Sunday, December 1, 2013

Forks Tree Lighting Ceremony Celebrates, Helps Community

The Forks Township Tree Lighting ceremony is set of Sunday, December 8 at 7 p.m. at the Forks Township Community Center sports complex, just off of Zucksville Road. The public is invited to attend the free annual event, which will feature vocal and instrumental music from the local schools as well as a soloist, a visit from Santa Claus, and the tree lighting finale.

The lighting event is a truly community affair, with the township itself, National Penn Bank, and Merchants Bank sponsoring the festivities. Assisting the Kiwanis Club of Forks Township members will be Forks Township employees, members of the Forks Volunteer Fire Company, Santa’s Elf and Santa Claus, who will arrive on the hook and ladder truck.

Music will be provided by the Forks Elementary School 4th Grade Chorus led by Amy Gollub, the Easton Middle School Brass Ensemble led by Donna Palmer, and Officer Brooks Kranich, a Forks Township police officer, resident of Forks and graduate of Easton Area High School.

While the event is free, in the spirit of the season of giving, the Kiwanis Club, which organizes the event, is asking attendees to bring donations for the Peanut Butter Project, which collects items for the Interfaith Food Pantry in Downtown Easton. Any kind of peanut butter, jelly in plastic jars, and any kind of canned soup are especially suggested. Food collection bins have already been placed at the Forks  Community Center and municipal building and will remain for a week after the event, too, for those that wish to donate at times other than the tree lighting ceremony.

A  new Apple ipadAir, 16 GB with Wi-Fi will be raffled off at the event, as well as a 50/50, and proceeds benefit the the Kiwanis Club fund that provides donations to needy children and families.

The Forks Kiwanis Club, founded in 1999, meets on the first and third Thursday of each month for a one-hour breakfast meeting at the Merchants Bank building beginning at 7:30 a.m.  An ongoing focus for Kiwanis members is community service and programs for needy children.  Potential new members are welcome at any regular meeting.  For more membership information, please contact Kiwanis member Cameron Klingle at the bank.

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