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Laini’s List of 9 Things to Do This Weekend in the Lehigh Valley – September 9, 10 & 11

Lots of opportunities here to have fun, do some good, and remember.

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By Laini Abraham and Katie Vogel

1. VegFest

There’s more to vegetables at the Bethlehem VegfFest than you thought possible. Ever have a cilantro and carrot martini? How about a cucumber mojito? Well now is your chance at this outdoor, and pet friendly, vegetable extravaganza. Try new foods and learn new ways to enjoy vegetables at this one of kind event. Learn more about this event at this week’s LPG.com post.

2. Lehigh Valley Health Network Marathon for Via

Sunday, 6:40am, Lehigh Valley Hospital, Cedar Crest Blvd & I-78, Allentown

Ready, set, go! It’s time for the Lehigh Valley Health Network Marathon! The course itself will wind from the Lehigh Valley hospital in Allentown, through historic Bethlehem, and into Easton’s Centre Square. Can’t run a full 26.2 miles? You can opt to run a 5k walk on Saturday, or half marathon for the event. You can even get some fitness focused friends together for a team relay in either 3.6 or 6.5 miles increments. The LVHN Marathon raises money for Via of the Lehigh Valley’s services for children and adults with disabilities like autism, cerebral palsy and Down syndrome.

3. Interfaith 9/11 Remembrance Service

Sunday, 2:00pm to 3:30pm, Trinity Church, 234 Spring Garden Street, Easton

This Sunday marks the 10 year anniversary of the attacks on 9/11. In remembrance of those that who were lost during the tragedy, a special service will be held at the Trinity Church. Members from the Metropolitan Opera in NYC, the Easton Area High school choir, and a local 8 piece chamber orchestra will be lending their sounds the service. An organ prelude will begin at 1:30.

4. Katie’s Pick  – ELVIS Upstairs

Saturday, 6:30pm to 9pm, Sagra Bistro, 620 Main St, Hellertown

Listen to some of the King’s classics at this musical dinner show, performed by Jay Allen. Featuring some of Elvis’s favorite foods, this is a great event to listen to some of your old favorites from the man that revolutionized the musical world as we know it. This is a unique and fun event that will have you eating in time with the music.

5. Opening Night of the new season of Zoellner Arts Center: Guest Artist: Todd Rundgren, Musician, Singer, Songwriter

Saturday, 8pm, Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem

You might not be able to bring a drum with you but I’m sure you’ll be clapping, singing, or banging on your knees all night long with Todd Rundgren. This Philadelphia native kicks off the Arts Center’s 15th anniversary season with his unique sounds. A true pioneer in the music world, Rundgren’s plethora of accomplishments has impacted popular music in both form and content. This is definitely going to be a fun show that you won’t want to miss.

6. Saucon Valley Conservancy 5th Annual Barn Tour

Saturday, 9:30am to 4pm, Beethoven Waldheim Club, 1984 Waldheim Rd, Hellertown

If there is one thing that Pennsylvania has it’s barns, and the Lehigh Valley certainly has some prime specimens. Take a trip through the countryside on the Saucon Valley Barn tour. Our area started as lush farm country and seeing these barns is like taking a trip back into history. This is a photographers dream tour, offering up beautiful and quintessential Pennsylvania scenery.

7. Benefit Concert – James Supra Blues Band

Saturday, 7pm to 8:30 pm, Riverside Park Amphitheatre, Larry Holmes Dr, Easton

The Lehigh Valley’s Premier Blues Band rocks out it support of downtown revitalization! Experience legendary harmonica and guitar-driven blues on the waterfront. All donations benefit Easton Main Street Initiative.

8. Planting Peace at SteelStacks

Sunday, 3:30pm to 5pm, PBS39 at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem

Peace Pole Dedication & Celebration of Peace in the Lehigh Valley and Around the World. Planting Peace at SteelStacks is part of a global campaign for “11 Days of Global Unity,” to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the tragic events surrounding September 11, 2001 and to increase participation in the United Nations International Day of Peace. Come for the music, inspiration and participation in a World Peace Flag Ceremony. As the PBS39 Peace Pole is dedicated and permanently installed at SteelStacks, the audience can add written expressions of their personal desire for peace.

9. Art for the Market Auction

Saturday, 12pm to 2pm, The Sigal Museum, 342 Northampton St, Easton

Bid on an exciting array of more than thirty-five fresh, original art pieces at the Art for the Market Auction. These works have been inspired by the Easton Farmers’ Market and created by local artists. This live auction will be conducted by Dotta Auction Co.

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