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Deadline to submit poems is March 15

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, three poems will be selected in each of the Elementary, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 24 and 25 Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.

The student whose poem is selected as the best poem in each category may have his or her photo published with the selected poem.

LAFAYETTE

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Tickets sold-out for Blair address

The first offering of tickets to members of the campus community (students, faculty, staff, and retirees) for the Lives of Liberty Lecture for 2012 - '13 by Tony Blair, former prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, 4 p.m. April 8, Lafayette College, Easton, is sold-out.

However, the college is streaming a live telecast of Blair's address in Colton Chapel. No tickets are required for the Colton Chapel venue.

Root of the problem: mounds of mulch

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Mulch is a standard form of soil and winter protection for many shallow-rooted plants. However, too much mulch can be too much of a good thing.

The availability and low cost of bark-type mulch materials has created an over-mulching disease in our landscapes. Gardeners have come to think of mulch materials as wonder products that provide endless benefit to our plants.

Misuse of mulch materials decreases a landscape's aesthetic value by changing the appearance of a plant. Misuse of mulch can also kill many of the materials it is intended to help and protect.

LAFAYETTE

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Pulitzer author to present talk

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Geraldine Brooks will present "The Art of Historical Fiction," 4:30 p.m. March 14, Williams Center for the Arts auditorium, Lafayette College, 317 Hamilton St., Easton.

Brooks received the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her second novel, "March."

The program is the 2013 John L. Hatfield '67 Lecture presented by the Friends of Skillman Library. The talk, free and open to the public, is followed by a book-signing and reception in the Williams Center lobby.

Hoffman's 'Quartet' plays well

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

"Quartet" is a thoughtful, entertaining and fun film that hits all the grace notes.

The film is directed by Dustin Hoffman, who will be 76 on Aug. 8, in his feature film directorial debut.

One question: Why did he wait so long?

Well, Hoffman started directing "Straight Time" in 1978, but Ulu Grobard took it over.

The setting for "Quartet" is Beecham House, a home for retired musicians in England, for which the success of the annual gala concert to celebrate composer Giuseppi Verdi's birthday may determine whether the castle-like manse will stay open or close.

MUHLENBERG

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Artist reception

A reception to meet New York City artist Lisa A. Turngren for her exhibition, "Patterned Lineage: Facing, Backing & the Space Between," is 4:30 - 6 p.m. March 13, with the exhibition continuing through April 13, Martin Art Gallery, Baker Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown.

The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.

March 15 deadline to submit poems

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Submissions are now being accepted for the eighth annual award-winning Student Poetry Project.

In celebration of National Poetry Month in April, three poems will be selected in each of the Elementary, Middle School and High School categories and published in the April 24 and 25 Focus section in the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers.

The student whose poem is selected as the best poem in each category may have his or her photo published with the selected poem.

Edgar Baum's sense of place

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN Focus Editor in Focus

Return to another era of the Lehigh Valley urban landscape with "Edgar S. Baum: For the Love of Painting," through March 15, David E. Rodale Gallery, The Baum School of Art, 510 Linden St., Allentown.

Edgar Baum had the alacrity to see what many of us did not. And so, narrow streets, parked cars and brick buildings recall San Francisco, New England, or Paris, France, not Allentown and Bethlehem.

Baum saw beyond, into and behind what we see in our every-day travails, er, travels in the workaday world of the Lehigh Valley.

8 DAYS A WEEK

Wednesday, March 6, 2013 by CONTRIBUTED PHOTO in Focus

Your look ahead at Valley Arts

"Arising" at Godfrey's: Tommy Sands, "The Bard of Peace," above left, with his son, Fionan, brings his "music of healing" to Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, 8 p.m. March 8. Sands' United States' tour, "Arising from the Troubles," March 3 - 17, is named for his most recent album. In addition to songs from the album, the concert features classics of Northern Ireland, including "There Were Roses" and the evening's theme song, written with Pete Seeger, "The Music of Healing." Sands and Seeger each contributed a verse, with Sands writing the finale. His U.S.