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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Margaret Cho: Laugh it like it is

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Funny, fierce, fabulous, feminist, author, activist, actress, artist, icon and iconoclast are a mere smattering of words to describe a woman who defies description. Margaret Cho is candid about her past struggles with body image and substance abuse, is a vocal advocate for the LGBT community and an unrelenting critic of past and current political regimes.

Perhaps most-widely known as a stand-up comedian, Cho who this year was named one of Rolling Stone’s “50 Best Stand-up Comics of...

For Colin Mochrie, audience part of the act at State Theatre

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Much like the cliff swallows returning to Capistrano, Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood’s annual improvisational comedy roadshow migrates to the Lehigh Valley and the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, for the “Scared Scriptless” tour, 8 p.m. Nov. 18.

Year after year, flocks of comedy fans journey to the State Theatre to enjoy an evening of laughs and interactive performance as only the two beloved “Whose Line is it Anyway” veterans can deliver.

It is said that If you...

Allentown Symphony Association seeks successor for executive director Evans

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

An interim executive director is being sought to succeed Sheila Evans, who has resigned as Allentown Symphony Association executive director.

Evans’ resignation was accepted at a Nov. 10 meeting of the symphony association executive committee, according to association board President Philip C. Jackson.

“Sheila’s done an excellent job to getting us to where we are today. With Sheila’s resignation, it is our hope that we can even take it to higher levels,” Jackson said of Miller...

Healthy Geezer: Three from e-mail

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’m having some trouble sleeping and don’t want to take pills. Do you have any suggestions?

Here are some pointers to help you get better sleep:

Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day. This will keep you in sync with your body’s internal rhythm, which is affected by sunlight.

Try to get some natural light in the afternoon each day. Don’t nap too much.

Exercise daily, but finish your workout at least three hours before bedtime.

Don’t drink...

Early Learning

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

The Early Learning Center (ELC), holds an information session, 2 - 3 p.m. Dec. 7, Lehigh Carbon Community College, main campus, Schnecksville, North Whitehall Township.

Preschool children ages 3-5, along with a family member, are invited to spend an hour exploring the Reggio-inspired center and the numerous activities available.

The sessions begin and end with “Mindful” exercises designed to create self-awareness.

Attendance is free. Registration is...

Concert has

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by The Press in Focus

PSO:

Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra (PS0) presents “Classics Take a Latin Beat,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown, 3231 W. Tilghman St., Cedar Crest Boulevard and Tilghman Street, Allentown.

Guest soloist Jordan Dodson, guitar, joins the PSO for the “Concierto de Aranjuez” for guitar and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo.

The PSO opens the concert with “Le Grand Tango for cello and strings” by Astor Piazzolla, with Elizabeth Mendoza, cello, as...

Loch:

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Kermit and Roma Loch of New Tripoli are celebrating 61 years of married life.

They were married Nov. 17, 1956, in the parsonage of the Rev. William Wolford in Fogelsville.

Both were raised on farms. They retired many years ago from farming and hauling milk.

They are members of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Seiberlingsville, Kempton.

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Nov. 15: Salisbury steak w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, banana.

Thursday, Nov. 16: Herbed pork, mashed yams, braised red cabbage, oatmeal cookie.

Friday, Nov. 17: Crab cake, tartar sauce, potato wedges, wax beans, applesauce.

Monday, Nov. 20: Chicken a la king, whole wheat pasta, carrots, fresh fruit.

Tuesday, Nov. 21: Baked ham w/ maple mustard, whipped sweet potato, Brussels sprouts, angel food cake.

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Review: ‘Thor’

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Thor: Ragnarok” is a bore.

Yes, there’s plenty of action, lots of quips, and terrific computer generated imagery, but “Thor: Ragnarok” fails in that most essential benchmark of cinema achievement: emotional involvement.

Now, this is from the perspective of a movie-goer (yours truly) who’s not a fan boy, has no interest in attending a Comic-Con convention and doesn’t engage in Cosplay (costume play). Heck, I’m one of those folks who long ago stopped dressing up for Halloween....

Respectfully Yours: Holiday manners

Thursday, November 16, 2017 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I have two children ages 7 and 10, who will be spending time visiting extended family during the holidays. I am concerned. They are typical kids and sometimes have trouble remembering to use their manners. It would help if I could explain to them why they need to use manners and would be grateful for any tips to help.

Dear Reader,

During the holidays when children are consumed in the holiday excitement, it is extremely difficult for them to remember their...