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Pittsburgh Symphony official appointed Allentown Symphony executive director

Thursday, August 30, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The Board of Directors of the Allentown Symphony Association has announced the hiring of Alfred O. Jacobsen as its new Executive Director.

A reception for Jacobsen will be held at 5:30 p.m. Sept, 22, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, prior to the opening 2018-19 season concert at 7:30 p.m. of the Allentown Symphony Orchestra.

Jacobsen will be introduced by ASO artistic director and conductor Diane Wittry. Entertainment will be by the Peter Paulsen Trio. The event...

Free talks, screenings

Thursday, August 30, 2018 by The Press in Focus

WELLNESS EXPO:

The Greater Lehigh Valley Realtor Association (GLVR) holds a “Wellness Expo - Beyond Healthcare: Taking a Proactive Approach to Personal Wellness,” noon - 4 p.m. Sept. 12, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem.

The event, which is free, is open to GLVR members and the Greater Lehigh Valley community.

There will be four 20-minute presentations followed by 10-minute question and answer periods:

“Recognizing Addiction,” J. Layne Turner, MPA, Drug...

Lehigh Valley Classic: 166th Allentown Fair to be an ‘Ag-venture’

Friday, August 24, 2018 by The Press in Focus

The Great Allentown Fair, a Lehigh Valley classic for 166 years, will soon welcome thousands of visitors to its big-name outdoor concerts, motorsport shows, rides, games, novelty attractions, food and a showcase of products from the region’s farms, gardens and homes.

One of the United States’ Top 50 fairs kicks off Aug. 28 and runs through Sept. 3, Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer. Fair organizers are touting what’s “Great” about this year’s event filled with “Fun, Yum and...

8 DAYS A WEEK:

Friday, August 24, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Grandstand show: The “Never Ending Summer” Tour, which began in July, kicks off the 2018 Great Allentown Fair Grandstand shows lineup, 7 p.m. Aug. 29, with Offspring, 311 and Gym Class Heroes. The Offspring, a punk rock band from Garden Grove, Calif., formed in 1984. The band’s lineup is lead vocalist, guitarist Bryan “Dexter” Holland, bassist Greg K., guitarist Kevin “Noodles” Wasserman and drummer Pete Parada (since 2007). In a 34-year career, the band has released nine studio albums. “...

Movie Review: Truth is ‘Strangers’ than fiction

Friday, August 24, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Three Identical Strangers” is a fascinating documentary film that raises more questions than it provides answers.

David Kellman, Eddy Galland, and Bobby Shafran are identical triplets adopted soon after their birth by three separate families.

Through a serendipitous occurrence, two of the triplets meet. Then, all three triplets meet.

The documentary follows the triplets, their families and friends from gleeful reunion of the boys at age 19, to tabloid headline and TV...

In concert, The Offspring just wants to have fun

Friday, August 24, 2018 by DAWN OUELLETTE in Focus

The Offspring,1990s’ pop-punk hit-makers, bring their “Never-Ending Summer” tour to the Great Allentown Fair Aug. 29. The concert, which includes Gym Class Heroes, starts at 7 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Grandstand.

The tour features another popular alt-pop 1990s’ band, 311, as co-headliner. The Offspring has released a limited edition vinyl release of the group’s cover version of the 311 song “Down” to coincide with the co-headlining tour.

“Touring with 311 is something we have...

Healthy Geezer: McKenzie system

Friday, August 24, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. Is there a magic bullet for back pain? I could use one.

There is no magic bullet for everyone. However, like millions of people who suffer back pain, I rely on the methods developed by Robin McKenzie, a physiotherapist in New Zealand.

When I was 30-years-old, I strained my lower back carrying bundles of newspapers. With a week of bed rest, I got better. A few years later, I reached for a backhand on the tennis court and ended up in bed again.

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Respectfully Yours: bed and breakfast

Friday, August 24, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I will be traveling to New England this September and staying in a Bed and Breakfast. I have never stayed in a B&B before. Are there rules of etiquette of which I should be aware?

Dear Reader,

Most people know what to expect when staying in a hotel. But a bed and breakfast works a little differently. Most bed and breakfasts offer not only a relaxing place to sleep but an extremely unique experience. For starters, the host is typically the person who...

Growing green: September song

Friday, August 24, 2018 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

August: hot, dry, humid, hazy, lazy, sweaty, sticky, yucky.

Many of us stay indoors as much as we can, out of the hot weather.

But a true gardener is always thinking, if not doing, something about the garden or in the garden, even during the dog days of summer, as August is known. Believe it or not, once September hits, history tells us that the weather will indeed cool down. We will want to be in the garden for longer stretches of time.

Pulling those weeds we avoided...