To celebrate Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day, Lehigh County Department of Human Services in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of the Lehigh Valley, Bethlehem, hosted a program recently at the Lehigh County Government Center, Allentown.
The goal was to raise awareness and show that positive mental health is essential to a child’s healthy development.
“Mental health impacts one out of every five children in our community,” said Josh Bridges, director of Lehigh County Integrated Services, which is part of the Human Services Department.
Gospel singer Lynda Randle is no stranger to Heidelberg Union Church. She performed at the church in Heidelberg Township for her fourth time May 12.
Approximately 350 people attended her concert.
Jack Snyder of Lynn Township helped promote Randle’s concert.
He has been a Heidelberg Union Church member more than 50 years.
His musical group “Jack and Friends” opened for Randle, playing a mix of country western and gospel music.
Junior Girl Scout Troop 6603’s “Adopt Don’t Shop” Fashion Show in the grove at Neffs Union United Church of Christ May 21 featured rescued cats and dogs in search of “fur-ever” homes from the Sanctuary at Haafsville, Upper Macungie Township.
The Troop includes nine girls, all in fifth grade, who meet regularly at the church, which was happy to offer use of the grove for the show.
The Troop hosted the event for the Bronze Award Project, which requires a minimum of 20 hours of work and execution on a sustainable service project.
Hopes and dreams run high for a diverse group of students at the prestigious High School for the Performing Arts in New York City in the musical “Fame Jr.”
Stagemakers at the J will perform “Fame Jr.” May 18 and 21 at the Jewish Community Center of the Lehigh Valley, Allentown, and May 28 at the Temple Covenant of Peace, Easton.
Based on the book by Jose Fernandez with music by Steve Margoshes, and lyrics by Jacques Levy, “Fame Jr.” explores issues confronting many young people today.
Guests attending the Allentown West Rotary Club’s fundraiser at the Holiday Inn and Conference Center, Breinigsville, were treated to a taste tempting evening of food, food and more food.
All proceeds collected, approximately $30,000, during the third annual Tempting Tastes smorgasbord, support the Rotary Club’s postsecondary scholarship opportunities and humanitarian programs.
About 250 guests attended the April 23 event, sampling different dishes from 20 local restaurants and caterers.
Eight amateur and professional chefs recently took over cooking chores at the Allentown Rescue Mission.
The sous chefs were participating in the Lehigh Valley Business Group’s Health and Wellness Committee’s soup challenge on Feb. 25, making a variety of soups from fresh ingredients for 50 of the Mission’s residents.
“The chefs were instructed to try to think outside of the can and use their creative juices,” said Wellness Committee Co-chair Eva Poliquin. “Our goal is to help bridge the gap between the less fortunate and the outside community in a fun creative manner.