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RDT’s ‘Nutcracker’ grows with each passing season

Friday, December 7, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

The beloved holiday ballet, “Nutcracker,” will be performed by Repertory Dance Theatre of the Lehigh Valley, 2 p.m. Dec. 8 and 9, Miller Symphony Hall, accompanied by the award-winning Allentown Symphony Orchestra under direction of Ronald Demkee, and the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts Choir, conducted by David Macbeth.

Audiences delight in the classic tale of young Clara, who receives a magical wooden nutcracker, travels to the “Land of Sweets,” meets the Sugar Plum...

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Friday, December 7, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Kenny G at Christmas: For the first time ever, Kenny G is in concert at the State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6. On his highly-anticipated holiday tour, the phenomenal saxophone instrumentalist performs some of his greatest hits, including songs from 1994’s “Miracles: The Holiday Album.” His two other holiday albums are “Faith,“ 1999, and “Wishes,” 2002. The 16-time Grammy nominee received a Grammy in 1994 for Best Instrumental Composition for “Forever in Love.” In a...

Christmastime arrives on tiptoes

Friday, December 7, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Not unlike a child on tiptoes taking a peak in wide-eyed wonderment at Santa’s toys, Christmastime performances of the beloved classic, “Nutcracker,” get ballet dancers en pointe.

If you haven’t seen the “Nutcracker” on stage, there are again several opportunities, including the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley’s 50th anniversary performance (for that preview, see the Dec. 12 and 13 Focus section).

See the previews here of Repertory Dance Theatre’s 32nd annual “Nutcracker” at...

Moscow Ballet ‘Nutcracker’ promotes peace, harmony

Friday, December 7, 2018 by CAMILLE CAPRIGLIONE in Focus

Praised as a breathtaking and lavish holiday experience, the Moscow Ballet presents “The Great Russian Nutcracker,” 2 and 6 p.m. Dec. 9, State Theatre Center for the Arts, Easton.

The technically-superb dancers of the Moscow Ballet, trained in the Vaganova method, are hand-chosen from around the world. With 40 dancers, stunning choreography, beautiful hand-painted sets, a magical winged clock and 60-foot Christmas tree, the spectacular production is an event not to be missed.

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No strings attached: Pip the Mouse is back

Friday, December 7, 2018 by ED COURRIER in Focus

“Pip: The Mouse Before Christmas” has returned to its vintage stage for the 15th season at Allentown’s Liberty Bell Museum.

Pip and his holiday puppet show premiered at Hess’s, Ninth and Hamilton streets, in 1962. After the iconic Allentown department store closed, puppets, props and stage found a home at the Liberty Bell Museum where the seasonal show has been going on since 2003.

The regional favorite continues through Dec. 31 in the museum in Zion’s United Church of Christ,...

The Healthy Geezer: High-sodium diet

Friday, December 7, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

First of two parts

Q. I’ve noticed that food labels list sodium content, but the numbers mean nothing to me. How much is bad?

Diet experts recommend a daily consumption of less than 2,300 milligrams (mg), which is the amount of sodium in a teaspoon of table salt.

If you have high blood pressure, your doctor may advise limiting yourself to 1,500 mg of sodium a day. The average daily intake among United States citizens is 3,400 mg.

High-sodium diets are linked to...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, December 7, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Dec. 5: Chopped steak w/ gravy, scalloped potatoes, carrots, tropical fruit, wheat dinner roll.

Thursday, Dec. 6: Roasted turkey breast, bread stuffing, green beans, orange.

Friday, Dec. 7: Battered fish with tartar sauce, confetti rice, Mediterranean medley, apple, wheat bread.

Monday, Dec. 10: Spaghetti w/ meat balls, broccoli, fruit cocktail.

Tuesday, Dec. 11: Veal w/mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, creamed...

Loch:

Friday, December 7, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Mr. and Mrs. Kermit Loch celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary Nov. 17.

Farmers all of their life in Loch Valley, they also owned a milk-hauling business, K&R Loch Hauling, for 22 years.

They are members of St. Paul’s Church, Seiberlingsville, Albany Township, Lehigh County.

The Lochs also are members of Weisenberg, New Tripoli, Kempton and Kutztown fire companies.

They were married at the home of the late Rev. William Wolford.

They are both retired...

The Family Project: popularity

Friday, December 7, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My pre-school daughter is always chosen last as a playmate. I think that she has good social skills for her age, but she is a bit overweight. Could this be a problem already at age four?

The panelists noted that there are two issues involved in this week’s question: a concern that the daughter may not be popular as a playmate with other children, and the mother’s linking of that concern to her assessment that the four-year-old is “a bit overweight.” Speaking to the first issue,...