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13 Ways to Pumpkin Spice Up Your Weekend (10/12 - 10/14)

BY SIOBHAN DEREMER

It seems like the humidity and last remnants of summer may be burning off this weekend so we can finally break out the sweaters, cozy blankets, and finally turn off those ACs! With last week’s roundup, we let you know that fall is in full swing in the Lehigh Valley and there are even more chances for you to enjoy it this weekend. Even haters of all things pumpkin spice (I think I saw PS dog treats the other day) will have something to smile about!

FRIDAY

Jack-O-Lantern Lane at Da Vinci Science Center (10am - 5pm; through Sunday | Admission costs vary)
Looking for a kid-friendly science-filled Halloween experience? The experts at Da Vinci have you covered. There’s no scares but plenty of fun when checking out Frankenstein’s Lab and making fun monster masks. On weekends, check out the It’s Alive live science demo, too! The exhibit’s included with general admission.

Beauty Boosting Happy Hour (5pm - 7pm | $25)
If your beauty regimen is feeling like you need a reboot after summer, Blink27 salon is looking to save you! $25 saves your spot for a deep conditioning treatment, blowout, and amazing collagen concoctions from Crave in Bethlehem. Get your routine back in shape and celebrate Friday night all at once.

Hocus Pocus Movie Night at Promenade (5:30 - 9pm | Free)
Don your favorite Sanderson sister outfit and get out to the Promenade Shops for a free outdoor showing of a Halloween classic, Hocus Pocus. And in addition to the movie, there’s free popcorn, Peeps, glitter tattoos, coloring contests, raffles, and more. Bring your own chairs and blankets and let fall put a spell on you!

Gentle Is the New Advanced Yoga (6 - 9pm | $60)
The Yoga Loft is bringing in J. Brown to take you back to the roots of yoga. Forget trendy Bikram, bendy, aerial yoga and get back to the breathing and relaxing basics. This class will take you through a more traditional and therapeutic approach to yoga that’s sure to ground your practice. Reserve your spot here.

SATURDAY

PBS 114 Coffee Ride (7:30 - 11:30am | Free)
Performance Bicycle Allentown plans to ride from their shop off Airport Road to Johnny’s Bagel in downtown Bethlehem and back (after breakfast and coffee, of course) each Saturday through November 3. Get the best of fall along the D&L trail with about a 19 mile ride for all levels.

2nd Annual Winged Warriors 5K (7 - 9am | $25)
Listen, it’s the season for 5Ks. And while we absolutely support getting outside and running/walking for amazing charities (I walk for Alzheimer’s in honor of my Dad each year!), you never really see them on an airport runway. All proceeds support Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley and run/walk while jets land around you! Sign up here.

Ottertoberfest at the LV Zoo (10am - 4pm | Admission costs vary)
It’s the season for beer and pretzels and now LV Zoo is getting into the mix with their adorable otters. Twenty local gourmet food and craft vendors are headed to the LV Zoo on Saturday for German and PA fun complete with pumpkin patch, activities and crafts for kids, and live music.

Saucon Harvest Festival (12 - 7pm | Free; Food, Beer, and Wine Trail $20)
Head to Dimmick Park for family-friendly activities and a pretty legendary sounding food, wine, and beer trail that includes food from a dozen local restaurants paired with Lost Tavern beer and wine from South Italy Imports. This 3rd annual festival support Saucon Valley Youth Sports Programs with live music from our faves Craig Thatcher and Tim Harakal.

Live Music at Eight Oaks Distillery (3 - 6pm | Free)
Each Saturday evening, Eight Oaks is bringing some of the best from the local music scene out to their scenic New Tripoli tasting barn. Enjoy the fall weather with their indoor/outdoor setup, handcrafted cocktails, and some of the best country views in the area.

SUNDAY

Run & Boat with Aardvark Sports Shop (8 - 11am | $20)
This is an event that pairs outdoors with fitness in a perfect way, especially for fall. Run 4.5 miles from Aardvark to Canal Park in Allentown and then head down river in canoes led by a guide. Focus on the local ecosystem and get your morning workout in! Grab your spot here.

Yoga at the Gallows (11am - 12pm | $25)
This 21+ yoga class for all levels ends with one of the best caps to yoga: a craft cocktail. Enjoy the best spirits from newcomer to the local distillery scene, Gallows Hill Spirits Co. Bring your own mat, water bottle, and thirst for craft drinks. Get a spot here.

Fall Family Fun at Klein Farms (12 - 4pm | Free)
What would a fall roundup be without a local farm weekend event? Like many of the local farms, Klein Farms in Easton is celebrating each weekend in October with free hayrides, pumpkins, farm tours, corn maze, and their usual delicious produce (milk, ice cream, veggies, cheeses, and more). Head out Saturday or Sunday for some fall fun.

Boot Breast Cancer with Bethlehem Steel FC (3 - 6pm | $12)
If you love a good soccer game and want to benefit breast cancer as well, this Sunday’s match at Lehigh University will have multiple options to give back. Wear pink and half of your ticket price will go to the Cancer Support Community (all proceeds that day go to the same place). Keep an eye out for other chances to raise awareness and enjoy local sports at the same time. 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!

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Volunteering Spotlight: Furry Friends

By Siobhan DeRemer

There’s nothing like overindulgence at the holidays (or perhaps knowing so many at the holidays that need our help) that makes me want to get out and see what impact I can make in the community. Of course, our help is needed throughout the year, so we are planning to highlight local institutions each month that are very much in need of volunteers and people willing to commit their time to making the Lehigh Valley a sweeter place to live for all. Are you looking for a New Year’s resolution to get yourself out of the house more and meet people in this area? Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to start volunteering but just need local info. That’s why we’re here!

For the month of March, we start with a cause near and very dear to all our of hearts here: our animal companions. Since March brings us National Puppy Day on March 23rd, Love Your Pet Day was back on February 20, and Pet Day (April 11) and Pet Month (May) aren’t too far off, we want to highlight some organizations in the Lehigh Valley that need your help and give you some amazing chances to help your favorite four-legged friends.

Since we know many of you have kids and would love to bring them along to your volunteer time or want a fun way to give your kids a way to volunteer in the area, we’ve marked and mentioned those organizations that are kid-friendly below. Check out the Volunteer Center of the Lehigh Valley for more animal-friendly options in your area. And be sure to check back here for more volunteering chances each month!

**Watch for animal shelter and rescue opportunities in the future, but if you want to check some local ones out soon, check out the Sanctuary at Haafsville and the Center for Animal Health & Welfare.**

Gress Mountain Ranch (Kid-Friendly)

The 15 acres here in Orefield are 100% volunteer run and provide a home to a number of animals providing therapy, animal and environmental education, and training for all those in need. The alpaca, goats, horses, cats, and dogs here are always happy to see eager volunteers (and even interns) for groundskeeping and animal care. Be sure to check when you call as some activities may be better than others for kids.

Equi-Librium

This therapeutic horse farm in Nazareth, one of only 7 accredited centers in Pennsylvania, provides accessible therapy to individuals with behavioral, emotional, and health-based needs. Volunteers may assist with therapy sessions, care for horses, or even provide office and grounds assistance. No prior horse experience is necessary, but all volunteers must be 14 years or older. Check out training dates here and fill out a form to get involved.

Lehigh Valley Zoo

The Lehigh Valley’s biggest animal sanctuary is always looking for volunteers to help manage the 200,000 annual visitors to the Zoo. You can spend time next to the otters and the penguins while also educating and guiding visitors. Great for groups/families with older kids, too. Fill out the interest form here and get started! For smaller kids who may not be able to volunteer in person, you can adopt one of the LV Zoo animals and donate to the conservation and education efforts of the Zoo (and get an adorable plush and certificate to boot!).

Pleasure of Your Company

For those who can’t own a dog but are in need of their companionship and joy, the therapy dogs from POYC are there to help. Volunteers and their pups must undergo a small evaluation and test for temperament and behavior (mostly for the dogs, but it helps if you’re friendly, too!) and provide visits to improve the quality of life of those at nursing homes, schools, libraries, and hospitals. If you have a dog you think fits the bill, check out how you can start helping others with his or her furry love.

Tails of Valor (Kid-Friendly options)

You can volunteer in a number of ways for this group based in Coopersburg that raises and trains puppies to assist veterans with PTSD and physical disabilities. Help a service member return to civilian life by becoming a puppy raiser, providing a foster home, trainer, or community educator. Get your family involved by teaching kids the valuable ways training a service animal can be helpful to the community and especially the military community.

Horses 4 Hope

For friends willing to travel just over the border into NJ, this horse farm, formerly located in Bangor, has many volunteer opportunities for maintenance, fundraising, sidewalking with horses and clients during therapy sessions, and even instructor options for experienced horse lovers.

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center (Older Kid-Friendly)

A bit farther to the west in New Ringgold (about 40 minutes northwest of Allentown), this horse therapy center is looking for teenagers and adults to help clients with sidewalking and those with a bit more experience can be trained to work with clients and handle the horses (and ponies!) during sessions.

Flint Hill Farm (Kid-Friendly)

This educational center and working farm in Coopersburg provides living arrangements for those who wish to learn to farm or have a personal agricultural experience. In addition to needing volunteers for carpentry, tours, gardening, and office work, there are many opportunities for milking goats and cows and tending to gathering eggs. Suitable for families and individuals.