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A ‘Charlie Brown’ jazz concert

Friday, December 20, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Eric Mintel Quartet returns for a sold-out performance in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Dec.20, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The quartet presents “Charlie Brown Holiday Jazz.”

Doors open at 7 p.m. for a free buffet, included with the ticket price admission. A cash bar is available.

Mintel is famously a fan of Dave Brubeck.

“I first heard Brubeck when I was 14-years-old: ‘Take 5’ and ‘Blue Rondo a la Turk.’ That’s when the light bulb went on.

Presentation about

Friday, December 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV MUSEUM:

A presentation, “The Holidays at Hess’s Department Store,” will be given, 1 p.m. Dec. 21, Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“No store in America could surpass the magic of a visit to Hess’s Department Store, especially at the holidays,” said Joseph Garrera, executive director of the Museum.

The slide-lecture is to include more than 1,000 vintage photographs. The former downtown Allentown department store drew national celebrities to Allentown, including Johnny Carson and Rock Hudson.

Healthy Geezer: Best defenses against noroviruses

Friday, December 20, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of two parts

Among the most common germs are noroviruses, which cause gastroenteritis, mistakenly called stomach flu.

Gastroenteritis is an inflammation of the stomach and intestines. It is not related to flu, a respiratory illness caused by influenza virus.

Noroviruses are a group of related viruses. Norovirus is the official genus name for the group of viruses previously described as Norwalk viruses.

Movie Review: ‘Frozen II’ freezes over

Friday, December 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Frozen II” is an impressive animation feature film highlighted by inspiring artwork and excellent songs sequences.

“Frozen II” was seen in the 3D format for this movie review. “Frozen II” is worth paying the 3D premium ticket price to see the film. The animation glistens, glows and shimmers. That’s partly because of the film’s predominantly winter setting. The ice is the icing on the animation cake of “Frozen II.”

In the 3D format, snowflakes seem to float before your eyes. It’s almost as if you are inside a giant snow globe.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, December 20, 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, December 18: Pasta fajioli soup, potato crusted cod, garlic roasted potatoes, zucchini and tomatoes w/ shallots, wheat bread w/ margarine, fresh fruit cup.

Thursday, December 19 - Christmas meal: Christmas Day chicken, mashed red potatoes, green beans almondine, molded fruit salad, fresh baked roll w/ margarine, triple chocolate Tiger Cake.

Respectfully Yours: Send thank-you card for holiday gift

Friday, December 20, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

During the holidays, I receive a number of gifts and I am wondering if I should be writing thank-you notes. I have never done this in the past. What are your thoughts regarding whether one should send a thank-you note for every Christmas gift received?

Dear Reader,

There is no better time to show your appreciation than around the holidays. It is a polite gesture, but it is not necessary to send a thank-you note to everyone who took the time to give you a Christmas gift.

‘Swinging the Holidays’: Linda Purl teams with Rob Stoneback for big band concert of season cheer

Friday, December 20, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

An actress and singer known for her roles on iconic television series “Happy Days” and “The Office” joins the Lehigh Valley’s own Rob Stoneback Big Band for “Swinging the Holidays with Linda Purl and the Rob Stoneback Big Band,” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown.

Linda Purl joins Rob Stoneback and his band for a mix of Christmas music, American standards and swinging jazz in their first collaboration.

Theater Review: Touchstone ‘Christmas City Follies XX’ entertaining alternative

Friday, December 13, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

For the past 20 years, the professional acting ensemble of Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem, has presented its “Christmas City Follies” to help audiences celebrate Christmas and Hanukkah, while satirizing the commercialization and human foibles that continue to distract from the true meaning of the holidays.

Directed by Jp Jordan, and utilizing original vaudeville-style sketches filled with humor, music and shopping carts, the “Follies,” through Dec. 22, is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of shopping, package-wrapping and party-going.

Healthy Geezer: The cause of gastroenteritis explained

Friday, December 13, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I’m going on my first cruise and I was concerned that I might get stomach flu. What should I do?

Many senior citizens frequent cruise ships because vacationers can enjoy what is probably the most relaxing form of getaway. You travel with your own bedroom and all the amenities you can think of.

But there are a lot of people on these floating paradises. That means lots of germs are along for the ride.