Decorations, carols, gift items abound in the malls, shops and on television. Much too soon for my taste. To me, Christmas season begins with Santa Claus riding on his sleigh at the end of the Thanksgiving Day parade. It has been this way for more than 50 years. I hope it will be so for 50 more.
The weather seems to have calmed down a bit. One weather person announced on television it will be a "moody" winter. No explanation as to what she meant by that description.
The Lower Macungie Township Community Center will be collecting new children's pajamas infant through size 18 and new books to donate to local children's shelters. Teenage sizes are especially needed. Donations can be dropped off through Nov. 30 in a drop-off bin in the lobby.
Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the Lower Macungie Community Center 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 2. A photographer will be available to take pictures with Santa.
It's that time of year again. Thanksgiving is upon us. It is the time of beloved four "F's" of fall: family, friends, football and food. Thanksgiving is the one day a year when it is totally acceptable to consume abundant amounts of food, followed by lounging on the couch for the rest of the day.
East Penn School District schools will be closed for Thanksgiving break Nov 22 through 26 for students to spend time with their families.
Alburtis residents are busy getting ready for their holiday festival Dec. 2.
The big day begins with breakfast at the community center 8 to 11 a.m. with Santa along with a kids' craft corner. Pets can have their photo taken with Santa noon to 1 p.m. hosted by Cold Nose Lodge.
The Fitness Academy will be open to Alburtis families at no charge 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The Beer Can Show has been rescheduled due to weather conditions. It is now scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 9 and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at Macungie Memorial Park.
Concordia Lutheran Church on Brookside Road will be hosting a holiday bazaar 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 in the church fellowship hall. There will be an assortment of crafters and vendors including a gold buyer.
The Macungie Pool and Friends of Macungie Institute will sponsor a Holiday Tea noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Macungie Memorial Park Main Building. For information, call 610-966-7830.
If it's November, it must be bazaar season.
Consider the wonderful selection of handcrafted gifts and catalog party favorites available at a holiday craft and vendor event 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 17 at Citizens Fire Company, Vera Cruz, in the social hall at 4093 Main Road West. For more information, contact Emily Fair at FairfieldFarmsInc@gmail.com.
The 2012-2013 school year is certainly accelerating at an alarming rate. We are already past Homecoming week, which proved to be a fun event for students and faculty at Emmaus High School alike.
Students enjoyed the powder-puff football tournament, spirit week dress-up days, the Homecoming parade, the Homecoming game, and of course the Homecoming dance.
That being said, there are many upcoming events scheduled for EHS students.
The Ancient Oak Women's organization meeting is 7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at St. Paul's UCC, Trexlertown.
A fashion show will be presented by Devine Resale of Hamilton Boulevard. Ladies in the Ancient Oak development are invited to attend.
Trick or treat for Ancient Oak is 6 to 8 Oct. 31.
Doris is hosting a trip to Branson, Mo. Nov. 10 to 18. Call Doris at 610-966-3653 for more information about the trip.
Don't forget to vote on Nov. 6. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Emmaus Main Street Partners invite you to shop, dine, explore Emmaus and play bingo, 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at St. John's UCC, 139 N. Fourth St. The tickets include 20 games. The event features a 50/50 cash raffle and a Chinese auction. Proceeds will benefit the community and economic development projects of EMSP. Call 610-965-2174 for tickets.
This week marks the beginning of events leading up to the highly anticipated homecoming game and dance at Emmaus High School.
Students will enjoy a week filled with school spirit activities, with each day having a different theme.
Monday's theme was neon/pink and Tuesday's theme was favorite sports team day. Also on Tuesday, the annual SGA sponsored powder puff tournament took place in the EHS stadium.