The Pennsylvania Department of General Services is seeking bids for the demolition of the Allentown State Hospital Campus.
The demolition would reduce the $2.2 million annual carrying costs spent by the Department of Human Services to secure and maintain the property in its current state.
The demolition would cover all buildings on the Allentown State Hospital Campus and return the property to green space.
The project scope also includes a provision for historic items to be removed from the property before demolition.
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, with organ, harp and flute, 5 p.m., Cathedral Church of the Nativity, 321 Wyandotte St. Visit www.nativitycathedral.org.
The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley, 2158 Ave. C, Suite 201, Bethlehem, has launched its 2018 Holiday Hope Chests program: Happiness in a Shoe Box.
This year there are 35 nonprofit organizations that have put in a total request for 7,500 shoeboxes.
The Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley’s goal is to meet their needs.
Help is needed to wrap and fill 7,500 shoeboxes. Every shoebox benefits a child in the Lehigh Valley.
· Complete a 2018 Donor Pledge Form. To see a list of agencies receiving the shoeboxes, visit their website.
Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites and ArtsQuest’s Christmas City one day admission combo ticket is now available for purchase.
The ticket, for Christkindlmarkt, Historic Bethlehem’s “Trees of Historic Bethlehem” exhibit and six historic Bethlehem attractions, is valid at Christkindlmarkt through Dec. 23 and at HBMS attractions through Jan. 14.
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 competitively priced.
For an additional fee, a navy blue canvas book bag is available to go with the cookbook.
The holiday deal continues through Dec. 29.
Copies are available at the library’s circulation desk with all proceeds benefiting the Allentown Public Library.
For more information about the cookbook, contact the library at 610-820-2400.
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.