Sometimes it’s hard to be an animal lover and a gardener, especially when it comes to rabbits.
As cute as rabbits look hopping through your yard, they can really mow down your vegetables and annuals in the summer. Then in the winter, they set their sights on your woody ornamentals.
You can ring in the holidays with world-class brass at Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall. The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass (RMPBB) presents “Holiday Brass” at 7 p.m. Dec. 17.
The ensemble is composed of some of the United States’ top brass musicians and aims to celebrate peace and the unity of the human spirit through a variety of holiday music. There will be 11 musicians on stage: five trumpets, three trombones, French horn, tuba, drummer, and, for the Allentown concert, a narrator.
Call 610-782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, Dec. 13: Chicken picatta, wild rice, American blend vegetables, tropical fruit.
Thursday, Dec. 14: Pot roast, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sugar cookie, fresh apple.
Friday, Dec. 15: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, vegetable medley, pineapples.
Monday, Dec. 18: Chicken a la king, whole wheat pasta, carrots, fresh fruit.
Tuesday, Dec. 19: Three cheese ziti w/ meatballs, spinach, fresh fruit.
Wednesday, Dec. 20: Salisbury steak w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, banana.
The Ballet Guild of Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (PYB) present their 49th annual holiday production of “The Nutcracker,” the longest-running “Nutcracker” ballet production in the Lehigh Valley.
“The Nutcracker” is presented at 1 and 4 p.m. Dec. 16 and 2 p.m. Dec. 17, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, 420 E. Packer Avenue, Bethlehem.
Call 610-559-3245 for locations.
Wednesday, Dec. 13: Pork rib-B-Q, cabbage and noodles, fresh Waldorf salad, wheat bread with margarine, pumpkin bar.
Thursday, Dec. 14 – Special activity menu: Chicken Kiev, baked potato w/ sour cream, cut green beans, wheat bread w/ margarine, blueberry fluff.
Friday, Dec. 15: Cheeseburger soup, fried haddock sandwich w/ lettuce, tomato and tartar sauce, cole slaw, chilled apricots.
Monday, Dec. 18: Beef Stroganoff, extra-wide noodles, cauliflower au gratin, wheat bread with margarine, fresh seedless grapes.
A slide-lecture, “Hess’s Department Store,” will be presented 1 p.m. Dec. 16, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.
“No store in America could surpass the magic of a visit to Hess’s Department Store, especially at the holidays,” said Joseph Garrera, executive director of the Museum.
Drawing on more than 1,000 vintage photographs, the slide-lecture will re-create the spirit of awe and excitement that once drew national celebrities to Allentown, including Johnny Carson and Rock Hudson.
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Christmas swings:The Frank DiBussolo Philly Reunion Group presents “A Swinging Philly Christmas,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, “Jazz Upstairs” series, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. DiBussolo, above, eight-time Grammy nominee, has accompanied Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Diane Carroll, and Vicky Carr. He has performed with the bands of Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Bucky Pizzarelli and Lester Lannin. In addition to DiBussolo, guitar, the Reunion Group includes James Del Orefice, piano; Dave DePalma, woodwinds; Bruce Kaminsky, bass, and Bruce Klauber, drums.
Bill and Monica Dwyer of East Brunswick, N.J., announce the engagement of their daughter, Tara, to Justin Selig, son of Brian and Karen Selig of Germansville, Heidelberg Township.
Tara is a 2011 graduate of East Brunswick High School and a 2015 graduate of Kutztown University with a bachelor’s degree in social work.
She is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at Kutztown University.
Justin is a 2007 graduate of Northwestern Lehigh High School and a 2012 graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife sciences.
“Coco” is an astonishing animation feature film that explores an actual mythology, and one that is atypical for the mainstream cinema.
Who knew that a movie aimed at families and children based on the Mexican holiday of Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead) would be a huge box office hit?
During the national holiday, families gather and pray for family and friends who’ve died, build private altars to them and visit their graves, in order to wish them safe passage in their spiritual journey on “the other side.”