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Saturday, March 31, 2018 by The Press in Focus

ASO Chamber Series: The Allentown Symphony Association announces its second annual collboration with the Arts at St. John’s for the “ASO Chamber Series” at St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Alentown. Allentown Symphony Orchestra musicians, along with guests soloists, will perform four 50-minute concerts during April in the beautiful nave of the stained-glass church. The first, at 12:10 p.m. April 3, features Eliezer Gutman, violinist and Concertmaster of the Allentown...

Allentown Central: ‘Disaster!’

Saturday, March 31, 2018 by The Press in Focus

“Disaster!,” a spoof of classic disaster films, comes to the stage at 7 p.m. April 5, 6 and 2 and 7 p.m. April 7, auditorium, Allentown Central Catholic High School, 301 N. Fourth St., Allentown.

Kateri Swavely-Verenna directs the Allentown Central Catholic High School production, aided by assistant director and choreographer Adrienne Motley and music director Hunter Chadeayne.

The plot involves several New Yorkers attending the opening of a floating casino and disco that is...

Growing Green: garden myth-busters

Saturday, March 31, 2018 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

With winter slowly receding, even as spring officially has arrived, a new gardening season is around the corner. Homeowners are awash in suggestions for how to successfully care for plants, but it is imperative to sift through information provided on websites and garden articles.

Seek for facts and research-based information that you can get from Cooperative Extension websites. Despite being repeated for decades, many horticultural practices can do more harm than good. Debunking these...

Nazareth: ‘Little Women’

Saturday, March 31, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Nazareth Area High School brings the 19th century back to life with “Little Women the Musical,” at 7 p.m. April 5, 6, 12 and 13, and 2 and 7 p.m. April 7 and 14, auditorium, Nazareth Area High School, 501 E. Center St., Nazareth.

John Andreadis directs the Nazareth production, assisted by music director Pamela Westphal, choreographer Colette Boudreaux, and pit orchestra director Rick Hilborn.

The production is based on “Little Women,” the semi-autobiographical novel by Louisa...

Review: ‘Imagine’

Saturday, March 31, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“I Can Only Imagine” is an inspirational movie about the writing of the hit Christian rock song by the band, MercyMe. The song received the 2002 Dove Award, the Christian music recording business equivalent of a Grammy. With 2.5 million copies sold, “I Can Only Imagine” is said to be the best-selling Christian pop music single ever.

The song was written by MercyMe lead vocalist Bart Millard. The song was inspired by the death of Millard’s father. Millard and his father had a...

Respectfully Yours: gym etiquette

Saturday, March 31, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

I recently joined a gym for the first time and am feeling very self-conscious. Are there gym etiquette rules that I should know so I don’t embarrass myself?

Dear Reader, Even at a gym, rules of etiquette should be followed. Sure, the social graces expected in a gym are a bit different from those expected at a formal dinner or wedding, but manners are important just the same.

The gym can be an intimidating place if you are new and your first few workouts might be stressful as...

The Family Project: Day-care support

Saturday, March 31, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am a single mother of a four-month-old. I just got a job, but I am still living day-to-day, and I do not have money for child-care. I am relying on friends and acquaintances, which I know is not the safest thing for my baby, but I am not sure what else to do. I do not have family around to help. What can I do?

The panel agreed that the first message to the mother should be, “Good for you.” They praised her for getting a job, taking care of her child and being so aware that what...

Gallery View: Chocolate block photos

Saturday, March 31, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Lydia Panas began collecting blocks of chocolate in 2000. She would find time to focus on her “Chocolate, Hair + Lint” still-life series back then, when she wasn’t busy with family life and raising three young children.

Photographing the combination of lint, chocolate, and her own hair, the work was, “Symbolic of my daily life,” according to the artist.

“The hair was a metaphor for aging, the lint from the children’s clothing was about family, and the chocolate referenced my...

Sunny news about sunlight

Saturday, March 31, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. All I ever hear about the sun is how dangerous it is. But, when I was a child, my mother used to tell me to get out in the sun and play. Did my mother give me bad advice?

Most public-health messages focus on the hazards of too much sun exposure. Ultraviolet (UV) rays, an invisible component of sunlight, can cause skin damage, cataracts, wrinkles, age spots, and skin cancer.

But there is some sunny news about the sun.

Sunlight increases the...