Planned PennDOT Roadwork Dec 23-28
(Weather May Alter Plans)
The Fourth Day of Christmas.........
The Feast of the Holy Innocents - when people remember the baby boys which King Herod killed when he was trying to find and kill the Baby Jesus.
Although Herod was the 'King of the Jews', he wasn't actually a Jew! He was a Nabatean and was really a 'puppet king' for the Romans. Herod was hated by most Jews and he didn't like them either! So when the Magi said there was a new 'King of the Jews' - who was actually Jewish - Herod was angry and afraid the new King could take his power away.
Because Herod was unable to find out where Jesus was from he thought the only way of making sure Jesus was killed, was to kill every baby boy under two years old in Bethlehem and the surrounding area. Probably only about 20 babies would have been killed, but even that fact is really horrible. So his cruelty would had brought terror and grief to many homes. But Jesus was kept safe as Joseph took him and Mary to Egypt just in time. This was not the first time that Herod had killed people to keep them quiet - he even had killed people in his own family in the past!
Join Project Feeder Watch
A new season of the Project FeederWatch citizen-science project has just launched and you can still get in on the counting action to help scientists understand trends at feeders across the continent. FeederWatch participants count their feeder birds on two days per week that they choose (or as often as they can) between November and early April. Thousands of participants in the U.S. and Canada have been doing the count for 33 years and have amassed a tremendous database of observations that scientists use to track changes in bird populations over time. It's one of the simple things you can do to help birds–count them! Learn how to join Project FeederWatch.
The Third Day of Christmas.........
The Feast of Saint John's Day. St John the Apostle, wrote the Book of Revelation, and is the patron saint of live, loyalty, friendships and authors.
The feast day of Saint John in the Roman Catholic Church, which calls him "Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist", and in the Anglican Communion and Lutheran Calendars, which call him "Saint John the Apostle and Evangelist", is on December 27.
In the Tridentine Calendar (calendar of saints) he was commemorated also on each of the following days up to and including January 3, the Octave (eight days after Christmas) of the December 27 feast.
This Octave was abolished by Pope Pius XII in 1955. Born in Bethsaida, John was called while mending his nets to follow Jesus. He became the beloved disciple of Jesus. He wrote the fourth Gospel, three Epistles and the Apocalypse. His passages on the pre-existence of the Word, who by His Incarnation became the light of the world and the life of our souls, are among the finest of the New Testament. He is the evangelist of the divinity of Christ and His fraternal love.
Did You Know That....
Bangor Basketball Clinic......
Milder Weather Until 2020
First Day Hikes
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at 10:00am to 11:30am or 1:00pm to 2:30pm at Jacobsburg. Get out and get hiking on the first day of 2020! Join educator Lauren Forster for one of two 2-mile hikes. We will explore the old growth forest of Henrys Woods and the fields of the Homestead Trail.
The hikes will leave at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM from the visitor center at 400 Belfast Road. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable hiking shoes, and bring a water bottle. Registration is required as spaces are limited.
You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
Pork & Sauerkraut Dinner
An All You Can Eat Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner will be held at Belfast Wesley United Methodist Church 607 School Rd Nazareth. Wednesday January 1st, 2020 from 1:00PM-4:00PM
Cost is Adult- $10.00 Child 3yr-10yr- $5.00
Under 3 Free. Please call Tom for more information 610-751-4400
Slate Belt Y Open House
Come to the Slate Belt Branch of the Greater Valley YMCA from 8 AM - 4 PM on Saturday, January 4 for their Open House!
Try out free Y programming, meet the directors, take a tour, and get a feel for the Y community! Bring a friend and stop by the Y; it's free and open to the public. Plus, there's giveaways too! You belong at the Y.
Bangor Elks Hoop Shoot
The Bangor Elks Lodge #1106 has announced that the annual Hoop Shoot free throw contest will be held on Saturday January 4, 2020 at the Washington Elementary gymnasium. There are two divisions-girls and boys and the age groups are 8 and 9, 10 and 11, and 12 and 13. Age is determined as of April 1, 2020.
It is open to students from the following schools-Bangor, Pen Argyl, Faith Christian, NDGP, Easton, and Wilson. The contest will start at 1 PM with registration at Noon. Any questions please contact Glenn Miller at 610-703-0070.
January 9 - 11
Book Nook Sale
Mark your calendar Blue Mountain Community Library's Semi-Annual Book Nook Sale Thursday, January 9, 2020 10:00 AM – Noon and 6:00 – 8:00 PM; Friday, January 10, 2020 10:00 AM - Noon; and Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon. ALL prices are slashed in half !
The Book Nook is located on the second floor of the library.
The monthly glass painting at Bloom will be on Thursday, January 9th from 6:30-8:30pm. Join Karin & the regulars @ the Craft Bar for a fun night of glass painting. One Glass, paint & instruction all included! Additional glasses available for $5.00 ea. REGISTER HERE
Book Nook Sale
Are you looking for a gift idea for a book lover or want to add to your book collection? On Thursday, Jan .9, from 10am-Noon and 6:00-8:00 pm, Friday, Jan. 10 and Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10:00 am - Noon, the Blue Mountain Community Library is having a Semi-Annual Book Nook Sale in the Book Nook, located on the 2nd floor of the library.
There will also be selected items on the first floor for sale. All items will be half-price for those three days. Please come and purchase gently used Adult and Children's Books, CDs, DVDs and Puzzles. The library is located at 216 S. Robinson Ave. in Pen Argyl. Hours are M-Sa, 10:00 am to Noon, and M-Th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
Call Lisa at 610-863-3029 for info or visit the website at www.bmcl.org. Find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bmclpenargyl.
Art Reception at Jacobsburg
On Friday, January 10, 2020 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm, come to Jacobsburg for a reception to celebrate the new art installation interpreting environmental balance at Jacobsburg. Sixteen teens and artist Melissa Perhamus have created a collaborative artwork inspired by nature, entitled Jacobsburg in Balance. The artists will speak about their artwork and answer questions. Help us to recognize their hard work and contribution to Jacobsburg! Registration is not required.
Library Hosting Paul Walsh
Come meet local author Paul Walsh, the Artistic Director of Literary Arts of Lehigh Valley Charter Arts High School of the Arts, Bethlehem at the Bangor Library on January 11, 2020 from noon to 1:00 PM.
He will have his new hit book Lemonade! Your attendance/ support is appreciated! The book can be ordered online at Barnes & Noble or at the library during his event. Feel free to read the book ahead of time and ask questions during the appearance!
To Order Online: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/lemonade-paul-walsh/1131528837.
New Year's Brunch
The third annual New Year's Brunch Hosted by Sistah Chat Radio and Get Seen in the Poconos is set for Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 12 PM – 2 PM at Cinder Inn 91 Mill Creek Rd, East Stroudsburg.
Come for a fun filled brunch at their favorite place! Enjoy their new all season patio with them. Tickets include your meal, a adult beverage (bloody mary or mimosa) and a swag bag! They will also be awarding their 2nd Annual Woman of the Year - Founder' s Award. Join them as they celebrate the winner and the New Year!
Learn how to prepare for being outdoors in winter as well as how to use snowshoes on Saturday, January 11 from 10 to 11:30am at Jacobsburg. We’ll go for a hike in snowshoes, stopping along the way to talk about outdoor scenarios and how to prepare for them. If we don’t get any snow, we’ll hike in our boots. The hike will be about two miles. Bring water and a snack. Wear waterproof boots and dress for the weather. Registration is required. You will be asked to specify your weight range when registering; this is to determine what size snowshoe you will need. You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
Join Bloom for another workshop in glass mosaic. The workshop will be done in 2 sessions - Tuesday, January 14th from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Choices are an 8x10 Cardinal, a 10x10 Moonlit Tree, a 12x12 Sea Turtle, a 12x12 flower or create your own simple design on a 8x10, 10x10 or 12x12 board (they can provide some guidance for a simple project). All supplies and guided instruction included. We allow up to 5 hours to complete the project. This workshop is suitable for participants 14 and older. Seating is limited - so make sure to register early!! REGISTER HERE
Bring your family along to Jacobsburg Environmental Education Center from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm on Friday, January 17 for a craft activity and movie night. We’ll be screening "Magic of the Snowy Owl". Learn about the intelligent and charming Snowy Owl and how it survives in its bleak Arctic home. Craft time starts at 6:30pm and the movie starts promptly at 7:00pm. Registration is required as supplies and seating are limited. You may preview the film online: http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/magic-of-the-snowy-owl-introduction/7833/
Live Bid Fur Auction
Pennsylvania Trappers Association District 10 Live Bid Fur Auction at Stockertown Rod & Gun Club (205 Le Fevre Rd. Stockertown, PA 18083), January 18th, 2020. Doors open at 8am, auction starts at 9am. PTA membership and furtaker's license required. Contact: Bob Counterman 610-759-9203.
U.S. Constitution's Meaning
On Saturday, January 18 at Bangor Library from noon to 1:00 pm, Upper Mount Bethel Township Supervisor, John H. Bermingham will present a program for youth in grades 5 to 8. The program is called "What the United States Constitution Means Today".
Annual Winter Bird Count
On Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 8:00am to 4:00pm, spend the day counting birds at Jacobsburg and other places within a 5-mile radius of the Visitor Center. Participants should dress for the weather and bring binoculars, warm beverages and a lunch. Registration is required. You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
Join Karin at Bloom Creative Studio on Saturday, January 18th @ 4 PM to create a beautiful Pine Cone Pallet painting. Cost of $25 includes all materials and instruction. Grab some friends and make an afternoon of it!
Join Bloom for another workshop in glass mosaic. The workshop will be done in 2 sessions - Tuesday, January 21st - 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM. Choices are an 8x10 Cardinal, a 10x10 Moonlit Tree, a 12x12 Sea Turtle, a 12x12 flower or create your own simple design on a 8x10, 10x10 or 12x12 board (they can provide some guidance for a simple project). All supplies and guided instruction included. We allow up to 5 hours to complete the project. This workshop is suitable for participants 14 and older. Seating is limited - so make sure to register early!!
Come to Jacobsburg on Saturday, January 25 from 8:00am to 4:00pm and venture into the Delaware Water Gap in search of Bald Eagles, one of the best areas in the east to view these magnificent birds. There is also a chance that we might see a Golden Eagle or Peregrine Falcon. This is a great opportunity for photographers. Please dress for the weather, bring a lunch and binoculars. There will be a stop for coffee and snacks along the way. Registration is required.You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
Birch Heart Pallet
Join Karin on Saturday, January 25th at 4 PM to create a Birch Heart Pallet just in time for Valentine’s Day!! Cost of $25.00 includes all materials and instruction. Every purchase made at Bloom is made with a purpose! You help a woman rebuild her life when you choose Bloom!
History of Snowshoeing
Learn how to snowshoe while learning the history of these helpful winter tools at Jacobsburg on Saturday, February 1 from 8:30am to 10:00am. If we don’t get any snow, we’ll focus on using trekking poles and hike in our boots. The hike will be about two miles, bring water and a snack. Wear waterproof boots and dress for the weather. Registration is required. You will be asked to specify your weight range when registering; this is to determine what size snowshoe you will need. You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
Friday, February 7, 2020 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Winter is a good time to observe animals and study their tracks. At Jacobsburg on Friday, February 7 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm you can learn how animals walk and how to identify them based on their foot shape. We'll spend the evening inside getting messy by making plaster casts. Registration is required. You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
Animal Tracks & Signs
Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00am to 11:30am. Could you tell if a bobcat was in the area? An owl? Take a walk through Jacobsburg in search of animal tracks and signs. Participants should dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes. If there’s snow, we’ll take the walk in snowshoes! Registration is required. You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
Did you know that you can find insects in winter? Join us on Saturday, February 8 from 1 to 2:30pm as we explore the Bushkill Creek in search of insects that are able to survive in cold, icy creeks during the winter months. Participants should dress for the weather. Boots and equipment will be provided. Registration is required. You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/
Slate Belt Senior Center
Blue Valley Farm Show Complex
8:00 AM-3:30 PM
Slate Belt Senior Center
Blue Valley Farm Show Complex
Bangor, Pa., Phone 610-588-1224
Hours: 8:00 AM-3:30 PM
Meals are served at 11:30 and must be
reserved by 10:00 AM one day prior
Cancellations must be done as soon as possible.
Darts, Tuesdays, 10:00 AM
Quoits, Tuesdays, 9:00-10:00 AM
Tai Chi, Tuesdays, 12:15 PM
Painting, Wednesdays, 8:00-11:00 AM
Exercise with Darla, Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 AM
Poker, Thursdays, 9:00 AM
CENTER CLOSED--HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS!
Council Meeting, Thursday, December 26, 9:00 AM
Events Meeting, Thursday, December 26, 1:00 PM
Mexican Trains, Thursday, December 26, 12:15 PM
Miss Julies Dance School, Friday, December 27, 10:30-11:00 AM
Create an action plan for the new year, Friday, December 27, 12:15 PM
Center will close at 12:30, Monday and Tuesday, December 30 & 31
Bangor Public Library