On Oct. 5 the Allentown Central Catholic Viking marching band participated in the First Flags competition.
Hosted by Easton Area High School, the bands were adjudicated by local high school band directors in the categories of music, marching and general effect. The Viking marching band received an overall rating of “Excellent.” An additional ‘Esprit de Corps’ award – recognizing qualities including spirit, pride and courage – also was presented to the ACCHS band.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. In addition to the all too well-publicized race for president, there are also contests for U.S. Senate and U.S. Congress on the ballot. Plus, Upper Milford residents will vote on a referendum question asking whether they support a small increase in the earned income tax to fund the acquisition of land by the township for purposes of preservation.
Nov. 8 is Election Day. Don’t forget to exercise your right and responsibility to vote.
The Macungie curbside leaf collection will take place weekly during the month of November. Residents should rake their leaves to the curb by 7 a.m. Leaves can also be taken to the borough garage on South Church Street.
The Parkland Art League will hold its meeting 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Macungie Institute, 510 E. Main St. Internationally known artist Hong Tatt Foo will be the guest demonstrator for the meeting.
Emmaus’ trick-or-treat night will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 28. If you welcome trick or treaters, turn on your porch light. Also, please drive carefully and be aware of children crossing streets.
Don’t forget to vote Nov. 8; the polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Emmaus Moravian Church will host a craft and vendor fair, 146 Main St., 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 5. Also the church is holding a rummage sale, 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 29. For information, call 610-965-6067.
Following Columbus Day Oct. 10 and school pictures Oct. 11, Central Catholic celebrated a spirit week leading up to Homecoming with themed dress down days.
Back by popular demand, local author Charlie Adams will present an evening of spectacular ghost stories 7:13 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Lower Macungie Township Library.
There will be Halloween Fun with “Jack” the Mack Truck 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 29 outside the library, weather permitting. There will be trunk or treating and photo opportunities. A special Halloween storytime will be held in the library 10:30 a.m.
Library League – a monthly program for students in third to fifth grades meets 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24. The program includes a story, exploration and problem-solving.
Allentown Central Catholic High School will be closed Oct. 10 for Columbus Day.
Underclassmen school pictures will be taken Oct. 11 for the yearbook and student identification cards.
Homecoming festivities begin Oct. 14 with an in-school pep rally, followed by the homecoming football game versus Stroudsburg High School at J. Birney Crum Stadium. The game begins 7 p.m. The homecoming dance is the following evening, Oct. 15 in Rockne Hall. A ticket and student identification are required for entrance to the dance.
The Macungie Minstrelaires will present “Lyrics and Laughter” at Lower Macungie Middle School 8 p.m. Oct. 21, 22 and Oct. 28 and 29. Matinees are 2 p.m. Oct. 22 and 29. Part of this year’s proceeds will benefit Gift of Life. For tickets and information, order online at www.macungie-minstrelaires.org or call 610-770-6845.
The Parkland Art League will meet at its new location 7 p.m. at the Macungie Institute, 510 E. Main St, Macungie. Anyone with an interest in art is invited to attend a demonstration in oil by Bethlehem artist Sandra Corpora. Refreshments will be served.
October is the month for fire prevention awareness, Halloween and the beginning of the church festival/bazaar season.
The Vera Cruz Halloween parade will take place 7 p.m. Oct. 12. The rain date is Oct. 13.
A group of local churches is again sponsoring a Light in the Night block party to provide a safe space for children and families to enjoy Halloween. It will be held 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Upper Milford Township building.
Trick or Treat night in Upper Milford Township will be 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31.
It’s that time of year at Emmaus High School – Homecoming.
It all starts with the annual powder puff football game in the stadium 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 5 where female football teams compete and are coached by the EHS football team. The rain date is Oct. 6.