Parkland Press

Monday, October 14, 2019

Baum School of Art Gala to honor Janet and Malcolm Gross

Friday, September 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The Baum School of Art’s annual Fall Gala Oct. 19, honors Janet and Malcolm Gross and their service, compassion, philanthropy and support for the arts in Allentown, particularly for The Baum School of Art.

The annual gala recognizes community members who have made significant contributions to The Baum School’s long history of enriching lives through arts education.

Daniel Roebuck to emcee Easton Silk film festival

Friday, September 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley native Daniel Roebuck will emcee the SILK Festival on the Bushkill, 6 - 11 p.m. Sept. 21, Simon Silk Mill, 13th Street and Bushkill Drive, Easton.

SILK Festival features local and international film shorts, including a world premiere. Food and beverages will be available. A deejay dance party will be held.

Roebuck made his directorial feature movie debut with “Getting Grace,” filmed in the Lehigh Valley. Roebuck is in pre-production on “The Hail Mary,” also scheduled for production in the Lehigh Valley.

Among films scheduled to be screened are:

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.

The Family Project: Sharing duties

Friday, September 20, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My hours recently changed at work, so now I must start earlier. I used to take care of the morning routine myself, but since I started this new schedule, my husband has not offered to help me in the morning. When I mention that I could use some help, he gets irritated. How can I approach this?

The panel agrees that this is a communication and problem-solving situation, where timing and tone are important.

“The mother needs to have a conversation with her husband about this, but in the framework of working together to address the problem,” panelist Pam Wallace said.

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.

‘Festival Unbound’ volunteers sought

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Volunteers are sought for “Festival Unbound,’ Touchstone Theatre’s 10-day festival of original art and community conversation, Oct. 4-13.

Volunteer tasks include ushering, setting up folding chairs, helping audience members dance their way down the South Bethlehem Greenway, and being a “Closing Ceremony Ambassador.”

“What gets me so excited is how different aspects of the festival touch on all these parts of Bethlehem, all these different communities and age groups and parts of the history,” said Michael Duck, festival volunteer coordinator.

Auditions Oct. 10

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by The Press in Focus

ASO CHORUS:

Auditions for new members of the Allentown Symphony Chorus are 6 - 9 p.m. Oct. 10, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown.

The Allentown Symphony Chorus is a professional-level chorus that accompanies the Allentown Symphony Orchestra in at least one concert per season.

For the 2019-2020 season, the chorus performs with the ASO Feb. 8 and 9, 2020, and April 18 and 19, 2020. The chorus has about 50 persons.

The Family Project: Cyber school?

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. The school year is just beginning and my daughter is talking about switching to cyber school. My husband and I don’t like the idea of her sitting in her room on the computer more than she already does, but I also want to be sensitive to the idea that kids do get bullied, and school is tough for some kids. Please help.

The consensus of the panel is that switching to a cyber school is a very complicated decision, with serious logistical and social ramifications to be considered.

Outliers get to the heart of rock ‘n’ roll

Saturday, September 14, 2019 by NATASHA PELAK in Focus

Ward Hayden and The Outliers present songs from the album, “Can’t Judge A Book,” 8 p.m. Sept. 14, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem.

It’s not the first time the Boston-based band has played Godfrey’s, but it’s the first time under a new name. You may remember the group as Girls, Guns and Glory when it performed at Godfrey’s.

Hayden says the name was changed to reflect the band’s gritty rockabilly sound.