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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Respectfully Yours: Small talk

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, A couple of weeks ago I attended a baby shower for a friend. I did not know most of the people there. I found myself watching everyone and not talking. I normally am not at a loss for words with my friends and family, but in this situation I was totally out of my comfort zone. I did not want to come across as disinterested, but I felt awkward. Do you have any suggestions about how to engage in small talk?

Dear Reader, Naturally, when we spend time with the people who...

‘Thomas and Friends’

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

The Thomas the Tank Engine “Fun Room,” complete with an operating model train, opens 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Nov. 24 and continues through Dec. 29, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friend Percy travel the rails. Children can color pictures of Thomas, play with a wooden Thomas train set, and enjoy other railroad crafts and activities.

Information: lehighvalleyheritagemuseum.org; 610-435-1074

The Family Project: Grandfather’s illness

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I am divorced and my eight-year-old son has bonded very closely with his grandfather, my dad, who has been taking care of him while I work. We have just found out that my dad has cancer, and is not expected to live more than a few months. I have not told my son yet. How do I tell him, and then how do I help him get through the next couple of months?

Everyone on the panel agreed that the son should be told sooner rather than later.

“A good place to start,” panelist Chad...

Canadian Brass tour stops at Miller Symphony Hall

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Canadian Brass, the most famous brass ensemble in the world, presents its holiday season tour concert, “Christmas Time Is Here,” 7:30 p.m. Nov. 23, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The Canadians are among the most famous, most entertaining, and most musically excellent of all brass groups today.

Their storied history dates back to 1970. For nearly 50 years, the group has produced the highest-quality performances in venues all over the globe.

The Canadian Brass has...

Healing and humanity viewed through photographs and poetry at Penn State LV

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Charles F. Stonewall: Between Silence and Light” explores the emotional aftermath of personal trauma captured through the camera lens, in an exhibition through Dec. 15, Ronald K. De Long Gallery, Penn State Lehigh Valley, Center Valley.

Each photograph, shot with models, some with acting experience, reflects emotions of sadness, hurt and betrayal experienced by people who had been severely traumatized. The powerful works provide a face for the anonymous victims.

Their stories...

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Thursday, November 15, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Hot, hot hot: The Hot Club of Philadelphia, performs in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The Hot Club of Philadelphia was started in 2001 by guitarist Barry Wahrhaftig. The group is an acoustic ensemble dedicated to playing “Gypsy Jazz,” a style pioneered by the Hot Club of France Quintet, led by guitarist Django Reinhardt and violinist Stephane Grappelli. Bassist Jim Stager has been with The Hot Club from the beginning....

‘Playing with Color’: Infrared photography at Civic Gallery

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Playing with Color” explores the surreal through Yevette Hendler’s infrared photography and color manipulation in an exhibition through Dec. 2, with an artist’s reception, 6 - 8 p.m. Nov. 16, Civic Theatre 514 Gallery, Alentown.

The exhibition, curated by Deborah Rabinsky, features dreamlike landscapes, blossoms, and the human figure.

“We are surrounded by so much reality these days that we just can’t escape it. So rather than reflect back the reality that is readily available...

Respectfully Yours: Tipping

Thursday, November 15, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, The holidays are coming at us quickly and I always get confused about whom I should be tipping who normally does not get tips during the year. Also, how much should I be tipping so that I don’t look like a Scrooge and at the same time not blow my own holiday budget?

Dear Reader,

Good for you: planning early.

Planning your holiday budget early to include tipping won’t leave you scrounging for money at the very last moment. As the end-of year tipping season...

Northampton County senior menus

Thursday, November 15, 2018 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, Nov. 14: Breaded pork chop, cabbage and bow ties, fresh sunshine salad, wheat bread w/ margarine, cranberry coconut macaroon.

Thursday, Nov. 15 - Thanksgiving meal: Roast turkey w/ gravy, Pennsylvania “Dutch” stuffing, maple sweet potatoes, oven...