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Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, December 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Dec. 12: Chicken picatta, wild rice, American blend vegetables, tropical fruit.

Thursday, Dec. 13: Beef pot roast, scalloped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, sugar cookie, fresh apple, wheat bread.

Friday, Dec. 14: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, pineapples.

Monday, Dec. 17: Chicken a la king, roasted potatoes, green beans, peaches, wheat bread.

Tuesday, Dec. 18: Three cheese ziti w/...

Slide-show lecture on Christmas at Hess’s

Friday, December 14, 2018 by The Press in Focus

A slide-show lecture, “The Holidays at Hess’s Department Store,” will be presented at 1 p.m. Dec. 15, at the Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“No store in America could surpass the magic of a visit to Hess’s Department Store, especially at the holidays,” said Joseph Garrera, executive director of the Museum.

Based on more than 1,000 vintage photographs, the slide-lecture will re-create the spirit of awe and...

Healthy Geezer: How to reduce sodium

Friday, December 14, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of two parts

High-sodium diets are linked to increased blood pressure and a greater risk for heart disease and stroke. Reducing the amount of sodium you consume can help lower blood pressure or prevent heart disease from developing.

Diet experts recommend a daily consumption of less than 2,300 milligrams (mg), which is the amount of sodium in a teaspoon of table salt. If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may advise limiting yourself to 1,500 mg of sodium a day....

Respectfully Yours: Say the right thing

Friday, December 14, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I recently met up with a friend I haven’t seen in months. We were catching up and she mentioned that she just lost her job. I was at a loss for the right thing to say and said nothing at all. What do you say when someone shares an unhappy life event?

Dear Reader,

Finding the right words when someone is struggling is not easy. We find that words seem trivial and fail us.

This is especially true when we are caught off-guard. We immediately find...

Theater Review: Touchstone ‘Follies’ explores season’s wonder, with laughter

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

If you thought vaudeville was dead, then you obviously haven’t seen “Christmas City Follies XIX,” continuing through Dec. 23, Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem.

An annual vaudevillian holiday tradition for the past two decades, “Follies” has a talented seven-member ensemble that sings, dances, jokes and satirizes its way through its original music and scripts.

Dressed as Christmas trees, part of the ensemble opens the show singing a tribute to “O Tannenbaum,” and playing green...

Movie Review: ‘Creed II’ packs a powerful punch

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You may wonder why we need another feature movie about boxing.

There have been so many great movies about the pugilistic arts, among them: “Raging Bull” (1980), with Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta, and directed by Martin Scorsese, voted by movie critics as the best movie of the 1980s; “Somebody Up There Likes Me” (1956), with Paul Newman as Rocky Graziano; “Body And Soul” (1947), starring John Garfield; “Requiem For A Heavyweight” (1962), starring Anthony Quinn; “The Harder They Fall...

RDT’s ‘Nutcracker’ grows with each passing season

Friday, December 7, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The beloved holiday ballet, “Nutcracker,” will be performed by Repertory Dance Theatre of the Lehigh Valley, 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, Miller Symphony Hall, accompanied by the award-winning Allentown Symphony Orchestra under direction of Ronald Demkee, and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Choir, conducted by David Macbeth.

Audiences delight in the classic tale of young Clara, who receives a magical wooden nutcracker, travels to the “Land of Sweets,” meets the Sugar Plum...

Christmastime arrives on tiptoes

Friday, December 7, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Not unlike a child on tiptoes taking a peak in wide-eyed wonderment at Santa’s toys, Christmastime performances of the beloved classic, “Nutcracker,” get ballet dancers en pointe.

If you haven’t seen the “Nutcracker” on stage, there are again several opportunities, including the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley’s 50th anniversary performance (for that preview, see the Dec. 12 and 13 Focus section).

See the previews here of Repertory Dance Theatre’s 32nd annual “Nutcracker” at...

Moscow Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ promotes peace, harmony

Friday, December 7, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Praised as a breathtaking and lavish holiday experience, the Moscow Ballet presents “The Great Russian Nutcracker,” 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 9, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The technically-superb dancers of the Moscow Ballet, trained in the Vaganova method, are hand-chosen from around the world. With 40 dancers, stunning choreography, beautiful hand-painted sets, a magical winged clock and 60-foot Christmas tree, the spectacular production is an event not to be missed.

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No strings attached: Pip the Mouse is back

Friday, December 7, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas” has returned to its vintage stage for the 15th season at Allentown’s Liberty Bell Museum.

Pip and his holiday puppet show premiered at Hess’s, Ninth and Hamilton streets, in 1962. After the iconic Allentown department store closed, puppets, props and stage found a home at the Liberty Bell Museum where the seasonal show has been going on since 2003.

The regional favorite continues through Dec. 31 in the museum in Zion’s United Church of Christ,...