Messianic Jewish Congregation Beth El Gabor's public Hanukkah Candle Lighting Ceremony will be held 4 p.m., Dec. 8 (25 Kislev) at the synagogue, 1555 Linwood St., Bethlehem. Bring a menorah to light if so inclined.
There will be a 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15 Shabbat service and luncheon. The annual Hanukkah party will be held after sunset. There will be Havdalah and Menoral lighting, followed by a concert featuring the congregation's worship team. Call 610-419-1464 or visit www. bethelgibor.com.
The 34th annual Live Christmas Pageant will be held 1:45 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9 at the Eighth Avenue Rose Garden Band Shell at Union Boulevard and West Broad Street.
The LBCP committee is seeking seven major and other sponsors to cover costs. They are also looking for new committee members, as well as two baby boys age three to six months (non-speaking role) and walk-on volunteers of all ages for various roles such as shepherds, angels, townspeople and behind the scenes support.
Lehigh County Senior Center, 1633 W. Elm St., Allentown, will be hosting a free holiday concert 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 17.
The concert will feature the Good Vibrations Chorus, Timely Tappers and the Jazz Band.
Entertainers are all members of the center's various performance groups.
Light refreshments will be served.
For registration, call 610-437-3700.
Korean War veterans who served their country honorably may be eligible for a Certificate of Appreciation from the U.S. Secretary of Defense, according to state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th.
Any veteran who served in Korea between June 25, 1950 and July 27, 1953 may be eligible for this citation, which is signed by the Secretary of Defense.
The City of Bethlehem's Earl E. Schaffer Municipal Ice Rink is now open for public ice skating. Public skating is available 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays; and 7 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings.
Season passes are available for residents and non-residents. Group skating lessons have begun; hockey clinics are available 8 to 9 a.m. Saturdays. Call 610-865-7081 or visit www.bethlehem-pa.org.
The Allentown Music Club will be presenting "A Sacred December" 3 p.m. Dec. 2 at Hope United Church of Christ, 1031 Flexer Ave., Allentown.
Performers will be Helen Beedle, Susan Smith, Jeanne Harakal, Camille Vernarr, Rebekah Graver and Santa Peters.
Minsi Trails Boy Scouts and volunteers will be collecting nonperishable food Nov. 10 for the 26th annual Scouting for Food community food drive.
In addition to the door to door pickups, there will be dropoff areas at area Walmarts, Wegmans, Lafayette Ambassador and Team Capital branch banks, United Way of the L.V., Minsi Trails Council, Ray Price Dealerships and Bennet Toyota. For information, visit www.scouting4food.com or call 610-264-8551.
As holiday schedules get busy in the coming days and weeks, The Press and Blue Ridge Communications are asking the public to not forget those who have given so much.
Now in its third year of giving, we invite our readers to share in adding some of the warmth of the yuletide season with Keystone Soldiers and its Stockings for Soldiers program, by sending much needed and requested food and hygiene items and Christmas cards to our men and women spending Christmas away from home and stationed in such countries as Iraq, Afghanistan and Kuwait.
Carbon Lehigh Intermediate Unit #21 is offering driver education theory classes and behind- the-wheel training for qualified high school students in the following school districts: Allentown, Catasauqua, Northern Lehigh, Northwestern Lehigh, Palmerton, Parkland, Salisbury Township and Whitehall-Coplay.
The goal of the student driver eeducation program is to teach young people to be safe and responsible drivers.
Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski and Police Chief Roger MacLean have announced the promotions of Glen Dorney to captain and William Reinik to lieutenant.
Dorney was hired Feb. 17, 1997 and was assigned to the 3rd Platoon. He worked various details and was promoted to the rank of sergeant in November 2005 and to the rank of lieutenant in January 2011. Dorney is a member of the emergency response team and accepted the position of team commander in August 2007. Dorney in charge of PSA4 and has assumed the duties formerly held by recently retired Captain Stephen Mould.