Bethlehem Press

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Civic Theatre begins $5.5-million in renovations

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

It wasn’t exactly a ground-breaking. It was more like a concrete block-breaking.

But the point was made: the start of renovations to what’s called “the crown jewel” of the West End Theatre District, the 89-year-old Nineteenth Street Theatre.

The ceremonial kickoff of the $5.5-million “The Next Act: Setting the Stage for the Future” Capital Campaign for the start of construction closed off a portion of 19th Street, just south of Allen Street, as Civic Theatre of Allentown...

Hubert Davis, forgotten artist, at PSU LV

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Hubert Davis: Scenes of Pennsylvania” brings the forgotten paintings and lithographs created by a Pennsylvanian-born artist to public view at the Ronald K. De Long Gallery at Penn State Lehigh Valley. The exhibit, which highlights works Davis created for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the late 1930s and early 1940s, continues through June 9.

In the De Long Gallery exhibition, the Great Depression era works reflect the uncertainty of the times with landscapes filled with...

Peter Serkin joins Curtis at Miller Symphony Hall

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, will once again welcome the renowned Curtis Symphony Orchestra for a concert, 7:30 p.m. May 6.

The performance will feature 100 musicians who may comprise “probably the best young orchestra in the world,” according to Dr. David Ludwig, Curtis’s dean of artistic programs and performance.

The program will open with Samuel Barber’s “Adiago for Strings,” directed by Conner Gray Covington, conducting fellow.

Next, Osmo Vänskä, musical director...

Northampton County senior menus

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, May 3: Apple juice, pork Rib-B-Que, cabbage and noodles, cowgirl caviar, wheat bread with margarine, dark sweet red cherries.

Thursday, May 4: Baked ziti, Italian blend vegetables, tossed salad with Italian dressing, Italian bread with margarine, sliced pears.

Friday, May 5: Cranberry juice, pot roast sandwich, sour cream cucumber salad, chilled apricots.

Monday, May 8: Beef Burgundy over extra wide noodles, cauliflower...

First Ladies topic

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by The Press in Focus


“America’s First Ladies” is the subject of a Mother’s Day Celebration, 1 p.m. May 13, Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown.

“This is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day and to learn about a fascinating chapter of American history,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum.

The presentation will reveal the public and private lives of iconic First Ladies. A First Ladies Trivia Contest will be held. After the program,...


Thursday, May 4, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Harry C. and Arlene (Foust) Schell of Macungie celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary May 3.

The couple grew up and met in Milton, Northumberland County, but were married May 3, 1957, in Newport, R.I., after Harry graduated from The Pennsylvania State University.

They lived in Honolulu, Hawaii, and Cape May, N.J., where Harry served as an officer in the Navy.

They then lived in New City, N.Y., for 33 years and, shortly after retirement, moved back to Pennsylvania and...

Lehigh County senior menus

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, May 3: Honey mustard chicken, roasted potatoes, vegetable, mini muffin.

Thursday, May 4: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, broccoli, banana.

Friday, May 5: Meatball sub w/tomato sauce, wax beans, warm peach crisp.

Monday, May 8: Steak, cheddar grits, mixed vegetables, fresh fruit.

Tuesday, May 9: Smoked sausage, lentils, carrots, pineapple.

Wednesday, May 10: Salisbury steak, whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts,...

Movie review: ‘Born in China’

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For fans of Disneynature films, documentaries and the great outdoors, “Born in China” is a must-see.

This and other Disneynature films hark back to Disney’s “True-Life Adventures” series (1948 - 1960) and Mutual of Omaha’s “Wild Kingdom” TV show (hosted by Marlin Perkins,1963 to 1985, and now a web series) and are a nostalgia nature trip for Baby Boomers and parents and are a fine introduction to the splendors, realities and mysteries of nature for children and grandchildren.


8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look ahead at Valley Arts

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by The Press in Focus

“Collective marvel”:Acclaimed pianist Peter Serkin, above, is guest soloist in a return concert by the Curtis Symphony Orchestra with Conductor Conner Gray Covington, 7 p.m. May 6, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. In homage to a master nurtured at Curtis, Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings” will open the memorable evening. Then the Minnesota Orchestra’s charismatic music director, Osmo Vänskä, joins forces with Serkin for the monumental “Piano Concerto No. 1” by Brahms. Continuing the theme...

Healthy Geezer: Aging is a pain

Thursday, May 4, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Is pain a necessary part of aging?

It is very difficult to avoid physical pain as you get older. However, as many people age, they complain less about pain. This phenomenon may be caused by a decreased sensitivity to pain. However, some believe that seniors don’t moan as much as juniors because they tend to be stoics.

People have a variety of inborn pain thresholds. I have two granddaughters who are so different in their ability to handle pain that it is almost comical. I’ve...