United Way’s 2-1-1 help line is a free, confidential, 24-hour information and referral service that connects 97 percent of Pennsylvanians with all the health and human services available to help.
In 2017, more than 199,000 Pennsylvanians turned to 2-1-1 for help. In our region, 2-1-1 calls for health and human services have more than doubled over the past three years, from approximately 2,800 in 2013-14 to 7,400 in 2016-17. Sixty percent of those calls were for homeless services and housing.
Lehigh Valley Music Teachers Association (LVMTA) will hold its 36th annual Hannah Young Play-A-Thon 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Feb. 24 and 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 25 at Lehigh Valley Mall, Whitehall. Lehigh Valley music students will perform at three locations within the mall.
Special guest will be Miss Pennsylvania 2018, Katie Schreckengast, a saxophonist and current member of Penn State’s Blue Band. She will be at the mall noon Sunday.
Learn more about the art of guitar building and Luthier certification during free information sessions at Northampton Community College’s Fab Lab. Choose from three session dates offered 6 p.m. March 7, April 4 and May 2 at Fowler Family Southside Center, 511 E. Third St., Bethlehem.
During the two-hour session, Jeffrey Boerner, Fab Lab director and Luthier, will discuss the certification program in detail, show you the guitars you will build, give you a tour of the Fab Lab and review the cost associated with the certification.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania and ArtsQuest will host the annual Girl Scout Cookie Crunch fundraiser 1-3 p.m. Feb. 25 at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
The event benefits both the Girl Scouts and ArtsQuest’s art education fund, which provides arts and education programs for area students.
Regional chefs and restaurants will create dishes made with Girl Scout Cookies. Attendees will be able to vote for their favorites.
For tickets and information, visit steelstacks.org or call 610-332-3378.
The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give the gift of blood.
Make an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor app, visiting redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
The Small Business Council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce, Jaindl Properties, AmericanBank and Capital BlueCross will host the 29th annual Snow Ball 6-11 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Sands Bethlehem Events Center, 77 Sands Blvd.
There will be a black-tie dinner, silent and live auctions, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. The fundraiser will benefit Camelot for Children projects for seriously, chronically, terminally ill, handicapped or disabled children.
For information and tickets, visit lehighvalleychamber.org.
Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association will hold a four-session “Introduction to Beekeeping” class 6:30-9 p.m. Wednesday evenings, Feb. 7 and 21 and March 7 and 21. All classes will be held in room 107/108 of Rothrock Library/Alumni Center, Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville.
Eligible veterans who served on active duty in the Persian Gulf Theater of Operations from Aug. 2, 1990, to Aug. 31, 1991, are eligible to collect a special one-time payment to honor their service and sacrifice.
Applications for the Persian Gulf Conflict Veterans Bonus are due by Aug. 31, 2018.
The bonus program, administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, pays $75 per month for qualifying, active-duty service members, up to a $525 maximum.
Older adults and people with disabilities have until Jan. 2, 2018, to apply for Pennsylvania’s property tax/rent rebate program for rebates on property taxes and rent paid in 2016. The deadline was extended from June 30, 2017.
The free rebate application forms for 2017 payments will be available early next year. The maximum standard rebate is $650, but supplemental rebates for qualifying homeowners can boost rebates to $975. The income limits are $35,000 a year for homeowners and $15,000 annually for renters. Half of Social Security income is excluded.
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.