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JAZZ VESPERS

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by The Press in Focus

The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective (PJC) presents a Jazz Christmas vespers service, 4 p.m. Dec. 16, Church of the Manger, 1401 Greenview Drive, Bethlehem.

A jazz quintet will be led by PJC Artistic Director Alan Gaumer and Neil Wetzel, Ed .D., Director of jazz studies at Moravian College. The choir is directed by June Thomas, jazz vocal teacher at Muhlenberg College. Church staff include musician Sam Creyer and organist Mark Dennis.

The service will be presided over by the Rev....

Pity poor 'Anna Karenina'

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Anna Karenina" is a gorgeous mess the famous Tolstoy character and the new film version of the novel.

Director Joe Wright, who previously directed the historical romantic dramas, "Pride and Prejudice" (2005) and "Atonement" (2007), also starring Keira Knightley, who plays the title character, Anna Karenina, reached for opera and instead got soap opera.

Wright apparently made a conscious effort to not be repetitive of other critically-acclaimed movie versions of the Leo Tolstoy...

MUSIC CLUB

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by The Press in Focus

A free concert will be performed by the Young Musicians of the Allentown Music Club, 1:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Country Meadows of Allentown, Building No. 4, 410 N. Krocks Road.

Open auditions are available for the music club.

Information: Emily Reyes, 610-398-0781

Deer and motor vehicles a deadly mix

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Most outdoors-oriented individuals have accidently startled a white-tailed deer from its bedding or feeding area while he or she is out hiking or participating in other Keystone State outdoors activities.

If you did not see the deer fleeing from sight, you've probably seen the deer's white tail flashing in the distance. The tail is raised and waved as a deer runs and the tail is also flashed by the deer as a warning when danger is sensed.

The dominant female in a herd of deer...

'Fruitcakes' has holiday cheer

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by KATRINA WEHR Special to The Press in Focus

"Fruitcakes" presents all the stereotypical small-town characters getting ready for the Christmas holiday in the fictional town of McCord's Ferry.

From a hillbilly neighbor who's laced his family's home in copious amount of Christmas lights, to elderly sisters who constantly feud, and the annual town Christmas play whose cast of children has succumbed to chicken pox, "Fruitcakes" will raise laughter from audiences as they watch the antics on stage.

Two young actors, Peter...

LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Tuesday, December 11, 2012 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"A Christmas Carol with Gerald Charles Dickens," 7 p.m. Dec. 16; One-man show, Foy Hall, Moravian College, Priscilla Payne Hurd Campus, Main and Church Streets, Bethlehem. Meet and greet autograph session follows, Moravian Book Shop, 428 Main St., Bethlehem. 610-866-5481

"A Christmas Carol," 7 p.m. Dec. 13, 14, 15; 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Civic Theatre of Allentown, 19th Street Theatre, 527 N. 19th Street, Allentown. civictheatre.com, 610-432-8943

"A Christmas Carol," 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13...

Area volunteers pack blizzard bags for seniors

Wednesday, December 5, 2012 by The Press in Focus Feature

Volunteers from Computer Aid, Selective Insurance, Air Products, and Meals on Wheels recently packed 900 emergency food bags ready to deliver to homebound seniors and adults with disabilities in Lehigh County during this winter season.

Every year, Meals on Wheels provides its homebound clients with a day's worth of shelf-stable food items, called "blizzard bags," to be used during bad weather when meals cannot be delivered.

These blizzard bags are provided free-of-charge.

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Of Britten and Bach

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Bach Choir of Bethlehem Artistic Director and Conductor Greg Funfgeld is clear about what the choir's annual Christmas concerts, 8 p.m. Dec. 8, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, and 4 p.m. Dec. 9, First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem, are all about.

"It's music in celebration of the birth of Christ, in celebration of the Nativity. Especially in what we affectionately call the Christmas City, the Christmas spirit is pervasive.

"The music gives that sense of hope and...