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Healthy Geezer: Types, use of hand sanitizers detailed

Wednesday, December 25, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Editor’s Note: In the last two “Healthy Geezer” columns, the topic was gastroenteritis and noroviruses. In this column, the topic is hand sanitizers to fight germs that cause stomach infections.

Germs are microbes that cause disease. Microbes are microscopic organisms that are everywhere. Some microbes cause disease. Others are essential for health. Most microbes belong to one of four major groups: bacteria, viruses, fungi or protozoa.

Among the most common germs are...

Theater Review: Cheryl Moritz rules in ‘Who’s Holiday’ at Civic

Monday, December 23, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Civic Theatre of Allentown is presenting a winning double-header of parodies for the 2019 holiday season, with “A Christmas Carole 1944” on the main stage, based on Charles Dickens’ sublime classic “A Christmas Carol” and, just across 19th Street, the adult comedy “Who’s Holiday!,” with the main character borrowed from Dr. Seuss’ delightful story of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

Remember Cindy Lou Who, the very cute youngster who discovered the Grinch stealing her Christmas tree...

Curtain Rises: ‘Christmas Carole 1944’ a fresh evergreen at Civic

Saturday, December 21, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

For its 30th anniversary production of “A Christmas Carol,” Civic Theatre of Allentown looked to several other anniversaries for a new twist on the stage version of the Charles Dickens’ novella.

“Christmas Carole 1944,” Dec. 6 -21, main stage of Nineteenth Street Theatre, Allentown, salutes several other anniversaries, including the 30th anniversary of “Christmas Carol” at Civic.

“We did it 20 years ago,” says “Christmas Carole 1944” Director-Choreographer William Sanders,...

Curtain Rises: ‘She Loves Me’ has fine pedigree at Pa. Playhouse

Monday, December 23, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“She Loves Me,” the musical that closes the 2019 season at the Pennsylvania Playhouse, has a fascinating theater and movie pedigree.

The original production of the Broadway musical, with music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (“Fiddler on the Roof”) and book by Joe Masteroff (“Cabaret”), was nominated for five Tony Awards in 1963. “She Loves Me” was revived on Broadway in 1993 and in 2016, receiving eight Tony nominations in the latter incarnation.

The stage musical goes back...

Fun career: What started as lark is now sound of success for Straight No Chaser

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

For more than a decade, Straight No Chaser has taken what started out as a collegiate hobby and turned it into a career that has taken them around the world.

The male acapella sensation bring its “The Open Bar Tour,” to State Theatre Center for the Arts in Easton for two shows, 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 22. The tour is in support of the group’s seventh album, the retrospective “One Shot.”

Allentown native Jerome Collins says the concept album takes listeners through the story of...

‘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.

Purl, who is best known as Fonzie’s fiancée on “Happy...

Curtain Rises: A look behind the ‘Follies’ curtain at Touchstone Theatre

Friday, December 20, 2019 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

After two decades of producing “Christmas City Follies,” there’s no folly, nor formula, for what has become a beloved holiday treat at Touchstone Theatre, Bethlehem.

The big quilt curtain again opened for “Christmas City Follies XX,” beginning Dec. 5 and continuing through Dec. 22 at Touchstone.

Let’s pay attention to the Touchstone Ensemble behind the curtain.

“Since the first five ‘Follies,’ the last 15 have been in consecutive years. There were gaps in the first five...

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...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, December 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, December 18: Ranch baked chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, green and wax beans, dinner roll, pineapple.

Thursday, December 19 - Christmas dinner: Baked ham, dilled carrots, mashed potatoes, rice pudding.

Friday, December 20: Mustard dill baked whitefish, potatoes au gratin, broccoli, dinner roll, raisin cookie.

Monday, December 23: Roast turkey, roasted carrots and parsnips, green bean casserole, bread stuffing, pumpkin...

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Friday, December 20, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Christmas Wizards: The Wizards of Winter perform “The Christmas Dream,” 8 p.m. Dec. 20, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 6 p.m. The Wizards includes former members of The Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rainbow, Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent Band and The Irish Tenors and Broadway. The Wizards of Winter, who hail from the Lehigh Valley, perform an original holiday rock opera based on the music of the group’s self-titled CD and the albums “The Magic of Winter” and “Christmas Dream.”...