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Friday, December 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Christmas Wizards: The Wizards of Winter perform “The Christmas Dream,” 8 p.m. Dec. 20, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Wizards includes former members of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rainbow, Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent Band and The Irish Tenors and Broadway. The Wizards of Winter, who hail from the Lehigh Valley, perform an original holiday rock opera based on the music of the group’s self-titled CD and the albums “The Magic of Winter” and “Christmas Dream.”...

Respectfully Yours: Send thank-you card for holiday gift

Friday, December 20, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

During the holidays, I receive a number of gifts and I am wondering if I should be writing thank-you notes. I have never done this in the past. What are your thoughts regarding whether one should send a thank-you note for every Christmas gift received?

Dear Reader,

There is no better time to show your appreciation than around the holidays. It is a polite gesture, but it is not necessary to send a thank-you note to everyone who took the time to give you a...

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, December 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, December 18: Pasta fajioli soup, potato crusted cod, garlic roasted potatoes, zucchini and tomatoes w/ shallots, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh fruit cup.

Thursday, December 19 - Christmas meal: Christmas Day chicken, mashed red potatoes, green beans...

Healthy Geezer: Best defenses against noroviruses

Friday, December 20, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of two parts

Among the most common germs are noroviruses, which cause gastroenteritis, mistakenly called stomach flu.

Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It is not related to flu, a respiratory illness caused by influenza virus.

Noroviruses are a group of related viruses. Norovirus is the official genus name for the group of viruses previously described as Norwalk viruses.

Norovirus, the common term for the infection, spreads...

Presentation about

Friday, December 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

A presentation, “The Holidays at Hess’s Department Store,” will be given, 1 p.m. Dec. 21, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“No store in America could surpass the magic of a visit to Hess’s Department Store, especially at the holidays,” said Joseph Garrera, executive director of the Museum.

The slide-lecture is to include more than 1,000 vintage photographs. The former downtown Allentown department...

A ‘Charlie Brown’ jazz concert

Friday, December 20, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Eric Mintel Quartet returns for a sold-out performance in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Dec.20, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The quartet presents “Charlie Brown Holiday Jazz.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. for a free buffet, included with the ticket price admission. A cash bar is available.

Mintel is famously a fan of Dave Brubeck.

“I first heard Brubeck when I was 14-years-old: ‘Take 5’ and ‘Blue Rondo a la Turk.’ That’s when the...

‘Nutcracker’ dreams: Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley presents longest-running classic

Friday, December 13, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Pennsylvania Youth Ballet of the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley presents the longest-running “Nutcracker” ballet in the Lehigh Valley, now in its 51st year (1968-2019).

The beloved and whimsical production, with a splendid score by composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, is a holiday delight.

With a cast of more than 100 professional, pre-professional and student performers, performances are 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. Dec. 15, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University,...

Movie Review: Grumpy old gangsters

Friday, December 13, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Apart from being an intriguing yarn about mobsters, labor unions and United States political conspiracy theories, “The Irishman” is a character study about some real characters, actual and fictional.

It’s also a cinematic reunion of some of the greatest actors of a generation in the past five decades.

“The Irishman” is a particularly Pennsylvania story.

Director Martin Scorsese brings together Robert De Niro as Frank “The Irishman” Sheeran (1920 - 2003), a high-ranking...

Theater Review: Touchstone ‘Christmas City Follies XX’ entertaining alternative

Monday, December 16, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

For the past 20 years, the professional acting ensemble of Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem, has presented its “Christmas City Follies” to help audiences celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah, while satirizing the commercialization and human foibles that continue to distract from the true meaning of the holidays.

Directed by Jp Jordan, and utilizing original vaudeville-style sketches filled with humor, music and shopping carts, the “Follies,” through Dec. 22, is a welcome respite from the...