Ready, set, go to get the best viewing spot for the popular Emmaus annual Halloween Parade and Halloween in Emmaus 5K race Oct. 19. Come on out and cheer the runners on and applaud the parade marchers and floats.
The start time for the race is 7 p.m. Prizes are awarded to top runners and costume contest winners. For information, visit Emmaus 5K.com. Proceeds from the race benefit the Halloween parade and Emmaus’ parks system.
Editor’s Note; We welcome Simon Ernst as our new Allentown Central Catholic High School reporter. Ernst is a sophomore at ACCHS. He is a member of the Central Catholic Science Olympiad team, drama club and spring musical. He is also a member of St. Ann Church, where he altar serves and is a member of the welcome committee.
New students were welcomed into Viking Nation Aug. 25 complete with friends, fun, Kona Ice and a competitive game of Allentown Central Catholic High School trivia. Good luck to all of our new Vikings.
The Lower Macungie Historical Society will hold a harvest festival at the Bortz Log House in Wescosville 2-4 p.m. Oct. 6. There will be house tours and refreshments as well as live demonstrations of sauerkraut making and “hit and miss” engines. The museum will be closed that day.
The historical society will host a program “The Mills of Lower Macungie” 2-3:30 p.m. Oct. 20. Jeff Donat will share the history of gristmills and the change in technology.
Nestled in the hillside along Powder Valley Road is the Schubert-Graber log house, once home to settlers in the mid-1700s. Considered one of the oldest standing homesteads in Upper Milford Township, this little treasure has been recognized by the U.S. Park Service and placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Hivel Und Dahl Preservation Society has taken up the challenge to save the log house and make it a publicly accessible, gateway park to the scenic, historic Powder Valley area.
The Macungie Town Beautification Committee is looking for Macungie residents who are willing to adopt “homeless” scarecrows to line East and West Main Street in the borough. After they have adorned Main Street, they will be turned over to the purchaser. For more information on adopting a scarecrow, call 610-966-4951 or write to Macungie Town Beautification, 20 W. Main St., Macungie, 18062.
Be sure to stop at the Emmaus Public Library, 11 E. Main St., for the library’s annual Community Heroes Day festivities 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 5. The event, which is held in the library’s parking lot, is an opportunity to celebrate and thank our community heroes. Youngsters can climb on a fire truck, view the inside of an ambulance and talk with first responders and police officers. The library’s parking lot closes 5 p.m. to accommodate the emergency vehicles. For information, email Sue Monroe at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-965-9284. In case of inclement weather, the rain date is Sept. 12.
The Lower Macungie Township Library will be closed Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 in observance of Labor Day.
The Lower Macungie Library Book Club will meet 10:30 a.m. Sept. 4 to discuss “My Dear Hamilton” by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamole. The book for Oct. 2 is “In the Sunlight, In a Beautiful Garden” by Kathleen Cambor.
There will be a Teddy Bear Bedtime Storytime 6:30-7 p.m. Sept. 9. Come in pajamas with your teddy bear and celebrate National Teddy Bear Day.
The annual Vera Cruz Homecoming, sponsored by the Vera Cruz Community Association and held rain or shine, is Vera Cruz’s version of a community block party and is open to everyone, residents and non-residents alike.
The annual event will be held at Mystic Chain Park on Main Road East in Vera Cruz noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 18.
The day’s events will begin 9 a.m. with a community homecoming service at the Vera Cruz E.C. Church, 5501 Vera Cruz Road. The service will feature special music.
The 41st Annual Wheels of Time Rod and Custom Jamboree will be held Aug. 23-25 at Macungie Memorial Park. The event helps support local charities and the scholarship program for local vo-tech automotive technology graduates. Over 1,500 custom cars and street rods from all over the East Coast will be on display.
Special features this year include Horny Mike’s Road Show; Jeff Krick Jr. in the Ultimate Elvis tribute 7 p.m. Aug. 23; TV’s “The Flintstones” Flintmobile Car; “Back to the Future” time machine vehicle and Flamin’ Dick and the Hot Rods 7 p.m. Aug. 24.
The Emmaus Police Department will hold its second annual open house in conjunction with National Night Out 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 6. The 400 block of Jubilee Street will be blocked off for the event. The event features tours of the police facility, a small car show with approximately 25 classic/hot rods on display, food vendors and more. The Emmaus ambulance and fire department will also have vehicles on display. For information, call the police department at 610-967-3113.