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.
By Siobhan DeRemer
Welcome to 2018! It's time for new beginnings, goals, and a chance to start (or keep!) living well into January. Open your journal, calendar, or that stocking-stuffer notebook you got from your favorite aunt and set yourself up for greatness this year. We know you can do it! And we're here to help: Keep an eye out for articles from us on how to volunteer your time, get moving, eat well, and be healthy this coming year and check out some of these local events to start your year right!
Happy New Year! Ring in the new year with a massage from Elements Massage in Allentown or detoxing colonic treatment from Healing Hands in downtown Bethlehem, make a change with a cut/color from Sato Salon Organics in Allentown, or head to Elaine Zelker Photography in Easton to create your own vision board (5pm-8pm / $15). Head here to sign up and for more info.
Kid's Knitting Class (4pm - 5:30pm | $70)
If you're looking for a fun crafty activity for your little ones (though these classes are better for those ages 7+) before school starts again, sign up for this three-day class at Lille Syster in downtown Easton. Includes three 90-minute sessions where kids will learn to cast on and off, and even make a scarf and other little items. To sign up and check out more Kid's Classes, go here.
Intro to Tai Chi Talk (5:15pm - 6:15pm | Free)
Come in to meet the Yoga Loft in Bethlehem's newest teacher of tai chi, learn a bit more about the practice, and sign up for classes. Now's the time to start a practice if you've ever been interested in this spiritual and meditative practice. In case you miss this one, there's another on Wednesday morning at 10am! Register for the event here.
Special New Year New Vision Workshop (6pm - 8:30pm | $45)
If you've been digging around for your purpose and how to channel what 2018 might bring to you, head to Andrea Brock Healing in Bethlehem to help find your direction. Maximize your potential and start your year with meditation, numerology, and guidance.
Cooking Matters Cooking Course (2pm - 3pm | Free)
If cooking more healthfully is on your agenda for the new year, sign up at the Reference Desk at Allentown Public Library for this weekly afternoon course. You'll learn some basic nutrition and how to make simple and healthy meals.
Weekly Music Meditation & Reiki (4:30pm - 5:30pm | Class costs vary)
Carrie Beleno leads the first weekly hour-long class of the year at Beleno Spiritual Healing Center and the music and rhythm will lead the meditation. Spend an hour unwinding, working with breath and receive healing Reiki energy to boost and balance your body, mind and soul. Classes every Wednesday in case your first week doesn't feel as rhythmic as you'd like!
K. Shan Performance Fitness Training (7pm | Free)
Tired of big box gym experiences and want a more personalized experience? Check out the facilities and experts at K.Shan Performance Fitness in Bethlehem. There'll be a free nutrition presentation on Wednesday and then a goal-setting presentation on Thursday. We love a fitness community that empowers their members and knows their stuff!
Khineder Journey One Year Anniversary Sale (10am - 6pm | Free)
We found the lovely Khineder Creations (which we featured in this year's local gift guide) in Emmaus and can't wait to celebrate one year of their homemade items! Enjoy 25% off everything in their shop on Thursday & Friday!
North American Whisky Tasting at Red Stag (7pm - 9pm | $25)
Still not over the delicious tipples from your New Year's celebration on Sunday?? If you're still not satisfied, enjoy the amazing selection at McCarthy's Red Stag Pub and let them drop a little whiskey knowledge on you, too (at least do a little learning in the new year!). Four amazing options and enjoy a complimentary Lyft coupon on the Pub if you need it.
First Friday in South Side Bethlehem (6pm - 11pm | Free)
On the first First Friday of the year, tons of South Side business and shops in the SouthSide Arts District will be offering specials (think Bonn Place Brewing, Jenny's Kuali, and many more of your favorites), showing local art, and giving the chic home/furniture store Domaci an official welcome to their new home on the South Side (they're having a self-serve s'mores bar; how can you go wrong?).
Vinyl Night at Hop Hill Brewing (5pm - 10pm)
When you've freezed a bit supporting local art at South Side First Friday, bring your favorite vinyls and drinking pants down to Hop Hill Brewing. Every first friday through March, they'll be offering retro vinyl musical selections and, of course, their top-notch brews and local food.
Arts, Crafts & Drafts at Weyerbacher (12:30pm - 2pm | $30)
So we always love the idea of wining it up and painting a picture of your favorite animal, but what's even better is having options. Weyerbacher totally gets us and now has a chance for you to create anything you'd like with their various craft projects—and the first beer's included.
Ashtanga for Beginners, Part 2 (1pm - 3pm | $25)
If you joined Lehigh Valley Yoga for the first part of their Ashtanga workshop, they're continuing the practice with another 2-hour session focusing on the challenge of previous poses and building on finishing and refining your practice.
Hava Java Cafe Open Mic (7pm - 10pm | Free)
Every Saturday evening, local artists flex their musical muscles at local coffee hangout Hava Java in Allentown's West End Theatre District. Maybe their next lineup will include you? If not, there will certainly be a chair with your name on it to enjoy local tunes and a warm cup.
Kids in the Kitchen with Chef Ada (10am - 11:30am | $20/person; ages 7-11)
Chef Ada Chandler at Easton Public Market will guide kids through a recipe including hands-on demonstrations, tastings, and other interactive opportunities. This week: Oatmeal Chocolate Chip cookies (we know we didn't have enough of these during the holidays). Let your kids learn the kitchen basics while you shop the market!
Ice Scraper 5K with Lehigh Valley Road Runners (10am - 2pm | $10)
LVRR offers you a perfect race to start your 2018 fitness and running goals off right. No-frills and fun, even for beginners, this race should be a great time to test out that new Fitbit, Apple Watch, or just your favorite new running tights.
Wine and Yoga at Folino Estate (11am - 12pm | $20)
Nearby in Kutztown, Folino Estate has some of the most beautiful event spaces—and wine, did we mention wine? Enjoy a yoga class in their private event space and a complimentary glass of wine afterward (along with 10% off in the restaurant or tasting room). Nothing says Welcome 2018 like a little wellness and a little wine, are we right?
Hate-to-Waste Regift Party (7pm | Free)
Let's be honest, not every gift you receive at the holidays is your fave, but we all know one's less-personal item might be someone else's treasure! Bring a wrapped gift you aren't in love with to Ashley's in Easton and trade for one that might be more your style—or just gift someone an item and enjoy snacks and drink specials to start the new year with a giving spirit.
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