Operation Santa will be hosted by Laurel Fire Company Dec. 14.
Drop off your wrapped Christmas gift at the firehouse, 5114 Third St., Cementon, with your child’s name and address 6-9 p.m. Mondays or at the fire company bar 7-11 p.m. Mondays, 4-11 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays or noon-6 p.m. Sundays.
First Presbyterian Church of Hokendauqua, 3005 S. Front St., will host a Victorian Christmas open house 1-4 p.m. Dec. 15, and the public is invited.
The open house commemorates the 150th anniversary of the construction of the church.
“With this being the 150th anniversary of our church building, we decided we wanted to celebrate by bringing back the glory days of a Victorian church Christmas,” said the Rev. Christine Kass, pastor of the church.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., is holding its next free community lunch 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 30.
Salem United Church of Christ, 615 Third St., will be holding its next free community lunch 11 a.m. Dec. 2.
The Catasauqua/North Catasauqua J4 celebration, combined with a Catasauqua High School mega reunion, will take place July 4, 2020, at North Catasauqua William J. Albert Memorial Park, 701 Grove St.
Northampton will hold its tree-lighting ceremony Dec. 1 at Main Street and Laubach Avenue.
The program will begin 5:30 p.m. with carols. Santa is scheduled to arrive 6 p.m. aboard a borough firetruck.
Reminder: The borough municipal building, 1401 Laubach Ave., will be closed Nov. 28 and 29 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
Northampton Area Food Bank is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Judy’s Little Santa Shop with an event set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 7 at East Allen Township Fire Department, 5354 Nor-Bath Blvd.
• Deadline to order single-bloom poinsettias, to be picked up at the parish office 1-3:30 p.m. Dec. 6 or in the parish hall 8:30-11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, 618 Fullerton Ave., Fullerton. Flowers can also be sent home with a school student. Information, cost and orders: Mary Spieker at 610-266-0695
• Ladies Bible study, 10:30 a.m., in the old fellowship hall of Emmanuel’s Lutheran Church, 3175 Valley View Drive, Moore Township
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, Fourth and Pine streets, will again host a pre-Thanksgiving pancake breakfast 8-11 a.m. Nov. 23.
Featured will be pumpkin and buttermilk pancakes, sausage, juice, coffee and tea. Breakfast is dine in only.
Breakfast is by donation, as are the assorted baked pies, breads, etc. Proceeds benefit the discretionary fund, Neighbors Helping Neighbors.
Tickets are not required.
Holy Trinity Memorial Lutheran Church, 604 Fourth St., still has tickets available for its delicious prime rib dinner scheduled for Dec. 14.
The library’s annual book sale is scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 22 and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 23.
You can, of course, find new and gently used books and media, as well as tables of holiday items and yummy treats for sale.
There will be a bag sale noon-3 p.m. Nov. 23. You can bring any size bag!
The library will only be open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 27 and will be closed all day Nov. 28.
We wish everyone a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.
The 53rd annual ecumenical community Thanksgiving service is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 24 at Redeemed Christian Church of God, 5 N. Third St.
St. John’s Lutheran Church and St. Peter Roman Catholic Church join Redeemed Christian Church of God for the service. There will be special music for the program.
The church will provide a full buffet following the service for those attending.
Coplay Public Library will have a game night 5-7 p.m. Nov. 25. The public is invited to participate for the free event.
Danielle O’Brien from 3d Dance Studio in Northampton has been nominated for the Greatmats National Dance Instructor of the Year.
She is one of 29 dance teachers from across the Unites States vying for the award, which honors instructors who have made a positive impact in the lives of their students and communities. These instructors have been nominated by members of their respective communities.
An online vote will take place through Nov. 28 at greatmats.com/2019-greatmats-national-dance-instructor-of-the-year.php.
We are well into November and already planning our Thanksgiving meals! Thanksgiving Day is Nov. 28.
Do not forget about the people in our community who will have a tough time putting a meal on the table. Donate to your local food banks whenever possible.
Eager shoppers are certainly looking forward to Black Friday Nov. 29. The excitement and anticipation of the season are building.
Get in the holiday spirit by going out and about. Be safe and courteous on the roads and in stores during this season of peace.