This weekend is PACKED with community options.

VegFest. September 10. Greenway Linear Park, between New and Webster.
If you need any other reason to check it out – read Jamie K’s blog. Not only is she one of the event organizers, she is an amazing person to know in Bethlehem.
If you’re on facbeook, find the “Bethlehem VegFest” and “like” it. Lots of information there, too. And yes, they have a website. And yes, you can follow it on Twitter:

Planting Peace at SteelStacks. September 11, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the PBS39 Public Media and Education Center Plaza: 839 Sesame Street at SteelStacks
A focal point of the event will be the World Peace Flag Ceremony where flags from every nation will be displayed. For more information.

ArtsQuest Patriot Day September 11, 11am-9pm at SteelStacks
The entire Lehigh Valley is invited to come out and show their support for the men and women in our community that put themselves in harm’s way everyday. This day will be all about celebrating our nation’s first responders, law enforcement agencies, fire fighters, volunteer fire fighters, military personnel and emergency medical personnel.

All Day – Throughout the campus, an array of emergency vehicles will be on display for kids of all ages to explore. Kids can also meet the heroes who man the machines and keep us all safe Air Products Town Square.
Area non-profits Blue Star Mothers will be collecting donations of much needed comfort items for our troops. Here’s a list of acceptable items for Troops.

Events will be indoors and outdoors at the Creativity Commons, Cinemas, Blast Furnace Room, Musikfest Café, Sands Deck, Connect @ Steel Stacks, Town Square, and PNC Plaza. Read more.

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem  is honored to represent the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in a series of concerts presented by Trinity Wall Street and featuring celebrated choirs from New York City, Boston, Washington DC and Pennsylvania, forever strongly linked by 9/11. Read more about their scheduled performances on Friday, Sept 9th and about their rehearsals and activities leading up to this occasion on their blog.

9/11 – 10 Years but not Forgotten. Sunday, September 11 at 8pm in Packer Chapel
Candlelight memorial, sponsored by the Chaplain’s office, and a community service project (for more information contact

Lehigh University Commemorates 9/11 Monday, September 12, events in Lamberton all day
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. The original CNN coverage will be shown
12:15 p.m. “An Eyewitness Account of the Pentagon Tragedy” presented by former Lehigh employee Kim Plyler. A story compelling enough for local TV coverage.
all day: Exhibit: international headlines from 9/12
all day: Sign the posters to share where you were on 9/11 and your memories of the day
4 p.m. “Can the United Nations Stop Terrorism?” A presentation by Vic Comras, author of Flawed Diplomacy and former member of the UN’s Al-Qaeda Monitoring Group.


Planting Peace at Steelstacks

PBS39 and United Religions Initiative to conduct World Peace Flag Ceremony and Peace Pole Dedication at new PBS39 Public Media & Education Center

Event will celebrate “11 Days of Global Unity” with music, speakers, and prayers for peace

September 11, 2011, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. at thePBS39 Public Media and Education Center Plaza: 839 Sesame Street at SteelStacks

A focal point of the event will be the World Peace Flag Ceremony where flags from every nation will be displayed.

The Ceremony is an interactive global celebration of the oneness of life and the human family. With united hearts and minds, participants of the Ceremony are invited to invoke prayers for peace to prevail in the countries and regions of the world. It is a moving ceremonial ritual rising above national boundaries, religion and ideologies giving expression to the universal wish for peace and harmony which lies at the core of every human heart. 

The Ceremony will conclude with the dedication of a Peace Pole to be permanently planted in front of the PBS39 facility at SteelStacks. Peace Poles are now recognized as the most prominent international symbol and monument to peace. Peace Poles bear the message “May Peace Prevail On Earth” in the languages of the world.


Peace Poles can be found in town squares, city halls, schools, places of worship, parks, and gardens – any place where the spirit of Peace is embraced by people of goodwill. It is estimated that there are more than 200,000 Peace Poles that have been dedicated in nearly every country on Earth. The SteelStacks Peace Pole will have eight languages representing the ethnicity and diversity of the community: English…etc.

This Peace Pole dedication is part of a global campaign for “11 Days of Global Unity”  marking the tenth anniversary of the tragic events surrounding September 11, 2001 and encouraging increased participation in the United Nations International Day of Peace, September 21. Each of the 11 days from September 11 to September 21 has a theme—such as Human Rights, Freedom, Interdependence, and Unity—which call forth the values, spirit and service needed to move the world toward a culture of peace.

Other highlights of the event include remarks from Hon. Anwarul Chowdhury, a retired UN Undersecretary and international peace ambassador, and musical performances by Jackie Tice and Robbi Kumalo.  Both Jackie and Robbi are singer/songwriters and peace advocates who tour extensively and were recently featured at Musikfest 2011.

The PBS39/URI September 11 Commemoration will be a respectful and uplifting experience for individuals, families and our community.