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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Family Project: school shootings

Friday, March 16, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 10-year-old daughter came down for breakfast this morning, scared and not wanting to go to school. She had heard about the Parkland, Fla., school shootings, and is afraid that could happen at her school. I was able to calm her down and get her off to school this time, but what do I tell her that will reassure her that she is safe?

The first discussion centered around the parent’s question about reassuring her child.

“I don’t think the parent should have reassurance as a...

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, March 16, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, March 14: Manhattan clam chowder, chicken paprikash, wide noodles, Calif. blend vegetables, wheat bread w/ margarine, tropical fruit.

Thursday, March 15: Roast pork w/ gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, cauliflower au gratin, wheat bread w/margarine, fresh pineapple tidbits.

Friday, March 16: St. Patrick’s Day meal: Corned beef and cabbage (fish available), boiled potatoes, Emerald Isle salad, rye bread w/ margarine, chocolate mint...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, March 16, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, March 14: Beef stew, buttered noodles, broccoli and cauliflower, applesauce.

Thursday, March 15: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, Oriental vegetable, banana.

Friday, March 16: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli, mixed fruit.

Monday, March 19: Roasted pork, whipped potatoes, sauerkraut, applesauce.

Tuesday, March 20: Chicken dumplings, Capri blend vegetables, pineapple.

Wednesday, March 21:...

Respectfully Yours: grocery etiquette

Friday, March 16, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Trips to the grocery store can be downright exhausting and I have noticed that the grocery store checkout lane is a place where I encounter bad manners. What are your thoughts on grocery store etiquette?

Dear Reader,

The grocery store is fraught with inconveniences, but knowing how to navigate the grocery store will make your shopping experience a bit more pleasant.

As you shop, you are likely to find yourself faced with experiences that might...

120th anniversary concert: Bach Choir of Bethlehem at State Theatre, Easton

Friday, March 16, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

In celebration of its 120th birthday, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem makes it debut performance at 7:30 p.m. March 17 at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

Greg Funfgeld, Bach Choir Artistic Director and Conductor, says that the concert is part of “a very special anniversary season.

“This year marks the 120th anniversary of the Bach Choir’s founding in 1898,” he says. “This is our first time at the State and we are very excited.”

Funfgeld is in his 35th year...


Friday, March 16, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Take Mintel: The Eric Mintel Quartet returns for the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. March 16, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The quartet is: Eric Mintel, piano; Nelson Hill, saxophone, flute; Jack Hegyi, bass, and Dave Mohn, drums. The quartet expected to play new original music written by Mintel, compositions by Dave Brubeck, and classic TV show themes in a jazz setting. Brubeck, one of Mintel’s music heroes, has said, “As long as the music attracts dedicated...

Eric Mintel had a jazzy youth

Friday, March 16, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Eric Mintel Quartet brings its unique style of jazz to Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, 7:30 p.m. March 16, as part of the “Jazz Upstairs” series in the Rodale Community Room.

Audience members can expect to hear “originals and a lot of Dave Brubeck’s music ... ‘Take Five,’ ‘Blue Rondo a la Turk,’ some television themes like ‘Mission Impossible’ and ‘Mannix,’ plus a standard or two,” says Mintel in a phone interview.

Mintel’s jazz roots go way back.

“I’ve always...

Salem Christian: ‘Big Fish’

Friday, March 16, 2018 by The Press in Focus

“Big Fish” follows traveling salesman Edward Bloom, who is full of life and tall tales, as he and his adult son, Will, who is about to have a child of his own, mend their strained relationship. Can they reconcile who they are with who they want to be?

Show times are at 7 p.m. March 22, 23 and 24, auditorium, Salem Christian School, 8031 Salem Bible Church Road, Macungie.

Joan Reinhard and Yana Reinhard direct the student production, with assistant director Carrie VanNorden,...

For 70th anniversary, ‘My Father’s Dragon’ roars onto stage

Friday, March 16, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

In celebration of the book’s 70th anniversary, Enchantment Theatre Company brings the beloved “My Father’s Dragon” to the stage, 2 p.m. March 17, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Enchantment Theatre Company Artistic Directors Landis Smith, his wife Jennifer Smith, and Leslie Reidel collaborated to adapt author Ruth Stiles Gannett’s three tales of nine-year-old Elmer Elevator and Boris the Dragon.

The show’s score is by Charles Gilbert, composer of Enchantment’s “Peter Rabbit...