The Earl E. Schaffer Municipal Ice Rink, 345 Illick’s Mill Road, recently opened to the public. Public sessions are 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Evening sessions are 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
There are different prices for youths 18 and under, adults and for seniors 62 and older. Skates are available for rental. Season passes are available for residents and non-residents.
For more information, visit bethlehem-pa.gov, call 610-865-7081 or stop by the recreation office, Room B506, City Hall, 10 E. Church St.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and the government of Puerto Rico have announced transitional sheltering assistance (TSA) is available to Puerto Ricans who are unable to return to their homes because they are displaced as a result of hurricanes Irma and Maria. This is one of several short-term housing options being offered to meet the demand for post-storm safe housing.
People in the three-county area who have been laid off permanently or indefinitely from their jobs have access to Lehigh Carbon Community College‘s employment retraining opportunities, including a tuition waiver. The ERO program is designed for those who have recently been affected by area layoffs and will help them find resources to get back on a career track.
Information sessions to learn more about the ERO are scheduled for the following dates, in the Alumni Center, room 107/108, main campus in Schnecksville:
•11 a.m. to noon Nov. 27
•2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 28
Brighten your home or office with beautiful flowers while supporting victims of violent crimes and their families in the Lehigh Valley.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is now accepting applications for home heating assistance, according to Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st.
LIHEAP is a federally funded program to help individuals and families pay their heating bills through home heating energy assistance grants. The program also provides crisis grants to help in the event of an emergency or if a resident is in danger of losing their heat due to broken equipment, lack of fuel or termination of utility service.
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The St. Luke’s Singers’ annual Christmas concert will be held Nov. 26 at Wesley Methodist Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem. The preludes begin 2:45 p.m. and the concert begins 3 p.m.
The St. Luke’s Singers is a renowned hospital-based choir that performs on behalf of St. Luke’s University Health Network, the Lehigh Valley’s oldest health care provider, founded in Bethlehem, the Christmas City, to care for steel workers in 1872.
Affordable Care Act marketplaces are now open through Dec. 15.
The most important thing people need to know is that financial assistance is still available and, according to the latest analysis from Health and Human Services, people can find even more affordable plans this year than in years past.
This year 80 percent of Pennsylvanians can find a plan because of the financial assistance available.
Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, will host hours in his district office in Coopersburg Nov. 3 for area veterans and their families to receive assisting regarding programs and benefits.
Appointments are available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for veterans to meet with a veterans outreach specialist from the American Legion to answer questions about veteran benefits and help file claims.
Some of the issues the outreach specialist can help with include:
*Compensation and pension claims
*Enrollment in the VA health care system
Lehigh Valley LaunchBox now offers an educational event series focusing on the unique challenges and victories of female entrepreneurs called LaunchBox Ladies: From Passion to Profit.
Using multiple formats including conversational interviews, videos and events, LaunchBox Ladies will share the stories of women at all stages of their businesses and careers.
A series of conversations are scheduled through summer 2018 and are free to students and the public on a limited first-come, first-served basis.
Lehigh Valley Health Network will administer free seasonal flu vaccinations for the 20th straight year for adults and children six months and older during two community sessions in November. Shots will be all drive-thru at Dorney Park Nov. 4 and at Coca-Cola Park Nov. 5. Shots will be offered 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day.