Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

On ‘Broadway,’ a ‘Carol’ sendup at Pa. Playhouse

Friday, November 30, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Rody Gilkeson admits there’s quite a bit of his father in “A Broadway Christmas Carol,” the holiday show opening Nov. 30 at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

Gilkeson is directing the zany musical comedy described as “Scrooge meets ‘Forbidden Broadway,’ the latter a popular Off-Broadway revue that pokes fun at musical theater.

However, Gilkeson says “A Broadway Christmas Carol” is first and foremost the story of Scrooge’s redemption.

“This is a kind of an insane show,” he says. “But it has the same feel-good ending.”

Respectfully Yours: holiday-card etiquette

Friday, November 30, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, My mother has always handled sending out the holiday cards. Now that I’ve moved away from home, I’m sending cards for the first time. What is the basic etiquette on sending out holiday cards? And, if someone I overlooked sends me a card, do I need to send one back?

Dear Reader, The ins and outs of holiday-card etiquette is one of those little things in life that can seem overwhelming.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, November 30, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610- 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Nov. 28: Turkey sandwich, beef vegetable soup.

Thursday, Nov. 29: Meatloaf w/gravy, whipped potatoes, vegetable medley, pudding, wheat bread.

Friday, Nov. 30: Tilapia, whole-grain pilaf, beets, fresh fruit, wheat bread.

Monday, Dec. 3: Roasted pork, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, applesauce, wheat bread.

Tuesday, Dec. 4: Chicken Caesar salad.

Wednesday, Dec. 5: Chopped steak w/ gravy, scalloped potatoes, carrots, Tropical fruit, wheat dinner roll.

A Christmas ‘Voice’ in Allentown concert

Friday, November 30, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

From Long Island pizza delivery boy to performing all over the world, Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti says appearing on “America’s Got Talent” transformed his life.

In January, he will return to the NBC hit reality TV show for its first-ever former champions edition.

But before that, it’s the “Sal ‘The Voice’ Valentinetti Holiday Concert,” 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The Family Project: Son and church

Friday, November 30, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. On Sunday, my 13-year-od son told me that he no longer wanted to attend church services. He said that he does not believe in God, and that going to church is a waste of time. Our family has always been very involved with our church, and I am horribly upset by this. I have two younger children and I don’t want them to be influenced by their brother. What can I do?

‘Thomas and Friends’

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

The Thomas the Tank Engine “Fun Room,” complete with an operating model train, opens 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Nov. 24 and continues through Dec. 29, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friend Percy travel the rails. Children can color pictures of Thomas, play with a wooden Thomas train set, and enjoy other railroad crafts and activities.

Information: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org; 610-435-1074

Respectfully Yours: Small talk

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, A couple of weeks ago I attended a baby shower for a friend. I did not know most of the people there. I found myself watching everyone and not talking. I normally am not at a loss for words with my friends and family, but in this situation I was totally out of my comfort zone. I did not want to come across as disinterested, but I felt awkward. Do you have any suggestions about how to engage in small talk?

Lehigh County senior menus

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610- 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Nov. 21: Roasted turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, green beans, pumpkin pie.

Thursday, Nov. 22: Thanksgiving. Centers closed.

Friday, Nov. 23: Black Friday. Centers closed.

Monday, Nov. 26: Chicken croquette, roasted potatoes, carrots, pineapple, wheat bread.

Tuesday, Nov. 27: Low salt baked ham w/ maple mustard, whipped sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, angel food cake.

Wednesday, Nov. 28: Turkey sandwich, beef vegetable soup.

Healthy Geezer: Cholesterol, caffeine, marijuana

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What foods are good for keeping your cholesterol down?

Oatmeal contains soluble fiber that reduces your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the bad cholesterol that can increase your risk of heart attacks and strokes. This type of fiber is also found in kidney beans, brussels sprouts, apples, pears, barley and prunes.

There are other foods that work against cholesterol. These include soy protein, walnuts and fatty fish.

Soy protein is found in tofu, soy nuts, soy milk and soy burgers.

Northampton County senior menus

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 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, Nov. 21: Chicken Kiev, rice pilaf, Scandinavian vegetable blend, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh pineapple tidbits.

Thursday, Nov. 22: Closed for Thanksgiving.

Friday, Nov. 23: Closed for Thanksgiving.

Monday, Nov. 26: Chicken noodle soup, pot roast sandwich, sour cream cucumber salad, blushed pears.