INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY
Independent Bookstore Day marks its fourth year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide April 28, with literary parties around the country.
Let’s Play Books Bookstore, 244 Main St, Emmaus, will celebrate with special hours and special guests – including the Man with the Yellow Hat, sponsored by Ai Orthodontics. Story times, face painting, special sales and special treats will be included in the event which begins 10 a.m.
On April 12, Holocaust Remembrance Day, David Tuck will share his history as a survivor of the worst genocide in history. The 7 p.m. free Arts Quest event, which includes the film “Big Sonia,” is at the Frank Banko Alehouse Cinemas, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
Tickets should be requested in advance by calling 610-332-3378 or visiting the SteelStacks box office in person.
In celebration of Earth Day, Switchback Pizza, 525 W. Jubilee St., Emmaus, is sponsoring the planting of five Okame ornamental cherry trees adjacent to the business. The trees are scheduled for planting between the hours of 9 and 11 a.m. April 22.
Switchback Pizza owners Marguerite Viola and Andrew Foreman developed the project. They have raised $400 through patron donations and through a beer swap supported by the Funk Brewing Company of Emmaus. Switchback is donating $100 to meet the purchase price of the trees.
The Emmaus Rotary Club will host a motorcycle poker run to benefit Pennsylvania veterans.
The run is scheduled May 12 with a rain date of May 13.
Riders will participate in a 150 kilometer/93 mile ride 9 a.m. to noon. Misson BBQ will provide a catered lunch 12:30 to 1 p.m. Musicians Sarah Ayers with James Supra will perform 1 to 3 p.m.
The event will start and finish at Alburtis Park, 328 S. Main St., Alburtis.
Event highlights also include a 50/50 raffle.
Sponsorships are available for businesses and individuals.
In partnership with the National Association of Counties, the National Flag Foundation and the National Sheriffs Association, Lehigh County has installed a flag retirement box, at no cost to the county, in the lobbies of the County Government Center, Courthouse and both Cedarbrook South Whitehall and Fountain Hill locations.
Flags should be folded respectfully before being placed in the box.
The U.S. Flag Code prescribes flag etiquette — everything from flying it near other flags to instructions on how to raise and lower it.
There will be a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemorative beginning with an assembly 4:45 p.m. April 4 at Payrow Plaza in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of King’s assassination.
The march to the south side will step off 5 p.m. at 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem, followed by a program 6 p.m. at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 433 Carlton Ave., Bethlehem.
Norfolk Southern to increase train speed on Pennsylvania rail line through Lehigh and Berks counties
Norfolk Southern is increasing train speeds across nearly 30 miles of its Reading Line through Lehigh and Berks counties.
The speed increase, effective March 14, includes 36 public highway-rail grade crossings on the mainline from Allentown in Lehigh County to Laureldale in Berks County. Train speed will increase to 60 mph from 50 mph except at three crossings, where the speed will increase to 60 mph from 45 mph.
REP. JUSTIN SIMMONS
State Rep. Justin Simmons, R-131st, is the prime sponsor of legislation to remove the ability of school board candidates to cross-file nomination petitions in Pennsylvania. It was announced March 14, House Bill 638 was approved by the House State Government Committee and sent to the full House of Representatives for consideration.
Simmons’ bill would amend the Pennsylvania Election Code, which currently allows candidates running for the position of school board member to file nomination petitions for multiple political parties.
Forgotten Felines and Fido’s animal shelter, 6022 Mountain Road, Germansville, will offer a vaccination clinic for dogs 10 a.m. to noon and cats noon to 2 p.m. April 8.
One year and three year canine rabies, distemper, adenovirus, leptospirosis, parvovirus and Lyme disease vaccines will be offered.
The shelter will also be offering heart worm/lyme, anaplasmosis, Ehrlichia testing, Bordetella (Kennel Cough) and microchips for dogs.
The Emmaus Historical Society will hold a spring bake sale including apple dumplings, shoo-fly pie and funny cake.
The deadline to order is April 6. Pay and pick up at the museum noon to 4 p.m. April 14.
Order at the museum noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays, from a board member or call the museum at 610-966-6591 to leave a message with name, phone number and quantity of items ordered.
The Emmaus Historical Society is hosting several bus trips.