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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Q. My husband is getting a drinker’s nose. He reminds me of W.C. Fields. But my husband doesn’t really drink more than an occasional beer. I don’t get it.

W.C. Fields, the vaudevillian and comedic actor in early films, was known to hoist more than an occasional beer.

But, Fields got his red, bumpy nose from rosacea, not alcohol. Former President Bill Clinton has rosacea and so did the late financier J.P. Morgan.

Rosacea (roh-ZAY-shee-uh) is a chronic skin disease that causes redness and swelling. It usually affects the face.

Monday, January 18, 2016
Monisha Vasa

As 2016 begins, we might find ourselves thinking about New Year’s resolutions for how we can better parent our children.

More than ever, it feels important to help our children develop tools that will allow them to grow into conscious, healthy adults.

One of the most important skills for emotional well-being is that of gratitude.

Here are give quick, easy (and free) ways to encourage an attitude of gratitude in our children.

Monday, January 18, 2016
On-the-spot meetings of Movement leaders were common. From left, the Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, Bernard Lee, the Rev. Martin Luther King and Hosea Williams confer during a rally in Kelly Ingram Park. Photograph by Bob Fitch, Kelly Ingram Park, Birmingham, Alabama, 1965. COURTESY OF THE CENTER FOR DOCUMENTARY EXPRESSION AND ART Copyright - ©1965 Matt Herron / Take Stock Photos - Images of Change

What was it like to be surrounded by intense social upheaval in the South in the 1960s?

An exhibition that opened Sunday over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend at the Allentown Art Museum will allow visitors to step beyond the headlines to view 156 striking and emotional images taken by nine photographers who lived at the epicenter of the Civil Rights Movement.

“This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,” is on display now through May 15.

Friday, January 15, 2016

While most parents realize that it’s important to give their children opportunities to socialize, the need for “mama” time might not be as obvious.

But as local moms will tell you, a chance to socialize and talk with other parents — without the kids — is just as important.

Friday, January 15, 2016
Layne Fenstermaker, 3, the son of Shannon Wetzel and Doug Fenstermaker of Walnutport, plays alongside Cole Hablett, 2 , the son of Jacy and Wes Hablett of Lehighton. the boys met while their parents were seeking new play group opportunities on Smile Mom and through word of mouth. STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS

he idea of a play date — a few hours set aside for children to socialize and play together — seems like a quaint but impossible idea with busy work and home lives.

Today’s parents are finding that despite the challenges, play dates are more important than ever.

If a child isn’t in day care, play groups are one of the few opportunities (for both children and parents) to regularly get out of the house to flex their social muscles.

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Hugo, Voyage frontman. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Voyage, the ultimate Journey Band featuring Hugo, takes the Penn’s Peak stage at 8 p.m. Saturday.

Voyage has dominated America with more sold out shows than any other tribute band, and has been hailed by fans and critics alike as the best Journey tribute band out there.

Fans agree that Voyage delivers the closest experience to the original Steve Perry fronted lineup.

The band also features Robby Hoffman, Greg Smith, Charlie Zeleny and Al Spinelli.

Tickets are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak Box Office and Roadies Restaurant and Bar.

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Dirty Bourbon River Show will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Jan. 22. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS Copyright - ©2015 Bruce Forster Photography

Things are getting hot at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Kick off the weekend with Grammy-nominee singer/songwriter Steve Forbert at 8 p.m. Nearly 28 years since breaking into pop consciousness, Forbert remains a master of songs offering clear-eyed insight and plain-spoken, heartfelt eloquence.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Star of the Day Productions LLC. has announced auditions for its upcoming family series production of “You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown,” March 18-20.

Auditions will take place from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 25, and from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 26, with callbacks at 6 p.m. Jan. 27.

Auditions and rehearsals will be at St. John’s UCC, 139 N. Fourth St., Emmaus, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Not all actors will be required at all rehearsals. Performances will be at McCoole’s Arts & Events Place in Quakertown.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

“We Sing Weekend,” is a multigenerational community sing-along for young or old. We all have a voice. Singing is something we all can do in our own way. And, it is something we can all do together.

The event will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Stroud Mall Food Court in Stroudsburg. No rehearsal is necessary.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thomas J. Shillea, director of art programs at Northampton Community College, will tell the story of his photographic portraits of Coretta Scott King in “Preserving the Dream: Photographs of the King Family” from 11 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. Jan. 21 at Northampton Community College’s College Center, room 220, Bethlehem Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

In addition to taking 10 official portraits of King, Shillea also took a series of candid photographs of her with her son, Dexter. Both series will be shown at the presentation.