Macungie's Relay For Life is planning its main spring event for 4 p.m. May 3 to 4 p.m. May 4. This year's theme is a carnival, and there will be activities for all ages, including two moon bounces, a balloon-animal clown, a caricature artist and a magician. Relay For Life is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to raising funds for American Cancer Society for its cancer education, programs, advocacy and research.
Last week's snow made the days seem like Christmas rather than Easter season. But I see signs of spring here and there. Flowers are pushing through the soil. When I had my garden at home, daffodils and daylilies were the first signs of change followed by fences of bright yellow forsythia along the roads. My friend and neighbor, Jean Stoneback, brought me the first pussy willows from her garden. I have always believed that spring was the Lord's way of bringing us out of the darkness (winter) into the light of his love.
The Shelter House Society plans various events throughout 2013 in celebration of its 60th anniversary. The society was formed to preserve and maintain the historic Shelter House which was built circa 1734. The Shelter House is believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited structure in the Lehigh Valley and the oldest building in Emmaus.
Spring has sprung at Emmaus High School, which means a lighter wardrobe, the start of the spring season, the spring musical, proms and the annual Shave for the Brave event.
Shave for the Brave will be held 5 p.m. March 22 in the EHS gymnasium, and is a fundraiser through the St. Baldrick's Foundation to benefit pediatric cancer research. Volunteers, including students and staff alike, get their heads shaved by designated "shavees" and also collect monetary donations.
There will be a Breakfast with the Easter Bunny 9 to 10:30 a.m. March 23 at the Lower Macungie Community Center. For more information, call 610-966-6924.
Concordia Lutheran Church and Preschool will hold a Community Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 1 year through fifth grade 11 a.m. March 23. Participants may register in advance by calling 610-965-3265 or register at the event. Bring your own basket. The church is located at 2623 Brookside Road.
March is a busy month of celebrations in our family. Four birthdays, one wedding anniversary and of course, that all important one, St. Patrick's Day. Growing up, that meant morning Mass, hearty breakfast, no school, off to see the parade and the gathering of family members for dinner. Singing, storytelling and reminiscing went on well into the late hours. Today, with most of the older family members gone and the younger ones scattered around the country, the day is remembered with cards, phone calls or watching a parade on television but it is always a time for celebration.
Upper Milford Township supervisors are looking for input into updating the township's emergency management plan, especially in the wake of the extended power outage after Hurricane Sandy. Do you want more information? Would you like to help out? Then come to a meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at the township building to discuss emergency management plans. The public is invited.
There will be egg decorating 9 a.m. March 30 at Macungie Memorial Park.
Easter Bunny photos will be taken 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 30 at the Macungie Flower Park. The event is sponsored by the Town Beautification Committee.
There will be an Easter egg hunt 2 p.m. March 31 at Macungie Memorial Park.
Grace Lutheran Church will hold Wednesday evening Lenten Worship services 7 p.m.
There will be an ADTC Dog Training Seminar March 9 and 10 at Macungie Memorial Park. For information, call 610-966-4289 or go to www.allentowndogtrainingclub.org.
The Emmaus Lions Club is holding its 5th annual "Nite at the Races" March 9 at Upper Milford West District Fire Co., Routes 29 and 100 in Old Zionsville. Doors open at 5 p.m.; first race is 6:30 p.m. Your ticket includes fun, food, drinks (BYOB) and door prizes. Proceeds are used to fund the club's charity projects. For information and/or tickets, visit Buss Paints or Upper Milford West District Fire Company or call Lion Henry Heil at 610-966-5220. Seating is limited. Rain date is March 10.
Signs of spring are starting to appear. Daylight saving time begins in a few weeks. Easter cards and decorations are available in many stores.
For me one of the first signs of the season's change is the orchid plant on my windowsill. For the past five years, three miniature purple flowers bloom in late February. They are with me until late August when, one by one, the petals fold up and drop off. It's time to rest, to prepare for next year's blooms.