It's that time of year for the eagerly awaited annual Emmaus Halloween parade. The parade will be held 7:30 p.m. Oct. 20. There is a rain date of 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21. While you are staking out your viewing spot along the parade route, be sure to cheer the runners participating in the KNBT Halloween 5K race, some in costume, which starts 7 p.m. before the parade and follows the parade route. The proceeds from the race go toward Halloween parade expenses and park projects. For information visit Emmaus 5k.com or email Emmausparade@aol.com.
As the 2012-2013 school year picks up speed, the many events and activities offered at Emmaus High School follow suit.
Meet the teacher and parents' night will be held in the EHS cafeteria 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 27. The night will feature a club fair with displays from various clubs and organizations within the school, in addition to the opportunity for parents to become acquainted with their students' teachers, as well as classroom expectations.
School will be closed Sept. 26 due to Yom Kippur.
The Board of Commissioners and staff are holding the seventh annual troop support program to collect donated items to send to township residents in the armed services who won't be home for the holidays. To register a loved one in the holiday program, call 610-966-6924. 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 a.m. to noon Saturday through Nov. 10. A list of acceptable donations is available at the community center.
The annual fall festival will be held at the community center 11 a.m. Oct. 13. The Lehigh German Shepherd Festival will be featured. Also included are the children's activities and the popular cow pie bingo. The kitchen will also be open. Crafters and vendors are asked to contact Sherry at 610-966-4533. Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Kindergarten, first and second grade girls interested in joining the Camp Fire Girls may call Katie DeIaco at 610-966-4663. Hoagie sales have resumed. To place an order, call 610-966-4663.
Lehigh Valley Animal Hospital will hold their fourth annual "Paws in the Park" Sept. 22 at Macungie Memorial Park. For more information, call 610-966-4289.
The Macungie Farmers Market will be open 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday through October. The market features local family farmers providing home grown food: fruits, vegetables, meat products, eggs, baked goods, plants and more. There will be an Applooza Festival Oct. 4 and pumpkin decorating Oct. 11. Parking is available in the park parking lot and along North Walnut Street.
It's hard to believe it's September already!
We always go to the Jersey shore for two weeks in July, and somehow, by the time we get back it seems summer is already winding down. Not that I'd trade those two weeks for anything. But this month is when school and other activities that took a break during the summer kick back into high gear.
The Vera Cruz senior citizens meeting will resume 1 p.m. Sept. 6 with State Representative Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th, as the speaker.
East Penn School District residents age 65 and older may apply for the Golden Age Card. This complimentary pass entitles the holder to free admission to all plays, concerts, track usage, home sports events and other special events sponsored by the school district including a Thanksgiving luncheon.
For those interested in the community education program, one free class up to a value of $50 is offered each semester. This lifetime card may be picked up at the administration office, 800 Pine St., Emmaus or by calling 610-966-8301.
The Church of St. Ann, 415 S. Sixth St., will hold its 30th annual fall fest, 5 to 10 p.m. Sept. 6; 5 to 11 p.m. Sept. 7 and 4 to 11 p.m. Sept. 8. The event features ethnic kitchen offerings (Friday and Saturday), carnival rides and games, crafts, face painting, cash bingo, outside food booths, a big ticket drawing, a beer garten and a tiki bar. There will be musical entertainment each evening 7 to 10 p.m. For information, visit www.stann-emmaus.org/ Church/fallfest.htm.