Join Lehigh Valley Arts Council For The Membership Reception On June 9th!‏

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Art is a Verb – Let’s All Do It!
Spring Membership Reception
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 – 5:30 to 7:30 PM
850 South Fifth Street
Allentown, PA 18103

The 2015 spring membership reception, Art is a Verb – Let’s All Do It!, embraces the excitement and promise of greater cultural accessibility in the Lehigh Valley.

On Tuesday, June 9, 2015, from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, the Lehigh Valley Arts Council will introduce the community-wide plans for the upcoming Arts & Access Celebration, which commemorates the twenty-fifth anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act through the lens of the arts. Join us for a reception at Good Shepherd’s Health & Technology Center and learn more about the cultural organizations and individuals who have signed on to participate inArts & Access.

The annual membership reception is a popular occasion for members to renew their connection to the arts and to each other. Festivities will include the creation of a “Word Cloud,” in which arts professionals, patrons, and guests collaborate to visualize the future of the arts in our community. Members and their guests will enjoy a tour of the Health & Technology Center and view the newly redesigned lvartscouncil.org website.

Three prominent cultural leaders will be celebrated for their vision in expanding cultural accessibility:

  • Nora Suggs, Executive Director of Satori

Hosted by John Kristel, MBA, MPT, President and CEO of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital. Generously underwritten by PPL and Cohen, Feeley, Altemose & Rambo , light food will be provided. $10.00 for Nonmembers; FREE for members.

Free parking on the third level of the garage will allow you to access the Health & Technology Center.

Reservations are encouraged, so please call the Arts Council at 610-437-5915 or email us at info@lvartscouncil.org!

Plum Seniors Move On After Tumultuous Year

Rain clouds and an ongoing criminal investigation could not dampen the spirits of 309 seniors who graduated from Plum High School on Friday night.

“It’s over,” senior class president Michael Bell said to a gymnasium audience brimming with nervous excitement. “We did it.”

The ceremony marked the end of a school year in which three teachers were charged criminally, two with sex crimes involving students, and other staff members were stuck under the cloud of a grand jury investigation into whether they knew about inappropriate relationships and did nothing.

Read more: http://triblive.com/news/allegheny/8480032-74/plum-students-district#ixzz3cIB2i3Vz
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First Friday In Lancaster City Draws Thousands To Downtown For Food, Music and Shopping

Another great First Friday in Lancaster City.  The day appeared to possibly be “iffy” weather wise but despite some ominous looking clouds at one point in the afternoon, the sky cleared in the early evening and the sun came back out.

There were a bevy of food trucks on the plaza next to the Hotel Lancaster. Musicians lined the streets. The pianos are back and we didn’t pass one that somebody was playing.  We even heard some very good jazz being played in Lancaster Square.  People from many cultures mingled and enjoyed the entertainment, shopping, eating and warmer weather.  The Lancaster Police Department was present along with the Ambassadors ensuring everyone behaved themselves.  There was even a break dancing competition going on next to the food trucks that drew a very large crowd.

We also checked out the new pop up pocket park on Prince Street before the First Friday throng arrived. What a nice thing for tourists and city residents, alike.  A coffee company and an ice cream vendor (selling Carmen & David’s ice cream) have set up shop here.  The park makes use of a parking lot which eventually will be a boutique hotel.  The asphalt was been painted, trees and flowers and seating were added.  There was even a television crew there from Blue Ridge Cable TV who were filming and interviewing the vendors.  Many people were checking this out.  When we went by much later in the day it was very full!  People were really liking the space!

Lancaster is such a great example of what revitalization can do for a downtown.  Up until the 90’s there was no reason go to downtown (other than Central Market).  Now, it’s full of shops and restaurants. There are always people on the streets taking advantage of all downtown has to offer.  There is nothing better than spending time in a vibrant city!

To check out Passenger Coffee Roasters, click on

http://www.passengercoffee.com/