The Emmaus Historical Society will hold its monthly program 7 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 501 Chestnut St. Presented by Director of Native American Heritage Programs Carla J.S. Messinger, this program will be an in-depth look at the cordial relations of the Lenape, Quaker and Moravians during the early settlement of Pennsylvania and at the later conflicts arising with other European cultures. Programs are free. Refreshments and snacks are served after the program.
The Emmaus High School Orchestra presents its annual winter concert 7 p.m. at the school, 500 Macungie Ave., Emmaus. The concert will be held in the school auditorium.
Lehigh County will host a household hazardous waste collection and recycling event 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Coca-Cola Park, 1050 IronPigs Way, Allentown. The event is for county residents only. No commercial items will be accepted from commercial entities. For a list of acceptable items, registration information and further details, visit the Lehigh County website.
Lower Macungie Township will host a craft show 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lower Macungie Community Center, 3450 Brookside Road, Macungie. Admission is free. Food will be available for purchase 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The 95th annual Thanksgiving Sheeprock Trek and sunrise service will start with a hike 5:45 a.m. from the Macungie Volunteer Fire Department, 31 S. Walnut St., Macungie. State Rep. Ryan Mackenzie, R-187th, will give the Thanksgiving message. The free event is sponsored by Macungie Boy Scout Troop 71. All are welcome. Free parking available. Participants are asked to use only the designated hiking trail which begins at the fire department for access to and from Sheeprock. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be held inside the Macungie Fire Department starting 5:45 a.m. For more information, call or text the Macungie Historical Society at 610-965-0372.
Annual Veterans Appreciation Day, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the Macungie Veterans Association, 287 Lehigh St., Macungie. Event is hosted by the Macungie Memorial VFW Post 9264 and Auxiliary. All veterans and their families are welcome. Food, refreshments, door prizes and raffle. Proceeds go toward the Auxiliary’s Veterans Holiday Cheer and other veterans programs. For more information call the Macungie Veterans Association at 610-966-4949.
The Hivel Und Dahl Preservation Society will holds its quarterly meeting and free program 7 p.m. at the Upper Milford Township building, 5671 Chestnut St., Zionsville. The program is titled “Harvest Home Celebration - The Original Pennsylvania German Thanksgiving.” From long before President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed the last Thursday of November as a national day of Thanksgiving in 1863, PA Germans throughout southeastern Pennsylvania had expressed their gratitude to God for another year of harvests to sustain their families and communities. Bob Gerhart will present the program.
The Carbon Model Railroad Society will hold a holiday open house, 529 Ore St., Bowmanstown. Also Dec. 7 and Jan. 4, 2024. Open house hours are 7-9 p.m. The society is also open 1-4 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26, Dec. 2 and 3, 9 and 10 and Jan. 6 and 7, 2024. The main HO scale display is in various stages of completion and is an excellent learning tool. The club’s HO and N displays will also be in operation and there will be a model railroad yard sale with new and pre-owned trains and accessories. Admission is free; donations are welcome. For more information, call Garry at 610-826-6636.
The Emmaus Public Library Friends’ Holiday Book Sale will be held 6-8 p.m. at the library, 11 E. Main St. Items available for purchase will include holiday craft and cookbooks, puzzles, two-sided art bookmarks, music CDs, movie DVDs, recent fiction and nonfiction books and holiday books for all ages. Light refreshments will be available to go. Purchases must be by check or cash.
The Emmaus High School band will present its winter concert 7 p.m. at the school, 500 Macungie Ave. The concert will be held in the school auditorium.
The Friends of the 1803 House will host an “Old Fashioned Christmas” at the 1803 House 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 55 S. Keystone Ave., Emmaus. Visitors will experience what Christmas was like in 1803 including holiday treats and a Christmas tree dressed in period decorations. The Macungie Ministrelaires singing group will perform Christmas songs noon to 2 p.m. Other highlights include windowsills decorated by members of the Emmaus Garden Club, a display of scale Emmaus historic building models by Andre Fatula, a decorated wreath sale, a raffle, a children’s craft and house tours. The Emmaus Historical Society, the Knauss Homestead and the Shelter House also will be open.
Macungie Holiday will start 9 a.m. at various venues and businesses throughout the borough. Highlights include a scavenger hunt through the borough; a craft show at Macungie Memorial Park, Poplar Street; a gingerbread house display at Kalmbach Park, Cotton Street; visits with Santa at the Macungie Institute, surrey rides and more. Visit the Macungie Holiday Facebook page or www.MacungieHoliday.com for more information.
The Lower Milford Township Fire Company will host a movie night 5-8 p.m. at the fire station, 1601 Limeport Pike, Coopersburg. The film “The Polar Express” will be featured. Other highlights include photos with Santa, games, hot chocolate and popcorn and hayrides, weather permitting. The screening will start promptly 6:30 p.m. There is a cost for tickets and proceeds benefit the fire company. Visit the website lowermilfordfire.org/polar-express-party/ to buy tickets.