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NEA awards

Friday, July 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

PSF:

The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival has received a National Endowment for the Arts’ Art Works grant of $15,000 in support of PSF’s Young Company and internship programs.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

Healthy Geezer: Sweating

Friday, July 21, 2017 by FRED CICETTI in Focus

Q. I’m a healthy 71-year-old woman and I sweat a lot. I was wondering if it’s something I should discuss with my doctor.

Heavy sweating, or perspiration, is normal if you are exercising, in a hot environment or you are nervous. It also happens during menopause.

Healthy people sweat, but the amount varies widely. Some people inherit heavy sweating, especially on their palms and the soles of their feet. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, excessive sweating affects about 8 million Americans.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, July 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for locations.

Wednesday, July 19: Salisbury steak, whipped potatoes, Brussels sprouts, cookie.

Thursday, July 20: Turkey with gravy, biscuit, peas and carrots, Mandarin orange.

Friday, July 21: Chicken Caesar salad, oatmeal cookie, fresh fruit.

Monday, July 24: Pulled pork, vegetable medley, peaches.

Tuesday, July 25: Crab cake, roasted potatoes, diced beets.

Wednesday, July 26: Barbecued chicken, pasta, carrots, tropical fruit.

Afternoon & night delight: Spyro Gyra’s Tom Schuman headlines second annual Christmas City Jazz Fest

Friday, July 21, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

July 22 promises to be a jazz lover’s delight in the Lehigh Valley.

The Pennsylvania Jazz Collective presents its second annual “Christmas City Summer Jazz Festival,” 12:30 - 10 p.m. July 22 at the Bethlehem Municipal Ice Rink, 345 Illick’s Mill Road, Bethlehem. There will be 12 groups on two stages. Festival headliner is Tom Schuman of Spyro Gyra.

Jazz with Roper at Miller Symphony Hall

Friday, July 21, 2017 by GEORGE VANDOREN in Focus

Lehigh Valley jazz legend Dave Roper holds court at Miller Symphony Hall as part of the “Jazz Upstairs” series with the first set kicking off at 7:30 p.m. July 21 in the Rodale Room.

The veteran jazz pianist has been performing in the trio configuration since his graduation from Lafayette College in 1960.

Roper notes, “After Lafayette, rather than look for corporate job, I found I could play piano three or four nights a week with a bass and drummer.” He plays solo piano “on rare occasions.”

His aim is true: ‘Trajectory Heart’ by Thomas Mann pops up in Center City Allentown

Friday, July 21, 2017 by ED COURRIER in Focus

Thomas Mann, Penn State Lehigh Valley Artist in Residence for July 2017, is at the heart of several art events throughout the Lehigh Valley this summer. The former Allentown resident and a successful jewelry designer and sculptor moved to New Orleans after attending a jazz fest there in 1977.

Northampton County senior menus

Friday, July 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-559-3245 for locations.

Wednesday, July 19: National hot dog day: cranberry juice, chili dog on a bun, baked beans, macaroni salad, fresh cantaloupe, iced brownie.

Thursday, July 20: Sage stuffed chicken /gravy, seasoned rice, roasted fresh vegetable blend, wheat bread w/ margarine, tropical fruit.

Friday, July 21: Apricot nectar, fried haddock sandwich w/ lettuce-tomato-tartar sauce, cole slaw, ambrosia.

Monday, July 24: Orange juice, Italian hoagie, potato chips, “new” summer macaroni salad, fresh pineapple tidbits.

El Sistema Lehigh Valley concludes school year

Friday, July 21, 2017 by The Press in Focus

El Sistema Lehigh Valley (ESLV) students presented a year-end concert June 8 in Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

Program director Norma Nunez, now in her second year, led the concert of elementary and middle school students in the Vivaldi String Ensemble, Stravinsky String Ensemble, and the Mozart String Ensemble. Middle school students, who make up the Fellowship of the Strings, performed. Students from all levels participated in the El Sistema Lehigh Valley Choir. A first-time performance was presented by the ESLV Parents Ensemble.

‘Despicable Me 3’

Friday, July 21, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

“Despicable Me 3” isn’t so much despicable as bland.

This time, Steven Carell gets to voice two characters of the film’s title, the original “Despicable Me,” Gru, and now his twin brother, Dru.

The saving grace in the third of the “Despicable” series (“DM2,” 2012, and the original “Despicable Me,” 2010) are, of course, the Minions, those one and two goggle-eyed, blue denim bib overall-wearing, yellow vitamin capsule looking, nonsense-spouting characters.