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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Healthy Geezer: Memory lapses

Friday, November 1, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. How can you tell when you should go to a doctor for memory lapses?

When should you go to your doctor to discuss your memory lapses? That’s a personal judgment call.

I’ve found that I can’t remember the names of movie stars and ballplayers the way I used to. I attribute this to what I call the “overloaded filing cabinet.” As we get older, we accumulate so many memories that it’s impossible to find the one we want.

I’m not sufficiently worried...

‘Coin Show’

Friday, November 1, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV Museum:

A “Coin Show” will be held 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“Currency represents our nation’s growth and how it has grappled with the financial challenges. Coins and currency tell the story of our local and national history,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

Guest Curator Stephen Gehringerd and numismatists will exhibit displays. Coins are expected to be bought and sold dealers from...

Movie Review: ‘Maleficent’ deficient

Friday, November 1, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” is a hodgepodge of movies that have gone before: “Lord of the Rings” (2001), “Where the Wild Things Are” (2009), “The Hobbit” (2012) and, of course, “Maleficent” (2014).

The Maleficent character is based on Charles Perrault’s fairy tale (1697) and Walt Disney’s animation theatrical feature film “Sleeping Beauty” (1959).

Angelina Jolie is back in the title role of Maleficent, fairy godmother of Aurora, again played by Elle Fanning.

Harris...

LCCC seminar set for teachers

Friday, November 1, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Carbon Community College’s (LCCC) Teacher Education department hosts the annual “Super Saturday” teacher education seminar, featuring “The Community Action Poverty Simulation,” 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Nov. 2, Lisa Jane Scheller Community Services Center (CSC), main campus, Schnecksville.

Registration is at 7:30 a.m. Sessions include information on behavior strategies, selecting authentic literature for an inclusive classroom, understanding the Adverse Childhood Experience Study,...

Respectfully Yours: Rudeness to server

Friday, November 1, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I have a friend who is rude to the servers whenever we eat out for dinner. I end up trying to counter the rudeness by going over the top to be polite. How should you deal with a friend who is rude to restaurant wait staff?

Dear Reader,

People can and will be disrespectful to any number of people for any number of reasons. One of the times where this occurs the most is in restaurants. Customers are paying not only for the food they eat but also for the...

Theater Review: Get ‘Into the Woods’ at Muhlenberg College Theatre

Monday, November 4, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Into the Woods” at Muhlenberg College is a pristine production of the classic musical.

Through thoughtful set and lighting design, a fine performance by the 15-piece orchestra and superb singing and acting by Muhlenberg College Department of Theatre & Dance Department students, “Into the Woods,” through Nov. 3, Empie Theater, Baker Center for the Arts, merits serious attention from fans of the American musical theater.

Director Beth Schachter brilliantly explores the fluid...

Author talk

Friday, November 1, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV Museum:

Historian and author David Price speaks about his book, “The Road to Assunpink Creek: Liberty’s Desperate Hour and the Ten Crucial Days of the American Revolution,” 1 p.m. Nov. 2, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

Price’s book is about the 10-day period in the American Revolutionary War, from Dec. 25, 1776, when General George Washington and his troops crossed the icy Delaware River for a surprise attack on British-allied Hessian forces in...

Curtain Rises: ‘Into the Woods’ challenges Muhlenberg College students

Monday, November 4, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

An alternative title for “into the Woods” could be “Into the Id.”

As defined in Sigmund Freud’s theoretical construct of the psyche, the id is uncoordinated instinctual desires, the super-ego is critical and moralizing, and the ego is the realistic mediator between the two.

There’s a lot of that back and forth going on with the characters in “Into the Woods.”

That’s just for openers in Stephen Sondheim’s and James Lapine’s “Into the Woods,” accurately described as “a...

Family Project: 2nd-grader cell phone

Friday, November 1, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. At what age is it appropriate to give your child a cell phone? My daughter is in second grade and is asking for one because her friends have one. What do you think?

The panel agreed that age seven is too young for a child to have a cell phone.

Panelist Pam Wallace said that, in addition to the cost, a cell phone involves a lot of responsibility: “Is she going to be able to hold onto the phone and not leave it on the bus or drop it somewhere?”

Panelist Chad Stefanyak...

Bach Choir to audition for ‘Noah’s Flood’ opera

Friday, November 1, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Auditions will be held at 4-7 p.m. Nov. 4 and 4-8 p.m. Nov. 5, The Bach Choir office, 440 Heckewelder Place, Bethlehem, for a performance of Benjamin Britten’s opera, “Noah’s Flood” (“Noye’s Fludde”), Feb. 28, 29 and March 1, Packer Memorial Church, Lehigh University, Bethlehem.

The Bach Choir of Bethlehem and The Bach Festival Orchestra, under the director of artistic director and conductor Greg Funfgeld, is partnering with The Bel Canto Youth Chorus, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre (PYT...