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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Concert has

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by The Press in Focus

PSO:

Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra (PS0) presents “Classics Take a Latin Beat,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, 3231 W. Tilghman St., Cedar Crest Boulevard and Tilghman Street, Allentown.

Guest soloist Jordan Dodson, guitar, joins the PSO for the “Concierto de Aranjuez” for guitar and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo.

The PSO opens the concert with “Le Grand Tango for cello and strings” by Astor Piazzolla, with Elizabeth Mendoza, cello, as soloist.

Early Learning

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

The Early Learning Center (ELC), holds an information session, 2 - 3 p.m. Dec. 7, Lehigh Carbon Community College, main campus, Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.

Preschool children ages 3-5, along with a family member, are invited to spend an hour exploring the Reggio-inspired center and the numerous activities available.

The sessions begin and end with “Mindful” exercises designed to create self-awareness.

Attendance is free. Registration is requested.

For information or to register: email elc@lccc.edu, or call 610 799-1165.

The Family Project: Alzheimer’s

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My elderly mother, who has Alzheimer’s, lives with me and my family. We have a teenage son, and I am worried about how this is affecting him. I spend so much time taking care of my mother that I fear I am losing touch with him and what’s going on in his life. How can I create a sense of balance in my family?

It would be good to know how severe is the grandmother’s Alzheimer’s. Is she entirely dependent or does she have some interaction?

Respectfully Yours: Holiday manners

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I have two children ages 7 and 10, who will be spending time visiting extended family during the holidays. I am concerned. They are typical kids and sometimes have trouble remembering to use their manners. It would help if I could explain to them why they need to use manners and would be grateful for any tips to help.

Dear Reader,

During the holidays when children are consumed in the holiday excitement, it is extremely difficult for them to remember their manners. Preemptively practicing their manners beforehand will help.

Review: ‘Thor’

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Thor: Ragnarok” is a bore.

Yes, there’s plenty of action, lots of quips, and terrific computer generated imagery, but “Thor: Ragnarok” fails in that most essential benchmark of cinema achievement: emotional involvement.

Now, this is from the perspective of a movie-goer (yours truly) who’s not a fan boy, has no interest in attending a Comic-Con convention and doesn’t engage in Cosplay (costume play). Heck, I’m one of those folks who long ago stopped dressing up for Halloween.

Allentown Symphony Association seeks successor for executive director Evans

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

An interim executive director is being sought to succeed Sheila Evans, who has resigned as Allentown Symphony Association executive director.

Evans’ resignation was accepted at a Nov. 10 meeting of the symphony association executive committee, according to association board President Philip C. Jackson.

“Sheila’s done an excellent job to getting us to where we are today. With Sheila’s resignation, it is our hope that we can even take it to higher levels,” Jackson said of Miller Symphony Hall during a Nov. 12 interview with The Press.

Events at SteelStacks,

Friday, November 10, 2017 by The Press in Focus

VETERANS DAY:

Veterans Day events in the Lehigh Valley include:

“The Greatest Generation: Untold Stories of World War II,” 1 p.m. Nov. 11, ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem. Free and open to the public. Reserve tickets: ArtsQuest Center Box Office, 610-332-3378. Information: www.steelstacks.org. Presented by Embassy Bank and partnership between Phoebe Ministries, Lehigh University Veterans Association, Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project and ArtsQuest.

Review: Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Varekai’ astounds at PPL Center

Friday, November 10, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

If you’ve never traveled to Las Vegas and have not seen a Cirque du Soleil performance there, the amazing performance organization that has been at the forefront of the new circus movement is traveling to you.

Right here in the Lehigh Valley, through Nov. 12, at PPL Center, Allentown, Cirque du Soleil is back with “Varekai,” an extraordinary, breathtaking, and awe-inspiring performance. “Varekai” is nothing short of acrobatic ballet.