The Emmaus Farmers Market will hold its opening day for the regular market 10 to 2 p.m. May 7. Plan to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and be entertained with music by the Emmaus Public Singing Society. Register ahead and receive a gift bag (limited amount available).
The market is held in the BB&T parking lot, 235 Main St. Free parking is available on the streets surrounding the market, behind Schantz Funeral Home, 250 Main St. and in the lower lot area. For information, visit www.EmmausMarket.com.
Lehigh Valley Martial Arts invites the public to attend the World Tai Chi and Qigong Day celebration 10 a.m. April 29 on the Triangle. More than 80 nations will participate in Tai Chi Day to promote the health benefits of Tai Chi. Mayor Winfield Iobst will read a proclamation and after the event, participants are invited to the Lehigh Valley Martial Arts on Jubilee Street for lunch and social time. To register for lunch, call 610-966-2234.
Emmaus Borough Council will meet 7 p.m. May 1 and 15 at borough hall, 28 S. Fourth St. The borough offices and compost center site are closed May 29 for the Memorial Day holiday.
The new hours of operation for the compost center site May 1 to Sept. 18 are 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mondays, 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
Carl Richard of Esbenshade’s Garden Center in Fleetwood will present a program on the planting, care and uses of fruit trees during the Emmaus Garden Club’s May meeting. The club meets 12:30 p.m. May 2 at Faith Presbyterian Church, 3002 N. Second St. For information, call 610-554-0677.
St. Ann’s Knights of Columbus will hold a 50-50 cash prize bingo May 3 in St. Ann’s school cafeteria, Sixth and Fairview streets. Doors open 7 p.m. and the first game starts 7:30 p.m. Food, desserts and beverages are included free with the entrance donation. For information, visit www.koc12886.org.
The Emmaus Senior Citizens group meets 1 p.m. every Friday at St. Matthew’s E.C. Church, Fifth and Ridge streets. All area senior citizens are welcome to attend. The May programs are May 5: Glen Pritchard, musician; May 12: Steve Myers, musician; May 19: Ron Nelson and May 26 is Game Day. For information, call 610-966-4273.
The Emmaus Historical Society will meet 7 p.m. May 17 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fifth and Chestnut streets. The group will hold an election of officers, followed by the program by Bill Barto on “The Emaus Band Goes to War - Part Two.” The Emaus Band, led by John Z. Iobst, marched to Doylestown in September 1861, and enlisted in the 104th Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment. Part two will answer the question of where the band was while the regiment was under heavy attack at the 1862 Fair Oaks battle.
Reminder: Pick up your Emmaus Historical Society apple dumpling orders May 6 and 7. Also, if contributing to the museum’s yard sale, drop off items May 6, 7, 13 and 14 at the museum, 218 Main St. The regular museum open hours are noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday or by appointment. For information, visit www.emmaushistoric-pa.org, email email@example.com or call 610-966-6591.
Don’t forget to vote. The primary is May 16. Polls open 7 a.m.
Lincoln Elementary School will hold its spring festival 4 to 7 p.m. May 19 on the school grounds, 225 Seem St.
The May meeting program for the Woman’s Club of Emmaus will include a weather presentation, “Keep Your Heart in the Clouds,” by Mike Davis. The meetings are open to the public. The club meets 7 p.m. May 22 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 501 Chestnut St. For information, call 610-434-7836.
Story times, book clubs, block parties and Books and Barks continue at the Emmaus Public Library, 11 E. Main St., through May. For schedules, visit www.emmauspl.org or call 610-965-9284. New programs for youngsters include “May the Fourth Be with you,” 6:30 p.m. May 4. Attendees are invited to dress as their favorite Star Wars character. There will be a costume contest and a showing of a spoof short, “Hardware Wars,” (NR) and “Star Wars: A New Hope,” (PG). RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-965-9284, ext. 209. The family film matinee will be shown 2 p.m. May 6.
The adult daytime book group will meet 2 p.m. May 2. The evening book discussion group meets 7 p.m. May 9. Pre-registration is required. Computer classes, knitting group, adult coloring group and memoir writing group continue through May.
Special adult programs include Lasting Love Lecture, 7 p.m. May 1, Quilts & History, 2 p.m. May 13 and Healthcare & the Law, 2 p.m. May 18. RSVP for the special programs by emailing email@example.com or calling 610-965-9284, ext. 210.
The library will host an open mic night 7 p.m. May 22. Come share your talent. Sign in upon arrival 6:45 p.m. Audience members are welcome.
Movie night is 6:30 p.m. May 23 and movie matinee is 1 p.m. May 25.
The mobile office of Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, will be at the library 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 22.
The library will be closed May 29 for the Memorial Day holiday.
In honor of Memorial Day, the Emmaus Veterans Committee will hold cemetery services with an honor guard and rifle salute 9 a.m. May 21 at Western Salisbury Union Church. On May 28, the veterans will honor their departed comrades buried in each of the six Emmaus cemeteries. The ceremony includes a short prayer service, a rifle salute and taps. The ceremonies begin 8 a.m. at Calvary cemetery and then as follows: Old Moravian, Moravian at Ridge Street, Lutheran Reformed, Northwood and Evangelical, Second and Ridge streets.
The veterans brick installation ceremony will be held at the Remembrance Garden, 164 E. Main St., 1 p.m. May 28. The Knauss Homestead located near the garden will be open during the brick installation ceremony. For information, visit www.emmausrmembers.org.
Come on out and cheer on the veterans during the annual Memorial Day parade. The parade begins promptly 9 a.m. May 29 at the Emmaus High School parking lot. The line of march is Chestnut Street to the Memorial Triangle, where the Memorial Day program will be held. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held 10 a.m. in the EHS auditorium. All veterans are urged to participate with their Posts.
The members of the Emmaus Lions Club would like to thank everyone who attended or supported their recent “Nite at the Races” fundraiser.
One of my favorite television programs in May is the Freddy Awards presented by the State Theatre. This is the 15th year for this annual awards program which recognizes and rewards exceptional accomplishments in the production and performance of musical theater in high schools of the Lehigh Valley and Warren County, N.J. The program will be broadcast live on 69 WFMZ-TV 7 p.m. May 25. For information, visit freddyawards.org.
The Emmaus community-wide yard sale is June 3.
The deadline for including items for June in this column is May 17. Please send to 913 Little Lehigh Dr., Emmaus, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-967-2661.
Happy Mother’s Day to mothers everywhere and a Happy Birthday to my granddaughter, Rebecca.