Catasauqua Press

Friday, July 19, 2019

Curtain Rises: Northampton Community College Summer Theatre doubles audience

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The third time’s the charm for Northampton Community College Summer Theatre.

Attendance more than doubled from the first season to the second season and is poised to increase for the summer 2019 season.

“I think we’re moving forward. We grow each year, which is great. The quality of work is really strong. We’re putting out a solid product that I’m really proud of,” says Northampton Community College Summer Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bill Mutimer, now in his fifth year as Chair of the NCC department of theater, succeeding Norm Roberts, who retired.

Curtain Rises: ‘Topsy Turvy’ returns Crowded Kitchen Players to comedy roots

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s a change of pace for Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) and a return to the Lehigh Valley troupe’s comedy roots.

“I knew I wanted to do a comedy because we did a show about rape, PTSD and child sexual abuse,” says Ara Barlieb, CKP cofounder and writer of “Topsy Turvy,” in its world premiere, 8 p.m. June 7, 8, 14, 15 and 2 p.m. June 9, 16, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Bethlehem.

CKP’s most recent plays were “A Softening of Her Eyes,” which dealt with the topics of rape and PTSD, and “Unspeakable,” which dealt with child sexual abuse.

Jerry Rife brings Dixieland to Pennsylvania Jazz Society concert

Friday, May 31, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Jerry Rife and his Rhythm Kings bring their take on hot jazz to the Pennsylvania Jazz Society, 2 p.m. June 2, Dewey Banquet Hall, 502 Durham St., Hellertown.

Rife’s lifelong love of jazz started with a “Dukes of Dixieland” vinyl album he received as a youth.

Says Rife: “It changed my life. I wanted to be those people. With some friends, I formed a Dixieland band in my junior high, high school days. We played the ‘Ted Mack Amateur Hour’ and we actually did gigs for money.

The Family Project: Punishing 4-year-old

Friday, May 31, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My four-year-old daughter is acting up in Pre-K, specifically at lunch and nap times. I have also caught her lying about things that she has done. What are some age-appropriate punishments?

The panel had an immediate negative reaction to the question about punishments for the four-year old.

Calling the situation “double indemnity,” panelist Denise Continenza said she struggles with the idea that parents have to deal with a child that does something wrong in Pre-K and suffers the consequences, and then comes home to more consequences.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, May 31, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, May 29: Chopped steak w/ onion gravy, scalloped potatoes, carrots, tropical fruit, wheat dinner roll.

Thursday, May 30: Roasted turkey breast, bread stuffing, green beans, orange.

Friday, May 31: Battered fish w/ tartar sauce, confetti rice, Mediterranean medley, apple, wheat bread.

Monday, June 3: Sloppy joes, green beans, strawberry peach crisp.

Tuesday, June 4: BBQ chicken, whole wheat pasta, carrots,

Wednesday, June 5: Sweet and sour pork, brown rice, Asian vegetables, banana.

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Friday, May 31, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Symphony Sounds: The Elysium Quartet, which includes three members of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO), performs, 7:30 p.m. May 31 in the “Arts at St. John’s” series, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown. The program is free and open to the public, with free-will donations accepted. Performing are: Julie Bougher, violin, ASO; James Finegan, violin, ASO; Steve Heitlinger, viola, ASO, and Andrea Weber, cello. The program is: Haydn, “String Quartet in E flat major (The Joke)”; Golijov, “Tenebrae,” and Mendelssohn, “String Quartet No.

Healthy Geezer: Emotional Intelligence

Friday, May 31, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. Are we like wine? Do we improve with age?

It’s clear to me that most of us improve in one area. I believe we become better people. My mother used to insist that individuals don’t change. We had many arguments about this.

I think our opinions are highly influenced by perception and personal experience. It’s difficult to prove either side of the argument. However, there have been studies done on “emotional intelligence” that indicate we are like Cabernet, not water.

Respectfully Yours: Second baby shower

Friday, May 31, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, My sister’s first daughter is almost 18-months-old. My sister is expecting her second child in fall. I’d like to host a baby shower to celebrate her new baby. Is hosting a shower appropriate for a second pregnancy?

Dear Reader,

Deciding to have a second or even third baby shower is a question that has a lot of mixed answers.

Some people consider it rude and others see nothing wrong with the idea.

There are even some specific circumstances and guidelines people will use before considering throwing a second baby shower.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, May 31, 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, May 29: Pork rib-b-que, cabbage and bow ties, pickled beets, wheat bread w/margarine, blushed pears.

Thursday, May 30: Coconut crusted chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, Calif. vegetable blend, wheat bread w/ margarine, chilled apricots.

Friday, May 31: Cranberry juice, fried haddock sandwich w/ lettuce, tomato, tartar sauce; cole slaw, lemon bar.

Pennsylvania Youth Ballet takes comedic turn with ‘Coppelia’

Friday, May 31, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Pennsylvania Youth Ballet (PYB) and Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley (BGLV) presents its spring ballet, “Coppelia,” 7 p.m. May 31, Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

“Coppelia,” a popular comedic ballet that premiered in Paris in 1870, is the story of an eccentric toymaker who creates a life-like doll. When a village boy named Franz becomes infatuated with the doll, his fiancé, Swanhilda, tries to intervene.