“...Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserv’d us a nation!
“Then conquer we must, when our cause is just,
“And this be our motto: “In God is our trust”
“And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
“O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!” (Francis Scott Key, 1814)
“And I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free
“And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me
“And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today
“‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land
The Emmaus Library will host its annual Community Heroes celebration 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 8. Come out and talk with the local firefighters, emergency medical technicians and police officers. The library parking lot will be blocked off so youngsters can explore the emergency vehicles. There will be a child ID event from Community Partners 4 Kids sponsored by Greg’s Auto & Tire of Emmaus. The rain date is Sept. 15.
The Lower Macungie Library Book Club will meet 10:30 a.m. Sept. 7 to discuss “The Hollow Ground” by Natalie Harnett. The book for Oct. 5 is “The Nightingale” by Kristen Hannah.
New at the library are museum passes for the Allentown Art Museum, America on Wheels and the Liberty Bell Museum.
Mexican Folkloric Dance Group Xochiquetzal will perform 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at the library. The dance group of six dancers and a singer are led by teacher and director Martha Monroy and strive to preserve the traditions and culture of Mexico.
By The 65th annual Vera Cruz Homecoming, sponsored by the Vera Cruz Community Association and held rain or shine at Mystic Chain Park, is Vera Cruz’s version of a community block party. It is open to residents and nonresidents of Vera Cruz, noon to 8 p.m. Aug. 21.
Fans of local television personality “Uncle Jeffrey” will certainly want to stop by. Jeff Tapler, known as “Uncle Jeffrey,” will broadcast his weekly health and happiness show live from homecoming 3 to 5 p.m. The show will feature the music of “The Zepp Family Band.”
The 38th Annual Wheels of Time Rod and Custom Jamboree will be held Aug. 26 to 28 at Macungie Memorial Park. The event helps support local charities and the scholarship program for local automotive technology graduates. Over 1,500 custom cars and street rods from all over the east coast will be on display.
The Macungie Farmers Market, located in Macungie Memorial Park, is open 4 to 7 p.m. every Thursday through October except Aug. 25. The market features local family farmers providing homegrown food: fruits, vegetables, meat products, eggs, baked goods, plants and more. Parking is available at the park parking lot and along North Walnut Street.
The next bus trips to Mohegan Suns at Pocono Downs are scheduled for July 18 and Aug. 15. Call the park at 610-966-4289 to reserve a seat.
By JULIA F. SWAN
Instead of a regular monthly meeting, the Upper Milford Historical Society will hold its summer picnic at Jasper Park 6 p.m. July 28. Everyone is invited to bring items, pictures or stories of historical interest to share, as was done at an earlier meeting this year; this has proved to be a popular activity for members. In case of rain, the picnic meeting will be held in the township building.
Do you like to draw pictures with chalk on the sidewalk? Then the upcoming Chalk the Walk, sponsored by the Emmaus Arts Commission, is a fun activity for you.
The Lower Macungie Pool is open noon to 8 p.m. daily. The pool will close 4:45 p.m. June 16, 20 and 27 and July 18 for swim meets. A summer kickoff party is planned 1 to 5 p.m. June 26 with a DJ from Bar None Entertainment playing tunes 1 to 3 p.m. and a mermaid visit 3 to 5 p.m. There will be a DJ Pool Party with Wesley Works 5 to 7 p.m. July 15. For more information, check the website www.lowermac.org.
Registration for Lower Macungie Township Pool swim lessons can be made by contacting the Lower Macungie Township Community Center 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
On June 2 Allentown Central Catholic High School held its Baccalaureate Mass at St. Thomas More, followed by graduation ceremonies the next evening, June 3, in Rockne Hall.
The Class of 2016 listened to the speeches of Valedictorian Carissa Walkosak and Salutatorian Kate Arner, grateful for the past four years but looking forward to the future.