Q. My 17-year-old daughter recently shared that her close friend was sexually assaulted by a relative who is now in jail. She has never gone for counseling, is not doing well in school, is becoming withdrawn and doesn’t want to talk about it. My daughter said her friend doesn’t want anyone to know what happened. What can I do?
More than 100 performances representing the state’s rich and diverse musical genres from polka to folk to rock, and salsa to military marches will be featured during the 2018 Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration (PennMArt) at the historic Allentown Fairgrounds on Memorial Day Weekend, May 26-28. Admission to the family-friendly event, as well as fairgrounds parking, are free.
Coverage of Bacchanali XV wouldn’t be complete without mentioning some of the dishes provided by local restaurants and caterers for the food-tasting event. So, as I have done in the past, here are my comments on the offerings:
The bacon truffle eggs provided by Southside 313 Bar & Grille could become habit forming. The bacon bits and rosemary mixed with mayo provided a subtler taste than the usual deviled eggs.
The Greco-Roman wine god Bacchus had his very own Bacchanalia festival in his honor,
where sumptuous food and tantalizing wines were the order of the day. Fast forward more than 2,200 years, and some of the finest aspects of the festival have been preserved at Fountain Hills’ annual wine and food tasting fundraiser that brings together the local community to benefit the borough’s Playground and Recreation Improvement Fund.
Q. My daughter is five and our son, three. She has never been interested in playing with dolls or “girly” things, but rather prefers the games and toys we purchase for her brother. We have even agreed to her request for a really short, boy-style haircut. She is well adjusted, bright and articulate, but we are concerned about her lack of interest in anything feminine. Should we do more to encourage her to become more “girly,” and inhibit her tomboy side?
It might seem incongruous to call a theatrical production about dying a feel-good play, but that is a perfect way to describe Civic Theatre of Allentown’s latest offering, “Tuesdays with Morrie,” through May 20, Alumnae Hall, Cedar Crest College, Allentown.
Written originally as a best-selling memoir by sportswriter Mitch Albom, then turned into a TV movie and later a play by Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher, “Tuesdays with Morrie” celebrates life and death as natural progressions.
All but one of the eight candidates vying for the new 7th Congressional district seat appeared together before a standing room-only audience to answer questions at a recent forum sponsored jointly by the League of Women Voters of Lehigh and Northampton counties. Those at the forum were Democrats David Clark, Rick Daugherty, Greg Edwards, John Morganelli, Roger Ruggles and Susan Wild. Republican Dean Browning also participated.
Q. I am a young father of a two-month-old. I really enjoy being a dad except when the baby won’t stop crying. What should I do?
The panel members began by congratulating the father for recognizing the problem. They said they have all been through the baby-crying situations themselves.
An integral part of the 2018 Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration (PennMArt) on Memorial Day Weekend will be three days of extensive programming to recognize the contributions of U.S. veterans, and to showcase Pennsylvania’s deeply-rooted role in the country’s military history. Appropriately, the inaugural event falls on the 100th anniversary year of the end of WWI, and the 150th anniversary of the first official Memorial Day.
Q. Our 19-year-old son has failed out of two separate colleges. Since he came home, we have noticed that he is constantly on his phone or laptop, which he admits interfered with his college success. He is an adult, and we want him to be responsible for himself, but he thinks he may be addicted to electronics. Are there any resources available for him?
The overuse of or addiction to electronics and video is a new, but a real issue facing society today, according to the panel.