The reason that fall is such a great planting season is that the soil is warm and there is usually a long period of moderate temperatures from September until about Thanksgiving in the Lehigh Valley.
It's true that many plants aren't producing much shoot growth at this time, but the roots of many plants continue to function long after shoots appear dormant. Sure, we'll have a frost in mid-October, but most years this is followed by many days of frost-free temperatures.
@Body.8 Days: DANCE
ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY
Fearless Fire Company, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown. 610-797-2542
Main Lesson: East Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Aug. 20, 27
Main Lesson: West Coast Swing, 7 p.m. Sept. 3, 10
Main Lesson: Cha Cha, 7 p.m. Sept. 17, 24
Progressive Beginner Lesson: Hustle, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 17, 24
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 - 10 p.m. Wednesdays: "Tango Practicas"
@Body.8 Days Head: MONTAGE MOUNTAIN
Toyota Pavilion, 1000 Montage Mountain Road, Scranton. 800-468-7669
Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Sept. 1
@Body.8 Days Head: PENN'S PEAK
325 Maury Road, Penn Forest Township. 1-866-605-7325
Ted Nugent, Laura Wilde, 8 p.m. Aug. 14
Billy Bauer Band, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15: Deck Party
Shades of Grey Band, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16: Deck Party
Ostrich Hat, 2 p.m. Aug. 18: Deck Party
Steal Your Face Band, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 22: Deck Party
Hoobastank, Lit, Alien Ant Farm, 8 p.m. Aug. 23
@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS
Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.610-332-3378
Dave Attell, 8, 10:30 p.m. Aug. 17
Peas and Q's Family Programming, 11:30 a.m. Aug. 17, 24, 31: Capital BlueCross Creativity Commons
Fight Night, 7 p.m. Aug. 21
Classic Albums Live, 8 p.m. Aug. 22: The Beatles "Abbey Road" tribute
Kenny Vance and the Planotones, 8 p.m. Aug. 23
Mike DelGuidice and Big Shot, 8 p.m. Aug. 31: Billy Joel tribute
Great White Caps, 8 p.m. Sept. 5: Weezer "Blue Album" tribute
"The Smurfs 2" is an amusing animated and live action feature film with excellent character voices, jokey dialogue and terrific animation that should be enjoyed by the pre-10 year-old set and hold the attention of most parents or guardians.
The characters were created by Peyo, aka Pierre Culliford, a Belgium comic-strip artist-writer. The name Smurf is a Dutch language translation of an invented French word, Schtroumpf, a made-up word for salt.
The actor's life: The Allentown Public Theatre (APT) is presenting a children's show, "Pinocchio," 6 p.m. Aug. 16, 23; 2 p.m. Aug. 17, 24; and 2 p.m. Aug. 18, 25, St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 417 N. Seventh St., Allentown. Sam Kuglen adapted the well-known story by Carlo Collodi written in 1883 into a one-hour, one-act play. Gepetto, a poor woodcarver, creates a puppet, Pinocchio (Lana Brucker), above, who comes to life. His nose grows every time he tells a lie. Pinocchio dreams of becoming a real boy. Through many misadventures, he learns about the consequences of his actions.
@Body.8 Days Head: CONCERTS OUTDOORS FREE
328 S. Main St., Alburtis. 610-463-7725
Bill Murray and the Crossover Band, 3 p.m. Aug. 18
Country Rhythm, 3 p.m. Aug. 25
One Night Stand, 3 p.m. Sept. 1
The Outlaws with Crazy Elmer, 3 p.m. Sept. 2
Tracy Lee Band, 3 p.m. Sept. 8
@Body.8 Days Head: ALLENTOWN ARTS PARK
Fifth and Linden streets, Allentown. 610-437-7757
Jay Lapp, noon Aug. 20
@Body.8 Days Head: ARTSQUEST
Levitt Pavilion, Air Products Town Square, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. 610-332-3378
@Body.8 Days Head: CINEMA
Frank Banko Alehouse Cinema, 101 Founders Way, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. 610-332-1300
"When Comedy Went to School," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 14; 4:45, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 15
"Rear Window," 7:15 p.m. Aug. 14
"An American Tale," 8 p.m. Aug. 14
"Kill Bill Volume One," "Kill Bill Volume Two" 9:30 p.m. Aug. 17
"Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm," 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18, 19
@Body.8 Days Head: CIVIC THEATRE OF ALLENTOWN
527 N. 19th St., Allentown. 610-432-8943
It's not unusual to see the Rev. Greg Edwards behind a podium delivering a sermon in Resurrected Life Church, 144 N. Ninth St., Allentown.
It's also not unusual to see and hear clarinetist-saxophonist, the Rev. Greg Edwards, at one of his many performances in the Lehigh Valley and surrounding areas.
Come and hear the music side of Edwards, performing with his friends, Frank DiBussolo, guitar, piano; Stephen Liu, bass, and Brian Tyrek, drums, in the Jazz Cabaret Series, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
@Body.8 Days Head: LITERARY EVENTS
ALLENTOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY
1210 Hamilton St., Allentown. 610-820-2400
Used Book Sale, through Aug. 17
The Wilhelm Brothers, 6 p.m. Aug. 22
Ellen Cherry, 7 p.m. Oct. 22
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
@Body.8 Days Head: BETHLEHEM PUBLIC LIBRARY
11 W. Church St., Bethlehem. 610-867-3761