancaster, is Oct. 28. The trip is scheduled for Nov. 28.
Trick-or-treat night in Whitehall will be held 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26.
If you would like to hand out treats to perspective trick-or-treaters, please remember to turn on your porch light.
Drivers, please be extra cautious when traveling through our community since there will be many excited children out and about collecting candy.
The Whitehall Zephyr varsity football team will travel into Northampton Oct. 26 to take on the Konkrete Kids.
Kickoff is 7 p.m. Come out and cheer for the Zephyrs!
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., will be holding a trunk or treat 6-8 p.m. Oct. 26 in the parking lot.
Decorate your trunk and hand out candy to the Halloween gang.
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave., will be having its first trunk or treat 3:30 p.m. Oct. 28 in the parking lot.
All parish families are invited.
Cars should arrive 3-3:30 p.m. The youth group and men from the Knights of Columbus will help park cars. After 3:30 p.m., no cars will be allowed in; then, the treating begins!
• Read-and-treat night (for the Whitehall-Coplay School District community, up to and including third grade), 6-7:30 p.m., in the library of Whitehall High School, 3800 Mechanicsville Road
• Big Daddy Weave and Brandon Heath performance, 7 p.m., at Bethany Wesleyan Church, 675 Blue Mountain Drive, Cherryville. Information: 610-767-1239 or bethanywes.org; tickets: TicketFly.com or at the church