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8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, June 30, 2017 by The Press in Focus

PSF “Evita” lauded:Dee Roscioli, above left, as Eva Peron, and Dan Domenech, above right, as Che, star in the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (PSF) critically-acclaimed production of “Evita,” through July 2, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley. PSF Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze directs “Evita,” which also stars world-renowned baritone and Tony Award winner Paulo Szot as Eva’s husband, Colonel Juan Perón. “Evita,” with a cast of 40...

Healthy Geezer: gout and alcohol

Friday, June 30, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Can drinking alcohol give you gout?

Gout, which is one of the most painful forms of arthritis, is caused by a build-up of crystals of uric acid in a joint. Alcohol can lead to increased production of uric acid, so it puts you at a higher risk of getting gout.

Alcohol leads to gout in multiple ways:

It contains purines, proteins that are broken down into uric acid. Purines are found naturally in your body and in some foods.

It promotes dehydration, which raises...

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, June 30, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, June 28: Pork rib-b-q, cabbage and noodles, fresh Waldorf salad, wheat bread with margarine, iced carrot cake.

Thursday, June 29: Apple juice, baked ziti, Italian vegetables, tossed salad with Italian dressing, Italian bread with margarine, homemade sugar cookie.

Friday, June 30: Orange juice, pot roast sandwich, sour cream cucumber salad, chilled peaches.

Monday, July 3: Beef burgundy over extra wide noodles,...

105th St. Luke’s Charity Ball raises $300,000 for wellness

Friday, June 30, 2017 by The Press in Focus

More than 675 attended the 105th Charity Ball at Saucon Valley Country Club. The Auxiliary of St. Luke’s University Hospital ball raised more than $300,000 for Women’s Imaging and Wellness.

Dr. Hal and Mrs. Kimberly Folander served as honorary chairs, underscoring their outstanding service and many years of dedication to the health network. Kimberly Folander is a biochemist and Dr. Hal Folander began his career at St. Luke’s Chief of Radiology in Fountain Hill and now serves as the...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, June 30, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, June 28: Peach glazed pork chop, whipped yams, summer vegetables, plums.

Thursday, June 29: Braised beef dip, parmesan potatoes, broccoli, seasonal fruit.

Friday, June 30: Chef’s salad with turkey and ham, cheese, croutons, ranch dressing.

Monday, July 3: Grilled hamburger, cole slaw, warm fruit cobbler, jello.

Tuesday, July 4: Centers closed. Independence Day.

Wednesday, July 5: Chicken with gravy,...

Growing Green: Mushrooms

Friday, June 30, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Understanding the role of mushrooms in the environment can often ease the concern homeowners have when they observe mushrooms growing in their lawn and mulch and want to know what action can be taken.

The mushrooms we commonly see in our landscape are fungi. Instead of the thread-like structures often associated with fungi, we are seeing the fruiting bodies.

Mushrooms come in all shades of color, except green. In plants, green signifies the presence of chlorophyll, necessary...

Theater Review: ‘The Hound’ is afoot at Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”

- Sherlock Holmes,

“The Hound of the Baskervilles”

The howls you hear during “The Hound of the Baskervilles” stage play at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival aren’t those of the titular hound, although there is that.

No, the howls are nearly nonstop from the audience at “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” a regular laugh-riot through July 16, Schubert Theatre, Labuda Center for the...

Medical marijuana: Salisbury Township amendment sent to LV planners

Sunday, June 25, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A proposed amendment to the Salisbury Township Zoning Ordinance to regulate medical marijuana facilities has been advanced to the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission.

The Salisbury Township Planning Commission voted unanimously 7-0 to submit the amendment to regional planners for review. Stephen McKitish, planners vice-chairman, made the motion to bring the matter to a vote, seconded by planner Richard Schreiter.

It is expected it will take 30 to 40 days for the LVPC to review...

Legacy of the Lenape: Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum tries to set the record straight

Saturday, June 24, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

A new exhibit, “Native Americans: A Diverse & Evolving History,” opened recently at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, Allentown.

“The history of American Indians is shrouded in folklore and stereotypes from Western movies,” says Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum. “Much of their history has been written by the cultures that conquered them and took their lands.”

Museum officials contend that the new exhibit humanizes Native Americans, portraying them as people...