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Monday, August 19, 2019

‘It’s about the audience’ Easton State Theatre’s Shelley Brown previews venue’s 2019-2020 season

Friday, August 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The 93rd season of the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, as with previous seasons, is a work in progress.

“We’re confirming things right and left that we add,” says State Theatre President and CEO Shelley Brown.

Tickets for the new season at the State Theatre go on sale to the public Aug. 15. Tickets for State Theatre members went on sale Aug. 1.

“The biggest challenge is confirming things for the brochure. That’s the basis for the season, to which we...

Sit in with Chaise Lounge for MSH ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Friday, August 16, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Chaise Lounge returns for the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for a free buffet, included with the ticket price admission. A cash bar is available.

The Washington, D.C.-based group presents an upbeat blend of standards and originals with an early 1960s’ jazz vibe.

Charlie Barnett, piano, accordion and guitar, also writes and-or arranges most of the group’s tunes.

The group features...

Review: ‘Lion King’

Friday, August 16, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

I went to see “The Lion King” prepared to not like it.

Try as I do to not read or hear reviews before I see a movie to review, it was difficult to avoid the buzz for “The Lion King.” Publicity about the movie, which opened with a near-record $185 million at the box office in its first weekend and has grossed $473 million to date in the United States, was everywhere.

Call it “The Lion” Ca-Ching.

While I wouldn’t go so far as to agree with the billing of “The Lion King” as...

The Family Project: Grandson’s tantrums

Friday, August 16, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I have a four-year-old grandson, who is a very sweet child. However, when angry he kicks, slaps and pinches his parents. His parents are calm, spend time with him and do not hit him. He doesn’t act like this with his grandparents. Any suggestions?

“My first response,” panelist Denise Continenza said, “relates to the idea of temperament: How children respond emotionally and behaviorally to the world.

“Some children have high-intensity emotions, so when they get frustrated and...

Language classes

Friday, August 16, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Lehigh Carbon Community College offers language classes this fall in its noncredit division at the main Schnecksville campus unless noted otherwise.

“EZ Deitsch I,” Sept. 12 - Nov. 7: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Pennsylvania Dutch language and culture.

“Irish (Gaelic),” Sept. 4 - Dec. 11: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Sentence structure, grammar, foundation vocabulary, commonly-used verbs, fluency and vocabulary to speak, read and write.

“Italian I,” Aug. 21...

Healthy Geezer: Selecting hypnotherapist

Friday, August 16, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of two parts

Hypnosis is one of several relaxation methods helpful for treating chronic pain, alleviating anxiety, reducing the frequency and severity of headaches, controlling bleeding and pain during dental procedures, quitting smoking and ending alcohol dependence.

Hypnosis achieves focused attention. It is like using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. When our minds are concentrated, we are able to use them more powerfully....

‘Valley Vivaldi’ closing season with concert at Wesley Church

Friday, August 16, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The fourth and final 2019 summer “Valley Vivaldi” concert is 7 p.m. Aug. 18, Wesley Church, 2540 Center St. (Route 512), Bethlehem.

The program is: Vivaldi, “Concerto for Strings in E minor,” RV 134; Tartini, “Violin Concerto in G minor,” Op. 1, D 85; Albinoni, “Trumpet Concerto in B Flat,” Op. 7, No. 3; Telemann, “Concerto à 4 for Recorder, Violin, Oboe and Continuo,” and J. S. Bach, “Concerto in D minor for Two Violins,” BWV 1043.

The musicians are: Lawrence Wright, trumpet;...

Growing Green: Go native

Friday, August 16, 2019 by The Press in Focus

As an individual, one might think, “What can I do to help our environment?”

There are many things to consider.

Always plant native plants and pollinator plants. Choosing plants native to the Lehigh Valley can improve gardening success since many of these plants have adapted to the region. Many native plants attract beneficial insects which help control pests, so you are creating a habitat for “good bugs.”

By planting pollinator plants we are helping the bee population....

Respectfully Yours: Phone-free wedding

Friday, August 16, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I have attended a number of weddings recently and I am shocked at people’s disregard during the ceremony. So many people were taking pictures with their phones. My wedding is next summer. How does one ask guests to refrain from taking photos during the ceremony?

Dear Reader,

Having an unplugged wedding ceremony and encouraging your guests to put down their devices doesn’t need to be difficult.

As with any request you make of your wedding guests,...