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Laini’s List of 9 Things To Do in the Lehigh Valley This Weekend – March 4, 5 & 6

This weekend’s all about two of my favorite things—animals and art! There’s even art about animals. And a little bit of green celebrating, too. Enjoy!

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1. First Friday

Friday from 6 to 10 pm,  Southside Bethlehem

Wine, cheese, DJs, sales, glassblowing, St. Patrick’s Day festivities, music, photography, pizza, jewelry, new clothes, Pale Ale, Segways, bikes, dancing, thrift, carpets and the Sands! It’s all going on tonight at March’s First Friday celebration. And make sure to get down to Touchstone Theatre for #3.

2. “A Whole Lot of Fredo,” Group Show Opening Reception

Saturday from 7 to 10 pm, Connexions Gallery, 213 Northampton St., Easton

From the Facebook event page: Come out and enjoy an evening of art inspired by our lovable cat, Fredo, as we raise awareness for the Center for Animal Health & Welfare. This event is free and refreshments will be served. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork will benefit the Center in their efforts to care for our four-legged friends. Special musical guest: The Acoustic Kitty Project

3. “In Unison Group” Art Exhibit

Friday from 6 to 10 pm, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem

Community Artists of Bethlehem presents a group exhibit of 20 emerging and seasoned artists at Southside Bethlehems’ own Touchstone Theatre. “In Unison” exhibit is presented in conjunction with “Fresh Voices” apprentice theatre presentation Feb. 17th-19th. Please go and check out their apprentices original work. It is “Pay what you will” at the door!

4. Ana Popovic Live

Saturday from 7 to 11:30 pm, 2nd Story Blues on Broadway, 1205 Broadway, Fountain Hill

From the Facebook event page: Popović founded her first serious band at age nineteen. Within a year, she was playing outside of Yugoslavia and opening shows for American blues icons like Junior Wells. Her band Hush released their debut album, Hometown in 1998. The next year, Popović relocated to the Netherlands to study jazz guitar. She quickly became a fixture on the Dutch blues scene and soon ventured into neighboring Germany. Today Ana and her 4-piece band are booked all over the globe, playing major blues / jazz and rock festivals all over Europe, the US and Canada.

5. “The Song of Spring” Opening Reception

Saturday from 6 to 8 pm, Mercantile Home, 140 Northampton St., Easton

Check out this colorful composition of art, objects and curiosities at one of Easton’s most original destinations.

6. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Fundraising Spaghetti Dinner

Saturday from 4 to 7 pm, St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 1607 W. Union Blvd., Bethlehem

Enjoy some spaghetti and help a great organization at the same time. Tickets are $8. Children under 10 are free.

From their website: NAMI Lehigh Valley is the leading valley-based membership organization composed of families, friends, professionals, and people with mental illness. NAMI is dedicated to improving and empowering the lives of people who must cope with these brain disorders. Founded in 1983 by a small group of family members, NAMI Lehigh Valley continues to grow and network in our community.

Our organization and membership actively combat the discrimination and inappropriate stigma associated with mental illnesses, by educating the public and the media to “Open Your Mind. Mental illnesses are brain disorders.” NAMI’s educational program of public awareness and advocacy has achieved national recognition.

7. Pet Adoptions

Anytime, Several Location, All Over the Valley

It’s almost spring and a great time to adopt a new member into your family. Lots of animal out there need homes. So please consider the local shelters and adopt. Also, if you’re not interested in adopting, but would like to foster an animal, you could save a life (or several) by doing that.

8. Dog Day Afternoon

Sunday at 11 am, Allentown Brew Works, 812 -816 W. Hamilton St., Allentown

From the website: Man’s Best Friend – His Dog or His Beer? We say, “Why choose? Bring your buddy along!”  On the Biergarten Patio at the Allentown Brew Works.

9. 12th Annual “Plaid Show” Opening Reception

Sunday from Noon to 3 pm, St. John’s Lutheran Church, 330 Ferry St., Easton

Celebrate all things Plaid with this legendary, whimsical exhibit. The show runs through April 17th.

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