Yoga, meditation, anxiety workshops—oh my! If this week doesn't help you destress, detoxify, and get on with a blissful 2018, I don't know what will. Take advantage of the many ways to learn something NEW this week—including treating yourself a new restaurant during one of the four (!) restaurant weeks. Enjoy!
By Stephanie Eckelkamp
Chances are you're feeling pretty damn drained from these ridiculously low temperatures. Not to mention the post-holiday let down. So we've rounded up some feel-good events that are sure to warm the spirits, help you re-balance, and deliver a much needed mood boost.
Empowering Women Series at The Loving Piece (7pm/ $75 for 4 classes, $25 drop-in, cash or check only)
Women have gathered together for thousands of years to share their story, pass down wisdom, dissolve the walls of separation, and harness the power of the collective. Join like-minded women as Colleen Kelly (an energy healer, holistic health coach, and women-circle facilitator) creates a space that allows you to tap into the supportive power of community while you explore and celebrate your feminine essence, expand your idea of self-love, step into your full potential, and create the life you truly desire. Bring a journal and a bottle of water. More info here.
“Home Sweet Home” Wood Pallet Painting at Bottle & Bottega (6-9pm/ $40)
Go against the grain of boring night in! Grab a couple pals and head to Bottle & Bottega in Easton for a fun night of painting (even better, slightly buzzed painting if you choose to BYOB). You’ll get a 16x12 wood pallet, painting supplies, and some expert art instruction to create a rustic piece of home decor you can be proud of. Register here.
Fit4Mom Coffee Talk at Whole Foods (9:30-10:30am/ Free)
Get your morning dose of caffeine and join other moms in your community as you learn about the brand new Lehigh Valley chapter of Fit4Mom, the nations #1 provider of pre+postnatal fitness programs like Stroller Strides, Stroller Barre, and FIT4Baby. More info here.
Poetry & Pizza at Book & Puppet Co. (7pm/ $5)
Embrace your creative and artsy side for once! Hit up Book & Puppet Co. in Easton for a night of poetry and pizza. Come to read, or just to listen. Songwriters are welcome, too. Featured poets are scheduled in advance, but open sign-up starts at 6:45...if you’re feeling brave. Ages 16 and up. More info here.
Kickoff of Easton Farmers’ Market Winter Market (10-12pm)
Yaaas! Hit up Easton’s Winter Market beginning this Saturday January 13, 2018 and continuing through April on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month. Find fresh produce; pastured beef, pork and chickens; locally roasted coffee; fresh baked goods; kombucha; artisan cheese; local honey; and specialty products. More info here.
Argentine Tango Lessons for Beginners (10am-1:30pm/ $25-$35)
If you’ve vowed to step out of your comfort zone this year, consider this 3-hour tango workshop at The Baum School of Art in Allentown. No partner required! Total beginners will build a foundation of Argentine tango basics that will immediately give them a head start on the dance floor. Call or text Svetlana Howells at 484-553-6889 to register. More info here.
Nourish: Sacred Circle for Women at The Yoga Loft (2-4pm/ $20)
Join yoga instructors Melanie and Deanna for deep discussion, introspective journaling, powerful intention setting for the new year, and a deeply nourishing practice of restoratives and yoga nidra. Register here.
Yoga at the Brewery, Lost Tavern (10:30am/ $20)
Trade your Sunday brunch plans for an hour-long yoga class at Lost Tavern Brewing, including a pint of your choice and a 30 minute window after the class to relax and enjoy the taproom prior to the doors opening for business at noon. More info here.
Rest & Restore Workshop at AntiGravity Yoga (3-4pm)
After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season give yourself some time to rest and comeback to center. Incorporating supported poses with the use of props in a soothing environment. Incorporating elements of aromatherapy, inspirational readings and soothing music. A wonderful way to enter the new year and regain your perspective. Register here.
By Siobhan DeRemer
Welcome to 2018! It's time for new beginnings, goals, and a chance to start (or keep!) living well into January. Open your journal, calendar, or that stocking-stuffer notebook you got from your favorite aunt and set yourself up for greatness this year. We know you can do it! And we're here to help: Keep an eye out for articles from us on how to volunteer your time, get moving, eat well, and be healthy this coming year and check out some of these local events to start your year right!
Happy New Year! Ring in the new year with a massage from Elements Massage in Allentown or detoxing colonic treatment from Healing Hands in downtown Bethlehem, make a change with a cut/color from Sato Salon Organics in Allentown, or head to Elaine Zelker Photography in Easton to create your own vision board (5pm-8pm / $15). Head here to sign up and for more info.
Kid's Knitting Class (4pm - 5:30pm | $70)
If you're looking for a fun crafty activity for your little ones (though these classes are better for those ages 7+) before school starts again, sign up for this three-day class at Lille Syster in downtown Easton. Includes three 90-minute sessions where kids will learn to cast on and off, and even make a scarf and other little items. To sign up and check out more Kid's Classes, go here.
Intro to Tai Chi Talk (5:15pm - 6:15pm | Free)
Come in to meet the Yoga Loft in Bethlehem's newest teacher of tai chi, learn a bit more about the practice, and sign up for classes. Now's the time to start a practice if you've ever been interested in this spiritual and meditative practice. In case you miss this one, there's another on Wednesday morning at 10am! Register for the event here.
Special New Year New Vision Workshop (6pm - 8:30pm | $45)
If you've been digging around for your purpose and how to channel what 2018 might bring to you, head to Andrea Brock Healing in Bethlehem to help find your direction. Maximize your potential and start your year with meditation, numerology, and guidance.
Cooking Matters Cooking Course (2pm - 3pm | Free)
If cooking more healthfully is on your agenda for the new year, sign up at the Reference Desk at Allentown Public Library for this weekly afternoon course. You'll learn some basic nutrition and how to make simple and healthy meals.
Weekly Music Meditation & Reiki (4:30pm - 5:30pm | Class costs vary)
Carrie Beleno leads the first weekly hour-long class of the year at Beleno Spiritual Healing Center and the music and rhythm will lead the meditation. Spend an hour unwinding, working with breath and receive healing Reiki energy to boost and balance your body, mind and soul. Classes every Wednesday in case your first week doesn't feel as rhythmic as you'd like!
K. Shan Performance Fitness Training (7pm | Free)
Tired of big box gym experiences and want a more personalized experience? Check out the facilities and experts at K.Shan Performance Fitness in Bethlehem. There'll be a free nutrition presentation on Wednesday and then a goal-setting presentation on Thursday. We love a fitness community that empowers their members and knows their stuff!
Khineder Journey One Year Anniversary Sale (10am - 6pm | Free)
We found the lovely Khineder Creations (which we featured in this year's local gift guide) in Emmaus and can't wait to celebrate one year of their homemade items! Enjoy 25% off everything in their shop on Thursday & Friday!
North American Whisky Tasting at Red Stag (7pm - 9pm | $25)
Still not over the delicious tipples from your New Year's celebration on Sunday?? If you're still not satisfied, enjoy the amazing selection at McCarthy's Red Stag Pub and let them drop a little whiskey knowledge on you, too (at least do a little learning in the new year!). Four amazing options and enjoy a complimentary Lyft coupon on the Pub if you need it.
First Friday in South Side Bethlehem (6pm - 11pm | Free)
On the first First Friday of the year, tons of South Side business and shops in the SouthSide Arts District will be offering specials (think Bonn Place Brewing, Jenny's Kuali, and many more of your favorites), showing local art, and giving the chic home/furniture store Domaci an official welcome to their new home on the South Side (they're having a self-serve s'mores bar; how can you go wrong?).
Vinyl Night at Hop Hill Brewing (5pm - 10pm)
When you've freezed a bit supporting local art at South Side First Friday, bring your favorite vinyls and drinking pants down to Hop Hill Brewing. Every first friday through March, they'll be offering retro vinyl musical selections and, of course, their top-notch brews and local food.
Arts, Crafts & Drafts at Weyerbacher (12:30pm - 2pm | $30)
So we always love the idea of wining it up and painting a picture of your favorite animal, but what's even better is having options. Weyerbacher totally gets us and now has a chance for you to create anything you'd like with their various craft projects—and the first beer's included.
Ashtanga for Beginners, Part 2 (1pm - 3pm | $25)
If you joined Lehigh Valley Yoga for the first part of their Ashtanga workshop, they're continuing the practice with another 2-hour session focusing on the challenge of previous poses and building on finishing and refining your practice.
Hava Java Cafe Open Mic (7pm - 10pm | Free)
Every Saturday evening, local artists flex their musical muscles at local coffee hangout Hava Java in Allentown's West End Theatre District. Maybe their next lineup will include you? If not, there will certainly be a chair with your name on it to enjoy local tunes and a warm cup.
Kids in the Kitchen with Chef Ada (10am - 11:30am | $20/person; ages 7-11)
Chef Ada Chandler at Easton Public Market will guide kids through a recipe including hands-on demonstrations, tastings, and other interactive opportunities. This week: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies (we know we didn't have enough of these during the holidays). Let your kids learn the kitchen basics while you shop the market!
Ice Scraper 5K with Lehigh Valley Road Runners (10am - 2pm | $10)
LVRR offers you a perfect race to start your 2018 fitness and running goals off right. No-frills and fun, even for beginners, this race should be a great time to test out that new Fitbit, Apple Watch, or just your favorite new running tights.
Wine and Yoga at Folino Estate (11am - 12pm | $20)
Nearby in Kutztown, Folino Estate has some of the most beautiful event spaces—and wine, did we mention wine? Enjoy a yoga class in their private event space and a complimentary glass of wine afterward (along with 10% off in the restaurant or tasting room). Nothing says Welcome 2018 like a little wellness and a little wine, are we right?
Hate-to-Waste Regift Party (7pm | Free)
Let's be honest, not every gift you receive at the holidays is your fave, but we all know one's less-personal item might be someone else's treasure! Bring a wrapped gift you aren't in love with to Ashley's in Easton and trade for one that might be more your style—or just gift someone an item and enjoy snacks and drink specials to start the new year with a giving spirit.
*Got an event we should list in upcoming weeks? Shoot us an email here or leave a comment to be considered. We have final approval for all listings, but we love suggestions!
Oh 2017—you were a strange, strange beast. No matter how you feel about the year we've had, one thing remains true for all of us: it was a fantastic year to live in the Lehigh Valley. We hope these event roundups helped you fall in love with the LV over and over each week. Find more fun with the final events roundup of the year! Happy New Year to all!
We know, we know: It’s the week before Christmas and you’re probably crazy busy buying last minute gifts, wrapping them, and trying not to freak out about how you have no idea what to get your boyfriend’s dad. (Or is that just me?? Also, suggestions welcome.) But if you do happen to find yourself with some downtime, we highly recommend spending it doing one of the following kick-ass Lehigh Valley activities.
By The Editors of Live Well (Nina, Steph, and Siobhan)
Newsflash: You don't need to buy all of your holiday gifts on Amazon this year! The Lehigh Valley has some killer shopping, especially if your friends and fam (or even you!) are into fitness, health, sustainable living, and self care.
Here, we've curated a list of unique gifts for foodies, yogis, health nuts, athletes, and wellness junkies. And the best part? You can feel good about supporting the little guy and spend zero time waiting for packages to arrive. Now go do some shopping!
1. Barre3 10-Class Packs at 20% off
The three of us at Live Well are totally sold on how well barre3 can train your body, your brain, and your well-being, but if you (or someone you know) need a little more convincing, now’s the perfect time to grab a pack of 10 classes for a super low price (through 12/22)! These sales aren’t often, so if you’re in the mood for a fitness makeover or just need that extra motivation to get back into class, now’s your chance. -SD
2. Keep Cup from Tucker Silk Mill
Kill two birds with one stone: Hit up Tucker Silk Mill, Easton’s new Aussie cafe, and while you’re there, buy your favorite coffee-loving pal one of these expertly designed 8- or 12-ounce Keep Cups ($15 and $18, respectively). Not only are they cute AF with their colorful lids and cork sleeve, but they’re made of glass, so they won’t leach funky toxins into your brew, and so you won’t fill up landfills with disposable paper cups. Bonus: After you buy one, you’ll enjoy a discount on your to-go coffee from Tucker whenever you use it. -SE
3. Coffee from Homestead Coffee Roasters
Give someone some socks, they’ll thank you for a day. Gift someone a bag of incredible, locally-roasted coffee that will give them LIFE every morning, they’ll be thanking you for weeks to come! I’ll be putting bags of Homestead Coffee Roasters coffee (just $12.95 and up) in all my stockings this year. Their Black Eddy’s Darkness is the easiest way to turn your favorite Folger’s drinker into a full-on coffee snob. The Bourbon Barrel Aged is an organic Colombian that tastes like warm vanilla happiness in the morning, and their 2018 Winter Roast is an approachable medium body in a festive tin. Pick up a bag at The Joint or Roasted, both in Bethlehem, or at one of these locations for the best smelling stocking around! -NE
4. Miss Melanie Yoga Classes, Retreats, And Workshops
Melanie Smith is a local fitness and yoga gem. If you haven’t experienced one of her SUP or studio yoga classes, now is the perfect time to gift one to yourself (hey, we won’t judge!) or someone you love. While SUP isn’t happening during the winter, you can always buy a class card now to plan for a fun future outing, or check out one of the upcoming retreats (she's hosting one in the gorgeous mountains of North Carolina this May!) or workshops . Be sure to check out her local yoga studio schedule, too, and grab some gift certificates from those spots while you’re at it. Your mind and body will thank you! -SD
5. “Run” Necklace From House of Metalworks
We’re big fans of House of Metalworks in general for their unique custom jewelry, but we’re especially partial to this simple but beautiful necklace--perfect for your running-obsessed friend who has just completed her first half or full marathon. It’s a double-sided charm and you can pick a distance to engrave on the back. Find it at House of Metalworks in Emmaus or shop online at their Etsy store. -SE
6. Sustainable Holiday-Scented Candles from Hilltop Candle Company
How about a locally-poured candle that won’t give you a headache? That sounds like a doubly good gift to me! Hellertown’s Hilltop Candle Company is pours all-natural soy candles in truly heavenly scents for just $8 to $14—this year’s holiday selections are Mulberry + Mistletoe, Peppermint + Cypress, Pinecones + Amber, and Hot Cocoa. Why buy soy? It burns cleaner, 50% longer, and is a renewable resource compared to paraffin, a petroleum byproduct that produces more soot. Find them in their Etsy shop or at the following locations: Tangent Crafts in Emmaus, Adorned Boutique in Hellertown, Charming Grace Boutique in Hellertown, and Wehrung’s Lumber and Home Center in Ottsville, and the pop up shop at LIT on Sunday 12/17! -NE
7. ND Wheelhouse Class Pack Or Membership
If you’ve been itching to find your new favorite cardio activity (or if you’re already a devoted cycling enthusiast), bring or gift a friend to ND Wheelhouse in Allentown. You can purchase class pack punch cards or spring for a membership if you know of someone who would love to sweat through one of Natalie’s Rip 60 classes on the regular. (Also, if you’re looking to give class packs for a discount, check out the sweet Groupon deal they’ve got going right now!) -SD
8. Khineder Creations Toxin-Free Skincare Products
Umm, first of all, did you even know there was a shop in Emmaus that sells locally made, chemical-free, absolutely amazing skincare products? We just discovered Khineder Creations, and we couldn’t be more pumped about it. Hit up their Emmaus store, or shop online (and get 10% off all orders throughout December), for unique and totally natural goodies that make perfect stocking stuffers like Organic Deodorant ($12) containing anti-microbial tea tree oil, Instant Repair Face Oil ($30) made with grapeseed and rosehip oils, and lavender and frankincense essential oils, and Body Sculpting Scrub ($18) featuring detoxifying activated charcoal, and lip balms ($6). -SE
9. Lavender Keychains from The Lavender Farmette
Have you heard of The Lavender Farmette? This mother & son owned and operated micro-farm is just outside of Emmaus, but its beautiful, lavender-scented (Naturally! Of course!) treats will transport your lucky gift recipients to a lush lavender field in France. So many gift giving options, including lavender goat’s milk soap, floral water, pillow sachets, hand salves, and candles. But if I have to pick one thing to give from The Lavender Farmette, it would be the lavender keychains. The tiny little pillows are filled with farm-grown lavender that soothe you wherever you go! -NE
10. Healing Hands Massage and Spa Treatments
When the stress of the holidays has finally subsided, that’s when self-care can really start. (Though, if you need a quick stress-busting meditation, check ours out right here.) Healing Hands Massage and Wellness Center in Bethlehem has plenty of services to help cure tight muscles and much more. They allow you to choose your gift certificates (which you can buy online) by amount or services, too, so you can gift toward that 90-minute massage or go all in on a 30-minute organic facial. -SD
11. Pottery, Jewelry, and Wooden Creations from Artists at Heart
Artists at Heart is a cooperative venture of artists and fine crafts people in the Lehigh Valley area, and they’ll be setting up shop at Bethlehem’s Christmas City Village Open-Air Christmas Market through December 23. We’re particularly excited about their stoneware pottery, which you can also buy on their Etsy shop! -SE
12. Healthy Homemade Dog Treats from The Dining Dog
If you don’t have a separate stocking for your pet, are you really a pet owner? Okay, of COURSE you are, and this is the easiest way to win over the dog lover in your life! The Dining Dog is truly a Lehigh Valley gem. They do fresh, daily yogurts and meal packs for pets on any diet imaginable, and their homemade cookies and pup-friendly cakes make for an adorable and Instagram-worthy celebration. Snag their holiday selections--iced so beautifully it’s hard to tell they’re for pets--before they’re gone! -NE
13. Banana Factory Arts Classes
The holidays can bring out the inner craft god/goddess in all of us, so keep that crafty momentum going with a gift of classes from the Banana Factory Arts Center. Even for the art impaired among us (*raises hand*), classes there serve all levels with subjects like photography, glasswork, jewelry, ceramics, drawing, and so much more. Many classes are geared toward kids, teens, and families, and include a variety of price ranges. Give the gift of creative inspiration this year! -SD
14. Aardvark Sports Shop Gift Certificate
I know what you’re thinking--gift certificate on a gift guide?! Hear me out: good running shoes are really, really important for preventing injury. They’re a big ticket item, but when you gift the walker or runner in your life some money toward their next pair of sneakers at Aardvark in Bethlehem, you’re also gifting them the opportunity to get professionally fitted. I can tell you firsthand, it’s an experience like no other. Plus: receive one Aardvark dollar for every $10 you spend--even on gift certificates! -NE
15. Himalayan Salt Lamp from The Loving Piece
How freakin gorgeous are Himalayan salt lamps? They’re perfect for adding a calming pink glow (and a little dose of magic) to any room, and your friend who’s just a little woo woo will certainly appreciate their charm. You could buy one from Amazon, but we suggest hitting up The Loving Piece in Easton instead so you can check them out in person and peruse their collection of other charming goodies, including this Starter Kit Crystal Bag ($22), which makes a great stocking stuffer. -SE
16. Locally Brewed Gifts
If you’ve got a beer-loving friend, the craft beer options in the Valley will have them jollier than Old Saint Nick. Grab a growler and your favorite trusted tap selection from one of the many local options like Funk, Hijinx, Two Rivers, Weyerbacher, Hop Hill, Bonn, Lost Tavern, or Sole. (If Sole is your go-to, snag some of their merch, including their gorgeous glassware, right here.)
If a growler is a little much to commit to (or you need a little more shelf life from your beer), create a custom mixed six pack from some of the best bottled beer distributors in the Valley: Cork & Cage in Allentown (check out their current selection here), Shangy’s in Emmaus, or Tanczos in Bethlehem (selection here). Their selections are bound to please beer newbies and experienced drinkers alike. -SD
By Siobhan DeRemer
The craze of the holidays is hitting us all hard and when you live around or in the Christmas City, it's bound to be a part of your schedule (even if you haven't penciled it in)! Here are a few local event highlights this week to help you feel festive and fulfilled. Mark your calendars and put yourself in control of your own holiday spirit!
Pre-Holiday Stress Buster Drumming at Living Room Yoga (7:30pm-11:30pm/ $10)
Join Lehigh Valley Drum Circle for some meditative drumming, focused breathing, and guided imagery and start your week playfully and stress-free. If the flow hits you and you want more, check out their other drum circle events throughout the month. More info and registration here.
Drink ‘n’ Draw at Steel Stacks (7pm-10pm/ Free)
Grab a cocktail to keep warm and come sketch to your heart’s content at Steel Stacks for their monthly drink & draw event. This month’s will be holiday themed and includes live model sketching time. Free to join, but find out more about the group here.
Asanas, Bubbles & Chocolate at Barreform (7pm-8:30pm/ $18)
Enjoy the ABCs of the season with a yoga flow from Laurel at Barreform in Bethlehem and ending with chocolate and bubbles. Not a bad way to spend a midweek evening! While you’re there, check out the other amazing Pilates, reformer, and barre classes this studio offers. More info and sign up here.
Canvas & Cocktails at Triple Sun Spirits (6:30pm-9pm/ $25)
Homemade gifts can be some of the most meaningful ones out there, so get your drink on from some of the delicious tipples from Triple Sun in Emmaus and let Kristina from Paint of Mind guide you through painting a snowy barn scene. Get your creative juices flowing—even if it’ll never end up on someone’s fridge. More info and tickets here.
Allentown Public Library Used Book Bag Sale (10am-7pm/ $5)
APL has the readers on your holiday shopping lists in mind this year—not to mention your wallet! Purchase a brown bag from the library for $5 and fill it to the brim with assorted titles from the APL collection. All proceeds benefit the library; can’t go wrong there! More info here.
Healthy Happy Hour at Greenmouth with Local FolkPunk Artist (5pm-6:30pm/ Free)
Hit up Greenmouth’s Healthy Happy Hour with special guest, Bronze for Birdy, a passionate FolkPunk, baritone, ukulelist, songstress, and local artist. Come out for some good tunes and great samples (and discounts!). More info here.
Jazz in the Christmas City (8pm-11pm/ Free)
Spice up your trip down to the South Side by stopping by Steel Stacks for some live piano and jazz vocals. Whether you’re stopping by on the way to or from Christkindlmarkt or just in need of a relaxing evening, grab a drink and check out local jazz artists inside the ArtsQuest building. More info here.
All Level Holiday Open House at Blue Lotus, Nazareth (9am / Free)
Blue Lotus’s new location is open to the public with a morning including an all level yoga class, refreshments, and a drawing for a month of unlimited classes. Registration is required and can be done through phone or at the studio. More info here.
Lit Pop Up Holiday Mart (10am-3pm/ Free)
Get some more gifts off your list and browse the collection of ceramics, jewelry, artwork, and more from local artists that Lit will have on display. And, of course, while you’re there, be sure to sample some coffee or a seriously delicious baked good from Lit’s masterful kitchen.
‘Tis the season for Salutations! This Sunday is the day for yoga events, so we’re including a number of them for your choosing. Namaste on, Live Well-ers.
Yoga & Bruch at Easton Public Market (8am-9:30am/ $18)
With Easton Yoga & Greenmouth Table. Register through Easton Public Market.
Pints & Poses at the Tap Room at Weyerbacher Brewing (10am-11am/ $20)
Ticket price includes class, beer cocktail, and some snacks. Grab tickets here.
Yoga at Lost Tavern Brewery (10:30am/ $20)
Yoga lead by Chris MoDavis Yoga, pint of your choice, and a full 30 minutes to hang out before normal business hours begin. Sign up to save your spot at the taproom on Main Street in Hellertown.
Detox-Retox Yoga at Eight Oaks Distillery (11am-12pm/ $20)
Enjoy a hatha flow class, specialty cocktail, and light snacks. Grab tickets here.
*Got an event we should list in upcoming weeks? Shoot us an email here or leave a comment to be considered. We have final approval for all listings, but we love suggestions!
The holiday season is HERE and boy, am I already feeling it! Downtown Bethlehem is bustling, the Lehigh Valley Mall is a zoo, and my Amazon cart is growing by the minute. Looking forward to checking out a few of these festive events that promise to keep us all calm and collected this holiday. Plus, who doesn't love a good tree lighting?
Need a post-holiday reboot and recentering? We do too. That’s why we’re extra pumped for some of this week’s events, including a guided meditation, a 5k race, and a plenty of yoga to help get your mind and body back in balance. Of course, there’s also happy hour yoga at Triple Sun in case you need to be eased back into your healthy routine.
Keep reading to see all this week has to offer!
Yoga Happy Hour at Triple Sun Spirits (6-8pm/ $15)
Revitalize and reinvigorate yourself with an hour of instructor-led yoga followed by a delish cocktail made with Triple Sun Spirits liquor. Register here.
Monday Meditation at The Loving Piece (6:30-7:30pm/ $10 cash)
Starting the holiday season with meditation sounds like just what we all need (even if we don’t think we have time for it). Relax and slow down for an hour at the Loving Piece with this guided session with a chance to share your thoughts with the group afterward. More info here.
Bethlehem's Christkindlmarkt (through Dec. 23rd/ $9 for adults)
Hit your daily step count with ease as you peruse the aisles of handmade works (like gorgeous ornaments and nutcrackers) by more than 150 of the nation’s finest artisans at the 25th season of Bethlehem’s Christkindlmarkt. More info here.
Holiday Art Mart at The Art Establishment (through Dec. 23rd/ Free)
Browse the handmade gifts and support local artwork from 15 local vendors as you check family and friends (or yourself) off your holiday list this year. More info here.
Lehigh County Humane Society Giving Tree (through Dec. 24th/ Free)
Make a pup or kitty happy this holiday by stopping by the shelter in Allentown and grabbing a ticket from the Giving Tree that lists an item each dog and cat needs. Gift suggestions include toys, bowls, medical treatments, or bedding. You can also sponsor an animal for the season if you can’t visit in person! More info here.
Eat, Drink, and Speak Spanish at Tapas on Main (5-7pm/ Free to participate)
Want to brush up on your Spanish but have no one to practice with? Head to Tapas on Main to do just that in a low pressure environment with free appetizers and $5 sangria! (We’re all about that liquid courage because our skills aren’t so bueno.) More info here.
Yoga Jewelry Trunk Show at AntiGravity Yoga Lab (5-7pm/ Free)
Shop some of the prettiest yoga-inspired Jeanne Verger jewelry as you sip on wine and nibble on tasty appetizers. Bonus: There’s also a hot yoga class that will be held from 5:45-6:45pm if you want to make the most of your trip to the AntiGravity Yoga Lab. More info here.
Cookie Workshop at Sweet Girlz Bakery (6-9pm/ $75)
Take our money! If you want to bake Christmas cookies for gifts, but don't want the mess or clean up, come bake in the Sweet Girlz Bakery in Easton. You'll leave with 10+ dozen cookies to share in flavors like chocolate chip, peanut butter, coconut drop, chocolate crackle, cinnamon crisp, molasses, sugar, and oatmeal raisin. More info here, and call to reserve your spot!
Zwift Virtual Reality Bike Ride at Trek Bicycle Store (various times/ free)
You shouldn’t cancel your weekend bike ride just because it’s cold outside. Head to the Tilghman Street or Bethlehem Trek Bicycle Store to check out Zwift, an immersive cycling workout/game that takes you across beautify virtual landscapes as you pedal indoors. More info here.
Artistic Flow at Easton Yoga (12-3:30pm/ $45)
If you’re looking for something to spark your creative senses, this is just the thing: a 90-minute guided flow followed by a fluid acrylic painting lesson, a freeing form of painting that uses a mix of mediums to effortlessly create abstract patterns and colors reminiscent of the natural world. Tickets and more info here.
Ice Scraper 5K Race (8:30am check-in time/ $10)
Get your winter run on with the Lehigh Valley Road Runners as the Ice Scraper race series kicks off in Little Lehigh Parkway. If you’re a beginner or looking to get yourself back out there and take a break from holiday stress, sign up here.
*Got an event we should list in upcoming weeks? Shoot us an email here or leave a comment to be considered. We have final approval for all listings, but we love suggestions!
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By Stephanie Eckelkamp
There’s certainly a nip in the air, and at least for us, that triggers cravings for everything from hot chocolate to mac and cheese to big old cinnamon buns. All things that, unfortunately, are low in nutrients, high in calories, and cause mood-wrecking blood sugar spikes and dips (we fully support them in moderation, though, especially hot chocolate with a splash of Bailey’s).
So during a season with minimal sunlight in which we’re all feeling pretty blah in general, save for the holiday giddiness, you might want to take it easy on these seasonal comfort foods.
But what exactly should you eat?
“As the seasons change, your body changes too. Eating nutrient rich, fresh, and local foods is a great way prepare for colder weather, revitalize your body, and promote well-being,” says Dr. Kristen Bentson, owner of YouAnew Lifestyle Nutrition in Bethlehem.
Turns out, even though there’s less of a variety than summer, there’s still plenty of fresh, seasonal fruit and veggie picks to choose from that are brimming with nutrients that benefit both physical and mental health.
We asked Bentson, along with Gina Hassick, registered dietitian and owner Easton-based Eat Well with Gina, to share their top foods for nourishing the mind and body as the mercury drops.
All citrus is in season, but clementines gain points with us since their so easy to peel. And Bentson loves them too: “Clementines may look little, but they are power packed with nutrients. They’re a great source of cancer-kicking limonoids, immune-boosting vitamin C, and inflammation fighting zeaxanthin,” she says.
Get your fix: Bentson loves combining clementines and mixed raw nuts for a simple and fast go-to snack. You can add slices of clementine to a fresh salad too.
2. Winter Greens
We get it, salads might not be your go-to in winter, but that doesn’t mean you should pass up seasonal greens like kale, swiss chard, and spinach. “Greens provide quality nutrients, like magnesium, iron, and B vitamins, that help curb cravings, energize, and improve metabolic and brain health,” says Hassick. “They also have a calming effect on the body.”
Get your fix: Greens can be easily incorporated into smoothies and salads, sautéd in olive oil for a side dish, or mixed into a soup, suggests Hassick. Don't feel like making your own smoothie or salad? Hit up a healthy local eatery like Greenmouth. “I love enjoying a nutrient packed lunch or smoothie while enjoying the peaceful atmosphere,” she says. “Places like this nourish your mind and body not only through the foods they provide, but also their environment.”
“Beets get their color from betalains, a pigment which is known to reduce inflammation and support the body’s detox system,” says Bentson. “But be sure not to overcook your beets. To preserve delicate nutrients, keep roasting time under one hour.”
Get your fix: “Nothing beats lightly roasted beets,” says Bentson, who recommends sourcing local beets from Bechdolt Orchards in Hellertown. Here at Live Well, we roasting our beets along with sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts for a nutrient-packed trifecta of winter veggies.
4. Whole Grains
Skip the mac and cheese and opt for some whole grain goodness. “Whole grains like brown rice, oats, and quinoa provide fiber, protein and essential amino acids that our mind and body need to stay healthy,” says Hassick. “Whole grains can help provide steady long-lasting energy, keeping blood sugars more steady through out the day therefore reducing cravings.”
Get your fix: Try a grain bowl! Start with a whole grain base like quinoa, then add some goodies like sautéed kale, sliced apple, toasted pumpkin seeds, roasted root veggies, and chicken, then finish everything off with a warm vinaigrette.
5. Winter Squash
Squash is one of those food we gagged on as a kid, but can’t get enough of as adults. And that change of heart, it turns out, is awesome for our health. “Squash also pairs perfectly with seasonal flavors like cinnamon and ginger. Plus, it's great source of vitamin A and even contains some omega-3 fatty acids,” says Bentson.
Get your fix: When the weather gets cold, nothing is better than a warm bowl of butternut squash soup. Bentson recommends trying out her creamy Apple and Butternut Squash Soup.
It’s time to get on board with this underutilized root veggie! “If you like carrots, you'll love it's close relative, the parsnip,” says Bentson. “This uniquely white root vegetable is rich in B vitamins, iron, calcium, and potassium.”
Get your fix: Try them mashed with potatoes, raw in a salad or roasted with onions, garlic, carrots, and Brussels sprouts, suggests Bentson.
by Siobhan DeRemer
We're here again highlighting healthy, fun, and wellness-friendly events happening all around the Lehigh Valley this week! Mark your calendars and check back here each week for even more options; as always, let us know if we missed something or you'd like to add to this list each week.
Spirits & Wellness with Body Elite at Triple Sun Spirits (7pm - 9pm/ $15)
Join the trainers and experts from Body Elite in Allentown (if you didn't make the Open House last week or you want even more info!), a health club centered on wellness and health education in addition to fitness. They're pairing a short training session with the small-batch mixology of Triple Sun Spirits. Come find out what BE is all about and enjoy local spirits. More info and sign up here.
As we've mentioned on other Monday lists, if you want to start your week of with a little mindfulness and yoga, head to the Yoga Loft at 6:30pm with Melanie Smith Yoga for a $16 drop-in class from their Empowered in Practice series.
It's Health-Forward Tuesday in the LV this week. The three events we found are centered around your health questions, wellness solutions, and natural remedies for health concerns.
Essential Oils for Cold and Flu Season (1pm - 3pm/ $30)
Join Certified Aromatherapist,The Aroma Girl, Suzanne Stout, at Beleno Healing Center for 2 hours of learning how essential oils can help you breathe easier this winter. Bonus: you get to create and take home your own aromatherapy! More info and tickets here.
Answers to Your Thyroid Questions (6pm - 7pm/ Free)
One of our founders battles with a thyroid disease, and she’ll be the first to tell you: there are a LOT of questions. Here’s a free way to get some of yours answered at Kirshner Health Solutions in Allentown! More info and tickets here.
Intestinal Hyperpermeability "Leaky Gut" Class (6pm - 7pm/ Free)
Join Herbalist Cheryl Karcher at Nature's Way in Easton as she explains how important the intestinal health is to the entire body, combating chronic health issues and how to improve and heal your gut. Event is free, but registration is required. More info here.
Healthy Living Wednesday at Easton Public Market (2pm - 3pm/ Free)
Easton Public Market has healthy recipes and options on the top of their list and this event every third Wednesday of each month helps you put eating well at the top of your list, too. This free event includes Nutritionists Alison Unger and Carissa Hrichak from Easton Hospital for tips, techniques, and recipes with your health as the focus. The healthy cooking demos and recipes focus on delicious and nutritious foods with health benefits for you and your family. More info here.
Healing Hands Massage and Wellness Center Grand Re-Opening (5pm - 8pm/ Free)
One of our favorite massage and wellness centers in the area has expanded to three floors of services and they are having an Open House to thank those who have made it possible! Enjoy a complimentary chair massage, cocktail, foot soaks, and food by Corked on Main Street in Bethlehem to celebrate this local wellness success. More info here.
Wine'd Down Workshop at Banana Factory: Succulent Wall Hanging (6:30pm - 9pm/ $55)
Create a succulent-inspired wall hanging using wool, fabric, and yarn to weave a beautiful, impossible-to-kill (our favorite part!) piece of artwork for yourhome or to give as a gift. Teaching Artist Mallory Zondag will lead the class, and a voucher for a glass of wine or beer will be provided to students to get the creative juices flowing! All materials are included. This class is for students aged 21 and older. More info here.
Grand Opening of Cafe Frais in Allentown (8am - 8pm/ Free)
The chefs behind the Tre Locally Sources food truck have opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Allentown and their grand opening promises to be a yummy one. Highlighting local ingredients and fresh brunch/lunch ideas, this place seems like it'll be on our list of favorites soon! More info here.
Saturday Sample Sale at Essence of Health (11am - 2pm/ Free)
We love a good try-before-you-buy situation. Sip some traditional Ayurvedic beverages or some delicious bone broth while you learn more about what Essence of Health in Easton has to offer! More info here.
LV Vegan s'MAC DOWN (2pm - 5pm / Free)
12 local LV vegan chefs are here to fulfill your mac & cheese needs! Open to the public, you can try the local takes on this comfort food, vote for your favorite, and see what other restaurants in the area have for vegan options, too. More info here.
Paddle Board Yoga at Allentown YMCA (1:30pm - 2:30pm/ Free)
Fall may have finally arrived in the Lehigh Valley, but you can close your eyes and pretend you’re on a warm, still lake during this paddle board yoga class. And thanks to Cancer Support Community Greater Lehigh Valley, this class is free to anyone affected by cancer. Get more info and register here.
Yoga and Brunch at the Easton Public Market (8am-9:30am / Cost: $18)
Is this the best Sunday ever?! I think so. Join Easton Yoga and Greenmouth Table at the Easton Public Market for the ultimate #selfcareSunday! More info here.
Pints & Poses Yoga at the Brewery (10am - 11am/ $20)
This month’s Pints & Poses event will be held at the Tap Room at Weyerbacher! $20 gets you a great yoga class, a beer cocktail, and snacks—what more could you ask for? Grab your mat and get tickets here.
by Siobhan DeRemer
Late fall is officially here in the Lehigh Valley (my flannel is out in full form) and that's the signal to move the outdoor wine and beer drinking inside, or at least to your closest fire pit. And what better to throw in your glass as you warm up than a pour of some local booze? The Valley has a number to choose from, but we're throwing a spotlight on our friends at Triple Sun Spirits.
Paired with the mind and passion of former brewer Kristofer Kwant, the spirits at Triple Sun are created in-house with an authentic small-batch style, giving them character and utilizing an environmentally friendly process. Kwant's got his sights set on providing the Valley with not only top-notch artisanal spirits, but also a community business that involves other local makers in its process. So far, Triple Sun has partnered with Hardball Cider and Weyerbacher, with more to come in the future. Their location is also a hotspot in Emmaus, situated right next to Yergey Brewing Company, and host to delicious local food trucks and events of all kinds (including one of our favorites: Yoga Happy Hour).
You can currently grab their Caribbean-style rum (light, dark, and golden), gin, apple brandy, corn whiskey, and stouted whiskey directly at the distillery, by ordering online, checking out some of the local establishments that serve Triple Sun spirits (House & Barn and Hardball Cider on Main are just a few), or browsing your local Wine & Spirits. The distillery also has a cocktail menu to rival some of the best bars in the area and it changes with the seasons. One of our favorites is apple brandy hot cider and since bourbon is on the schedule to be released in September 2018, we'll be back to try an Old Fashioned or ask for it neat and enjoy all the unadulterated flavors.
For more info, to plan a visit, or to see what events are coming up, visit Triple Sun's site and follow them on social media (Instagram, Facebook). If you make a visit and love everything you drink and see, consider picking up some holiday gifts to share the Triple Sun love with friends and family.
The genius mixologists at this Emmaus distillery are jumping on the fall bandwagon and providing us with a recipe for their Pumpkin Spice Gin Sour. The name and directions are as basic as they come—not to mention delicious! Pick up a bottle of their gin and try it out.
Pumpkin Spice Gin Sour
2 oz Triple Sun Spirits Co. gin
Juice from half a lemon
1 Tbsp pumpkin puree
0.5 oz Monin Pumpkin Spice syrup
Dash of Fee Brothers Old Fashioned bitters
Pumpkin spices and rosemary, for garnish
Put first 5 ingredients in ice and shake for 1 minute; pour through strainer into coup glass. Then, garnish with pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove) and a sprig of rosemary.
By Stephanie Eckelkamp
You know the drill! We've got some kick ass wellness related events for you to add to your calendar. Lots of awesome food stuff this week. Holler if we missed something!
Paint Your Own Broth Bowl at CoreLife Eatery in Allentown (6:30-8pm/ Cost: $35)
We chat about bone broth all the time here at Live Well, so we’re super pumped that Paint of Mind gives you the chance to not only try CoreLife’s housemade broth, but paint your own broth bowl too! Trust us, it’s yummy; we were just there last week! Cost includes painting party, broth bowl, and dinner. More info here.
Wild Fox Farm Pop Up at 187 Rue Principale in Emmaus (5:30-7:30pm)
Want to learn more about a local sustainable farm that produces some seriously delicious meats and veggies? Head to 187 Rue Principale in Emmaus this Tuesday to nosh on some awesome food and learn about their winter CSA (yep, we said winter!). More info here.
Eat Your Science with Alton Brown at The State Theatre in Easton (7-9pm/ $55)
If you’re a food nerd like us, chances are you love Alton Brown. So grab your tickets for Eat Your Science, featuring songs, ridiculous puppets, and wild culinary demonstrations. It’s kid-friendly, but definitely not just for kids. Get tickets here.
Body Elite Open House in Allentown (5-8pm/ Free)
Come out and learn more about Body Elite, a personal training and massage destination right in across from Dorney Park in Allentown. They’re teaming up with other health-minded local businesses (Mind of the Athlete, Priority Physical Therapy, and Comprehensive Chiropractic)
to host a VIP open house complete with wellness checks and clinics. Register here.
The Suppers Program at Trout Creek Healing Collective in Allentown (6:30-8:30pm/ Cost varies)
The Trout Creek Healing Collective is a collective of holistic practitioners, organic farmers, neighbors and friends that come together to put their shared values into practice. And every so often, they host Suppers, a cook-it-yourself community dinner for anyone who wants more vibrant health. Recipes include nearly all whole food ingredients (no milled grains or refined sugars up in here!), and only costs what the ingredients cost, which is usually around $8 to $12. Register here.
Importance of Sustainable Farming Talk at Nature’s Way in Easton (6-7pm/ Free)
Want to learn more about sustainable agriculture and the farming techniques that are used to protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare? Head to Nature’s Way for a talk with Rich DiFebo from Harvest Home Meats, which produces 100% grass-fed beef. More info here.
Winter Light Spectacular at the Lehigh Valley Zoo (5:30pm-10pm / Cost varies)
The Zoo’s light presentation of just about 1 million (energy conserving) lights kicks off this Friday and goes through December 21st. The fourth year promises a ton of fun and wonder (and animal visits) for kids and adults so you can get your 10k steps in through the nighttime labyrinth. More info and ticket information here.
Balancing the Mind with Ayurveda at Easton Yoga (11-12:30pm/ $30)
Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine that originated in India, but there are so many interesting ways you can apply its principles to modern life. In this interactive lecture, you’ll find out your dosha (kind of like your Ayurvedic personality type), learn what foods and activities nourish your specific dosha, and practice a type of relaxing breathwork called pranayama. Sign up here.
Turkey Tips & Tricks at Easton Public Market (11am-1pm / Free)
First time hosting Thanksgiving? Get your turkey plan in line for the upcoming holidays with the help of the experts at the Easton Public Market so you can stress less about the big day and devote more energy to what really matters: giving thanks...and, you know, eating. More info here.
Yoga Under the Sphere at Nurture Nature Center in Easton (12-1:15pm/ $15 cash only)
To experience yoga like never before, try this all-levels yoga class that takes place under the amazing sphere inside the Nurture Nature Center in downtown Easton. Come bask in the glow of the Earth while you work on your Downward-Facing Dog. More info here.
Yoga at the Brewery at Lost Tavern Brewing in Hellertown (10:30am-11:30am / Cost: $20)
Or, if you’re the boozy yoga type, maybe this event’s more your style. Tickets include an hour class, a pint of your choice, and a 30 minute window after the class to relax and enjoy the taproom prior to the doors opening for business at noon. More info here.
It finally feels like fall in the Lehigh Valley, and that calls for good food, proper Fests, and warm comfort. This week is bringing you all of that, plus three (!) race opportunities on Sunday. We're totally going to need at least one of those after all this Halloween candy! Cheers to another week full of ways to live well.
By Siobhan DeRemer
It's a spooky week ahead and it'll be even spookier if you miss out on any of these awesome events happening right in our backyards! We've got glow-filled rides, scuba adventures, and even a chance to strap on some roller skates. Mark your calendars and fill your week with fun on top of fright!
Walk-In Reiki Mini Sessions at Beleno Healing Center (4pm - 7pm/ $25)
Have you always wanted to check out what Reiki is all about but never had the time? Come swing by Beleno and learn about what this healing practice can bring to you (or, if you’re a seasoned enjoyer of Reiki, come on in and get 15 minutes just for you). This is the final evening of these mini sessions for the season so start your week with some relaxation before the holiday prep really kicks off. More info here.
Yoga Happy Hour at Triple Sun Spirits (6pm - 8pm/ $15)
Get your flow on to start your week and then enjoy a delicious crafted cocktail from Triple Sun’s quality spirits. Ticket includes mat and block rental and a class taught by Jennifer Rhoades. Grab your (half price!) admission and more info here.
Glow Rides at ND Wheelhouse (various times/ $10 drop-in)
Get your glow on for Halloween at ND Wheelhouse’s glow rides this week! Black lights, glow sticks, and glow paint will be on display during the Tuesday & Thursday 6pm classes and Saturday 9:15 & Sunday 9am. Grab your neon gear and reserve your bike here.
Halloween Story Time at the Moravian Book Shop, Bethlehem (10:30am - 11:30am/ Free)
Come decked out in your favorite costume at this event geared toward PreK and younger children. The themed story time will end with a costume parade around the shop. A perfect way to get younger kids ready for the spooky season! More info here.
Skate Away Your Stress at Bethlehem Skateaway (6pm - 8:30pm/ Cost varies)
Send your kids (or friends) out onto the rink and enjoy a massage/aromatherapy session! Chair massage sessions are being offered at 10-15 lengths for $1/minute. Grab your skates and come relax before the trick-or-treating insanity starts. More info here.
Massage Happy Hour at Sleepy Cat Urban Winery (5pm - 7pm/ Free)
Who else is psyched about this new massage happy hour trend?? I know we are. Not much is more relaxing than a good massage...except maybe a glass of wine! Sleepy Cat Urban Winery in the West End/Theater District of Allentown is offering their happy hour deals with a side of muscle-relaxing massage from the experts at Elements Massage. Try one of their 20+ wines and wind down your week. More info here.
Essential Oils 101 at Greenmouth, Easton (5pm - 6:30pm/ Free)
Are you interested in how essential oils can fit into your life and why they’re so great and easy to use? Check out this happy hour information session complete with giveaways (and delicious Greenmouth goodies!). More info here.
Ayurveda 101 at Easton Yoga (11am-2pm/ $50-60)
Ayurveda is a holistic healing system designed to get your body and spirit in line and improve your health and well-being. Come find out more about this ancient practice and the unique needs it can fulfill for you in this comprehensive workshop offered by Easton Yoga. To sign up and find out more about pricing, go here.
Halloween Scuba Weekend at Dutch Springs
Come dive this weekend in honor of Halloween and you can compete in an underwater pumpkin carving contest or learn how to survive the zombie onslaught at Dutch Springs in Bethlehem. You must be certified, but these classes count toward your Master Scuba Diver rating! Times vary, so check for more info here or contact Dutch Springs directly.
Pints for Paws at Lost Tavern Brewing (12pm - 4pm/ Free)
Pups and great local beer in fall weather? Sign us up! Bring your furry friend and meet other (adoptable!) at this event benefitting The Center of Animal Health and Welfare of Easton. Grab a delicious pint and just try not to adopt all the sweet animals that you see! More info here.
Wisdom Workshop at West End Yoga (1pm - 3pm/ $25)
Philosophy and yoga collide in this workshop with a gentle practice included. Come discuss the spiritual teachings behind the physical practice of yoga. This Sunday’s program is titled “Who Am I? Exploring Consciousness and Ego.” Check out other programs this fall and book your spot here.
Learn all about the benefits of organic rose petals, lemon juice, sugar as Allison Holub, owner of Sato Salon Organics, takes you through her signature Rose Facial Scrub
By Stephanie Eckelkamp
Guys, this week is pretty awesome: We've got a kick ass drumming workout, a food truck fest, haunted ghost tours, running races, healthy cooking demos, and a lot more. Check out our weekly curated events list and mark your freakin' calendars. You won't be disappointed.
Live Music at Playa Bowls in Bethlehem (4 - 7pm/ Free)
Have you checked out Bethlehem’s newest and trendiest destination for healthy eats? If not, get your butt to Playa Bowls, home of some magnificently kick-ass smoothie bowls, on Monday night and listen to some sweet acoustic tunes from musical guest John Rodden. More info here.
Guided Nature Walk in Easton (9am - 12pm/ Free, registration required)
Got the day off from work? Or want just want to play hookie? Then we’ve got just the thing: A guided nature walk through the Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary in Easton, where you’ll search for birds, flowers, butterflies, and other autumn wonders. Register here.
Sip and Sculpt Party at Bethlehem Brew Works (6:30 - 9:30pm / $45)
If you can't possibly go to another paint and sip party, Glossy Stones is taking over the Bethlehem Brew Works for a new kind of inebriated craft time. If you're conjuring up images of Ghost, don't worry—you'll be using air dry clay to craft ornaments, trinkets, or whatever your creative side(or favorite Pinterest board) can think of. $45 gets you all your supplies, instruction, personalized kit, goodie bag, appetizers, and a complimentary beverage. Get your tickets here.
Healthy Cooking Demo by Two Local Nutritionists at Easton Public Market (2 - 3pm/ Free)
This is the perfect event for anyone who wants to eat healthier and reduce their intake of refined carbs. Alison Unger and Carissa Hrichak, nutritionists from Easton Hospital, will offer tips and techniques for packing healthy lunches, and recipes for low calorie/low carb lunch options, including apple chicken salad lettuce wraps. YUM! More info here.
Tre Locally Sourced Food Truck at Hop Hill Brewing in Bethlehem (5 - 8:30pm/ Free)
Have you been to Hop Hill? It’s an awesome tasting room (with giant Jenga!) that’s just a little bit off the beaten path, but totally worth a visit. Especially this Thursday, since Tre Locally Sourced Food Truck, a new-ish food truck focused on (you guessed it) seasonal-inspired cuisine that is regionally grown and raised. We can get behind that! More info here.
Haunted Walking Tours in Easton and Bethlehem (Times and prices vary)
Since it’s Halloween and all, you might as well do something a little on the spooky side this week (and hike up that step count while you’re at it!). That’s why we fully support a haunted walking tour. Lucky for you, there are loads of options: the 14th Annual Haunted Easton Walking Tour on Friday night from 8pm-9pm, and loads of options this week in Bethlehem from the Moravian Book Shop starting at 6pm. More info on Easton tours here, and Bethlehem tours here.
Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival (All weekend)
The Runner’s World Half and Festival kicks off tonight and features loads of races (5k, 10k, half marathon, kids races, dog races, and more) and festivities. Best part? There’s still time to register! Registration information here.
Lehigh Valley Cider and Wine Festival at Coca Cola Park (12pm - 10pm/ $35)
Helloooo! This is were ⅔ of the Live Well Lehigh Valley crew will be this Saturday. Want to join us? Buy your ticket NOW. We’ll be sipping on local wines and ciders, and noshing on some delicious food truck fare, and jamming out to the musical stylings of Tim Harakal (swoon!). Buy tickets here.
Free Mini Consultations with Herbalist at Nature’s Way in Easton (1pm - 3pm/ Free)
How cool is this? Every Saturday, you can head to Nature’s Way (an amazing health food and supplement store) for a quick consultation with herbalist Cheryl Karcher to see what natural remedies might suit your lifestyle. More info here.
Pound and Pour at Allentown Brewworks (2 - 2:45pm/ $20)
This Sunday, you can experience POUND, an alternative group fitness class inspired by drumming, at Brewworks. By using lightly weighted drumsticks while completing cardio and strength exercises, this workout transforms drumming into an intense and insanely fun exercise. Plus, it just looks pretty damn cool (see pic above) AND you get a free beer after the class. What more could you want? More info on how to register here….we advise you do so ASAP.
Easton Food Truck Festival (12 - 6pm/ Free)
YASSS! What’s better than a crap load of food trucks in one place? Literally nothing….well, maybe if it was a food truck and puppy fest, but we’ll settle for this. The invite promises lot's of delicious food, drinks, craft beer, and live music. We’re sold. More info here.
Yoga and Brunch at Easton Public Market (8 – 9:30 am/ Cost: $18)
Enjoy a one-hour gentle morning flow guided by an Easton Yoga instructor to wake your body up followed by a nutritious breakfast from Greenmouth Table. Talk about a healthy start to your Sunday! More info here.
By Stephanie Eckelkamp
You know the drill by now! Here's our curated list of awesome events in the LV this week. We've got everything from boozy yoga and nature hikes to volunteer projects and FREE bacon happy hours (yassss). Enjoy!
Nothing crazy going on today. So chill out and meditate, read a book, or do something else that makes you happy.
LV Style Insider Happy Hour (5:30pm - 7:30pm/ Free)
Mix and mingle with LV locals and nosh on some free h’ourdourves at Centro. Great event for anyone who’s been meaning to network more (because it usually kind of sucks, amiright?). Bonus: You might get your pic taken by Lehigh Valley Style! More info here.
Starry Night at Paint and Party (6:30pm - 8:30pm/ $30)
Tonight, the pros at Paint and Party in Allentown will walk you through creating your very own version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. No experience necessary. Just grab your gal (or guy) pals and a bottle of vino and get ready to embrace your creative side. Sign up here.
Free Bacon Happy Hour at Two Rivers (4pm - 7pm/ Free)
Here at LWLV, we’re firm believers that bacon can be part of a healthy diet (we just balance it out with lots of Brussels sprouts and kale and kombucha). So, we’re pretty pumped that every Wednesday Two Rivers offers $1 off all drafts, ½ price bar appetizers, and FREE motherlovin’ bacon. More info here.
Monocacy Park Stream Restoration Progress & Planting (4pm - 5pm/ Free)
Itching to be of service? Join Wildlands Conservancy in Monocacy Park for an afternoon of planting wildflower plugs and learning more about the native plantings scheduled for next spring. Register here.
Harnessing The Power Of The New Moon (6:30pm - 7:30pm/ $15)
Need to harness some good vibes? Join Jamie Hamod, energy intuitive and guide, at The Loving Piece in Easton for a night of learning how to use the power of the New Moon to set intentions and manifest goals. Don’t knock it til you try it. More info here.
Fall Fest at Palmer Nursery (3pm - 9pm Fri, 10am - 6pm Sat + Sun/ Free)
Grab the fam and head out to Easton for Palmer Nursery’s 3rd Annual Fall Fest featuring live music, food vendors, games, and contests. Feed their resident goats, rabbits, and fish while you’re there. We freakin’ love goats. More info here.
Steel Fitness Premier Fit Fest Open House (7am - 5pm/ Free)
Get a free workout in for a good cause this Saturday! Steel Fitness in Allentown will be holding its first open house allowing non-members to workout, sample classes, and take a swim in their pools or dip in the hot tub. The gym will also be hosting the Girls on the Run Lehigh Valley Run-a-Thon to help more LV girls have access to this after school program that emphasizes health and fitness. More info here.
Dinner with Friends Wild Fox Farm at House and Barn (7pm / $65 with drinks, $50 without)
Want to get your hands on some local farm-to-table fare? One of our fave local restaurants, House & Barn, will be serving up Wild Fox Farm goodness alongside some amazing drink pairings for a night that’s sure to be absolutely delicious. More info here.
Stroll Along Bushkill with Get Out Lehigh Valley (10am - 12pm/ Free)
We love a good nature walk. Join Get Out Lehigh Valley for a 2.5 mile walk along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail from 13th Street and the old Simon Silk Mill to 3rd Street at the base of Lafayette College in Easton. More info here.
Poses for Puerto Rico at Lehigh Valley Yoga (1pm + 2:30pm/ Cost: $20 donation)
This Saturday, you have two opportunities to join Lehigh Valley yoga for a calming yoga and meditation class that benefits hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. More info here.
Pints and Poses at Weyerbacher (10am - 11am/ $20)
Grab a mat and join guest instructor Amber Campbell in front of the brewhouse for a yoga flow followed by a beer cocktail and some tasty snacks. To purchase tickets, click here.
Emmaus Night Out at Yergey and Triple Sun (5pm - 8pm/ Free)
Hey Emmaus locals! Come out and meet your neighbors at Yergey Brewing and Triple Sun, sip on beer and cocktail specials, and nosh on some awesome food from Licensed to Grill. Bonus: There will be Oktoberfest-themed specials, like wild boar sausage, 1/2 lb beef Franken-"footer" (nope, we have no idea what that is), sautéed cabbage and noodles, and more. More info here.