Take a Walk on the Wild Side This Saturday

TrexlerFresh air, exercise and great wildlife views are the perfect combination for a spring outing. You can do it all during a 1.2-mile walk through Schnecksville’s Trexler Nature Preserve at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 23. 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. 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, including:

  • Weight control
  • Stress reduction
  • Reduced risk for a variety of diseases
  • Increased self-esteem

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And the Community Canvas Winner Is…

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Congratulations to Luisa Sinisterra, a third-grade student from Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School in Bethlehem, Pa., for winning the Community Canvas 2015 Grand Finale. Community Canvas is an art competition for area elementary school students sponsored by Children’s Hospital at Lehigh Valley Hospital, with collaborators Lehigh Valley Art Spark and Communities in Schools.

Sinisterra and nine other students participated in the grand finale on Sunday at PBS Studios in Bethlehem. The artists were given a lunchbox full of supplies and 60 minutes to create a piece of artwork based on a particular healthy theme. The winner was chosen by the audience in attendance.

While their votes were being tallied, another competition was taking place in the studio. Five local chefs, who were given the secret ingredient of turkey, had to create the tastiest dish in the style of “Iron Chef.” The 10 Community Canvas students cast the deciding votes and chose Tom Rutherford, chef and owner of Thomas at the Bookstore, for his turkey-based dish.

After the chef competition, it was time for the artists to meet actress and singer Sabrina Carpenter, who plays Maya Hart in the popular Disney Channel TV series “Girl Meets World.” Carpenter signed autographs, answered audience questions and sang a few songs from her new album.

Artists Ready for the Community Canvas 2015 Grand Finale Featuring Sabrina Carpenter

Sabrina Carpenter

Actress and singer Sabrina Carpenter, who plays Maya Hart in the popular Disney Channel television series “Girl Meets World,” will make an appearance at the Community Canvas 2015 Grand Finale.

Miya Williams was a third-grader at Spring Garden Elementary School when she became the Community Canvas 2014 grand champion last Memorial Day at the Mayfair Festival of the Arts. Her successor will be crowned this weekend at the Community Canvas 2015 Grand Finale.

The event will be held 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 17, at PBS Studios, 839 Sesame St., Bethlehem. Registration from the general public for this event has now closed. All Grand Finale participants get a prize, and the overall winner gets the Grand Prize – a private meet-and-greet with actress and singer Sabrina Carpenter, who plays Maya Hart in the popular Disney Channel television series “Girl Meets World.” Carpenter also will make a special appearance during the event.

Ten artists from area elementary schools have advanced to the Grand Finale through five preliminary competitions that featured voting from event attendees as well as on Facebook following each event. Each Grand Finale artist will receive one surprise canvas and a mystery lunchbox of art materials, and will have 45 minutes to create artwork based on an overall Community Canvas healthy theme. Audience members each get one vote to select the overall winner. Read More »

Vote on Facebook for Your Favorite Artwork from Our Fifth Community Canvas 2015 Event

Liliana Fell at Community Canvas

Hopewell Elementary School third-grader Liliana Fell won top honors at Wednesday’s Community Canvas event.

It’s time for you to visit our Facebook page and choose your favorite artwork from our fifth Community Canvas 2015 event.

On Wednesday night, students from Hopewell Elementary School in Center Valley brought their artistic talents to the Capital BLUE store at the Promenade Shops of Saucon Valley. The artists were given a lunchbox full of supplies and 45 minutes to create a piece of artwork based on a particular healthy theme.

During the contest, attendees enjoyed free healthy meal samples – including turkey meatballs, turkey casserole, ground turkey sloppy joes and ground turkey tacos with yogurt – from Tom Rutherford, chef at Thomas at the Book Shop, located at Bethlehem’s Moravian Book Shop.

Attendees also voted for their favorite artwork. Third-grader Liliana Fell won top honors. But there’s still some voting to do.

Now you can visit Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Facebook page to view the artwork and vote to determine which other artist will move on to the Grand Finale on May 17, featuring Disney television star Sabrina Carpenter. Voting will be open for one week. If you’re using a mobile device to vote, search for “Lehigh Valley Health Network” in your Facebook app.

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Walk With Us at Lake Nockamixon This Saturday

Lake Nockamixon walkLooking for some fresh air, fun and spectacular water views this weekend? A 2-mile walk around Quakertown’s Lake Nockamixon at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 9, should be at the top of your list.

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. 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. Read More »