I was shocked to see a guest arrive at a dinner party with her own food. The person did so because of being a picky-eater, not because of a dietary restriction or allergy. The host was gracious and did not say anything. What are your thoughts about bringing your own food to a dinner party?
Dear Reader, Being invited to a dinner party is a wonderful gift and a host will go through a lot of trouble planning and preparing a meal. Not mentioning ahead of time that you are bringing a casserole will seem like an insult.
The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown, commemorates the birthday of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a slide-lecture, 1 p.m. Jan. 21.
The slideshow program, “March to Freedom: The Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” uses historical images and accounts to explore King’s inspirational rise to historical prominence.
Information: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org; 610-435-1074
Architecture of dance: Because of the City of Easton “Emergency Proclamation,” the Jan. 20 performance of Diavolo has been postponed. The new date is 7 p.m. Jan. 24. Original date tickets will be honored. Diavolo, seen by more than 90 million as one of the Top 10 finalists on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” was to perform at 5 p.m. Jan. 20, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.
Call 610- 782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, Jan. 16: Chicken picatta, wild rice, American blend vegetables, tropical fruit.
Thursday, Jan. 17: Beef pot roast, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sugar cookie, fresh apple, wheat bread.
Friday, Jan. 18: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, pineapples.
Monday, Jan. 21: Centers closed. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Tuesday, Jan. 22: Soup and sandwich.
Wednesday, Jan. 23: Salisbury steak w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, banana, wheat bread.
When Aisha De Haas was growing up in Chicago, the jazz sounds of Ella Fitzgerald were part of her aural landscape.
Her father was a jazz bassist, her mother a vocalist, and the family had moved to the Windy City to play jazz.
“She sang and he played,” De Haas says. “I was introduced to this music in the womb.”
De Haas is one of three singers paying tribute to the Queen of Jazz in “A Tribute to Ella,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
Q. I’m sure everyone has gone through this, but it mortified me. What do you do when a young child (loudly) points to someone and says, “That man is fat,” or something equally embarrassing?
In response to the question, the panel observed that what young children say is an observation, not judgmental.
“Children learn from observation, sight and sound, and experience,” panelist Mike Daniels said, adding, “They make comparisons, but not connections.”
In much of North America, winter is a difficult time for birds. Days are often windy and cold. Nights are long and even colder.
The lush, berry-laden vegetation of summer and fall has withered and been consumed. Most insects are dead or dormant. Birds may have difficulty finding enough food during the short winter days to fuel their internal furnaces.
Setting up a backyard bird-feeder makes their lives easier and ours more enjoyable.
Q. What kind of exercise should I do to get rid of this big gut I’m carrying around?
Exercise alone will not do the job. Strengthening abdominal muscles can help you look tighter and thinner. Spot exercises won’t banish belly fat.
The real secret to losing belly fat is a balanced, calorie-controlled diet and one hour a day of moderate activity such as brisk walking.
If you are going to do abdominal exercises, which ones work best? Most people figure that doing sit-ups is the logical solution. There are better ways to attack the middle.
Four Lehigh Valley artists bring “Simply Still” Jan. 10 through Feb. 7 to the David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries in The Baum School of Art. Allentown.
Still-life subjects are skillfully rendered in three mediums by Sandra Corpora and Lauren Kindle, each working in oils, Elena Shackleton, showing watercolors, and Jacqueline Meyerson, displaying pastels. An artists’ reception is 6 - 8 p.m. Jan. 17.
Dear Jacquelyn, The one thing that sets me apart from my friends is I do not drink alcohol. A big part of my problem is feeling awkward in social situations. Is there a casual, polite response I could say when someone asks why I’m not drinking?
Dear Reader, Not everyone chooses to include drinking in their lifestyle and it is possible to say no to alcohol in a polite way.
There’s absolutely no reason to feel awkward. Not everyone drinks alcohol.