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Monday, June 26, 2017

Theater Review: Pines puts on a delicious ‘Ritz’

Friday, June 16, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Reel life comes to the stage with “Puttin’ On the Ritz: A Salute to the Golden Age of the Silver Screen,” through July 2, The Pines Dinner Theatre, Allentown.

The well-paced musical revue of movie themes and show tunes from the days of silent films through World War II is brought to the cozy stage by the cast of Monica Handwerk, Dante Hill, Taylor Hopkins and Katherine Tabisz.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, May 31: Dijon chicken, lentils, carrots, sugar cookie, seasonal fruit.

Thursday, June 1: Pot roast, smashed potatoes, broccoli, strawberries.

Friday, June 2: White fish, cavatelli with roasted mushroom and asparagus, summer vegetables, oatmeal cookie.

Monday, June 5: Sloppy joes, warm berry crisp, side salad.

Tuesday, June 6: Sausage, sauteed noodles, sauteed cabbage, canteloupe.

Wednesday, June 7: Honey mustard chicken, roasted potatoes, vegetable, mini muffin.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Tuesday, June 6: Vegetable juice, battered haddock, seasoned potato wedges, cole slaw, wheat bread with margarine, cherry turnover.

Wednesday, June 7: Cranberry juice, fried chicken breast on bun w / lettuce, tomato and mayo, pasta salad, fresh canteloupe.

Thursday, June 8: Roast pork w / gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, roasted Fuji apples, rye bread with margarine, oatmeal cranberry cookie.

Friday, June 9: Closed. Senior games. Hoagie bag lunch to Slate Belt for games.

Healthy Geezer: grandparenting

Friday, June 9, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. We’re about to have our first grandchild. I was wondering whether you are a grandfather and have any tips?

My wife, Gale, and I entered grandparenthood with a thud. We were given seven grandchildren in less than seven years. Let me give them all a plug. They are Morgan, 17; Carly, 15; Ethan, 13; Maggie, 13; Christian, 13; Aaron, 11, and Patrick, 10.

First, let me tell you what most grandparents know: you can’t imagine how happy these little people will make you. And I think grandkids improve your mental health by keeping you positive and forward-looking.

‘Valley Vivaldi’ launches annual summer series in Allentown

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The arrival of June signals the start of “Valley Vivaldi,” a summer series of four chamber ensemble concerts by instrumentalists from the locally-based Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra.

The concerts showcase chamber music by 17th and 18th century composers (Vivaldi, J. S. Bach and Telemann are a few of the enduring favorites) presented by small ensembles of mixed instrumentalists. The qualities of each instrument and the virtuosic playing of each musician are easily heard in the clear, transparent textures.

Review: ‘Pirates’

Friday, June 9, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Deadmen Tell No Tales” could more aptly be subtitled “Lousy Screenplays Tell No Tales.” Therein lies the problem with the fifth sequel in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series that stars Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow, who doesn’t so much swashbuckle as sashay, speaks with an at times difficult to understand drunken lisp, and rolls his eyes at every ironic aside in the grand manner of a silent movie star.

CKP stages world premiere of Charlie Barnett’s ‘12ness’

Friday, June 9, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

“12ness” may be a play that recounts the history of two influential musicians, but it may also help to shape the future of theater in the Lehigh Valley.

“This is an original piece,” explains the play’s director George B. Miller. “It has not been produced, presented, or performed anywhere before.”

Miller is the first person invited to direct a Crowded Kitchen Players (CKP) play, the company having presented 70 plays prior.

Contest to select

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

ALLENTOWN FAIR

The search is on for the 2017 Great Allentown Fair Queen who will represent the Fair during the event’s Labor Day week run, Aug. 29 - Sept. 4, and in the community throughout the year.

The Lehigh County Agricultural Society, the nonprofit that has operated the Fair for 165 years, is looking for contestants from Lehigh, Northampton, and Berks counties.

Women 16 - 20 years of age may enter the competition that awards a $1,000 scholarship presented by Lehigh-Northampton Pomona Grange No. 68 to the winner. The deadline for registration is June 30.

SouthSide Film Festival brings international fare to Bethlehem

Friday, June 9, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

Area festivals, events and venues may come and go, but the SouthSide Film Festival (SSFF), now in its 14th year, has become a Lehigh Valley institution.

“The community’s been great,” says Glenn Koehler, SSFF director. “We get a lot of support.”

Jeff Vaclavik, board of directors president of the Southside Film Institute, which runs the SSFF, is already thinking about next year’s 15th annual event.

“It’s one of those anniversary years,” Vaclavik says, regarding SSFF programming. “We’ll come up with something.”