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Saturday, February 22, 2020

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, February 21, 2020 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, February 19: Lasagna soup, marinated turkey cutlet, rosemary red potatoes, broccoli florets, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh pineapple tidbits.

Thursday, February 20: Roast pork w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, cauliflower au gratin, wheat bread w/margarine...

Call of the Wildlands: ASO notes Earth Day 50th year

Friday, February 21, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Fifty years ago, it was proposed that the United States designate a day to celebrate the earth and support environmental protection.

Today, Earth Day is recognized in more than 193 nations.

The Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO) holds an annual “Youth Concert” and “Family Concert.”

This year, ASO Music Director and Conductor Diane Wittry decided to combine the two.

“With the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, when Diane was picking the theme, she decided to go green...

Healthy Geezer: How about more than an apple a day?

Friday, February 21, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What happens to you if you eat more than one apple a day?

I realize that this question was meant to be humorous, but there is a serious answer to it.

Believe it or not, there is a three-apple-a-day diet, which I’ll get to later. But, first, let’s discuss an apple a day.

We have to go back in time to Wales to find the origins of “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

The earliest known record of the maxim is in an 1866 edition of Notes and Queries magazine:...

Mozart. Haydn works well-suited to Pennsylvania Sinfonia

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Spend a Sunday afternoon with two of the premier composers from the 18th century Vienna when Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra presents “A Viennese Afternoon,” 4 p.m. Feb. 23, Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown.

Enjoy the music of classical composers Mozart and Haydn in an intimate program that marks the Sinfonia debut of Bethlehem native and Lehigh Valley Charter Arts High School graduate Fiona Gillespie singing the soprano solo on Mozart’s “Exsultate, Jubilate, K. 165.”

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Theater Review: Insightful ‘Blues’ at Pa. Playhouse

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

The Pennsylvania Playhouse has chalked up another memorable production, this time with Neil Simon’s masterful Tony Award-winning play “Biloxi Blues,” on stage through Feb. 23.

This is the second chapter in a semi-autobiographical “Eugene Trilogy” that includes “Brighton Beach Memoirs” and “Broadway Bound.” All three cover the life of Eugene Morris Jerome, Neil Simon’s alter-ego.

The script of “Biloxi Blues” sets the play mostly at Eugene’s military barracks in Biloxi, Miss.,...

Concert Review: Simon Mulligan elegant in ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Thursday, February 20, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Nothing is musically more elegant than the Simon Mulligan Trio.

On Valentine’s Day night, in the Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, Mulligan, piano; Gene Perla, upright bass, and Dave Willard, drums, did a show of romantic standards from the Great American Songbook.

The members of the trio were stylishly-attired in black for their seventh appearance in the room. Mulligan noted that for the Feb. 14 concert, red might have been more appropriate.

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Do the Freddys: Get your tickets now to attend region’s high school musicals

Saturday, February 22, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The road to the Freddys begins deep in winter when trees are bare and concludes in spring when flowers are in bloom.

The 2020 Freddy Awards program leads up to a three-hour ceremony, 7-10 p.m. May 21, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, that’s telecast live on WFMZ and streamed on wfmz.com.

The adjudication of musicals presented at the 29 participating schools begins about three months earlier in late February.

Not only judges are on the road to the Freddys....

Movie Review: ‘Knives Out’ is in

Saturday, February 22, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Knives Out” is an entertaining movie with not only a double-twist ending, but a triple-twist ending.

Just when you think you’ve figured out this “whodunit,” the plot takes a sharp turn. “Knives Out” is an enigma within an enigma.

It’s no wonder that the “Knives Out’ screenplay, written by the movie’s director Rian Johnson, received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.

“Knives Out” is a satisfying movie-going experience.

“Knives Out” is bolstered by a...

Student Poetry Project accepting entries

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the 15th annual award-winning Lehigh Valley Press Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, poems will be selected in each of the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 22 and April 23 Focus section in the eight Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and websites.

The student in each of the three categories whose poem is selected for publication on the front page of...

Lehigh County senior menus

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, February 12: Honey glazed turkey, Brussels sprouts, mashed sweet potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, cinnamon baked apples.

Thursday, February 13: Vegetable lasagna, Italian green beans, cauliflower, diced peaches.

Friday, February 14: Cheeseburger, potato and ham chowder, coleslaw, whole wheat sandwich roll, fresh melon.

Monday, February 17 - Closed - President’s Day.

Tuesday, February 18: Chicken and dumplings,...