(Editor’s note: This series was written to honor the borough of Coplay on its 150th anniversary.)
Over the years, we have written numerous columns pertaining to the Lehigh Valley cement industry, but I am sure there are many stories that will never be told, as less people are employed in the industry. Modern technology has streamlined our cement plants; they operate more efficiently with a smaller labor force.
A Dip-N-Dance will be held 1-3 p.m. July 16 at Northampton Borough Municipal Pool, 1599 Laubach Ave. The pool is open for the season noon-7 p.m. daily.
Holy Trinity Nursery School, 1235 Main St., is registering for the 2019-20 school year.
The 2-year-old play group class meets 9:30-11 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Class size is limited to 12 children. Children do not need to be toilet trained for this class.
The 3-year-old class meets 9-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Class size is limited to 16 children. Children need to be toilet trained for this class.
Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., will be offering its next free community lunch 11 a.m. July 1.
All are invited.
Catasauqua Community Thrift Shop, 113 Bridge St., is having a half-price sale on everything in the store until July 6.
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 clean, used clothing are gratefully accepted during store operating hours.
Blast Off into Reading storytime will be 11 a.m.-noon every Thursday. No preregistration is necessary.
C. Well Bunny will be the guest reader June 27 and will give out free eye exams.
Coplay Public Library will be showing free movies 5-7 p.m. Mondays.
The July 1 movie is “Spaceballs.”
The July 8 movie is “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
The July 15 movie is “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
The July 22 movie is “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”
The July 29 movie is “Apollo 13.”
Everyone is welcome. Feel free to bring popcorn.
It’s time to register for Vacation Bible School at Egypt Community Church, to be held 6-8:30 p.m. July 15-19. The theme is “Miraculous Mission: Jesus Saves the World.”
The program, for children ages 3-12, will include Bible stories, crafts, skits, games and songs.
Register at egyptcc.org, using the VBS link, or by calling 610-262-4961.
The church is located at 4129 S. Church St.
A gun raffle sponsored by Egypt Fire Company, 4099 Kuhn Lane, is underway.
A total of 30 guns, valued at $17,000, are being raffled off Aug. 4.
Congratulations to Christine Kass, newly installed pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua, 3005 S. Front St.
On June 23, the ordination and installation of Kass as a minister of word and sacrament and pastor of the church was held. A reception took place after the ceremony.
First Presbyterian has been without a pastor for two-and-a-half years.
Hokey A.A. is offering free football and cheering camps at Bob Warke Field, 1351 Lehigh St.
Football camps will continue 6-7:30 p.m. July 7 and 14.
Coplay Garden Club meets 6 p.m. June 27 at St. John’s Lutheran Church social hall, 18 S. Third St.
The public is invited to attend, green thumb or not.
St. John’s Lutheran Church is finalizing plans for its annual picnic, scheduled for July 28 at the Coplay Parkway pavilion, Second and Keefer streets.
The picnic committee said the event welcomes church members and friends to the picnic.
There will be fun programs, such as “Let’s Make a Deal” and bingo, as well as music by Freddie Frederick Jr. Entertainment and a cakewalk.
• Vacation Bible School (for age 3 through sixth grade), 9 a.m.-noon, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1335 Old Carriage Road, Kreidersville. VBS will continue until June 28. Information and registration: 610-262-9517 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays
• Crafts and Laughs program (for those who have completed kindergarten up to age 12), 9:30-11:30 a.m., at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St. The event will continue until Aug. 2.
The summer reading program for kids, teens and adults is underway. Our theme this year will be “A Universe of Stories.”
We will be talking about space, NASA, planets and the 50th anniversary of the moon walk, which was July 20, 1969. Everyone can sign up until Aug. 3.
We have a lot of programs, including a Super Science and Amazing Art program 6:30 p.m. June 25. This program is for all ages and free and open to all patrons.
Check out the cool NASA and space items in the display cases.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 122 Union St., will be holding its annual block party 6-10 p.m. June 20-22.
For more information, call the parish office at 610-264-0332 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scott Marshall and Marshall’s Highway will perform 7-10 p.m. June 21 at the amphitheater at Catasauqua Park and Playground, 501 American St.
Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair, blanket or snacks.
Historic Catasauqua Preservation Association will be having a historic house and mansion tour 1-5 p.m. June 23.