Many of us do not view our favorite and common fall flower, the chrysanthemum (mum), as exotic. However, these lovely and easy-to-grow flowering plants were brought to us from Asia.
Mums have been hybridized many, many times to produce the gorgeous array of fall colors that we see in gardens throughout the Lehigh Valley.
The versatile flowering mum is available in a multitude of sizes, shapes and colors. The height of a typical mum plant can range from one to two feet.
The Sixth Street Shelter now has five more apartments to help Allentown's homeless. The newly-constructed apartments have bathrooms, bunk-beds and kitchenettes that will be used by families of homeless mothers and their children.
Sixth Street Shelter, directed by Jessica R. Dreistadt, is part of a group of shelters that include the Turner Street Apartments, Allentown, and the Ferry Street Apartments, Easton. The shelters are under the auspices of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV).
Miller Symphony Hall has announced that because of illness, a 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 concert by the Dave Roper Trio has been rescheduled.
Instead, the 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 "Jazz Cabaret" series features The Frank DiBussolo Group, with Tiffany G, in a "Home for the Holidays" concert.
Ticket holders for the Roper concert may attend the DiBussolo concert or the rescheduled Roper concert, 7:30 p.m. June 13, 2014. Information: 610-432-6715
Creative collaborations do not often happen easily, nor do they always produce powerful songwriting unions.
But that was the case when A.J. Swearingen and Jayne Kelli met at Judy's Highway Cafe, Tequesta, Fla. The trendy venue brought together two songwriters of different ages, gender and styles who blended beautifully to create a folk-pop duo with undeniable chemistry.
@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS
2400 W. Chew St. Allentown. 484-664-3100
Lehigh Saengerbund, 4 p.m. Dec. 14, Egner Chapel: Christmas concert
@Body.8 Days Head: PENN'S PEAK
325 Maury Road, Penn Forest Township. 1-866-605-7325
"Christmas with the Celts," 8 p.m. Dec. 14
Phil Vassar, 8 p.m. Jan. 11
KIX, 8 p.m. Jan. 31
Fran Cosmo, 8 p.m. Feb. 1
Vince Gill, 8 p.m. Feb. 21
Bruce in the USA, 8 p.m. Feb. 22: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tribute
Pink Floyd Experience, 8 p.m. March 1
@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS
ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400
William Allen High School Chorale, 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 12
Knitting Club December Meeting, 2 p.m. Dec. 14
Used Book Sale, Dec. 16 - 21
Adult Winter Reading Program, Jan. 2 - Feb. 28
Vellamo, 2 p.m. Jan. 11
Lap-sit Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays: Up to 2-year-olds
Time for Twos, 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 10:15 a.m. Fridays: 2-year-olds
Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m., 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays, 2 p.m. Thursdays: 3- to 5-year-olds
@Body.8 Days Head: CINEMA
Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-1300
"Nebraska," 2:15, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45 p.m. Dec. 13; 1:30, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15 p.m. Dec. 14; 2, 4:15, 6:45 p.m. Dec. 15; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, 17; 7:15 p.m. Dec. 18; 4:15, 8:45 p.m. Dec. 19
"Dallas Buyers Club," 7:15 p.m. Dec. 11; 4:15 p.m. Dec. 12
@Body.8 Days: DANCE
ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY
Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542
East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Dec. 10
West Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Jan. 7, 14
Country Waltz, 7 p.m. Dec. 17
Hustle, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11
Cha-Cha, 7 p.m. Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 18
15th Anniversary Winter Ball, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4
Social Dance, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays
@Body.8 Days Head: ANTONIO SALEMME FOUNDATION
Empire Ballroom, 542 Hamilton St., Allentown 610-433-4150
@Body.8 Days Head: EVENTS, FESTIVALS
Agri-Plex, 17th and Chew streets, Allentown. 484-553-2947
Star of Bethlehem Dog Show, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Dec. 21; 8:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 22, Ed Charles Hall, William T. Harris Agricultural Hall
@Body.8 Days Head: ARTSQUEST
SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378
Christkindlmarkt, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Dec. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Dec. 15, 22, PNC Plaza, East First Street
Breakfast with Saint Nicholas, 9 a.m. Dec. 14, 21, PNC Plaza