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Outfits Not Just Clothes ...
Healthy Skin for the Whole Family This Winter
By Bernadette Ulsamer

It has been a very chilly start to the New Year! With cold weather comes dry skin. Chapped lips, red noses, and flakey patches can affect everyone in your household. And while some members of your family may scoff at skin care, when it comes to keeping everyone healthy this season, it’s important to not only wash hands but also to keep them hydrated.
The good news is that you don’t have to make sweeping changes to your family’s normal routines to combat dry skin. Simple tricks like having a bottle of hand lotion next to the soap in the bathroom, switching out bar soap for moisturizing body wash in the shower, and when the heat is on full blast, using humidifiers at night can help get your family on the path to better skin. Of course, like brushing teeth and making beds, you may have to remind them. How gentle or harsh you relay that reminder is up to you.
As to the types of moisturizers to have on hand, standard drugstore products work best. Curel, CeraVe, Dove, Aveeno, and, of course, Vaseline, are all time and tested go-tos for winter skincare. I’m a big fan of Vaseline lip therapy, both to combat chapped dry lips, and to soothe irritated noses. Travel-sized versions of these products are also great to keep in your purse, put in backpacks, and diaper bags. Avoid products with strong scents, as fragrances can irritate sensitive skin. Also, stay clear of oil-based products, as they can cause breakouts and take longer to absorb.
Taking a long, soothing hot shower may seem like a great idea on frigid days, but doing so will cause your skin to be even dryer. Keep showers short and not too hot. Also, since we tend to sweat a lot less during the winter, consider showering every other day. Of course, this may not be an option for everyone, but if you’re staying home, especially on the weekend, give your skin a break and forgo a shower.
For little ones, be sure to apply lotion after bath time. If your child has extra sensitive skin, you may also need to grease them up daily, either before bed or as part of their getting ready routine in the morning. This is easier said than done. My two-year-old hates anything that slows her down, especially when it’s time for her daily dose of CeraVe. Lately, I’ve been trying to get her more involved in this chore, by putting a bit in her hands and having her rub it in herself. So far, it’s a work in progress.
For yourself, this winter, swap lipsticks for a tinted balm, double down on nighttime care with a heavier night cream and hydrating serum and don’t neglect your feet and hands. A thick foot cream and fuzzy socks are a great over-night treatment for calloused feet. And, follow your own reminder and use hand cream after washing your hands, doing the dishes, etc.
Lastly, don’t forget your hair. Like skin, hair can also dry out during the winter. Dryer hair is more likely to attract static, which no one likes. Opt for moisturizing shampoos and don’t forget the conditioner. Well-conditioned hair is less likely to stand on end. Moreover, like showers above, if it is an option for you, try not to wash your hair every day. Better yet, wear a shower cap to keep your hair dry. You can still spruce up your locks with spray products, like leave-in conditioner and dry shampoo. This will keep your hair healthy and save you some time in the morning.
True, it may seem like an uphill battle to get your family in line with skincare this winter, but, if you make it part of your daily routine, everyone will reap the benefits of feeling much more comfortable. Just keep reminding them that hydrated skin will keep them warm, while dry skin will make them itchy.


 
Uptown Music Collective Raises Money for Scholarships
With Tribute to Southern Rock
 

On January 13, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., students, teachers, and alumni of the Uptown Music Collective, will take the stage of the Community Arts Center for one night only to pay tribute to the genre of music known as “southern rock” with their performance, Southbound. The performance will feature over 40 performers ripping through an exciting and highly entertaining set of some of the genre’s most beloved songs. All of the show’s income will go directly to support the school’s Scholarship Program, making it possible for all deserving students to have the opportunity to connect with the life-changing power of music. This performance is sponsored in part by Blaise Alexander Family Dealerships, UPMC Susquehanna, and River Valley Transit.
The musical style known as “southern rock” came about through the blending of traditional southern blues, gospel, and soul music. Mixed with a heaping spoonful of country, boogie, and a few cups of gritty rock music. The prototype for the style was laid out in the sounds of 60’s rock bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Band, and Canned Heat. However, the sound style truly came into being in the 1970’s through the sound and songs of bands like the Allman Brothers, Lynard Skynard, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Outlaws, and The Charlie Daniels Band. This driving, guitar-heavy music, became a radio staple in the classic rock era of the 1970s, with songs like Sweet Home Alabama, Can’t You See, Ramblin’ Man, and Free Bird, among many others that were vying for airtime on the AOR Radio stations of the time period.
“Southern rock songs were a big part of my early musical diet,” stated Dave Brumbaugh, Executive Director of the Uptown Music Collective. “The melodic guitar solos, big choruses, and relentless rhythm was exciting and inspired me to improve my guitar playing and to develop my ability to improvise so that I could produce solos as memorable and attention-grabbing. I was surprised however when my students picked this style as something they wanted to explore. I can tell you right now that they are extremely excited about this show, and when they finally take the stage to perform it, it’s definitely going to be something really special.”
Another factor that makes this performance unique is the inclusion of Collective teachers and alumni on a few of the songs. “We are excited to have the opportunity to perform onstage with our students, it’s not something that we do often in public,” said Brumbaugh. “That combined with the return of a few of our alumni like Chris Kohler and Dylan Rockoff (both of Clyde Frog), as well as Brennan Hepler, Tess Clutter, Keely Krause, Levi Stover, Kendall Palmatier, will make this a really special night.”
Southbound: A Tribute to Southern Rock will feature Collective students who have been diligently preparing for this event for over two months. Along with the live music, there will be a professional grade light and sound show organized by the students themselves. As with all Uptown Music Collective performances, the students are not only the performers but also direct the show. There is also a group of younger students, called “Tech Monkeys” who will serve as stage technicians and spotlight operators. The cast for the show is drawn from the Uptown Music Collective’s much-heralded Special Performance Group 1. The students have set a goal to get 1000 people see this one-night event.
This show is being produced by Collective Senior, Nate Schreffler (Sullivan County High School). It is directed by Uptown Music Collective seniors Gage Avery (Hughesville High School) & Justin Warrender (WAHS) along with a leadership committee that includes UMC students Chloe Taylor (Montoursville Area H.S.), Alexis Carnevale (WAHS), Cade Palmatier (Jersey Shore H.S.), David Chubirka (Montoursville Area H.S), David Montis (St, John Neumann), Enso Tran (WAHS), Isabella Cole (Loyalsock Township H.S.), Izzy Brumbaugh (WAHS), Emily LaCerra (Loyalsock Township H.S.), and Tate Berkey (Danville H.S.).
“I am very excited going into this show because I love the music, and the guitar work in many of these songs is incredible,” said UMC Student Cade Palmatier, 15, Jersey Shore H.S. “I am excited to play with the alumni, many of which I knew when I was younger, and to play with the teachers, who have guided my skill and musicianship for many years.”
Additional sponsors for this performance include The Schluter Family, The Rockoff Family, State Farm Agent Kellen Moore, The Lockard Agency, and Fast Signs. Media sponsors include Lamar Advertising, NorthCentralPa.com, The Graphic Hive, 99.3 FM WZXR, and all of Backyard Broadcasting. Tickets for the performance are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 on performance nights. Advance tickets are available at the Community Arts Center (Box Office, Website, & App), Alabaster Coffee, K&S Music, Buttorff’s Hardware, Catch-All Self Storage, Rupert's Specialty Meats, Way Cool Beans, Hoyer’s Photo, CS Sports, and the Uptown Music Collective.
 For the complete list of ticket vendors, sponsors, and other details about the show visit uptownmusic.org or call 570-329-0888. Also, check out Collective’s official Facebook page, as well as other Collective social media outlets for teasers, previews, behind the scenes info and more from the performance.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
 
 
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