As I settled in the grass
and watched the trees, the sky,
I noticed a calmness, with a soft breeze.
As if the world had just sat down
and taken a deep breath
to retreat from the rushing time.
Then suddenly, the branches I viewed
were not relaxing, but rustling,
and the clouds swirled about eagerly with passion.
The tranquil scene became restless before my eyes
without actually changing pace or tone,
and it brought me to realize a way of nature.
Our planet does not rest or calm,
Q. How important is exercise when you are a senior? Is it worth the risks of hurting yourself?
Scientific evidence shows that seniors should exercise, even though many older persons think it could harm them. Study after study demonstrates that seniors hurt their health a lot more by being sedentary.
If you're inactive, you deteriorate. Physical activity can help restore your capacity. Most older adults, regardless of age or condition, will benefit from increasing physical activity to a moderate level.
Comedian Ron White, 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. April 12, State Theatre, Easton
The application deadline is April 12 for Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission (BFAC) grants.
The BFAC expects to award $3,000 in 2013 - '14.
Questions: Donald Spieth, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Poems for the 8th annual Student Poetry Project are to be published in the April 17 and 18 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspaper print editions and, this year for the first time, online: lehighvalleypress.org.
Publication date for the 2013 Student Poetry Project is one week earlier than the previously announced April 24 and 25 Focus section dates.
Civic Theatre of Allentown is collaborating with The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Unifrance Films and Emerging Pictures in presenting the 18th edition of "Rendez-Vous with French Cinema," showcasing contemporary French film, through April 11, Civic Theatre514 and 514 N 19th St., Allentown.
The selections include new works from auteur Damien Odoul and master filmmakers Patrice Leconte and the late Claude Miller, as well as films featuring French stars like Audrey Tatou, Roman Duris and Charlotte Gainsbourg.
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," 10 a.m. April 11, 16, 18, 25; 12:30 p.m. April 18, May 2; Act 3 Children's Theatre Company of DeSales University, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu/act1, 610-282-3192
"Chicago," 8 p.m. April 24, 25, 26, 27; 30, May 1, 2, 3, 4;2 p.m. April 28, May 4, 5; 9:45 a.m. April 29, Act 1, DeSales University Performing and Fine Arts, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley. desales.edu, 610-282-3192
The Story Fusion Festival, produced by the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild and Northampton Community College, is April 16 - 21, NCC main campus, Green Pond, Bethlehem Township.
NCC students' "Stories of the Stars: Myths and Legends" begins the festival, 7 p.m. April 16.
For teachers, there is an Act 48 accredited workshop, "Using Story to Connect Cultures in the Classroom."
Antonio Sacre, a writer, storyteller and solo performance artist, is featured storyteller.
Lucie Arnaz, above, performs "Latin Roots," which includes songs performed by her father, Desi Arnaz, and video clips of her mother, Lucille Ball, and their family, 8 p.m. April 20, State Theatre for the Arts, Easton.
Embassy Bank is inviting the submission of photographs of family members, neighbors and friends who have served or are serving in the armed forces for the third-annual Memorial Day weekend, May 26 - 28, "Our Hometown Heroes" display, SteelStacks, Bethehem.
The Memorial Day Celebration presented by Embassy Bank includes three days of music, family activities and programming.
"The response to 'Our Hometown Heroes' has been amazing with more than 200 images submitted over the past two years," says Embassy Bank CEO, President and Chairman Dave Lobach Jr.