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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Repertory Dance Theatre guest artists en pointe in annual ‘Nutcracker’ ballet

Friday, December 6, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Repertory Dance Theatre (RDT) of the Lehigh Valley will present its production of the beloved holiday ballet, “Nutcracker,” for two performances, 2 p.m. Dec. 7 and 8, in the majestic Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The “Nutcracker,” accompanied by music of the award-winning Allentown Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Ronald Demkee, and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Choir, tells the tale of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince and brings the magic of Christmas...

Moscow Ballet adds puppets, peacock to the ‘Nutcracker’

Friday, December 6, 2019 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The Moscow Ballet “Great Russian Nutcracker” again comes to the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 8 with a dazzling and lavish full-length production.

Based on the choreography of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and a stunning score by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, the ballet tells the story of Masha, a young girl who receives a Nutcracker doll from her mysterious uncle. The Nutcracker comes to life and turns into a prince.

Masha and the Prince travel to the lush...

Pip the Mouse returns to Liberty Bell Museum

Friday, December 6, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas” has returned to its fanciful stage for another run of vintage seasonal fun in the Liberty Bell Museum, Allentown.

Pip and his holiday puppet show premiered at Hess’s, Ninth and Hamilton streets, in 1962. After the iconic Allentown department store closed, puppets, props and stage found a home at the Liberty Bell Museum where the holiday show has been going on since 2003.

“We’re adding an element that was in the original show that got lost over...

‘Nutcracker’ lives on for Christmas

Friday, December 6, 2019 by The Press in Focus

In the “Nutcracker” ballet, the toy of the title is damaged, and quickly repaired.

As with the beloved toy, “The “Nutcracker” is alive and well in the Lehigh Valley.

Fans of the “Nutcracker” again have several opportunities to attend performances of the classic Christmas season ballet in the Lehigh Valley.

There will be two performances of each production.

Repertory Dance Theatre of the Lehigh Valley presents its 33rd annual production of the “Nutcracker” Dec. 7...

Respectfully Yours: Holiday gift for boss not a good idea

Friday, December 6, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Should I get my boss a Christmas gift? I would like to acknowledge and show appreciation, but I’m not sure if this is a good idea. Should I skip it altogether?

Dear Reader,

Etiquette is actually quite clear on giving gifts to the boss.

Traditionally, gifts in a workplace should flow downward, not upward. In other words, it’s fine for your boss to give you a gift, but you shouldn’t give gifts to your managers.

This tricky subject does come...

The Family Project: Bond with daughter, 4, over questions

Friday, December 6, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My four-year-old is starting to ask a lot of “why” and “how” questions: “Why is the sky blue?” “How do birds fly?” “How do babies happen?“ I am not sure what and how much to tell her. Sometimes, I’m not sure if I know how things work. Should I just make up what I don’t know?

“Four-year-olds are just starting to learn social interaction, and part of that is asking questions,” panelist Chad Stefanyak said. “This four-year-old is trying to find out how to have a conversation, so...

Healthy Geezer: If this makes you yawn, it’s cool

Friday, December 6, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Why do we yawn?

There are several theories about the cause of yawning. One of them has begun to gain more advocates. This theory is that we yawn to air-condition our brains.

In a paper published in the Journal of Medical Hypotheses, scientists Gary Hack of the University of Maryland and Andrew Gallup of Princeton University wrote that, during yawning, the sinuses act like bellows to cool off the brain. If you suffer from sinus congestion, you might yawn more.

“Brains...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, December 6, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, December 4: Beef and bean chili, chuck wagon corn, brown rice, fresh fruit salad.

Thursday, December 5: Italian pork chop, Italian green beans, roasted red potatoes, dinner roll, grapes.

Friday, December 6: Pineapple chicken, tropical vegetable medley, cilantro lime, brown rice, crackers, tropical fruit.

Monday, December 9: Beef w/ Monterey jack cheese, cheese mashed potatoes, sauteed peppers and onions, dinner roll,...

Bel Canto concert theme peace for holiday season

Friday, December 6, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

In addition to the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s Dec. 7 and 8 concerts, Bel Canto, the youth choir affiliated with the Bach Choir, is holding its winter concert at 2 p.m. Dec. 7, St. John Windish Church, Bethlehem.

“Patrons can do a double-header,” says Joy Hirokawa, Bel Canto director. “The can go to the Bel Canto concert at 2, go out to dinner and then go to the Bach Choir concert.”

Hirokawa says Bel Canto’s program is eclectic and she’s very excited about it.

She says one...