Hanukkah and Christmas are times of the year when family and friends come together to share memories, laugh, sing, decorate and exchange presents.
For people living with Alzheimer's or dementia, the holidays can be a difficult and stressful time.
I have found with my mother, who was diagnosed several years ago with dementia, this is the time of year when she becomes more depressed.
Lorraine F. Fries, 88, of North-ampton, died Nov. 23, 2012, at Gracedale, Upper Nazareth Township. She was the wife of the late Walter D. Fries.
Born in Crossroads, she was a daughter of the late Elmer and Emma (Reinhard) Fehnel.
She was a secretary for the Lehigh New England Railroad. She was a tax collector fot Allen Township for eight years.
She was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Kreidersville.
Governor Tom Corbett announced Nov. 9 PennDOT is launching two voluntary programs aimed at saving the lives of Pennsylvanians in emergency situations – the Yellow Dot and Emergency Contact Information programs.
"Both of these programs speak for people when they can't speak for themselves, so medical concerns can be addressed and contacts can be reached as quickly as possible," Corbett said. "When someone is in a crash or they find themselves in an emergency situation, it's critical that emergency responders quickly find out as much as they can about the victim."
· Lehigh Valley Chapter 1371 of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees monthly meeting – noon, St. Peters Lutheran Church community room, 1933 Hanover Avenue, Allentown. Information: Marie Nader at 610-231-0237.
· Alzheimer's CARE Training – 6 p.m., Home Instead Senior Care Office, 3722 Lehigh St., Suite 408, Whitehall. Information: 610-770-7773 or julie.kish@ homeinstead.com.
Morton D. Smith, 74, of Catasauqua, died Nov. 24, 2012, at Lehigh Valley Hospice Inpatient Unit, Allentown. He was the husband of Ruthanne (Moyer) Smith for 55 years.
Born in Northampton, he was a son of the late William and Myrtle (Coleman) Smith and a stepson of the late Ervin Koehler.
He was a frame driller and forklift operator for Mack Trucks Corporation, Macungie.
The annual Holiday Open House is 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Dec. 1, Visitor Center, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton.
There will be complimentary hot cider, gift ideas, an art exhibit by wildlife artist David Hughes, nature-themed activities, a live owl program and a visit by a flying squirrel.
Information: hawkmountain.org, 610-756-6961.
New York City's My Lord Chamberlain's Consort performs for the annual "Yuletide Revels," 5 p.m. Dec. 1, Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 E. Market St., Bethlehem.
There's a reception with traditional Yuletide tomfoolery: a Boar's Head in Procession, flaming Christmas pudding, wassail, nog, ginger cake, and other traditional Yule treats.
Co-sponsors of the evening of traditional and early music is Moravian College's Undergraduate Conference on Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
Tickets are expected to be available at the door. Information: 610-867-4741
"The New York Tenors Christmas: Memories of Herald Square," starring Andy Cooney, Daniel Rodriguez and Michael Amante, will be presented, 8 p.m. Dec. 1, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.
Tickets: statetheatre.org, 610-252-3132