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St. Luke’s has COVID-19 hotline

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

St. Luke’s University Health Network has launched a coronavirus telephone and email hotline to respond to inquiries from patients and the public:

1-866-STLUKES (785-8537), option 7

or

coronavirus@sluhn.org

The 24/7 hotline is led by St. Luke’s nursing staff who can provide information and guidance based on the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The hotline is not a substitute for the advice of a physician or, when necessary, medical attention.

‘Women in Media’

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

STEELSTACKS:

“Women in Media,” with a screening of the feature film, “Epiphany,” 7 p.m. March 29, Banko Cinemas, ArtsQuest Center, SteelStacks, Bethlehem, has been canceled.

“Epiphany” is co-written and co-directed by Lehigh Valley sisters Koula Sossiadis Kazista and Katina Sossiadis.

Author Katie Moretti and blogger Christine Burke were to have been co-hosts for the event.

Information: Musikfest box office, ArtsQuest Center, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem; www.musikfest.org; 610-332-3378

BETHLEHEM CATHOLIC: ‘Seussical’

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Bethlehem Catholic’s “Seussical” follows favorite Dr. Seuss characters from the Jungle of Nool to the invisible world of the Whos, 7 p.m. March 27, 28, April 3, 4 and 3 p.m. March 29, auditorium, Bethlehem Catholic High School, 2133 Madison Avenue, Bethlehem.

With music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and book by Ahrens and Flaherty, the musical is based on the illustrated books of Dr. Seuss. The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, and Jojo are featured in the fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza.

Growing Green: Heavenly hellebores include the Lenten Rose

Friday, March 20, 2020 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Winter-blooming hellebores have extensive, woody root systems that enable them to thrive and bloom in freezing temperatures.

The earliest blooming hellebores (Heleborus foetitus) in the Lehigh Valley can bloom as early as December and may continue into April. In a cool spring, some species will continue blooming into May, by which time they will set seed and stop producing flowers.

DeSales U. cancels student film festival

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The Division of Performing Arts’ 20th annual DeSales University Film Festival featuring “The Best of the Fest,” 8 p.m. March 27 and a screening of student films, 8 p.m. March 28, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is canceled because of concerns about the Coronavirus.

“This year’s festival celebrates the history of DeSales’ filmmakers through the theme ‘Generations of Storytellers,’” said Maggie Durkin, Head Producer of the 2020 DeSales University Film Festival.

Respectfully Yours: Last-minute dining should include good service

Friday, March 20, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Is it OK to enter a nice sit-down restaurant 15 to 30y minutes before closing. If so, should you leave a bigger tip because the server had to stay later to serve you?

Dear Reader,

If you come in when a restaurant is open, you should expect good service.

Some places are better than others about this and some servers are better about it than others.

FREEDOM: ‘Mary Poppins’

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

“Mary Poppins” flies onto the stage at Freedom High School, 7 p.m. April 1, 2, 3, 4 and 2 p.m. April 5, auditorium, Freedom High School, 3149 Chester Avenue, Bethlehem.

The musical, with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, is based on P. L. Travers’ children’s books and the 1964 Walt Disney movie of the same title. Nanny Mary Poppins glides into the chaotic Banks household in 1910 London

Keil-Bistline:

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Bruce and Dr. Loretta Keil, of Allentown, are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Alyssa Marie Keil, to Christopher William Bistline, son of Ronald and Linda Bistline of Pennsauken, N.J.

The bride-elect is a 2005 graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in forensic chemistry from York College, York County, in 2009 and a Master of Science in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Sciences, Philadelphia, in 2012.

She is a site services supervisor for Avantor, Inc., Spring House, Montgomery County.

LVHN has COVID-19 test centers

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has established designated, stand-alone COVID-19 assessment and testing centers in the Lehigh Valley the region.

For those who think they have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to someone who does, LVHN officials advise staying at home.

LVHN is providing free COVID-19 screenings online and by phone. Call the MyLVHN Nurse Information line at 1-888-402-LVHN or complete an LVHN Video Visit by downloading the MyLVHN app.

Erich Cawalla set to release ‘American Songbook’ album

Friday, March 20, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Editor’s Note: The concert by the Erich Cawalla Quartet, 7:30 p.m. March 20, in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, was canceled because of concerns about the Coronavirus.

It has taken four and one-half years, but Erich Cawalla is releasing his first solo album in March: “Erich Cawalla - The Great American Songbook.”

The new album’s official release date is scheduled for March 25 at a Berks Jazz Fest preview show with a 25-piece big band and orchestra.