Laini’s List of 9 Things to Do This Weekend in the Lehigh Valley

1. Laurie Berkner Band’s Birthday Party Show

Saturday at 2 pm, The State Theatre, 453 Northampton St., Easton

The Laurie Berkner Band‘s having a birthday party show on my birthday! How cool is that? From this week’s post: “The premise of the show is a birthday party, so kids are invited to bring a favorite hat and celebrate. The band is also collecting gently used or new children’s shoes to donate to Soles4Souls, an organization that provides footwear to people in need in 125 countries.”

2. We Rock for Autism 2011

Saturday from 6 pm to 12:30 am, The Garfield Hotel & Grille, 1750 Main St., Northampton

A great night of acoustic music and blues for a great cause. Performers include Jake Kaligis, Connie Edinger Trio, Dina Hall & The Backbeat and Friar’s Point Band. Doors open at 6 and the music starts at 7.

3. “Fashion for Life”

Saturday from 12 to 3 pm, Historic Hotel Bethlehem, 437 Main St., Bethlehem

The LV Coalition for Organ and Tissue Donation and the Gift of Life Donor Program are hosting “Fashion for Life,” a stylish and fun-fillled presentation of contemporary fashion by local merchants and transplant recipients. You can get advance tickets here.

4. Rebuilding Our New Lives

Saturday from 7 to 11 pm, Schnecksville Fire Company Pavillion (Indoor heated building behind Fire Company), 4550 Old Packhouse Rd., Schnecksville, PA

If anyone ever wondered about the level of compassion that exists in the Valley, after the gas explosion of February 9th (Saturday will be the 2-month anniversary of it), you don’t have to wonder any more. Here is yet another event which has been organized to help the families who lost everything in that explosion. This is an excerpt from the Facebook event page written by one of the organizers: “My neice Donna and I are hosting a benefit/fundraiser on behalf of the victims of the Allentown Gas Explosion that happened on Wed. 2/9/11. Which now is referred to as “the 2nd 911.” This was a huge disaster and it has personally effected me since one of the families that lost everything is my sister and brother in-law, Bill & Dottie Yanett. There are 5 families all together who lost their entire homes and ALL their worldy possessions, Bill & Dottie, Karen & Ed, Antonio and Jill Arroyo, Don O’Shall and Manuel Cruz. This event is for THEM! These people are not just Dottie’s neighbors, but her family and friends!” They’re our neighbors, too. Please help if you can.

5. The 13th Annual ACE Arts Tour

Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 5 pm, Locations throughout Easton

The Arts Community of Easton Arts Tour is a self-directed walking tour of Easton’s galleries, studios, and creative spaces that allows artists to open their doors to the public and show the vibrancy of Easton’s Arts Community.

6. Breakfast with the Easter Bunny

Saturday at 11 am and 12:30 pm, The Retro Deli at the Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem

The Retro Deli at Moravian Book Shop will be hosting Breakfast with the Easter Bunny! Children of all ages will enjoy a delightful fresh-cooked breakfast while the Easter Bunny himself brings food, fun and photo opportunities.

7. Join the Delaware & Lehigh Trail Patrol

Sunday from 9 to 10:30 am, Sand Island near the native plant preserve, Bethlehem

Here’s a constructive way to spend some enjoyable time outside– join the new D&L Trail Patrol! The group will be handing out information about the Trail Patrol, and will have vests, first aid kits and other materials available. This is an effort of the Delaware & Lehigh National Heritage Corridor.

8. Benefit for United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley’s Allentown Family Fund

Monday from 7 to 9 pm, Starfish Brasserie, 51 W. Broad St., Bethlehem

Live entertainers from all over the Lehigh Valley are coming together with guest bartenders and amazing food to help raise money for the United Way’s fund to help the five families who were displaced by the gas explosion. I have to say, I really wish I could be there because there’s some guest bartenders who would be a lot of fun to give a very hard time. I can’t make it, but hopefully you can. Do you think there’s too many Gas Explosion benefits on this list? Too bad! They’ll be on this list as long as people keep having them. 🙂

9. Cohen & Feeley Foundations’s “A Tribute to the Legends: Elvis Meets Johnny Cash”

Tuesday from 7 to 10:30 pm, Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown

This is going to be THE place to be Tuesday night! Aside from a few hundred other people who want to help raise money to benefit the people in Good Shepherd’s Neurorehabilition Program, Elvis and Johnny Cash are gonna be there, too! Tickets prices vary from $20-50$ and for an extra $10 you can attend the “Meet & Greet” after the show. Rumor has it they’ll be signing autographs and taking photos, too. For ticket information see or call 484-821-0878.

Oh, and just to be extra fun, I’m going to be having a little trivia contest starting Sunday, so maybe you can win tickets to see Elvis & Johnny, too. Stay tuned to this website and my Facebook pages for more details.

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