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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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!
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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!
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!
The holiday season is HERE and boy, am I already feeling it! Downtown Bethlehem is bustling, the Lehigh Valley Mall is a zoo, and my Amazon cart is growing by the minute. Looking forward to checking out a few of these festive events that promise to keep us all calm and collected this holiday. Plus, who doesn't love a good tree lighting?
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.