Music will be provided by Just 4 Fun. Rain date is Sat., July 20.

Upcoming events of the Emmaus Arts Commission include the 3rd annual Rain Barrel Art Silent Auction on Community Day in Community Park on Saturday, July 20. Bids are being accepted through July 19 at the Emmaus Run Inn and the Emmaus Farmers Market, and during Community Day, when the highest bidder will be named at 3 p.m.

The seven rain barrels are hand-painted by Faidley and area artists Ellen Wilson, Kaylee Kraft, Lauren Kuhn, and Emmaus High School students Angie Felon, Katie Thomas and Kailey Herring. They can be viewed at Emmaus Run Inn, Wentz Hardware, and the Emmaus Farmers Market.

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Everyone’s favorite ogre comes to life when Sing for America presents the Lehigh Valley premiere of the Tony-winning “Shrek: The Musical,” opening Thursday at 7 p.m. at Broughal Middle School, 114 W. Morton St., Bethlehem. The show, which runs through July 21, has a cast of 50 from age 8 on up.

Josh Simpson, who recently appeared in Liberty High School’s, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” will portray Shrek. Christopher Ryland, a graduate of Lehigh Valley Performing Arts Charter School, is Donkey; Juan Padilla, who was the Scarecrow in Sing for America’s “The Wiz,” is Lord Farquaad, and Teara Gilbert, seen in Muhlenberg’s production of “Hairspray,” is Princess Fiona.

Proceeds from the show will help raise funds for area families of those serving in the military. Sing for America was founded by the Gilbert family of Easton in 2005. Through performances, more than $30,000 for families of active military has been raised. In 2011, the group began producing musicals which have included “Cinderella,” “White Christmas” and “The Wiz.” Sales of refreshments at the shows and a basket raffle also benefit military families. The Gilbert family constructs costumes and sets for the productions.

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Sculptor Dan Kainz will give “An Intimate View of Public Sculpture” as he leads a tour of art in Cedar Beach Park in West End Allentown on Saturday at 10 a.m., beginning at Ott and Honochick Streets and ending at Kainz’s studio at Wenz Company, Inc., 1928 Hamilton St., with refreshments and discussion. The tour is sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Arts Council.

Kainz has studied and mastered all phases of stone manufacturing. He apprenticed with master stonecutters from Italy and European artisans. His lifelong interest in stone sculpture led to the formation of a sculpture division at Wenz in 1991, enabling him to construct large-scale abstract sculpture. His monumental pieces have found permanent locations throughout the country.

Kainz believes public art represents a commitment to the public environment, and that public art can inspire and inject creativity into the lives of its citizens by serving as a bridge between cultures, enriching the urban environment.

According to the Lehigh Valley Arts Council, Allentown is home to 60 public works and has contracted Kainz to develop a public arts policy to maintain the art work. Kainz stressed the need to begin educating the public about the collection available to them. His policy recommends the acquisition of new work to the collection.

The placing of outdoor sculpture around Allentown became a reality in 1971, when Allentown civic and business leaders Philip I. and Muriel Berman partnered with then Mayor Joseph Daddona’s office, City Council, the Allentown Arts Commission and city agencies in support of public art.

Saturday’s tour will include the following sculptures: “Aggressive Couple” by Igael Tumarkin, 1985; “Vertical Form” by Tom Sternal, 1986; “Archommage” by Ernest Shaw, 1981-82; “Cube and Thread” by Paul Sisko, 1977; and “Marine Memorial” by Tom Sternal, 1991.

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The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival is in full swing with another new production, Oscar Wilde’s “The Importance of Being Earnest,” opening Friday and running through Aug. 4. The show will play in repertory with William Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure,” opening July 20.

The “Earnest” cast includes Blake Ellis as John Worthing, Zack Robidas as Algernon Moncrieff, Alexie Gilmore as Gwendolen Fairfax, and Erin Partin as Cecily Cardew. Director Jim Helsinger plays Lady Bracknell.

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