In this second column, I am continuing to speak to the Rev. Jaroslav “Jerry” Mraz, former pastor of Holy Trinity Slovak Church in Northampton, who, with his mother, came to the United States from Czechoslovakia in 1939. With war clouds on the horizon, his father had arrived in New York in 1937 to work for his uncle.
The Coplay Public Library will host Free Movie Saturday Oct. 20.
Starting 12:30 p.m., we will show “Casper” followed by “The Addams Family,” which starts 2:15 p.m.
The next Free Movie Saturday will be Dec. 15.
Don’t forget about storytime and crafts with Miss Veronica 11 a.m. Oct. 18 and 25 and Nov. 1. All ages are welcome to attend, and no preregistration is necessary.
The November basket raffle will soon be here. Dozens of baskets and items have been donated — and you could be a lucky winner!
Commitment to Family and Community, 165 Cherry St., will hold a Longaberger purse bingo 7 p.m. Oct. 19.
There will also be an all-you-can breakfast starting 8 a.m. Oct. 21.
St. Peter Roman Catholic Church, 4 S. Fifth St., is hosting a pork and sauerkraut dinner 4-7 p.m. Oct. 20. The event will be held in the church hall and is open to the public.
There will be a meeting of the Coplay American Legion baseball committee 2 p.m. Oct. 21 at Stanley W. Reinhard Jr. American Legion Post 426, 134 S. Second St.
St. John’s United Church of Christ, Mickleys, 2918 MacArthur Road, will host a gift card bingo tomorrow, Oct. 19. Doors open 5 p.m., and games start 6 p.m.
Refreshments will be served and are included with the cost of a ticket, which are $5 cheaper when purchased in advance. There will be 20 games of bingo, plus specials and door prizes.
Proceeds from the event go toward the church.
For more information, cost and tickets, contact Lynette at 610-509-9654 or Sharon at 610-417-2010.
Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, 4456 Main St., Egypt, is hosting a basket party 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 27 and 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 28.
The drawing begins 2 p.m. You do not need to be present to win.
There will be homemade food and baked goods for sale.
For more information, call 610-262-9315 or 610-533-2794.
Egypt Community Church, 4129 S. Church St., invites everyone in the community to a prayer gathering 7-8 p.m. Nov. 5.
Mayor Thomas Reenock has proclaimed Oct. 18 as Jack Frost Day in the borough, in recognition of the 70th annual event happening that night.
There will be goblins, ghosts and other scary characters to delight the children at the parade, sponsored by Northampton Exchange Club.
Ralston Coleman, parade committee chairman, said the Exchange Club is marking the 70th anniversary with a string band in full Mummers regalia and a singing princess in the parade lineup.
• Basket raffle starts, during regular library hours, at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. The event runs until noon Oct. 29, when winners will be drawn. Information: 610-432-4339
• 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
Coplay Public Library will have its autumn book and bake sale 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13.
The library will close 6 p.m. Oct. 16 for the community Halloween parade.
Coplay Borough’s Halloween parade is set for 7 p.m. Oct. 16.
The parade is sponsored by Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association.
According to Rick Hess, the association’s president, road work at Chestnut and Second streets will be completed and will not affect the parade route.
The library will be presenting a free How to Sell on eBay program 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 13 in the library community room.
Library director Patty Vahey will present the basics of eBay use, so you can learn how to list your items, ship them and get paid.
The library will host a basket raffle starting 9:30 a.m. Oct. 15. The event runs until noon Oct. 29 when winners will be drawn.
If you do not pick up your basket by Nov. 5, another ticket will be drawn, and the basket will go to the next winner.
Women of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ will be having a soup tasting 4-7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the church, 105 E. 19th St.
Salad, bread, beverages and dessert are included.
There is a cost.
For more information, call Brenda at 610-262-3813.
Mark your calendar for these fun Halloween events:
The annual Jack Frost Parade, organized by Northampton Exchange Club, will be held 7 p.m. Oct. 18.
Trick-or-treat night in the borough is planned for 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.