"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," 10 a.m. April 18, 25; 12:30 p.m. April 18, May 2; Act 3 Children's Theatre Company of DeSales University, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, 2755 Station Avenue, Center Valley. desales.edu/act1, 610-282-3192
The second annual JCC Juried Indoor Fine Craft Show is 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. April 21, Jewish Community Center, 702 N. 22nd St., Allentown.
There is a catered preview, 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. April 20.
There will be 50 booths, featuring ceramics, fiber-wearable art, glass, jewelry, metalwork, wood, basketry, leather, judaica and furniture.
There is a children's art gallery featuring the work of JCC students.
The craft show is a fundraiser for children's programs at the JCC.
With each year of the Student Poetry Project, there are surprises.
Poetry is like that. And so is April, National Poetry Month. Can you say serendipity?
For the 8th annual Student Poetry Project, one poem in particular has quite a pedigree.
Embassy Bank is inviting the submission of photographs of family members, neighbors and friends who have served or are serving in the armed forces for the third-annual Memorial Day weekend, May 26 - 28, "Our Hometown Heroes" display, SteelStacks, Bethehem.
The Memorial Day Celebration presented by Embassy Bank includes three days of music, family activities and programming.
"The response to 'Our Hometown Heroes' has been amazing with more than 200 images submitted over the past two years," says Embassy Bank CEO, President and Chairman Dave Lobach Jr.
Richard Pawling, in the character of Cappy Hummel, a canal boat captain, presents "Canawling on America's Canals," a history of the United States' canal system, 6:30 p.m. April 23, Lower Macungie Township Community Center, Lower Macungie Library, 3450 Brookside Road, Lower Macungie Township.
The program is funded by the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
To register: 610-966-6864
Vouchsafe it to say that nothing like Touchstone Theatre's "Ulysses Dreams" was going on when the outdoor theater work was being presented for only its fourth performance April 14 at the Bethlehem Greenway Amphitheater no, not in any park, in any city, anywhere in the United States, or in any nation in the whole wide world.
Does anyone ever wonder
why she never wears short sleeves
Does anyone wonder
why she never eats
She says it's too cold
It's been sunny all day
She says she isn't hungry
but her stomach is fading away
Her face is getting pale
It hurts when you touch her arm
She is always in the bathroom
She is always alarmed
She starts missing school
You have a bad thought in your head
Then you get a phone call
And you were right
Did anyone notice
any one at all
Pianist Michael Gurt and the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, under the direction of Music Director Allan Birney, perform an all-Beethoven concert, 7:30 p.m. April 20, First Presbyterian Church, Cedar Crest and Tilghman streets, Allentown.
As Lehigh Valley audiences have gotten to know Gurt during his long association with the Sinfonia, they have come to love not only his insightful playing and whirlwind encores, but also his larger-than-life personality, Louisiana accent and the time he takes to meet and chat with any listeners, especially students.
That clockwise beast called the hour
Weighed heavy on the backs of the old men
Who went to cemeteries to visit their history in stone
And fought to hold onto fleeting recollections
Of dances in the Summer evening
Painting a house some 'eggshell' shade of white
A game of chess on a stone patio whose perimeter was a balustrade in vibrant bloom
In time, on practiced schedules, they would leave
And come to learn that though the fire had died
There still existed warmth.
Age17, Grade: 12
The second annual "Lorax Earth Day" is 1 - 6 p.m. April 21, Fox Environmental Center at Illick's Mill, 100 Illick's Mill Road, Bethlehem.
The indoor and outdoor family event is filled with games, music, films and food.
"Yertle the Turtle" animal displays, Faulkner Chevrolet Cadillac "Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?" visit from a Chevy Volt hybrid car, "Red Fish Blue Fish" recycled arts and crafts, Natural Awakenings magazine "There's a Wocket in my Pocket" scavenger hunt;