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Friday, February 22, 2019

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Saturday, February 16, 2019 by The Press in Focus

A Valentine To Jazz: The Frank DiBussolo Philly Reunion Group returns to Miller Symphony Hall for the “Jazz Upstairs” series with the concert, “Wine, Women And Song,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15. The quartet includes, in addition to DiBussolo, guitar; Dave DePalma, woodwinds; Bruce Kaminsky, bass, and Lorenzo Branca, drums. DiBussolo, a professional musician since 1965, has worked with Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross, Diane Carroll and Vicky Carr. As a soloist, he has been featured with the bands of Buddy Rich, Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Bucky Pizzarelli and Lester Lannin.

Theater Review: Civic’s ‘Noises Off’ gets the laughter on

Saturday, February 16, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s production of “Noises Off,” through Feb. 24 at the 19th Street Theatre, Allentown, is a madcap romp through the clichés of farcical comedy and slapstick, with some very inventive twists.

In each of the three acts of “Noises Off,” cast members perform the first act of a play-within-the play, a sex farce titled “Nothing On.”

No chance to get bored, though. The audience views each Act One from a different perspective: onstage rehearsal, backstage shenanigans and on- and off-stage performance chaos.

Healthy Geezer: Allergies, sinusitis, hair

Saturday, February 16, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What are allergy shots?

Allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, are a series of scheduled injections meant to desensitize you to specific allergens, which are substances that trigger an allergic response.

The usual schedule is one shot once or twice a week for about three to six months. After that, you’ll need one shot about once a month for three to five years.

Allergy shots are commonly used to treat allergic rhinitis (hay fever) and asthma. Allergy shots may also control allergic reactions to stinging insects, such as bees, yellow jackets, hornets and wasps.

Respectfully Yours: Personal space in line

Friday, February 8, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I get very uncomfortable when I’m standing in a line and the person behind me is standing too close. When I try to put a little distance between me and the other person, the person always seem to move closer. How close should you stand next to someone in a line?

Dear Reader,

When a person is within arm’s reach, or even worse, close enough to feel their breath, they are in your personal space.

Anytime someone steps across that invisible line, it’s natural to feel uneasy and uncomfortable.

Review: ‘The Upside’

Friday, February 8, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The upside about the movie, “The Upside,” is that it’s entertaining, thought-provoking and uplifting.

Kevin Hart plays Dell Scott, whose parole officer mandates that he find a job. Bryan Cranston plays Phillip Lacasse, a wealthy self-help author who is a person with a disability, quadriplegia, after being injured in a para-glider accident.

Dell Scott is hired to be Phillip Lacasse’s in-home health-care worker, much to the dismay of Nicole Kidman, who plays Yvonne Pendleton, Lacasse’s home office manager.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, February 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, Feb. 6: Pork Rib-B-Q, cabbage and noodles, pickled beets, wheat bread w/ margarine, chilled peaches.

Thursday, Feb. 7: Spinach cheese soup, sweet and sour pork, white rice, oriental vegetables, wheat bread with margarine, chilled pears.

Friday, Feb. 8: Minestrone soup, Tater Tot casserole, fresh golden beets, tossed salad w/ Thousand Islands dressing, cranberry oatmeal cookie.

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Friday, February 8, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Warm up to the classics: The Allentown Symphony Orchestra, conducted by ASO Artistic Director Diane Wittry with guest solist, pianist Simon Mulligan, presents “Appalachian Spring & Rhapsody In Blue,” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and 3 p.m. Feb. 10, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The program includes Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” in its full orchestra version with 75 musicians on stage and featuring dancers from the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley, with new choreography by Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley Artistic Director Karen Knerr.

Healthy Geezer: A little bit of chocolate

Friday, February 8, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I eat a little chocolate every day. How bad is that for me?

You didn’t say how much chocolate you eat daily. If you eat a chocolate Easter bunny a day, there is an obvious risk of becoming overweight. However, a little chocolate has health benefits.

A recent Harvard study suggested that a bit of high-quality dark chocolate one to three times a month may protect women from heart failure.