East Penn Press

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Gigless in the Valley: Musicians stay active by being interactive

Friday, May 22, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Second of six parts

For Dave Fry, one of the worst days of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lockdown was when he locked down his bag of children’s instruments.

Fry, a Southside Bethlehem mainstay and co-founder of the Godfrey Daniels concert venue who plays folk music and children’s music, uses the toy instruments to involve children when he performs.

“My music is interactive. When I play, kids can pick up instruments and shakers. I can engage with them and have the...

Coronavirus impact: Baum School student artists in virtual ceremony

Friday, May 22, 2020 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Editor’s Note: The Baum School of Art, including its students, patrons and administrators, is adjusting to the time of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

First of three parts

The Baum School of Art awarded full, half and quarter scholarships to nearly 50 students from age five through 17 during a virtual presentation of the “Children & Teen Student Exhibition” awards ceremony.

Baum School of Art Executive Director Shannon Fugate introduced the April 18 online event...

Lehigh Dialogue Center interfaith discussion

Friday, May 22, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic cut short an interfaith discussion series, but not before two sessions were held, including March 8, prior to the last Sunday of services at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown, before the Pennsylvania stay-at-home mandate.

The series, presented by the Lehigh Dialogue Center, Bethlehem, explained the similarities and differences between Christianity, Judaism and Islam.

According to its website, the Lehigh...

Foundation

Friday, May 22, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Lehigh Carbon Community College Foundation has canceled events, including LCCC Scholarship Clay Shoot, Raising the Paw Bingo, LCCC Golf Classic and Fall Fitness Fest, for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The LCCC Foundation has established the COVID-19 Student Emergency Fund to assist students with expenses relating to food, housing, utilities, transportation, childcare, healthcare and more.

Those interested in supporting LCCC students can go to:...

STEM scholarships

Friday, May 22, 2020 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Lehigh Carbon Community College students in one of 25 program majors, including biology, chemistry, computer science, drafting and design, technology, engineering and math (STEM) have the opportunity to receive up to $5,000 in scholarships per year through a National Science Foundation grant.

The application priority deadline for the fall semester is June 30.

Information: www.lccc.edu/scholarships, or Deepika Khilnaney...

Healthy Geezer: To 70 and beyond: optimism, genes, female

Friday, May 22, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I just turned 70 and I was wondering what my chances are of getting to 100?

If you want some idea about your life expectancy, you can check out a table provided by the U.S. Social Security Administration:

http://www.ssa.gov/oact/STATS/table4c6.html

If you are a “healthy geezer,” you can do better than the average.

If you want to reach 100, you should know that there are three major characteristics that...

The Family Project: Don’t delay kindergarten for son, age 5

Friday, May 22, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. Since my five-year-old son’s preschool has been closed and I have been home with him, I have become concerned about his readiness for kindergarten in the fall. None of his teachers has ever said anything to me about this, but it seems like he doesn’t know a lot of the things my other children had to know before kindergarten. How can I work with him to get him ready for school, or should I consider waiting another year?

After a brief discussion of this question, panelist Joanne...

Respectfully Yours: These worrying times require good manners

Friday, May 22, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Our normal activities have suddenly changed and we are in uncharted territory. The usual rules for behavior are out the window and it can be difficult to know if the rules of etiquette we are accustomed to still apply. Has our definition of good manners changed?

Dear Reader,

This is an unprecedented time in history when it comes to etiquette rules because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. There is not a guide that we can refer to.

Etiquette...