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Thursday, January 25, 2018 by CORRINE DURDOCK Special to The Press in Columns

Chase away the winter blues at SnowBlast

The Emmaus Arts Commission will host the 12th annual SnowBlast Winter Arts Festival, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 2 and noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 3. The festival schedule is packed with free, community-wide art-related events.

The event features children’s games, an outdoor community art project, fire pits, live music performances in various locations throughout the downtown and more.

Venues include the SnowBlast headquarters/Community Art Center, Liberty Worship Center (former Elephant’s Trunk), 348 Main St., with live music, artist demonstrations and an indoor origami community art project; Triangle Park; various shops and restaurants and the Emmaus Public Library. The SnowBlast art show and sale and the arts commission’s photo contest will be held at 412 Chestnut St. For photo contest rules and entry information, visit www.emmausarts.org.

The organizers are looking for volunteers to participate in a “Yarn Bomb,” a public art installation. No sewing is required and all the material is donated. If you are interested in participating, visit emmausarts.org.

Featured at various times at Triangle Park will be the SnowBlast Ice Princess and demonstrations by a chainsaw wood carving champion, a blacksmith artist and Lehigh Valley Martial Arts students.

Emmaus Main Street Partners will host the SnowBlast Bar on the Triangle featuring Triple Sun Spirits.

The SnowBlast after party will be held 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at the House & Barn, 1449 Chestnut St., featuring food and drink specials.

The Emmaus Public Library staff invites you to join them for events all day Feb. 3, 11. E. Main St. Winter crafts for children and families will be held 10:30 a.m., story time with the Ice Princess 1 p.m. and a screening of “Happy Feet” (2006) PG 2 p.m.

The Emmaus Historical Society will host a wine and cheese open house, 218 Main St., 5 to 8:30 p.m., Feb. 2 during Emmaus’ SnowBlast Winter Arts Festival. Emmaus artist Bob Boehmer will be painting during the open house. From noon to 5 p.m. on Feb. 3 refreshments will be served while visitors enjoy the society’s winter putz and snow tree displayed with winter gear worn in the past and photos of some of Emmaus’ most memorable snow events. At 1 p.m. Ellen Wilson will demonstrate fabric painting. Winter displays will remain through February, as well as the vintage toy display.

Also on display in the museum during February is the nostalgic Valentine collection. It’s sure to warm your heart.

Museum hours are regularly noon to 4 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. For information, call 610-966-6591, or visit www.emmaushistoric-pa.org.

The society will hold its monthly meeting, 7 p.m. Feb. 22 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fifth and Chestnut streets. The program will be “Who’s Who in Emaus-1909,” the year of the Emaus Golden Jubilee. Focus of the presentation will be on prominent residents at that time.

The society is taking orders for apple dumplings, shoo-fly pie and funny cake. Orders may be placed at monthly meetings, Saturdays at the museum or by leaving a message at 610-966-6591. The deadline to order is April 6 and items should be picked up at the museum noon to 4 p.m. April 14.

Emmaus’ Borough Council meets 7 p.m. Feb. 5 and 20 at borough hall, 28 S. Fourth St. Please note the Feb. 19 meeting has been rescheduled to Feb. 20 due to the holiday. Borough offices are closed Feb. 19. For information, visit borough.emmaus.pa.us or call 610-965-9292.

Zumba is held 9 a.m. Feb. 3, 10 and 17 at First Presbyterian Church, North Second and Cherokee streets.

The Emmaus Farmers Winter Market is held 10 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Sundays of the month, through April in the BB&T parking lot, 235 Main St. For information, visit EmmausMarket.com or email info@Emmausmarket.com.

The Emmaus Senior Citizen’s Group meets 1 p.m. every Friday at St. Matthew’s E.C. Church, Fifth and Ridge streets. All area senior citizens are invited to attend. The programs in February are Feb. 2: A presentation of “Canines for Christ,” a pet therapy program; Feb. 9: Steve Myers, musician; Feb. 16: Keith Brintzenhoff, musician and Feb. 23 is game day. For information, call 610-966-4273.

At the Emmaus Public Library, all the regularly scheduled story times, literary lunches, book explorers, writing club and teen anime club continue in February. For dates and times and if required registrations, visit www.emmauspl.org or call 610-965-9284.

Special programs for youngsters in February include a Mardi Gras Party, 7 p.m. Feb. 13, Asian Lunar New Year (the Year of the Dog), 2 p.m., Feb. 17 and a Creative Play for President’s Day 2 p.m. Feb. 19.

New for the adults is a “Decade Party: Hess’ Department Store,” 7 p.m. Feb. 19. This program is presented by the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum. RSVP to epicollection@cliu.org or call 610-965-9284, ext. 210.

Learn about and how to make origami 7 p.m. Feb. 26. The daytime book discussion group meets 2 p.m. Feb. 6 and the evening book group meets 7 p.m. Feb. 13.

The library is offering some health related programs: blood pressure screening 10:05 a.m. to noon Feb. 1; a class on Friends and Family CPR (please note this is not for certification) 10:30 a.m. Feb. 24 and “What to do Until Help Arrives,” 1:30 p.m. Feb. 24. RSVP for the two classes by visiting eplcollection@cliu.org or call 610-965-9284, ext. 210.

Representatives from the office of Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, will be at the library 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 26. For information, visit senatorboscola.com.

Movie matinee airs 1 p.m. Feb. 22. Movie night is 6 p.m. Feb. 27. For a listing of other adult programs, see www.emmauspl.org.

The deadline for including items in the March column is Feb. 21. Please send information to Corrine Durdock, 913 Little Lehigh Dr., call 610-967-2661 or email durdock@aol.com.

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone.