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Monday, October 23, 2017

Healthy Geezer: Massage therapy

Friday, October 20, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Does massage do anything besides make you feel relaxed?

Massage therapy, or massage, was first used thousands of years ago. Ancient writings include references to massage in Greece, Japan, China, Egypt, and the Indian subcontinent.

Massage became popular in the United States during the 19th century. In the middle of the 20th century, advances in medicine overshadowed massage treatment. Then, massage started a revival in the 1970s.

There are more than 80 kinds of...

Respectfully Yours: A new column

Friday, October 20, 2017 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Editor’s Note: Respectfully Yours is a new column on etiquette that will appear in the Focus section of Lehigh Valley Press.

Dear Reader, You might be wondering why I’m here talking about a seemingly outdated topic: etiquette.

However, etiquette has not gone out of fashion even though today it might seem that the word etiquette has lost its power. This is far from the truth. In fact, the concept of etiquette is more relevant than ever. In these times when interpersonal...

The Family Project: Affection

Friday, October 20, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

If you have a parenting question you would like answered in The Family Project column, email Project Child: projectchildlv.org.

Q. I have two young children. My first child is affectionate and loving, but my second one does not like to be held or cuddled. I am starting to feel as if he doesn’t love me, or that I have done something wrong. Can you tell me why they would be so different?

There are two reasons why this may be happening, according panelist Chad Stefanyak: “First,...

Diversity talk

Friday, October 20, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Angela King, affiliated with Life After Hate, a national organization for former members of hate groups, speaks at 6 p.m. Oct. 30, Scheller-Woodman Community Services Center, main campus, Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville.

The event is free and open to the public.

Information: Gene Eden, geden@lccc.edu; 610-799-1146

Getting into the ‘Act’: Crowded Kitchen Players presents Lehigh Valley debut of drama about Moss Hart, legendary Bucks playwright

Friday, October 13, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

For director Ara Barlieb and the Crowded Kitchen Players (CK Players) theater company, “Act One” is a production that everyone wanted to be a part of.

“Like a lot of theater companies, we are drawn to plays about theater,” Barlieb says. “It’s really compelling to do a play about a play.”

Barlieb says that, to the best of his knowledge, “Act One” has never been performed outside of New York City.

The Lehigh Valley premiere of “Act One” will be presented by the CK Players...

THEATER REVIEW:

Friday, October 13, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The much-loved and often-performed musical, “The Secret Garden,” is on a national tour and is expected to be revived on Broadway on a yet undisclosed date.

Whenever that happens, though, it is hard to believe that any Great White Way production could surpass by much Civic Theatre of Allentown’s staging of the classic that runs through Oct. 22. To say the least, the Lehigh Valley production of “The Secret Garden” is a music, acting and technical triumph.

Director William Sanders...

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, October 13, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Eder in concert:Linda Eder’s repertoire spans Broadway, standards, pop, country and jazz. The award-winning actress returns to the State Theatre of the Arts stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14. As the tragic character, “Lucy,” in the Broadway musical, “Jekyll & Hyde,” Eder belted out the signature songs, “Someone Like You” and “A New Life.” Eder launched her recording career in 1991 with her self-titled debut album. Her 17 solo albums include “Retro Volume 1.” Eder has been on PBS TV concert...

Growing Green: autumn garden

Friday, October 13, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

When the last golden raspberry is eaten from the stalk, the pumpkin and gourd vines have dried and their fruit harvested, and the autumnal equinox has been reached, it is time to consider what should be done to prepare for a “better” garden next year. The winter solstice and next year’s garden seed catalogs, which perennially follow, can wait. Now is preparation time.

A good autumn cleaning up of the garden is not only a good aesthetic arrangement, but is an aide in keeping the garden...

Healthy Geezer: Statins benefits

Friday, October 13, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of two parts

Statins, which are also known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are drugs that lower cholesterol by blocking the liver substance responsible for making cholesterol. Statins may also help your body reabsorb cholesterol that has accumulated on your artery walls.

Some of the best-known statins include: simvastatin (Zocor), atorvastatin (Lipitor), lovastatin (Mevacor), pravastatin (Pravachol), rosuvastatin (Crestor), and fluvastatin (Lescol).

In addition...

Artists ‘Digest’ space at PSU De Long Gallery

Friday, October 13, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Digest,” through Oct, 17, the Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley, is the free-form creation of Allentown artists Daisuke Shintani and Atsuko Tajima.

“This is our painting in the air. Our floating forms are created in some way similar to improvising music.” according to Shintani’s and Tajima’s artists’ statement.

“We divided the room diagonally with a lighter side and a darker side,” Shintani said at the Sept. 7 opening reception.

This...