As the holiday season continues, it pays to be vigilant to avoid scams or slip-ups that could put a damper on festivities. Here are some ways to keep your holidays happy.
Beware of deals. Be wary of those too-good-to-be-true deals, especially those that show up as links on your social media feeds. Check out reviews, search the retailer’s name with “scam” to see what comes up, and if it’s a retailer you already know and frequent online, go directly to the website rather than clicking on a link.
The regular monthly meeting of the Pennsylvania German Friends will be held 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 1933 Hanover Avenue, Allentown.
Developing skills to build simple Dutch sentences will be the main focus.
The public is invited to this free meeting.
The Pennsylvania German Friends organization meets the third Thursday of the month at the church, except the month of April and the summer months of July and August.
Parking is available in the lot across Tacoma Street; use the ground floor office entrance.
The Hokendauqua chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its 2018 beginner’s fly-tying course Jan. 6, 2018.
The classes are three hours each for a total of 24 hours. They will start 9 a.m. Jan. 6 and will run for eight consecutive Saturday mornings through Feb. 24. The classes are held in the cafeteria of Northampton Area Middle School, 1617 Laubach Ave.
Delaware-Lehigh Amateur Radio Club will hold its next meeting 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 at Bethlehem Township Community Center, 2900 Farmersville Road.
The program will be “Getting Started with Amateur Satellites.”
Hams and others interested are always welcome.
For more information, visit dlarc.org or call 610-432-8286.
Northampton County executive candidates Democrat Lamont G. McClure and incumbent Republican John Brown will be guests at a 6:30 p.m. meet and greet, followed by a 7 p.m. election forum, Oct. 26 in room 220 of College Center at Northampton Community College, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem.
McClure, an attorney, has 10 years of experience on Northampton County Council. He has resided in Bethlehem Township for 15 years.
Brown is a former Bangor mayor and a graduate of Bangor Area High School and Notre Dame University.
Vendors are needed for the fifth annual Northampton County Miracle League trick-or-treat night, to be held 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 at Easton Rotary Field at Charles Chrin Community Center in Palmer Township.
In case of inclement weather, the rain date is 4:30-6:30 p.m. Oct. 22.
Vendor spaces are free; participants are asked to bring goodies and treats to be handed out during the event.
Vendors are also asked to decorate their tents and dress up in costumes. Awards will be handed out to the best decorated tents.
Civil War Round Table of Eastern Pennsylvania Inc. will host Chris Bryce, chief of interpretation, Petersburg National Battlefield, for a discussion titled “Grant’s Crossing of the James and the Battle for Petersburg” Oct. 3 at the Holiday Inn Conference Center Lehigh Valley, 7736 Adrienne Drive, Breinigsville.
Dinner will be 6:30 p.m.
Program will follow 7:30 p.m.
Reservations for the dinner must be made by Sept. 28.
No reservations are required for the program.
There is a cost to attend both the dinner and the program.
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Senior Adults Gaining Enrichment, an outreach program of Penn State Lehigh Valley for adults age 55 and older, is holding a lecture Nov. 3 in room 135 at Penn State Lehigh Valley, 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley.
The lecture is “Unraveling Medicare and Medicaid.”
Anita Yuskauskas, program coordinator for the health policy and administration degree program, will share her experience as a former technical director with the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
Moms in Prayer
Moms In Prayer will have a school year kickoff — women gathering for fellowship, testimony and prayer — 9:30-11 a.m. or 6-7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Hackman’s Bible Book Store, 1341 Mickley Road, Whitehall.
To register, contact Betty at 610-972-2626 or email@example.com.
The Muslim Association of Lehigh Valley is hosting its fall open house 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 23 at its Islamic center, 1988 Schadt Ave., Whitehall.
In addition to gathering information about Islam and Muslims, attendees can also enjoy some delicious ethnic food, Arabic calligraph, hand-painted henna for ladies, guided tours of the center and more.
For additional information, contact the center at firstname.lastname@example.org.