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...
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.
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.
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!
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.
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?
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!
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!
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.
It finally feels like fall in the Lehigh Valley, and that calls for good food, proper Fests, and warm comfort. This week is bringing you all of that, plus three (!) race opportunities on Sunday. We're totally going to need at least one of those after all this Halloween candy! Cheers to another week full of ways to live well.
By Siobhan DeRemer
It's a spooky week ahead and it'll be even spookier if you miss out on any of these awesome events happening right in our backyards! We've got glow-filled rides, scuba adventures, and even a chance to strap on some roller skates. Mark your calendars and fill your week with fun on top of fright!
Walk-In Reiki Mini Sessions at Beleno Healing Center (4pm - 7pm/ $25)
Have you always wanted to check out what Reiki is all about but never had the time? Come swing by Beleno and learn about what this healing practice can bring to you (or, if you’re a seasoned enjoyer of Reiki, come on in and get 15 minutes just for you). This is the final evening of these mini sessions for the season so start your week with some relaxation before the holiday prep really kicks off. More info here.
Yoga Happy Hour at Triple Sun Spirits (6pm - 8pm/ $15)
Get your flow on to start your week and then enjoy a delicious crafted cocktail from Triple Sun’s quality spirits. Ticket includes mat and block rental and a class taught by Jennifer Rhoades. Grab your (half price!) admission and more info here.
Glow Rides at ND Wheelhouse (various times/ $10 drop-in)
Get your glow on for Halloween at ND Wheelhouse’s glow rides this week! Black lights, glow sticks, and glow paint will be on display during the Tuesday & Thursday 6pm classes and Saturday 9:15 & Sunday 9am. Grab your neon gear and reserve your bike here.
Halloween Story Time at the Moravian Book Shop, Bethlehem (10:30am - 11:30am/ Free)
Come decked out in your favorite costume at this event geared toward PreK and younger children. The themed story time will end with a costume parade around the shop. A perfect way to get younger kids ready for the spooky season! More info here.
Skate Away Your Stress at Bethlehem Skateaway (6pm - 8:30pm/ Cost varies)
Send your kids (or friends) out onto the rink and enjoy a massage/aromatherapy session! Chair massage sessions are being offered at 10-15 lengths for $1/minute. Grab your skates and come relax before the trick-or-treating insanity starts. More info here.
Massage Happy Hour at Sleepy Cat Urban Winery (5pm - 7pm/ Free)
Who else is psyched about this new massage happy hour trend?? I know we are. Not much is more relaxing than a good massage...except maybe a glass of wine! Sleepy Cat Urban Winery in the West End/Theater District of Allentown is offering their happy hour deals with a side of muscle-relaxing massage from the experts at Elements Massage. Try one of their 20+ wines and wind down your week. More info here.
Essential Oils 101 at Greenmouth, Easton (5pm - 6:30pm/ Free)
Are you interested in how essential oils can fit into your life and why they’re so great and easy to use? Check out this happy hour information session complete with giveaways (and delicious Greenmouth goodies!). More info here.
Ayurveda 101 at Easton Yoga (11am-2pm/ $50-60)
Ayurveda is a holistic healing system designed to get your body and spirit in line and improve your health and well-being. Come find out more about this ancient practice and the unique needs it can fulfill for you in this comprehensive workshop offered by Easton Yoga. To sign up and find out more about pricing, go here.
Halloween Scuba Weekend at Dutch Springs
Come dive this weekend in honor of Halloween and you can compete in an underwater pumpkin carving contest or learn how to survive the zombie onslaught at Dutch Springs in Bethlehem. You must be certified, but these classes count toward your Master Scuba Diver rating! Times vary, so check for more info here or contact Dutch Springs directly.
Pints for Paws at Lost Tavern Brewing (12pm - 4pm/ Free)
Pups and great local beer in fall weather? Sign us up! Bring your furry friend and meet other (adoptable!) at this event benefitting The Center of Animal Health and Welfare of Easton. Grab a delicious pint and just try not to adopt all the sweet animals that you see! More info here.
Wisdom Workshop at West End Yoga (1pm - 3pm/ $25)
Philosophy and yoga collide in this workshop with a gentle practice included. Come discuss the spiritual teachings behind the physical practice of yoga. This Sunday’s program is titled “Who Am I? Exploring Consciousness and Ego.” Check out other programs this fall and book your spot here.
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