Dear Jacquelyn, A couple of weeks ago I attended a baby shower for a friend. I did not know most of the people there. I found myself watching everyone and not talking. I normally am not at a loss for words with my friends and family, but in this situation I was totally out of my comfort zone. I did not want to come across as disinterested, but I felt awkward. Do you have any suggestions about how to engage in small talk?
Call 610- 782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, Nov. 21: Roasted turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, pumpkin pie.
Thursday, Nov. 22: Thanksgiving. Centers closed.
Friday, Nov. 23: Black Friday. Centers closed.
Monday, Nov. 26: Chicken croquette, roasted potatoes, carrots, pineapple, wheat bread.
Tuesday, Nov. 27: Low salt baked ham w/ maple mustard, whipped sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, angel food cake.
Wednesday, Nov. 28: Turkey sandwich, beef vegetable soup.
Q. What foods are good for keeping your cholesterol down?
Oatmeal contains soluble fiber that reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the bad cholesterol that can increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes. This type of fiber is also found in kidney beans, brussels sprouts, apples, pears, barley and prunes.
There are other foods that work against cholesterol. These include soy protein, walnuts and fatty fish.
Soy protein is found in tofu, soy nuts, soy milk and soy burgers.
Call 610- 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.
Wednesday, Nov. 21: Chicken Kiev, rice pilaf, Scandinavian vegetable blend, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh pineapple tidbits.
Thursday, Nov. 22: Closed for Thanksgiving.
Friday, Nov. 23: Closed for Thanksgiving.
Monday, Nov. 26: Chicken noodle soup, pot roast sandwich, sour cream cucumber salad, blushed pears.
The Canadian Brass, the most famous brass ensemble in the world, presents its holiday season tour concert, “Christmas Time Is Here,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.
The Canadians are among the most famous, most entertaining, and most musically excellent of all brass groups today.
Their storied history dates back to 1970. For nearly 50 years, the group has produced the highest-quality performances in venues all over the globe.
Q. I am divorced and my eight-year-old son has bonded very closely with his grandfather, my dad, who has been taking care of him while I work. We have just found out that my dad has cancer, and is not expected to live more than a few months. I have not told my son yet. How do I tell him, and then how do I help him get through the next couple of months?
Everyone on the panel agreed that the son should be told sooner rather than later.
“A good place to start,” panelist Chad Stefanyak said, “is to find out how much the son knows about death.“
Just say, “Groot.”
“Marvel Universe Live! Age Of Heroes” brings the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life at PPL Center, Allentown, for seven performances, Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.
The latest production from Feld Entertainment, which also produces “Disney On Ice,” “Monster Jam,” “Monster Energy Supercross” and “Sesame Street Live,” is a leading producer of live touring family entertainment.
Brassy Christmas: The Canadian Brass performs “Christmas Time Is Here,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Now in its 49th season, the Canadian Brass has performed in major concert halls, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold 2 million albums, and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. Canadian Brass includes Chuck Daellenbach, founder and tuba player; Caleb Hudson and Christopher Coletti, trumpets; Achilles Liarmakopoulos, trombone, and Jeff Nelsen, horn.
In the fall, bees and wasps are on the hunt for sweets or carbohydrates, the primary energy source that keeps them flying and active for other routine activities.
The bald-faced hornet is an “aerial yellow jacket,” one of seven or eight species in the genus Dolichovespula in North America.
However, it is not a “true” hornet. It is a yellow jacket.
All of the yellow jackets in the genus Dolichovespula build nests in bushes and trees, sometimes on the outside of buildings, and produce the characteristic football-shaped, gray, papery nests.