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Friday, November 15, 2019

Spotted Lanternfly pinned down in PSU LV community art project

Friday, September 27, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Dixon is recruiting area organizations to help with what’s billed as a “Community Public Art Project.”

Dixon, a Virginia-based multidiscipline artist, has a background in working with insects. She first considered using bees for her project.

After being told about the Spotted Lanternfly infestation in Pennsylvania and, more recently, in New Jersey and some other nearby states, Dixon concluded that the colorful, non-native pest should be the theme for the installation.

The project can be seen as raising awareness about the Spotted Lanterfly infestation in the region.

Soloists, Allentown Band, in multicultural ‘Arts at St. John’s’ concert

Friday, September 27, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A multicultural program featuring outstanding soloists will mark the Allentown Band’s concert, 3 p.m. Sept. 29, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St, Allentown as part of the “Arts at St. John’s” series.

A Curtis Institute trained trumpet player, an Allentown mezzo-soprano who has performed internationally and St. John’s cantor highlight the program that includes selections from eight different countries, says Ronald Demkee, conductor of the Allentown Band.

Fall Gala Oct. 19

Friday, September 27, 2019 by The Press in Focus

BAUM SCHOOL:

The Baum School of Art’s annual Fall Gala Oct. 19 honors Janet and Malcolm Gross.

The annual gala recognizes community members who have made significant contributions to The Baum School’s long history of enriching lives through arts education.

This year, the Gala will be held at the Barristers Club, 1114 W. Walnut St., Allentown, beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 19, with a cocktail hour, performance by Pheobe Legere, and a silent auction with gift certificates, items and experiences from around the Lehigh Valley.

Prohibition talk

Friday, September 27, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Historian Peter Kern presents a lecture, “Prohibition: America’s Attempt to Legislate Morality,” 1 p.m. Oct. 5, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, Allentown.

“Prohibition is a fascinating era. It transformed our nation,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

One hundred years ago, in 1919, the United States ratified the Eighteenth Amendment to the Constitution, banning the production, transportation and sale of intoxicating beverages. It went into effect one year later, along with companion legislation known as the Volstead Act.

Healthy Geezer: Three topics

Friday, September 27, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Do women get color blindness?

Color blindness affects about 10 percent of men, but only one percent of women.

Color blindness is the common term used to describe color vision deficiency. The term is misleading, because total color blindness that turns the world into shades of gray is rare.

The most common type of color blindness makes it difficult for people to discriminate between red and green. The next most common form of the deficiency affects the perception of blues and yellows. Those with blue-yellow blindness almost always have red-green blindness, too.

Lehigh Valley front and center in the battle of the bugs

Friday, September 27, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Editor’s Note: It’s been a five-year battle and counting in the Lehigh Valley region. It’s residents, business owners and farmers versus the Spotted Lanternfly.

The invasive species has caused damage to homeowners’ ornamental trees and plants, vineyards, orchards and nurseries.

At the front lines of the fight has been The Pennsylvania State University’s PennState Extension, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, and you.

Information and updates:

extension.psu.edu/spotted-lanternfly

Mozart, Bach opens Sinfonia season

Friday, September 27, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“We Love Mozart and Bach” opens the 2019-2020 season of the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown.

A snowstorm canceled a Mozart program in March by the Sinfonia. Dr. Allan Birney, Music Director of the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, programmed two pieces from that program and added a third piece by J. S. Bach for the season-opening concert.

Respectfully Yours: formal table setting

Friday, September 27, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I have an important formal dining event coming up and I’m getting flustered thinking about it. I often get overwhelmed when I see a formal place setting. I need a few dining etiquette tips so I do not embarrass myself.

Dear Reader, Dining etiquette standards have relaxed a great deal in recent decades.

However, there still are certain dining guidelines that will be useful when you want to make a good impression.

Growing Green: Stopping Spotted Lanterfly

Friday, September 27, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

It unfortunately was a productive Summer of 2019 for the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), an invasive pest present in Pennsylvania and some other eastern states.

The SLF threatens grape production, tree health and can damage high-value ornamentals in home landscapes.

At stake are Pennsylvania’s grape, tree-fruit, hardwood, nursery and landscape businesses, which generate agricultural crops and forest products worth nearly $18 billion annually.

Native to parts of Asia, the SLF was identified for the first time in the United States in Hereford, Berks County, in 2014.

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, September 27, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Wonder jazz: “Don Braden: Earth, Wind & Wonder,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, opens the “Jazz Upstairs” fall season, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. With Braden on saxophone and flute, his latest CD, “Earth Wind and Wonder,” features his quartet performing jazz interpretations of songs by Earth Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder. Braden has toured the world leading his own ensembles, and as a sideman, including for Betty Carter and Wynton Marsalis. He has recorded 21 CDs, and for film and television shows.