Thursday, June 26, 2008

Free Jazz in Easton this Friday, 6/27!

Calling all you jazz fanatics!
Jazz in the Square
Presented by the Easton Main Street Initiative

Friday June 27th, 7:30-9:30 pm
Centre Square
Duet Jazz Fusion with guitarist, Frank Belinc and pianist, Patrick Poladian playing a soulful mix of rock, jazz and funk. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy "summer in the city!"

Dine in downtown Easton before or after the show!

Catch our other Shows this Summer...
July 25th Jazz Indigo
August 29th The New Groove
Sept. 26th Vocal Artist, Michele Bautier

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Local Author Day at the Moravian Bookshop this Saturday, 6/28

Here's a way to beat the summer heat and meet some local authors; the Moravian Book Shop will be hosting a meet and greet with 5 local authors this Saturday (6/28) from 1-3 pm.

You can spend your afternoon with...

Vince Chiles: Happiness in Five Minutes a Day teaches the reader how to find happiness through five one-minute exercises, so that even the busiest person can discover his or her innate ability to achieve and maintain happiness. Vince has fused his education, personal growth, and professional work experience as a hospice supervisor into a common sense guide to finding happiness in everyday life.

William Jennings: Controversies surrounding the first three chapters of the Bible are the focus of Storms Over Genesis: Biblical Battleground in America's Wars of Religion. Feminists say the chapters do women much harm, some environmentalists see the seeds of our environmental crisis, and creationists think the chapters are a bulwark against theories of evolution. The Midwestern Book Review gave the book five stars, calling it "an enlightening study." William H. Jennings (Ph.D., Yale) is Professor of Religion, Emeritus, Muhlenberg College.

John Ketwig: John Ketwig's ...and a hard rain fell is being celebrated in a new, updated 20th Anniversary Edition. This book has been praised for more than twenty years because it is one of the most honest and thought-provoking war books of all time. From the country roads of upstate New York to the jungles of Vietnam, and finally to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., ...and a hard rain fell is a gripping and visceral account of one young man's struggle to make sense of his place in a world gone mad. A former Book of the Month Club feature selection, Kirkus called it "a searing gift to his country."

Larry Kimport: What ever happened to Huck Finn? Here's Clara Waltz's loving account, in the novel A Small Harvest of Pretty Days. An 1890's Pennsylvania love story, as vast and true as the human heart itself. Author Larry Kimport grew up in north-central Pennsylvania. For the past 22 years, he has coordinated an alternative educational program for at-risk teens in suburban New Jersey.

Joey Negron: 1Zero9 is a coming-of-age story that will take the reader on a roller-coaster ride of laughter, sadness, anger, love, empathy and realism. The book is a chronological recounting of life events that are connected, tied and branded by the numbers 1, 0, and 9. Joey works as a Mobile Therapist/Behavior Specialist Consultant for children and adolescents that have mental health disorders ranging from Autism to Conduct Disorder.

Blues, Brews & Barbecue This Saturday 6/28

If you're looking for something to do this weekend

Blues, Brews & Barbecue
800 Block of Hamilton Street and the PPL Plaza – noon-8pm

This first year event is just what it sounds like – “Blues, Brews & Barbecue” the epitome of summer in one incredibly tasty, superbly soulful and outrageously fun event. This day will be full of barbecue competitions with the promise of finger-lickin’ good recipes, refreshing brews and music that will have you feelin' good. Hosted by the City of Allentown and the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce this event will incorporate several restaurants and barbecue vendors including the Allentown Brew Works, Federal Grill, Grumpy’s Barbecue, Johnny MaƱana’s, Tex’s Smokin’ Bar-B-Q, and Vicky’s Sweet Spot that will compete in contests (with celebrity judges like Mayor Pawlowski and others who will be announced soon) and sell delicious food – like brisket, pulled pork, ribs, chicken and more to the public. There will be several talented musical acts to entertain the crowd like BC & the Blues Crew, the Sarah Ayers Band, The WilyGoats and more. This event will fill the 800 Block of Hamilton Street with activity.

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More information can be found on the LANTA website or through the Moving LANTA Forward blog.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Bethlehem Restaurant Week

For all of you young professional foodies, this week is Bethlehem Restaurant Week! Go to your favorite place or try someplace new. With very reasonable pricing ($5-$15 for lunch and $10-30 for a 3 course dinner), you can try a new cuisine or restaurant without worry. 23 restaurants in Historic & South Side Bethlehem are participating, so there are plenty of choices. And you don't even need to worry about paying for parking; Historic Bethlehem restaurants will validate your parking for both garages, and South Side ones will give you tokens for the meters. Reservations are not required for many places, but they are strongly suggested since many places are extremely busy this week.

To see the list of restaurants and more details, visit