A child doesn't arrive with an instruction manual. Parents can become overwhelmed with the responsibilities involved in caring for their children. Other factors such as separation or divorce in a family can cause additional parenting stress.
Child abuse can be physical, mental and verbal in addition to not meeting the basic needs of the child.
Virtuoso guitarist John Jorgenson, co-founding member of the Desert Rose Band and the Hellecasters, takes the stage, 7 p.m. Oct, 18, Blast Furnace Room, ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
"I've been very lucky over my career," Jorgenson says. "I was named guitarist of the year three years in a row back in the '90s and I won a Grammy a few years ago [2008 Best Country Instrumental] for a collaboration with Brad Paisley."
Veteran 1960's Lehigh Valley garage band, The Limits, reunites 7 p.m. Oct. 20, Gertrude B. Fox Environmental Center [formerly Illick's Mill], Bethlehem, as part of a double bill that includes The Old School Band, fronted by Steve Molchany and original members of his 60's area group, the Dooley Invention.
"Steve Molchany called me a few months ago and told me he had had a very successful event at Illick's Mill," says Levy, lead singer and guitarist for the Limits. "He said, 'Let's do a show together.'"
This year marks Levy's 50th year playing music professionally.
All you need is love and performances by some of the Lehigh Valley's premier musical talent. The Lehigh Valley Beatles Showcase, 2 p.m. Oct. 21, is poised to bring a diverse group of performers to Musikfest Café at ArtsQuest, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.
The event, now in its second year, is presented by the Greater Lehigh Valley Music Association (GLVMA) and will feature 20 area acts, including notable 1960's pop music cover artists, The Large Flowerheads, and blues stylists The James Supra Band.
The show must go on, but in Kander and Ebb's "Curtains," someone in front of or perhaps behind the stage wants to see it close.
"Curtains" is a multi-genre production: a play within a play, romantic-comedy, murder-mystery and musical comedy performed by a large ensemble cast.
The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of "Curtains," weekends through Oct. 21, offers a little something for most theater-goers' appetites. The play, which runs just more than two hours, kicks off with a big musical number that features most of the cast of roughly 20 on stage at once.
Crowded Kitchen Players' production of "Design for Murder," through Oct. 7, McCoole's Arts and Events Place, Quakertown, keeps you guessing.
Playwright George Batson's murder mystery is as much a tale of intrigue and suspense as it is socio-economic commentary.
Kilts and Celts will descend upon Bethlehem for the 25th annual Celtic Classic.
What was once a tiny festival conceived by a small group of individuals dedicated to preserving Celtic heritage has blossomed into the largest Celtic event in North America.
The Celtic Classic, Sept. 28 - 30, features food, music, and sport, all with roots in the rich Celtic tradition.
More than 250,000 people travel to Bethlehem to partake in the Celtic Classic.
Mezzo-soprano Steph-anie Blythe will present her cabaret performance of music by American icon Kate Smith.
The show, "We'll Meet Again: The Songs of Kate Smith," 8 p.m. Sept. 22, Symphony Hall, Allentown, features Blythe accompanied by pianist Craig Terry.
"The show is a tribute to the great American singer Kate Smith. It is not an impersonation show," says Blythe. "I don't pretend to be Kate Smith or try to sing like Kate Smith."
In addition to the songs, Blythe offers background and biographical material about Kate Smith.
The blues return to SteelStacks on Bethlehem's southside for the second annual Blast Furnace Blues Festival. The three-day blues showcase will consist of more than 25 acclaimed local and national acts performing on three stages.
Headlining the opening day of the festival, which runs Sept. 14 - 16, is legendary harmonica player James Cotton.
Rock music for a cause is the theme of We Rock's concert, 1 - 9 p.m. Sept. 8, MainGate nightclub, 17th and Liberty streets, Allentown.
The concert benefits Lehigh Valley Health Network's Breast Health Services. We Rock has held biannual charity concerts for the past six years.
We Rock was organized by Matt Wolf, better known in the Lehigh Valley music scene as Matt Metal, host of a long-running radio show on Lehigh County Community College radio station WXLV.