Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, recently announced the awarding of $69,000 in competitive grants to local career and technical schools for the purchase of new equipment aligned to training students in high demand occupations.
Lehigh Career and Technical Institute, Lehigh County, was approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education for seven grants totaling $50,000 to purchase equipment for its welding technology, institutional food worker and logistics, materials and supply chain management programs.
The Earl E. Schaffer Municipal Ice Rink, 345 Illick’s Mill Road, offers public sessions 2 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Evening sessions are from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturdays.
Season passes for residents and non-residents of Bethlehem may be purchased in the recreation office, Room 506, City Hall, 10 E. Church St. or at the rink.
Group skating lessons for ages three and up are available Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays. Family lessons are available on Saturdays.
For more information, call 610-865-8583.
Allentown Public Library
The Allentown Public Library will display some of the 400 dolls in its collection during the month of December. The vast assortment of dolls from many different countries were donated by Harriet Backenstoe and Dorothy Knauss to the Allentown Public Library.
The Allentown Public Library is located at 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown.
For more information, call 610-820-2400 or visit www.allentownpl.org.
ALLENTOWN SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION is looking for 100 volunteers to read to kindergartners in 60 classrooms in 14 schools across the city. The next training is 2-3 p.m. Dec. 13 at Jackson Elementary Childhood Center, 517 N.15th St. Street parking is available. Background clearances are required; directions on how to obtain them will be distributed. The deadline to respond is Dec. 6. Call Vicki at 484-765-4121 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, recently updated district residents on the Blue Church Road South Bridge replacement project.
The 84-year-old bridge in Upper Saucon Township has been closed since last summer.
The bridge was closed due to safety concerns after an inspection revealed severe deterioration to the structure caused by flooding, according to a media release.
Looking for a gift for the holidays? Stop in at the Allentown Public Library for an appetizing cookbook called “What’s Cooking at the Library: 100 Years of Good Taste.”
The library’s centennial cookbook is priced to sell. For an additional fee, you can purchase a navy blue canvas book bag to go with it.
The holiday deal is running now through Dec. 29. The cookbook is available to shoppers who stop by the library’s front desk.
Copies are available at the library’s circulation desk with all proceeds benefiting the Allentown Public Library.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has approved a six percent toll increase for 2019 both for E-ZPass and cash customers; the increase is set to start 12:01 a.m. Jan. 6, 2019.
The toll increase will apply to all PA Turnpike sections and extensions, including the westbound Delaware River Bridge cashless tolling point (#359) in Bucks County, where tolls have not changed since January 2016.
Lehigh County Conservation District in partnership with the Pennsylvania Association of Conservation Districts, the Centers for Dairy and Beef Excellence, PA Agricultural Ombudsman Program and Penn State University will hold a two-day agricultural erosion and sediment and online mapping workshop.
This workshop will be held 5:30-8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12 at Lehigh County Agricultural Center, 4184 Dorney Park Road, South Whitehall.
Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, announced recently that $250,000 in school safety and security grants were awarded to school districts in the 18th District through the School Safety and Security Committee within the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency.
Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites 26th annual Holiday Dinner and Auction benefit, will begin with a benefactors reception 5:30 p.m., followed by a guest cocktail reception 6:30 p.m., Dec. 1 at ArtsQuest Center, Steel Stacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
The event marks the preservation of 20 historic structures, two National Historic Landmarks and the designation of Historic Moravian Bethlehem National Historic Landmark District to the U.S. tentative list for nomination to the UNESCO World Heritage List.