Hundreds Expected at Lehigh Valley 5K VisionWalk

Hundreds of people who have been touched by vision loss will rally to fight blindness at the Lehigh Valley 5K VisionWalk on Saturday, Sept. 26, at ArtsQuest SteelStacks, striving to raise $50,000 to support promising gene therapy, stem cell and pharmaceutical-based research that could save and even restore sight. Blinding retinal diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration and Usher syndrome affect more than 10 million Americans, but the Foundation Fighting Blindness is funding cutting-edge studies toward preventions, treatments and cures. For Lori Marsh of Shoemakersville, Pa., “the Foundation Fighting Blindness has become a very big part of my life.”
Lori’s 17-year-old daughter Megan was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease nine years ago. Megan is ambitious and believes the foundation will help provide the funds to researchers to find a cure for her and everyone else with vision robbing diseases.

Recycle Your Electronics at SteelStacks April 18

The Northampton County Department of Community and Economic Development has announced that it will host an e-cycling (electronics recycling) event for county residents at ArtsQuest/SteelStacks, E. First Street, Bethlehem, on Saturday, April 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For a list of acceptable/unacceptable items, residents should refer to the event flyer from the county and AERC Recycling Solutions. Although many items can be e-cycled for free, residents will be charged a nominal fee (payable to AERC with cash only) to recycle the following items:

TVs $20
CRT Monitors $10
LCD Monitors $5
Batteries, all types except lead acid $0.75/pound
Fluorescent lamps $0.25/each
Ballasts $0.75/pound

For more information about the event, contact Ken Zinis at kzinis@northamptoncounty.org.

New Initiative Promoting LV Kid-Friendly Attractions Launched at Cave

A new partnership initiative to promote kid-friendly Lehigh Valley attractions to local residents and visitors was launched Tuesday in the Crystal Chapel at Lost River Caverns in Hellertown, as snow fell outside and cave co-owner Bob Gilman quipped that the weather in the cave was a comparatively “balmy” 52 degrees (a temperature that remains constant year-round). Lehigh Valley Kidsventure is being led by Allentown’s Da Vinci Science Center, and is described as “a regional partnership to help kid-friendly attractions and hospitality partners promote their experiences collectively to families.” “We don’t take advantage of all the great things in our own backyards,” said Da Vinci CEO Lin Erickson, who said people tend to think about traveling to far-off destinations first. A website created for the partnership features a downloadable “bookmark” that visitors can use to redeem discounts at participating attractions from April 1 through Oct. 31, 2015.