It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is just three weeks away. I sometimes wish we celebrated Thanksgiving in October, like they do in Canada, so we would have a breather between Thanksgiving and Christmas. But knowing how things work in this country, that would just mean we’d start seeing Christmas advertising in September.
At any rate, you can find unusual and unique gifts at the bazaars and craft fairs being held by churches and community organizations during the next few weeks.
The St. Petersburg (Russia) Men’s Ensemble will perform a concert “The Masterpieces of Russian Classic Choral and Sacred Music” at Grace Lutheran Church, 28 W. Main St., Macungie, 3 p.m. Nov. 12. There will be light refreshments after the performance. The men will have CDs of their music as well as Russian crafts for sale.
The Parkland Art League will meet 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Macungie Institute. Artist Donna Haney will be the guest artist, painting in oils. For more information, visit google.com/site/parklandartleague or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allentown Central Catholic High School celebrated Homecoming Oct. 16 to 21.
The school week consisted of a variety of dress-up themes, including pajama day, jersey day, twin day, USA day and green and gold day.
The spirit week closed with an enthusiastic pep rally, where various activities and performances took place. The Dance Team and the Mance Team, a group of senior boys that perform a dance choreographed by senior members of the Dance Team, both showed off their talents.
As we celebrate Thanksgiving, remember to think of those who may not be able to enjoy a bountiful meal. Donate to the Emmaus Food Bank to ensure they have a meal at Thanksgiving and throughout the year. The food bank is housed at the Bethel Bible Fellowship Church, 418 Elm St., Emmaus. Monetary donations can be mailed to the church and marked Groceries PLUS. Toiletries and non-perishable foods can be dropped off 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call 610-965-2682.
The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test will be given 7:30 a.m. Oct. 26 in the multi-media room at Emmaus High School. Students interested in attending must register in the counseling office. This battery is required for anyone interested in being a part of the armed services; however, it is also a great resource for nonmilitary students in grades 10 through 12 seeking more information regarding careers. For information, contact counselors or Mr. McInerney in the counseling office.
PSAT/NMSQT testing will be administered at Emmaus High School 8 a.m. Oct. 14. It is recommended all college bound 11th grade students take this test.
The homecoming football game will be held Oct. 13 along with the homecoming tailgate 4 to 6 p.m. at EHS. The homecoming dance will be held the following day, Oct. 14, in EHS Cafe 1 and 2.
Anyone interested in trying out for the girls basketball team is encouraged to attend open gyms 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the main gym.
Central Catholic has begun its Vikings on the Road program, in which select students travel to Central’s feeder schools throughout the Lehigh Valley. During the events, the students share their experiences at Allentown Central Catholic High School and any high school tips they have for eighth graders. So far, the program has visited St. Thomas More School in Allentown and St. Ann School in Emmaus with many more schools still to come.
When I was a kid, Halloween was my second favorite holiday, behind only Christmas. I think it must have been the candy.
Kids today get more and better candy (whole candy bars!) than we did, but there are also lots of other ways they can celebrate the holiday.
The Vera Cruz Halloween parade, a long-standing Upper Milford Township tradition, will be held Oct. 18. The parade forms 6 p.m. in Mystic Chain Park, 3718 Main Road East, and begins 7 p.m. The rain date is Oct. 19. Residents of Vera Cruz are asked to turn on their outside lights during the parade.
The ninth annual Barktoberfest Pet Fair will be held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 7 at Macungie Memorial Park. Rev. Werner M. Koch of St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Bethlehem will conduct a Blessing of the Animals 1 p.m. There will be dog and cat rescue groups and vendors selling pet related items. For more information, call 610-966-4289 or email Roberta@barktoberfestpetfair.com.
The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered at Emmaus High School 8 a.m. Oct. 14. It is recommended all college bound 11th grade students take this test. Registration is open and the deadline to register is Oct. 4 if test slots are still available. There is a cost to take the test. Late arrivals will need to enter through the main office entrance to sign in at the late desk.
The homecoming football game will be held Oct. 13 at EHS and the homecoming dance will be held the following day, Oct. 14, in EHS Cafe 1 and 2.