Thanksgiving is in one week and already it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
That's especially true in Bethlehem, the Christmas City.
And it's no more so than at ArtsQuest's SteelStacks on the city's southside.
During the past two decades, Christkindlmarkt Bethlehem has delighted almost one million guests from near and far with its mix of gift ideas, old-world charm and holiday cheer.
The documentary film, "My Perestroika," will be screened, followed by a question and answer session with director Robin Hessman, 7 p.m. Nov. 19, Oechsle Hall auditorium, Room 224, Lafayette College, Easton. The event is free and open to the public.
Poet-photographer Marilyn Hazelton presents "Sustaining The Soul," 9 a.m. - noon Nov. 17, FloreAnt Projects Gallery- Studio, 215 Main St., Emmaus.
A selection of Hazelton's original photographic work combining tanka poetry, a Japanese five-phrase poetic form, and images is on display at the gallery Nov. 17- Dec. 15.
Photographers, painters, writers and students are invited to participate. A goal of the workshop is to deepen participants' insights into their own art and that of other artists and to discover new visual and textual meaning.
"Ben Franklin Venture Idol" will be held Nov. 15, Ben Franklin TechVentures, 116 Research Drive, Bethlehem.
Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m.
During the event, three early-stage technology company entrepreneurs seeking funding will present short pitches to a panel of investors and the audience.
After brief critiques from an expert panel, the audience will vote for a winning Ben Franklin Venture Idol. The event will include presentations, networking and investment pitches.
A reception for "Ed Osborn: Standing Wave," will be held 4:30 - 6 p.m. Nov. 14, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. Osborn gives a gallery talk, 12:45 p.m. Nov. 15. The events are free and open to the public.
Coldwell Banker Heritage Real Estate has announced the appointment of Patricia "Tricia" Reed as Vice-President of Business Development and Allentown Marketing Director.
After seven years with Coldwell Banker Heritage, she moved to Hilton Head, S.C., because of her husband's employment.
In 1999, Reed relocated to New Haven, Conn., where she was appointed Manager of Corporate Services and Relocation Director of the Beazley Company.
Central Moravian Church is publishing a new book, "The Moravian Christmas Putz: Bethlehem Moravians Tell the Story of the Birth of Christ," this month, marking the 75 years since Bethlehem became known as Christmas City USA.
That same year, Central Moravian Church opened its doors to its Community Putz for the first time Dec. 24, 1937.
The 72-page volume, with 90 color pictures, tells the history and Moravian traditions surrounding the putz.
"Christmas with the von Trapp Children" returns to Bethlehem for the first time since 2006. Sofia, Melanie, Amanda and Justin, great-grandchildren of Maria and Baron von Trapp of "The Sound of Music" fame, sing holiday classics, favorites from the world-famous musical and movie, and folk and Broadway tunes, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 - 17, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Tickets: artsqeuest.org, 610-332-3378
Q. I have high blood pressure and I'm trying to cut down on the sodium in my diet. Should I switch from regular table salt to sea salt?
Sea salt is made from evaporating sea water. Table salt comes from underground mines.
Sea salt sounds healthier doesn't it? It evokes images of crashing surf, tanned bodies, and marlin jumping out of the water.
Sea salt and table salt contain the same amount of sodium chloride. Switching won't help you with your high blood pressure. But you're on the right track.