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A family Christmas: David Phelps brings hope of the season to State Theatre concert

Friday, December 22, 2017 by MAKENNA MASENHEIMER in Focus

Multi-Dove and Grammy Award winner David Phelps performs classic Christmas songs at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, 7 p.m. Dec. 22. The former member of the renowned Gaither Vocal Band for 20 years will lend his powerful tenor to the sounds of the season.

“This is our nineteenth annual Christmas tour. I can’t believe I’ve been doing anything that long. Every year in November we pull out the Christmas music and dust it off and we come up with some new arrangements to add to it...

Review: ‘Wonder’

Friday, December 22, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Wonder” is a wonderful film that deals with the topic of bullying and should be seen by school students and families.

The film is not presented as an anti-bullying film per se and it is much more than that.

“Wonder” is about August “Auggie” Pullman, who has undergone 27 surgeries after he was born with mandibulofacial dystosis, known as Treacher Collins Syndrome.

“Wonder” is told from several points of view, highlighted by title cards of each character’s name and then,...


Friday, December 22, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Winter arrives: Lehigh Valley’s own Wizards of Winter, featuring former members of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra and other rock powerhouses like Rainbow, Alice Cooper Band, and Ted Nugent Band, return to rock in the holidays with their own brand of Christmas magic, 4 p.m. Dec 17. State Theatre for the Arts, Easton. The 2 1/2-hour concert features new music from the groups’ third album along with progressive-rock favorites from the group’s self-titled 2014 debut album and 2015’s “The Magic of...

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, December 22, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, Dec. 20: Navy bean soup, Italian hoagie, vegetable chips, pasta salad, chilled peaches.

Thursday, Dec. 21 - Christmas meal: Chicken piccata, mashed red potatoes, petite green beans almondine, molded fruit salad, roll w/ butter, triple chocolate tiger cake.

Friday, Dec. 22: Cream of tomato soup, Tater Tot casserole, succotash, pickled beets, wheat bread w/ margarine, tapioca pudding.

Monday, Dec. 25: Closed. Merry...

Healthy Geezer: Age & immune system

Friday, December 22, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I seem to be getting sick a lot lately and I’m worried that my immune system isn’t working right. Could that be a reason?

A diminished immune system could be the cause of your problems. Go to your doctor for a check-up and diagnosis.

The immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to defend the body against attacks by organisms such as bacteria, parasites, and fungi that can cause infections.

The cells that are part of this defense...

The Family Project: Tantrums

Friday, December 22, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My four-year-old throws tantrums every time we have to go somewhere. I dread the holidays because it is such a battle to get him to leave his grandparents’ house, a store or a party. What can the panel suggest I do to make the transitions peaceful?

It is not unusual for a four-year-old to have difficulty making transitions, according to panel member Denise Continenza. “Plus, it could just be his temperament to get focused and very involved in what he is doing, so it becomes...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, December 22, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Dec. 20: Salisbury steak w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, banana.

Thursday, Dec. 21: Herbed pork, mashed yams, braised red cabbage, oatmeal cookie.

Friday, Dec. 22: Crab cake, tartar sauce, potato wedges, wax beans, applesauce.

Monday, Dec. 25: Centers closed. Christmas Day.

Tuesday, Dec. 26: Baked ham w/ maple mustard, whipped sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, angel food cake.

Wednesday, Dec. 27: Chicken...

Respectfully Yours: Media

Friday, December 22, 2017 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I had a friend on social media who got carried away with political posts, and I ended up blocking the person. At the time, I felt relieved. A couple of weeks went by and I forgot all about this. Then I ran into my “blocked” friend at the grocery store. I wasn’t sure if I should say hello or pretend I didn’t see the person. In the moment, I decided to give a slight nod and hurried out of the store. I realize blocking the person wasn’t the smartest way to handle this....

Article By: LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION Special to The Press

Friday, December 22, 2017 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Sometimes it’s hard to be an animal lover and a gardener, especially when it comes to rabbits.

As cute as rabbits look hopping through your yard, they can really mow down your vegetables and annuals in the summer. Then in the winter, they set their sights on your woody ornamentals.

Rabbits harm woody plants by gnawing on bark or clipping off small branches and buds. When the ground is covered by snow for a long period of time, rabbits can severely damage your landscape. They...

‘Holiday Brass’: Rodney Marsalis rings in season with jazz at Miller Symphony Hall

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

You can ring in the holidays with world-class brass at Allentown’s Miller Symphony Hall. The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass (RMPBB) presents “Holiday Brass” at 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

The ensemble is composed of some of the United States’ top brass musicians and aims to celebrate peace and the unity of the human spirit through a variety of holiday music. There will be 11 musicians on stage: five trumpets, three trombones, French horn, tuba, drummer, and, for the Allentown concert, a...