Pennsylvania Youth Theatre's production of Patricia Gray's dramatization of J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit" has what any child loves: dwarves with swords going someplace scary to do something dangerous.
The play, with alternating casts of children and directed by Mary Wright, continues through March 24 at the Charles A. Brown Ice House, Sand Island, Bethlehem. For the March 15 performance that was reviewed, the "Back Again Cast" was on the quest through Middle Earth.
Northampton Community College (NCC) will hold its third annual Peace and Justice Conference March 26 and March 27, Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.
The conference is free and open to the public.
Charles Eisenstein, keynote speaker, will discuss "Money and the Turning of the Age." He is the author of three books: "Sacred Economics," "The Ascent of Humanity" and "The Yoga of Eating."
The schedule is:
9:30 - 10:45 a.m. - Community groups/student presentations
Northampton Community College (NCC) will hold its 12th annual spring youth scholastic chess championship, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. March 23, second floor, College Center, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.
The tournament offers sections for United States Chess Federation players ages 18 and under and non-rated sections for players age 14 and under. Everyone will play five rounds. Parents are welcome. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. Participants may bring or purchase a lunch
Information, or to register: northampton.edu/lifelearn, 610-861-4120
At one point in "Oz The Great and Powerful," Oz (James Franco) says to China Doll, a Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) character voiced by Joey King, "One rule in show biz: Never work with kids or animals," adding, "I already have this ... ," as he gestures to another CGI character, Finley, a monkey in a bellhop suit voiced by Zach Braff.
To that show-business adage, it could be added, "Never work with CGI characters."
At least in "Oz the Great and Powerful," for James Franco and other live-action actors, it's a losing battle.
Hawk Mountain Sanctuary holds its annual Spring Equinox Celebration, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. March 23 in and around the Visitor Center.
The annual event is held on the Saturday closest to the spring equinox to herald the arrival of the spring season. Trail fees apply for non-members.
The day begins with "Raptors Up Close!," 11 a.m., followed a guided nature walk at 12:30 p.m. for all age skill levels. Those interested in the walk should sign up upon arrival, as participation is limited, and a trail fee applies.
The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual four-day event drawing participants of all ages to count birds visiting their backyards and surrounding areas.
The GBBC gives a real-time snapshot of what bird species are found in specific areas. The results are sent to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, N.Y. The 16th annual count was Feb. 15 - 18.
My wife, Bev, and I have been participating and sending in our bird counts for about seven years. This is the first year that records have been accepted from anywhere in the world.
PHOTO BY JANE NOEL
The world according to Mo: "Parallel Lives," written by Mo Gaffney and Kathy Najimy, opens Allentown Public Theatre's 2013 season, 8 p.m. March 22, 23, 28 - 30, April 4 - 6 and 2 p.m. April 7, Antonio Salemme Foundation, Suite 203, 542 W. Hamilton St., Allentown. Variety has praised the two-person show as "a humorous romp with a feminist sensibility ...
Spring break is over for most. College students are back in class. The spring semester is full-speed ahead for those working on their higher education degrees.
A new year and new semester often leads students to create higher expectations and goals for themselves, but student slacking is prone to happen as the semester continues.
McGraw-Hill Education has created study tips and tools for college-level students intended to improve their grades, results and learning habits.
Q. I have found that I don't sleep as well as I used to when I was younger. How common is this?
Many people believe that poor sleep is a normal part of aging, but it is not. Sleep patterns change as we age, but disturbed sleep and waking up tired every day are not part of normal aging.
Seniors need about the same amount of sleep as younger adults: seven to nine hours a night.