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Saturday, May 30, 2020

Freddys tribute telecast May 21 on WFMZ

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

The “Freddy Awards: A Television Special Celebrating the High School Musical Class of 2020” will be telecast, 7 - 10 p.m. May 21, 69-WFMZ, a partner with the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The 18th annual Freddy Awards isn’t being presented because of the public and charter schools shutdown mandated by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The TV special is a tribute to the Freddy Awards and especially high school seniors who participated in the 2020 musical...

LVHN Coordinated Health reopens rehab services

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) and Coordinated Health Rehabilitation Services have reopened for outpatient physical, occupational and speech therapy services and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation services.

Patients are being contacted for scheduling by members of the outpatient registration team.

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, nearly half of the therapy locations were closed to help reduce spread of the infection. As cases are gradually lessening, safety...

Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital treats COVID-19 related PMIS

Thursday, May 21, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Pediatric specialists at Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital have been closely monitoring the incidence of pediatric multisystem inflammatory syndrome regionally and internationally and are prepared to care for children with the illness.

Pediatric Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (PMIS) causes significant inflammation in organ systems, skin rashes and other symptoms. The syndrome appears to be connected to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and has affected children in the United States...

Pandemic predictability: Canceled are Musikfest opening act; Levitt Pavilion concerts; Pride Fest; Blues Brews & Barbecue; Tunes at Twilight; Bucks Playhouse summer season

Friday, May 15, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

With pandemic predictability, the first headliner at Musikfest 2020 has postponed its concert because of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The July 31 Wind Creek Steel Stage concert of The National, scheduled to open the 37th annual Musikfest, is postponed, according to Musikfest and The National websites.

Joining the pandemic parade of postponements and cancellations in the Lehigh Valley are the annual Pride Fest, Blues, Brews & Barbecue Festival, both Allentown, and Tunes at...

Gigless in the Valley: Kendal Conrad goes online, but longs for live audiences

Saturday, May 16, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

First of six parts

On the Lehigh Valley arts and entertainment scene, professional folk, country, blues, jazz, rock and pop musicians have been hit especially hard by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic shutdowns.

Concerts have been canceled, performance venues are temporarily closed and restaurants and bars aren’t allowed to open their doors.

While many area singer-songwriters and music entertainers have gone online for virtual concerts, there are no real substitutes...

Growing Green: Planting garden a growing therapy

Saturday, May 16, 2020 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

During this time of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic stay-at-home and social distancing, now is the perfect year to start vegetable gardening.

Nothing’s better than eating a tomato or lettuce just picked from your own garden.

Plus, gardening is very therapeutic. Working outside in the fresh air, getting exercise, a good family activity, even being able to save money at the grocery store are all really great stress-relieving reasons to garden.

When planning your garden, it...

Tribute: Dave Roper gentle giant of Lehigh Valley jazz scene

Saturday, May 16, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Dave Roper never aspired to fame, although he had the talent for it, because he did not wish to leave the Lehigh Valley.

Roper, a Lehigh Valley music treasure, died April 8. He was 82.

Over the years, the pianist built a substantial following for the Dave Roper Trio’s many years at the Hotel Bethlehem, and before that, for 15 years at the now-closed King George Inn in South Whitehall Township.

Roper also played many times, usually annually in the “Jazz Upstairs” series...

LCCC Honors Scholar virtual session

Saturday, May 16, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) provides a virtual information session, 5 - 6 p.m. May 19, for prospective students and their families about the college’s Honors Scholars program.

Individuals will be able to talk with faculty and learn more about the full-tuition scholarship and the academic program.

Honors Scholars is a competitive scholarship program that covers full tuition and fees for students from LCCC sponsoring school districts.

Register online: