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Friday, October 20, 2017

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, October 6, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Oct. 4: Chicken picatta, wild rice, American blend vegetables, tropical fruit.

Thursday, Oct. 5: Pot roast, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sugar cookie, fresh apple.

Friday, Oct. 6: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, vegetable medley, pineapples.

Monday, Oct. 9: Chicken croquette, roasted potatoes, green beans, grapes.

Tuesday, Oct. 10: Three cheese ziti w/ meatballs, spinach, fresh fruit.

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‘The Witch of Ridley Park’ trial to be re-enacted at LV Museum

Friday, October 6, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania’s Infamous Witch Trial, known as “The Witch of Ridley Creek,” will be presented in a re-creation, 1 p.m. Oct. 14, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum Saturday, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“Witchcraft accusations are infamous history, mass hysteria, and the crucible of darkness,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the museum.

The trial of Pennsylvania’s Margaret Matson, called “The Witch of Ridley Creek,” took place eight years prior to the Salem Witch Trials....

Healthy Geezer: Statins

Friday, October 6, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I’ve heard statins referred to as wonder drugs that we should put in our drinking water. Do they deserve this reputation?

Statins, which are also known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are drugs that reduce cholesterol by blocking the liver substance responsible for making cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance in blood. You need it to produce cell membranes, protect nerves, and make hormones.

The body can make all the cholesterol...

The Family Project: Infant’s sleep

Friday, October 6, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Editor’s Note: ”The Family Project” is a column in the Focus features section that brings together a panel of experts to address parenting questions.

Q. My infant grandson’s parents really need help getting him to sleep at night. He is 16-months-old and has to be taken for a car ride or a stroller ride every night in order for him to fall asleep. Then they transfer him to their bed, where he sleeps the rest of the night. They can’t put him in his crib because he wakes up. They really...

World-class opera stars to join Allentown Symphony Orchestra to open classical music series

Friday, September 29, 2017 by DIANE WITTRY in Focus

As I was growing up, opera was a type of music that I didn’t think appealed to me, but I really didn’t know much about it. I had heard all the jokes about opera music and the loud wobbly voices and crazy plots, and so I decided I didn’t like opera music.

When I was young, I also didn’t like vegetables, tomatoes, mushrooms, or avocados, until later in my teens when I actually tried them. Then I realized they were really quite good. I’ve enjoyed vegetables, tomatoes, mushrooms, and...

37th season ‘Leaps’ to Touchstone Theatre stage

Friday, September 29, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

For Touchstone artistic director Jp Jordan, the inclusion of “Leaps of Faith and Other Mistakes” into the roster of plays being performed for the 2017-18 season at Touchstone Theater was a no-brainer.

“I’m interested in anything right now that speaks to the goodness of human nature,” Jordan explains. “‘Jakopa’s Processional’ [Touchstone’s summer 2017 outdoors production] spoke to joy and the community.

“This [‘Leaps of Faith’] speaks to faith in the same way and works to...

Movie Review: ‘mother!’

Friday, September 29, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Perhaps no movie in 2017 has been as controversial upon its release as “mother!” Yes, we’ll honor the conceit of the noncapitalized title and exclamation point.

No, that’s not what upset folks with director Darren Aronofsky’s metaphorical take on motherhood, misogyny and the mass media.

As with Aronofsky’s previous directorial efforts (“Noah,” 2014; Oscar nomination, director, “Black Swan,” 2010; “The Wrestler,” 2008; “The Fountain,” 2006; “Requiem for a Dream,” 2000; “Pi,”...

College Fair Oct. 3 at LCCC

Friday, September 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) hosts the Pennsylvania Association for College Admission Counseling Lehigh Regional College Fair, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3, Berrier Hall Gymnasium, main campus, Route 309, Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.

With more than 100 colleges and universities represented, the College Fair is expected to be the largest in Lehigh County.

Interested students can learn about academic programs, admissions requirements, campus life and scholarship...

Myanmar artists reflect changing political clime

Friday, September 29, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Visiting University of Hong Kong professor Ian Holliday brought a selection of 10 contemporary paintings by Myanmar artists for the exhibit, “Altered State: Painting Myanmar in a Time of Transition” in the Galleria, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College.

While visiting and studying Myanmar as a political science professor, Holliday began collecting contemporary paintings from artists he met.

In a talk he gave at Muhlenberg, Holliday described how Burma, a former British...

Cirque du Soleil brings ‘Varekai’ to PPL Center

Friday, September 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Cirque du Soleil returns to Allentown with one of its signature productions, “Varekai,” for seven performances, Nov. 9 - 12, PPL Center.

“Varekai” performances are: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9; 4, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10, 11; 1:30, 5 p.m. Nov. 12.

Tickets: PPLCenter.com; 610-347-TIXX; PPL Center Box Office.

“Varekai” showcases an acrobatic extravaganza with the theme of Icarus for an amazing display of high-level acrobatics and performers ready to accomplish gravity-defying feats.

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