Parkland Press

Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Family Project: Infant’s sleep

Friday, October 6, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Editor’s Note: ”The Family Project” is a column in the Focus features section that brings together a panel of experts to address parenting questions.

Q. My infant grandson’s parents really need help getting him to sleep at night. He is 16-months-old and has to be taken for a car ride or a stroller ride every night in order for him to fall asleep. Then they transfer him to their bed, where he sleeps the rest of the night. They can’t put him in his crib because he wakes up. They really need help.

Healthy Geezer: Statins

Friday, October 6, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I’ve heard statins referred to as wonder drugs that we should put in our drinking water. Do they deserve this reputation?

Statins, which are also known as HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors, are drugs that reduce cholesterol by blocking the liver substance responsible for making cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a fat-like substance in blood. You need it to produce cell membranes, protect nerves, and make hormones.

‘The Witch of Ridley Park’ trial to be re-enacted at LV Museum

Friday, October 6, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Pennsylvania’s Infamous Witch Trial, known as “The Witch of Ridley Creek,” will be presented in a re-creation, 1 p.m. Oct. 14, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum Saturday, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“Witchcraft accusations are infamous history, mass hysteria, and the crucible of darkness,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the museum.

The trial of Pennsylvania’s Margaret Matson, called “The Witch of Ridley Creek,” took place eight years prior to the Salem Witch Trials. The trial was presided over by Pennsylvania Proprietor William Penn.

Revisit ‘Secret Garden’ at Civic

Friday, October 6, 2017 by LUKE MUENCH in Focus

For director William Sanders, choosing “The Secret Garden” as Civic Theatre’s opening production for the theater’s 90th season was a no-brainer.

“Every year we try to find something that is family-friendly, then something that is fun, and then something that would be a little off the beaten path, something a little bit more cutting edge. This [‘Secret Garden’] would be family-friendly,” explains Sanders, Civic Theatre Artistic Director, of how he puts the Civic season together.

Civic at 90: Gala celebration, capital campaign for 2017-18 season

Friday, October 6, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To celebrate the 90th season, “The Secret Garden” is back at Civic Theatre of Allentown as is Civic’s celebrity capital campaign co-chair, star of television and screen, Christine Taylor, who, as a child, performed on Civic’s stage.

“It’s so fortuitous that it’s our 90th season, but we’re also closing and opening. It’s a birthday, but a new birth. There’ll be a grand re-opening,” says Civic Theatre Artistic Director William Sanders.

Civic Theatre”s 90th Anniversary Celebration Gala is 7 - 10 p.m. Oct. 27 at The NB Center for American Automotive Heritage, Allentown.

Putting the funny back in Miller Symphony Hall, ‘Ladies of Laughter’ series revives vaudeville heritage

Friday, October 6, 2017 by DEB BOYLAN in Focus

Sounds of raucous laughter regularly echoed throughout the former Lyric Theatre in Allentown. The Lyric, now known as Miller Symphony Hall, was a popular venue for burlesque shows, theatrical productions, silent films, vaudeville acts and even prizefights during the early part of the 20th century.

Because of its proximity to larger cities such as New York and Philadelphia, the Lyric was often a “try-out” stage for well-known performers and playwrights seeking to hone their work prior to opening on Broadway and other big-city stages.

Review: ‘Kingsman’

Friday, October 6, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Kingsman: The Golden Circle” is one confusing, entertaining mess of a movie.

On the one hand, you have the charming British cast returning from the original, ”Kingsman: The Secret Service” (2015): Taron Egerton (Gary “Eggsy” Unwin, aka Galahad, a holdover from the Brit Lad culture), Colin Firth (Harry Hart, aka the original Galahad, the suave spy and ever the gentleman), and Mark Strong (Merlin, a gizmo wizard).

‘Symphony On Ice’ back at PPL Center

Friday, September 29, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Lehigh Valley’s favorite new holiday tradition, “Symphony On Ice,” is sure to put the whole family in the holiday spirit at 7 p.m. Dec. 14, PPL Center, Allentown.

Showcasing the arts and Lehigh Valley community organizations, “Phantoms Charities Presents Symphony On Ice” will feature the award-winning Allentown Symphony Orchestra and performances by local choirs and members of the Penguin Skating Club.