On Saturday, ArtsQuest's Peas & Q's free family programming at SteelStacks offers something different from the usual musical entertainment - a chance to learn how to cook.
Natalie Miller, chef at the ShopRite of Bethlehem, and Olivia Fieo, a registered dietitian, will lead a cooking class and discussion focused on the power of produce. The class will make No-Bake Power Crunch Bar Pies and a DIY Veggie Dip with fresh herbs and spices. Kids will discover new tastes and recipes for fruits and vegetables they can make on their own.
The class works this way: Each child will receive portioned out ingredients for each recipe. Natalie will demonstrate what happens when we add fruit to heat, making a jam to top off the pies. Kids will smash power crunch bars in baggies to create a crust and fill it with whipped cream cheese and Greek yogurt. Kids will also make an easy and healthy veggie dip with Greek yogurt but enhanced with herbs and spices. Kids can sample vegetables to eat with the dip.
The leaders will also talk to kids about making their plates half full of vegetables and about the importance of eating the rainbow.
The class is at 11 a.m. at the ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Info: steelstacks.org, 610-332-1300.
More events this week
LEHIGH VALLEY ZOO EVENTS: It's a big weekend at the Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville. Saturday is National Honey Bee Day, featuring interactive experiences and bee-themed activities. Stop by the General Store to see the zoo's honeybees making honey and look for the Queen Bee. As always, there will be daily zoo keeper talks and up-close encounters with favorite animals. On Sunday, cheer on kids and families running through the zoo and Trexler Nature Preserve in the 8th annual Run Wild event. Registration has closed. The zoo is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $13, adults; $12, seniors; $11, ages 2-11. Info: lvzoo.org, 610-799-4171.
LOTS OF OUTDOOR MOVIES: Keep the summer fun going before school starts - enjoy some free outdoor movies on Friday night. "Beauty and the Beast" screens at Christ United Church of Christ, 75 E. Market St., Bethlehem. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with photos with Belle. Bring blanket or lawn chair. Another Disney film, the animated "Moana," screens at Quakertown Memorial Park on Mill Street. Activities begin at 7 p.m. "Secret Life of Pets," the animated film about a terrier named Max, screens at Cedar Beach Park in Allentown. Pre-movie activities begin at 7 p.m.
KIDS DAY AT THE PROMENADE SHOPS: Free family fun is on tap at the Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday during Kids Day. Upper Saucon fire, police and EMS departments are providing vehicles for a Touch-A-Truck Exhibit. There will be martial arts demonstrations, a kids yoga class, games, prizes, giveaways, samples, music and more. Watch for the Peeps-mobile. The Promenade Shops are at 2845 Center Valley Parkway, Center Valley. Info: promenadeshopsatsauconvalley.com, 610-791-9707.