Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown, will be having the following events in January.
Nilsa Lasso-von Lang and Jiwanda Gale-Rogers will discuss the release of their latest book, "Flavors of Panama" 7-8 p.m. on Jan. 16.
"Flavors of Panama" presents a chronological overview of Panamanian cuisine.
North Catasauqua police responded to these and other calls recently.
· Officers responded to a call about information in the 200 block of Eugene Street.
· Police responded to an alarm in the 500 block of Hunter Street.
· Officers assisted EMS in the 1200 block of Third Street.
· Police responded to a hit-and-run motor vehicle crash in the 1000 block of Howertown Road.
· Officers assisted the Coplay Police Department on North Fifth Street.
· Officers assisted EMS in the 1100 block of Second Street.
The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire is holding auditions for its 33rd annual season, Aug. 3 and continuing Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day through Oct. 27.
Auditions for the Blackfryars, a volunteer acting group, are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Jan. 12, 13. Those auditioning should prepare a one to two-minute comedic or dramatic monologue and sing a 30-second song.
Auditions the Bacchanalians, the professional acting company, are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Jan. 26, 27. Those auditioning should prepare two one-minute monologues (one comedic and one dramatic) and sing a 30-second song.
"Love" CD party: Folksinger and songwriter Rachel Marie, above, presents a concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 22, Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center (formerly Illick's Mill), 100 Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem, to celebrate the release of her CD of original songs, "There is Love." She'll play guitar, accompanied by Ansel Barnum, harmonica; Elena Gambino, violin; and her father, Bill Schachter, bass. Rachel Marie has played Lehigh Valley venues, including Godfrey Daniels. Ticket information: illicksmill.org, 610-419-0218
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"Bethlehem Star: The Light That Still Shines" will be presented in the style of a 1940's radio drama, 7 p.m. Dec. 22, 24, in the sanctuary by the Drama Team, Adult Choir and children's Praise Gang of Cedar Crest Bible Fellowship Church, Cedar Crest Boulevard and I-78, Salisbury Township.
The Christmas musical by Claire Cloninger and Mark Hayes takes place on Christmas Eve when a snowstorm forces a young traveling family to seek shelter at a roadside motel owned by retired couple Hal and Nettie.
"Off The Page, " a poetry and open-mike night, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 27, Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown.
Poets storytellers and musicians may share their works and the inspiration behind them. Those interested in performing are asked to sign up at the event.
Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem, the holiday festival celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, welcomed its one-millionth visitor, Autumn Gilbert, a resident of Weatherly, Carbon County, who was attending for the first time.
The Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) will bring in the holidays with special seasonal programming from around the state beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 22.
This year's schedule includes a variety of holiday music courtesy of some of PCN's cable partners.
The tentative holiday schedule, including any additional airtimes, is:
:7 p.m. - Moravian College Vespers service (2012), courtesy of Blue Ridge TV13; also: 7 p.m., 11:30 p.m. Dec. 24; 4 a.m. Dec. 25;
"Hitchcock Week," screenings of films by legendary director Alfred Hitchcock, continues at Civic Theatre of Allentown, in anticipation of Civic's Dec. 21 opening of the film, "Hitchcock," at the 19th Street Theatre, Allentown.
The new film, which is being released nationally by Fox Searchlight, stars Anthony Hopkins as the master director and Helen Mirren as his wife, Alma.
Ronald W. Swinfard, MD, Lehigh Valley Health Network's (LVHN) president and chief executive officer, reported to the Board of Trustees, colleagues and members of the community that the health network's investment in community benefit was the highest ever in fiscal year 2012, which ended June 30.
Swinfard spoke to about 400 in attendance at LVHN's community annual meeting Dec. 5 in the Kasych Family Pavilion at Lehigh Valley Hospital Cedar Crest, Salisbury Township.