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11 Ways to Embrace Your Inner Self This Weekend (7/20 - 7/22)

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By Siobhan DeRemer

Sometimes we flow through our week running through the motions of our everyday schedules with no deviations. We sit at desks wishing we could return to that book, get more time for yoga, meet up with friends—or be the damn mermaids we know we are. Well, this weekend, it's time. Look inward and find what you've been itching to do. We've got a couple suggestions but let your heart (or that yogi inside) be your guide!

FRIDAY

Science Under the Stars 6pm - 10pm | $5
Dress up as your favorite sci-fi character and learn about how astronomy shapes our world and the other world in the solar system around us. Telescopes will be set up to check out the night sky and astronomy activities will be all set up—not to mention food from Stuffed to the Grills and BlendLife. Bring a blanket and enjoy the starry night.

Nighttime Zip and Climb at Blue Mountain 8:15pm - 10:15pm | $25
The high ropes course at Blue Mountain is amazing at any time of day but in the dark, you can unleash your inner aerialist accompanied by glow sticks and laser lights. Live music will be playing at the Slopeside Grill. Grab your good shoes and challenge yourself.

SATURDAY

Trek Shop Ride New Roads 8:30am - 12pm | Free
If you've had your road bike ready all summer, this might be the time to get out with a group and go. Meet at Trek in Allentown for a 30 - 40 mile ride and bring your helmet, bike, and snacks. No worries about flats—Trek will be on hand to fix them for you.

12th Annual Zucchini 500 9am - 11:30am | $6
The "Valley's hottest veggie race" is back at the Easton Farmer's Market this Saturday and for just $6 you can enter to win a prize with your zucchini racer. Carve away until 10:45am (you can also bring a pre-carved zucc) and then race at 11am. Don't forget to snap a pic—who would want to forget their zucchini car win??

Historic Bethlehem Blueberry Festival 10am - 7pm | $10-$25
This annual festival puts your favorite blue fruit on display along with crafts, pony rides, music, pet costume parades, and of course, a pie-eating contest. It's blueberry season so enjoy them infused into beer, wine, mead, ice cream, and more.

Mindfulness in Meditation at Steel Fitness 12pm-1pm | $10 per class
Steel Fitness Premier is opening its 10-class mindfulness meditation series up to nonmembers and this Saturday is the first class. You can attend one class or all of them (for $80). The first focuses on meditation forms and techniques and is perfect for all levels of those who want to unlock inner peace.

Classics & Cruisers on Hamilton 4pm - 8pm | Free
Do you count the days until it's summer so you can drive out 78 to see the tons of car shows that pop up outside of the Valley? No more 78 traffic...the muscle cars are coming to downtown Allentown. Classic and muscle cars are expected from a wide variety of area collectors and enthusiasts as well as modern muscle cars. Food from Hamilton and Queen City BBQ. Free to see; if you want to show yours off, register here.

SUNDAY

Easton Restaurant Week
If you're willing to drive around the area during the summer, you're always going to find restaurant weeks popping up! Easton is the star this week with fixed-price lunches and dinners from some of your favorite spots downtown and around the area. Runs until the 28th.

Detox & Retox at Boser Geist 10:30am - 11:30am | $20
Who doesn't love a mimosa after a playful yoga session? Wake up this Sunday with an hourlong flow in the historic Silk Mill in Easton and feel refreshed to end your weekend. Bring your own mat!

Mermaid Festival at Dutch Springs 12pm - 4pm | Admission prices vary
This might be the most exciting event of the summer, especially if you've always known your true mermaid potential. Live mermaid show and arts, crafts, snorkeling with a mermaid, and more. Bring the littlest mermaid you know or OWN YOUR LIFE and get yourself there to swim with your people.

Hair of the Dog Yoga at Strange Brew 5pm - 7pm | $5
Head to your favorite dive this Sunday night to end the weekend right. The fee gets you a mat and $1 off your first after-yoga drink. Use that balance to start your week and keep your inner self satisfied.

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Photo by Emily Goodhart on Unsplash

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

15 Things You Should Do This Week in the Lehigh Valley (10/30-11/5)

15 Things You Should Do This Week in the Lehigh Valley (10/30-11/5)

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.