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Healthy Geezer: Contact dermatitis

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What causes rashes?

The most common cause of a rash is contact dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin that comes from direct contact with irritants or allergens. A red, itchy rash from contact dermatitis isn’t contagious, and usually goes away in two to four weeks.

Irritants or allergens include: detergents, soaps, makeup, deodorant, clothing, chemicals, rubber, metals, jewelry, fragrances, plants and medicinal lotions.

There are two types of contact dermatitis....

Respectfully Yours: How to eat pizza

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I was engaged in a friendly debate recently on what is the right etiquette for eating pizza. When, if ever, is it OK for someone to eat pizza with a fork and knife? I say eating pizza with your hands is totally acceptable. Am I right?

Dear Reader, This answer depends entirely on your location and who you are eating with. Many foods are meant to be eaten with your hands.

Wraps with fillings may fall out, tacos, crispy bacon, and corn on the cob should be...

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, December 20, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Dec. 19: Salisbury steak w/gravy, mashed potatoes, carrot, banana, wheat bread.

Thursday, Dec. 20: Pork loin, mashed yams, braised red cabbage, oatmeal cookie, wheat bread. bread

Friday, Dec. 21: Crab cake, tartar sauce, potato wedges, zucchini, applesauce, wheat bread.

Monday, Dec. 24: Centers closed. Christmas Eve.

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

Wednesday, Dec. 26: Beef stew, buttered...

50 years of ‘Nutcracker’: Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley adds to costumes sets, brings dancers old and new to classic

Friday, December 14, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Celebrating the 50th annual production of “The Nutcracker,” the longest-running “Nutcracker” in the Lehigh Valley, the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley and Pennsylvania Youth Ballet brings this glorious holiday ballet to Zoellner Arts Center, Bethlehem, 1 and 4 p.m. Dec 15 and and 2 p.m. Dec. 16.

A 50th “Nutcracker Celebration” takes place after the Dec. 16 performance at Hotel Bethlehem. The honorary chair for the celebration is Dr. Joseph Roy, superintendent of Bethlehem Area...

Growing Green: Christmas tree tips

Friday, December 14, 2018 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

Christmas trees have been a tradition for hundreds of years and bring the beauty and amazing scents of the outdoors into our homes for the holidays.

Real trees are part of an outdoor ecosystem, thus there is always a chance that insects may be brought indoors with a tree.

With the region’s infestation of the spotted lanternfly a concern, questions have been raised regarding the possibility of spotted lanternflies being carried into homes.

Although unlikely, spotted...

Civic Theatre has holiday spirit for Christmas season: Glassman back in ‘Carol’; new lead elf in ‘SantaLand’

Friday, December 14, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

There is plenty of holiday spirit to go around this season at Civic Theatre of Allentown.

The traditional “A Christmas Carol” based on Charles Dickens’ novel continues through Dec. 15 in Civic’s 19th Street Theatre and the modern more mature David Sedaris play “The SantaLand Diaries” continues through Dec. 16 in Civic’s Theatre 514.

And to top it off, there was an engagement on stage opening weekend of “A Christmas Carol.”

Barry Glassman plays Ebenezer Scrooge in “A...

Leonhardt Trio puts jazz spin on some Christmas classics

Friday, December 14, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The David Leonhardt Trio returns to Miller Symphony Hall with “A Winter Holiday Jazz Concert” in the “Jazz Upstairs’ series, Rodale Community Room, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14.

The concert features selections from the group’s CD, “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”

The ensemble has played numerous festivals and concert venues across the United States and around the globe, including such venerable jazz venues as the Apollo Theater, Blue Note, and Birdland.

Leader and pianist Leonhardt is...

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Friday, December 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Ronettes’ Christmas: Ronnie Spector’s “Best Christmas Party Ever,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 is a raucous, rocking, and intoxicating blend of her Christmas classics, Ronettes’ hits including “Be My Baby” (named by Billboard magazine as the No. 1 Greatest Girl Group Song of All Time), “Walking In The Rain,” “Baby I Love You,” plus a splash of doo-wop and Spector’s inimitable off-the-cuff commentary. As The New York Daily News stated, “Go and experience the ultimate sonic stocking stuffer!” The New...

‘A Pathway to Santa’ at Muhlenberg campus

Friday, December 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

LV HOSPITAL:

More than one dozen mascots, including meLVin from the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Lehigh University’s Clutch the Mountain Hawk and the Just Born Peep, as well as Santa Claus, visited patients and staff Dec. 7 for “A Pathway to Santa” at Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg, Bethlehem.

The Liberty High School Choir and Orchestra provided entertainment.

“A Pathway to Santa” is an annual holiday celebration organized by the late Bruce Smith of Palmer Township....