Richard S. and Sandra E. DeLong of Hilton Head Island, S.C., formerly of Orefield, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Sept. 1.
Richard is retired from Royal Manufacturing and MG Industries, both in Allentown.
Sandra is retired from Lehigh Valley Hospital and Hilton Head Hospital, working in the emergency room at both facilities.
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.
A one-night-only reading of "8," Dustin Lance Black's new play chronicling the challenge to California's Proposition 8, will be presented at 8 p.m. Sept. 8 at Civic Theatre of Allentown's 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th St., Allentown.
Proceeds from "8," presented through a special agreement with American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) and Broadway Impact, benefit the Pennsylvania Diversity Network.
An artist's reception for "Comings & Goings," an exhibition continuing through Sept. 23 that covers about 30 years in the work of Kevin Tuttle, will be held 4:30 - 6 p.m. Sept. 5, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.
Tuttle's work is informed by literature, poetry, Greco-Roman painting and sculpture. Tuttle is a Muhlenberg College art department drawing and sculpture lecturer.
The reception and Martin Art Gallery events and programs are free and open to the public.
Q. I'm 69 years old and I'm considering surgery for obesity. Am I too old for this?
There is no upper age limit for this type of surgery. However, the procedure is riskier for anyone older than 65.
Obesity surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, limits your food intake. Some operations also restrict the amount of food you can digest. It is designed for men who are at least 100 pounds overweight and women at least 80 pounds overweight.
This spring was the warmest in 117 years of record-keeping and the warmest 12-month period ever recorded in the United States.
In response to the warm conditions, plants and insects made early appearances. Plants bloomed from a modest two weeks earlier than normal to as much as six weeks earlier than in previous years.
Most insects, including the monarch butterfly, kept pace with the early blooming. Many monarchs made the trip north from Mexico two to three weeks earlier this spring.
celebrate golden anniversary
Frank J. and Judith A. Scheck, of Bethlehem, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Aug. 18 with a buffet luncheon at the Hotel Bethlehem.
After the luncheon, there was a gathering at the home of their son, Jeff, and his wife, Julie, of Bethlehem.
The couple also has a daughter, Kerry, and her husband, Robinson Cooper, of Dublin, Ohio.
Judy is the daughter of the late Maude and Floyd Warnke. Her husband is the son of Mary Scheck and the late Frank Scheck.
ArtsQuest and more than one dozen area restaurants team up for the Appetizer Bowl, 4 - 7 p.m. Aug. 26, Musikfest Café, ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem.
Appetizers, dips and finger foods will be served in six different categories: Cheesiest, Seafood-based, Dips & Spreads, Veggie-based, Meat-based and Sauciest Couple (wings and sauce).
Attendees may sample and vote for their favorite in the "People's Choice" category. A judging panel will determine winners in the six appetizer categories.
If you live in the suburbs or if you have the opportunity to drive along country roads, I hope you take the time to enjoy the varieties of colors and species of wildflowers growing along the highways and byways.
Many of them are listed as invasive, but they tend to brighten up my travels from home to local destinations.