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‘Toy Story 4’

Friday, July 5, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

You know the story in “Toy Story 4”: The toys talk, laugh and scheme to remain in the company of children.

“Toy Story 4” reprises the familiar, from the opening song, “You’ve Got A Friend In Me,” written and performed by Randy Newman, who composed the score and also wrote some new songs (“I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” figures into the theme and plot line), and concludes with the familiar, a happy ending for the toy and the movie-goer, as well.

Theater Review: ‘Mamma Mia!’ lights up Bucks Playhouse stage

Wednesday, July 3, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To turn a phrase from the title song: “Here we go again ... “

And furthermore, “Mamma Mia!”: what a fizzy, fun, sunny musical, through Aug. 3, Bucks County Playhouse, New Hope. The June 30 opening night performance was reviewed.

In Broadway parlance, “Mamma Mia!” is a jukebox musical, whereby hit songs are packaged into a revue, strung together by an often biographical story about the group or singer of the hits.

Palette Club exhibit at Penn State LV

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

The Bethlehem Palette Club’s “All-Member Exhibition” is back for a second year in Penn State Lehigh Valley’s Ronald K. De Long Gallery with 34 non-juried submissions, concluding with a closing reception, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. July 27.

“This is the best space we’ve had for it,” says Exhibit Chairperson Pam Baylis. “We’ve been very lucky. We have had two years in a row here.”

The PSU Lehigh Valley gallery affords exhibiting three-dimensional works.

‘Bill’ reteams with Hills at Godfrey Daniels

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by STEPHEN ALTHOUSE in Focus

You could say it’s been a while for Belinda “Bill” Jones.

The English folksinger and songwriter and multi-instrument musician makes her return to the stage with a summer tour, which includes a 7 p.m. June 28 concert at Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem, after a mostly decade-long hiatus from the stage.

Also performing is Anne Hills, acclaimed Lehigh Valley-based singer-songwriter.

Northampton County senior menus

Saturday, June 29, 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, June 26: Breaded pork chop, grilled cabbage and noodles, fresh Waldorf salad, wheat bread w/margarine, lemon cooler cookie.

Thursday, June 27: Apple juice, beer battered haddock w/tartar sauce, rice pilaf, succotash, wheat bread w/margarine, cantaloupe.

Friday, June 28: Cranberry juice, smoked turkey, salami and provolone on a bun /mustard, cucumber /sour cream salad, ambrosia.

Movie Reviews: Shakespeare & Moe

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“All Is True” and “The Spy Behind Home Plate” couldn’t be two more disparate films.

“All Is True” is a leisurely, mostly fictional account of the last years of playwright William Shakespeare, directed by Kenneth Branagh, who plays the Bard under extensive facial prosthetics.

“The Spy Behind Home Plate” is a bristling, well-researched documentary film, written and directed by Aviva Kempner about Morris “Moe” Berg, a Major League Baseball catcher who secretly was an international spy.

Each film is worth viewing.

‘Mer hoffe mer sehn eich datt’: Kutztown Folk Festival celebrates its 70th year

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

“Mer hoffe mer sehn eich datt.” (“We hope to see you there.”)

The oldest continuously-operating folk-life festival in the United States celebrates its 70th year when the Kutztown Folk Festival opens June 29 and continues through July 7 at the Kutztown Fairgrounds with all the great traditional foods and displays visitors have come to expect, plus some exciting new features.

Healthy Geezer: Yoga for seniors

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Is Yoga too strenuous for seniors?

If the Yoga sessions accommodate personal physical limitations, there’s no reason a senior can’t start this 4,000-year-old practice. It’s a good idea to find out exactly what you’ll be doing in your Yoga class and discuss it with your doctor first.

Yoga has been shown to help alleviate many of the health problems faced by older adults. The benefits of Yoga are supposed to combat the aging process.

The Family Project: Summer job

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My 17-year-old wants to find a job for the summer. I think he should do something more constructive, like volunteering, which would look good on a college application. What do you think?

Panelist Chad Stefanyak began the discussion by saying, “I’m applauding the youngster’s wanting to go to work, so I’m wondering why the parent seems to see work as a negative in comparison with volunteering.”

Lehigh County senior menus

Saturday, June 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, June 26: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, spinach, fruit cocktail.

Thursday, June 27: Meatball sub, Capri blend vegetables, berry crisp.

Friday, June 28: Chicken Caesar salad, Mandarin oranges.

Monday, July 1: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, roll, cottage cheese and berries.

Tuesday, July 2: Oven baked chicken legs, roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, roll, melon.

Wednesday, July 3: Roast pork w/ sauerkraut, carrots, mashed potatoes, roll, baked apples.

Thursday, July 4: Centers closed.