Artist Pam Dent has found a unique way to help the less fortunate in the Lehigh Valley.
Dent, who has been painting since 2009, donates her paintings to non-profit agencies to auction off as fundraisers.
She also gives some of her pieces to family and friends as gifts.
"My first painting that sold was of Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter," Dent said. "It sold at an art auction at The Baum School of Art in the spring."
THURSDAY, JAN. 3
·AARP Chapter 3115 will meet noon at the American Club, 300 Cherry St., Coplay. Bring non-perishable food for food bank. Guitarist Shep will entertain. New members welcome. For information, call 610-395-2820.
Various items from the closed King George Inn, Cedar Crest and Hamilton boulevards, South Whitehall Township, were auctioned off Dec. 17.
Ovens, tables, chairs, flatware and china went out for bid from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
After 3 p.m., antiques and collectables, which adorned the restaurant throughout its history were auctioned.
The one dining room was filled to capacity with bidders overflowing into the adjoining dining room.
Around 6:30 p.m., bidders, auctioneers and visitors were forced to evacuate the building when an odor of natural gas was detected.
NASA scientist Jennifer Stern Ph.D. recently brought the story of the mission of the latest Mars robotic probe, Curiosity, to an enthusiastic audience at Alumnae Hall on the Cedar Crest College campus.
She detailed the development of "Mini-Cooper-sized" craft and its 354 million mile journey from Earth to a small landing site on the red planet.
Stern enthusiastically reported the project is beating all expectations as it searches for signs of habitability on the distant planet.
To incorporate learning about the holiday of Hanukkah and about charity, called Tzedakah in Hebrew, Temple Beth El used the project named Chanu-Can.
In their religious school classes, students learned about and discussed the holidays and how they could make a structure of cans using this year's theme from the Bible.
The classes collected food and money to purchase cans.
The students then spent time thinking of a theme, planning a sculpture of cans, and collecting cans.
Temple Beth El board member Bernie Schonbach was the chief Chanu-Can engineer.
Wine is a winner with these folks.
THURSDAY, DEC. 27
·Parkland Community Library, 4422 Walbert Ave., South Whitehall. Knitting Circle, 1:30-4 p.m. Spend fun afternoon swapping knitting tips and tricks. For knitters of all ages and skill levels. Open to the public. To register, call 610-398-1361.
·Schnecksville Senior Citizens at Schnecksville Fire Co., 1 p.m. lunch; meeting 1:30 p.m. Call 610-432-0260.
·Take Off Pounds Sensibly at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Breinigsville, 10 a.m.-noon. Call 610-395-1006.
Barbara Kistler has taken over Terry Ryan Mitlyng's task of keeping the community calendar of volunteers for the Christ's Church at Lowhill Food Pantry.
Volunteers are needed now through July 2013.
Contact Barbara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Relay For Life of Schnecksville will meet from 6-8 p.m. Jan. 17, 2013, at the Schnecksville Fire Company, Route 309, Schnecksville.
Northwestern Press looks at 2012 through photos.
Santa visits Heidelberg Township.