My second career (I was an elementary school teacher for 33 years) as a nature and travel writer-photographer will never place me in a higher tax bracket, but it has afforded me a number of atypical encounters that I would not have experienced if I did not have press credentials.
One example happened earlier this month when I joined Northampton County Pennsylvania Game Commission Wildlife Conservation Officer Brad Kreider and Deputy Tom Harrington, while they processed a nuisance black bear.
The fourth annual Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival is May 31 - June 2, Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Bethlehem.
More than 20 Lehigh Valley restaurants are expected to participate.
Cooking demonstrations with Chefs Emeril Lagasse, Chris Wilson, Culinary Director for Emeril's New Orleans Restaurants and Brett Wertz, Executive Chef for Nemacolin Woodlands Resort are available.
New to the festival this year is The Burger and Beer Bash, May 31, with entertainment by The Amish Outlaws.
Q. My daughter heard that grapefruit juice can be toxic for some people. Is that true?
The juice, itself, is not toxic. But you should be careful taking medicine with grapefruit.
Grapefruit juice can raise the level of some medications in the blood. The effect of grapefruit was discovered after using juice to mask the taste of a medicine. So, be sure to ask your doctor or pharmacist if it is safe to have grapefruit with your medications.
Taking medicine can be hazardous to your health. You have to know what you're doing.
You really got him: Dave Davies, the legendary co-founder of the seminal British Invasion rock band, The Kinks, is in concert 8 p.m. June 1, Musikfest Cafe, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Guitarist Davies, seen above on the cover of his latest album, "I Will Be Me" (set for release June 4), was an integral part of the quartet that helped shape the sound of rock with Top 10 hits like "All Day and All of the Night," "Lola," "Tired of Waiting for You" and "You Really Got Me," the latter of which features his iconic guitar riff to kick off the song.
If you think of mosquitoes and poison ivy when you think "summer camp" think again. The Baum School of Art in Allentown is hosting Partnership Camps for children this summer which focus on beauty without the bugs.
City Arts: Camp for Kids is for children 7-11 and runs from June 24 - 28. City Arts is a collaboration of six major art and cultural institutions in the Lehigh Valley: The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley, The Baum School of Art, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Community Music School, Miller Symphony Hall, and Repertory Dance Theatre.
"Star Trek Into Darkness" is that all-too-often rare sci-fi movie that has spectacular special effects, a screenplay with an actual storyline, character development and surprise plot turns.
J. J. Abrams ("Star Trek," 2009; TV's "Aliens," "Lost"), directs a screenplay by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman ("Transformers," 2007, 2009; "Star Trek," 2009) and Damon Lindelof ("World War Z," "Prometheus," "Cowboys & Aliens," TV's "Lost") that mixes action set pieces and character-driven scenes.
"Joie de Vivre: Karel Mikolas-Antonio Salemme" features rarely-shown terra cotta (fired clay) figurative works, plus ink and charcoal drawings, by two classically-trained European-born artists who settled in the Lehigh Valley at The Antonio Salemme Foundation gallery, 542 W. Hamilton St., Suite 203, Allentown.
An opening reception for "Joie de Vivre' is noon - 5 p.m. June 2 in the Salemme gallery, where the exhibition continues through June 30.
PRESS PHOTO BY DEBBIE GALBRAITH
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@Body.8 Days Head:ARTSQUEST CENTER
@Body.8 Days: Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, 101 Founders Way, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. 610-332-1300
"The Great Gatsby," 5, 7:55 p.m. May 22; 4:30, 7:30 p.m. May 23
"Mud," 4:45 p.m. May 22; 4:15 p.m. May 23
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@Body.8 Days: 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. 610-432-8943
"Mud," 4:45, 7:30 p.m. May 22, 23.
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@Body.8 Days: 23 N. 6th. St., Allentown. 610-432-6715
A walk on a Florida beach by Sharon Glassman during a May 2011 birthday vacation for her husband, Dr. Barry Glassman, was the genesis of "Mommalogues," which she co-wrote with Gretchen Klinedinst-Furst.
"Mommalogues," premiering as a staged-reading fundraiser for Civic Theatre of Allentown in May 2012 in Theatre514, will have its off-Broadway premiere for six performances, May 22 - June 1, The Barrow Group Mainstage Theatre, 312 W. 36th St., New York.