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Mozart, Bach opens Sinfonia season

Friday, September 27, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“We Love Mozart and Bach” opens the 2019-2020 season of the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28, Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown.

A snowstorm canceled a Mozart program in March by the Sinfonia. Dr. Allan Birney, Music Director of the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra, programmed two pieces from that program and added a third piece by J. S. Bach for the season-opening concert.

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.

Growing Green: Stopping Spotted Lanterfly

Friday, September 27, 2019 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

It unfortunately was a productive Summer of 2019 for the Spotted Lanternfly (SLF), an invasive pest present in Pennsylvania and some other eastern states.

The SLF threatens grape production, tree health and can damage high-value ornamentals in home landscapes.

At stake are Pennsylvania’s grape, tree-fruit, hardwood, nursery and landscape businesses, which generate agricultural crops and forest products worth nearly $18 billion annually.

Native to parts of Asia, the SLF was identified for the first time in the United States in Hereford, Berks County, in 2014.

8 DAYS A WEEK:

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 for film and television shows.

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.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, September 27, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, September 25: Chicken bruschetta, wide noodles, oven roasted fresh vegetable blend, Italian bread w/ margarine, tropical fruit.

Thursday, September 26: Roast pork w/ gravy, maple sweet potatoes, cauliflower au gratin, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh fruit cup.

Friday, September 27: Cranberry juice, fried haddock sandwich,w/ lettuce, tomato, tartar sauce; cole slaw, lemon meringue pie.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, September 27, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, September 25: Herb roasted turkey, mashed sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts, roll, fruit bread pudding.

Thursday, September 26: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, roll, cottage cheese and berries.

Friday, September 27: Oven baked chicken legs, roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, roll, fresh melon.

Monday, September 30: Roast pork with sauerkraut, carrots, mashed potatoes, roll, baked apples.

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 character that Zak (Zack Gottsagen) takes on for his hoped-for career as a professional wrestler.

Midiri Brothers Orchestra in Pa. Jazz Society concert

Friday, September 20, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Midiri Brothers Orchestra brings its exciting brand of jazz to open the Pennsylvania Jazz Society’s fall 2019 season, 2 - 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22, Dewey Banquet Hall, 502 Durham St., Hellertown.

Group members include Joe Midiri, clarinet, sax; Paul Midiri, vibraphone; Dan Tobias, trumpet; Pat Mercuri, guitar; Jack Hegyi, bass, and Jim Lawlor, drums.

“Our band is eclectic. We play a little bit of everything,” says Joe Midiri in a phone interview.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, September 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, September 18: Swedish meatballs, broccoli and carrots, whole wheat noodles, fresh melon.

Thursday, September 19: Coconut crusted chicken, scalloped potatoes, California vegetable blend, wheat bread w/ margarine, raspberry filled cookie.

Friday, September 20: Baked meatloaf w/ gravy, mashed potatoes, zucchini and tomatoes w/ shallots, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh strawberries.