14 Ways to Chill Out, Get Healthy, and be a Little Ridiculous This Week In The Lehigh Valley (4/23 - 4/29)

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By Stephanie Eckelkamp

From yoga to cooking to crafting to cocktail trailing, this week's got it all! Oh, and we almost forgot the cutest and most unique event of all: The Critter Crawl!

Monday

Live Mindfully Through Yoga (7pm-8:15pm/ $10)
Feeling stressed and disconnected? Yup, we feel you. Lift Easton has a new yoga class that can help you feel balanced again. Live Mindfully Through Yoga is an open level vinyasa flow with mindful breathing exercises that’s meant to bridge the gap between yoga and therapy. Each class features a self-growth topic of the week and is guaranteed to leave you feeling more grounded. More information here

Asanas for Autism at AntiGravity Lehigh Valley (6pm / $20)
April is Autism Awareness Month and 100% of the proceeds from this hot yoga class will go to Autism Speaks. Jen, the class’s instructor, has a nonverbal autistic daughter named Ellie who she has to communicate with on a special device. So the cause is certainly near and dear to her heart. 

Tuesday

Vinaigrette 101 Hands-On Cooking Class (6pm - 9pm / $35)
Head over to Seasons Bethlehem and learn how to make tasty vinaigrettes, aioli, and Dijon mustard from seasoned chef Natalie Biondi, who trained at the International Culinary Center in Manhattan. Bonus: You’ll get a complimentary glass of wine to help get those creative cooking juices flowing. 

Craft & Crafts at Boser Geist (7pm-10pm/ $35)

Get your creative juices flowing by joining Art Across Borders for a brew and craft project. In this workshop you’ll create some string and nail wall art of your own design. All materials are provided and you can choose from a variety of wood styles and shapes, paint, string, and nail colors. One pint or flight is included. 

Wednesday

Free Yoga at AntiGravity Lehigh Valley (9:30am-10:30am)
New instructor at AntiGravity in Allentown means free yoga for you! Join Svetlana on Wednesday mornings for a vinyasa flow. No need to preregister and all levels are welcome.

Mesa Modern Mexican Fundraiser for the Shanthi Project (5pm-7pm)
Need an excuse to drink margaritas on a Wednesday? Now you have one. Head to Mesa for happy hour in support of Shanthi Project, an organization that uses therapeutic yoga to help at-risk youth and trauma survivors establish healthy and productive relationships with themselves, their families, and their communities.

Paleo Spring Detox with Dharma Kitchen (5pm-7pm / $20)
Join Dr. Matt Conroy of Conroy Chiropractic and Carrie Havranek of the Dharma Kitchen for a class that looks at the most important part of your health—your gut! The class will include discussion and sampling of all kinds of prebiotic and probiotic foods. They’ll talk about the importance of shifting your diet when the seasons shift, and cook some foods that will help your body ease into the transition of spring. Think good proteins, a warming soup, and dark, bitter greens. Buy tickets here

Thursday 

Let’s Get Out and Walk in Downtown Easton (12-12:30pm)
Join St. Luke’s University Health Network and the YMCA for regular community walks in and around downtown Easton. This “Walk Up Your Appetite” walk will last for about 30 minutes at a faster pace using the WalkWorks West Ward Paxinosa walking route. 

Sushi Demonstration @ Black River Farms (5pm-7pm / $25)
Craving sushi? Book a spot at this interactive dinner and sushi making demo! Grab a few friends and reserve your spot now. Call Black River Winery to hold your spot (484-935-1011).

Friday

You Go, Squirrel! Critter Crawl (5pm-9pm / Free) 
The folks at Mercantile Home have organized a Critter Crawl! Stroll around downtown Easton during Easton Out Loud and take a selfie with their colorful squirrels and other critters hidden around local shops and other locations in town...then post your pics on social media (Instagram and FB) to win special prizes at the shop! 

Saturday 

Spring on the SouthSide  & Chili Cook-Off (12pm - 3pm / $8-$10)
What says spring more than chili?! Well, probably lots of things, but that’s not the point. We’re still pumped about the opportunity to sample (and vote!) our way through 25 different chili vendors, including ones specializing in vegetarian chili. Buy tickets here

Sip into Spring Cocktail Trail, Downtown Allentown (1pm-5pm / $20)
It’s not really spring until you drink your way through Allentown, amiright? When you purchase a ticket for the Sip into Spring Cocktail trail, you get a 3.5-ounce tasting glass and a passport for 15 cocktail samples that you’ll taste as you walk (or frolick...it’s spring, after all!) from business to business. Buy tickets here.  

Sunday

Anniversary Party at Hive in Kutztown (2pm-7pm / Free)
Come hit up Hive’s first anniversary party! They’ll have food, drinks, music, and (as always) an awesome atmosphere. If you’ve never been to this organic eatery specializing in fresh and local salads, grain bowls, sandwiches, tea, coffee, bread, and cheese, then this is the perfect opportunity! 

Hammered Jewelry Workshop at House of Metalworks (1pm-3pm / $25)
The pros at House of Metalworks will teach you how to hammer metal into a unique, wearable masterpiece. You’ll use your new skills to make two of the following pieces of jewelry: a cuff bracelet, earrings, or a pendant. Register here.  

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