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Monday, June 26, 2017

8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

“Hair”here:The 50th anniversary of the rock musical “Hair,” above, June 14 - July 2, opens the 37th season of Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre (MSMT) at Muhlenberg College, Allentown. Join the Age of Aquarius and celebrate the freewheeling counterculture of the 1960s with a “tribe” of non-conformists as they groove to the music, including 1960s hits “Good Morning Starshine” and “Let the Sunshine In.” Director James Peck returns to MSMT following last season’s production of “In the Heights.” He’s reunited with music director Ed Bara and choreographer Samuel Antonio Reyes.

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Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Valley Active Life performance groups will present a concert, “A Salute to the Flag,” 1 - 3 p.m. June 14, “Flag Day,” Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1533 Hamilton St., Allentown.

Performing will be the Lehigh Valley Pops Orchestra, Good Vibrations Chorus, Elm Street Jazz Ensemble and the Timely Tappers.

Ticket information: 610-437-3700

‘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.

‘Tonys & Tapas’

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus


“Tonys & Tapas” will be held 3:30 - 6:30 p.m. June 11 in Civic Theatre of Allentown’s historic Nineteenth Street Theatre and Theatre514.

The Civic Theatre fundraising event includes tapas from local restaurants and caterers, a stage performance, complimentary “Mar-Tony,” wine and beer open bar, and silent and live auctions.

The 2017 “Tonys & Tapas” Honorary Chairs are Charles and Ruth Marcon.

Volunteers to help with the event may email Zack Einstein, Volunteer Coordinator, zack@civictheatre.com.

‘Bach at Noon’ series back for third year in Allentown

Friday, June 9, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The third summer of Bach’s music in Allentown begins June 13 with the first of three “Bach At Noon” performances by The Bach Choir of Bethlehem in St. John’s Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown in center city Allentown.

On the second Tuesday of the month in June, July and August, The Bach Choir will present noontime performances, free and open to the public.

“Bach At Noon” a series of 10 free concerts the Choir performs each year, including three in Allentown.

Robert C. Halal

Thursday, June 8, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

magisterial district judge

Robert “Bobby” C. Halal, 52, of Whitehall, died June 5, 2017, at home. He was the husband of Denise M. (DeCray) Halal for nine years.

Born in Allentown, he was a son of Stella J. (Gresser) Halal and of the late Charles P. Halal, who died in 2012.

He was a 1982 graduate of Whitehall High School.

He was a magisterial district judge in Whitehall since 2007. He was a former longtime state constable.

He was a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Northampton.

Whitehall library: Poetry reading is planned at library

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by The Press in Columns

At 6:30 p.m. June 12, Gail Zimmerman Thomas, a graduate of Whitehall High School and Kutztown University and former English teacher, will visit the library for a poetry reading and book signing.

Thomas has published four books of poetry and has had many other pieces included in various anthologies and journals.

Check out samples of her work at gailthomaspoet.com.


Fullerton: St. Elizabeth’s plans parish festival

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by The Press in Columns

St. Elizabeth of Hungary Roman Catholic Church, Fullerton Avenue, will hold its annual parish festival 6-10 p.m. June 9 and 5-10 p.m. June 10 on the parish grounds. There will be lots of fun, food, drinks and games.

Activities for Friday evening include music by Lo & Behold Band and balloon entertainment. The Chaz Band, a magician and balloon entertainment are on Saturday’s lineup.

Come out and enjoy the big event!


District news: Students’ last day of school set for June 13

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by The Press in School

The last day of school will be June 13. There will be early dismissals during this week while students take final exams.

Please note that kindergarten dismissals are different, and the last day for kindergarten is June 12. Parents received information regarding kindergarten dismissals.

No lunches will be served on half days.

Have a happy and safe summer!


Clarence T. Hugo

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 by The Press in Obituaries

St. Peter’s UCC member

Clarence “Hank” T. Hugo, 90, of Northampton, died May 29, 2017, at Liza’s House. He was the husband of the late Kathleen C. (Bennett) Hugo.

Born in East Allen Township, he was a son of the late James and Rella (Kuhns) Hugo.

He was in the U.S. Army during World War II.

He was retired from Whitehall Cement and previously worked at Universal Atlas Cement and Giant Portland Cement companies.

He was a member of St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, Seemsville.