The Canadian Brass, the most famous brass ensemble in the world, presents its holiday season tour concert, “Christmas Time Is Here,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
The Canadians are among the most famous, most entertaining, and most musically excellent of all brass groups today.
Their storied history dates back to 1970. For nearly 50 years, the group has produced the highest-quality performances in venues all over the globe.
Q. I am divorced and my eight-year-old son has bonded very closely with his grandfather, my dad, who has been taking care of him while I work. We have just found out that my dad has cancer, and is not expected to live more than a few months. I have not told my son yet. How do I tell him, and then how do I help him get through the next couple of months?
Everyone on the panel agreed that the son should be told sooner rather than later.
“A good place to start,” panelist Chad Stefanyak said, “is to find out how much the son knows about death.“
Just say, “Groot.”
“Marvel Universe Live! Age Of Heroes” brings the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life at PPL Center, Allentown, for seven performances, Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.
The latest production from Feld Entertainment, which also produces “Disney On Ice,” “Monster Jam,” “Monster Energy Supercross” and “Sesame Street Live,” is a leading producer of live touring family entertainment.
Brassy Christmas: The Canadian Brass performs “Christmas Time Is Here,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Now in its 49th season, the Canadian Brass has performed in major concert halls, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold 2 million albums, and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. Canadian Brass includes Chuck Daellenbach, founder and tuba player; Caleb Hudson and Christopher Coletti, trumpets; Achilles Liarmakopoulos, trombone, and Jeff Nelsen, horn.
In the fall, bees and wasps are on the hunt for sweets or carbohydrates, the primary energy source that keeps them flying and active for other routine activities.
The bald-faced hornet is an “aerial yellow jacket,” one of seven or eight species in the genus Dolichovespula in North America.
However, it is not a “true” hornet. It is a yellow jacket.
All of the yellow jackets in the genus Dolichovespula build nests in bushes and trees, sometimes on the outside of buildings, and produce the characteristic football-shaped, gray, papery nests.
Q. I have become one of those parents I never thought I would be. On those rare occasions when my husband and I go out for dinner, we have started to bring along our iPhones and tablets to keep our children, three- and five-years-old, occupied so that we can have adult talk, and so they don’t get bored. How can I stop this without them having a meltdown in the restaurant?
“We have to start by saying, ‘It’s OK,’” panelist Kristy Bernard said. “Times are changing, and technology is changing how parents raise children today.”
Hot, hot hot: The Hot Club of Philadelphia, performs in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The Hot Club of Philadelphia was started in 2001 by guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig. The group is an acoustic ensemble dedicated to playing “Gypsy Jazz,” a style pioneered by the Hot Club of France Quintet, led by guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. Bassist Jim Stager has been with The Hot Club from the beginning. Joshua Machiz, Alexandre Hiele and Dylan Taylor perform with the band frequently.
Call 610- 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.
Wednesday, Nov. 14: Breaded pork chop, cabbage and bow ties, fresh sunshine salad, wheat bread w/ margarine, cranberry coconut macaroon.
Thursday, Nov. 15 - Thanksgiving meal: Roast turkey w/ gravy, Pennsylvania “Dutch” stuffing, maple sweet potatoes, oven roasted fresh vegetables, dinner roll w/ margarine, pumpkin pie.
Dear Jacquelyn, The holidays are coming at us quickly and I always get confused about whom I should be tipping who normally does not get tips during the year. Also, how much should I be tipping so that I don’t look like a Scrooge and at the same time not blow my own holiday budget?
Good for you: planning early.