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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.

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Bring It On Fall! What to Do This Weekend to Celebrate (9/14 - 9/16)

BY SIOBHAN DEREMER

It’s definitely beer and cider season here in the Lehigh Valley and as the fall leaves ramp up to start falling, we’ve got you covered for weekend events to enjoy—even if beer isn’t your thing and you’ve already gone on cider overload in your autumn excitement. Grab your last summer outfits and check out what’s happening this weekend.

Friday

International Cultural Festival in Allentown (4-9pm Friday; 9am-9pm Saturday / Free)
Looking to raise cultural awareness and unity, this festival taking place at the Arts Park in downtown Allentown plans to give Lehigh Valley families an opportunity to experience different cultures. There’ll be performances from local school groups, hip hop artists, and more.

Goat Yoga at Mad Lavender Farm (7-8:30pm/ $35)
Didn’t get enough from last week’s goat yoga?? Here’s your chance for another baaa-maste (I’m so clever) at this lavender farm in Milford NJ. Once the indoor session’s over, stay for petting time! Grab tickets here.

Saturday

West End World of Food Festival (11am-10pm / Free)
One of the best block parties in the Theater District on 19th Street in Allentown, this festival brings together over a dozen food trucks and local food vendors. With performances from kids from the School of Rock, you can enjoy the serenade and enter a few eating contests in the meantime.

Herbs to Help Your Yoga Practice (1:30-3pm / $15; $13.50 for members)
Different herbs can enhance how you feel and center your body and mind when paired with your yoga practice. Let Cheryl from Hilltop Herbals give you the lowdown on using herbs in teas, infusions, and food to balance you.

Eight Oaks Americana Makers & Music Festival (2-10pm / Tickets start at $10)
In its third year, this festival shares local music and gives vendors a chance to share their wares with the community. Fresh from national tours, these musical artists will fill the air while you browse artisan and handmade clothing and other items. All proceeds go to charity and you get a bonus copper mug to use and take home!

Lehigh Valley Craft Beer Festival (3-6pm / $35; $45 for VIP)
’Tis the season for beer festival and now it’s Coca Cola park’s turn. Head down to the field to sample beers from over 35 breweries and enjoy music and on-field games. VIP gets you in an hour earlier to enjoy the festivities.

1 Year Anniversary at Hardball Cider (7-10pm / Free)
Come celebrate one year of amazing cider in Bethlehem with Hardball! Enjoy drink and food specials all night to help them kick off their second year with fun and apple-filled joy. Need an idea of what to order? Their Dropball has a super light cranberry flavor that’ll get you more than ready for fall—and for celebrating.

Sunday

Feng Shui & Its Applications in Your Life (9-10:15am / Free)
Ever wondered about this practice of centering your surroundings for life success and harmony? You’ll learn the history and use of this ancient art, how it has residential and commercial application, and how you can use it for your good health and relationships.

Grand Re-Opening at Let’s Play Books (10am-3pm / Free)
One of the best bookstores in the Lehigh Valley is on Main Street in Emmaus. A local staple, this house of used and new books is debuting their new layout this weekend. Check it out and see if they unveil a new name, too!

Cars & Coffee Lehigh Valley (9am-12pm / Free)
Calling all car buffs! Head down to SteelStacks to check out modded and rare exotic vehicles of all sorts. Sip on some joe and let your jaw drop at custom cars from all over. Chevy 21 will have some crazy ones down there, so don’t miss it!

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Weekend Roundup: 7 Ways to Show Your Pride Before Summer's Over

By Siobhan DeRemer

It's been a rain-filled August so far in the Valley and if you're sick of checking for water in your basement, it's time to enjoy the sliver of summer that's left. Keep those pumpkins and lattes away with a few events this weekend that will get you out into the sun (or keep you inside depending on the weather!) to grab that last dose of vitamin D.

Friday

Jenny's Kuali 6th Anniversary (11am - 9pm / Free)
One of our favorite SouthSide staples is turning six and celebrating this whole weekend! Make some dinner or lunch plans with Jenny and grab a chance for Jenny's Kuali gift cards, hats, and Malaysian gifts.

Mandala Class at Paintsome Pottery (7pm - 9pm / $5)
This spot is home to tons of blank pottery open to your most creative ideas. This week's class involves learning the Zen art of creating mandala but you can paint whatever shape (plate, mug, or platter) your heart desires.

Easton Yoga Rocks: Boy Band Edition (6:30 - 7:45 pm / Prices vary)
If you've always wanted your yoga session to throw in a little boy band action, this class is definitely going to be your jam. Join Kate at Easton Yoga for an all-levels class with your favorite ballads from some of the best heartthrobs in recent history. Sign up here

Saturday

Grand Opening of the Game Gallery Bethlehem (12pm / Free)
Southside Bethlehem's newest game spot (since it was on North Side) is celebrating their grand opening on Saturday with an '80s best dressed contest, '80s movies on the projector, and door prizes. Check out their epic pinball machine and retro gaming console collections.

Food Truck Festival at Lehigh Valley Zoo (10am - 4pm / Tickets vary)
Nothing pairs quite so well with the adorable animals at the Zoo than gourmet food from local food trucks. Activities and special exhibitions are planned for the day, too. Ticket prices are the same as usual so grab them when you can!

Sunday

Pride in the Park  (12 - 6pm / $5)
Join this vibrant community for a celebration of all things Pride in the Valley. Moved to the Jewish Community Center from Cedar Beach Park (thanks, floods), check out the vendors, events, and live entertainment all focused on inclusion (and fun). 

Hats, Mats, and Scarves at Easton Public Market (3 - 5pm / Free) 
If you're heading to the Easton Public Market on Sunday afternoon, consider stopping by the Crochet for a Cause effort to help the Chase the Chill with hats and scarf crochet work. No experience necessary: You can always help them make plarn (plastic yarn) if you want to assist but knitting/crochet isn't your jam.

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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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18 Ways to Soak In and Welcome Summer This Weekend (6/21 - 6/24)

By Siobhan DeRemer

We've had some hot weeks already but it's finally officially summer! Grab your yoga mat, paddle board, or drinking pants and start this season with a ton of fun and local events. 

Thursday

Celebrate the Longest Day with the Alzheimer's Association
Every summer solstice, the Alzheimer's Association calls upon those who wish to advocate for the end of Alzheimer's disease to do whatever they love today and raise as much as they're able to end this terrible disease. You can honor a caregiver that you know or pick the favorite hobby of someone you know who's been touched by Alzheimer's. The local Delaware Valley chapter also has a list of activities around the area if you need some inspiration.

International Day of Yoga (11:30am - 1:30pm / Free)
Celebrate health and harmony and start your summer off in a meaningful way by joining others in Allentown in front of the PPL Building for the International Day of Yoga. The first session welcomes kids for yoga and mindfulness and starting at 12:30, all are welcome. 

Summer Solstice Patio Party (4pm - 10pm / Free)
If you're all for starting the summer with a glass of wine or something from Victory or Troegs (we feel you!) then the patio at the Shelby is the spot for you. A Kan Jam tournament kicks everything off at 4pm with specials from both breweries all night.

Summer Solstice Detox & Retox (7:30pm - 8:30pm / $10-$35)
If you're searching for a combo of those last two events, yoga and beer come together at Saucony Creek Brewery in Kutztown. Tiers of tickets include just the hourlong yoga session or a VIP ticket for yoga plus a flight of beer (or wine/cocktail) and food. Grab tickets here.

Sounds of Summer at Forks Community Park (7pm - 9pm/ Free)
Come out for some live music, food, and BYOB now that outdoor concert season is in full swing. Bring a bag chair and enjoy the sounds of Crazy Hearts at Forks Community Park in Easton now that summer's here.

Friday

Restorative Community Acupuncture (4pm - 7pm / $35-40)
Reduce your stress this summer with a group acupuncture session at the Restorative Space in Bethlehem. You'll receive painless acupuncture to improve circulation and boost your mood and enjoy 20 to 25 minutes of meditation time.

Easton Out Loud (5pm - 9pm/ Free)
Every fourth Friday of the month, Easton lights up with a special event open to all. This month features a crawfish boil, fire twirling performance, ice cream cake, live music, and, most importantly, a scavenger hunt. Go around to participating stores and see if you can find the Big Prize. Parking at downtown garages is only $1 starting at 5pm. If you're headed down, bring a few school supplies for a drive at Suddenly Samantha.

American Spirit Series: Old Forester (6:30pm - 8:30pm / $60)
If you love history of liquor as much as you like drinking it (like me), this event is 100% for you. Ticket price includes after-hours admission to the National Museum of Industrial History along with a tasting of from the American Old Forester distillery. Grab tickets here (including DD tickets for the nondrinking history nerds).

Sabor Latin Festival (Free)
Tonight's the kickoff of 3 days of Latin music, food, and culture at ArtsQuest. Celebrate the region’s Latino culture with live music by local, regional, and national musical acts, as well as cultural programming presented by community organizations. 

Saturday

Summer Fest at Lake Nockamixon (12pm - 6pm / $40-50)
This Saturday is a family-friendly event at Lake Nockamixon filled with yoga for all ages, mindfulness meditation, essential oil and plant-based nutrition info, and stand-up paddleboard opportunities. Food from Nellie's Rae's kitchen will also be available. Grab tickets at the event or here.

WDIY's Homebrew Fest (2pm - 5pm / $30)
See what the homebrewers of the Lehigh Valley are cooking up in this meeting of the minds at the Ice House in Bethlehem. Taste over 40 handcrafted beers and vote for your top 5. Sure to have awesome background music from WDIY. Grab tickets here.

Weyerbacher's 23rd Anniversary Party (4pm - 9pm / $15)
The Easton brewery turns a ripe 23 this year and they're celebrating with a circus-themed bash. The event "will be full of surprise and intrigue as you wind your way through the food trucks and libations leading you to the debut of their 23rd Anniversary Ale." Live music, food, and plenty of lively activities. Grab tickets here.

Yoga at Asbury Village Farm (5:30pm - 8pm / $20)
Hosted by Easton Yoga, this event lets you set your mat out on the field of the organic greenery at Asbury Village Farm in New Jersey at sunset. After class, there will be a potluck dinner with BYOB option (and fresh lemonade). Bring a food item, mat, and picnic essentials and check out their CSA options while you're there. 

Sunday

Start of Historic Bethlehem Restaurant Week (6/24 - 6/30)
Visit some of your favorites this week for special lunch and dinner fixed price meals: McCarthy's Red Stag Pub, Tapas on Main, Urbano, The Flying Egg, and Tavern at the Sun Inn...just to name a few!

Yoga & Mimosas (10:30am - 11:30am / $20)
Can you guys even BELIEVE how many yoga/booze combo classes we have in the area?? I am not complaining—I love options! Teachers from OM-azing Yoga in Easton and the brewers at Boser Geist are offering an hourlong class with a mimosa or bellini after class (with other beverages available, too).

2018 Lehigh River Sojourn (7am - 5pm / prices vary)
Join the PA Wildlands Conservancy for a trip down the Lehigh River from the Poconos to Easton. Enjoy this guided tour over the course of 3 days or rent a canoe and join for one leg if you can't make it the whole trip. Grab tickets (discounted for all 3 days) here.

Summer Food and Music Festival (10am - 6pm / Free)
About an hour from the LV, Peddler's Village is closer to New Hope and is hosting a music and food festival for the weekend. Live music and food and shopping from 60+ vendors and food trucks. Snag VIP treatment tickets (priority seating, guaranteed parking, refillable mug) for $25 here.

Music in Dimmick Park Series (6pm - 8pm/ Free)
You know it's outdoor concert season and if you're closer to Hellertown than Allentown, Dimmick Park is filling your concert need. Tonight features Flirtin' with the Mob and food from Flying V (their poutine is INSANE) and Licensed to Grill and beverages from Lost Tavern.


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15 Local Outdoor Options for Your Holiday Week (5/28 - 6/3)

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BY SIOBHAN DEREMER

It's officially the start of warmer weather and long weekends! Who is ready for some sun, breeze, and later sunsets?? I know I am. When I'm stuck inside at my desk all day, I'm dreaming of outdoor festivals, concerts, and hikes to come. Here's our list of great Memorial Day week events (most outdoor, some indoor - you never know what the weather will bring!) to keep the momentum from your #MDW going into the first week of June.

Monday

Happy Memorial Day! Enjoy your picnics, cookouts, or just plain old sit at home relaxing day. If you need some inspiration for the day, check out…

The Great PA Music and Arts Celebration (10am - 7pm / Free)
Come celebrate on the last day of this festival of local arts and music including artisans’ market, polka music, and sing-along opportunities. Dive into some local PA Dutch delicacies and tons of activities for kids and adults alike.

Military Days at Dorney Park (10am - 10pm / Free for military; other ticket prices vary)
All Memorial Day weekend, active and retired military members can get into Dorney Park for free and have access to discounted tickets for their family members. If you’ve been wanting to check out the rides at Dorney, let them thank you or your family member for their service with free admission.

Pioneer Band Celebrates 150th Memorial Day (7pm - 9:30pm / Free)
If you’re still craving a little more flag action after your cookout’s over (and you’ve escaped a food coma), listen to the tunes of the Pioneer Band in West Park in Allentown. Grab a bag chair and head down for some patriotic music to end your holiday.

Tuesday

Lively Lunches in the Park (12pm - 1pm / Free)
Every Tuesday and Friday afternoon, the Arts Park in downtown Allentown comes alive with live music. It’s a perfect way to get outside if you work downtown or get yourself outside if you need a lunch break.

Yoga & Creative Arts Night (5pm - 9pm / Free)
After your nights of brats, pasta salad, and beers, let your yoga flow come out at Emmaus’ Wellness Center at Jasper Mountain. It’d be a great night to start a yoga practice (or continue one) and bring a dish to share with others or enjoy what’s available. Donations are gratefully accepted but not required and if you aren’t fond of yoga, an art table will be set up so you can see where your creativity takes you.

Wednesday

Yoga 101 for 55+ and Better (9:30am - 11am / $55 for 5-week series)
Improve your strength, flexibility, and mobility with this 5-week series from Easton Yoga especially designed for bodies over 55 at any fitness level. Bring your own mat—all props needed will be provided.

Thursday

Say Yes to Fresh at the Bethlehem Farmers’ Market (11am - 3pm / Free)
Each Thursday afternoon, Southside Bethlehem gathers local vendors with bread, local produce, kombucha, skincare products, and yes, vegan cheeses. Live music is on from 12pm - 2pm and the market even features the Lehigh University Mending Project which will fix your sewing needs while you shop!

Cigar Factory Artist Studios Open House (6pm - 10pm / Free)
The artists that reside in the Cigar Factory on 4th Street in Allentown will be showing what they do best on Thursday night to give you a taste of the local art scene. Vendors and artists from the over 50 studios and workspaces in the building will be on display.

Friday

Lehigh Valley Underground First Friday Concert Series (5pm - 2am / Free)
Tour around South Bethlehem for drinks and music with a lineup that will start your weekend on the right note. Hit up the Banana Factory, Domaci, and more with live music at each venue (and dancing too, of course). Check out the details and event lineup here.

Where Does Your Food Come From? (7:30pm - 9:30pm / Free)
It may not be outdoors, but this collab between the Nature Nurture Center in downtown Easton and Lafayette College brings together all food nerds alike. 13 historian writers will speak about food history, including that of bread, sugar, beer, and more. Learn more about why we have what’s available to us and what modern food is all about.

Saturday

First Market of the Season (9am - 1pm / Free)
‘Tis the season for farmers’ markets and this weekend is the opening of the Bethlehem Rose Gardens market and it’s sure to be a good one. Featuring some of our faves from Lehigh Valley Kombucha, Colony Meadery, Willow Haven Farm, and more.

Step Outdoors Lehigh Valley (10am - 5pm Saturday, 10am - 4pm Sunday / Free)
This free family outdoor festival in its fourth year offers you your first shot at a mud run, hands-on activities like archery and birding, and our personal favorite, the DockDogs leaping dog show! If you’re already out for this festival on Saturday, then you should check out...

Taste of the Wild at Steel Stacks (2pm - 4pm / $38–40)
In the spirit of Pennsylvania, come try some game- and fish-inspired food (think pulled duck tacos and wild boar bacon) paired with Eight Oaks spirits while you check out a hawk or pet a reptile from the Wildlands Conservancy.

Sunday

Hike & Beer at Jacobsburg Park (11am - 2pm / Free)
Lehigh Valley Girls Pint Out are headed to Jacobsburg Park in Nazareth to hike for about an hour, enjoy the fresh air, and then enjoy a fresh pint at Birthright Brewing. If you can’t make it to the hike but want to chat brewing and beer with some of the savviest ladies around, meet them at Birthright around 12:30pm.

Barre3 in the Vineyard (9am - 10am / Free)
We’ve been touting the workout and tribe that is barre3 on here since we started Live Well and if you’ve been intrigued to check them out, it’s the perfect weekend! On the first Sunday of June, July, and August, the beautiful ladies of barre3 Lehigh Valley will guide you through a workout and then join you at BlendLife food truck for a smoothie (or even a wine slushie or mimosa) at Vynecrest in Breinigsville.

Photo by Cristian Escobar on Unsplash.

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20 Ways to Race Into Spring This Week (4/30 - 5/6)

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.

17 Places to Get Moving (and Bring your Pup!) This Week (4/9 - 4/15)

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BY SIOBHAN DEREMER

Well, the weather in the Valley hasn't exactly gotten the spring memo yet, but our events list keeps growing! Here's a list of 17 places you can check out this week for a bit of mindfulness, movement, and even 2 events you can bring your pet to (dog-friendly movie anyone??). You'll be so busy during the earlier part of the week so you can enjoy the 70s we are supposed to get on Friday and Saturday—finally!

Monday

5 Buck Breakfast Bites (9-10am / $5)
Start your week on the right foot by meeting nutritionist Laura Scarpino for a healthy breakfast at the Restoration Space in Bethlehem. She'll guide you through the basics of clean eating and answer any questions you may have about your nutrition journey.

Isle of Dogs Dog-Friendly Screening (7:30-9:15pm / human prices vary; dogs $5)
This new Wes Anderson movie tells the story of an entire island of dogs...and your pup can join in the viewing! Lights will be dimmed and sound quieter to let your dog enjoy the show so you can hug your best friend at the cute parts!

Tuesday 

Yin-Yang Yoga (5:30-6:45pm / $5 for yoga; $7 for meditation)
This yoga combo class at the Beleno Center merges 20 minutes of vinyasa yoga with a more chill 50 minutes of yin yoga, which uses mostly seated postures. Great for beginners and veterans and followed by an optional mediation class for those that wish to stay and clear their minds a bit more.

Paint & Create at Fiamma Italian Grill (6:30-9pm / $25)
Feed your face with some yummy stuff from Fiamma's menu and let Paint of Mind guide you through creating your own artwork. Grab tickets here.

Wednesday

Functional Movement Screening & Resistance Stretching (6-8pm / Free)
At Comprehensive Chiropractic in Allentown, trainers from Body Elite will be doing a short demo to highlight the importance of stretching followed by examples of a stretching routing that can be done daily to hit the typical problems (upper back, shoulders and hips). 

Women's Self Defense Workshop (7:45-9:15pm / Free)
As beautiful and safe as it is here in our Lehigh Valley bubble, it's never a bad idea to know what to do in an unsafe situation. Check out this free class at either the Bethlehem or Allentown branch of Leading Edge Martial Arts so you can prepare and feel the safest you can be. Register here.

Thursday 

Joe's Dinner at Trout Creek Healing Collective (6:30-8:30pm / $8-12)
This week's dinner program is centered around blood sugar and mood stabilization through whole foods. Even if you don't have a blood sugar condition, you can learn about the benefits of whole foods and cook and eat all together. Register here

Champagne & Cupcakes with Girls on the Run (7-9pm / $50) 
Join Girls on the Run Lehigh Valley's 2nd annual Champagne & Cupcakes event at Historic Hotel Bethlehem. Sip on champagne while tasting and voting on several Lehigh Valley bakers' cupcake creations. Learn more and support this great local organization. Grab your tickets here.

Friday

Live Music & Yoga (6:30-7:45pm)
Yoga instructor Brooke Kohler will lead an all levels class set to live guitar music. Head to Easton Yoga and start your weekend with an energetic flow and a bit of free dancing. Price varies for classes.

Comedy Night at Blue Mountain Vineyards (6:30-9:30pm / $20)
Start your weekend with a wine tasting and some adult humor at Blue Mountain in New Tripoli. Three to four local comedians will be there to get you laughing (21 and older only). Bring your own food; wine will be available for purchase. Grab tickets and make a reservation here.

Saturday

Spring Inner Peace Holistic & Metaphysical Expo (10am-6pm / $7 per day; $10 both days)
Running Saturday and Sunday, this expo is a quick trip out 78 to Hamburg. Featuring speakers, mini sessions, and local vendors, find some inner peace this spring. Grab tickets here.

Tomato Grafting Workshop (10am-12pm / $60)
Experts at the Rodale Institute will will show experienced and inexperienced growers and farmers the ancient art of grafting. You'll leave with two grated tomato plants and the confidence to get them off to a good fruitful start. Register here.

Make Your Own Kombucha (12-2pm / $20)
Love the fizzy love from a bottle of kombucha (you're not alone; we're all 'booch lovers here at Live Well!)? Save some cash and find out how to make your own SCOBY and why this magic drink is so good for your health. Register here.

National Pet Day at the Shelby (3-6pm / Free)
Join other LVers on the patio at the Shelby with their pets to celebrate National Pet Day! Treats and special vendors will be there to help enjoy the day.

Sunday

Yoga at Lost Tavern Brewery (10:30-11:30am / $20)
Enjoy an hour of yoga at Lost Tavern, a pint of their beer (try Bramble On, their IPA with fresh raspberries and blackberries), and some time to chill before your week starts. Sign up in the taproom and bring your own mat!

Allentown Fiber Festival (10am-5pm / Free)
Calling all fiber artists! Browse 74 (!) vendors at this festival that brings local fiber crafters together for classes, shopping, and creativity. Learn more about vendors and details here.

Make the Most of Your Urban Garden (1:30-3pm / Free)
Get a ton of bounty out of your small gardening plot with the tips from this workshop at the Easton Public Market Community Room. Learn how to start your own spot and how to navigate seed packets and what to plant when.

*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! And be sure to keep an eye on any events we share through our Facebook page.

Photo by Tony Geer on Unsplash

8 Ways to Think Spring This Week in the Lehigh Valley (3/27-4/1)

8 Ways to Think Spring This Week in the Lehigh Valley (3/27-4/1)

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...

19 Ways to Spread the Love This Week in the Lehigh Valley (2/12 – 2/18)

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by Siobhan DeRemer

It's the season of love! We think you should always find time to give yourself a little love and spread the love around, but what better excuse to get out of the house this week and show your love around the Lehigh Valley! Here are some (mostly free!) events where you can spread love, grab a beer, or just plain boycott the holiday and do whatever you want! Love means never having to say you're sorry, right?? Have a great week, and from all of us at Live Well, we love you!

MONDAY

Lehigh Valley Girls Pint Out Night (6pm-8pm / Free)
Are you a female that loves the science and craft behind beer just as much as you like drinking a pint? Come to the first 2018 meeting of LV Girls Pint Out at Grain in Allentown—no membership process, just come enjoy door prizes and chatter about craft beer. See how Girls Pint Out works to influence the craft beer community and why they have over 80 chapters in 40 states!

Yoga Nidra and Pranayama (6:30pm-8pm / Free)
This collaboration between the Cancer Support Community and Kula Heart Yoga is the absolute perfect way to start your Valentine's week with tapping into your innermost truth through gentle movement and guided meditation. The class is free to anyone affected by cancer and runs each Monday through April. 

TUESDAY

Happy Mardi Gras! We all know it's time for some overindulgence (be sure to grab your organic fasnachts early before they sell out!) but before you dive into that King Cake, why not take some time to make a promise to yourself this season? It's SO much nicer than giving something up—and you might just stick with it longer than getting rid of those hard ciders from your fridge.

How to Empower Women (4pm-5pm / Free)
In such a testy climate for women, this panel discussion at Moravian College's Priscilla Payne Hurd campus employs frontline activists to open up about social justice and gender equality. Hosted by the biweekly podcast Inside 254 that focuses on gender events and world issues.

Happy Hour Food Forum (5pm-7pm / Free)
Join Wild Fox Farm along with Buy Fresh Buy Local, Godshall Farm, and Penn State Extension - Lehigh County at Bethlehem Brew Works for an open conversation between consumers and Lehigh Valley food producers. Discuss the what, where and whys of your food choices—which may be a great start to a promise to yourself this season to care more about what goes into your body and how our local growers can help you make the right choices.

Galentine's Day!
Chances are if you've been reading this blog or you've gotten to know any of us, you know we are all fans of ladies celebrating ladies and we just so happen to also love ourselves some Parks & Rec. Put ovaries before brovaries this year by hitting up your favorite spot or check out the specials at Allentown Brew Works, Sunset Grille, and Ju-Ju Monkey (wine tasting, yass!) and be sure to treat yo'self.  

WEDNESDAY

Happy Valentine's Day, loves!

Singles Awareness Day Anti-Valentine's Day (6pm-8pm / Free)
Are you single and super over this love-filled commercial holiday? Or maybe you are attached but not into the overpriced, underwhelming food you might find at other local places. Check out Cafe Frais' delicious fare and let Tre Locally Sourced feed you this Wednesday.

Valentine's & A Good Cause
Starting tonight at Union & Finch in Allentown and continuing through February 17, enjoy a prix fixe dinner offering for $45—$5 of which will go directly to the American Heart Association. A great way to celebrate a romantic dinner and give back this V-Day.

THURSDAY

Herbal Remedies and Essential Oils for Moms (11am-12:30pm / $5)
Learn how essential oils can improve your everyday life—and your kids' lives too. Make an herbal infusion for daily use and find out how essential oils can help the health and wellness of your family. Grab tickets here.

Pizza and Chocolate with IABC (5:30pm-7pm / $15 for members; $20 for nonmembers)
If one of your goals this year is to get networking and grow your business life, why not do it over pizza and beer at the Easton Public Market? The IABC Lehigh Valley brings fellow business communicators together to share stories and make connections while you can have pizza and beer from Scratch, learn about chocolate from Chocodiem, and search for new strategies to take home with you. Register here.

Immunity Boosting Syrups & Elixirs Workshop (6pm-8pm / $40)
Get out of this heinous flu season unscathed! Join the experts from Hilltop Herbals at Common Space in Easton and make delicious tasting medicinal syrups and elixirs that you can sip to boost your immunity or drizzle over food. Includes a detailed demonstration with recipes and a full bottle of syrup to take home.

FRIDAY

Mystery Book Discussion Group (10am-11am / Free)
Each third Friday, this group meets to discuss a monthly mystery title at the Moravian Book Shop in Bethlehem. Making a promise to read more this season? Let these guys keep you accountable and find some great titles in the process.

Fowler Literacy Center Open House (11am-3pm / Free)
Have you always wanted to get your GED or want to look into more literacy education opportunities for your kids or friends? The Fowler Literacy Center, partnered with ProJeCt of Easton, wants to help you achieve those goals. Find out what they're all about—no excuses!

SATURDAY

Lehigh Valley Beer Week
One of my favorite weeks in the Valley, LV Beer Week has its official start tonight and goes through February 24th with TONS of events all around the area. Some of my favorites to check out: cheese and beer pairing at Yergey, Meet the LV Brewers, Pints for Paws at Broadway Social (benefitting Last Chance Ranch), and Pour It Forward at Porter's Pub (benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Easton). 

Lehigh Valley Polar Plunge (9:30am-2pm / $50 min donation)
Maybe your promise this year is to be freezing cold and if so, the Polar Plunge is totally for you. Take a freezing dip in the Delaware and raise money for the Special Olympics. Even if you're "Too Chicken" (raising my hand over here), you can still donate and stay warm while everyone else jumps in!

Elderberry Syrup Workshop (10am-12pm / $40)
Elderberry is known for its healing properties as an immune booster through the cold and flu season. Learn about gathering and the benefits of this healing berry. You'll make a delicious tasting medicinal cordial that you can serve your dinner guests in mixed drinks, sip on cool winter evenings, drizzle on your favorite dessert or morning oats. Deliciousness and immunity? Sign us up.

Photography Boot Camp with Dan's Camera (10am-3pm / $70)
Making more time for hobbies is definitely on my list this year, so if you have a camera you've been dying to capture the world with, Dan's Camera City experts will guide you through the basics in this in-depth course. If you can't make the February class, there's one happening on March 17, too! Sign up here.

SUNDAY

SouthSide Cocktails & Craft Beer Week
When you're skirting around the Valley this weekend into next week checking out Beer Week, don't forget about SouthSide Bethlehem and all they bring to the craft beer and cocktail scene. Through February 25, check out tours of Social Still, meet the brewers at Bonn (they're awesome), and enjoy weekly specials and pairing menus.

Yoga & Brunch at Easton Public Market (8am-9:30am / $22)
If you're sick of all the booze and chocolate-filled treats from the week, sign up for some poses and breakfast from Greenmouth to bring your body back to normal. And if you want to go right back to the chocolate on Monday, we don't judge, you earned it!

Mead Mug Making Class (2pm-3pm / $30)
I've never dabbled in ceramics, but knowing I could make a cup especially for mead totally has me intrigued. All ages can enjoy a pottery class, but for the older artists, the class includes a mead tasting of the selections from Colony Meadery. Grab a spot 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!

Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash

13 Fun, Healthy Things To Do This Week in the Lehigh Valley (2/5-2/11)

13 Fun, Healthy Things To Do This Week in the Lehigh Valley (2/5-2/11)

Hoo boy, how about that episode of This Is Us? Oh...and the Superbowl 😂 We kid we kid! All three LWLV gals partied it up (aka, ate a lot of cheese) at Siobhan's annual Superbowl Party, and now we're ready to recommit to all the healthy choices we've been making this year. Check out these super fun ways you can join us!

17 Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions This Week in the Lehigh Valley (1/16-1/21)

17 Ways to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions This Week in the Lehigh Valley (1/16-1/21)

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!

13 Joyful and Healthy Things to Do This Week in the lehigh valley (12/11–12/17)

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By Siobhan DeRemer

The craze of the holidays is hitting us all hard and when you live around or in the Christmas City, it's bound to be a part of your schedule (even if you haven't penciled it in)! Here are a few local event highlights this week to help you feel festive and fulfilled. Mark your calendars and put yourself in control of your own holiday spirit! 

MONDAY

Pre-Holiday Stress Buster Drumming at Living Room Yoga (7:30pm-11:30pm/ $10)
Join Lehigh Valley Drum Circle for some meditative drumming, focused breathing, and guided imagery and start your week playfully and stress-free. If the flow hits you and you want more, check out their other drum circle events throughout the month. More info and registration here.

TUESDAY

Drink ‘n’ Draw at Steel Stacks (7pm-10pm/ Free)
Grab a cocktail to keep warm and come sketch to your heart’s content at Steel Stacks for their monthly drink & draw event. This month’s will be holiday themed and includes live model sketching time. Free to join, but find out more about the group here.

WEDNESDAY

Asanas, Bubbles & Chocolate at Barreform (7pm-8:30pm/ $18)
Enjoy the ABCs of the season with a yoga flow from Laurel at Barreform in Bethlehem and ending with chocolate and bubbles. Not a bad way to spend a midweek evening! While you’re there, check out the other amazing Pilates, reformer, and barre classes this studio offers. More info and sign up here.

THURSDAY

Canvas & Cocktails at Triple Sun Spirits (6:30pm-9pm/ $25)
Homemade gifts can be some of the most meaningful ones out there, so get your drink on from some of the delicious tipples from Triple Sun in Emmaus and let Kristina from Paint of Mind guide you through painting a snowy barn scene. Get your creative juices flowing—even if it’ll never end up on someone’s fridge. More info and tickets here.

Allentown Public Library Used Book Bag Sale (10am-7pm/ $5)
APL has the readers on your holiday shopping lists in mind this year—not to mention your wallet! Purchase a brown bag from the library for $5 and fill it to the brim with assorted titles from the APL collection. All proceeds benefit the library; can’t go wrong there! More info here.

FRIDAY

Healthy Happy Hour at Greenmouth with Local FolkPunk Artist (5pm-6:30pm/ Free)
Hit up Greenmouth’s Healthy Happy Hour with special guest, Bronze for Birdy, a passionate FolkPunk, baritone, ukulelist, songstress, and local artist. Come out for some good tunes and great samples (and discounts!). More info here.

SATURDAY

Jazz in the Christmas City (8pm-11pm/ Free)
Spice up your trip down to the South Side by stopping by Steel Stacks for some live piano and jazz vocals. Whether you’re stopping by on the way to or from Christkindlmarkt or just in need of a relaxing evening, grab a drink and check out local jazz artists inside the ArtsQuest building. More info here.

All Level Holiday Open House at Blue Lotus, Nazareth (9am / Free)
Blue Lotus’s new location is open to the public with a morning including an all level yoga class, refreshments, and a drawing for a month of unlimited classes. Registration is required and can be done through phone or at the studio. More info here.

SUNDAY

Lit Pop Up Holiday Mart (10am-3pm/ Free)
Get some more gifts off your list and browse the collection of ceramics, jewelry, artwork, and more from local artists that Lit will have on display. And, of course, while you’re there, be sure to sample some coffee or a seriously delicious baked good from Lit’s masterful kitchen.

‘Tis the season for Salutations! This Sunday is the day for yoga events, so we’re including a number of them for your choosing. Namaste on, Live Well-ers.

Yoga & Bruch at Easton Public Market (8am-9:30am/ $18)
With Easton Yoga & Greenmouth Table. Register through Easton Public Market.

Pints & Poses at the Tap Room at Weyerbacher Brewing (10am-11am/ $20)
Ticket price includes class, beer cocktail, and some snacks. Grab tickets here.

Yoga at Lost Tavern Brewery (10:30am/ $20) 
Yoga lead by Chris MoDavis Yoga, pint of your choice, and a full 30 minutes to hang out before normal business hours begin. Sign up to save your spot at the taproom on Main Street in Hellertown. 

Detox-Retox Yoga at Eight Oaks Distillery (11am-12pm/ $20)
Enjoy a hatha flow class, specialty cocktail, and light snacks. 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!

Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash.

14 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK IN THE LEHIGH VALLEY (11/13 - 11/19)

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by Siobhan DeRemer

We're here again highlighting healthy, fun, and wellness-friendly events happening all around the Lehigh Valley this week! Mark your calendars and check back here each week for even more options; as always, let us know if we missed something or you'd like to add to this list each week.

MONDAY

Spirits & Wellness with Body Elite at Triple Sun Spirits (7pm - 9pm/ $15)
Join the trainers and experts from Body Elite in Allentown (if you didn't make the Open House last week or you want even more info!), a health club centered on wellness and health education in addition to fitness. They're pairing a short training session with the small-batch mixology of Triple Sun Spirits. Come find out what BE is all about and enjoy local spirits. More info and sign up here.

As we've mentioned on other Monday lists, if you want to start your week of with a little mindfulness and yoga, head to the Yoga Loft at 6:30pm with Melanie Smith Yoga for a $16 drop-in class from their Empowered in Practice series.

TUESDAY

It's Health-Forward Tuesday in the LV this week. The three events we found are centered around your health questions, wellness solutions, and natural remedies for health concerns.

Essential Oils for Cold and Flu Season (1pm - 3pm/ $30) 
Join Certified Aromatherapist,The Aroma Girl, Suzanne Stout, at Beleno Healing Center for 2 hours of learning how essential oils can help you breathe easier this winter. Bonus: you get to create and take home your own aromatherapy! More info and tickets here.

Answers to Your Thyroid Questions (6pm - 7pm/ Free)
One of our founders battles with a thyroid disease, and she’ll be the first to tell you: there are a LOT of questions. Here’s a free way to get some of yours answered at Kirshner Health Solutions in Allentown! More info and tickets here.

Intestinal Hyperpermeability "Leaky Gut" Class (6pm - 7pm/ Free)
Join Herbalist Cheryl Karcher at Nature's Way in Easton as she explains how important the intestinal health is to the entire body, combating chronic health issues and how to improve and heal your gut. Event is free, but registration is required. More info here.

WEDNESDAY

Healthy Living Wednesday at Easton Public Market (2pm - 3pm/ Free)
Easton Public Market has healthy recipes and options on the top of their list and this event every third Wednesday of each month helps you put eating well at the top of your list, too. This free event includes Nutritionists Alison Unger and Carissa Hrichak from Easton Hospital for tips, techniques, and recipes with your health as the focus. The healthy cooking demos and recipes focus on delicious and nutritious foods with health benefits for you and your family. More info here.

Healing Hands Massage and Wellness Center Grand Re-Opening (5pm - 8pm/ Free)
One of our favorite massage and wellness centers in the area has expanded to three floors of services and they are having an Open House to thank those who have made it possible! Enjoy a complimentary chair massage, cocktail, foot soaks, and food by Corked on Main Street in Bethlehem to celebrate this local wellness success. More info here.

THURSDAY

Wine'd Down Workshop at Banana Factory: Succulent Wall Hanging (6:30pm - 9pm/ $55)
Create a succulent-inspired wall hanging using wool, fabric, and yarn to weave a beautiful, impossible-to-kill (our favorite part!) piece of artwork for yourhome or to give as a gift. Teaching Artist Mallory Zondag will lead the class, and a voucher for a glass of wine or beer will be provided to students to get the creative juices flowing! All materials are included. This class is for students aged 21 and older. More info here.

FRIDAY

Grand Opening of Cafe Frais in Allentown (8am - 8pm/ Free)
The chefs behind the Tre Locally Sources food truck have opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant in Allentown and their grand opening promises to be a yummy one. Highlighting local ingredients and fresh brunch/lunch ideas, this place seems like it'll be on our list of favorites soon! More info here

SATURDAY

Saturday Sample Sale at Essence of Health (11am - 2pm/ Free)
We love a good try-before-you-buy situation. Sip some traditional Ayurvedic beverages or some delicious bone broth while you learn more about what Essence of Health in Easton has to offer! More info here.

LV Vegan s'MAC DOWN (2pm - 5pm / Free)
12 local LV vegan chefs are here to fulfill your mac & cheese needs! Open to the public, you can try the local takes on this comfort food, vote for your favorite, and see what other restaurants in the area have for vegan options, too. More info here

SUNDAY

Paddle Board Yoga at Allentown YMCA (1:30pm - 2:30pm/ Free)
Fall may have finally arrived in the Lehigh Valley, but you can close your eyes and pretend you’re on a warm, still lake during this paddle board yoga class. And thanks to Cancer Support Community Greater Lehigh Valley, this class is free to anyone affected by cancer. Get more info and register here

Yoga and Brunch at the Easton Public Market (8am-9:30am / Cost: $18)
Is this the best Sunday ever?! I think so. Join Easton Yoga and Greenmouth Table at the Easton Public Market for the ultimate #selfcareSunday! More info here

Pints & Poses Yoga at the Brewery (10am - 11am/ $20)
This month’s Pints & Poses event will be held at the Tap Room at Weyerbacher! $20 gets you a great yoga class, a beer cocktail, and snacks—what more could you ask for? Grab your mat and get 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!

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.

11 Things You Should Do This Week in the Lehigh Valley (10/23 – 10/29)

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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! 

MONDAY

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.

TUESDAY

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.

WEDNESDAY

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.

THURSDAY

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.

FRIDAY

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.

SATURDAY

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.

SUNDAY

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.

*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!

11 Things You Should Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (10/16 - 10/22)

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By Stephanie Eckelkamp

Guys, this week is pretty awesome: We've got a kick ass drumming workout, a food truck fest, haunted ghost tours, running races, healthy cooking demos, and a lot more. Check out our weekly curated events list and mark your freakin' calendars. You won't be disappointed. 

MONDAY

Live Music at Playa Bowls in Bethlehem (4 - 7pm/ Free)
Have you checked out Bethlehem’s newest and trendiest destination for healthy eats? If not, get your butt to Playa Bowls, home of some magnificently kick-ass smoothie bowls, on Monday night and listen to some sweet acoustic tunes from musical guest John Rodden. More info here

TUESDAY

Guided Nature Walk in Easton (9am - 12pm/ Free, registration required) 
Got the day off from work? Or want just want to play hookie? Then we’ve got just the thing: A guided nature walk through the Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary in Easton, where you’ll search for birds, flowers, butterflies, and other autumn wonders. Register here.

Sip and Sculpt Party at Bethlehem Brew Works (6:30 - 9:30pm / $45)
If you can't possibly go to another paint and sip party, Glossy Stones is taking over the Bethlehem Brew Works for a new kind of inebriated craft time. If you're conjuring up images of Ghost, don't worry—you'll be using air dry clay to craft ornaments, trinkets, or whatever your creative side(or favorite Pinterest board) can think of. $45 gets you all your supplies, instruction, personalized kit, goodie bag, appetizers, and a complimentary beverage. Get your tickets here.

WEDNESDAY

Healthy Cooking Demo by Two Local Nutritionists at Easton Public Market (2 - 3pm/ Free)
This is the perfect event for anyone who wants to eat healthier and reduce their intake of refined carbs. Alison Unger and Carissa Hrichak, nutritionists from Easton Hospital, will offer tips and techniques for packing healthy lunches, and recipes for low calorie/low carb lunch options, including apple chicken salad lettuce wraps. YUM! More info here

THURSDAY

Tre Locally Sourced Food Truck at Hop Hill Brewing in Bethlehem (5 - 8:30pm/ Free)
Have you been to Hop Hill? It’s an awesome tasting room (with giant Jenga!) that’s just a little bit off the beaten path, but totally worth a visit. Especially this Thursday, since Tre Locally Sourced Food Truck, a new-ish food truck focused on (you guessed it) seasonal-inspired cuisine that is regionally grown and raised. We can get behind that! More info here

FRIDAY

Haunted Walking Tours in Easton and Bethlehem (Times and prices vary)
Since it’s Halloween and all, you might as well do something a little on the spooky side this week (and hike up that step count while you’re at it!). That’s why we fully support a haunted walking tour. Lucky for you, there are loads of options: the 14th Annual Haunted Easton Walking Tour on Friday night from 8pm-9pm, and loads of options this week in Bethlehem from the Moravian Book Shop starting at 6pm. More info on Easton tours here, and Bethlehem tours here.
 

Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival (All weekend) 
The Runner’s World Half and Festival kicks off tonight and features loads of races (5k, 10k, half marathon, kids races, dog races, and more) and festivities. Best part? There’s still time to register! Registration information here.

SATURDAY

Lehigh Valley Cider and Wine Festival at Coca Cola Park (12pm - 10pm/ $35)
Helloooo! This is were ⅔ of the Live Well Lehigh Valley crew will be this Saturday. Want to join us? Buy your ticket NOW. We’ll be sipping on local wines and ciders, and noshing on some delicious food truck fare, and jamming out to the musical stylings of Tim Harakal (swoon!). Buy tickets here
 

Free Mini Consultations with Herbalist at Nature’s Way in Easton (1pm - 3pm/ Free) 
How cool is this? Every Saturday, you can head to Nature’s Way (an amazing health food and supplement store) for a quick consultation with herbalist Cheryl Karcher to see what natural remedies might suit your lifestyle. More info here

SUNDAY

Pound and Pour at Allentown Brewworks (2 - 2:45pm/ $20)
This Sunday, you can experience POUND, an alternative group fitness class inspired by drumming, at Brewworks. By using lightly weighted drumsticks while completing cardio and strength exercises, this workout transforms drumming into an intense and insanely fun exercise. Plus, it just looks pretty damn cool (see pic above) AND you get a free beer after the class. What more could you want? More info on how to register here….we advise you do so ASAP.  
 

Easton Food Truck Festival (12 - 6pm/ Free) 
YASSS! What’s better than a crap load of food trucks in one place? Literally nothing….well, maybe if it was a food truck and puppy fest, but we’ll settle for this. The invite promises lot's of delicious food, drinks, craft beer, and live music. We’re sold. More info here
 

Yoga and Brunch at Easton Public Market (8 – 9:30 am/ Cost: $18)
Enjoy a one-hour gentle morning flow guided by an Easton Yoga instructor to wake your body up followed by a nutritious breakfast from Greenmouth Table. Talk about a healthy start to your Sunday! More info here.

 

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12 Things You Should Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (10/9 - 10/15)

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By Stephanie Eckelkamp

You know the drill by now! Here's our curated list of awesome events in the LV this week. We've got everything from boozy yoga and nature hikes to volunteer projects and FREE bacon happy hours (yassss). Enjoy!

MONDAY

Nothing crazy going on today. So chill out and meditate, read a book, or do something else that makes you happy. 

TUESDAY

LV Style Insider Happy Hour (5:30pm - 7:30pm/ Free)
Mix and mingle with LV locals and nosh on some free h’ourdourves at Centro. Great event for anyone who’s been meaning to network more (because it usually kind of sucks, amiright?). Bonus: You might get your pic taken by Lehigh Valley Style! More info here

WEDNESDAY

Starry Night at Paint and Party (6:30pm - 8:30pm/ $30)
Tonight, the pros at Paint and Party in Allentown will walk you through creating your very own version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. No experience necessary. Just grab your gal (or guy) pals and a bottle of vino and get ready to embrace your creative side. Sign up here

Free Bacon Happy Hour at Two Rivers (4pm - 7pm/ Free)
Here at LWLV, we’re firm believers that bacon can be part of a healthy diet (we just balance it out with lots of Brussels sprouts and kale and kombucha). So, we’re pretty pumped that every Wednesday Two Rivers offers $1 off all drafts, ½ price bar appetizers, and FREE motherlovin’ bacon. More info here

THURSDAY

Monocacy Park Stream Restoration Progress & Planting (4pm - 5pm/ Free)
Itching to be of service? Join Wildlands Conservancy in Monocacy Park for an afternoon of planting wildflower plugs and learning more about the native plantings scheduled for next spring. Register here

Harnessing The Power Of The New Moon (6:30pm - 7:30pm/ $15)
Need to harness some good vibes? Join Jamie Hamod, energy intuitive and guide, at The Loving Piece in Easton for a night of learning how to use the power of the New Moon to set intentions and manifest goals. Don’t knock it til you try it. More info here

FRIDAY

Fall Fest at Palmer Nursery (3pm - 9pm Fri, 10am - 6pm Sat + Sun/ Free)
Grab the fam and head out to Easton for Palmer Nursery’s 3rd Annual Fall Fest featuring live music, food vendors, games, and contests. Feed their resident goats, rabbits, and fish while you’re there. We freakin’ love goats. More info here.

SATURDAY

Steel Fitness Premier Fit Fest Open House (7am - 5pm/ Free)
Get a free workout in for a good cause this Saturday! Steel Fitness in Allentown will be holding its first open house allowing non-members to workout, sample classes, and take a swim in their pools or dip in the hot tub. The gym will also be hosting the Girls on the Run Lehigh Valley Run-a-Thon to help more LV girls have access to this after school program that emphasizes health and fitness. More info here

Dinner with Friends Wild Fox Farm at House and Barn (7pm / $65 with drinks, $50 without)
Want to get your hands on some local farm-to-table fare? One of our fave local restaurants, House & Barn,  will be serving up Wild Fox Farm goodness alongside some amazing drink pairings for a night that’s sure to be absolutely delicious. More info here

Stroll Along Bushkill with Get Out Lehigh Valley (10am - 12pm/ Free)
We love a good nature walk. Join Get Out Lehigh Valley for a 2.5 mile walk along the Karl Stirner Arts Trail from 13th Street and the old Simon Silk Mill to 3rd Street at the base of Lafayette College in Easton. More info here.

Poses for Puerto Rico at Lehigh Valley Yoga (1pm + 2:30pm/ Cost: $20 donation)
This Saturday, you have two opportunities to join Lehigh Valley yoga for a calming yoga and meditation class that benefits hurricane recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. More info here

SUNDAY

Pints and Poses at Weyerbacher (10am - 11am/ $20)
Grab a mat and join guest instructor Amber Campbell in front of the brewhouse for a yoga flow followed by a beer cocktail and some tasty snacks. To purchase tickets, click here

Emmaus Night Out at Yergey and Triple Sun (5pm - 8pm/ Free)
Hey Emmaus locals! Come out and meet your neighbors at Yergey Brewing and Triple Sun, sip on beer and cocktail specials, and nosh on some awesome food from Licensed to Grill. Bonus: There will be Oktoberfest-themed specials, like wild boar sausage, 1/2 lb beef Franken-"footer" (nope, we have no idea what that is), sautéed cabbage and noodles, and more. More info here.
 

 


 

15 Things You Should Do This Week In The Lehigh Valley (10/2 - 10/8)

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By Siobhan Deremer

Did you dive into fall last weekend by checking out Jack-O-Lantern lane, picking pumpkins at one of the Valley's farms, or tasting some of the fall sangria at Sleepy Cat? Well, this week brings even more fun fall activities to try! Here are some highlights:

MONDAY

First Monday at 99 Bottles (5pm – 7pm/ Free)

Celebrate the First Monday of October in downtown Allentown at 99 Bottles' special happy hour event. Network with Lehigh Valley professionals and enjoy local drinks and food! RSVP and more info here.

I Pink I Can with Lehigh Valley Health Network (5pm – 7pm/ Free)

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lehigh Valley Health Network is holding their free program covering topics in women's health with resource stations on breast health, cancer services, and many more. For those who can't make it to the Cedar Crest location, the program will be simulcast to other locations around the Valley. Sign up here.

TUESDAY

Core Life and Emmaus Run Inn Group Run (6pm - 8pm/ Free)

If you haven't checked out CoreLife in the Hamilton Crossings yet, what better way to get a taste than as running fuel? Get your group run on with the Run Inn in Emmaus and then try an amazing grain bowl or beverage from CoreLife. RSVP and more info here.

Yoga Tuesdays with Easton Yoga (12:30pm – 1:20pm/ Cost varies; check site for more info)

Come relax, recharge, and find some afternoon Zen with the Easton Yoga teachers in the galleries at the Allentown Art Museum each Tuesday through December 19. The best part is if you sign up for four sessions, you'll get a fifth one free! Prices vary (and are very reasonable; especially if you're a Museum member) and kids are welcome. More info here.

WEDNESDAY

Bakery Class at McCarthy's Red Stag Pub (6:30pm – 8pm/ Cost: $20)

Every first Wednesday of the month until the end of the year, the traditional Irish bakers at McCarthy's will walk you through a delicious recipe. This month it's Cranberry White Chocolate scones (our mouths are watering already!). Class sizes are limited to 10 so sign up early! Register and more info about upcoming classes here.

Farm Incubator Tour at The Seed Farm (3pm – 5pm/ Free)

Are you an up-and-coming farmer/gardener looking to explore more agricultural opportunities? Get a tour of the Seed Farm in Emmaus and see if sustainable farming is in your future. Network with other farmers in the area and find out about what other events are coming up through the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. Preregister and find more info here

THURSDAY

Meet the Therapy Dogs at Easton Public Library (7pm – 8:30pm/ Free)

Have you been wondering about whether your pup has what it takes to be a therapy dog? Or perhaps you're just interested in how animal assistance benefits others (or could benefit you)—or maybe you just want to pet some super friendly dog friends! Either way, come meet the dogs of the Lehigh Valley K-9 Therapy Group and get some daily fluff therapy! More info here.

Free Will Beer Dinner at Wegmans Allentown (6:30pm – 8:30pm/ Cost: $40)

If you've been wanting to check out the brews this Perkasie brewery has to offer (their Kragle IPA is one of our faves), you'll just have to make the trip to west Allentown for this chance! Paired with the delicious food at Wegmans, Free Will is featuring some of their favorite flagships and even a new beer for those attending. Reserve seats at the Catering Desk in Wegmans Allentown and find more info here.

FRIDAY

Raise Your Spirits Painting Party (6:30pm - 9pm/ Cost: $10)

Come and enjoy some local spirits from Kilimanjaro Distillery while you flex your artist muscle decorating growlers, mugs, or goblets. All supplies included! Be sure to try one of our favorites, Xplorer Apple Pie Moonshine; perfect for the fall season! More info here.

Hip Hop Open Mic at Coffee House Without Limits (7pm – 9pm/ Free)

Have you wanted to debut your material but haven't found the right venue? Let Coffee House be your perfect spot. Come listen to some local talent, share a rhyme or two, and enjoy some freshly brewed java. (Also, DON'T miss their cat-themed poetry night coming up on 10/13!). 

Fall Art Show in Emmaus (6pm – 10pm/ Free)

Triple Sun Spirits in Emmaus has teamed up with King Koffee and Yergey Brewing to showcase works from some of the Lehigh Valley's best local artists. Put your art on the wall or come grab a cocktail or a beer and find that perfect piece for right above your couch or mantel. Friday is the kickoff meet and greet and art will be displayed throughout the winter season. More info here.

SATURDAY

Fall Yoga on the Farm (10am - 1pm/ Free)

Let the Rodale Institute's gorgeous 333 acres help you find your center with this 1-hour yoga sessionfollowed by a stroll around the farm and meditation to get you ready to start fall with a clear mind. Attendance is limited, so be sure to register and get more info here.

Bethlehem Harvest Festival (11am - 8pm/ Free)

If you're still missing the bustle of Musikfest and Celtic Classic, have no fear! Downtown Bethlehem has you covered for the fall with their Harvest Festival along Main Street. Vendors, family events (petting zoo and pumpkin painting for kids), and live music are free (food is available, too), but if you want to get in on the specific soup, wine, or beer tastings, you'll need a passport which you can grab in advance here

SUNDAY

Yoga Under the Sphere (12pm - 1:15pm/ Cost: $15)

Running three more times before the end of 2017 (Oct 8, Nov 12, and Dec 10), this all-levels yoga class takes place under the amazing sphere inside the Nuture Nature Center in downtown Easton. Come bask in the glow of the Earth while you work on your Downward-Facing Dog. More info here.

Arts, Crafts, and Drafts at Weyerbacher (12:30pm/ Cost: $30)

Arts, Crafts & Drafts is a unique art experience looking to tap into your creative side. Instructors will encourage participants to push their boundaries, unleashing the artist brewing inside them. Classes are for all levels and are designed to quench your thirst for a creative adventure! More info and tickets here.

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