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Thursday, August 24, 2017 by CORRINE DURDOCK Special to The Press in Columns

Community Heroes Day at Emmaus Public Library Sept. 7

The Emmaus Commemorative Gardens Foundation will hold its annual brick installation to honor local community heroes 5 p.m. Sept. 7 at the garden, 164 E. Main St. The bricks will honor police, firefighters and ambulance personnel with bricks in the Community Heroes Walkway.

Following the garden’s dedication, be sure to stop at the Emmaus Public Library, 11 E. Main St., for the library’s Community Heroes Day festivities 6 p.m. until dark Sept. 7. This event, which is held in the library’s parking lot, is an opportunity to celebrate and thank our community heroes. Youngsters can climb on a fire truck, view the inside of an ambulance and talk with first responders and police officers. In case of inclement weather, the rain date is 7 p.m. Sept. 14.

St. Ann Church, 415 S. Sixth St., will hold its annual Fall Fest, Sept. 7 through 9. The festival is held 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 7, 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 8 and 4 to 11 p.m. Sept. 9. The festival features live music, homemade ethnic food, kid-friendly all-American food and desserts, carnival rides and games, a beer garden, raffles, nightly bingo and more. There are tents for rain or shine.

Emmaus will hold its community yard sale 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 9. No fee is required. Rain date is Sept. 10.

The Emmaus Community Pool is open noon to 8 p.m. Sept. 2 and 3 and noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 4.

The borough office will be closed Sept. 4 for the Labor Day holiday. Borough council will meet 7 p.m. Sept. 5 and 18. The budget and finance committee meets 6:45 to 7 p.m. prior to council’s meetings.

Reminder: Due to the holiday, place refuse/recycling out Sept. 6 for Sept. 7 pickup.

Hours for the Emmaus compost site change during September. Up to Sept. 18, the site is open 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. For Sept. 20 to Oct. 23, the site is open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

The Emmaus Main Street Partners will host a Farewell to Summer Festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at Triangle Park in Emmaus. The event features family friendly activities for children, live music, artisan, nonprofit and service vendors, a beverage bar, the mystery basket family cooking challenge, a free showing of the Trolls Movie at the Emmaus Theatre and more. For information, email meghanr@lehighvalleychamber.org or call 610-739-1273.

The Emmaus Halloween Parade Committee has begun its planning meetings. The committee welcomes volunteers to help coordinate this popular event. If interested, the group meets 7 p.m. every Thursday, beginning Sept. 14 in the community room of town hall.

The Emmaus Rotary will host its annual golf tournament 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept 11 at Brookside Country Club. For information, visit www.ercgolf.com.

The Emmaus Kiwanis/Quest Diagnostics will hold a health screening 7 to 10 a.m. Sept. 16 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 501 Chestnut St. There is a cost. Optional testing for thyroid screening, male prostate and Vitamin D is available at an extra cost. Pre-register by calling 800-776-6342, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Emmaus Historical Society monthly meeting will be a presentation, “Stories about the 1803 House,” 7 p.m. Sept. 20 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fifth and Chestnut streets. Marian Schneck, vice president of the Friends of the 1803 House, will present a slide show of the historic house built by Jacob Ehrenhardt, including details on the archeological dig next to the historical house, a room-by-room tour of the inside of the house and projects completed by two Eagle Scouts.

Reminder: If you ordered soup during the society’s soup sale, soups will be available for pick up beginning 4 p.m. Sept. 20 and throughout the program at the church. The deadline for ordering is Aug. 30. For information, call 610-966-6591.

The historical society’s museum, 218 Main St., is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays.

Emmaus Heritage Alliance will hold a festival 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 24 in the back lawn of the Emmaus Historical Society, 218 Main St. The Alliance is celebrating 25 years as a forum for telling the story of Emmaus. Alliance members include the Emmaus Historical Society, Shelter House, Knauss Homestead, 1803 House, the Emmaus Public Library, Emmaus Moravian Church, Emmaus Remembrance Garden and the Emmaus Main Street Partners. The event will demonstrate history can be fun. The festival will include inside and outside displays of its member groups, live music, storytelling, a food truck and games. For information, visit www.historicemmaus.org.

Emmaus Senior Citizens meet 1 p.m. every Friday at St. Matthew’s E.C.C. Church, Fifth and Ridge streets. All local senior citizens are welcome. The programs for September are Sept. 8: a gospel singer; Sept. 15: a film; Sept. 22: Dick Roberts, musician and Sept. 29: bingo.

The Emmaus Garden Club will hold a flower show and the club’s annual club picnic Sept. 12. Judging is 10 a.m. and the picnic is noon. The club meets at Faith Presbyterian Church, 3002 N. Second St. Programs start about 12:30 p.m. The public is welcome. For information, call 610-392-1405.

The Knauss Homestead Preservation Society is a new organization with the purpose of preserving the historical homestead, 164 E. Main St. (rear). One of its initiatives is to raise monies to preserve the home’s exterior. If interested, please consider donating to the organization. The group is also looking for relatives of the Knauss family. For information, visit theknausshomestead.org or email knausshomestead@gmail.com.

The society will hold a flapjack fundraiser 8 to 10 a.m. Sept. 30 at Applebee’s in Trexlertown. For information, email iobst4@ptd.net.

Emmaus’s Farmers Market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday in the BB&T’s parking lot, 235 Main St. Each Sunday there is usually musical entertainment and representatives at the community booths. The Public Singing Society will entertain Sept. 3. The market folks are looking for the best tasting tomato sauce and Sept. 17 will hold a Taste the Tomato event. On Sept. 24, there will be activities connected with the East Penn Relay for Life. For information, visit emmausmarket.com/events.

The Emmaus Public Library, 11 E. Main St., has many fun programs planned for September, including a crafting afternoon program for youngsters 2 p.m. Sept. 16 and a teen writing workshop, 7 p.m. Sept. 21. The family film will be shown 2 p.m. Sept. 2. The adult book club will meet 2 p.m. Sept. 5. The adult craft party will be held 7 p.m. Sept. 11. Open mic night will be held 7 p.m. Sept. 25. Audience members are welcome. The memoir writing group meets 1 p.m. Sept. 26. Movie night is 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26 and the movie matinee is 1 p.m. Sept. 28.

Among the new programs offered for adults are personal assistance to help you find your ancestors 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 18 (call 610-965-9284, ext. 210 to schedule an appointment with Chris Appleby) and resume writing, 2 p.m. Sept. 30, the first topic of the monthly workshops geared toward helping those seeking employment.

The mobile office for state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, will be at the library 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 25.

The library will be closed Sept. 4 for the Labor Day holiday.

The Pool Wildlife Sanctuary, 3701 Orchid Place, will host the Lehigh Valley Fiber Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 and 24. The event sponsored by Ah-Ha! Arts Management will include 50 artisans, food trucks, live demonstrations, classes, book signings, kids’ crafts, nature walks and fun for the entire family. For information, visit lvfibertfest.com.

The Woman’s Club of Emmaus will hold its first meeting of the fall 7 p.m. Sept. 25 in St. John’s Lutheran Church, 501 Chestnut St. Dr. Mike Davis, an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at Kutztown University, will present the program, “Keep Your Head in the Clouds.” The public is invited to attend.

The deadline for including items in the October column is Sept. 20. Please send items to Corrine Durdock, 913 Little Lehigh Dr., durdock@aol.com or call 610-967-2661. Happy Grandparents Day Sept. 10 to grandparents everywhere. And Happy September birthdays to my son and grandson.