Bethlehem Press

Friday, April 19, 2019

Allen: ‘Sister Act’

Friday, March 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The William Allen High School theater department rejoices with “Sister Act,” a musical featuring a disco diva hiding from mobsters in a convent, with show times at 7 p.m. April 4, 5, 6, and 2 p.m. April 7, John F. McHugh Auditorium, William Allen High School, 106 N. 17th St., Allentown.

When singer Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder while she is in protective custody, she hides her identity by dressing as a nun. Deloris uses her talents to inspire the choir and brings new life to...

Respectfully Yours: Gracious dinner guest

Friday, March 29, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

What do you do when you don’t want to eat the food being served at somebody else’s home but don’t want to be impolite? How do you courteously refuse a meal?

Dear Reader,

When you are a dinner guest, it’s generally expected you accept whatever is placed in front of you.

Accepting an invitation to dinner is a social event. If you can’t stomach your host’s meal, it would be impolite to outright reject what’s on the table. That doesn’t mean there aren’...

Atty. Gross opens Trexler exhibit

Friday, March 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LV Museum:

The exhibition, “The Life & Legacy of General Harry C. Trexler,” opens at 1 p.m. March 30 with introductory remarks by Atty. Malcolm J. Gross at the Lehigh County Historical Society’s Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown,

“General Trexler’s life offers an inspiring example of hard work, determination, citizenship and philanthropy,” said Joseph Garrera, Executive Director of the Museum. “His impact on Lehigh County is incalculable.”


‘Transfer Fair’

Friday, March 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) holds a “Transfer Fair,” 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28, Lisa Scheller-Wayne Woodman Community Services Center, Main Campus, Schnecksville.

For a list of colleges and university representatives expected to attend:

The event, sponsored by Academic Advising Services and LCCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter, is free and open to the public.

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The Family Project: 3-month-old’s crying

Friday, March 29, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My three-month-old daughter wakes up at least three times during the night. My husband thinks we should let her cry it out until she goes back to sleep. I think she is too young. I’m getting different opinions from my relatives, and I am not sure what to do. Can you help?

It was apparent from the panel’s discussion that there are many reasons why babies cry a lot.

“Crying is a way for babies to communicate,” panelist Pam Wallace explained. “So, whether or not the baby is...

Healthy Geezer: carbohydrates

Friday, March 29, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. What exactly is the difference between good carbs and bad carbs?

Good carbs, or carbohydrates, are good for you. Bad carbs aren’t good for you.

Carbohydrates from white bread, white rice, pastries, sugared sodas and other highly-processed foods can make you fat. If you eat a lot of bad carbs, they increase the risk for disease.

Whole grains, beans, fruits, vegetables, and other similar sources of carbohydrates make you healthy by delivering vitamins, minerals, fiber...

Whitehall: ‘Mamma Mia!’

Friday, March 29, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Mamma Mia!” brings romance to the stage while featuring classic Abba hits at 7 p.m. April 4, 5, 6, and 2 p.m. April 7, auditorium, Whitehall High School, 3800 Mechanicsville Road, Whitehall.

Set on a Greek island, a young bride-to-be invites three men from her mother’s past to her wedding without consulting mom. She is determined to find out which one of them is her father, so she can ask him to walk her down the aisle.

Monique Haney directs the Whitehall production, assisted...

Temple U. prof to lead Bel Canto choral music teachers workshop

Monday, March 25, 2019 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Internationally-renowned choral-music clinician Dr. Rollo Dilworth will work with Allentown School District teachers and other area choral directors in a “Choral Music Teacher Workshop,” presented by the Bel Canto Youth Chorus of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem.

“In the choral music field, everyone knows Rollo [Dilworth],” says Joy Hirokawa, artistic director of Bel Canto. “He is a leader in choral music education. We are really excited about him coming.”

The event includes a free...

Theater Review: Crowded Kitchen Players’ ‘Unspeakable’ speaks volumes

Monday, March 25, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

In its latest thought-provoking play, written and directed by Ara Barlieb, the Crowded Kitchen Players tackle the uncomfortable topic of child abuse and how society has either failed to address it or has too often been looking the wrong way.

The play is “Unspeakable,” but it has a very loud and clear message in a production that continues March 29, 30 and 31, Charles A. Brown Ice House, Bethlehem.

Dubbed as a melodrama, “Unspeakable” is gripping and infuriating at times, but...