Fire Prevention Week which began on Sunday, October 7 continues through Saturday, October 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. Plan and practice two escape routes out of each room of your house and have a safe place to meet outside so all family members can be accounted for. Practice these techniques periodically.
Here are some other fire prevention tips: Put a smoke alarm on every level of your home, outside of each sleeping area and in every bedroom. Test smoke alarms every month. Replace their batteries once a year and replace all smoke alarms every 10 years. Also, eliminate potential hazards. Keep matches, lighters and gasoline locked away from children. Store all flammable liquids outside of the home.
To celebrate Fire Prevention Week join the Bethlehem Township Volunteer Fire Department at their open house on Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Station 17 is located at 1919 Eighth Street in Miller Heights.
The Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor, the Borough of Freemansburg, and the Bethlehem Area School District have partnered to create the Freemansburg Canal Education Center (FCEC) at the Lock #44 canal complex in Freemansburg. A public tour of the site is being offered on Saturday, October 13 at noon. Parking is available behind the Willow Grove Hotel on Main Street if the Freemansburg Trailhead lot is full. The tour will include stops at historic Lock #44, the Lock #44 Locktender’s House, the restored 1829 mule barn, the Geissinger Grist Mill ruins, and other site features.
The 7th annual Harvest Festival will be held Saturday, October 13, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Main Street, Broad Street and at the Sun Inn Courtyard in Downtown Bethlehem. There will be beer samplings, an open produce market, food, crafts, vendors, live music, children’s activities and more.
LVH 50+ Wellness Expo, Saturday, October 13, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest Kaysch Family Pavilion. This free event will offer free health screenings, free flu shots, raffles, giveaways and healthy snacks. To register call 610-402-CARE.
The Best of North Catasauqua Autumnfest and Car Show presented by the North Catasauqua Betterment Committee will be held Sunday, October 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at North Catasauqua Park, 710 Grove Street, located between Grove & Arch Streets. The event is a celebration of autumn in small Town USA with a German touch! Event includes: a food court, car show, craft and flea market, live music, kid’s activities, cooking demos, fire department displays and demos, police department displays, child I.D., blood drive with the Miller-Keystone Bloodmobile, health tent and displays.
The Jim Thorpe Fall Foliage Festival, runs October 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 66th annual Cape May Autumn Birding Festival will be held October 26-28. Includes a variety of field trips, programs and lectures, indoor and field workshops, boat trips, and seasonal watches. Something for everyone from the novice to the seasoned naturalist. Registration required.
The Easton Farmers’ Market, America’s longest running open-air market in its 260th season is held every Saturday through November 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Centre Square in downtown Easton.
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.