Get ready, get set and pick out the best spot for viewing Emmaus’ annual Halloween parade and BB&T Halloween in Emmaus 5K race Oct. 21. The start time for the race is 7 p.m. Prizes are awarded to top runners and costume contest winners. The parade steps off 7:30 p.m. This popular event attracts hundreds of spectators along the parade route. Rain date for both events is Oct 22. Proceeds from the race benefit the Halloween parade and Emmaus’ parks system.
Volunteers are needed to help with the parade organization. A parade committee has been meeting 7 p.m. every Thursday at borough hall in the community room where it will meet until Oct. 12. The committee will meet Oct. 19 in council chambers. For information, email EmmausParade@aol.com.
Emmaus’ Trick or Treat night will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27. Be on the lookout for little ghosts and goblins.
The Emmaus Garden Club meets Oct. 3 at Faith Presbyterian Church, 3001 N. Second St. Programs start 12:30 p.m. The public is welcome. During the program, Leona Swiacki, a freelance designer and an instructor at Delaware County Community College, Tyler Arboretum and Longwood Gardens, will complete eight unique seasonal designs in water, sand and floral foam. The designs will then be raffled off. For information, call 610-392-1405.
The kick-off for the popular Emmaus Arts Commission’s 2017 Student Film Festival will be held 6 p.m. Oct. 10 in the Emmaus High School cafeteria, 800 Pine St. The kickoff meeting includes film tips and tricks and contest rules. The genre is scary/suspenseful/funny/documentary/drama. The theme is open to interpretation. Each team then has 120 hours to create, shoot and edit a final film. Final films are due 6 p.m. Oct. 16. The screening will be 2 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Emmaus Theater, followed by an award ceremony. For information, visit www.emmausarts.org/student-horrow-film-festival.
The Friends of the 1803 House will host its seventh annual “A Very Merrie Halloween” festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 7 on the grounds of the historic 1803 House, 55 S. Keystone Ave. The event features crafters and demonstrations. There will be refreshments available for sale. Activities for children include a Halloween costume parade, pumpkin decorating and a demonstration from the Wildlands Conservancy of “not so scary” wild creatures. The historic house will be open for tours. For information, visit www.1803House.org.
The Knauss Homestead Preservation Society is holding a Boozy Bingo fundraiser at Fire Co. #1, 50 S. Sixth St., Oct. 8. Doors open 12:30 p.m.; bingo begins 2 p.m. The ticket price includes 20 games of bingo. Prizes include wine, beer and liquor and gift cards. For tickets, call 484-358-9152. All proceeds go toward the preservation of the historic Knauss Homestead. Another fundraising activity is the sale of “light up” shoe laces. The laces can be purchased at Emmaus Run Inn on Main Street or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Emmaus Lioness Lions Club will hold its 21st annual apple dumpling sale Oct. 8 and 9 (choice is regular or sugar-free). Pick up is 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 8 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Emmaus Bakery, 415 Chestnut St. For ordering information, call 610-967-1720.
The Emmaus Historical Society will hold an eat-in or take-out fried chicken dinner fundraiser 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at St. John’s Lutheran Church parish hall. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Deadline to order is Oct. 4. Attendees are welcome to stay for the society’s monthly 7 p.m. program immediately following the dinner.
The historical society museum, 218 Main St., is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays, or by appointment by calling 610-966-6591. The museum has many new exhibits including exhibits on Emmaus Lions/Lioness Club, Emaus/Emmaus businesses’, vintage Halloween, Emmaus High School class rings and graduation classes ending in 7 from 1907 to 1917. Exhibits change frequently. Admission is free to all.
The society is sponsoring a bus trip to the American Music Theater Christmas 3 p.m. matinee show, “Home for the Holidays,” Nov. 9. All proceeds benefit the museum’s capital campaign. Attendees will meet 10 a.m. at the Weis Market parking lot and arrive at Shady Maples for lunch and then depart for the show. The return bus leaves the theater 5 p.m. The deadline to order tickets is Oct. 19. Call 610-967-5715 to reserve a space.
Emmaus Borough Council meets 7 p.m. Oct. 2 and 16 in council chambers. The budget and finance committee meets 6:45 p.m. prior to the council meeting.
Curbside leaf collection begins Oct. 23. Hours at the compost center change Oct. 23. For information, visit www.borough.emmaus.pa.us.
Zumba sessions are held 9 a.m. every Saturday in October at Faith Presbyterian Church, North Second and Cherokee streets.
The Emmaus Farmers Market is held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday at the National Penn parking lot, 235 Main St. The market is held rain or shine. For information, visit www.emmausmarket.com.
The 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 October are Oct. 6: Betty Nastvinger, musician; Oct. 13: TBA; Oct. 20: Ken Purcell, musician and Oct. 27 is game day.
The Woman’s Club of Emmaus will hold its annual fall luncheon and card party 11:30 a.m. Oct. 26 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 510 Chestnut St. The funds raised during the event are used to support the club’s graduation and scholarship awards for EHS seniors. The ticket includes the club’s famous barbecue and homemade desserts. For tickets, call Sandy at 610-395-6434 before Oct. 18.
The Emmaus Public Library is offering several new programs in October. For the children: Mark McGuire, the library’s JPL NASA solar system ambassador, will discuss 20 years of Mars exploration and the future during the NASA Mars Science Lab: Curiosity Rover program 2 p.m. Oct. 14. Another program on science will be held 4:30 p.m. Oct. 24 and will include experiments on a variety of subjects.
All the regular children’s programs continue. The family matinee will be shown 2 p.m. Oct. 7. For the schedule, visit www.emmauspl.org.
The library is in need of volunteers to help keep the book shelves in the children’s library organized. If interested in volunteering, see youth services librarian Susan Monroe or call 610-965-9284.
New programs for adults include on alternating Thursdays, “Life Lessons and Laughter” with Ann Peaslee, 10:05 a.m. and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), a time when library attendees can drop in and ask technology questions, 10:05 a.m. There will also be a monthly technology class to introduce attendees to social media 2 p.m. Oct. 10 (registration required).
Charles Adams III will present a program on Ghost Stories of the Lehigh Valley 7:13 p.m. Oct. 25. Adams will sign his book after the program. Bill and Louise Cosgrove will present a program on the Art of Winslow Homer during the Meet the Artist program 7 p.m. Oct. 30.
All the regularly scheduled adult programs continue. The PG-13 movie matinee will air 1 p.m. Oct. 26 and the R rated movie, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” airs 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31.
The mobile office for state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, will be at the library 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 30. For more information, visit www.senatorboscola.com.
Oct. 8 through 14 is Fire Prevention Week. Take time to thank our dedicated fire personnel.
The deadline for including items in the upcoming November column is Oct. 18. Please send items to Corrine Durdock, 913 Little Lehigh Dr., Emmaus, email@example.com or call 610-967-2661.