A few months ago, I wrote a series on Austrian immigrants who came to America for opportunity and a new life in a new country. Another large migration from the old Austria-Hungarian empire were people of Slovak origin. Many settled in Northampton, Cementon, Egypt, Coplay and Catasauqua.
My mother, a Slovak, also made the long journey to the United States and settled in Northampton. She was very proud of her heritage. I wonder how many of their descendants can converse in their native tongue.
Whitehall Historical Preservation Society will hold a cash bingo Oct. 5 at Commitment to Family and Community, 165 Cherry St.
Doors open 5:30 p.m., and the calling starts 6:30 p.m.
Refreshments will be available.
Call 610-776-7280 for advance tickets.
Coplay Public Library is hosting a book and bake sale 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13.
There will also be a basket raffle. Winners will be drawn 4 p.m. Oct. 13.
Coplay Recreation & Welfare Association’s annual Halloween parade will be 7 p.m. Oct. 16.
The rain date is Oct. 23.
Northampton Area Public Library’s annual autumn basket social is Oct. 5. Doors open 6 p.m., tickets stop being sold 7:45 p.m., and numbers are pulled starting 8 p.m.
You do not need to be present to win.
In addition, this year there will be big-ticket items, a 50/50 raffle, a bake sale and food for purchase.
Teen Read Week will be Oct. 7-13. Get caught reading at the library, and receive a prize!
Take part in our bookmark contest following the theme “It’s Written in the Stars ... Read.”
Northampton Boy Scout Troop 93 is having a spaghetti dinner 4-7 p.m. Oct. 6 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, 19th Street and Lincoln Avenue.
In addition to the pasta meal, salad, drinks and dessert are included.
There is a cost. Children age 6 and under can eat for free.
St. John’s Friendly Fifties group will meet 1 p.m. Oct. 8 in the St. John’s social hall, 1343 Newport Ave.
Emil Schanta will entertain.
Northampton AARP Chapter 3915 will meet Oct. 10 at Northampton Banquet & Event Center, 1601 Laubach Ave. Doors open 11 a.m.
• Walk This Way to Better Health community walking program (introduced by East Allen Township Parks and Recreation Department), 10-11 a.m., at Bicentennial Park West, 5351 Park West Lane. The program will continue Tuesdays and Thursdays. To participate: Chuck Frantz at 610-262-7961, ext. 306
• Creation Station Club, 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Whitehall Township Public Library, 3700 Mechanicsville Road. Information: 610-432-4339
• Moorestown Garden Club meeting, 7 p.m., at Salem United Church of Christ, 2218 Community Drive, Moore Township. Information: 610-759-1652
Lehigh Township Rails to Trails will be selling Dine Around raffle tickets Sept. 29 at Redner’s and Oct. 21 at the Walnutport Canal Festival.
The first, second and third prizes will be a pair of gift certificates to area restaurants. Winners will be drawn later this year.
In addition to the raffle tickets, shopping passes for Boscov’s will also be available Sept. 29 at Redner’s. Each pass entitles the bearer to discounts of 10- to 25-percent off on almost everything in the store on a special shopping day, Oct. 16.
There will be an open forum on the heroin and opioid addiction epidemic 6 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Catasauqua High School auditorium, 2500 W. Bullshead Road, Northampton.
The school district is partnering with state Rep. Jeanne McNeill, D-133rd, to offer a discussion led by a panel of recovery experts, medical personnel and individuals in recovery.
There will also be a demonstration of administering Narcan and a mock-teen bedroom display to help parents identify where children may hide drugs.
For more information about this free forum, call 610-266-1273.
Coplay Garden Club meets 7 p.m. Sept. 27 at St. John’s Lutheran Church hall, 18 S. Third St.
The model railroad organization will meet 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 on the second floor of the municipal building, 98 S. Fourth St.
Trick Stacy will play at the Coplay Saengerbund pavilion, 205 S. Fifth St., Sept. 28. There is a charity fundraiser 6-10 p.m. Oct. 5.
St. John’s is observing Harvest Home Sunday with a display in the chapel during the morning worship service Sept. 30.
The food will be distributed to those in need by Coplay’s food bank.
East Allen Township Parks and Recreation Department is introducing a new community program called Walk This Way to Better Health.
There is no cost to attend.
The walking program will be held 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning in October, at Bicentennial Park.
Those planning to participate are asked to contact Chuck Frantz at 610-262-7961, ext. 306.
Trick-or-night night in Allen and East Allen townships will be held 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31.
Petersville Rod & Gun Club, 550 Club Road, will be hosting the Veterans, Bikes and Bands event Sept. 30. There is a general admission price, which includes a meal and beverage.
The bands performing will be School of Rock, Bad Influence, JT Rocks, Redz Vision and Dirty Roxx.
The poker run will be 9:30-11 a.m. There is a price for a rider/passenger. Contact Billy at 610-764-1068.
Also, there will be a bucket social 5-9 p.m. Sept. 28, 1-6 p.m. Sept. 29 and 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 30.
Call Scott Cavallo for information or questions at 484-767-3322.