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 military 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 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. A list of acceptable donations is available at the community center.
Do you have recycling items to be picked up? Borough Hall will have a special pickup booth at the Alburtis Fire Company's open house Oct. 5. For more information, call the borough office at 610-966-4777. Only plug-in items (computers, televisions and items not picked up by the garbage collectors) will be accepted.
The Macungie Farmers Market will be open 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday through October. Weekly events are listed at www.macungie.pa.us/farmersmarket.htm. The market features local family farmers providing homegrown food such as fruits, vegetables, meat products, eggs, baked goods, plants and more. Parking is available at the park parking lot and along North Walnut Street.
Lower Milford Township's Fall Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 28, rain or shine. Smoking Smitty's BBQ and Pappy's Orchard will supply food and the guitar duo "Just So" will be playing music.
A silent auction, kiddie pedal tractor races (with prizes) and much more will highlight the day.
Vendors of all types are still being sought, including crafters, demonstrators, nonprofits, food, as well as entertainment groups. Call 610-967-4949 or 215-679-5615 for more information or fill out the form on the link on the township website.
Be sure to come out and celebrate the end of summer at Emmaus' Farewell Summer Festival 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 7.
The Ancient Oak Women's Organization's first meeting of the fall season will be held 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at St. Paul's UCC Church, Trexlertown Road, Trexlertown. There will be an ice cream social after the meeting.
There will be a board meeting 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at 7045 Heather Road, Ancient Oak. Ancient Oak ladies interested in finding out about the organization are asked to attend the board meeting.
Lower Macungie Library has been awarded a $2,500 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor to present a 12-week program of films, lectures and live music called, "America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway."
Scheduled for this fall, the programs and films will be free to the general public and will cover six genres of American popular music; blues and gospel, Tin Pan Alley and Broadway, swing jazz, bluegrass and country, rock, mambo and hip-hop.
Vacation days are slipping by quickly. My daughter, Robin, who teaches in Tuscon, started school Aug. 1. In the Lehigh Valley, the children have about two more weeks before the bell rings for them. There is still quite a bit of activity around the area to keep folks busy.
The 35th annual Wheels of Time Rod and Custom Jamboree will be held Aug. 23 through 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 events this year include the display by Haunt Rods of three cars from the show "The Munsters" including the family coach, the coffin car and the go-kart. Butch Patrick, "Eddie Munster," will also be at the show to sign autographs.
Fans of local television personality "Uncle Jeffrey" will want to stop by the Vera Cruz Homecoming Aug. 18. Jeff Tapler, known as "Uncle Jeffrey," will broadcast his weekly Health and Happiness show live from Homecoming 3 to 5 p.m.
The 62nd 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 nonresidents of Vera Cruz). The event is held at Mystic Chain Park on Main Road East in Vera Cruz 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.