Since 1970, National Blood Donor Month has been celebrated in January in an effort to educate Americans about the importance of regular blood and platelet donations and the impact they can have on patients in need.
This January, the American Red Cross is thanking the millions of dedicated blood and platelet donors across the United States who roll up their sleeves and donate regularly. Because of their dedication, blood is available for patients whenever or wherever it is needed.
Individuals and businesses making contributions to charity should keep in mind some key tax provisions that have taken effect in recent years, especially those affecting donations of clothing and household items and monetary donations.
Twenty-six county conservation districts received funding to promote water pollution strategies across Pennsylvania.
Lehigh County Conservation District received $1,300 to conduct water quality educational seminars.
"As a member of the Conservation District, it is imperative that we work to maintain our waterways," watershed specialist and agricultural resource conservationist Laura Richenderfer said. "We want to remind the community that we are all stewards in protecting our natural resources, and together we can preserve these commodities for years to come."
Via is again offering Via Teen Winter Experience for teens and young adults with disabilities this December. Via Teen Winter Experience offers exciting and valuable experiences for participants between Christmas and New Year's when schools are typically closed.
Via Teen Winter Experience is Dec. 26, 27, 28 and 31, and is for teens and young adults from age 13 to 21. This program helps young adults with disabilities connect to their community through recreational, social, volunteer and educational activities to help prepare for adult life.
The Bethlehem Historic District Asssociation Holiday House Tour will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8.
The walking tour includes nine professionally decorated houses plus Historic Hotel Bethlehem, Salem Lutheran Church and Heckewelder Place, now home of the Bach Choir. Tickets for the tour are available at Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St.; Visitor Center, 505 Main St.; ArtsQuest Gift Shop. 101 Founders Way or online at www. artsquest.org.
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.