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Emmaus Church Bells will ring May 2

Listen for the bells. As part of the Bells Across Pennsylvania event, bells will ring out in Emmaus 7 p.m. May 2. Mayor Lee Ann Gilbert asked the Emmaus churches to ring for three minutes to recognize first responders and others who have enabled Pennsylvania to prevail against the pandemic.

The St. Ann Council of the Knights of Columbus will hold its popular drive-in version of bingo May 5 and June 2. This is a family-friendly, social-distancing version of 50-50 cash prize bingo where the players stay in their cars (like at the drive-in) and the bingo board is projected on the back wall of St. Ann’s Church in Emmaus. The donation includes 20 games plus a box supper. Snacks, desserts and beverages are included free. The gates open 7:15 p.m. and the first game begins 7:45 p.m. The numbers are called both over loudspeakers and by a radio signal which can be picked up by players’ car radios. Children under 18 can play if accompanied by an adult. Players should enter via the South Fifth Street entrance into St. Ann’s upper parking lot. Players are asked to wear face masks when at check in and whenever out of the cars. All proceeds benefit the charitable works of the Knights of Columbus. For information, visit www.koc12886.org.

The annual spring book sale organized by the Friends of the Emmaus Public Library, 11 E. Main St., is being restructured and will be held on the library’s lawn and parking lot 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8 with an inclement weather date of May 15. Purchases may be made in cash or by check. Remember to follow all health and safety guidelines including a mask and social distancing. Gloves will be provided to customers who request them. Shop early for the best selection and stay late for the 2:15 to 3 p.m. brown bag blowout. On-street parking is available on Ridge Street, adjacent to the library’s parking lot. For up-to-date information, visit www.emmauspl.org or the library’s Facebook page. All proceeds will benefit the Emmaus Public Library.

The Emmaus Kiwanis Club will hold an outdoor basket raffle at Emmaus Community Park, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 1 by the back parking lot. The winners will be announced 2 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. There is no entrance fee. The proceeds support programs for children in the community. For information, call 484-542-0879.

The Emmaus Farmers Market at the Triangle on Main Street in Emmaus opens its regular market May 2 for its 18th season. The market is held 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Sunday. Come out May 2 and visit the folks from the Emmaus Historical Society in the community booth, listen to the musical entertainment of the Emmaus Public Singing Society and check out the more than 25 vendors. For information, email info@emmausmarket.com or visit www.emmausmarket .com. Emmaus Borough Council will hold in-person meetings 7 p.m. May 3 and 17.

The borough offices will be closed May 31 for the Memorial Day holiday.

The compost center on Kline’s Lane is open. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Loading will occur 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings. All residents need identification to use the service. For information, visit borough.emmaus.pa.us.

The borough’s calendar lists Night in the Park – “Disney’s Up” 8 p.m. May 29 at Emmaus Community Park.

Remember to vote. The Primary Election is May 18. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For information, visit www.lehighcounty.org/Departments/Voter-Registration or call 610-782-3194.

The Emmaus Commemorative Gardens Foundation will hold the Veterans Memorial Day brick installation ceremony 10 a.m. May 29 at the Remembrance Garden, 164 E. Main St. Enter at the Cintas building driveway and follow the garden signs. For information, email remgarden1@gmail.com or visit emmausremembers.org.

The Emmaus Public Library has lots of programs scheduled for May. Among them is a succulent planting party 2 p.m. May 22. You’ll learn to decorate a little garden pot and fill it with a cute, low-maintenance succulent plant. The spring book bingo for adults continues through June 1. Read books to complete rows on your bingo card and turn it in for a small prize.

The library is offering take-home kits and exhibiting art exhibits. The library is also offering free seed packets to help get your garden started. Tucked away in the drawers formerly housing the card catalog, you will find the seed packets you like. Take them to the desk along with your card. The seed library is made possible through generous donations from SeedWay.

The Pinterest Party is making available a kit to make a Baby Yoda. Pick up the kit May 3.

Play family board games in the Emmaus Public Library Board Game Arena Room online 5:30 p.m. May 20. No download necessary.

Words on Wheels was launched in 1999 under the direction of the program committee of the Friends of the Library. Volunteers deliver books, large-print books and audio books to housebound residents who live within the library’s service area. The service is provided free of charge. If you are a resident of a municipality served by the Emmaus library or know of someone who is housebound and might like to apply, call the library at 610-965-9284.

The library will be closed May 28-31 in honor of Memorial Day. For information, visit emmauspl@cliu.org or call 610-965-09284.

The Emmaus Historical Society and Museum, 218 Main St., will continue to remain closed on a month-to-month basis. The museum will reopen when it is safe for both our visitors and staff. Thank you to those who have ordered Dan Schantz Monthly Maddness Cards. Cards will be available for pick up at the community table at the Emmaus Farmers Market May 2 or at the Emmaus Historical Society 10 a.m. to noon May 8. Extra cards will also be available for sale at the farmers market community table May 2.

A bus trip to Sight and Sound Theater in Lancaster for “Queen Esther” is scheduled for July 13. Please call Nancy at 610-967-5715 to reserve your spot. Also, don’t forget to support the Emmaus Historical Society through Amazon Smile when placing your next order on Amazon.

The society thanks everyone for their continued support through fundraisers and memberships.

The society appreciates donations of any Emaus/Emmaus-related memorabilia and vintage holiday decorations. If you have any donations, questions or need membership information, contact the Emmaus Historical Society at 610-966-6591, check its website, https://www.emmaushistoricalsociety.org, Facebook or Instagram.

The borough is holding its annual community yard sale 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 5 with a rain date of June 6. No permit or fee is required to hold a yard sale on this date. Good luck in finding some treasures.

The Emmaus Community pool is looking for strong swimmers to work as lifeguards. A pretest will be required to enroll in the class. The borough pays most of the fees. More information can be found on the borough’s website at borough.emmaus.pa.us.

We say farewell to Victoria Schadler of the fire department. Schadler is retiring after 44 years working for the borough. Best wishes Victoria.

The Emmaus Garden Club will meet noon May 4 at the Knauss Homestead, 152 E. Main St., Emmaus. Please bring a chair and your mask. There will be no rain date. There will be an optional lunch at the Superior Restaurant following the meeting. The meeting will include the tree dedication in honor of Elaine Klase’s Perennial Bloom Award by the Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania, general meeting and history of Knauss Homestead presented by president Gene Clock. Directions to the Knauss Homestead are: driving on Main Street, Emmaus at the light in front of the Superior Restaurant bear to the right. There is a sign where one turns off East Main Street telling folks where to turn for the Knauss Homestead. Guests are always welcome. For more information, call 610-395-0903.

The deadline for submitting items for the June column is May 18. Please send to durdock@aol.com or call 610-967-2661.

Happy Mother’s Day to Mothers everywhere.