Q. It seems like a lot of my friends are watching TV with the volume way up, and accusing everyone of mumbling. How common are hearing problems among seniors?
About one in three Americans over 60 suffers from loss of hearing, which can range from the inability to hear certain voices to deafness.
There are two basic categories of hearing loss.
One is caused by damage to the inner ear or the auditory nerve. This type of hearing loss is permanent.
The second kind occurs when sound can't reach the inner ear. This can be repaired medically or surgically.
A Christmas in July Craft and Vendor Fair will be held 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. July 20, Jerusalem Western Salisbury Church, 3441 Devonshire Road, Salisbury Township.
Crafters will display and sell stained glass, handmade cards, calligraphy, photography and ceramics. There will be a book sale, yard sale and children's craft area. Food will be available.
Proceeds benefit the 275th Anniversary Committee, to be celebrated in 2016.
Information: 610-797-4242, 610-791-4979
Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eastern Salisbury was the place to be for "HayDay! Growing in Friendship with Jesus" the curriculum for this year's Bible school. Approximately 25 students attended Bible school learning Bible verses describing friendships. Bible school included hog wild games, Bible adventures, crafts and more.
"Video Games Live," a concert featuring music from the most popular video games of all time, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St, Allentown.
The show, with a 30-date tour that includes stops in Shanghai and Beijing, China, and the first Middle East video concert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, began June 27, and was created and is produced by Tommy Tallarico, who hails from Springfield, Mass.
Tallarico, on guitar, will accompany the Allentown Symphony Orchestra, Concord Chamber Singers and soloists.
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