Independence Day has come and gone, with picnics, parades and family celebrations to mark the day. I hope you were able to enjoy a few of the many fireworks displays in the area. Summer events are in full swing.
The Alburtis pool is open every day, weather permitting. On July 13, the police department will hold a Hawaiian Luau. Check the website www. aacconline.org for additional information.
The annual Alburtis 5K, Quinna Schleicher Memorial Kid Fun Run and Paws in the Park will be held Aug. 10. The website will have additional information.
UPPER AND LOWER MILFORD COLUMN St. Peter's annual community picnic includes car show and tractor pulls
It's hard to believe, since it's barely July, but fall sports registrations for Upper Milford Youth Association are now open. UMYA fall sports include soccer, kinder soccer, baseball and softball. Visit the registration page at www. umya.org to sign up.
UMYA will also offer lacrosse this fall. Visit www.UMYA.org for more information and to register.
Macungie Pool will be open noon to 8 p.m. through Labor Day, weather permitting. Weekend hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information, call 610-966-5757.
The Macungie Farmers Market will be open 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday through October except July 4 and Aug. 23. Weekly events are listed at www.macungie.pa.us/farmersmarket.htm. The market features local family farmers providing home grown food: fruits, vegetables, meat products, eggs, baked goods, plants and more. Parking is available at the park parking lot and along North Walnut Street.
The school year has officially come to an end. The seniors have walked across the stage at graduation, underclassmen have put away the books and teachers have packed up the classroom in preparation for an eventful, safe summer.
As a graduating senior, I can honestly say I never thought that day would come. All the monotony of getting up in the morning each day for school is over. Each test, essay, memory and experience of high school has culminated into one life-changing day.
Children ages two to six are invited to attend Sand Castle storytime 10 a.m. July 6 at the Lower Macungie Library. For information about story times and classes, check the website www.lowermaclib.org or call 610-966-6864.
Take time out to enjoy good country music at Alburtis Park 3 to 7 p.m. Sundays. June 30: Rehrig Brothers Band; July 7: Old Timers Day with Country Rhythm; July 14: Banned from the Ranch; July 21: The Majestics. The park is located at 328 S. Main Street, next to the fire company.
Be sure to come to Emmaus Community Park July 20 for the family fun activities scheduled during Community Day. The noon to 6 p.m. event will feature a dunk tank, food, games, sporting events, local clubs, music and other entertainment. The evening will end with an old timer's baseball game as well as "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" softball game. Local organizations will be selling food and drinks. The Emmaus Arts Commission will feature a Rain Barrel Auction. The event will be held rain or shine. For more information and to view a schedule of activities, visit borough.emmaus.pa.us.
The Macungie Farmers Market will hold their seventh season grand opening 4 to 7 p.m. June 6. The market features local family farmers providing home grown food: fruits, vegetables, meat products, eggs, baked goods, plants and more. The Farmers Market will be open 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday through October with the exception of Aug. 22. Parking is available at the park parking lot and along North Walnut Street.
There will be a children's clothing consignment sale 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 7 at Macungie Memorial Park.
Next Monday, May 27, we celebrate Memorial Day. It is a day dedicated to all those men and women who have served or are serving in the armed forces. Also to those buried here or abroad, those in veterans hospitals, and the many who are now civilians. This time last year the sound of gunfire, the boom of cannons thundered across countries. Nothing has changed. Only the names of some countries. In my column last year, I asked if we could give our men and women the gift of silence. The silence that comes with the end of battle, of bombs, of gunfire.
The Kiwanis Club of Emmaus will host its 40th annual Pancake and Sausage Breakfast 8 a.m. to noon June 2 at Emaus Fire Company #1, Sixth and Broad streets. There is a cost; children ages 10 and under eat free. The proceeds go toward community projects, scholarships and youth activities. For information and tickets, call 610-395-4818.
Emmaus' community-wide June 1 yard sale is a perfect time to pick up some "treasures" or to sell a treasure to someone else (rain date: June 2). No permits required.
Lower Macungie Township is partnering with Pa. Career Link Lehigh Valley to host a job fair noon to 4 p.m. June 11 at the Lower Macungie Community Center. Companies to be represented will be posted on the Lower Macungie website at www.lowermac.com.
The fourth annual craft/vendor fair will be held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at the community center. Register at the community center or download the form at www.lowermac.com.