"44 Plays for 44 Presidents," 8 p.m. Sept. 29; 2, 8 p.m. Sept. 30; 8 p.m. Oct. 1 - 3, Studio Theatre, Trexler Pavilion for Theatre and Dance, Muhlenberg College, 2400 Chew St., Allentown. muhlenberg.edu/theatre, 484-664-3333 or
"An Evening At A British Music Hall," Sept 28 - 29, Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem. 610-861-1689.
"Dog Eat Dog," 8 p.m. Sept. 20 - 22, Lafayette College Theater, Black Box Theater, Williams Center for the Arts, Hamilton and High streets, Easton, lafayette.edu, 610-330-5009
In an uncharacteristic move that left this writer and others surprised, Councilman J. William Reynolds unexpectedly refused to allow public comment at the conclusion of the Aug. 29 City Council Finance Committee meeting. The Committee had approved several normal budget transfers during the two and one-half hour meeting and the 2011 city audit had been reviewed.
Whether you're maintaining an existing lawn or starting a new one, fall is the best time to do the ground work to ensure good results for next season.
For maintaining your lawn, the soil should be tested, and recommended amounts of lime and fertilizer should be applied. Fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn because the roots are actively growing and absorbing nutrients. This means a denser and healthier lawn better able to withstand the winter. In addition, the grass stores many nutrients in its roots, so that it is ready to produce a lush spring growth.
Dorothy A. Shiner, 86, of Bethlehem, died Aug. 24, 2012, at Holy Family Manor. Born in Phillipsburg, N.J. she was a daughter of the late Phillip A. and Grace (Lawler) Lucas. She was the wife of the late Joseph S. Shiner.
She retired from the City of Bethlehem where she worked in the tax office from 1971 to 1991. She had previously worked as a secretary for Moravian College and Lehigh University.
MEALS ON WHEELS OF NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, Bethlehem, needs persons willing to grocery shop for homebound clients living in the Slate Belt. Contact Janet Soos, 610-691-1030, email@example.com.
MILLER-KEYSTONE BLOOD CENTER, Bethlehem, is now open Sundays for blood donors at the Bethlehem site and needs volunteers to serve as canteen attendants. Contact Naomi Pratt, 610-691-5850, firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the year 1910, 45.6 percent of the population of the United States was living in cities. Fifty years before, only 19.8 percent of the population lived in urban areas. The same was true in the Lehigh Valley. People left their farms and gravitated to businesses, factories and mills for jobs. As people depended on industrial giants like Bethlehem Steel for employment, they soon felt less empowered. This was the Progressive Era, when ordinary citizens voted out of office anyone associated with waste and corruption. They sought to advance the protection of workers' rights.
Patricia R. John, 91, of Bethlehem, died Aug. 26, 2012. Born in Bethlehem, she was daughter of the late Patrick and Modesta (Blackton) Roche. She was the wife of the late Weston John.
She was a clerk for Western Electric for 23 years, retiring in 1979.
She was a member of Ss. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Bethlehem, and was active in the church senior group
She is survived by two sons, W. Roger of Bethlehem and Dennis of Nazareth; and a granddaughter, Laura of Boston.
She was predeceased by a brother, James; and a sister, Modesta.
Holy Family Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will hold a blood drive and immunization clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27 in St. Mary's Hall, 1200 Spring St.
The Bethlehem Health Bureau will administer flu vaccine injections. There is a fee. Blood donations, which are for the Miller-Keystone Blood Center, require pre-registration by Sept. 26. Licensed nursing staff from Holy Family Manor will take blood pressures.