Miller Bloodmobile

Miller-Keystone Blood Center will conduct its next Palmerton community visit at the First United Church of Christ, 457 Delaware Ave. (next to borough hall), on Wednesday, Dec. 9. Registration hours will be from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This visit is sponsored by Dr. Jane Goplerud.

Previous donors can expect an e-mail and/or phone message, several days in advance, inviting them to make appointments. They are thankful to the many faithful donors who appear for nearly every visit, but first-time donors are also needed.

Donor requirements are: minimum age, 17 (there is no maximum age); minimum weight, 110 pounds; general good heath; no tattoos or body piercing within the last year. All donors should bring their Miller card or photo ID, such as a driver's license. Students do not need parental permission slips.

This is a difficult time of the year for blood donations, because of illness and travel. If you are healthy, please make the Gift of Life by donating.

Miller has changed eligibility requirements for donors who had cancer. Donors having had squamous or basal cell skin cancer may donate blood now. Donors with other forms of cancer may now be able to donate one year after recovery, rather than having to wait five years as previously. Those with melanoma should contact Miller for possible eligibility. Many people may donate who are on medications, other than antibiotics and blood thinners. Please call Miller at 1-800-223-6667 during office hours for answers about specific medications.

Additional off-street parking for volunteers and donors will be available at the former Golden Key parking lot, courtesy of Dick Nothstein. Parking will also be permitted at Penn Northeast, as space allows.

For general information or to make an appointment call (610) 826-2097.

Historical society dinner

In lieu of the regular meeting of the Palmerton Area Historical Society, there will be a holiday dinner on Monday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. at Bert's Restaurant. Members and guests need to make their reservations ASAP with Nancy Herzog at (610) 377-5693.

No paper drive

Because of hunting season there will be no December paper drive by St. John's Lutheran Church. The next drive will be the first Saturday in January.

Santa in the Park

Santa will arrive by fire truck at the Palmerton Borough Park bandstand at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5. Bring your camera. The name of every child who comes to see Santa will be put in a drawing toward a Toys 'R Us gift certificate or a Jr. Membership Pass to the Palmerton Pool for 2010. There will be bags of goodies for the kids!

This event is sponsored by the Palmerton and Aquashicola Fire Departments and the Palmerton Memorial Park Association.

Heritage Center

The Heritage Center, 410 Delaware Ave., will continue to be open its regular Wednesday through Saturday hours. Phone (610) 824-6954 for a recording listing the times each day. The center will be concluding its exhibit of local sports in the feature room as of Wednesday, Dec. 23. The center will then close until after New Year's. The public is always invited and admission is free.

Community Service

At 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 6 following Caroling in the Park, an ecumenical service will be held in the Little White Church, Columbia Ave., Palmerton. The worship will include an advent message, readings, and songs. Everyone is welcome.

Community Meal

A free community meal will be held at St. John's United Church of Christ, 891 Columbia Ave., Palmerton from 5-6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 8. All are invited to join in a free meal and fellowship.