Remember your mother telling you if you played the piano you'd always be welcome at parties?
A crowd would gather round, the singing would start and the party would begin?
No, I didn't practice enough to make that dream come true either, but I'm always grateful when somebody like CJ Steinway did.
CJ, a Fountain Hill native and Moravian College Class of '91 graduate, was with friends celebrating the holidays at the Hotel Bethlehem last Christmas when he began picking out some tunes at the grand piano in the lobby.
Home gardeners often use more pesticides per square foot in their gardens than farmers do in the fields, thinking that if a little is good, more will be better.
This is a serious mistake and a misuse of pesticides.
Pesticide overuse has a number of adverse effects:
It makes food less safe to eat, especially if there are residues at harvest time.
It makes handling plants dangerous.
It may harm or kill beneficial insects, earthworms, birds and pets.
"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
Ted Swenson and Jennifer Shropshire of Swenson & Associates of Philadelphia will facilitate a "town meeting" about Civic Theatre of Allentown, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. July 11, 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.
The board of directors and staff of Civic Theatre of Allentown have embarked on a strategic planning process. The facilitators are looking to discover what local residents are seeking in the future from Civic Theatre of Allentown, and what concerns Lehigh Valley residents may have about the organization and its place in the Lehigh Valley cultural community.
The best things about "Monsters University" occur before and after the animated feature film.
"The Blue Umbrella," a film short preceding "MU," is many of the things that "MU" is not. "Blue Umbrella" is imaginatively to the point, original and thoroughly entertaining.
After the credits conclude for "MU," there is a scene about a snail character, introduced early in the film as he makes his way slowly to class. The outcome of his progress is in the post-credits scene, which is also many of the things that "MU" is not. The scene is very funny, clever and efficient.
Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) is offering a Summer Information Session for adults, veterans, returning students, non-traditional students and transfer candidates, 6 - 8 p.m. Aug. 8, main campus, Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.
Those interested in attending LCCC in Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 should register for the session: lccc.edu/summerinfosessions.
Information: LCCC Admissions Office, 610-799-1575
Sounds of "Summer": "Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns" is not only the name of the 7:30 p.m. July 13 concert at the State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton, but the title of a new CD, set for release June 11. Saxophonist Dave Koz, above, second from left, is joined by saxophonists, above, from left, Mindi Abair, Gerald Albright and Richard Elliot.
Seven days of concerts will be presented for the 24th Moravian Music Festival, 7:30 p.m. July 14 - 20, Central Moravian Church, 73 W. Church St., and Moravian College Hurd Campus, Main and Church streets, both Bethlehem.
Moravian Music Festivals, last held in Bethlehem in 1992, are held every four years and feature almost 300 Moravian musicians from the United States and Canada.
Rez Music Ministry presents The B-Attitudes, a Christian pop-rock band, in concert for "Friday Night in the Light," 7 p.m. July 12, Hope Community Church, 7974 Claussville Road, Fogelsville. Fellowship and refreshments follow.
Internationally-known saxophonist and eight-time Grammy nominee Dave Koz, and three of his most talented and trusted colleagues, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot, and Mindi Abair, celebrate his latest Concord Records CD, "Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns," 7:30 p.m. July 13, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.