Craig Kastelnik and his wife, Pat Flaherty, have been delighting Lehigh Valley jazz fans for more than 40 years, playing together as Kato, and with other local musicians in various configurations.
Craig Kastelnik & Friends, including Flaherty, vocals; Tom Kozic, guitar; Bernard Purdie, drums, perform at 7:30 p.m. July 19, Jazz Cabaret Series, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.
Kastelnik, 59, has been active in music since the age of...
PRESS PHOTOS BY SHARON SCHRANTZ
St. Peter's Union Church, St. Peter's Road, Macungie, was transformed to "Kingdom Rocks" for Vacation Bible School recently. Those attending had to cross the moat to gain entrance to the castle to discover those things that allow us to be strong in our faith and know the love of God. Setup for this terrific occasion was done solely by volunteers. This included painting, making armored Knights, making "bricks" to create walls and generally transforming...
Blackbirds are familiar birds observed throughout the Lehigh Valley. Blackbird flocks often tend to create great dark streaks as they fly across distant horizons. You may also have been close enough to hear the buzz of thousands upon thousands of wing pairs.
Members of the blackbird family tend to congregate, especially during spring and fall migrations. It is often difficult to tell one species from another when assembled in massive groups.
Most blackbirds are medium-size...
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...
Theater creates the opportunity to live twice. If you are hooked on "Downton Abbey," perhaps part of the attraction is going inside: a beautiful castle, beautiful yet complicated and fragile lives, and a mesmerizing world from another time that is otherwise unavailable to us.
At the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF), you can live many lives: yours and the life of a famous English King, a novice nun in Vienna, an Oklahoma cowhand, a Victorian matriarch, a spy novel hero on the...
"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...
"Shrek The Musical" makes its Lehigh Valley premier this summer.
It's the latest offering of Sing For America, the group composed of five siblings Taryn, Teara, Tasia, Jewel and Jorne Gilbert well-known for their elaborate stage productions and vocal performances in the Valley.
But what really makes Sing For America stand out from other area theater companies is that all of the profits go directly to the local chapter of the Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc., to help military...
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.
Free programs will be presented 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. July 13 for the re-opening of the expanded Irma Broun-Kahn Education Building, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton.
Cindy Dunn, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is expected to attend the noon-time ribbon-cutting.
Schedule: hawkmountain.org, 610-756-6000
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...