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Great Backyard Bird Count

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by BUD COLE Special to The Press in Focus

The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is an annual four-day event drawing participants of all ages to count birds visiting their backyards and surrounding areas.

The GBBC gives a real-time snapshot of what bird species are found in specific areas. The results are sent to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, N.Y. The 16th annual count was Feb. 15 - 18.

My wife, Bev, and I have been participating and sending in our bird counts for about seven years. This is the first year that...

Spring Equinox Celebration at Hawk Mt.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary holds its annual Spring Equinox Celebration, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. March 23 in and around the Visitor Center.

The annual event is held on the Saturday closest to the spring equinox to herald the arrival of the spring season. Trail fees apply for non-members.

The day begins with "Raptors Up Close!," 11 a.m., followed a guided nature walk at 12:30 p.m. for all age skill levels. Those interested in the walk should sign up upon arrival, as participation is...

'Oz' not so 'Great,' 'Powerful'

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

At one point in "Oz The Great and Powerful," Oz (James Franco) says to China Doll, a Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) character voiced by Joey King, "One rule in show biz: Never work with kids or animals," adding, "I already have this ... ," as he gestures to another CGI character, Finley, a monkey in a bellhop suit voiced by Zach Braff.

To that show-business adage, it could be added, "Never work with CGI characters."

At least in "Oz the Great and Powerful," for James Franco...

NCC

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Northampton Community College (NCC) will hold its 12th annual spring youth scholastic chess championship, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. March 23, second floor, College Center, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

The tournament offers sections for United States Chess Federation players ages 18 and under and non-rated sections for players age 14 and under. Everyone will play five rounds. Parents are welcome. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. Participants may bring or purchase a...

Peace and Justice Conference at NCC main for third year

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 by The Press in Focus

Northampton Community College (NCC) will hold its third annual Peace and Justice Conference March 26 and March 27, Lipkin Theatre, Kopecek Hall, Main Campus, 3835 Green Pond Road, Bethlehem Township.

The conference is free and open to the public.

Charles Eisenstein, keynote speaker, will discuss "Money and the Turning of the Age." He is the author of three books: "Sacred Economics," "The Ascent of Humanity" and "The Yoga of Eating."

The schedule is:

March 26

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Gorka, BASD, Backstage Lounge are Musikfest 2013 highlights

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by The Press in Focus

In honor of Musikfest's 30th year, the 2013 festival will feature special events and activities.

John Gorka returns: In August 1984, a young folksinger named John Gorka played the very first notes at the very first Musikfest. This year the renowned artist is back at the festival to perform at its opening ceremonies, 6 p.m. Aug. 2, Aetna Americaplatz, Levitt Pavilion SteelStacks. Gorka takes the stage later in the evening for a free concert at one of the festival's other stages.

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CKP

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by The Press in Focus

The Crowded Kitchen Players hold auditions for "The Cocoanuts," a musical comedy written by George S. Kaufman and Irving Berlin for The Marx Brothers, 7 - 8:30 p.m. March 13, McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown.

"The Cocoanuts" runs June 7 - 23, McCoole's Arts & Events Place.

Information: 610-395-7176

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LEHIGH VALLEY STAGE

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by EMILY THIEL Special to The Press in Focus

"A Memory, a Monologue, a Rant and a Prayer," 7 p.m. March 15, 16; 4 p.m. March 16, 17, Banana Factory, 25 W. 3rd St., Bethlehem. 620-390-4324

"Born Yesterday," through March 24, 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday; 2 p.m. Sunday, Crowded Kitchen Players, McCoole's Arts and Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown. ckplayers.com, 610-395-7176

"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," 10 a.m. March 19, 26, April 11, 16, 18, 25, May 2; 12:30 p.m. April 4, 18, Act 3 Children's Theatre Company of...

Hoffman's 'Quartet' plays well

Tuesday, March 12, 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...