Dedication of marker

Everyone is invited for the dedication of the recently completed community gateway and beautification enhancements. The outdoor ceremony will include the unveiling of a special marker in memory of the late Sen. James J. Rhoades, who provided the funding for the project. Family representatives, Sen. David G. Argall, and other dignitaries will be on hand for the ceremony. It will be at the corner of Main and Lehigh Streets (between the canal and Lehigh River Bridge, Walnutport) at 10 a.m., rain or shine, on Thursday, Oct. 8.

Time capsule

The Planning Committee of the 2009 Walnutport Centennial will be creating a time capsule to be placed at borough hall. Area residents interested in writing a "Message to Our Future," can compose and then send their letters or other information for future generations to discover to: Messages to the Future/Walnutport Centennial Time Capsule, Walnutport Borough Hall, 417 Lincoln Avenue, Walnutport, PA 18088. Direct any questions to Matt Newhard at (610) 767-4591.

GFWC-PA Woman's Club

The GFWC-PA Woman's Club of Slatington will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, at St. John's Lutheran Church on Second St., Slatington. The evening's program will feature Dan Stevens, president of the area's Future Focus. All interested area residents are welcome to attend. Club members are asked to bring their donations of any of the following items to be sent to area servicemen in Iraq: cash donation to purchase phone cards; Febreeze spray; or plastic travel soap dishes.

The Gathering

The Gathering sponsored by Northern Lehigh Historical Society will be held at the Trout Run Covered Bride, 7th Street, Slatington on Saturday, Oct. 3. Activities include a health fair tent, free entertainment from 7:30-9:30 p.m. by the Jesse Wade Gang and Fireworks Finale. For additional information please call (610) 760-9281.

Arts Fest offers free activities

The 5th annual Arts Fest will be on the 500 and 600 blocks of historic Main Street, Slatington, on Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a rain date of Sunday, Oct. 4. There are several free activities scheduled.

The free musical entertainment begins at 11 a.m. with Mike Peters and John Ortiz performing a wide variety of rock and pop. At 12:30 p.m. The Purcell's will be on stage and will also be strolling the grounds of the Art Fest with a fife and drum. Rounding out the music will be Forgotten Mountain Boys, performing folk and country music. The music stage will be located at the Mountainview High Rise, by the fireman's statue on Main Street. Additional activities include poetry readings by Paul Martin from noon to 12:30 p.m. at the Slatington Library, 650 Main Street.

Local historian Christy Haydt, will give a talk on the history of Slatington, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Slatington Library, 650 Main Street.

Magician and juggler Al Grout will perform a show on the music stage beginning at noon and then will stroll the grounds.

Take a free tour of the Slatington American Legion's War Memorabilia collection in the basement of the Slatington American Legion, 510 Main Street, from noon to 3 p.m.

or additional information on the Arts Fest call (610) 767-7626 or (610) 760-2488.