Q. My 12-year-old daughter wants to start “hanging out” with her friends. I know I need to give her more freedom as she gets older, but this is so hard. What should I be checking out or asking her when she wants to go with her friends to the mall or a park?
The first questions to ask, according to panelist Pam Wallace, are: “Who are you going with? Where are you going? What will you be doing? Will there be an adult with you?”
You don’t have to know anything about golf to enjoy the Pennsylvania Playhouse’s zany production of “The Fox on the Fairway,” continuing through June 17. You just need to sit back and enjoy the hilarity.
Written by Tony-Award-winning playwright Ken Ludwig, “The Fox on the Fairway” is a farce about two country club rivals and the absurd bet they make on the outcome of a golf match. The dubious lengths one of the men goes to keep from losing the bet leads to uproarious consequences.
Q. Whenever I get on the phone, my two boys, ages 6 and 4, misbehave. They do things they would not do any other time like climbing on chairs to reach snacks, throwing things and fighting. I have to hang up from important calls. What can you suggest?
An early suggestion was to give the boys something to play with, as well as setting boundaries.
Make sure the boys know when it is OK to interrupt the parent on the telephone, and when it is not.
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 She has never gone for counseling, is not doing well in school, is becoming withdrawn and doesn’t want to talk about it.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.