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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Respectfully Yours: holiday-card etiquette

Friday, November 30, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, My mother has always handled sending out the holiday cards. Now that I’ve moved away from home, I’m sending cards for the first time. What is the basic etiquette on sending out holiday cards? And, if someone I overlooked sends me a card, do I need to send one back?

Dear Reader, The ins and outs of holiday-card etiquette is one of those little things in life that can seem overwhelming.

To lighten the burden, why not begin by starting your own tradition? Make...

On ‘Broadway,’ a ‘Carol’ sendup at Pa. Playhouse

Friday, November 30, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Rody Gilkeson admits there’s quite a bit of his father in “A Broadway Christmas Carol,” the holiday show opening Nov. 30 at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

Gilkeson is directing the zany musical comedy described as “Scrooge meets ‘Forbidden Broadway,’ the latter a popular Off-Broadway revue that pokes fun at musical theater.

However, Gilkeson says “A Broadway Christmas Carol” is first and foremost the story of Scrooge’s redemption.

“This is a kind of an insane...

Healthy Geezer: Preventing SIDS

Friday, November 30, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’m going to become a grandmother for the first time and I was wondering how things have changed since I took care of a newborn many years ago.

Probably the most important change is in the approach to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the abrupt, unexplained death of an infant younger than one-year-old. SIDS is often called crib death because many victims are found in their cribs.

SIDS is the leading cause of death in children between one month and one-year-old. Most SIDS...

Evans has ‘Christmas’ spirit

Friday, November 30, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Country singer Sara Evans is back with her limited engagement tour of “At Christmas,” stopping at 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.

Evans began her career in the late 1990s and quickly became one of country music’s top female singers with five No. 1 country singles, including “No Place That Far,” “Suds In the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place To Start,” “Born to Fly” and “A Little Bit Stronger.”

She received the Academy of Country Music Top Female Vocalist award and numerous...

Just say ‘Groot’: ‘Age Of Heroes’ brings Marvel Cinematic Universe to life at PPL Center

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Just say, “Groot.”

“Marvel Universe Live! Age Of Heroes” brings the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life at PPL Center, Allentown, for seven performances, Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.

The latest production from Feld Entertainment, which also produces “Disney On Ice,” “Monster Jam,” “Monster Energy Supercross” and “Sesame Street Live,” is a leading producer of live touring family entertainment.

“Marvel Universe Live!” premiered in 2014 in Tampa Bay, Fla. ”Age of Heroes” debuted...

Growing Green: Yellow jackets

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

In the fall, bees and wasps are on the hunt for sweets or carbohydrates, the primary energy source that keeps them flying and active for other routine activities.

The bald-faced hornet is an “aerial yellow jacket,” one of seven or eight species in the genus Dolichovespula in North America.

However, it is not a “true” hornet. It is a yellow jacket.

All of the yellow jackets in the genus Dolichovespula build nests in bushes and trees, sometimes on the outside of buildings...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Brassy Christmas: The Canadian Brass performs “Christmas Time Is Here,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. Now in its 49th season, the Canadian Brass has performed in major concert halls, been seen by hundreds of millions of people on television, sold 2 million albums, and contributed nearly 600 new works and arrangements to the brass quintet repertoire. Canadian Brass includes Chuck Daellenbach, founder and tuba player; Caleb Hudson and Christopher Coletti, trumpets;...

‘Thomas and Friends’

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

The Thomas the Tank Engine “Fun Room,” complete with an operating model train, opens 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Nov. 24 and continues through Dec. 29, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friend Percy travel the rails. Children can color pictures of Thomas, play with a wooden Thomas train set, and enjoy other railroad crafts and activities.

Information: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org; 610-435-1074

The Family Project: Grandfather’s illness

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am divorced and my eight-year-old son has bonded very closely with his grandfather, my dad, who has been taking care of him while I work. We have just found out that my dad has cancer, and is not expected to live more than a few months. I have not told my son yet. How do I tell him, and then how do I help him get through the next couple of months?

Everyone on the panel agreed that the son should be told sooner rather than later.

“A good place to start,” panelist Chad...