Bethlehem Press

Monday, March 25, 2019

Thatcher takes it to ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

The Craig Thatcher Jazz Project performs in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. March 22, Rodale Community Room. Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown. The concert is sold-out.

Thatcher, an International Clinician-Ambassador for C.F. Martin & Co., Nazareth, guitar instructor and recording artist, is well-known for his guitar work. Thatcher has performed with a slew of top performers: Simone, Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, John Mayall, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Savoy Brown, the Spencer Davis Group, and David Bromberg, to name a few.

Salem Christian: ‘Freaky Friday’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Things get “freaky” between a mother and daughter in “Freaky Friday the Musical,” 7 p.m. April 4, 5 and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 6, auditorium, Salem Christian School, 8031 Salem Bible Church Road, Macungie.

An overworked mother and her teenage daughter discover they have magically swapped bodies the day before mom’s big wedding. They only have one day to find the magic hourglass to reverse the spell. They learn to appreciate what it’s like to be each other, fostering mutual respect. This ultimately strengthens the bond between mother and daughter.

Keyser-Coraggio: Couple to wed

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Lisa Stauffer, of Macungie and Thomas Keyser, of Emmaus, announce the engagement of their daughter Jessica M. Keyser to Anthony Coraggio, son of David Coraggio, of Whitehall and Kathy Tschudy, of Lehigh Valley.

The bride-elect is a graduate of Emmaus High School and Pennsylvania College of Technology. She is a pastry chef at House & Barn, Emmaus.

The prospective bridegroom is a graduate of Whitehall High School and Welder Training & Testing Institute, Allentown. He works for Versum Materials, Inc., a division of Air Products, Allentown.

A November wedding is planned.

Central Catholic: ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

A Broadway musical swirls around a theater fan as he sits in his apartment in “The Drowsy Chaperone,” 7 p.m. April 4, 5 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. April 6, Masson Auditorium, Allentown Central Catholic High School, 301 N. Fourth St., Allentown.

The show-within-a-show is a parody of Broadway musical comedies of the 1920s and 1930s. The “Man in Chair” brings his favorite musical to life as he plays a recording of it.

Freedom: ‘Anything Goes’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

“Anything Goes,” with music and lyrics by Cole Porter, sails to the stage, 7 p.m. April 4, 5, 6 and 2 p.m. April 7, auditorium, Freedom High School, 3149 Chester Avenue, Bethlehem.

“Anything Goes” features the misadventures of Billy Crocker, a stowaway aboard an ocean liner, who falls in love with American debutante Hope Harcourt. Crocker is aided by gangster Moonface Martin and nightclub singer Reno Sweeney in his pursuit of the heiress, who is engaged to stuffy Englishman Lord Evelyn Oakleigh.

Charter Arts: ‘Sweeney Todd’

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

With dark, razor-sharp wit, “Sweeney Todd School Edition: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” comes to the stage, 7 p.m. April 3, 4, 5, 6 and 2 p.m. April 7, theater, Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, 321 E. Third St., Bethlehem.

With book by Hugh Wheeler from an adaptation by Christopher Bond and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the musical is based on the lurid tale of a vengeful, murderous barber from a popular Victorian “penny dreadful” novella. His victims get baked into meat pies.

Healthy Geezer: Osteoarthritis supplements

Friday, March 22, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. Are glucosamine and chondroitin good for arthritis?

Arthritis is inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of the condition. An estimated 27 million adults in the United States live with osteoarthritis.

You get osteoarthritis when cartilage, the cushioning tissue within the joints, wears down. The disease affects both men and women. By age 65, more than 50 percent of us have osteoarthritis in at least one joint.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, March 22, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Call 610 - 829-4540 (ask operator for Area Agency on Aging) for locations or visit https://www.northamptoncounty.org/HS/AGING/Pages/default.aspx.

Wednesday, March 20: Chicken and bow ties in vodka sauce, spring vegetables, Italian bread w / margarine, fresh seedless grapes.

Thursday, March 21: Beef vegetable soup, pork BBQ on a bun, Amish potato salad, applesauce.

Friday, March 22: Macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, baby kale and spinach salad w / ranch dressing, wheat bread w / margarine, raspberry filled cookie.

Respectfully Yours: Honor invitation

Friday, March 22, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I made the mistake of accepting an invitation to a party that I would rather not attend. I only know the host and barely anyone else. As life would happen, I was then invited to another party that I’d rather attend on the same date. How do I get out of going to the first one?

Dear Reader,

You are jeopardizing your integrity. Keep your promises, even if it takes extra effort, and do the right thing.