• New Year’s Eve celebration, 3:30-7 p.m., at Coplay Saengerbund, 205 S. Fifth St.
• New Year’s Eve party, 7 p.m. (doors open 6:30 p.m.), at Petersville Rod & Gun Club, 550 Club Road, Moore Township. Information and cost: Kathy or Rich at 610-746-4847
• New Year’s Eve party (featuring Banned from the Ranch), 7 p.m.-2:30 a.m., at Point Phillips Rod & Gun Club, 1035 Smith Gap Road, Moore Township. Information and cost: 610-837-0310
Catasauqua Community Thrift Ship, 113 Bridge St., will be having a half-price sale on everything in the shop Jan. 2-12, 2019.
Normal business hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Donations of used, clean clothing are gratefully accepted during store hours.
Proceeds from the shop are returned to the community through contributions that support youth and adult programs and services.
There will be a Whitehall-Coplay Hunger Initiative community meal 4-6 p.m. Jan. 15, 2019, at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3355 MacArthur Road.
Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church has set the date for its annual basket social. The event will be held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. March 2, 2019, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. March 3, 2019, with the drawing 1:30 p.m.
The committee is looking for donations of themed baskets, merchandise to make a themed basket and financial donations to shop and make a basket.
For more information on donating, contact Stacy Kemmerer at 484-375-8160.
Coplay Saengerbund is hosting an early New Year’s Eve celebration — 3:30-7 p.m. — at the club, 205 S. Fifth St.
The ballroom is expected to be packed with couples enjoying a late-afternoon gathering and listening to polka music by the Emil Schanta Band.
Elsewhere in the borough, restaurants will be crowded with diners enjoying chefs’ holiday specials. Others will celebrate at home.
New Year’s Day is observed in many homes with a pork and sauerkraut dinner, a custom that invokes good luck for the year.
Northampton Municipal Building will be closed Jan. 1, 2019, in observance of New Year’s Day.
St. John’s Friendly Fifties will meet 1 p.m. Jan. 14, 2019, in the church’s social hall, 1434 Newport Ave.
If Northampton schools are delayed or closed due to snow, the meeting will be Jan. 21, 2019.
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Happy New Year!
Today, I am over in Hokendauqua with my friend Mike Bednar, a Darktown resident and noted railroad historian. We are looking at what remains of the Thomas Iron Company and Ironton Railroad.
Both companies were very important to the residents, providing employment and company homes. Thomas even provided electricity for Hokendauqua homes — but forgot Darktown.
Happy New Year from all of us at Coplay Public Library!
Start the new year by making the library a new destination — enjoyment and knowledge await you! It’s easy to get a library card or a renewed one, and it’s free. All you will need is your driver’s license or piece of mail with a Coplay address. Any fines from previous membership must be paid first.
Children over age 5 can get their own card if a parent is present.
• Christmas Eve services, 4 p.m. (special children’s worship) and 7:30 p.m. (traditional candlelight service), at Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, 210 Pine St.
• Christmas Eve services, 6 p.m. (family service) and 9 p.m. (sacred worship and Holy Communion service), at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., Fullerton
• Christmas Eve service, 6:30 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua, 3005 S. Front St.
The public is invited to view the holiday model railroad display, built by Explorer Scouts of Model Railroad Explorer Post 101, on display in room 201 at Coplay Borough Hall, 98 S. Fourth St.
The display is available for viewing noon-4 p.m. Dec. 22, 23, 29 and 30 and Jan. 5 and 6, 2019, or 6-9 p.m. Dec. 27 and Jan. 3, 2019.
For more information, contact Richard Lobach at 610-965-2598 or Michael Busch at 610-440-1875.
Borough hall will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 for the Christmas holiday.
St. John’s United Church of Christ, 575 Grape St., will be having its Christmas pageant, “The Evening News Hour,” at the 10:45 a.m. worship service Dec. 23. Join in as the KidZ JAM, Confirmation and youth classes tell the story of the nativity as seen through the eyes of reporters.