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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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).
Miller Symphony Hall has announced that because of illness, a 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 concert by the Dave Roper Trio has been rescheduled.
Instead, the 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 "Jazz Cabaret" series features The Frank DiBussolo Group, with Tiffany G, in a "Home for the Holidays" concert.
Ticket holders for the Roper concert may attend the DiBussolo concert or the rescheduled Roper concert, 7:30 p.m. June 13, 2014. Information: 610-432-6715
Creative collaborations do not often happen easily, nor do they always produce powerful songwriting unions.
But that was the case when A.J. Swearingen and Jayne Kelli met at Judy's Highway Cafe, Tequesta, Fla. The trendy venue brought together two songwriters of different ages, gender and styles who blended beautifully to create a folk-pop duo with undeniable chemistry.
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Lehigh Saengerbund, 4 p.m. Dec. 14, Egner Chapel: Christmas concert
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"Christmas with the Celts," 8 p.m. Dec. 14
Phil Vassar, 8 p.m. Jan. 11
KIX, 8 p.m. Jan. 31
Fran Cosmo, 8 p.m. Feb. 1
Vince Gill, 8 p.m. Feb. 21
Bruce in the USA, 8 p.m. Feb. 22: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band tribute
Pink Floyd Experience, 8 p.m. March 1