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Lower Lehigh Lions to hold spring flea market May 8

Concordia Lutheran Preschool will hold a spring cleaning fundraiser 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 24. They will accept adult and children clothing, handbags, jewelry, watches, backpacks, uniforms, household items and hard and soft toys. The church is located at 2623 Brookside Road.

Ancient Oaks will hold its annual garage sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 24. To reach Ancient Oaks, travel west on Hamilton Boulevard, turn left onto Lower Macungie Road, turn right on Church Lane and turn left on Oak Drive. There is no rain date.

The Lower Lehigh Lions annual spring flea market will be held 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8 at Macungie Memorial Park. If you have any questions, contact the Lions at lionsfleamarket@gmail.com.

Harvest Fields will hold a community yard sale May 14 and 15.

The Lower Macungie Township building is open for business. Staff is available by phone 610-966-4343 or email info@lowermac.com for information.

There will be an Arbor Day event 5 p.m. April 30 at Camp Olympic Park. A number of native trees will planted near the play area by Camp Olympic Barn.

There will be a free document shredding event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 8 at the Lower Macungie Township Municipal Building. The event is sponsored by state Sen. Pat Browne, R-16th, state Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-134th and Lower Macungie Township.

Lower Macungie Garden Club will begin garden cleanup May 1 (rain date May 8). The first meeting of the season will take place 1-3 p.m. May 12 at the Camp Olympic pavilion. For more information, email lmgctoday@yahoo.com.

Lower Macungie Pool will be open this year starting May 29. They will partner with Emmaus Aquatic Club to offer reserved blocks of time at the municipal pool. There will be no memberships. Registration for time slots will be held online.

The Lower Macungie Lazers swim team will hold its 2021 season June 1-July 24. For more information, go to www.leaguelineup.com/lmlazers or email lmlazers@gmail.com.

Lower Macungie Township has canceled the summer playground program for 2021.

Lower Macungie Township offers live Zoom classes in belly dancing, Pilates and Tai Chi. Several youth classes are offered in person at the community center: Mommy/Daddy & Me Soccer, multi sport skills, pre-ballet and Toddlers & Tutus. Online registration is available.

There will be a Learn to Fly-Fish event 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 15 (rain date May 22) for ages 10-18 years at Camp Olympic Park. Preregistration closes May 13.

The Lower Macungie Community Center is open to the public while following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. The center will be open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no free open gym at this time. Public restrooms are not available. Staff will be available by phone 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 610-966-6924. Updates will also be posted on Facebook and www.lowermac.com.

Curbside collection of grass clippings continues weekly on the day after your regular trash collection. There will be curbside collection of yard waste on the weeks of May 3 and 17 on the day after regular trash collection.

The winter yard waste center hours for April are noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The hours for May 1-31 are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and noon to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Yard waste permits are required for drop-off.

The Lower Macungie Library offers contactless pickup, browsing and computer services by appointment only. The book drop will be open 24/7 for book returns; returns must be made through the book drop. All returns are quarantined for seven days. Staff will be available by email and phone.

New at the library: eligible items will be automatically renewed on their due date. Notifications will be confirmed by email.

Great Decisions, a discussion program on world affairs offered by the Foreign Policy Association, has resumed. Attendees will read an article and watch a video on the topic of the week and meet in a virtual discussion group 7-8:30 p.m. each Wednesday April 21 through May 26. There is a fee this year. Contact the library to register.

Student Stress-Buster Kits for grades 6-12 will be available starting May 3. The kit offers ideas and tricks for self-care to help students de-stress and refocus as they approach the end of the school year. Online registration is required.

Celebrate Star Wars with May the 4th themed craft kits for children. Supplies are limited.

Birds and Birding: A Community Read Conversation will be held virtually 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 4. Authors J. Drew Lanham and Mya Thompson with park ranger Wingyi Kung will discuss their lifelong love of birds and nature during this webinar.

Stories in the Park will be held 10-10:45 a.m. starting May 5 each Wednesday in May at Kalmbach Park in Macungie. Attendance is limited to 12 families per session and masks are required. Registration is required. In the case of inclement weather, story time will be held via Zoom.

The Lower Macungie Library Book Club will meet 10:30 a.m. May 5 to discuss “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” by Kim Michele Richardson. The book for June 2 is “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate. The meeting will be held virtually.

Books & Beyond will meet 7-8:30 p.m. May 10 via Zoom. They will be discussing “A Place for Us” by Fatima Farheen Mirza.

Artists on Storytelling: A Community Read Conversation will be held virtually 6:30-7:30 p.m. May 11. Author J. Drew Lanham and master storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston will discuss the art of storytelling during this webinar.

Summer Fun Grab & Go Kits for children will be available starting May 24. The kit includes information on the library summer program, coloring sheets, puzzles and a craft.

For more information on library events, go to their website www.lowermaclib.org or call 610-966-6864.

I discovered on Easter my family does not share the knowledge and love of flora that the Easter Bunny does. Our annual Easter tradition is a scavenger egg hunt. This year, in a new twist, my husband joined Caroline and Ben on the excursion. The first clue was: “Pansies are such a great spring flower!” The three of them stood in the hall looking dumbfounded. Matt and Caroline looked at each other and, at the same time, asked, ”Do you know what a pansy is?” Ben shrugged his shoulders. By pure luck, Matt looked out the front door and saw the plastic egg nestled in the flower pot among the pansies!

The next township column will be published May 19; copy deadline is May 13.