The Emmaus Recreation and Entertainment Commission will host its annual Community Day and Kick-Off-To-Summer event noon to 8 p.m. June 5 at Community Park.
The event, which is free to the public, will feature food, information from community organizations, crafts, large inflatables for children, demonstrations, athletic events and music. At 6 p.m. the musical group, “The Large Flowerheads,” will perform 1960s music and classic rock in the Arts Pavilion.
The Emmaus Veterans Committee, in recognition of Memorial Day, will hold cemetery services 9 a.m. May 22 at Western Salisbury Union Church. On May 29, the veterans committee members will honor their comrades in each of the six Emmaus cemeteries. The ceremony consists of a short prayer service, rifle salute and taps. The ceremonies begin 8 a.m. at Calvary cemetery and then proceed to Old Moravian, Moravian at Ridge Street, Lutheran Reformed, Northwood and Evangelical at Second and Ridge streets.
The Friends of the Emmaus Public Library will hold its used book sale 7 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. April 23 in the cafeteria of the Lower Macungie Middle School, 6229 Lower Macungie Road. The sale includes about 16,000 pre-enjoyed books, hardbacks, paperbacks, children’s books and more, organized by category.
The book sale proceeds benefit the library, 11 E. Main St. There is a brown bag blow-out 3 to 3:45 p.m. Volunteers are needed to set up, staff and break down for the sale. If interested in volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org with “book sale volunteer” in the subject line.
The finale for the Emmaus Public Library's summer reading program, "Every Hero Has a Story!" will be 7 p.m. Aug. 13.
Representatives from the DaVinci Science Center will present "Health Choices: Embracing the Superheroes Within Us All." Some 325 youngsters registered to participate in the reading program this summer. Library Director Krista Pegnetter said this number is a spectacular increase over last year. In fact, it may be a new record for enrollment. Way to go Emmaus Library!
The Emmaus Arts Commission will hold its third annual "Chalk the Walk" 9 a.m. to noon July 11 on sidewalks around Triangle Park.
Chalk the Walk is the local version of an Italian street painting festival. Artists are given a block on which to showcase their artwork using chalk or pastels. There is an entrance fee and artists are required to pre-register. The public is invited to watch the work in progress. Prizes will be awarded noon. For information and to register, visit email@example.com or call 610-762-5694.
The American flag long may it wave.
And, in Emmaus, there are two organizations working to ensure the flag is given its due honor.
Working closely with Marge Heatley, president of the Emmaus Flag Day Association, for the second year, the GFWCPA Woman's Club of Emmaus has assumed responsibility for the annual Flag Day program and the Flag Day essay and poetry contests.
Emmaus' Special Entertainment commission has planned a day full of activities May 31 for the kick off for the annual summer concert series. There will be vendors, crafters, artisans and local businesses set up throughout Community Park with activities and demonstrations for the whole family.
The Emmaus Public Library, 11 E. Main St., will celebrate its 75th anniversary with special activities May 11 through 17. The library opened to the public out of a rented space on Chestnut Street in 1940.
There is a children's book costume party planned 6 to 8 p.m. May 14. The children are invited to dress as a character from a children's book. No registration is required.
The Royalaires will provide big band music for dancing 6 to 8 p.m. May 16. This event is free and open to the public. Opening remarks and honoring of guests 6 p.m.
The Emmaus and Upper Milford Township Joint Environmental Advisory Council will host its Earth Day clean-up event April 18. Groups should meet at Emmaus Community Park 8:30 a.m. for coffee and to get organized. After the clean up, groups are invited to return to the park for snacks and educational community fun. For information, visit emmausuppermilfordeac.blogspot.com.
Trout season opens 8 a.m. April 4. The Cedarbrook Sportsmen Club stocked Furnace Dam with trout for opening day. Stop by and share in the excitement of the catch.
After record breaking cold temperatures in January and February, I am sure many Emmaus residents will join me in shouting "Welcome Spring," on March 20.
The Emmaus Historical Society museum, 563 Chestnut St., will be open for its Winter Wonderland displays through March 7. The museum is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The society will hold its monthly meeting 7 p.m. March 19. The program, "Toys from the Past" will feature Bob Swaim, who will recount the history of the Slinky and his effort to make the Slinky the Pennsylvania state toy.