East Penn Press

Friday, December 13, 2019

EMMAUS COLUMN

Friday, October 25, 2019 by SHARON SCHRANTZ Special to The Press in Columns

Don’t forget to vote Nov. 5

Municipal Election Day is Nov. 5. Polls are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The Emmaus Lioness Lions Club will hold a scarf shower 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2 at Emmaus Triangle Park. The handknitted scarves and hats will be hung on the fence and anyone who needs one is welcome to take it without cost. More than 300 beautifully hand-stitched scarves and hats are offered. The rain/snow date is Nov. 9. You are invited to come out and support the Emmaus Lioness Lions Club in this giving-back-to-the-community event. The club is a member of the world’s largest nonprofit volunteer organization, Lions Club International. For information, call 610-967-9689.

The Lioness Lions Club meets 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of the week at the Superior Restaurant, 102 Main St., Emmaus.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fifth and Chestnut streets, will hold its annual All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner, 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2. There is a minimal cost for anyone over the age of five. Reservations are not required.

The Emmaus Arts Commission’s annual Student Film Festival will be held 2 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Emmaus Theatre. The arts commission is partnering with the Emmaus Theatre and FireRock Productions to host this event. Doors open 1:45 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For information, visit Emmausarts.org.

The Emmaus Senior Citizens group will meet 1 p.m. Nov. 1 and 8 at St. Matthew’s E.C. Church, Fifth and Ridge streets. All local senior citizens are welcome. Glenn Pritchard will entertain Nov. 1 and the group will play bingo Nov. 8. For information, call 610-966-4273.

The Emmaus Garden Club will meet noon Nov. 12 at Faith Presbyterian Church, 3002 N. Second St., Emmaus. Jane Kruse, president of South Schuylkill Garden Club, will present a PowerPoint program on “White House Landscape Trends.” She will discuss landscape design changes in the United States over the last 200 years by sharing information about the lawns at the White House. Her talk was inspired by the book “All the Presidents’ Gardens” by Marta McDowell. Guests are always welcome. For more information, call 610-965-6109. This will be the last meeting for 2019. In December, the group will have a private luncheon and meetings will resume March 2, 2020.

The Emmaus Moravian Church, 146 Main St., is hosting a Holiday Craft and Vendor Fair Nov. 9 and a Moravian Sugar Cake Sale, Nov. 16. For information, call 610-965-6067.

The Emmaus Public Library is offering a number of interesting programs in November. For a listing of regularly scheduled programs and movie presentations, visit emmauspl.org or call 610-965-9284. The library will close 5 p.m. Nov. 27 for the Thanksgiving holiday and reopen Dec. 2.

Some library program highlights include local entrepreneur Nikki Gingrich sharing event-planning wisdom 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in Event Planning 101. RSVP by email eplcollection@cliu.org or call 610-965-9284, ext. 210 to save your seat.

This month’s craft for the Pinterest Party will be fall leaf candle holders held 7 p.m. Nov. 11.

For the teens, the library is offering, among other programs, a writing club, a writing workshop and an Anime Club. Teens can make Thanksgiving crafts 7 p.m. Nov. 20.

The library staff invites all ages to drop in 4 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 31 for trick or treat. Also, all ages are invited to drop in and listen to Silly and Scary Stories Oct. 31 with the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Stop at the library’s front desk and enter all month long for a chance to win a Fall-tastic basket of awesome prizes donated by local merchants. There is a cost for tickets.

Representatives from the office of state Sen. Lisa Boscola, D-18th, are at the library 10:05 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays.

Representatives from the office of state Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, are at the library 10:05 a.m. to noon Nov. 6 and Nov. 20.

The Emmaus Historical Society will meet 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at St. John’s Lutheran Church Parish Hall, Fifth and Chestnut streets. The program presented by Jeanne Harakal and Andrew Kerstetter will be “Emmaus and the Greatest Generation,” and honors Emmaus veterans who served in World War II. The historical society is always looking for Emmaus-related items and vintage holiday items, especially Christmas, for its displays. If interested in donating anything in these categories, stop by the museum 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays or call 610-966-6591. Donations for the spring yard sale are being accepted now.

The society’s upcoming bus trip is Dec. 19 to Dutch Apple Theater in Lancaster for “Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn.” A pick up has been added for Luther Crest residents. Deadline for sign up is Nov. 19. Call Nancy at 610-967-5715 to sign up.

As the holidays approach, the society is beginning a new season of gifting. Donors can purchase items from the society’s “Santa’s Wish List and/or “Shine a Light on a Loved One” by sponsoring some of the museum’s holiday decorations in honor of a loved one. Details will be on the website or at the museum and its programs.

There is always something new and interesting at the Emmaus Historical Society museum, 218 Main St. Visit it Saturdays to see the many amazing displays. For information, visit www.emmaushistoric-pa.org or call the museum 610-966-6591.

The Emmaus Farmers Market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday in Emmaus Triangle Park. For information visit emmausmarket.com.

The Woman’s Club of Emmaus will host the organization, Senior Moves by Design, 1 p.m. Nov. 25 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 501 Chestnut St. Senior Moves by Design will present information on downsizing. This organization has helped over 800 senior clients to move into homes, cottages and apartments. The meeting is open to the public. Desserts will be served.

Reminder: The Woman’s Club of Emmaus will hold its annual fall card party 11:30 a.m. Oct. 31 in St. John’s Lutheran Church, 501 Chestnut St. If interested in participating, call 610-395-6434.

Emmaus Borough Council meets 7 p.m. Nov. 4 and 18 in council chambers, 28 S. Fourth St. The offices will be closed Nov. 11, 28 and 29 for the holidays.

Compost site hours change Oct. 29 to Dec. 7. The hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Curbside Leaf collection continues through Dec. 6.

Reminder: Emmaus is holding a household hazardous waste event 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Emmaus Fire Training Grounds. For information, visit borough.emmaus.pa.us.

Free Zumba sessions are held 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays at Faith Presbyterian Church, N. Second and Cherokee streets.

Although there are many civic organizations to thank for their volunteer efforts throughout the year, I would like to call attention to one that occurred this year. A thank you to the Emmaus Rotary Club for volunteering to continue the annual Flag Day observance at the Emmaus Community Park. Next year the event will be held June 14.

The program features fifth and eighth grade students attending East Penn School district who write poems and essays addressing “What does the American Flag mean to me?”

For the last few years members of the Woman’s Club of Emmaus coordinated the program which was founded by the Emmaus Flag Day Association some 50 years ago.

The deadline for including items in the December issue is Nov. 19. Please send information to 913 Little Lehigh Dr., visit durdock@aol.com or phone 610-967-2661.

Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving. Be sure to thank a veteran for his or her service. Nov. 11 is Veterans Day.