AARP Caregiving Forum Coming to LVHN on April 29

It’s estimated that more than 34 million Americans provide care to an adult living with a disability or an illness, such as Alzheimer’s disease. If you are one of the many caring for a family member or close friend, you are invited to a free AARP informational event for caregivers on Tuesday, April 29, at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in the Kasych Family Pavillion, Medical Imaging of Lehigh Valley conference rooms 6, 7 and 8. Register for this free event.

The AARP Caregiving Forum will feature panel presentations by Amy Goyer, well-known author and speaker from AARP who also is a caregiver; Robert Barraco, MD, chief of geriatric trauma at Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN); Lorraine Spikol, MD, head of neuroscience research at LVHN, and Bethlehem Township resident Pat Hartigan, who will share her personal caregiving story.

Doors open at 5 p.m.; the program begins at 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

In addition to the panel discussion, the forum also will include exhibitors offering information for caregivers: Read More »

Elementary Students to Create Art at Fourth Community Canvas Event

Kylie Heiser Bianca Carrion at Community Canvas

Kylie Heiser, left, won the audience vote, and Bianca Carrion won the Facebook vote after the third Community Canvas event March 31. They are students at Slatington Elementary School.

Aspiring artists from Donegan Elementary School of Bethlehem, among other local elementary schools, will get to showcase their talents on Saturday, April 26, at the fourth Community Canvas event, scheduled for 1-3 p.m. at the Allentown YM/YWCA.

Community Canvas is presented by Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital in conjunction with Radio Disney Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley Art Spark. At the event, 10 artists are given a lunchbox full of supplies and 45 minutes to create a piece of artwork based on a particular healthy theme.

The mission behind Community Canvas is to promote healthy eating habits and all-around wellness for all Lehigh Valley children. The artwork is then voted on by the audience in attendance and also gets posted to Facebook for voting. The artists with the most votes go to the grand finale. Everyone who participates gets a prize. Read More »

Disney Channel’s Peyton List to Appear at Special Free Local Event

Peyton ListYou may know her as Emma Ross on the Disney Channel Original Series “Jessie.” If you don’t, it’s a good bet your adolescent son or daughter does. Rest assured, when Peyton List visits the Lehigh Valley on May 31 in connection with Community Canvas, a lot of area children are going to be excited.

Community Canvas is presented by Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital in conjunction with Radio Disney Philadelphia and Lehigh Valley Art Spark. It has involved aspiring artists from five area elementary schools taking part in four events. At each event, 10 artists are given a lunchbox full of supplies and 45 minutes to create a piece of artwork based on a particular healthy theme. The mission behind Community Canvas is to promote healthy eating habits and all-around wellness for all Lehigh Valley children. Artwork from all Community Canvas events will be displayed in a new Children’s Hospital art gallery and through Lehigh Valley Health Network facilities.

The top eight artists qualify for the Grand Finale, scheduled for the Mayfair Festival of the Arts 2-4 p.m. on Memorial Day (May 26). The overall winner will receive a prize pack from Radio Disney Philadelphia as well as a private meet and greet opportunity with Peyton List at the event at the Allentown YMCA/YWCA, beginning at 1:30 p.m.  Registration for this public appearance is available at LVHN.org/canvas. The first 150 people who register will receive premium access to the event, which will include a public meet and greet and autograph opportunity with the Disney Channel star. Read More »

Explore the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary This Saturday

Our epic winter is finally over, and warmer temperatures mean it’s time to head outdoors. A 1.5-mile walk through the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in Emmaus at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 12, is a great way to enjoy some fresh air and exercise.

The walk is the latest event offered through Get Out! Lehigh Valley, a healthy outdoor activity program developed by Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Wildlands Conservancy. Read More »

Stamp Your Ticket to Wellness

get out lehigh valley passport Fresh air, exercise and beautiful scenery add up to a healthier lifestyle thanks to Get Out! Lehigh Valley, an outdoor activity program developed by Lehigh Valley Health Network and the Wildlands Conservancy. Offered throughout the year, the program’s events – led by a naturalist – allow you to explore a variety of area parks, trails, gardens and rivers. At the same time, you’ll reap a number of physical and mental health benefits.

The next event – Saturday, April 12, at the Pool Wildlife Sanctuary in Emmaus – also marks the debut of a new feature that offers even more benefits.

Pick up a Get Out! Lehigh Valley Passport and have it stamped at our upcoming events. If you attend 10 or more of the year’s 19 events, you’ll receive a wellness trail packet filled with maps of Get Out! Lehigh Valley venues and other regional trails. You’ll also be eligible to win a hiking pole at the end of the year. Sturdy, lightweight hiking poles take strain off the knees and thighs and offer added security on wet, slippery trails.

You can register for the April 12 Pool Sanctuary walk or any Get Out! Lehigh Valley event online or by calling 610-402-CARE.