Plan to attend the annual Alburtis Holiday Festival Dec. 8.
Breakfast with Santa at the community center 8 to 11 a.m. starts a day filled with surrey rides, children's visit with Santa and a house decorating contest at 5:30 p.m. Listen to the beautiful voices of Emmaus High School boys and girls singing Christmas carols and enjoy the lighting of the Christmas tree. For more information check the borough website Alburtis.org.
Old Zionsville UCC is holding its 17th annual bazaar and filled basket auction 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 9. For more information, call the church office, 610-966-3601.
The Village School has announced the three-year-old preschool program will be extended to three days beginning Dec. 2. Presently, the three-year-old program is based on a Tuesday and Thursday schedule, with student openings available immediately. The Village School is located in Old Zionsville United Church of Christ, 5981 Fountain Road, Old Zionsville.
The Friends of the Macungie Institute will hold an Elegant Holiday Tea noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Macungie Institute, 510 E. Main St., Macungie. There will be tea sandwiches, scones, desserts and teas. Reservation deadline is Nov. 8. For more information, call 610-966-4289.
Friends of the Macungie Institute will hold their annual meeting and reception 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Macungie Institute. There will be an election of board members, light refreshments and door prizes.
The Ancient Oak Women's Organization will meet 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, at St. Paul's UCC, Trexlertown Road, Trexlertown. Bonko games will be played after the meeting.
The Ancient Oak Halloween house decorating contest will be judged 7 p.m. Oct. 28. Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners.
The Lower Macungie Senior Citizens meet noon Nov. 5 and 19 at the Lower Macungie Township Community Center. Bingo and other games are played after the business meeting. Special entertainment is presented after the Nov. 19 meeting.
Be sure to get out and vote Nov. 5. The polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Oct. 29 is the last day, under certain conditions, to file an application for an official absentee ballot. Sample ballots are available for inspection Oct. 31.
The Emmaus police will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-back Day 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Emmaus Police Department, 400 Jubilee St. The officers will be collecting any unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs.
The Board of Commissioners and staff are holding the eighth annual Troop Support Program to collect donated items to send to township residents in the armed services who will not be home for the holidays.
To register a loved one in the holiday program, call 610-966-6924 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Donations of non-perishable food, toiletry items, batteries, magazines and phone cards will be accepted at the community center 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 to noon Saturday through Nov. 10.
Holiday decorations are starting to appear around town. Orange lights, pumpkins, ghosts and more announce the coming of Halloween.
Trick or Treat in Alburtis will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31. Parents should make sure children and their costumes are visible to drivers.
The Macungie Minstrelaires will present "Country Jamboree" at Lower Macungie Middle School. Show times are 8 p.m. Oct. 25, 26 and Nov. 1 and 2. Matinees are at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. Part of this year's proceeds will benefit the Keystone Wounded Warriors.
Don't forget what happened in late October the past two years!
Two years ago there was a freak snowstorm, and last year, Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast. Both incidents caused lengthy power outages in the Upper and Lower Milford area, so residents are reminded to be prepared as fall and winter weather arrive.
If you own a generator, make sure it's working. Check that you have other emergency supplies on hand, such as flashlights with working batteries, candles, transistor radios, firewood, etc.
Another month almost ended, another season just begun. Autumn is my favorite time of the year. It brings a welcome change of weather, a bit of snap in the air that puts a spring in your step. Best of all, is the beauty around you trees, bushes, flowers of various colors everywhere you look. Another picture painted by the Lord.