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HHS Open House, Mistletoe Marketplace, Pet Photo Benefit, Pondelek's Open House

Highlights of this weekend in the Saucon Valley area will include holiday open houses at the Hellertown Historical Society and Pondelek's Florist & Gifts in the borough. Other events will be hosted by Doggy Dao & Cat's Meow and Relay for Life of SV.

Thursday, Dec. 5

6 p.m., Kiffle-Making Demonstration, Saucon Valley Community Center, 323 Northampton St., Hellertown. Expand your baking repertoire to include kiffles with the help of pastry chef Alice Totenbier. This live demo will begin at 6 p.m. and include fresh samples and many to take home. The cost is $18 to attend and the deadline to register is Monday, Dec. 2. Call the community center for more information: 610-838-0722.

7 p.m., Saucon Valley School Board's special presentation about the recent report from a state-appointed fact-finder and her recommendations for ending the teacher contract dispute in the district, Saucon Valley High School auditorium, 2100 Polk Valley Road, Hellertown

Friday, Dec. 6

8 a.m., Pondelek's Florist & Gifts in Hellertown will hold its annual Holiday Open House Friday, Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a 30 percent discount on everything in the store (10 percent on cemetery arrangements). Surprise giveaways and complimentary cookies and punch will be offered. There will also be a drawing for a fresh arrangement every month for a year. Complimentary food samples will be provided by Saylor's & Co., Bella's Ristorante and Cafe Erica, all of Hellertown. Pondelek's is located at 1312 Main St., Hellertown. For more information, call 610-838-0961 or like Pondelek's on Facebook. Note: Event continues on Saturday and Sunday.

Noon, Photo Benefit to Help Feed Hungry Lehigh Valley Pets, Doggy Dao & Cat's Meow, 1238 Main St., Hellertown. You and your pet are invited to join the store for a "Give and Get" charitable event to benefit the Lehigh Valley Animal Food Bank. Give a $20 pet food donation from any store and get a wealth of gifts. Take home a complimentary professional portrait of your pet by renowned local photographic artist, Melanie Powell. Enjoy complimentary refreshments while your pet samples healthy treats. Note: Event repeats at noon on Saturday, Dec. 7.

6 to 8 p.m., Hellertown Historical Society's Holiday Open House, Heller-Wagner Grist Mill, 150 W. Walnut St., Hellertown. Enjoy light refreshments, live musical entertainment with the Lehigh Valley Idols, period holiday décor, visiting with friends, tours of the HHS's facilities and a vintage toy train display. While this event is free to attend and open to the general public, donations to help defray costs are certainly accepted. Note: Event repeats on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 7

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Minsi Trail Flower Club's 22nd annual Christmas Open House, Springfield Historical Church School, Route 212, Pleasant Valley. Shop for unique crafts and baked goods (including the society's famous kiffles), and enjoy displays. Free to attend.Note: This event repeats Sunday, Dec. 8 from noon to 3 p.m.

10 a.m., "Mistletoe Marketplace" to benefit Relay for Life of Saucon Valley and the American Cancer Society, Saucon Valley Elementary School, 2085 Polk Valley Road, Hellertown. There will be vendors of all types, gift basket raffles, food to purchase, activities for children and families, a children's gift shop, photos with Santa, baked goods and much more. Sponsored by Team Voices of Hope.

Photo: The Heller-Wagner Grist Mill is decorated in preparation for the Hellertown Historical Society's Holiday Open House, which will be held Friday and Saturday.

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