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.

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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.

Photo by Timothy Dykes on Unsplash

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.

*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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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.

9 Fun Ways To Get Creative, Centered, and Even a little Tipsy This Week in the lehigh Valley

If binging on all that newly discounted Valentine's Day chocolate has you feeling a little meh and unmotivated, let us liven up your week. On the menu: jewelry making for beginners, anxiety-reducing yoga, killer relationship advice from awesome people who aren't your parents, and the opening of a new community wellness space that you definitely want to know about. 

19 Ways to Spread the Love This Week in the Lehigh Valley (2/12 – 2/18)

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by Siobhan DeRemer

It's the season of love! We think you should always find time to give yourself a little love and spread the love around, but what better excuse to get out of the house this week and show your love around the Lehigh Valley! Here are some (mostly free!) events where you can spread love, grab a beer, or just plain boycott the holiday and do whatever you want! Love means never having to say you're sorry, right?? Have a great week, and from all of us at Live Well, we love you!

MONDAY

Lehigh Valley Girls Pint Out Night (6pm-8pm / Free)
Are you a female that loves the science and craft behind beer just as much as you like drinking a pint? Come to the first 2018 meeting of LV Girls Pint Out at Grain in Allentown—no membership process, just come enjoy door prizes and chatter about craft beer. See how Girls Pint Out works to influence the craft beer community and why they have over 80 chapters in 40 states!

Yoga Nidra and Pranayama (6:30pm-8pm / Free)
This collaboration between the Cancer Support Community and Kula Heart Yoga is the absolute perfect way to start your Valentine's week with tapping into your innermost truth through gentle movement and guided meditation. The class is free to anyone affected by cancer and runs each Monday through April. 

TUESDAY

Happy Mardi Gras! We all know it's time for some overindulgence (be sure to grab your organic fasnachts early before they sell out!) but before you dive into that King Cake, why not take some time to make a promise to yourself this season? It's SO much nicer than giving something up—and you might just stick with it longer than getting rid of those hard ciders from your fridge.

How to Empower Women (4pm-5pm / Free)
In such a testy climate for women, this panel discussion at Moravian College's Priscilla Payne Hurd campus employs frontline activists to open up about social justice and gender equality. Hosted by the biweekly podcast Inside 254 that focuses on gender events and world issues.

Happy Hour Food Forum (5pm-7pm / Free)
Join Wild Fox Farm along with Buy Fresh Buy Local, Godshall Farm, and Penn State Extension - Lehigh County at Bethlehem Brew Works for an open conversation between consumers and Lehigh Valley food producers. Discuss the what, where and whys of your food choices—which may be a great start to a promise to yourself this season to care more about what goes into your body and how our local growers can help you make the right choices.

Galentine's Day!
Chances are if you've been reading this blog or you've gotten to know any of us, you know we are all fans of ladies celebrating ladies and we just so happen to also love ourselves some Parks & Rec. Put ovaries before brovaries this year by hitting up your favorite spot or check out the specials at Allentown Brew Works, Sunset Grille, and Ju-Ju Monkey (wine tasting, yass!) and be sure to treat yo'self.  

WEDNESDAY

Happy Valentine's Day, loves!

Singles Awareness Day Anti-Valentine's Day (6pm-8pm / Free)
Are you single and super over this love-filled commercial holiday? Or maybe you are attached but not into the overpriced, underwhelming food you might find at other local places. Check out Cafe Frais' delicious fare and let Tre Locally Sourced feed you this Wednesday.

Valentine's & A Good Cause
Starting tonight at Union & Finch in Allentown and continuing through February 17, enjoy a prix fixe dinner offering for $45—$5 of which will go directly to the American Heart Association. A great way to celebrate a romantic dinner and give back this V-Day.

THURSDAY

Herbal Remedies and Essential Oils for Moms (11am-12:30pm / $5)
Learn how essential oils can improve your everyday life—and your kids' lives too. Make an herbal infusion for daily use and find out how essential oils can help the health and wellness of your family. Grab tickets here.

Pizza and Chocolate with IABC (5:30pm-7pm / $15 for members; $20 for nonmembers)
If one of your goals this year is to get networking and grow your business life, why not do it over pizza and beer at the Easton Public Market? The IABC Lehigh Valley brings fellow business communicators together to share stories and make connections while you can have pizza and beer from Scratch, learn about chocolate from Chocodiem, and search for new strategies to take home with you. Register here.

Immunity Boosting Syrups & Elixirs Workshop (6pm-8pm / $40)
Get out of this heinous flu season unscathed! Join the experts from Hilltop Herbals at Common Space in Easton and make delicious tasting medicinal syrups and elixirs that you can sip to boost your immunity or drizzle over food. Includes a detailed demonstration with recipes and a full bottle of syrup to take home.

FRIDAY

Mystery Book Discussion Group (10am-11am / Free)
Each third Friday, this group meets to discuss a monthly mystery title at the Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem. Making a promise to read more this season? Let these guys keep you accountable and find some great titles in the process.

Fowler Literacy Center Open House (11am-3pm / Free)
Have you always wanted to get your GED or want to look into more literacy education opportunities for your kids or friends? The Fowler Literacy Center, partnered with ProJeCt of Easton, wants to help you achieve those goals. Find out what they're all about—no excuses!

SATURDAY

Lehigh Valley Beer Week
One of my favorite weeks in the Valley, LV Beer Week has its official start tonight and goes through February 24th with TONS of events all around the area. Some of my favorites to check out: cheese and beer pairing at Yergey, Meet the LV Brewers, Pints for Paws at Broadway Social (benefitting Last Chance Ranch), and Pour It Forward at Porter's Pub (benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Easton). 

Lehigh Valley Polar Plunge (9:30am-2pm / $50 min donation)
Maybe your promise this year is to be freezing cold and if so, the Polar Plunge is totally for you. Take a freezing dip in the Delaware and raise money for the Special Olympics. Even if you're "Too Chicken" (raising my hand over here), you can still donate and stay warm while everyone else jumps in!

Elderberry Syrup Workshop (10am-12pm / $40)
Elderberry is known for its healing properties as an immune booster through the cold and flu season. Learn about gathering and the benefits of this healing berry. You'll make a delicious tasting medicinal cordial that you can serve your dinner guests in mixed drinks, sip on cool winter evenings, drizzle on your favorite dessert or morning oats. Deliciousness and immunity? Sign us up.

Photography Boot Camp with Dan's Camera (10am-3pm / $70)
Making more time for hobbies is definitely on my list this year, so if you have a camera you've been dying to capture the world with, Dan's Camera City experts will guide you through the basics in this in-depth course. If you can't make the February class, there's one happening on March 17, too! Sign up here.

SUNDAY

SouthSide Cocktails & Craft Beer Week
When you're skirting around the Valley this weekend into next week checking out Beer Week, don't forget about SouthSide Bethlehem and all they bring to the craft beer and cocktail scene. Through February 25, check out tours of Social Still, meet the brewers at Bonn (they're awesome), and enjoy weekly specials and pairing menus.

Yoga & Brunch at Easton Public Market (8am-9:30am / $22)
If you're sick of all the booze and chocolate-filled treats from the week, sign up for some poses and breakfast from Greenmouth to bring your body back to normal. And if you want to go right back to the chocolate on Monday, we don't judge, you earned it!

Mead Mug Making Class (2pm-3pm / $30)
I've never dabbled in ceramics, but knowing I could make a cup especially for mead totally has me intrigued. All ages can enjoy a pottery class, but for the older artists, the class includes a mead tasting of the selections from Colony Meadery. Grab a spot 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!

Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash

13 Fun, Healthy Things To Do This Week in the Lehigh Valley (2/5-2/11)

13 Fun, Healthy Things To Do This Week in the Lehigh Valley (2/5-2/11)

Hoo boy, how about that episode of This Is Us? Oh...and the Superbowl 😂 We kid we kid! All three LWLV gals partied it up (aka, ate a lot of cheese) at Siobhan's annual Superbowl Party, and now we're ready to recommit to all the healthy choices we've been making this year. Check out these super fun ways you can join us!

15 ways to stay cozy (or get moving) in the Lehigh Valley This Week (1/22 - 1/28)

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By Siobhan DeRemer

MONDAY

SouthSide Bethlehem Restaurant Week
Just when you thought you were done touring Easton and Saucon Valley’s restaurant specials, now the SouthSide of Bethlehem has its chance! Enjoy discounted lunch and dinner selections all along SouthSide this week (through Jan 27). One of our fave offerings: Lit’s 2 macarons and drip coffee for just $5! Click the link for menus and hours.

Adult Winter Reading Program (9am - 9pm / Free)
Sign up at the Allentown Public Library to spend the winter reading (twist our arms, right??) and you could win a Chromebook among other fantastic prizes. Attend a library session, sign up, log your page-turners, and win prizes. Runs through March 3rd!

Bethlehem Food Co-op Mixer with The Yoga Loft (5:30pm - 7:30pm / Free)
Join the BFC for a fun evening of socializing, eating, drinking, and yoga-ing with community members at The Yoga Loft in Southside Bethlehem. Free yoga demos, drink samples from Social Still, soups/smoothies from Playa Bowls, and if you’re one of the first to join the Co-op, you get $35 in yoga bucks to use at the Yoga Loft!

TUESDAY

Taco Tuesday at Social Still (4pm - 10pm)
Not much is better than a $5 taco plate and a $5 local craft beer to keep your week going. Even if beer isn’t your jam, grab some tacos and enjoy one of Social Still’s insanely well crafted cocktails on the side instead!

WEDNESDAY

Beer Run Club at Bethlehem Brew Works (6:30 - 8pm / Free)
Come warm up and run a 5K through historic Bethlehem before you enjoy a fresh craft beer from BBW’s selection. Bonus: Stay for Steel Trap Trivia at the Steelgaarden that starts at 9pm!

Belly Dance Returns (7:45pm - 8:45pm / Prices vary)
Want to get your belly dance game to another level? Check out this mixed level class offered at Easton Yoga that covers essential moves and some short combos and foot patterns.

THURSDAY

Pints & Pics (6pm - 9pm / Free)
Presented by Dan’s Camera City at Hijinx Brewery in Allentown, grab a beer and chat to your photographer heart’s content about photo gear. Lighting and a model will be set up so bring your own gear and chat with other local photogs about the best LV locations and more. Register for free here.

Valley Community Orchestra Concert (7pm / Free)
Enjoy the sounds of this community group formed to keep music skills intact for those who may not have the chance to perform professionally.

FRIDAY

LV Pet Expo (4pm - 9pm / $4-11)
The biggest celebration of pets of all kinds in the LV is back at the Allentown Fairgrounds. Starting today and running through the weekend, head into Ag Hall (with your pet!) to check out local vendors, performing pups, alpacas, and so much more. Grab tickets online to save money (so you can buy more treats at the show, of course).

SATURDAY

ArtsQuest Annual Souper Bowl IX (12pm - 3pm / $35)
Football fans, step aside. It’s soup time! Grab your tickets and head to the SteelStacks for the Ninth Annual Souper Bowl benefitting the Arts Education Fund. Enjoy 19 (!) locally concocted stews, chowders, and gumbos while playing the raffle and listening to live music. VIPs are sold out, but general admission is still available and ArtsQuest members get a discount!

Moravian Apothecary Tour (1pm - 2pm / $15)
Calling all history buffs! Head to the Moravian Museum for this walking tour around historic Bethlehem to learn how the Moravians treat ailments & what types of medical practices were established in early Bethlehem. Explore the Apothecary that ran from 1743 - 1952 and represents what is left of the oldest continually operated drug store in the United States.

SUNDAY

Historic Bethlehem Restaurant Week Begins
'Tis the season to check out some of the best food the Valley has to offer! This week, it’s downtown Bethlehem’s chance. Through Feb 3, find special prices for lunch and dinner at some of your favorite Main & Broad Street eateries. Check the link for menus!

Opening Day of “Women of Vision” (12pm - 4pm / Free)
On Sundays when admission to the Allentown Art Museum is free, it’s the perfect day to see the newest exhibit “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment” featuring 100 images from female photojournalists telling their story through images taken on assignments all around the globe. Opening Day features workshops and special presentations centered around the new exhibit, but if you’ve got Sunday plans, the exhibition runs through April 8.

Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club at Moravian Book Shop (3:30pm - 4:30pm / Free)
Can’t get enough of sci-fi reads and need a friendly group to discuss and geek out with? Look no further than the monthly meeting of the Sci-Fi Fantasy Book Club! Call to find out what the monthly pick is, get your read on, and then meet up to chat about it. Free and open to all!

Dessert Class at Seasons, Bethlehem (5:30pm - 7:30pm / $25)
Just in time for celebrating love in February, learn how to make expert-level tiramisu, truffles, and ice cream in this hands-on cooking class. Free glass of wine and 10% Seasons’ delicious oils and vinegars, too!

*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 Alfons Morales on Unsplash.

17 Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions This Week in the Lehigh Valley (1/16-1/21)

17 Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions This Week in the Lehigh Valley (1/16-1/21)

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!

9 Feel-Good Things To Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (1/8 - 1/14)

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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.  

Monday

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.  

Tuesday

“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

Wednesday

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.  

Friday

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

Saturday

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

Sunday

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.
 

21 Events to Welcome 2018 This Week in the Lehigh Valley (1/1 - 1/7)

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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! 

MONDAY

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. 

TUESDAY

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. 

WEDNESDAY

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!

THURSDAY

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.

FRIDAY

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.

SATURDAY

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.

SUNDAY

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!

Photo by Jazmin Quaynor on Unsplash

9 Ways to Say "See Ya!" to 2017 This Week in the Lehigh Valley (12/25-12/31)

9 Ways to Say "See Ya!" to 2017 This Week in the Lehigh Valley (12/25-12/31)

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!

9 Festive AF Things You Should Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (12/18 - 12/24)

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. 

16 Healthy, Eco, And Just Plain Fun Gifts To Buy In The Lehigh Valley This Holiday Season (Shop Local!)

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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!

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 
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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

 

13 Joyful and Healthy Things to Do This Week in the lehigh valley (12/11–12/17)

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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! 

MONDAY

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.

TUESDAY

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.

WEDNESDAY

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.

THURSDAY

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.

FRIDAY

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.

SATURDAY

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.

SUNDAY

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!

Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash.