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Evans has ‘Christmas’ spirit

Friday, November 30, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Country singer Sara Evans is back with her limited engagement tour of “At Christmas,” stopping at 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Penn’s Peak, Jim Thorpe.

Evans began her career in the late 1990s and quickly became one of country music’s top female singers with five No. 1 country singles, including “No Place That Far,” “Suds In the Bucket,” “A Real Fine Place To Start,” “Born to Fly” and “A Little Bit Stronger.”

She received the Academy of Country Music Top Female Vocalist award and numerous...

The Family Project: Son and church

Friday, November 30, 2018 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. On Sunday, my 13-year-od son told me that he no longer wanted to attend church services. He said that he does not believe in God, and that going to church is a waste of time. Our family has always been very involved with our church, and I am horribly upset by this. I have two younger children and I don’t want them to be influenced by their brother. What can I do?

“The mother should have a friendly and open conversation with her son about the sudden change in his feelings,” panelist...

A Christmas ‘Voice’ in Allentown concert

Friday, November 30, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

From Long Island pizza delivery boy to performing all over the world, Sal “The Voice” Valentinetti says appearing on “America’s Got Talent” transformed his life.

In January, he will return to the NBC hit reality TV show for its first-ever former champions edition.

But before that, it’s the “Sal ‘The Voice’ Valentinetti Holiday Concert,” 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Valentinetti lends his golden tones to a holiday concert of “ramped-up” Christmas songs...

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, November 30, 2018 by The Press in Focus

Call 610- 782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, Nov. 28: Turkey sandwich, beef vegetable soup.

Thursday, Nov. 29: Meatloaf w/gravy, whipped potatoes, vegetable medley, pudding, wheat bread.

Friday, Nov. 30: Tilapia, whole-grain pilaf, beets, fresh fruit, wheat bread.

Monday, Dec. 3: Roasted pork, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, applesauce, wheat bread.

Tuesday, Dec. 4: Chicken Caesar salad.

Wednesday, Dec. 5: Chopped steak w/ gravy, scalloped potatoes,...

Respectfully Yours: holiday-card etiquette

Friday, November 30, 2018 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn, My mother has always handled sending out the holiday cards. Now that I’ve moved away from home, I’m sending cards for the first time. What is the basic etiquette on sending out holiday cards? And, if someone I overlooked sends me a card, do I need to send one back?

Dear Reader, The ins and outs of holiday-card etiquette is one of those little things in life that can seem overwhelming.

To lighten the burden, why not begin by starting your own tradition? Make...

On ‘Broadway,’ a ‘Carol’ sendup at Pa. Playhouse

Friday, November 30, 2018 by KATHY LAUER-WILLIAMS in Focus

Rody Gilkeson admits there’s quite a bit of his father in “A Broadway Christmas Carol,” the holiday show opening Nov. 30 at The Pennsylvania Playhouse, Bethlehem.

Gilkeson is directing the zany musical comedy described as “Scrooge meets ‘Forbidden Broadway,’ the latter a popular Off-Broadway revue that pokes fun at musical theater.

However, Gilkeson says “A Broadway Christmas Carol” is first and foremost the story of Scrooge’s redemption.

“This is a kind of an insane...

Healthy Geezer: Preventing SIDS

Friday, November 30, 2018 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’m going to become a grandmother for the first time and I was wondering how things have changed since I took care of a newborn many years ago.

Probably the most important change is in the approach to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), the abrupt, unexplained death of an infant younger than one-year-old. SIDS is often called crib death because many victims are found in their cribs.

SIDS is the leading cause of death in children between one month and one-year-old. Most SIDS...

Just say ‘Groot’: ‘Age Of Heroes’ brings Marvel Cinematic Universe to life at PPL Center

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

Just say, “Groot.”

“Marvel Universe Live! Age Of Heroes” brings the Marvel Cinematic Universe to life at PPL Center, Allentown, for seven performances, Nov. 29 through Dec. 2.

The latest production from Feld Entertainment, which also produces “Disney On Ice,” “Monster Jam,” “Monster Energy Supercross” and “Sesame Street Live,” is a leading producer of live touring family entertainment.

“Marvel Universe Live!” premiered in 2014 in Tampa Bay, Fla. ”Age of Heroes” debuted...

Growing Green: Yellow jackets

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 by LEHIGH COUNTY EXTENSION in Focus

In the fall, bees and wasps are on the hunt for sweets or carbohydrates, the primary energy source that keeps them flying and active for other routine activities.

The bald-faced hornet is an “aerial yellow jacket,” one of seven or eight species in the genus Dolichovespula in North America.

However, it is not a “true” hornet. It is a yellow jacket.

All of the yellow jackets in the genus Dolichovespula build nests in bushes and trees, sometimes on the outside of buildings...