Q. My doctor ordered a TSH test. What is that?
The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the middle of the lower neck. It produces hormones that control metabolism, which are the chemical processes cells in the body perform to keep us alive.
Summer annual grasses continue to be pervasive weed problems in many turfgrass areas throughout the Lehigh Valley. The most common summer annual grasses in turf include crabgrasses (Digitaria spp.) and goosegrass (Eleusine indica). Satisfactory control of these weeds can be obtained by cultural methods, provided the life cycle of the plant is understood.
The second annual KidsPeace Community Yard Sale will be held 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. Aug. 24, KidsPeace Family Center, 1650 Broadway, Salisbury Township.
In the event of rain, the sale will be held indoors.
Community members, crafters and vendors are welcome to reserve a space for a minimum donation.
The deadline to register for a spot is Aug. 19. Participants must bring their own tables. Vendors keep profits from sales.
Proceeds from reservations benefit KidsPeace Autism Services & Community Programs.
The Musikfest 30th Anniversary App, available for free at the iTunes Store and developed by Trifecta Technologies and ArtsQuest, is now available.
The app, sponsored by Martin Guitar, includes performance schedules by date and venue, biographies for 300 performers, festival updates in real time and search options so patrons can look for their favorite music and vendors.
The app includes an interactive festival map, parking and general festival information, and contests, promotions and discounts available only to app users.
"Aida," July 26 - Aug. 11, Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. 610-865-6665
"Beauty and the Beast," through Aug. 9, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. 610-282-WILL
"Disney's Aladdin, Jr.," 3, 7 p.m. Aug. 16; 3, 4 p.m. Aug.17, Pennsylvania Youth Theater, Charles A. Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem. 610-791-4671
"Footloose," through Aug. 18, The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown. 610-433-2333
"Despicable Me 2" has nearly all the things you would want to see and hear in an animated feature family comedy.
It has distinctive and charmingly-rendered characters, voice talent that is very expressive, an interesting and entertaining storyline, an overall attention to detail and, most importantly, a sense of fun.
"Despicable Me 2" ("DM2") is co-directed by Pierre Coffin and Chris Renaud.
Renaud is a Parkland High School, Class of '85, graduate who attended the Baum School of Art where he received a $1,000 scholarship.
Notre Dame Summer Theatre is presenting the Lehigh Valley debut of the Broadway musical version of "Les Misérables."
The musical is based on the 1862 novel written by French author Victor Hugo. There've been four film adaptations, including the Oscar-winning 2012 musical version.
Now in its fourth season, Notre Dame Summer Theatre (NDST) presents "Les Misérables," 7:30 p.m. July 26, 27, Aug. 2, 3 and 2 p.m. July 28 and Aug. 3, auditorium, Notre Dame High School, 3417 Church Road, Easton.
The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of "Measure for Measure," through Aug. 4, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is a marvelous feast of double-crossing stratagems, low comedy and high drama.
With Shakespeare, you usually get a drama or comedy. With the Bard's "Measure for Measure," you get both. The play could be regarded as the first of what is now known in TV and movie parlance as a "dramedy," or, more traditionally, a tragicomedy.
A "Superstar" summer: The Lehigh Valley summer theater season at two of the biggest venues is nearing a close. You only have a few days left to catch one of the season's most spectacular shows, "Jesus Christ Superstar," Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT), through July 28, Empie Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. Dan Cary, above center, portrays Jesus. Joshua Neth, above right, plays Pilate. The rock opera dramatizes the last seven days in the life of Jesus, from his entry into Jerusalem through his crucifixion.
Cody Simpson will present a free acoustic concert, 11 a.m. July 31, Musikfest Café, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
The Simpson concert, presented by B104, ArtsQuest and Atlantic Records, is open to the first 1,000 in line July 31. No ticket is required.
However, B104 and ArtsQuest, are giving away a limited number of VIP tickets for the performance.
In addition, a limited number of meet and greet passes will be distributed by B104 and ArtsQuest via contests on B104, as well as online at B104.com and artsquest.org.