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Blackbirds include orioles, bobolinks, meadowlarks

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

Blackbirds are familiar birds observed throughout the Lehigh Valley. Blackbird flocks often tend to create great dark streaks as they fly across distant horizons. You may also have been close enough to hear the buzz of thousands upon thousands of wing pairs.

Members of the blackbird family tend to congregate, especially during spring and fall migrations. It is often difficult to tell one species from another when assembled in massive groups.

Most blackbirds are medium-size...

'Superstar' choreography

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by JENNIFER McKEEVER Special to The Press in Focus

"Choreographically, I consider myself a kinetic storyteller," says Charles O. Anderson, the former Muhlenberg College professor now teaching dance at the University of Texas, Austin.

Anderson is the choreographer for the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre 33rd annual season production of "Jesus Christ Superstar," directed by James Peck with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice, through July 28, Empire Theatre, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St.,...

ARTSQUEST

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Oktoberfest auditions are noon-5 p.m. July 28, Banko Family Gallery, Banana Factory, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem.

The third-annual Oktoberfest presented by Yuengling is Oct. 4 - 6, 11 - 13, SteelStacks, Bethlehem. Actors portray characters typically seen at a German Oktoberfest, complete with authentic German attire, and interact with festival guests while in character.

Auditions are primarily improvisation-based. An ability to perform with a realistic German accent is...

Ways to reduce pesticide use in garden

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Home gardeners often use more pesticides per square foot in their gardens than farmers do in the fields, thinking that if a little is good, more will be better.

This is a serious mistake and a misuse of pesticides.

Pesticide overuse has a number of adverse effects:

It makes food less safe to eat, especially if there are residues at harvest time.

It makes handling plants dangerous.

It may harm or kill beneficial insects, earthworms, birds and pets.

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HAWK MOUNTAIN

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Free programs will be presented 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. July 13 for the re-opening of the expanded Irma Broun-Kahn Education Building, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Kempton.

Cindy Dunn, Deputy Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is expected to attend the noon-time ribbon-cutting.

Schedule: hawkmountain.org, 610-756-6000

Tapping into tunes at Hotel B

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by BATHSHEBA MONK Special to The Press in Focus

Remember your mother telling you if you played the piano you'd always be welcome at parties?

A crowd would gather round, the singing would start and the party would begin?

No, I didn't practice enough to make that dream come true either, but I'm always grateful when somebody like CJ Steinway did.

CJ, a Fountain Hill native and Moravian College Class of '91 graduate, was with friends celebrating the holidays at the Hotel Bethlehem last Christmas when he began picking out...

Article By: The Press

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by The Press in Focus

PRESS PHOTO BY BATHSHEBA MONK

Esther M. Lee, left, and her daughter, Jessica L. Lee, right, with their self-portraits in the exhibition, "Reflections: A Self-Portrait Show," Bethlehem Fine Arts Commission, through Aug. 26, Rotunda Gallery, City Hall, Payrow Plaza, 10 E. Church St., Bethlehem. Esther Lee was the first African-American elected to the Bethlehem School Board "and the last," she says. Jessica Lee is the Director of Multimedia Design at WLVT, PBS-39. The title of Jessica...

Video games take the stage in concert

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by REBEKAH HAWK Special to the Press in Focus

"Video Games Live," a concert featuring music from the most popular video games of all time, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July 14, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St, Allentown.

The show, with a 30-date tour that includes stops in Shanghai and Beijing, China, and the first Middle East video concert in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, began June 27, and was created and is produced by Tommy Tallarico, who hails from Springfield, Mass.

Tallarico, on guitar, will accompany the...

Dave Koz brings 'Summer' to the State

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by JERRY DUCKETT Special to The Press in Focus

Internationally-known saxophonist and eight-time Grammy nominee Dave Koz, and three of his most talented and trusted colleagues, Gerald Albright, Richard Elliot, and Mindi Abair, celebrate his latest Concord Records CD, "Dave Koz and Friends Summer Horns," 7:30 p.m. July 13, State Theatre for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton.

The 22-date "Summer Horns" tour, which began June 22 and includes a concert next month at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles, and the CD include songs made...

Having a 'HayDay' at Jerusalem Bible School

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by The Press in Focus

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church of Eastern Salisbury was the place to be for "HayDay! Growing in Friendship with Jesus" the curriculum for this year's Bible school. Approximately 25 students attended Bible school learning Bible verses describing friendships. Bible school included hog wild games, Bible adventures, crafts and more.