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Monday, June 17, 2019

‘Their chance to shine’ In 21st year, City Arts Camp middle school offerings in second year at CMS

Friday, June 14, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

City Arts Camp, a collaboration of the Allentown Art Museum, The Baum School of Art, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Community Music School, Miller Symphony Hall and Repertory Dance Theatre, provides students a fun and exciting experience in art, dance, music and theater.

The six established arts and cultural organizations came together 21 years ago to create a week of artistic exploration for children, providing an interdisciplinary, comprehensive introduction to the arts, while...

‘Topsy Turvy’ returns Players to comedy roots

Friday, June 14, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It’s a change of pace for Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) and a return to the Lehigh Valley troupe’s comedy roots.

“I knew I wanted to do a comedy because we did a show about rape, PTSD and child sexual abuse,” says Ara Barlieb, CKP cofounder and writer of “Topsy Turvy,” in its world premiere, continuing at 8 p.m. June 14, 15 and 2 p.m. June 16, Charles A. Brown IceHouse, 56 River St., Bethlehem.

CKP’s most recent plays were “A Softening of Her Eyes,” which dealt with the topics...

‘Rocketman’

Friday, June 14, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Rocketman” is a movie that wants to become a musical.

I predict “Rocketman” the movie will be transformed into a hugely successful, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, following the conclusion of Sir Elton John’s farewell tour.

Early on in “Rocketman,” Sir Elton John reminisces about his youth as Reginald Dwight (remarkable Matthew Illesley in his movie acting debut), his given name, growing up in a working-class home in Great Britain. The entire neighborhood breaks out in...

PSF ‘Robin Hood’ fun introduction to theater

Friday, June 14, 2019 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

The director of the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival production of “The Adventures of Robin Hood and Maid Marian” says the show is intended as a fun introduction to theater for childen.

“The basic nature of the story is not complicated, so hopefully it’s a chance for children to see a live performance that is really unique to them,” says Director Matt Pfeiffer, a Philadelphia-born actor and DeSales University graduate.

“Introducing kids to the theater at three-years-old helps...

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Friday, June 14, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Gone Polly Wood: “A Tribute to Polly Wood” (1946–2016) continues through July 3, The David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, Allentown. A memorial reception, with wine, beverages and light fare, is 6-8 p.m. June 20 as part of Allentown’s “Third Thursday.” The exhibition of colorful and creatively-playful artwork by the Allentown native, including “Edna” (mixed media), above, in her “Ordinary Women” and ”Space Guitars” series, was spearheaded by her son, Jonas....

The Family Project: College not for all

Friday, June 14, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My daughter has been accepted at a college, and I am happy for her, but I am not sure she is ready or mature enough to go. I’m also considering the loans that she is going to have to incur to attend. What if she doesn’t do well, or drops out? Is college for everyone?

“I’m not sure parents ever feel their child is mature enough to leave home,” panelist Chad Stefanyak said.

“What this parent has to do,” he continued, “is to dig deeper to find out what the daughter is planning...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, June 14, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, June 12: Peach balsamic chicken, whole wheat pasta, Brussel sprouts, apricots.

Thursday, June 13: Pork Marsala, brown rice, carrots, applesauce.

Friday, June 14: Pennsylvania “Dutch” turkey barbecue, German potato salad, green beans, pear.

Monday, June 17: Veal parmesan, whole-wheat pasta, wax beans, melon.

Tuesday, June 18: Honey lime tilapia, confetti rice, Capri vegetables, apple.

Wednesday, June 19:...

Respectfully Yours: Paying dinner bill

Friday, June 14, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

We invited friends out to dinner and things took a turn for the uncomfortable when the waiter dropped the bill for dinner in the center of the table. It was an extremely awkward moment with everyone glancing around and making gestures toward reaching for the check. My husband offered and was happy to pay the bill, but asked if our friend would leave the tip. I wanted to kick my husband under the table. I thought that if someone is treating you to dinner that includes...

Growing Green: Tips for propagating native plants

Friday, June 14, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Choosing plants native to the Lehigh Valley can improve gardening success since many of these plants have adapted to the region over hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

However, not all plants native to the region will thrive in the garden. Like any other plants, some natives have very exacting requirements for moisture, soil, and even microscopic fungi. Native orchids, such as the lady slipper orchids, are one such example usually best left to be enjoyed in their natural forest...