Planned PennDOT Roadwork January 6-10
(Weather May Alter Plans)
Happening New Year's Day.....
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
Father Time & Baby New Year
Two common images of the New Year are Father Time and Baby New Year. They quite literally symbolize the end of one year and the beginning of the next, but they also have their roots in mythology and longstanding practice.
Father Time has his roots in Chronos, the Greek god of Time, and in the Holly King of Celtic tradition. Both are depicted in ancient stories as an old man, usually bearded, wearing robes and wise old expression. He usually carries a timepiece of some sort, reinforcing the idea that time is passing (and passing him by).
Baby New Year has its roots in the Greek god Dionysus, who was commonly depicted as a baby born at the end of what is our modern calendar year. Baby New Year is what lies ahead, the promise of rebirth and a new start, as the calendar turns over and January gives way to February all over again.
In the popular imagery nowadays, Father Time imparts his wisdom to Baby New Year, and the human experience begins anew in a new calendar year. The pair of images mirror the cycle of human life, compressed into 365 days.
The Eighth Day of Christmas.........
Mary, the Mother of Jesus (Day 8 January 1):
The Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God is a feast day of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the aspect of her motherhood of Jesus Christ, whom Christians see as the Lord, Son of God. It is celebrated by the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church on January 1, the Octave (8th) day of Christmastide.
The feast is a celebration of Mary's motherhood of Jesus. The English title "Mother of God" is a literal translation of the Latin title Mater Dei, which in turn is a looser rendering of the corresponding Greek title Θεοτόκος (Theotokos), literally meaning "Bearer of God" dogmatically adopted by the First Council of Ephesus (431) as an assertion of the divinity of Christ. The title is thus fundamentally Christological rather than Mariological
Did You Know That....
You lose nearly half of your taste buds by age 60.
Humans begin with about 10,000 taste buds. However, due to age, the way things taste changes over time. Taste buds really only last around ten days before changing.
Slate Belt Senior Center Celebrates Christmas
Linda Hill (L) is showing sheer determination in the frozen turkey bowling game held on December 20 at the Slate Belt Senior Center. One hundred and one seniors were treated to a catered Christmas dinner, games and dancing to the music of Jim Hummell. They also participated in celebrating the 95th birthday of Sylvia Molmar (R)
New Year's Traditions
Many New Year’s traditions that we take for granted actually date back to ancient times. This year, ring out the old and ring in the new with a new New Year’s tradition—or two!
Making a lot of noise - from fireworks to gun shots to church bells - seems to be a favorite pastime around the world. In ancient Thailand, guns were fired to frighten off demons. In China, firecrackers routed the forces of darkness. In the early American colonies, the sound of pistol shots rang through the air. Today, Italians let their church bells peal, the Swiss beat drums, and the North Americans sound sirens and party horns to bid the old year farewell.
Many New Year's traditions surround food. Here are a few: The tradition of eating 12 grapes at midnight comes from Spain. Revelers stuff their mouths with 12 grapes in the final moments of the year—one grape for every chime of the clock! In the southern US, black-eyed peas and pork foretell good fortune. See our recipe for Good Luck Hoppin’ John! In Scotland—where Hogmanay is celebrated—people parade down the streets swinging balls of fire. Eating any ring-shaped treat (such as a doughnut) symbolizes “coming full circle” and leads to good fortune. In Dutch homes, fritters called olie bollen are served. The Irish enjoy pastries called bannocks. In India and Pakistan, rice promises prosperity. Apples dipped in honey are a Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) tradition. In Swiss homes, dollops of whipped cream, symbolizing the richness of the year to come, are dropped on the floors—and allowed to remain there!
Although the pop of a champagne cork signals the arrival of the New Year around the world, some countries have their own beverage-based traditions. Wassail, a punch-like drink named after the Gaelic term for “good health,” is served in some parts of England. Spiced “hot pint” is the Scottish version of Wassail. Traditionally, the Scots drank to each others’ prosperity and also offered this warm drink to neighbors along with a small gift. In Holland, toasts are made with hot, spiced wine.
New Year’s Day was once the time to swap presents. Gifts of gilded nuts or coins marked the start of the new year in Rome. Eggs, the symbol of fertility, were exchanged by the Persians. Early Egyptians traded earthenware flasks. In Scotland, coal, shortbread and silverware were traditionally exchanged for good luck.
In Scotland, the custom of first-footing is an important part of the celebration of Hogmanay, or New Year’s Eve day. After midnight, family and friends visit each other’s home. The “first foot” to cross a threshold after midnight will predict the next year’s fortune. Although the tradition varies, those deemed especially fortunate as “first footers” are new brides, new mothers, those who are tall and dark (and handsome?) or anyone born on January 1.
The dawn of a new year is an opportune time to take stock of your life. Jews who observe Rosh Hashanah make time for personal introspection and prayer, as well as visiting graves. Christian churches hold “watch-night” services, a custom that began in 1770 at Old St. Georges Methodist Church in Philadelphia. The practice of making New Year’s resolutions, said to have begun with the Babylonians as early as 2600 B.C., is another way to reflect on the past and plan ahead.
Some customs and beliefs are simply passed down through the ages. Here are some of our favorite age-old sayings and proverbs.
The Live-streamed Eagle cam from Hanover Pa. is back for its sixth year. They are currently in their nest-building phase. Eggs are likely to be laid in mid to late February. Incubation time is about 35 days, meaning the eggs would likely hatch some time in late march. Click on the graphic, then click on arrow in the center, and see OTHER VIEWS in lower right. Click on that.
Regular Slate Belt Events This Week......
Wednesday January 1
Happy New Year
Thursday January 2
Blue Mountain Library - Open 10-12 & 6-8pm
Bangor Public Library - Open 10-8
Slate Belt Senior Center - Open 8-4. Blue Valley Farm Show
Story Time - Preschool children. Blue Mt. Community Library, Pen Argyl, 10:30am
Slate Belt Rotary - Scorecard, Wind Gap, 6-7pm
Plainfield Environmental Advisory Board - Municipal Building, 7:00pm
Slate Belt YMCA - Open 5:00am - 9:00pm
Friday January 3
Bingo - Wind Gap Fire Co., 6:45.
Blue Mountain Library - Open 10-12
Bangor Public Library - Open 1-5
Slate Belt Senior Center - Open 8-4. Blue Valley Farm Show
Slate Belt YMCA - Open 5:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday January 4
Blue Mountain Library - Open 10-12
Bangor Public Library - Open 10-4
Mission of Love Soup Kitchen - N. Main St., Bangor. 11-2
Bangor Yard Waste - Dump in container at Bangor Park, 8-12.
Slate Belt YMCA - Open 8:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday January 5
Bingo - Immaculate Conception. Doors 11:00am, Bingo 1:00pm
Fellowship Dinner - East Bangor UMC, 4-6.
Slate Belt Heritage Center - Open 12-3.
Slate Belt YMCA - Open Noon - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Public Service Announcements
PUMP Seeks 'Generous Contributions'
The PUMP food pantry is open to qualifying clients every Monday morning from 10:00 am to 11:30 am and again Monday evening 6:00 to 7:30 pm. Prior to receiving food assistance, clients must register and provide proof of residency. Families are permitted to receive food every two weeks.
Their monthly overhead is $4,000 which is needed to cover rent, electricity etc. To maintain this vital service to the community they are seeking "generous contributions" for additional, much-needed storage space and maintenance.
You may contribute by sending checks to PUMP, Box 69, Portland,PA 18351. You may also contribute by going to their website at pumppantry.com and clicking on the DONATE button.
Home Heating Assistance
LIHEAP is a federally funded program that helps individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. It also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing his or her heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.
The income eligibility guidelines for LIHEAP are set at 150% of the federal poverty income level. For example, the income limit for an individual is $18,735; for a couple, the limit is $25,365; and for a family of four, it is $38,625.
Residents may apply for LIHEAP online or by contacting the County Assistance Office in their county of residence.
Click here for additional information.
Support Group For Vets & First Responders
A new confidential support group for veterans and first responders is available at A Clean Slate on the corner of Broadway and First St. (Rt. 191) in Bangor.
The group meets the third Monday of the month from 7pm to 8pm. It is free.
A professional counselor will facilitate the group. All are welcome. No sign-up is needed. Call 610-452-9348 for more info.
Weona Calendars Available
After many months of hard work, the 100th Anniversary of Weona Park 2020 Calendar is completed. Put together by Walter Cole, former History teacher at Pen Argyl High School and member of the Slate Belt Heritage Center, it features pictures, past and present, of the park and events that took place there, as well as in early Pen Argyl.
This Limited-Edition Calendar is now available to purchase at a cost of $15.00, cash or check only. Checks should be made payable to “Pen Argyl Borough”. The Calendar is on display at the Blue Mt. Community Library, 216 S. Robinson Ave., Pen Argyl. To purchase or for more information, call Walt Cole at 610-863-6472.
Snowshoes and Hiking Poles Available
Snowshoes and Hiking Poles are available at Jacobsburg Visitor Center, 400 Belfast Road, Nazareth every Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. Borrow snowshoe equipment to use on Jacobsburg’s trails this winter! Snowshoes are available for folks of any age or shoe size, including small children. Snowshoes will not be made available during times of insufficient snow cover, usually at least six inches of snow is required. To borrow equipment, you must provide a driver’s license or other form of state issued identification.
For more information call 610-746-2801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can check our website for current winter conditions and snow depth: https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/WinterReport/Pages/default.aspx
You can also view and register for community programs online at http://events.dcnr.pa.gov/. If you need an accommodation to participate in a program please contact the park office at 610-746-2801 or email@example.com. With at least three days notice, interpreters for people who are deaf or hard of hearing are available for educational programs.
Struggling With Substances?
People struggling with substances can now walk in for drug and alcohol assessments at the Clean Slate Bangor, 100 South First Street St, Bangor 610-452-9348 Mondays from 10am - 12pm Many times this is the first step toward treatment and a new life.
BYM Meals at First UMC Wind Gap
Come for 100's of pizza crusts, along with peppers, Kind Bars, popcorn, and wheat crackers for the the community. Just come out to any BYM meal on Thursday nights 6-8 pm or even pick up some pantry items after worship on any Sunday 10AM..... First UMC 19 W. West St Wind Gap Pastor John Vidal.....570 426-0645.
Help Track Bald Eagle Population
The Pennsylvania Game Commission is asking for the public’s help to track the state’s growing bald eagle population. After reaching a low of just three nesting bald eagle pairs in the Commonwealth in the early 1980s, officials now estimate there are more than 300 nesting pairs here.
While bald eagles are no longer listed as a threatened species in Pennsylvania, they are still protected by the U.S. Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, which prohibits taking of the birds, nests or eggs. If you spot a bald eagle nest, please use proper etiquette to avoid disturbing the birds.
To review bald eagle nest guidelines, or to report your nest sighting to the game commission, click here.
Donations for St. John's Cemetery
Donations for St. John's Cemetery in Bangor are being accepted for maintenance. You can mail them to St. John's Cemetery c/o Carol Hummel, 136 Messinger Street, Bangor, Pa 18013.
"Weona 100" Requests
Pen Argyl Borough requests volunteers, personal stories from Community for “Weona 100.” A joint committee of borough officials and residents are planning a weekend of “Weona 100” festivities and activities on June 19-20, 2020. For more information about the Weona Park 100th Anniversary plans, contact Roberta Cowley at 484-695-2994 or email Weona100@gmail.com.
Heritage Center Monthly Schedule
2020: Sundays: January 19th @ 2:00 PM: “Slate Folk Art by John Reinhart. February 9th @ 2:00 PM: “Sheep to Shawl” by Hope Horn. March 8th @ 2:00 PM: “Leopold Conservation Farming Award” by Richard DiFebo.
Thursdays: April 9th @ 7:00 PM: “Textile Book Reveal & Signing” by Committee. May 14th @ 7:00 PM: “Garment – Textile Book Process” by Committee. June 18th @ 7:00 PM: Preservation Awards by Karen Brewer. July 9th @ 7:00 PM: 100th “Anniversary of Weona Park” by Walter Cole. August 13th @ 7:00 PM: “Anniversary of V-J Day” by Russ Stout. September 19th @ 7:00 PM: “1936 Slate Centennial Parade Video”. October 8th @ 7:00 PM: Haunted Heritage Program
Sundays: November 8th @ 2:00 PM: “Pearl Harbor Remembered” by Jim Paynter. December 13th @ 2:00 PM: “Great Slate Belt Trivia Contest” by Marc Blau
PEN ARGYL AREA HIGH SCHOOL - 2019-2020
FIRST HONOR ROLL - FIRST MARKING PERIOD
GRADE 12- Maria Basmas, Anthony Coppolella, Austin Crump, Alexis Dauley, Jillian DiAngelo, Allison Dudas, David Eibeck, Briana Fehnel, Megan Guthrie, Lucas Hahn, Madisyn Hatesaul, Kirsten Hendershot, Jaclyn Henrikson, Derek, Herfurth, Hannah Hine, Aifer Hodzhova, Busra Kara, Kamelia Kichline, Jacob Kunsman, Molly Kutz, Brooke LaBarre, Megan Lilly, Emma Lohman, Aidan McMahon, Gwendolyn “Draven” Morales, Ashleigh Mulroy, Chloe Mutchler, Daniel Oakley, Noelle Vargo, Cory Woolf
GRADE 11- Jared Albanese, Madison Billheimer, Cassandra Blasi, Aaron Calario, Jayson Corsetti, Mariela Dacheva, Kaden Fox, Michael Freda, Makenna Gill, Morgan Haros, Shelby Hauff, Katya Hoover, Jenna Horn, Katelyn Jiorle, Emily Johnson, Tristan Jones, Reese Karp, Emilee Katz, Elisabeth Kondisko, David LaBarre, Bree Lutz, Stella McCarthy, Ethan McCauley, Trent Miller, Elizabeth Minnich, Allyson Morcombe, Zachary Morro, Danielle Muyulema, Ariea O’Krepka, Delaney Porter, Chloe Sisson, Tyler Taylor, Madison Tyminski, Mikayla Velasquez, Erica Weaver, Katelyn Wilson, Jessica Zeiner
GRADE 10- Kayleigh Achenbach, Jonathon Ash, Emily Atwell, Dominic Baio, Rusanka Bashova, Mackenzie Billheimer, Frederick Blasi, Shanna Bobroy, Hannah Bonanducci, Jasmine Borger, Elise Dailey, Joseph DiAngelo, Acelynn Diaz, Liam Doney, Matthew Dunwell, Avery Edmonds, Rose Falletta, Kaley Fallos, Haley Flyte, Sevin Gegova, Janine Haros, Makiah Hatesaul, Daniel Hayes, Kayla Holley, Sophia Ianni, Bailey Jones, Hudson Kerzner, Isabella Kindrew, Kendall Lobb, Kennady Lorrah-Pfeifer, Michael Mack, Aiden Mains, Faith Morcombe, Maddison Moser, Kimberly Mountain, Sarah Pezzino, Morgan Rissmiller, Graham Rose, Cassidi Rutt, Alexa Scott, Madison Scott, Ethan Shotwell, Tagan Steward, McKenna Straub, Gabriella Valente, John Vanic, Marcus Vargo, Ann Weaver, Arica Wieder, Abigail Wilgus, Michelle Yu
GRADE 9- Austin Achenbach, Emma Albanese, Grace Bankowski, Nicholas Basmas, Mason Beers, Hayley Buskirk, Mason Caesar, Aiden Compton, Michael Culver, Ryan DeBellis, Elizabeth Dos Santos, Paige Edelman, Zoee Edmonds, Elaina Eibeck, Cassie Fisher, Alejandro Fontanez, Aryn Gipp, Gian Greggo, Jacob Guthrie, Alaina Hall, Jacob Hauff, Rylee Hege, Kamryn Heimbach, Christian Hershey, Kyree Jones, Kristoffer Kessler, Holly Larsen, Byrsten Lerch, Nicholas Liero, Benjamin Lochie, Adrianna Moore, Nicole Morris, Brook Muth, Matthew Oakley, Zoraya Page, Eli Pavan, Angelina Petrucelli, Alex Predmore, Matthew Rissmiller, Sawyer Smith, Elizabeth Stopfer, Kira Thompson, Braeden Tomsa, Georgiy Topa, Ella Wagner, Kylie Wedge, Alyssa Williams. COMPLETE HONOR ROLL
Audubon Climate Watch Survey
Changes to climate and the environment continue to have an impact on birds all around the world. The National Audubon Society created its Climate Watch project a few years ago to specifically track how birds may be responding to climate change.
You participate by observing birds in your area at a specific time using a specific protocol. Scientists will then analyze the data. Take note: The next survey will take place from January 15 through February 15, 2020, and is open to anyone with an interest in birds. Learn more.
Heritage Center 2020 Schedule
January 19th @ 2:00 PM: “Slate Folk Art by John Reinhart
February 9th @ 2:00 PM: “Sheep to Shawl” by Hope Horn.
March 8th @ 2:00 PM: “Leopold Conservation Farming Award” by Richard DiFebo.
April 9th @ 7:00 PM: “Textile Book Reveal & Signing” by Committee
May 14th @ 7:00 PM: “Garment – Textile Book Process” by Committee
June 18th @ 7:00 PM: Preservation Awards by Karen Brewer
July 9th @ 7:00 PM: 100th “Anniversary of Weona Park” by Walter Cole
August 13th @ 7:00 PM: “Anniversary of V-J Day” by Russ Stout
September 19th @ 7:00 PM: “1936 Slate Centennial Parade Video”.
October 8th @ 7:00 PM: Haunted Heritage Program
November 8th @ 2:00 PM: “Pearl Harbor Remembered” by Jim Paynter
December 13th @ 2:00 PM: “Great Slate Belt Trivia Contest” by Marc Blau
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.
Kaylee Holland Chosen for HOBY Program
June Jones Education Chair of Bangor Womens Club GFWC is proud to announce that Kaylee Holland a sophomore at Bangor Area High School has been selected to represent Bangor at the 2020 HOBY Leadership Training Program this Spring.
Kaylee is the daughter of Bron and Kerry Holland. She is on the varsity softball basketball, and field hockey teams. She is a member of the morning announcements team, and for two years has been an active member of Bangor's Student Government.
A member of the Bangor choir and chamber choir, she was also a cast member in the school's 2019 musical production of Mamma Mia!
Kaylee's older brother Colton attends East Stroudsburg University, her older brother Ben attends Bloomsburg University, and her younger sister Brynn is a freshman at Bangor.
Health Benefits for Winter Outdoors
Many people think that spending time outdoors in winter can lead to colds or the flu, however, it is spending more time indoors that leads to the spreading of these viruses. Studies show that there are numerous health benefits to spending time outdoors in winter, including:
These young boys practice shooting during a basketball clinic held at Bill Pensyl Gym in Bangor High School Monday morning conducted by head coach Colin Kessler. PHOTO GALLERY Sbtt Photo Larry Cory SEE VIDEO HERE
Winter is Great for Going Outdoors
There are many benefits to spending some time outdoors in the winter. One of them being that it will be less crowded, allowing you to really take in the peace and quiet that winter in the outdoors provides.
Other benefits include:
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/
Bird Count and Bird Walk
Great Backyard Bird Count & Winter Bird Walk will be Hosted by Waste Management's Grand Central Environmental Education Center Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 10 AM – 11:30 AM Waste Management's Grand Central Environmental Education Center
891 Grand Central Road, Pen Argyl.
The annual winter backyard bird count walk will be a fun outdoor adventure for all ages! Together, they will count birds and report them to the Great Backyard Bird Count. Bring your winter clothes, good walking shoes (or boots - they might have snow by then!) and your camera! This walk leaves promptly at 10am from the education center.
To register, contact Adrienne Fors (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave a message with our community line 1-888-373-2917.
*please watch post for bad weather event. We may reschedule*
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.
Bangor Public Library