Grace Lutheran Church, 28 W. Main St., Macungie, will host a free community meal 5-7 p.m. Jan. 10.
Christmas trees should be placed at the curb for pickup by the borough Jan. 6 and 13 for recycling at the Emmaus Compost Center. All ornaments, lights and tinsel must be removed.
There will be a free document shredding event for Macungie and Alburtis residents 9 a.m. to noon Jan. 4 at the Alburtis Area Community Center, 220 W. Second St. For more information, call Alburtis at 610-966-4777.
Happy New Year! Have you made New Year’s resolutions? Does anyone do that anymore?
The Upper Milford Historical Society will hold Discovery Night, 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Upper Milford Township building. This is their traditional evening of historical “show and tell,” where member share family treasures, unusual gadgets, nostalgic photos and memories.
It’s hard to believe it’s time to say farewell to 2019 and welcome 2020. Hope 2019 was filled with memories galore for you.
Weather played an important role in our lives in 2019. Remember the snow emergency conditions caused by freezing temperatures Jan. 19, 20 and 21? There was a snow squall Jan. 30 (subfreezing weather, polar vortex). Schools closed Feb. 13 due to icy conditions. On Feb. 20, we had two to three inches of snow.
Merry Christmas from the Viking Nation.
Our Scholastic Scrimmage team received an early Christmas gift with a semifinal victory over Moravian Academy Dec. 16. The team will advance to the championship match in January 2020 against Northwestern Lehigh High School.
Congratulations to our Vikettes who earned All-State Girls Volleyball honors. Selections announced by the Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association PVCA Class 3A are Sydney Giamalis, Monica Vargo and Maggie McGuire.
Edited version Dec. 20, 2019
Lower Macungie Community Center is collecting children’s new pajamas and books. Items will be donated to local area children. A large receptacle is located in the lobby through Dec. 23.
The Lower Macungie Library will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 for Christmas. The library will close 2 p.m. Dec. 31 and will be closed Jan. 1, 2020.
The Lower Macungie Library Book Club will meet 10:30 a.m. Jan. 8, 2020 to discuss “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman. The book for Feb. 5, 2020 is “Last Bus to Wisdom” by Ivan Doig.
Ninth and 10th grade students who attend Emmaus High School and are interested in a biology-related school trip to the Galápagos Islands in summer 2022 should see Mr. Bisignani, Mrs. Kramer, Mr. Landrum or Mrs. Hess. A few of the places on the itinerary include the Darwin Research Station, a tortoise ranch, a flamingo habitat, lava tunnels and a cloud forest. There will also be snorkeling where attendees will see exotic fish, sea turtles and sea lions.
Viking basketball’s 90th season opened Dec. 7 against Danville at home in Rockne Hall. Eastern Pennsylvania Conference play began Dec. 10 at Nazareth. The Vikings then host rivals Parkland and Whitehall the same week.
Seven of Allentown Central Catholic High School’s choir members participated in the 100th 6ABC/Dunkin’ Philly Thanksgiving Parade. They performed as part of the youth choir and sang on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum. Congratulations to Emily Ahern, Jah’Kai Douglas, Robert Garza, Tess Horn, Riley Loz, Elena Wenrich-Quinones and Natalie Woytec.
The Spanish Department will travel to Panama in Summer 2021 to visit the Panama Canal, Colonial area of the Panama City and other places. Nature tours and sightseeing also will be offered. Students will participate in cultural immersion activities, such as dance lessons and handcraft workshops. For more information, contact Mr. Montepeque in Room 236 or Mrs. Fraser.
I hope everyone enjoyed a warm and relaxing Thanksgiving. Now it’s time to get ready for the next round of seasonal observances. Hanukkah begins Dec. 22 so that celebration overlaps with Christmas this year.
And of course everyone will welcome in the new year Dec. 31, whether with partying, making New Year’s resolutions or just taking time to reflect on the year past and look forward to 2020.
There will be a Breweriana Beer Collectible Show sponsored by the Horlacher Chapter 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 7 at Macungie Memorial Hall.
Grace Lutheran Church will host a free community meal 5-7 p.m. Dec. 13.
There will be a shredding event for the Borough of Macungie and Alburtis Borough at the Alburtis Area Community Center 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 14. For more information, call 610-966-4777.