Northampton’s Community Days Fair will be held July 12-15 at Municipal Park, Smith Lane and Laubach Avenue. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and noon-11 p.m. Saturday.
The event is sponsored by the borough’s Exchange Club. Proceeds benefit the club’s community projects.
Northampton Area Food Bank is currently taking yearly and new registrations this month.
Approximately 900 people are currently being assisted by the food bank.
• Fourth of July celebration, 9 a.m.-noon, at the George Taylor House, Lehigh and Poplar streets, Catasauqua. The event is held rain or shine.
• Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association “Froth of July, a Thirst for History” event, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Biery House, 8 Race St. Free. Information: Deb at 610-231-0603
• Moorestown Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m., at Salem United Church of Christ, 2218 Community Drive, Moore Township. Information: church office at 610-759-1652
Friends of Northampton Area Public Library will be running a bus trip to the new Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia, July 28. The cost includes admission to the museum, transportation and the driver’s tip.
Deadline to pay for your seat is July 6.
For cost and other information, call 610-262-7537.
The St. John’s Friendly Fifties group will hold its annual picnic, rain or shine, noon-5 p.m. July 10 at the 26th Street Playground.
Coplay Cemetery Association has called for a meeting 10:30 a.m. July 2 in the social hall of St. John’s Lutheran Church, South Third Street. A spokesperson said the meeting is open to plot holders and the public.
The meeting, it was said, will discuss the cemetery association “going forward.”
The cemetery is located on Oak Street.
With the borough closed for the Fourth of July holiday, residents are reminded the pickup of refuse by sanitation personnel will be a day later than usual.
Hokendauqua Park & Playground Association will be holding sign-ups for fall baseball, softball and Whitehall Zephyr youth field hockey at the pavilion 6-7:30 p.m. July 7.
For baseball and softball, the association is fielding teams for boys Grasshopper, Biddy, Midget and Knee-hi and for girls 10U, 12U, 14U and 18U.
For field hockey, the association is fielding teams for boys and girls in grades kindergarten through sixth grade. No experience is needed. Children will be learning the basic skills of field hockey.
The George Taylor House (GTH), Lehigh and Poplar streets, will have a celebration 9 a.m.-noon July 4, rain or shine. At 10 a.m., come and experience the interactive reading and re-enactment of the Declaration of Independence.
There will be music by The Antebellum Marine Band, 18th-century crafts and tours of the GTH.
Breakfast items will be available for purchase.
Area children are invited to attend Vacation Bible School at Egypt Community Church 6-8:30 p.m. July 10-14. Children ages 3 to 12 are welcome to register.
With a theme of “Mighty Fortress,” the program will include Bible stories, crafts, games and songs.
The church is located at 4129 Church St., Whitehall.
To register, go to egyptcc.org and click on the VBS link, or call 610-262-4961.
My friend and fellow historian Mr. Larry Oberly of Allen Township also has fond memories of the Allentown State Hospital farm in Weaversville. In today’s column, Larry turns back the clock and revisits the farm colony in this concluding column. He recalls:
Growing up in the environs of Howertown and Weaversville might lead one to be told that he led a sheltered life in the 1950s and ’60s. It may have been true, but it was certainly not isolation from the world outside. Our schools and churches that occupied so much of our time saw to the expansion of our horizons in many ways.
Join us for our annual Christmas in July celebration! This year, we invite you to take an ornament from our tree and give back to a family member, friend, neighbor or local organization. It’s not about giving money; it’s about donating your time and giving back to your community.
For our part, the library will be assisting local organizations. We will run a food drive through the month of July, with all donations going to the Coplay Recreation & Welfare’s food bank.
You may drop your donations off at the library during open hours.
• Scrabble night, 5-7 p.m., at Coplay Public Library, 49 S. Fifth St. Information: 610-262-7351
• Cement Belt Fair, 6-11 p.m., at Cementon Park, 5185 Dewey St. The fair continues through July 1.
• Aqua Zumba, 6:30 p.m., at Parkway Pool, 2 Keefer St., Coplay
• Vacation Bible School, 9 a.m.-noon, at Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, 210 Pine St. VBS started June 26 and will continue until June 30. Information and registration: Gloria Fetter at 484-221-9931