The Airport Center Mall in Allentown is slowly bringing more stores online. This week the Golf Galaxy opened with crowds waiting at the doors. The Mall is actually located on Airport road near Route 22 in Hanover Township, Lehigh County. The mall is about 500,000 square feet. The anchor stores for the mall will be Target and Sam’s Club.
The Christmas Tree Shop has already opened in the Mall.

America on Wheels Museum celbrates its first anniversary. Located at 5 N. Front St. in Allentown PA. Visit the website at for a complete list of activities and today is Herbie the Love Bug’s birthday. Happy Birthday Herbie.

The Lehigh Valley is the third most populous region of Pennsylvania, following metropolitan Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.

Companies based in the Lehigh Valley include Air Products & Chemicals (in Trexlertown), Crayola LLC (in Easton), Buckeye Partners (in Emmaus), Just Born (in Bethlehem), Olympus Corporation USA (in Center Valley), PPL Corporation (in Allentown), and Rodale Press (in Emmaus).

The Lehigh Valley is also one of the larger areas on the east coast for the location of warehouses and distribution centers. This is due to the Lehigh Valley’s central location. Most of these distribution centers are located along the U.S. Route 22 and Interstate 78 corridors.

The Lehigh Valley is a center of post-secondary education, with seven four-year colleges and universities. These include:

Cedar Crest College (in Allentown)
DeSales University (in Center Valley)
Lafayette College (in Easton)
Lehigh University (in Bethlehem)
Moravian College (in Bethlehem)
Muhlenberg College (in Allentown)
Penn State Lehigh Valley (in Fogelsville).
==> Lehigh Valley Colleges Directory

The Allentown Art Museum, based in center city Allentown, is the Lehigh Valley’s largest museum. The museum’s collection includes more than 11,000 works of art. Lehigh University’s Zoellner Arts Center and Lafayette College’s smaller Williams Center for the Arts host a wide variety of plays, concerts and performances throughout the year.

The Lehigh Valley is home to Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, a popular amusement and water park. Located in South Whitehall Township, Dorney Park is known nationally for its elaborate roller coasters and water rides

The Lehigh Valley is served by air transportation through Lehigh Valley International Airport located in the Lehigh Valley’s Hanover Township, three miles northeast of Allentown.

Several private bus lines, including Bieber Tourways, Susquehanna Trailways and Trans-Bridge Lines, provide bus service from various Valley locations to New York City’s Port Authority Bus Terminal, Philadelphia’s Greyhound Terminal, Atlantic City’s Bus Terminal, and other regional locations.

In early 2008, Coca-Cola Park, an 8,100-seat Minor League baseball stadium, opened in east-side Allentown. The stadium hosts the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, the Philadelphia Phillies’ AAA-level International League franchise.
The Lehigh Valley also is the home of pre-season training camp for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles, which is held each summer on the practice fields of Lehigh University in Bethlehem.

Radio stations based in the Lehigh Valley can be found at ==> Lehigh Valley Radio Station Directory

Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Events – Coronation Ball
Mar. 13, 2009
8:00 pm. Coronation Ball at Fearless Fire Co., 1221 S. Front St. Allentown

Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Events – Pub Crawl
Mar. 21, 2009
Pub crawl starting at 6:30 pm. at eight West End pubs. At 5 pm. a best-legs-in-kilt contest for both men and women starts at Jack Callaghan’s Ale House at 2027 Tilghman St. Allentown

Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Events – Mass
Mar. 22, 2009
9:15 am. Mass at Immaculate Conception Church, 501 Ridge Ave., Allentown

Inaugural West End St. Patrick’s Day 5k Race
Mar. 22, 2009
The St Patrick’s Day Parade, the largest in the region, starts at 1:30pm at 19th and Liberty and will run along closed city streets. Runners will be cheered and encouraged by the thousands of people who come out to enjoy one of Allentown’s longest-standing traditions. Registration is $25 plus a small processing fee. Awards will be given out to the top three male and female finishers. Proceeds from the race benefit the West End Alliance.

Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Events – Breakfast
Mar. 22, 2009
9 – 11 am. at Knights of Columbus home, 1519 Greenleaf St., Allentown. Advance tickets required; call 610-443-0429

Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Mar. 22, 2009
Parade starts at 1:30 pm. near 19th and Liberty Streets.

==> Events / Activities / Attractions – year round in Lehigh Valley

Lights in the Parkway

This drive-through display transforms more than a mile of the beautiful Lehigh Parkway into a winter wonderland with thousands of twinkling lights, animated displays and accompanying music. After the journey through the spectacular displays, we stopped by the Gift Barn which hosts vendors selling everything from candies to handmade treasures. This year Lights in the Parkway runs from December 5, 2008 – January 4, 2009 (closed Christmas). Nightly the lights shine from 5:30 – 10:00 pm.

Well, when August arrives that can only mean two things. Get ready for Bethlehem’s Musikfest and the Great Allentown Fair in Allentown. Like clockwork we were out to kick off both events. I wouldn’t have miss either event. The Fair ran from August 26 to September 1, 2008 and was celebrating its 157th year. It really does offer a lot of fun and is educational for people of all ages.

The Fair was originally dedicated to supporting the achievements of farmers, gardeners and homemakers. The kids get to learn where their food comes from while spending an exciting day on rides, playing games and seeing shows. You can enjoy international cuisine, musical concerts, thrill shows, and the latest in gizmos and gadgets. The Fair once again proved to be a “Don’t miss it”.