Civic Theatre of Allentown celebrates the Academy Awards with "Brunch with Oscar" Sundays in February, showcasing four Oscar picture-winning films: "Cinema Paradiso" (Best Foreign Film 1989), "Casablanca" (Best Picture 1942), "Annie Hall" (Best Picture 1978) and "An American in Paris" (Best Picture 1952) at Civic's Theatre514, 514 N. 19th St., Allentown.
Films were selected through online and in-theater voting by Civic Theatre members and patrons.
Before the screenings, a light breakfast will be served, featuring foods that reflect the film to be shown.
Leslie Rissler, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences and curator of amphibians and reptiles at the University of Alabama, will address the topic, "Why Animals Live Where," when she delivers the 2013 Darwin Day Lecture at Cedar Crest College, 4 p.m. Feb. 9, Samuels Theatre, Tompkins College Center.
The talk is free and open to the public.
Cedar Crest College alumna and oncology scientist Zainab Khalfan Jagani '99, Ph.D., will discuss "Solving the Genetic Mysteries of Cancer: A Path Towards Discovery and Application of Novel Cancer Therapeutics," when she delivers the Naomi Houser Lecture, 4 p.m. Feb. 6, Room 1, Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
WDIY, Lehigh Valley's community public radio station is holding its annual fundraising party, this year themed "Winter Blast," 7 - 11 p.m. Feb. 2, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
"It's going to be a great party, as usual," said Bill Dautremont-Smith, Executive Director of the local NPR station. "There will be lots of food, complimentary beer and wine and, of course, music."
Entertainment is provided by the dance band, Lehigh Valley Soul Project, and Yancarlos Sanchez.
The YWCA of Bethlehem is holding the Lehigh Valley version of "Great Decisions Lecture Series," 10:30 a.m. - noon Wednesdays, Feb. 6 - March 27, Kirkland Village, Bethlehem.
Feb. 6, "Future of the Euro, Eva Leeds, Moravian College
Feb. 13, "Egypt, Gregory Simpson, Senior Program Officer, Middle East; North Africa Division officer, Center for International Private Enterprise
Feb. 20, "NATO," Galen C. Godbey, NCC
Feb. 27, "Myanmar and Southeast Asia," Nikki Tannenbaum, Lehigh University
March 6, "Intervention," Mike McGovern, NCC
Cooking sets off alarm
A report of a fire alarm brought Coplay police and borough firefighters to the Columbia House on South Second Street Saturday evening. Police said the alarm was set off when a tenant was cooking in the kitchen.
The fire department responded to the call.
Front grill of vehicle stolen
A resident of North Third Street reported Jan. 21 the grill of her Volkswagen Passat was stolen.
The theft took place sometime between Jan. 18 and 21 while the car was parked at the rear of her residence, police said.
Photos of the PTA district Reflections awards ceremony.
Amateur singers are invited to take part in a karaoke contest to benefit the family of 4-year-old cancer patient Ella Luchansky.
The contest will take place at the Log Cabin, 31 N. Second St., Coplay, starting 8 p.m. Feb. 15 and will continue once a week through April 5.
Ten singers will advance to the finals April 12. The first-place winner will recieve a $1,000 cash prize and the second-place winner will receive $500.
In addition to the karaoke, the Log Cabin will feature raffles and giveaways. All donations and raffle proceeds benefit Ella and her family.
Photos of Cub Scouts visiting the Atlas museum.
Benjamin R. Hicks, 81, of Whitehall, died Jan. 11, 2013, at the St. Luke's Hospice House, Bethlehem. He was the husband of Lucille A. (Carrescia) Hicks.
Born in West Catasauqua, he was a son of the late Benjamin R. and Emma O. (Minnich) Hicks.
He was in the U.S. Navy and served on a destroyer during the Korean War.
Before retiring, he was a plant superintendent at Ingersoll Rand.
He was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ, Fullerton.