10 Ways to Amp Up Those Endless Summer Vibes This Weekend (7/13-7/15)

10 Ways to Amp Up Those Endless Summer Vibes This Weekend (7/13-7/15)

Listen up, people. Sometimes these events roundups are all CSAs and group runs and acupuncture workshops. And that’s amazing, truly. But sometimes the Lehigh Valley serves up three straight days of wine-related events and you look up to the sky and smile because this is the universe inviting us to live our best lives. And isn’t that what wellness is? That’s what I’ll be telling myself on Monday, anyway. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, KIDS!

Composting Made Easy! Pick Up Your Free Bucket at the Easton Farmers' Market

By Stephanie Eckelkamp

Every time I toss out a banana peel or apple core in the trash, I feel a pang of guilt knowing that it's never really going to decompose and become part of the earth again. After all, it's wrapped up in a plastic garbage bag that's going to take hundreds, if not thousands of years to decompose. So I was absolutely thrilled when I read about Easton's new *composting initiative, which aims to make composting accessible and sustainable for anyone who hits up the  Easton Farmers' Market on a regular basis. 

The Details: Today (July 7th), Easton Farmer's Market is launching the Easton Compost Program, which is the city's first residential composting initiative. If you want to participate, simply sign up (for free!) at the Compost Tent at the market on Saturday and pick up a 5-gallon bucket. If you can't make it this Saturday, don't worry -- you can sign up at any time throughout the year at the market.

Once you take your composting bucket home, you can fill it with all sorts of food waste that you'd normally just toss. And unlike a backyard compost set-up that typically handles only fruit, veggie, and bread scraps, American Biosoils & Compost (the company that handles the compost) will take any kitchen scraps, including meat, dairy, and bones.

“We can literally compost anything that you could eat,” says Andrew Curtis, an environmental
scientist with American Biosoils. He says their active aerating system uses industrial blowers,
enabling the system to circulate air and break down more organic matter quickly. In addition to kitchen scraps, residents can also bring yard and garden waste, but no grass clippings.

Once your bucket is filled, you can bring it to the parking lot behind Easton Public Market (on Church St) on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., where a truck will be on site to weigh and
collect the materials.

Bonus: The person who brings in the most compost by the end of September will earn $100 in Easton Farmers’ Market tokens. And after a participant brings in four buckets of compost through the Easton Compost Program, they’ll earn nutrient-rich soil to use in their own gardens.

We're super pumped that Easton's taking charge to make our little corner of the world a healthier, more eco-friendly place. 

*Composting food scraps turns what would otherwise be garbage into a rich soil that can be used
to grow more food. Compost also diverts food waste from landfills, extending the life of those
facilities.

8 Ways To Embrace Your Outdoorsy Side This Weekend

 

Friday

Last Weekend for the Kutztown Folk Festival ($14 adults, free for kids under 12)
Don’t miss the last weekend of the Kutztown Folk Festival, which runs through July 8. While new attractions are featured each year, essential elements of artisan crafts, music, folk-life demonstrations, family-friendly activities, and food aplenty—all delivered with an authentic Dutch accent—remain firmly intact. 

First Friday Southside Bethlehem (6-9pm/ various locations)
Don't have any plans tonight? Now you do! As the kids say, this is event is LIT (wait, do they still say that?). Head over to Bethlehem’s Southside Arts District and choose from literally dozens of awesome events and performances to check out. We’re pretty excited about the free wine, beer, nibbles, and live music at Domaci Home. 

Saturday

Streamside Walk and Talk (10am/ Free, but registration requested)
Nature's good for the body and soul. So put on those walking shoes for Nurture Nature Center's series along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail. Learn about what lives in and along the Bushkill Creek and what makes this stream so special. Meet at 13th Street entrance of Karl Stirner Arts Trail.

Paint Your Pet at Black River Farms (11am - 2pm/ $35)
You haven't REALLY proven your love to your dog until you've painted his portrait. Simply bring along a photo (on your phone is fine), and you’ll be guided through the step by step process. Don't worry, additional creative inspiration provided by the glass of wine you’ll be sipping as you paint. Purchase tickets here.

Terrarium Workshop at Weyerbacher (12:30-2:30pm/ $45)
Terrarium workshop, beer, and and a food truck. Yes please! This lovely little workshop includes a complementary 12-oz brew of your choice, instruction, 3 healthy succulents, moss, soil, stone, decorative wood, and everything you need to make your own mini ecosystem. Bonus: Couchpota-doh food truck will be there serving delicious bites (EMPANADAS!). Sign up here

Sunday

Sunday Morning Kayak Trip at Lake Nockamixon (8:30am-12pm)
Lake Nockamixon provides a beautiful place to spend a morning paddling. This largest body of water in Bucks County is a rest stop for migrating waterfowl and home to a wide variety of water-loving animals. Natural Lands staff member Tim Burris, preserve manager of Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary, will guide the trip and highlight interesting finds along the way. *If this sells out, keep in mind that you can still rent kayaks and paddle boards at Lake Nockamixon to go on an adventure of your own!

Easton Heritage Day (All day/ free)
Heritage Day is a free, full-day family festival that showcases local history, offers activities for kids and live music performances, and concludes with an amazing fireworks display over the Forks of the Delaware. It celebrates Easton’s historic significance in the founding of the United States. At noon on July 8, 1776, Easton was one of three places where the Declaration of Independence had its first public reading. For a full list of events, visit heritageday.org.

Go Canoeing, Paddling, or Biking! (11:30am - 4:30pm/ prices vary)
Want to get on the water? You can cruise down the Lehigh Canal in a paddleboat for only $12 per hour, or a canoe for just $10 per hour. Land activities more your speed? Then rent a bike and pedal down the canal path for $15 per hour. Life jackets and helmets are provided. (Rentals available Wednesday - Sunday at the National Canal Museum)

*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!
 

 

18 Ways to Soak In and Welcome Summer This Weekend (6/21 - 6/24)

By Siobhan DeRemer

We've had some hot weeks already but it's finally officially summer! Grab your yoga mat, paddle board, or drinking pants and start this season with a ton of fun and local events. 

Thursday

Celebrate the Longest Day with the Alzheimer's Association
Every summer solstice, the Alzheimer's Association calls upon those who wish to advocate for the end of Alzheimer's disease to do whatever they love today and raise as much as they're able to end this terrible disease. You can honor a caregiver that you know or pick the favorite hobby of someone you know who's been touched by Alzheimer's. The local Delaware Valley chapter also has a list of activities around the area if you need some inspiration.

International Day of Yoga (11:30am - 1:30pm / Free)
Celebrate health and harmony and start your summer off in a meaningful way by joining others in Allentown in front of the PPL Building for the International Day of Yoga. The first session welcomes kids for yoga and mindfulness and starting at 12:30, all are welcome. 

Summer Solstice Patio Party (4pm - 10pm / Free)
If you're all for starting the summer with a glass of wine or something from Victory or Troegs (we feel you!) then the patio at the Shelby is the spot for you. A Kan Jam tournament kicks everything off at 4pm with specials from both breweries all night.

Summer Solstice Detox & Retox (7:30pm - 8:30pm / $10-$35)
If you're searching for a combo of those last two events, yoga and beer come together at Saucony Creek Brewery in Kutztown. Tiers of tickets include just the hourlong yoga session or a VIP ticket for yoga plus a flight of beer (or wine/cocktail) and food. Grab tickets here.

Sounds of Summer at Forks Community Park (7pm - 9pm/ Free)
Come out for some live music, food, and BYOB now that outdoor concert season is in full swing. Bring a bag chair and enjoy the sounds of Crazy Hearts at Forks Community Park in Easton now that summer's here.

Friday

Restorative Community Acupuncture (4pm - 7pm / $35-40)
Reduce your stress this summer with a group acupuncture session at the Restorative Space in Bethlehem. You'll receive painless acupuncture to improve circulation and boost your mood and enjoy 20 to 25 minutes of meditation time.

Easton Out Loud (5pm - 9pm/ Free)
Every fourth Friday of the month, Easton lights up with a special event open to all. This month features a crawfish boil, fire twirling performance, ice cream cake, live music, and, most importantly, a scavenger hunt. Go around to participating stores and see if you can find the Big Prize. Parking at downtown garages is only $1 starting at 5pm. If you're headed down, bring a few school supplies for a drive at Suddenly Samantha.

American Spirit Series: Old Forester (6:30pm - 8:30pm / $60)
If you love history of liquor as much as you like drinking it (like me), this event is 100% for you. Ticket price includes after-hours admission to the National Museum of Industrial History along with a tasting of from the American Old Forester distillery. Grab tickets here (including DD tickets for the nondrinking history nerds).

Sabor Latin Festival (Free)
Tonight's the kickoff of 3 days of Latin music, food, and culture at ArtsQuest. Celebrate the region’s Latino culture with live music by local, regional, and national musical acts, as well as cultural programming presented by community organizations. 

Saturday

Summer Fest at Lake Nockamixon (12pm - 6pm / $40-50)
This Saturday is a family-friendly event at Lake Nockamixon filled with yoga for all ages, mindfulness meditation, essential oil and plant-based nutrition info, and stand-up paddleboard opportunities. Food from Nellie's Rae's kitchen will also be available. Grab tickets at the event or here.

WDIY's Homebrew Fest (2pm - 5pm / $30)
See what the homebrewers of the Lehigh Valley are cooking up in this meeting of the minds at the Ice House in Bethlehem. Taste over 40 handcrafted beers and vote for your top 5. Sure to have awesome background music from WDIY. Grab tickets here.

Weyerbacher's 23rd Anniversary Party (4pm - 9pm / $15)
The Easton brewery turns a ripe 23 this year and they're celebrating with a circus-themed bash. The event "will be full of surprise and intrigue as you wind your way through the food trucks and libations leading you to the debut of their 23rd Anniversary Ale." Live music, food, and plenty of lively activities. Grab tickets here.

Yoga at Asbury Village Farm (5:30pm - 8pm / $20)
Hosted by Easton Yoga, this event lets you set your mat out on the field of the organic greenery at Asbury Village Farm in New Jersey at sunset. After class, there will be a potluck dinner with BYOB option (and fresh lemonade). Bring a food item, mat, and picnic essentials and check out their CSA options while you're there. 

Sunday

Start of Historic Bethlehem Restaurant Week (6/24 - 6/30)
Visit some of your favorites this week for special lunch and dinner fixed price meals: McCarthy's Red Stag Pub, Tapas on Main, Urbano, The Flying Egg, and Tavern at the Sun Inn...just to name a few!

Yoga & Mimosas (10:30am - 11:30am / $20)
Can you guys even BELIEVE how many yoga/booze combo classes we have in the area?? I am not complaining—I love options! Teachers from OM-azing Yoga in Easton and the brewers at Boser Geist are offering an hourlong class with a mimosa or bellini after class (with other beverages available, too).

2018 Lehigh River Sojourn (7am - 5pm / prices vary)
Join the PA Wildlands Conservancy for a trip down the Lehigh River from the Poconos to Easton. Enjoy this guided tour over the course of 3 days or rent a canoe and join for one leg if you can't make it the whole trip. Grab tickets (discounted for all 3 days) here.

Summer Food and Music Festival (10am - 6pm / Free)
About an hour from the LV, Peddler's Village is closer to New Hope and is hosting a music and food festival for the weekend. Live music and food and shopping from 60+ vendors and food trucks. Snag VIP treatment tickets (priority seating, guaranteed parking, refillable mug) for $25 here.

Music in Dimmick Park Series (6pm - 8pm/ Free)
You know it's outdoor concert season and if you're closer to Hellertown than Allentown, Dimmick Park is filling your concert need. Tonight features Flirtin' with the Mob and food from Flying V (their poutine is INSANE) and Licensed to Grill and beverages from Lost Tavern.


*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!

Photo by Jenna Anderson on Unsplash

15 Local Outdoor Options for Your Holiday Week (5/28 - 6/3)

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BY SIOBHAN DEREMER

It's officially the start of warmer weather and long weekends! Who is ready for some sun, breeze, and later sunsets?? I know I am. When I'm stuck inside at my desk all day, I'm dreaming of outdoor festivals, concerts, and hikes to come. Here's our list of great Memorial Day week events (most outdoor, some indoor - you never know what the weather will bring!) to keep the momentum from your #MDW going into the first week of June.

Monday

Happy Memorial Day! Enjoy your picnics, cookouts, or just plain old sit at home relaxing day. If you need some inspiration for the day, check out…

The Great PA Music and Arts Celebration (10am - 7pm / Free)
Come celebrate on the last day of this festival of local arts and music including artisans’ market, polka music, and sing-along opportunities. Dive into some local PA Dutch delicacies and tons of activities for kids and adults alike.

Military Days at Dorney Park (10am - 10pm / Free for military; other ticket prices vary)
All Memorial Day weekend, active and retired military members can get into Dorney Park for free and have access to discounted tickets for their family members. If you’ve been wanting to check out the rides at Dorney, let them thank you or your family member for their service with free admission.

Pioneer Band Celebrates 150th Memorial Day (7pm - 9:30pm / Free)
If you’re still craving a little more flag action after your cookout’s over (and you’ve escaped a food coma), listen to the tunes of the Pioneer Band in West Park in Allentown. Grab a bag chair and head down for some patriotic music to end your holiday.

Tuesday

Lively Lunches in the Park (12pm - 1pm / Free)
Every Tuesday and Friday afternoon, the Arts Park in downtown Allentown comes alive with live music. It’s a perfect way to get outside if you work downtown or get yourself outside if you need a lunch break.

Yoga & Creative Arts Night (5pm - 9pm / Free)
After your nights of brats, pasta salad, and beers, let your yoga flow come out at Emmaus’ Wellness Center at Jasper Mountain. It’d be a great night to start a yoga practice (or continue one) and bring a dish to share with others or enjoy what’s available. Donations are gratefully accepted but not required and if you aren’t fond of yoga, an art table will be set up so you can see where your creativity takes you.

Wednesday

Yoga 101 for 55+ and Better (9:30am - 11am / $55 for 5-week series)
Improve your strength, flexibility, and mobility with this 5-week series from Easton Yoga especially designed for bodies over 55 at any fitness level. Bring your own mat—all props needed will be provided.

Thursday

Say Yes to Fresh at the Bethlehem Farmers’ Market (11am - 3pm / Free)
Each Thursday afternoon, Southside Bethlehem gathers local vendors with bread, local produce, kombucha, skincare products, and yes, vegan cheeses. Live music is on from 12pm - 2pm and the market even features the Lehigh University Mending Project which will fix your sewing needs while you shop!

Cigar Factory Artist Studios Open House (6pm - 10pm / Free)
The artists that reside in the Cigar Factory on 4th Street in Allentown will be showing what they do best on Thursday night to give you a taste of the local art scene. Vendors and artists from the over 50 studios and workspaces in the building will be on display.

Friday

Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series (5pm - 2am / Free)
Tour around South Bethlehem for drinks and music with a lineup that will start your weekend on the right note. Hit up the Banana Factory, Domaci, and more with live music at each venue (and dancing too, of course). Check out the details and event lineup here.

Where Does Your Food Come From? (7:30pm - 9:30pm / Free)
It may not be outdoors, but this collab between the Nature Nurture Center in downtown Easton and Lafayette College brings together all food nerds alike. 13 historian writers will speak about food history, including that of bread, sugar, beer, and more. Learn more about why we have what’s available to us and what modern food is all about.

Saturday

First Market of the Season (9am - 1pm / Free)
‘Tis the season for farmers’ markets and this weekend is the opening of the Bethlehem Rose Gardens market and it’s sure to be a good one. Featuring some of our faves from Lehigh Valley Kombucha, Colony Meadery, Willow Haven Farm, and more.

Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley (10am - 5pm Saturday, 10am - 4pm Sunday / Free)
This free family outdoor festival in its fourth year offers you your first shot at a mud run, hands-on activities like archery and birding, and our personal favorite, the DockDogs leaping dog show! If you’re already out for this festival on Saturday, then you should check out...

Taste of the Wild at Steel Stacks (2pm - 4pm / $38–40)
In the spirit of Pennsylvania, come try some game- and fish-inspired food (think pulled duck tacos and wild boar bacon) paired with Eight Oaks spirits while you check out a hawk or pet a reptile from the Wildlands Conservancy.

Sunday

Hike & Beer at Jacobsburg Park (11am - 2pm / Free)
Lehigh Valley Girls Pint Out are headed to Jacobsburg Park in Nazareth to hike for about an hour, enjoy the fresh air, and then enjoy a fresh pint at Birthright Brewing. If you can’t make it to the hike but want to chat brewing and beer with some of the savviest ladies around, meet them at Birthright around 12:30pm.

Barre3 in the Vineyard (9am - 10am / Free)
We’ve been touting the workout and tribe that is barre3 on here since we started Live Well and if you’ve been intrigued to check them out, it’s the perfect weekend! On the first Sunday of June, July, and August, the beautiful ladies of barre3 Lehigh Valley will guide you through a workout and then join you at BlendLife food truck for a smoothie (or even a wine slushie or mimosa) at Vynecrest in Breinigsville.

Photo by Cristian Escobar on Unsplash.

*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!

17 Ways to Get Active, Crafty, and Outdoorsy This Week in the Lehigh Valley (5/21-5/27)

Lucky for everyone in the LV, this week's got stuff for the outdoorsy types (star gazing and bird watching), natural beauty junkies (make your own coffee scrub!), those looking for a little movement and balance (loads of yoga and meditation, even some CrossFit), crafty types looking to develop new skills (hammered jewelry making), and anyone who needs a dose of fun (corn hole tournament, anyone?). 

20 Ways to Race Into Spring This Week (4/30 - 5/6)

The promise of spring brings warmer weather, greener scenery, and two major events this week: the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo! See what the Valley has to offer in the way of events to unlock your creativity, give you the excuse for donning a fabulous hat, and taste test some mint juleps in the meantime.

17 Places to Get Moving (and Bring your Pup!) This Week (4/9 - 4/15)

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BY SIOBHAN DEREMER

Well, the weather in the Valley hasn't exactly gotten the spring memo yet, but our events list keeps growing! Here's a list of 17 places you can check out this week for a bit of mindfulness, movement, and even 2 events you can bring your pet to (dog-friendly movie anyone??). You'll be so busy during the earlier part of the week so you can enjoy the 70s we are supposed to get on Friday and Saturday—finally!

Monday

5 Buck Breakfast Bites (9-10am / $5)
Start your week on the right foot by meeting nutritionist Laura Scarpino for a healthy breakfast at the Restoration Space in Bethlehem. She'll guide you through the basics of clean eating and answer any questions you may have about your nutrition journey.

Isle of Dogs Dog-Friendly Screening (7:30-9:15pm / human prices vary; dogs $5)
This new Wes Anderson movie tells the story of an entire island of dogs...and your pup can join in the viewing! Lights will be dimmed and sound quieter to let your dog enjoy the show so you can hug your best friend at the cute parts!

Tuesday 

Yin-Yang Yoga (5:30-6:45pm / $5 for yoga; $7 for meditation)
This yoga combo class at the Beleno Center merges 20 minutes of vinyasa yoga with a more chill 50 minutes of yin yoga, which uses mostly seated postures. Great for beginners and veterans and followed by an optional mediation class for those that wish to stay and clear their minds a bit more.

Paint & Create at Fiamma Italian Grill (6:30-9pm / $25)
Feed your face with some yummy stuff from Fiamma's menu and let Paint of Mind guide you through creating your own artwork. Grab tickets here.

Wednesday

Functional Movement Screening & Resistance Stretching (6-8pm / Free)
At Comprehensive Chiropractic in Allentown, trainers from Body Elite will be doing a short demo to highlight the importance of stretching followed by examples of a stretching routing that can be done daily to hit the typical problems (upper back, shoulders and hips). 

Women's Self Defense Workshop (7:45-9:15pm / Free)
As beautiful and safe as it is here in our Lehigh Valley bubble, it's never a bad idea to know what to do in an unsafe situation. Check out this free class at either the Bethlehem or Allentown branch of Leading Edge Martial Arts so you can prepare and feel the safest you can be. Register here.

Thursday 

Joe's Dinner at Trout Creek Healing Collective (6:30-8:30pm / $8-12)
This week's dinner program is centered around blood sugar and mood stabilization through whole foods. Even if you don't have a blood sugar condition, you can learn about the benefits of whole foods and cook and eat all together. Register here

Champagne & Cupcakes with Girls on the Run (7-9pm / $50) 
Join Girls on the Run Lehigh Valley's 2nd annual Champagne & Cupcakes event at Historic Hotel Bethlehem. Sip on champagne while tasting and voting on several Lehigh Valley bakers' cupcake creations. Learn more and support this great local organization. Grab your tickets here.

Friday

Live Music & Yoga (6:30-7:45pm)
Yoga instructor Brooke Kohler will lead an all levels class set to live guitar music. Head to Easton Yoga and start your weekend with an energetic flow and a bit of free dancing. Price varies for classes.

Comedy Night at Blue Mountain Vineyards (6:30-9:30pm / $20)
Start your weekend with a wine tasting and some adult humor at Blue Mountain in New Tripoli. Three to four local comedians will be there to get you laughing (21 and older only). Bring your own food; wine will be available for purchase. Grab tickets and make a reservation here.

Saturday

Spring Inner Peace Holistic & Metaphysical Expo (10am-6pm / $7 per day; $10 both days)
Running Saturday and Sunday, this expo is a quick trip out 78 to Hamburg. Featuring speakers, mini sessions, and local vendors, find some inner peace this spring. Grab tickets here.

Tomato Grafting Workshop (10am-12pm / $60)
Experts at the Rodale Institute will will show experienced and inexperienced growers and farmers the ancient art of grafting. You'll leave with two grated tomato plants and the confidence to get them off to a good fruitful start. Register here.

Make Your Own Kombucha (12-2pm / $20)
Love the fizzy love from a bottle of kombucha (you're not alone; we're all 'booch lovers here at Live Well!)? Save some cash and find out how to make your own SCOBY and why this magic drink is so good for your health. Register here.

National Pet Day at the Shelby (3-6pm / Free)
Join other LVers on the patio at the Shelby with their pets to celebrate National Pet Day! Treats and special vendors will be there to help enjoy the day.

Sunday

Yoga at Lost Tavern Brewery (10:30-11:30am / $20)
Enjoy an hour of yoga at Lost Tavern, a pint of their beer (try Bramble On, their IPA with fresh raspberries and blackberries), and some time to chill before your week starts. Sign up in the taproom and bring your own mat!

Allentown Fiber Festival (10am-5pm / Free)
Calling all fiber artists! Browse 74 (!) vendors at this festival that brings local fiber crafters together for classes, shopping, and creativity. Learn more about vendors and details here.

Make the Most of Your Urban Garden (1:30-3pm / Free)
Get a ton of bounty out of your small gardening plot with the tips from this workshop at the Easton Public Market Community Room. Learn how to start your own spot and how to navigate seed packets and what to plant when.

*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! And be sure to keep an eye on any events we share through our Facebook page.

Photo by Tony Geer on Unsplash

14 Ways to Get Active and Artsy this Week in the Lehigh Valley (4/2 - 4/8)

Happy April, friends! This warm-ish weather has us extra motivated to get out and try new things. That’s why we’re pumped about this week’s lineup that’s packed with events to help you get moving (Hula hooping!) and get creative (LV Art Wars!)—along with a couple to help you just have some fun (Pajama bar crawl, anyone?).

8 Ways to Think Spring This Week in the Lehigh Valley (3/27-4/1)

8 Ways to Think Spring This Week in the Lehigh Valley (3/27-4/1)

If John Lennon was right when he said A dream you dream together is reality, then can we all get together and just dream of spring already?! This week's events should help get you in the spirit. Here's hoping the weather follows our lead...

16 Ways to Get out of the house this week in the lehigh valley (3/19 - 3/25)

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By Siobhan DeRemer

Ignore those weather predictions for this week and let your need for spring take over! Hit up the Easton Public Market to chat about better food choices, get yourself started on a better path to mindfulness and relaxation, try out some parkour (!), check out the LV's biggest auto event, get some crafting on at House of Metalworks and with fellow drawing companions, and more. Grab your to-do list and add these amazing items to it this week.

Monday

Find Your Ancestors at Emmaus Public Library (5-7pm / Free)
If you’ve hit a wall in your search to fill out your family tree (or you haven’t even started the search yet and it's on your to-do list), set up a 30-minute time with a librarian at EPL to help you navigate ancestry sites and what information you may already have. Librarian power, woo!

Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation (6:30-7:30pm / $15)
Meditation takes practice. If you've been wanting to start but a bit too intimidated by a regular meditation practice, this workshop will introduce you to breathing techniques and simple methods to ease your mind. Call Lux Eco-Friendly Salon in Bethlehem to reserve your spot.

Tuesday

Seated Chair Massages at Kula Heart Yoga & Wellness (11:30am-1:30pm / $10)
We know. It’s only Tuesday. But who doesn’t love the option for a 10-minute chair massage to break up your morning/early afternoon? Tell your blood pressure and heart rate to chill and head to Kula for a relaxing moment.

Caring for the Caregiver at Atria Bethlehem (5:30-7pm / Free)
If you have older loved ones or friends that you’re caring for (or you know someone who is), this workshop will teach you the importance of self-care. We all know that taking care of yourself is hard to make a priority even when you’re not caring for others on a regular basis, but let the experts from Atria give you the tools to make time for you so you can be the best caregiver you’re able to for your loved ones.

Reorganizational Healing Workshop at Vitality Natural Healthcare Center (7-10pm / Free)
This hub of gentle chiropractic care, acupuncture, and biofield balancing is hosting a free interactive workshop where you can explore new strategies to assist in your journey toward fuller physical and emotional health. Register on the site before you go and feel free to bring guests along!

Wednesday

Morning Conversation on Food (9-10am / Free)
Hosted by the Easton Hunger Coalition, this morning discussion at the Easton Public Market will explore such topics as food, local food systems, food justice, food waste, food recovery, and hunger. Conversation moderators will provide information to guide the topic, as well as action items that can be taken to support the reduction of food waste in our community.

Beer & Kingdom Bash at Sole (6-10pm / Free)
It wouldn’t be a post from the LWLV nerd without a gaming event. Sole is debuting a multiplayer game, Kingdom Bash, on their screen while you enjoy their delicious beer. Grab a controller and get your game (and drank) on.

Drink ‘n Draw Skin Sessions (7-10pm / $10)
This BYOB and BYOM(aterials) event encourages artists of all levels to come out, share drinks, and experiment with nude figure drawing at the super hip Connexions Gallery in Easton. Check out LV DrInK ‘n’ DrAw for other events coming up.

Thursday

Lehigh Valley Auto Show (10am-9pm; weekend hours vary / $7-10)
This giant auto show has been in the area since 1998 and this year's schedule and showing of cars is reportedly the best one yet. Over 300 vehicles (and more) will be on display at Lehigh University's Goodman Campus. If you're into what automobile trends are out there or just in need of a day out to check out some cool cars, this event runs from Thursday to Sunday. 

Books and Barks at Emmaus Public Library (6:45-8pm / Free)
So we all know Siobhan loves a library. They provide amazing community events and allow everyone to have access to amazing titles and programs. What could possibly make a library event even better? Puppies!! Come pet the furry friends from Lehigh Valley Therapy Dogs while you read or have your child read to a puppy out loud. What could be cuter, honestly?

Friday

Garden Q&A with The Seed Farm (5-6:30pm / $5 suggested donation)
Experts from The Seed Farm will share how to prepare home gardens for the new season as well as tips for creating a successful spring garden. Even if your green thumb is getting a little gray as the winter has lingered on, head to the Moravian Historical Society—this might be just the chat to get your spring gardening thoughts started.

Fix a Flat Clinic at Trek Bicycle Store (6-6:45pm / Free)
If you’re as ready for spring as we are, your bike is set and ready for a ride. Let the team at Trek Bicycle Store in Allentown help you through the basics if you get stuck with a flat so it doesn’t ruin your ride. Bring a wheel and a lever if you have it and enter for a chance to win raffle and door prizes just for coming to the clinic!

Saturday

Move Like a Girl Parkour Workshop (10am-12pm / $30)
This could be our favorite event of the week. What is more badass than parkour?? First of all, we’re psyched to know Lehigh Valley Parkour Academy even exists and that it has a killer class for women this Saturday is a huge bonus. Grab your comfy workout clothes and get in on this amazing view into the LV’s parkour community.

Comics Jam at Book & Puppet Co. (4-6pm / Free)
If you didn’t get enough from the Skin Sessions earlier this week, head to this comic drawing time at Book & Puppet Co. in Easton. Share your designs and ideas with other artists and get some dedicated time to work on your craft. Bring your own materials or grab some for purchase.

Bourbon & BBQ Tasting at ArtsQuest (6:30pm / $60)
The Blast Furnace Blues Festival is home to the biggest BBQ and Bourbon event the LV has seen. Try 5 delectable BBQ dishes paired with Social Still’s bourbon and rum selections. Tickets include admission to the Festival!

Sunday

Stenciled Enamel Jewelry Workshop at House of Metalworks (1-3pm / $45)
It’s crafty Sunday! Making jewelry is so super cool—don’t you love the idea of wearing a statement piece and then telling everyone you made it? House of Metalworks in Emmaus has all the materials to help you make 3 enamel pendant necklaces that will definitely gain you confidence and compliments. Sign up on the site and get your craft on.

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11 Awesome Events That Will Make You Feel Lucky To Live In The Lehigh Valley This Week (3/12 - 3/18)

How are we all feeling with our 1-hour sleep deficit courtesy of Daylight Savings? Yeah, same here. Lucky for you, this week has plenty of fun ways to put some extra pep in your step and get you out of that groggy funk, including a free St. Patrick’s Day workout and a 5K. And if it’s professional or creative inspiration you’re lacking, we’ve got you covered there, too, with career fair and even a podcast workshop hosted by PBS.

19 Ways to Get Creative in the Lehigh Valley This Week (3/5 - 3/11)

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BY Siobhan DeRemer

It's time to get crafty in the Lehigh Valley this week. When the weather starts to get warmer (you know, minus that bomb cyclone we just had), I'm always itching to get up from my chair and start a project or find a new hands-on skill that gets my brain going. Check out some local vendors that have the same thoughts and enjoy some craft-free events this week, too.

MONDAY

Philadelphia Flower Show (8am-9pm; dates vary | $19–40)
If you're up for a day trip sometime this week, one of the biggest flower shows in the East is currently at the Philadelphia Convention Center. The theme this year "Wonders of Water" pairs horticulture and water and showcases whole floral ecosystems in our local convention center only about an hour from the Lehigh Valley. Grab tickets here and grab more info from the Flower Show site for exhibits, times, and shows.

Pints & Purls at Bethlehem Brew Works (6:30pm-9:30pm | Free)
If you love to cross stitch (me!!), crochet, or knit, this weekly event brings together local crafters with their WIPs in hand. The Steelgaarden has beer specials and BOGO apps just for the occasion. If you need an excuse to get out of the house and craft with a fun group (or you need tips and opinions from fellow crafty people), come check out this group every Monday.

TUESDAY

Teen Tech Week: Game Design (5pm - 6pm | Free)
The Parkland Community Library has teamed up with the Da Vinci Science Center to offer teens an awesome way to learn about the technology behind their favorite computer and console games. In this 1-hour session, kids ages 13-18 can explore game design theory and gain computer programming skills used by software developers and even create a game of their own. Not going to lie...we might pretend we're still 18 just to attend this cool class. RSVP here.

Domaci Pop-Up Happy Hour (6pm - 8pm | Free)
One of our favorite home decor stores in the area, Domaci, has moved to the SouthSide and it's time to officially welcome them to the area! Stop by Social Still and grab some complimentary cocktails, food, and get a chance to shop their amazing collection of interior design goodness.

Tuesday Night Trivia at Hardball Cider (6pm - 9pm | Free)
If you're still buzzed and not tapped out after happy hour and gaming, check out one of our favorite trivia spots in the Valley at Hardball Cider (we've been winners in the past, nbd). Enjoy the best local cider (and cocktails and beer, too, for those who aren't cider fans) and test your brain. Signups start at 6:30.

WEDNESDAY

Beer & Bash at Sole (6pm - 10pm)
Grab a beer and play what seems like a mix of Zelda and Smash Bros. in Kingdom Bash. Grab some friends for good beer and meet some new ones by kicking some 8-bit butt.

Books & Beers at Yergey Brewing (6pm - 8pm | $5)
If video games aren't your thing, pair some delicious brew with good reads. Chat with local bibliophiles and enter to win book-themed prizes that benefit the Emmaus Public Library (where you can grab your tickets). While you're there, enjoy a beer from Yergey or a crafted cocktail made from the spirits from Triple Sun.

Water Politics in the Lehigh Valley (7pm - 8:30pm | Free)
Do you have a penchant for clean water in your area and want to make your voice heard? Come share your thoughts with local policy makers and conservators so they can bring the stories to Washington and advocate for cleaner water across the region.

THURSDAY

Free Barre3 Community Class at Sorrelli (6:30pm - 8pm | Free)
There may not be a more perfect combo than fitness from some of the strongest instructors in town, gorgeous jewelry, and snacks from Greenmouth. Bring your own mat and RSVP today!

Wine'd Down Workshop: Felted Flowering Cactus (6:30pm - 9pm | $60; $54 for AQ members)
Make a super cute cactus in this class using wool felting techniques from Banana Factory artist Mallory Zondag. Vouchers for beer or wine keep the creative juices flowing and our favorite part—you can't kill this little green guy!

FRIDAY

2018 Lehigh Valley Flower Show (click link for times & prices)
Haven't had enough floral grandeur to help ring in spring? Check out the local answer to the Philly Flower Show at Ag Hall in Allentown. Kid-friendly showcases, exhibits, and booths from local farmers and artisans.

Art Night at Hop Hill Brewing (7pm - 9pm | $20)
Judging from the nature of this events roundup, I think you can tell I love a craft/cocktail pairing. Hop Hill is giving you all you need (including a beer) to make your own bar crest. Get out that need for working with your hands and relaxing from the week all in one!

SATURDAY

Young at Art (10am - 2pm | Free)
Hosted by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, check out this day of creative learning and play for all ages. Enjoy performances, arts projects, face painting, games, and prizes. Find out what camps are available this summer and get your kids involved in the arts!

Hands-On Gardening Class: Pruning (9am - 12pm | Free)
The time is approaching fast for outdoor gardening again and what better way to start than to learn how to keep your greenery in good shape. Test out your pruning skills, get your tools sharpened, and get your green space looking amazing when spring (finally!) arrives.

Discover Workshop: Bookbinding (9am - 3pm | $110; $99 for AQ members)
Do you love to read but you'd love to know more about the handwork that goes into creating the pages you turn? In this 1-day class, you'll learn to sew a book, glue the spine, attach a leather spine, and lay down endpapers...like a bookbinding boss.

Mindful Eating at Easton Public Market (12pm - 2pm | $20)
Making meals satisfying is a huge feat in cooking and with nutritionist help, you can use the right tools to make delicious and satiating food in your own kitchen (not to mention you'll make a salad, hummus, and nut tart to enjoy). Register here.

Great Allentown Brew Works Cask Beer Festival (3pm - 7pm | $15-50)
If you're craving a bit more libation and a little less hands-on action (but still some good local crafting!) for your evening plans, check out the Allentown Cask Beer Festival at the Allentown Brew Works with casked beers from over a dozen local craft breweries.

SUNDAY

Nourish: A Sacred Circle for Women (2pm - 4pm | $20)
Start your journey of love and self-care with discussions and topics designed for women. Come share your thoughts and stories and join the group for a culminating retreat in May. 

The Impossibly Real Art of Peter Maier at the National Museum of Industrial History
It's the last day to experience this incredible exhibit of industrial paint techniques of automobile designer Peter Maier. His seemingly 3D designs will trick your mind and bring out your appreciation for nontraditional artistry. Check here for times and ticket prices.

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Rise & Grind: This Free Outdoor Fitness Class Is The Lehigh Valley’s Best Kept Secret

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By Stephanie Eckelkamp

Do you smell that? It’s that weirdly intoxicating combination of dirt, new plants, and rain hitting warm pavement. And it can only mean one thing: Spring is coming!

For me, that’s the smell that puts an extra pep in my step after a long winter and what motivates me to get my butt outside -- and far, far away from the stuffy gym.

But, if you’re anything like me, motivating yourself to get up and go on an early morning bike ride or jog can still be difficult, even when the weather is glorious. There’s no one to hold me accountable, so I’m never quite as consistent as I want to be.

That’s why Lehigh Valley Rise & Grind is so awesome. This free outdoor fitness group meets every Wednesday morning (rain, snow, or shine) in Allentown’s scenic Trexler Memorial Park -- and its members seem like they'd be the best accountability partners, cheerleaders, and workout buddies you've ever had.

I chatted with LV Rise & Grind founder Alexa M. Huzela to find out what makes this group so special -- and why you should be a part of it.

SE: What exactly is Lehigh Valley Rise and Grind, and what are the workouts like?  

AH: LV Rise & Grind is a free fitness movement that I started in October 2016. We meet at 5:45 a.m. every Wednesday in the main parking lot of Trexler Park. We started with just seven people and soared from there.

It’s a place where anyone can come to workout for free, have fun, and leave to start their day feeling better about themselves despite what’s going on in their lives.

Our workouts incorporate running and cardio using just your body weight – no props required! Every week the workout is a little different, but many of our workouts include intervals of different moves like these:

Burpees
Planks
Squats
Sit-ups
Jumping jacks
Jogs and sprints
Mountain climbers
Push-ups

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SE: Do you guys really meet year-round?

AH: We are #WeatherProof! And on the rare occasion that we do need to cancel, it’s announced in advance in the Lehigh Valley Rise & Grind Facebook group.

SE: Do you have a background in fitness?

AH: I've played sports my whole life and I recently got my personal training certificate for extra knowledge and the safety component. 

SE: I have a bad knee. Do you make accommodations for people who have minor injuries or aren't super fit?

AH: We’re open to all age groups and fitness levels. For each workout movement or skill set, a modification is offered. I try to ask before we start if anyone has any injuries or needs modifications so that I can keep an eye on them during the workout. There's also a big focus on stretching to prevent injuries.

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SE: What's the vibe? Competitive, supportive, a little of both?

AH: The vibe is definitely supportive! When we do partner workouts, everyone is always encouraging each other; and when we do individual workouts, I make sure to tell everyone that no one cares how fast you are or how quickly you do a burpee – you should only be competing against yourself.

One time we were doing partner sprints and I overheard someone say, “I’m sorry I’m so slow.” I caught it and said, “No one cares how slow you are, you’re out here pushing yourself and doing this for YOU.”

We do throw in a little competition when we do burpees to the Bring Sally Up, Bring Sally Down song. The goal is to stick together as a tribe to complete the challenge. We also do plank challenges.

SE: It can be tough to get any new project off the ground. How did you make your dream a reality?

AH: My inspiration to start LV Rise & Grind came from a similar free fitness group called November Project, which takes place in various cities across the country. They came to Bethlehem two years ago for the Runner’s World Half Marathon & Festival and I attended their 6 a.m. outdoor class.

Afterwards, I thought, I CAN DO THIS! I can start a movement in the Lehigh Valley that is totally free, inclusive, fun, and makes a difference. And now, here we are celebrating almost a year and a half of Lehigh Valley Rise & Grind.

I keep myself motivated from the feedback I get. When people come up to me and say that this one-hour weekly sweat session has changed their lives and their outlook on fitness, or simply helped them form new friendships, it makes me feel amazing. That’s exactly what my goal was, and I can't wait to make an impact on even more lives.

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SE: How has starting LV Rise & Grind changed you personally?

AH: It has shown me that I can actually make a difference in other peoples lives. I never thought in a million years that I could create my own workout, stand in front of 35 people, coach them, and be a fun mentor.

It’s also made me so appreciative of our community and the continuous kick-ass turnout that we get each Wednesday. Sometimes I drive there and wonder if anyone will even be there. But sure enough, all of the car headlights turn off, the doors open, and people are ready to sweat and have fun!

Our motto is #JustShowUp!

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For more information on Lehigh Valley Rise & Grind, request to join their Facebook group. Or you could #JustShowUp and see what happens :) 

 

16 Ways to Achieve Wellness Balance This Week in the Lehigh Valley (2/26-3/4)

16 Ways to Achieve Wellness Balance This Week in the Lehigh Valley (2/26-3/4)

I can't believe we're already talking about MARCH events! This is the time of year I'm usually at my worst—emotionally, physically, and nutritionally. Just being honest here, guys. But with my wedding on the horizon, I'm determined to tap into the following resources and find some much needed BALANCE.