October is Breast Awareness Month. Excluding cancers of the skin, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in woman. The greatest risk of developing breast cancer is being female, and risk for the disease increases with age. In 2011, it is estimated that more than 10,300 individuals were diagnosed with breast cancer in Pennsylvania. Research shows that early detection of breast cancer is the key to staying well. The American Cancer Society recommends yearly mammograms starting at age 40. Women can reduce their chances of developing breast cancer by engaging in regular physical activities, maintaining a healthy weight and limiting alcohol intake.
October 1 through December 31, Bass in PA Rivers, changes to minimum size 15 inches and 4 combined species (largemouth, smallmouth, spotted). Reminder; catch and release continues for 98 miles of the Susquehanna River and 31.7 miles of the Juniata River.
The Valley Preferred Cycling Center Fall VeloFest (the largest outdoor cycling market on the East Coast) will be held Saturday, October 6th from 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. RAIN or SHINE at the Velodrome, 1151 Mosser Road in Trexlertown. General admission is $8 with kids (12 and under) free.
Get Out! Lehigh Valley event; Lehigh Gorge State Park Walk Oct. 6, 10 a.m.
The 2 hour, 2+ mile walk starts at the Rockport access area, Lehigh Gorge State Park, 470 Rockport Rd., Weatherly. Participants will walk along the Lehigh River on a flat crushed stone surface that follows the Lehigh River to view the beautiful Buttermilk Falls. The Lehigh Gorge and the 26-mile trail that runs through it is a popular mountain biking destination and there are a host of outfitters that run raft trips on the river. The dramatic setting, with 900-foot mountains on both sides of the river, was a stopping point for James J. Audubon as he searched America for native birds to paint. This is a child/family friendly walk. Dogs on leash are welcome. Bring binoculars and cameras to appreciate and capture the majesty of the Lehigh Gorge. This free event will be held rain or shine. To register for the walk or any Get Out! Lehigh Valley event, click here or call 610-402-CARE.
A Northampton County e-cycling event (for Northampton County residents only) will be held on Saturday, October 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northampton Community College, Campus Parking Area. Household hazardous waste is accepted free. Also, phones, computers, batteries and unwanted electronics. Cost: batteries $ .75 per lb., fluorescent lamps $ .25 each, no charge for electronics. For more info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 610-559-3200
Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival, runs October 6-7, 13-14, 20-21; food, arts and crafts, free music events at 4 different venues throughout the downtown area all within a short walking distance of each other, and seasonal specials from restaurants and shops.
The Easton Garlic Fest will be held this Saturday and Sunday, October 6th – 7th, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily at an expanded Easton Farmers’ Market, Centre Square in downtown Easton. Everything garlic; raw, cooked, sweet, savory, and even bottled. Farmers are going to sell it, chefs are going to cook it, bands are going to sing about it, and artisans are going to be inspired by it.
Fire Prevention Week runs from October 7-13. It is important to have a home fire escape plan that prepares your family to think fast and get out quickly when the smoke alarm sounds. What if your first escape route is blocked by smoke or flames? That’s why having two ways out is such a key part of your plan. This year’s theme, “Have 2 Ways Out!”, focuses on the importance of fire escape planning and practice.
Yearlong indoor/outdoor Farmers’ Market at the Westgate Mall, 2285 Schoenersville Road, Bethlehem, noon to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Visit the Westgate Mall on Facebook or call Laurel at 610-216-5343 for more info.
The Emmaus Farmers’ Market is held every Sunday, until the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving in November in the KNBT parking lot, 235 Main Street, Emmaus, 10 a.m. – 12 noon. Visit on Facebook.
The Saucon Valley Farmers’ Market in its 7th season located on Water Street in Hellertown continues every Sunday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. through November.
The Bethlehem Farmers’ Market at Campus Square, Lehigh University runs every Thursday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October 25th at Morton and New Streets, Southside Bethlehem. There will be locally grown fruits and vegetables, fresh herbs, meat orders, eggs, breads and pastries, cookies, specialty popcorn and trail mixes.
The SteelStacks Farmers’ Market runs every Thursday 3-7 p.m. through November 1. Fresh produce, meats, cheeses, organic milk, honey and more. SteelStacks is located at 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378.
The Plaza Growers’ Market at Allentown Arts Park located on 5th Street between Linden and Court Streets, Wednesdays 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The market will run through October 17th.