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Sit in with Chaise Lounge for MSH ‘Jazz Upstairs’

Friday, August 16, 2019 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Chaise Lounge returns for the “Jazz Upstairs” series, 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for a free buffet, included with the ticket price admission. A cash bar is available.

The Washington, D.C.-based group presents an upbeat blend of standards and originals with an early 1960s’ jazz vibe.

Charlie Barnett, piano, accordion and guitar, also writes and-or arranges most of the group’s tunes.

The group features...

‘Valley Vivaldi’ closing season with concert at Wesley Church

Friday, August 16, 2019 by The Press in Focus

The fourth and final 2019 summer “Valley Vivaldi” concert is 7 p.m. Aug. 18, Wesley Church, 2540 Center St. (Route 512), Bethlehem.

The program is: Vivaldi, “Concerto for Strings in E minor,” RV 134; Tartini, “Violin Concerto in G minor,” Op. 1, D 85; Albinoni, “Trumpet Concerto in B Flat,” Op. 7, No. 3; Telemann, “Concerto à 4 for Recorder, Violin, Oboe and Continuo,” and J. S. Bach, “Concerto in D minor for Two Violins,” BWV 1043.

The musicians are: Lawrence Wright, trumpet;...

Growing Green: Go native

Friday, August 16, 2019 by The Press in Focus

As an individual, one might think, “What can I do to help our environment?”

There are many things to consider.

Always plant native plants and pollinator plants. Choosing plants native to the Lehigh Valley can improve gardening success since many of these plants have adapted to the region. Many native plants attract beneficial insects which help control pests, so you are creating a habitat for “good bugs.”

By planting pollinator plants we are helping the bee population....

Respectfully Yours: Phone-free wedding

Friday, August 16, 2019 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

I have attended a number of weddings recently and I am shocked at people’s disregard during the ceremony. So many people were taking pictures with their phones. My wedding is next summer. How does one ask guests to refrain from taking photos during the ceremony?

Dear Reader,

Having an unplugged wedding ceremony and encouraging your guests to put down their devices doesn’t need to be difficult.

As with any request you make of your wedding guests,...

The Family Project: Grandson’s tantrums

Friday, August 16, 2019 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. I have a four-year-old grandson, who is a very sweet child. However, when angry he kicks, slaps and pinches his parents. His parents are calm, spend time with him and do not hit him. He doesn’t act like this with his grandparents. Any suggestions?

“My first response,” panelist Denise Continenza said, “relates to the idea of temperament: How children respond emotionally and behaviorally to the world.

“Some children have high-intensity emotions, so when they get frustrated and...

Language classes

Friday, August 16, 2019 by The Press in Focus

LCCC:

Lehigh Carbon Community College offers language classes this fall in its noncredit division at the main Schnecksville campus unless noted otherwise.

“EZ Deitsch I,” Sept. 12 - Nov. 7: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Pennsylvania Dutch language and culture.

“Irish (Gaelic),” Sept. 4 - Dec. 11: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Sentence structure, grammar, foundation vocabulary, commonly-used verbs, fluency and vocabulary to speak, read and write.

“Italian I,” Aug. 21...

Healthy Geezer: Selecting hypnotherapist

Friday, August 16, 2019 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Second of two parts

Hypnosis is one of several relaxation methods helpful for treating chronic pain, alleviating anxiety, reducing the frequency and severity of headaches, controlling bleeding and pain during dental procedures, quitting smoking and ending alcohol dependence.

Hypnosis achieves focused attention. It is like using a magnifying glass to focus the rays of the sun and make them more powerful. When our minds are concentrated, we are able to use them more powerfully....

Baum School faculty, staff display art in latest exhibit

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by ED COURRIER in Focus

A “Third Thursday” opening reception will be held 6-8 p.m. Aug. 15 for the “Faculty & Staff Exhibition,” which continues through Sept. 11, David E. Rodale and Rodale Family Galleries, The Baum School of Art, Allentown.

Instructor Dana Van Horn has several works in the exhibit, including a watercolor of two seagulls, a small oil of a white pig in mud, and a large oil portrait of his adult son.

“Logan Van Horn” (2019; oil on canvas; 40 in. x 32 in.) presents Van Horn’s son...

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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 by The Press in Focus

Relaxing jazz: Chaise Lounge eases back into Miller Symhony Hall, Allentown, for the “Jazz Upstairs Series,” 7:30 p.m. Aug. 16. Charlie Barnett, Marilyn Older, Tommy Barrick, Gary Gregg, Joe Jackson and Pete Ostle perform music that sounds like it was recorded at Capitol Recording Studios in 1962 and found its way onto a contemporary CD. The five Washington, D.C. area jazz musicians play arrangements of standards and original tunes, featuring the vocals of Marilyn Older. Tickets: Miller...