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Q. I think I need a hearing aid. Any recommendations?
I’ve received this question from more than a few readers. It’s a subject of great interest to seniors.
About one in three Americans over age 60 suffers from loss of hearing, which can range from the inability to hear certain voices to deafness. However, only about one out of five who would benefit from a hearing aid uses one.
I think that some of the best music ever written was often inspired by a picture, a story or a melody that someone else wrote.
That leads us to question: Where does artistic inspiration come from? We often think of the artist, the composer, or the writer sitting in his or her little hovel, desperately trying to come up with some new creative idea that will set the world on fire.
In reality, though, many artists, writers, and musicians are often inspired by other creative people, and they build upon artwork, stories, or music of the past.
Call 610-782-3254 for locations.
Wednesday, Jan. 24: Salisbury steak with gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, banana.
Thursday, Jan. 25: Herbed pork, mashed yams, braised red cabbage, oatmeal cookie.
Friday, Jan. 26: Crab cake, tartar sauce, potato wedges, wax beans, applesauce.
Monday, Jan. 29: Chicken croquette, roasted potatoes, green beans, grapes.
Tuesday, Jan. 30: Baked ham with maple mustard, whipped sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, angel food cake.
Wednesday, Jan. 31: Chicken Marsala, brown rice, green beans, pineapple tidbits.
The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group meets 10 a.m. - noon Jan. 27, Palmer Branch, Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township. The business meeting, free and open to the public 18 years and older, is 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
At 11 a.m, David A. Miller II will present a program about writing poetry, and from 1:30 - 3 p.m., a poetry workshop. Attendees will receive a Valentine’s card and envelope.
The afternoon workshop is free for members, with a fee for nonmembers.
Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra presents its “Winter Vivaldi” concert with Father Seán Brett Duggan, pianist, for Johann Sebastian Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in E Major, BWV 1051, at 3 p.m. Jan. 28, Wesley Church, 2540 Center St., Bethlehem.
Call 610-559-3245 for locations.
Wednesday, Jan. 24: Lasagna soup, fried chicken breast on bun with lettuce, tomato and mayo, red skinned potato salad, fresh seedless grapes.
Thursday, Jan. 25: Salisbury steak w/ gravy, au gratin potatoes, seasoned roasted broccoli, wheat bread w/ margarine, blushed pears.
Friday, Jan. 26: Potato cheese soup, hot dog w/ kraut on bun, baked beans, fresh watermelon, iced brownie.
Monday, Jan. 29: Cream of chicken vegetable soup, Italian hoagie, vegetable chips, macaroni salad, ambrosia.
Q. My 17-year-old niece has been living with depression for many years. She recently shared with me that she has been seeing a therapist, taking medication and is considering increasing the meds she takes because she likes them. When I was with her, her parents seemed to be “hovering,” so we couldn’t really talk. I am concerned that she is not getting all the information she needs about her medicine (she didn’t know dosage, etc.). I gave her my cell number and told her to text anytime, but I feel like I didn’t do enough. What else can I offer her?
Submissions are now being accepted for the 13th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.
In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 25 and April 26 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites.
Ballet awakens: The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents “Sleeping Beauty,” 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton. The State Theatre Ballet of Russia, founded by dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet, Maya Plisetskaya, is under the direction of dancer and Moiseyev Dance Company soloist Nikolay Anokhin. “Sleeping Beauty,” with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, choreography by Marius Petipa and a production by Anatoly Emelianov that includes 55 ballet dancers from Russia, is based on the Brothers Grimm’s version of the fairytale.
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents “Sleeping Beauty,” a beautiful ballet adapted from the 1800s’ French fairy tale, which includes an exquisite score by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and choreography by the famed Marius Petipa.
“Sleeping Beauty” is presented at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.