As we celebrate Thanksgiving, remember to think of those who may not be able to enjoy a bountiful meal. Donate to the Emmaus Food Bank to ensure they have a meal at Thanksgiving and throughout the year. The food bank is housed at the Bethel Bible Fellowship Church, 418 Elm St., Emmaus. Monetary donations can be mailed to the church and marked Groceries PLUS. Toiletries and non-perishable foods can be dropped off 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 610-965-2682.
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.
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.
Congratulations to all the Emmaus Library’s summer club readers. I hope you went on some exciting book adventures.
The Emmaus Library, 11 E. Main St., will host events for the whole family all week long leading up to the summer reading club’s finale Aug. 19.
The program finale for the summer reading club, “Build a Better World,” will be “Backyard Wildlife,” presented by the Wildlands Conservancy and their friends on the library’s lawn 2 p.m. Aug. 19. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the show. For information, visit www.emmauspl.org.
The Emmaus Moravian Church will celebrate its 270th anniversary with several community events during July. At 7 p.m. July 24, The Emmaus Historical Society’s “Our Moravian Settlers” program will be presented by Bill Barto at the Emmaus Public Library. On July 29, the Emmaus Moravian Church, 146 Main St., will hold an open house 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. God’s Acre at the foot of South Third Street will be open for tours 10 a.m. to noon. There will be a dawn worship service at God’s Acre 7:30 a.m. July 30. The church will hold a worship service Lovefeast 9:30 a.m. July 30.
The Emmaus Recreation and Entertainment Commission will host its annual Community Day and Kickoff to Summer event noon to 6 p.m. June 4 at Emmaus Community Park. The event, which is free to the public, will feature food, information from community organizations, crafts, demonstrations, pony rides and music. The summer concert series kicks off with a concert by Inch and the Echoes 3 to 6 p.m.
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.
It’s Read Across America Day so be sure to show your love of reading March 2 as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. The Emmaus Public Library, 11 E. Main St., will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday 7 p.m. March 2 with story time and crafts.
Bring the family to Emmaus Feb. 3 and 4 to enjoy the free, community-wide art related events at the Emmaus Arts Commission’s SnowBlast Arts Festival.
It’s hard to believe it is time to say farewell to 2016 and welcome 2017.
As I reflect personally on 2016, memorable for our family will be our granddaughter’s graduation from Hood College in Frederick, Md. and my milestone birthday celebrated at the Hotel Bethlehem. My nine-year-old grandson liked the Hotel Bethlehem so much he asked if we could always celebrate Grandma’s birthday there. Also memorable was my youngest daughter’s move from the Ridings in Macungie to a house in Lower Macungie Township.