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Monday, December 11, 2017

Holiday classics

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus



Michèle LaRue will present dramatic readings of two holiday stories, 7 p.m. Dec. 13, Allentown Public Library, 1210 Hamilton St., Allentown.

The stories are “Dick Spindler’s Family Christmas” (1894) by Bret Harte (1894), and ”The Gift of the Magi” (1906) by O. Henry.

LaRue, a Chicago-born and New Jersey-based performer, tours nationally with her repertoire of century-old American “Tales Well-Told.”

The event is free and open to the public...

Dutch Christmas

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus


A slide-lecture and discussion, “Christmas Among the Pennsylvania Dutch,” will be presented at 1 p.m. Dec. 9, Lehigh County Historical Society

Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“This talk is for anyone interested in the history of Christmas in America. The Pennsylvania-Dutch introduced many holiday traditions to our popular culture,” Joseph Garrera, executive director of the Museum, said.

In the 1700s and early 1800s, many...

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Dec. 6: Salisbury steak, scalloped potatoes, carrots, orange.

Thursday, Dec. 7: Roasted turkey breast, bread stuffing, green beans, oatmeal cookie, tropical fruit.

Friday, Dec. 8: Fish, confetti rice, Mediterranean medley, apple crisp.

Monday, Dec. 11: Spaghetti with meatballs, broccoli, fruit cocktail.

Tuesday, Dec. 12: Veal with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, butternut squash, diced pears.


Northampton County senior menus

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, Dec. 6: New England clam chowder, roast turkey and Swiss on bun w/ lettuce-tomato and mayo, sour cream cucumber salad, Rice Krispie treat.

Thursday, Dec. 7: Butternut squash bisque, cheese steak sandwich, potato chips, Italian marinated vegetable salad, Mandarin oranges.

Friday, Dec. 8: Chicken pot pie, green peas, tossed greens with French dressing, wheat bread w/ margarine, iced carrot cake.

Monday, Dec. 11: Baked...

Healthy Geezer: The e-mailbag

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’m concerned that I may not be seeing as well as I used to. What should I do?

There are many signs that indicate possible vision loss. Under normal circumstances, do you have trouble recognizing faces of people you know? Is it difficult for you to read, sew, match the color of your clothes? Do lights seem dimmer than they used to?

Vision changes like these could be early warning signs of eye disease. Usually, the earlier your problem is diagnosed, the better your chances...

Respectfully Yours: Party for success

Thursday, December 7, 2017 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, My holiday office party is coming up in a couple weeks. What can I do to maximize my time and use the event to help my career?

Dear Reader, A company holiday party is an excellent opportunity to network and build relationships. This is a good time to speak with executives you may not otherwise have a chance to talk to. Approach them with a smile, introduce yourself, keep the conversation upbeat and positive. Take this opportunity to mingle with people outside your...

Theater Review: Civic’s ‘Christmas Carol’ touching, timeless

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

It was written in 1843 in the midst of the bleakness of the Industrial Revolution, but also in a period in England when interest in Christmas traditions was being revived. Charles Dickens’ novella, “A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas,” was perfect for its time.

In its telling of the conversion of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, the story epitomizes the contradiction between the worsening plight of the poor working class, and the revival of joyful holiday celebrations and...

Theater Review: MunOpCo ‘White Christmas’ stylish, faithful

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

If you are dreaming of having a white Christmas this month, your best bet is MunOpCo Music Theatre’s stylish rendition of Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas: The Musical,” on stage through Dec. 10 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Allentown. The play is based on the 1954 holiday classic movie of the same name, which in turn, was named for the Academy Award-winning hit song featured in the 1942 film “Holiday Inn” starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.

The song and the musical “White...

Theater Review: Pa. Playhouse ‘Elf’ youthful, commendable

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pennsylvania Playhouse production of “The Happy Elf,” continuing through Dec. 17, is a welcome change from slick traditional Christmas fare. It’s a musical comedy featuring a cast of mostly youthful actors and singers of diverse ages who are definitely full of the holiday spirit.

With music and lyrics by Grammy award-winning composer Harry Connick, Jr., and book by Lauren Gunderson and Andrew Fishman, the local staging uses Connick’s own narration and the musical’s soundtrack laid...