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Laini’s List of 9 Things To Do in the Lehigh Valley This Weekend – March 18, 19 & 20

For purposes of this weekend, regardless of the date, it’s still St. Patrick’s Day. And Spring. So enjoy them both!

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1. Kiev Night – Famous Russian/Ukrainian 5-Course Dinner

Friday at 6 to 9 pm, Black Forest Deli, 7th Ave. and Union Blvd., Bethlehem

This authentic ethnic dinner is one of the more unique culinary experiences the Valley has to offer right now, thanks to mother-daughter team and owners Malena and Vica. Dinner is served family-style with everyone sitting together. It’s a great opportunity to meet some new friends and try a new cuisine. Reservations are recommended.

2.  Dancing on the Thirds

Friday from 8 to 11 pm, Third St. Alliance, 41 N. 3rd St., Easton

Learn a new dance or practice an old one, all in a relaxed atmosphere in casual dress at the Main St. Initiative’s monthly event. Instruction is then followed by open dance. $10 Admission fee.

3. Bank St. Band Plays Mothers

Saturday starting at 9:30 pm, Mothers Bar, 3 Lehns Ct., Easton

Come out to check out this iconic Easton bar which is under new management and support these young local musicians at the same time.

4. It Ain’t Just Another Spaghetti Dinner

Saturday from 4 to 8 pm, Career Institute of Technology, 5335 Kesslersville Rd., Easton

From the Facebook event page: Year after year, the Annual Family YMCA “It Ain’t Just Another Spaghetti Dinner” is a smashing success with the community. We hope to make this year the best ever! Entertainment By: King Henry & The Showmen, Proceeds benefit Financial Assistance to Camp Kresge. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance.

5. St. Patrick’s Day Parade Eve Pub Crawl

Saturday from 6 pm to 12 am, Allentown’s West End

This year’s participating pubs include: Jack Callaghan’s Ale House, Tavern on Liberty, Greg’s West End Saloon, Ringer’s Roost, Stooge’s, Volpe’s, Nino’s and Bar Cibi. Registratration is $15 and includes extra special gift for all participants!

6. 54th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Sunday at 1 pm, Begins at Allentown’s Fairgrounds and goes through Allentown’s West End

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at this long-running parade. Check out the website to see all of the other events planned for the day and throughout the weekend.

7. William Allen High School Chorale Concert to Benefit Familes Affected by the Gas Explosion

Friday at 7 pm, William Allen High School Gymnasium, 126 N. 17th St., Allentown

From the invitation to the public: The public is invited to the William Allen High School Chorale Benefit Concert to raise relief funds for the victims of last month’s 13th Street tragedy.  On the night of February 9th, a gas explosion rocked the 500 block of 13th Street, leveling several homes and damaging dozens of others. Five people were killed in the explosion, and numerous others left homeless. Some families related to Allen students were affected.  Overall, about 50 properties were blighted by the blast, and the victims’ lives will continue to be disrupted for many months and years to come. The Chorale’s goal is to raise at least $2,000.  All proceeds from the concert will benefit the victims affected by this tragedy. Tickets are $5 at the door.

8. Eric Eyeball Richardson and Sienide Exhibit

Ongoing, 516 Gallery at Art n Soul Studios, 516 Hamilton St., Allentown

View the work of these two contemporary artists in this space which does so much to promote the local art community.

9. Go for a Walk

Anytime, Anywhere, See suggestions below

I’ve been walking for a long time. It’s how I get around, get some exercise, clear my head, flesh out ideas, and remember to breathe. The wonderful thing about taking a walk – well, there’s many – but one of the most wonderful is that it’s free and you never know where you’re going to end up or who you will meet. Here’s a lovely little walk in Easton for you, a wild one in Bethlehem and some in Allentown. Happy trails and a happier spring!

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