Bethlehem Promise Neighborhood – Pembroke to hold first Resident Block Party this Friday

The new Bethlehem Promise Neighborhood – Pembroke will host its First Resident Block Party this Friday, June 17 at 1161 Fritz Drive from 3:30 – 7:30 pm.

The free event brings BPN residents together with local nonprofit agencies that will have information tables to educate attendees on the services they offer. It will be held rain or shine. Residents can enjoy complimentary hot dogs, popcorn, and cotton candy.

Event highlights include:

  • DJ playing music
  • Dunk tank
  • Games
  • Former Pembroke resident Marisa De Jesús Paolicelli will read from her books
  • The Lehigh Valley Storytellers Guild, Bethlehem Steel Soccer, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and the Just Born Peep are expected to participate.
  • Attendees who get their passport stamped at each partner information table will be entered in drawing for FREE raffle prizes.

Event partners are Habitat for Humanity Lehigh Valley and Northeast Ministry.

Regional nonprofit organization Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley announced last month that it will locate its Bethlehem Promise Neighborhood within two areas of the Christmas City – Census tract 112 on the Southside and also the Northeast’s Pembroke Village/Marvine area. The BPN Southside Block Party is scheduled for Saturday, July 30. Location is to be determined.

Initiated by the United Way and developed by community leaders, PNLV was envisioned and planned as a regional organization to address challenges facing families and children in select neighborhoods across the Lehigh Valley. PNLV’s first neighborhood is in the Old Allentown Historic District downtown. The success of Allentown Promise Neighborhood lead the organization to expand its model to the valley’s other cities, launching the Easton Promise Neighborhood in the city’s West Ward last year.

The non-profit Promise Neighborhoods of the Lehigh Valley unites residents and leaders from various sectors to ensure the success of children from birth through career. Its office is located at 1101 Hamilton Street, Suite 102 in Downtown Allentown. For more information, visit

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