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Monday, October 14, 2019

Soloists, Allentown Band, in multicultural ‘Arts at St. John’s’ concert

Friday, September 27, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

A multicultural program featuring outstanding soloists will mark the Allentown Band’s concert, 3 p.m. Sept. 29, St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 37 S. Fifth St, Allentown as part of the “Arts at St. John’s” series.

A Curtis Institute trained trumpet player, an Allentown mezzo-soprano who has performed internationally and St. John’s cantor highlight the program that includes selections from eight different countries, says Ronald Demkee, conductor of the Allentown Band.

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Don Braden to preview tunes from album at ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Friday, September 27, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Don Braden brings “Earth, Wind and Wonder” to the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall.

Braden, adept on saxophone and flute, is a prolific composer, arranger and educator. He has toured worldwide with such jazz greats Kenny Barron, Betty Carter, Tom Harrell, Roy Haynes, Freddie Hubbard, Wynton Marsalis and Tony Williams, as well as with the Mingus Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie All-Stars, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band.

He has...

The Family Project: Children’s needs

Friday, September 27, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My husband and I separated six months ago. We have a custody agreement for our children, ages 7 and 10, that works well. My husband spends a lot of money taking the children to the movies and out to eat. I can’t afford to entertain them that way. What can I do?

The discussion of this question began with panelist Mike Ramsey explaining that spending on children in situations like this may be based on two things: guilt over the separation, and competition.

“If these are the...

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Friday, September 27, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Wonder jazz: “Don Braden: Earth, Wind & Wonder,” 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, opens the “Jazz Upstairs” fall season, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. With Braden on saxophone and flute, his latest CD, “Earth Wind and Wonder,” features his quartet performing jazz interpretations of songs by Earth Wind and Fire and Stevie Wonder. Braden has toured the world leading his own ensembles, and as a sideman, including for Betty Carter and Wynton Marsalis. He has recorded 21 CDs, and...

Good Shepherd event for spinal cord injuries

Friday, September 27, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network hosts a Spinal Cord Injury Resource Fair, 1 - 4 p.m. Sept. 28, Good Shepherd Health and Technology Center, middle level, 850 S. Fifth St., Allentown.

Patients, families, friends and caregivers are welcome to attend to learn about the latest technology, services, community organizations and treatments available for those living with spinal cord injuries.

Good Shepherd clinical and support resources will demonstrate some of the latest...

Respectfully Yours: formal table setting

Friday, September 27, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I have an important formal dining event coming up and I’m getting flustered thinking about it. I often get overwhelmed when I see a formal place setting. I need a few dining etiquette tips so I do not embarrass myself.

Dear Reader, Dining etiquette standards have relaxed a great deal in recent decades.

However, there still are certain dining guidelines that will be useful when you want to make a good impression.

You may be confronted with all sorts...

Movie Review: ‘Peanut Butter Falcon’ soars

Monday, September 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon” is, to quote Spanky in the “Our Gang (The Little Rascals)” comedy shorts (1932-1942), “bringmarkable.” It’s a film that defies categorization and stereotypes.

The narrative fiction film is one of the best of 2019 and deserves several Oscar nominations, especially for Zack Gottsagen, a person with Down Syndrone, who plays Zak, the character of the film’s title who has Down Syndrome.

The title, “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” refers to the name of the...

Once in peril, Lehigh Valley Zoo has revenue, attendance success

Friday, September 20, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Focus

Ten years ago, the fate of the Lehigh Valley Zoo was a source of speculation, with some thinking low attendance and indifference could send it into bankruptcy.

Today, with more than $4 million in 2018 revenues, and more than 250,000 visitors, the zoo, located in the 1,108-acre Trexler Nature Preserve, near Schnecksville in North Whitehall and Lowhill townships, is enjoying a renaissance and a host of enthusiastic fans.

Melissa Borland, President and Chief Executive Officer,...

Once in peril, Lehigh Valley Zoo has revenue, attendance success

Friday, September 20, 2019 by JIM MARSH in Focus

Ten years ago, the fate of the Lehigh Valley Zoo was a source of speculation, with some thinking low attendance and indifference could send it into bankruptcy.

Today, with more than $4 million in 2018 revenues, and more than 250,000 visitors, the zoo, located in the 1,108-acre Trexler Nature Preserve, near Schnecksville in North Whitehall and Lowhill townships, is enjoying a renaissance and a host of enthusiastic fans.

Melissa Borland, President and Chief Executive Officer,...