Laini’s List of 9 Things To Do in the Lehigh Valley This Weekend – January 28, 29 & 30

1. 5th Annual Chocolate Lovers’ Soirée

Saturday from 7 to 11 pm, Bank St. Annex, 316 Northampton St., Easton

The non-profit Easton Main Street Initiative’s annual fundraiser features tasting-sized portions of decadent chocolate desserts, handmade truffles, ice cream, pastries, and hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries made by local restaurants, bakeries, candy shops and chocolatiers. Tickets are available online and at the locations listed, but will not be available at the door.

2. Bethlehem Restaurant Week

January 30th to February 5th, Participating Restaurants, Bethlehem

Multi course lunch and dinner for one fixed price! During Restaurant Week, each time you dine at a participating restaurant you will receive “Restaurant Week Contest Slip.” Fill out your name to enter a drawing to win a gift certificate for a breakfast, lunch or dinner fortwo from EACH participating restaurant!  That’s over a $2000 value!

3. Dina Hall and the Backbeat: Moe Jerant, Mike Fritz

Friday at 8 pm, The StarBar at Starfish Brasserie, Broad & Guetter Sts., Bethlehem

Enough of the being inside! Get out tonight and hear this great local band in one of my favorite local bars. Treat yourself to some of the most sublime martinis around. The bar menu (like the rest of the menu) is sweet, and very local, too.

4. Family Circus Trio

Friday from 10 pm to 1 am, Pearly Baker’s Ale House, 11 Centre Square, Easton

Want to go out Friday night to see live music in Easton? This is my pick. The lineup is Jon Fadem from Start Making Sense and Post Junction on guitar and vocals, Dave Johnsen from Project Object and Glint on bass and vocals, and Joe Ciarvella from Post Junction on drums. They will be performing the music of Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, Billy Cobham, Funkadelic, Jaco Pastorius, The Meters, and more in a funky/jazz/rock/fusion/jam/groove style that is sure to move you.

5. Book Sale!

Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm, Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown

With weather like this, it is impossible to have too many books! This is a day-long special sale. Lots of great bargains, including: Best-sellers, Reference sets, DVDs, Autographed books, Audiobooks, Comic books, Kid’s books, and lots more! All proceeds benefit the library.

6. School of Rock’s Bank St. Band Opens for Led Zeppelin!

Friday at 7 pm, The Gallery at The State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton

Hear the kids of  School of Rock’s Bank St. Band perform Led Zeppelin before the Led Zeppelin II show in the main theatre. Come for both shows or just stop in to the gallery and see the amazing BSB.

7. The Sight of Sound: Larry Fink Curates William Gottlieb and Larry Fink

Through March 6, Main Gallery, Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem

Don’t miss this photography exhibit curated and featuring one of the world’s most wonderful photographers, the Lehigh Valley’s own Larry Fink. The exhibit features the works of Fink and the late William Gottlieb which focus on jazz musicians throughout the majority of the 20th century.

8. Snowflake Cutting Party

Sunday from 2 to 5 pm, Mercantile Home, 140 D Northampton St., Easton

It’s time to make the snowflakes! From the facebook event page: “Join us as we continue our quest to cut 25,000 paper snowflakes and fill the windows of downtown Easton with these symbols of community support. You bring paper & scissors, and we’ll provide the party atmosphere!”

9. Energy Past & Present: Creating, Consuming & Conserving

Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm, Sundays from 12 to 4 pm, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 Walnut St., Allentown

Through simple, fun, hands-on activities, visitors will learn about the role of energy in their lives and discover how easy it is to reduce energy use at home. The exhibit also includes informative contributions by Thomas Edison and other legendary scientists and inventors who helped make electricity popular.  Built-in hands-on exhibit components will help the average person to understand the role of energy in their lives today.

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