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Healthy Geezer: Read labels to reduce sodium in your diet

Friday, March 13, 2020 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I have high blood pressure and I’m trying to cut down on sodium in my diet. Should I switch to sea salt from regular table salt?

Sea salt is made by evaporating seawater.

Table salt comes from underground mines.

Sea salt sounds healthier, doesn’t it? It evokes lots of images of crashing surf, tanned bodies, marlin jumping out of the water. How bad can it be?

Sea salt and table salt contain the same amount of sodium chloride. Switching won’t help you with your high blood pressure. But you’re on the right track.

Allentown St. Patty’s Parade events set

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Barri and Lisa Arnold of Allentown have been selected King and Queen of the 2020 Allentown St. Patrick’s Day Parade, following in the footsteps of Lisa’s parents, 2012 King and Queen Ed and Mary Ward.

The 63rd Allentown St. Patrick’s Parade, 1:30 p.m. March 22, West End Theater District, includes the 2020 king and queen in a white coach drawn by a team of Belgium horses followed by parade divisions, each led by a pipe band.

Events associated with the parade include:

LV CHARTER ARTS: ‘Singin’ in the Rain’

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

“Singin’ in the Rain” splashes across the stage, 7 p.m. March 18, 19, 20, 21, and 2 p.m. March 22, theater, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem.

Director Brandon Hanks is assisted by choreographer Jennifer-Dite Weaver, music director June Thomas, pit orchestra director Nicholas Conti, costume designer Seana Benz. lighting designer Peter Wrenn-Meleck and set designer Magdalena Schutzler.

Respectfully Yours: Let ‘nice’ gentlemen down easy, and soon

Friday, March 13, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I’ve been dating a very nice gentleman. Unfortunately, I’m just not feeling that “spark” to take it further. I can see he is definitely interested in taking things to a serious romantic place. What is the best and kindest way to part company?

Dear Reader,

There’s no perfect way to end a relationship with someone. But you can try to let them down as gently as possible.

EMMAUS: ‘Hello, Dolly!’

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

A turn-of-the-century matchmaker arrives on the stage in “Hello, Dolly!,” 7 p.m. March 18, 19, 20, 21 and 2 p.m. March 21 and 22, auditorium, Emmaus High School, 500 Macungie Avenue, Emmaus.

Director Jill Kuebler is assisted by music director Rita Cortez and set designer Chris Kollar.

Based on Thornton Wilder’s “The Matchmaker,” the music and lyrics are by Jerry Herman and the book is by Michael Stewart.

Movie Review: ‘The Call of the Wild’ CGI

Friday, March 13, 2020 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“The Call of the Wild” has been lambasted for its Computer Generated Imagery creation of the lead character, Buck, a 140-pound St. Bernard–Scotch Collie mix.

The wags’ snarky sendups went something like this: Harrison Ford acts opposite a CGI dog. Well, yes, and it’s remarkable.

“The Call of the Wild” provides a rollicking good yarn based on the Jack London novel set in 1897 during the Klondike Gold Rush in the Canadian Yukon, Canada. Sled dogs were nearly as good as gold. Buck is stolen from a California farm, abused and crated off north to become the leader of the pack.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, March 13, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, March 11: Beef stew, peas, potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, fresh fruit salad.

Thursday, March 12: Honey glazed turkey, Brussels sprouts, mashed sweet potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, cinnamon baked apples.

Friday, March 13: Vegetable lasagna, Italian green beans, cauliflower, diced peaches.

Monday, March 16: Cheeseburger, potato and ham chowder, coleslaw, whole wheat sandwich roll, fresh melon.

Tuesday, March 17: Chicken Francaise, broccoli, parslied potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll, rice pudding.

Curtain Rises: ‘Silence! The Musical’ LV premiere April 3-11 at Civic Theatre

Friday, March 13, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown’s “Silence! The Musical,” April 3 - 11, Civic Theatre514, Allentown, is based on the 1991 film “Silence of the Lambs,” starring Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.

At first glance, this stage adaptation might not seem like a good idea.

But “Silence!” is so over the top, the psychological horror does not hit home in the way it does in the film, and it is overshadowed by laughs.

Civic Theater of Allentown Artistic Director William Sanders, who’s directing the show, says, “It is really in good fun. The violence is silly.”