@Body.8 Days: DANCE
ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY
Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542
West Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Jan. 7, 14
Hustle, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11
Cha-Cha, 7 p.m. Jan. 21, 28, Feb. 18
15th Anniversary Winter Ball, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 4
Social Dance, 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays
@Body.8 Days Head: ANTONIO SALEMME FOUNDATION
Empire Ballroom, 542 Hamilton St., Allentown 610-433-4150
Lehigh Valley Tango Society, 7 p.m. Wednesdays: "Tango Practicas"
@Body.8 Days Head: ART EXHIBITS
ALLENTOWN ART MUSEUM
31 N. Fifth St., Allentown. 610-432-4333
South Asian Temple Art, through Dec. 29, Fowler Gallery
American Wildlife Art, through Dec. 29, Scheller and Rodale Galleries
Drawings on Character: The Art of Children's Graphic Novels, through Dec. 29, Art Ways Interactive Family Gallery
Assemblage: Contemporary Fiber Art, through Feb. 23, Goodman Gallery
The Maiden Creek Series: Watercolors by Matthew Daub, through May 18, Payne Hurd Gallery
Holiday Art Ventures, 1 - 3 p.m. Dec. 27
@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS
ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400
Used Book Sale, Dec. 18 - 21
Adult Winter Reading Program, Jan. 2 - Feb. 28
Vellamo, 2 p.m. Jan. 11
Lap-sit Story Time, 10 a.m. Thursdays: Up to 2-year-olds
Time for Twos, 6 p.m. Wednesdays; 10:15 a.m. Fridays: 2-year-olds
Preschool Story Time, 10 a.m., 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays, 2 p.m. Thursdays: 3- to 5-year-olds
Family Story Time, 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays
@Body.8 Days Head: BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY
"God, does anybody actually believe this?" Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) asks during "Hunger Games: Catching Fire."
"Everybody," replies Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson).
That is accurate based on the box-office records broken by "Catching Fire," sequel to "Hunger Games" (2012).
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, atop the Appalachian Mountains west of Kempton in Albany Township, Berks County, and East Brunswick Township, Schuylkill County, is one of the best locations in the world to observe migrating raptors.
Described as "Nature's Greatest Air Show," approximately 18,000 migrating raptors (birds of prey) are said to pass along Hawk Mountain's rocky outlooks between Aug. 15 and Dec. 15.
The 2,600-acre sanctuary also draws hikers looking for exercise and families who visit to take in the experience at 1700 Hawk Mountain Road.
The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective (PJC) presents "A Christmas Jazz Vespers Service," 4 p.m. Dec. 15, Church of the Manger, 1401 Greenview Drive, Bethlehem.
A jazz quintet will be led by PJC Vice President Neil Wetzel, director of jazz studies, Moravian College. Church staff include musician Sam Creyer and organist Mark Dennis.
The Rev. Sharon Solt-Harfman will preside.
"A Christmas Carol," 7 p.m. Dec. 19, 20, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown. CivicTheatre.com, 610-432-8943
"A Christmas Carol," 8 p.m. Dec. 20, 21; 2 p.m. Dec. 22, Crowded Kitchen Players, McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown. email email@example.com, ckplayers.com, 610-395-7176
"Almost, Maine," 8 p.m. Dec. 19, 20, 21; 3 p.m. Dec. 22, The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Illicks Mill Road, Bethlehem. paplayhouse.org, 610-865-6665
A toast to the Gershwins: Singer-pianist-composer Elliot Sneider, above, presents "Gershwin Uncorked," 8 p.m. Dec. 28, Congregation Brith Sholom, 1190 W. Macada Road, Bethlehem. Sneider sings and plays the music of George and Ira Gershwin in a "Holiday Cabaret" setting. Sneider has performed in concert halls across the United States, including Lincoln Center's Walter Reade Theater. Sneider performs with the Afro-beat ensemble, Asiko; the 1920's style dance band, The Dreamland Orchestra, and has been a regular at the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governor's Island, New York City.
Many of us do not view our favorite and common fall flower, the chrysanthemum (mum), as exotic. However, these lovely and easy-to-grow flowering plants were brought to us from Asia.
Mums have been hybridized many, many times to produce the gorgeous array of fall colors that we see in gardens throughout the Lehigh Valley.
The versatile flowering mum is available in a multitude of sizes, shapes and colors. The height of a typical mum plant can range from one to two feet.
The Sixth Street Shelter now has five more apartments to help Allentown's homeless. The newly-constructed apartments have bathrooms, bunk-beds and kitchenettes that will be used by families of homeless mothers and their children.
Sixth Street Shelter, directed by Jessica R. Dreistadt, is part of a group of shelters that include the Turner Street Apartments, Allentown, and the Ferry Street Apartments, Easton. The shelters are under the auspices of the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley (CACLV).