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Elementary School: My family

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus

My family is awesome

And I want a possum.

I do have four sisters

with high heels and blisters.

I also have two brothers

and of course they

don’t act like fathers

I am the 7th kid,

and being the littlest

is the best that I did

I also have a dad

that’s always glad

I do have a mom that’s

always calm

Xeni Vasilopoulos

Age 8, Grade 3

Parkway Manor Elementary School

Parkland School District

Borealis Wind in concert

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus

The Chamber Music Society of Bethlehem welcomes back the Borealis Wind Quintet for a concert at 3 p.m. April 30, Cathedral Church of the Nativity, 321 Wyandotte St. (Route 378), Bethlehem.

For three decades, the Borealis Wind Quintet has been a leading woodwind quintet, receiving critical acclaim and recording numerous works.

The concert program is: Charles Lefebvre, “Suite,” Op. 57; Eric Ewazen, “Roaring Fork Quintet”; Nino Rota, “Petite Offrande Musicale”; Samuel Barber, “Summer Music,” Op. 31, and Carl Nielsen, ”Wind Quintet,” Op. 43.

The Press 12th annual Student Poetry Project

Friday, April 28, 2017 by PAUL WILLISTEIN in Focus

To commemorate National Poetry Month in April, the Lehigh Valley Press newspapers and web sites present the 12th annual Student Poetry Project.

Please see Page B1 and B3 and the Focus pages online for poems selected in the Elementary School, Middle School and High School categories.

Students whose poems appear on Page B1 read their poems and were interviewed on the April 17 broadcast of “Lehigh Valley Arts Salon” on Lehigh Valley Community Public Radio Station, WDIY, 88.1,

‘Little Prince’ to land on Allentown stage

Friday, April 28, 2017 by ERIN FERGUSON in Focus

“The Little Prince,” with actors and puppeteers sharing the stage, will be presented in the “Family Series: Live Musical Theatre,” 2 p.m. April 29, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown.

The Antione de St. Exupery classic children’s book about a pilot whose plane crashes in the Sahara Desert and gains insight into love, loss and laughter through the eyes of The Little Prince, is brought to the stage by Swazzle, a Glendale, Calif.,-based puppet company founded in 2004 by twin brothers Sean and Patrick Johnson.

High School: The Tree

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus

There are things you don’t know

The feelings I don’t care to show

You chop me down

With that axe of


For I am a tree

Of knowledge and power

But you do not dare

To see the true me

I grow back year after year

But I still have these,

These feelings that I, myself fear

But I am still a tree

Of knowledge and power

That will grow bigger and stronger

Year after year

After awhile,

The axe starts to grow dull

You don’t try to cut me down any more

But in fact,

Middle School: Little Beast

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus

Wind whips around you as your wings push down,

Up and down air surrounds your wings and their rhythmic song

Enchanting song and eclectic melodies are these effortless flights.

The sky seems a friend in your monody, your effortless elegy.

I wish I could show you how beautiful your monstrous, garish wings make a picture,

Even shadow-filled as they are.

Garish and gargantuan though they are, they gleam in the night

Never detracting from your other-worldly beauty,

Dearest dreamer born from nightmares.

Little beast.

Madeline Foster

High School: James Alley

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus

We grew into angels on this asphalt

Childhood daring turned blood

to scabs

to reluctant caution

to restlessness

to blood once again

As plates converged and skin stretched

Our heads grew higher in pursuit of the stars

we gazed at while fighting sleep in the grass

We did not let go of one another

Our hands were hungry for something to hold on to

yet we leaped fences

ran, chasing chickadees

as one body

Olivia Sica

Age 17, Grade 11

Kutztown Area High School

Kutztown Area School District

ESL classes

Friday, April 28, 2017 by The Press in Focus


Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) offers courses to help students improve their English-speaking skills, 9 a.m. - noon or 6 - 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Donley Center, 718 Hamilton St., Allentown.

ESL 1 course teaches beginner and low intermediate students is May 2 - June 15.

A second level course, ESL 2 for high-intermediate to advanced ESL students is May 1 - June 14.

An ESL 3 level course for advanced individuals who have successfully completed ESL 2 or who are referred by credit ESL is May 2 - June 15.


Theater Review: ‘Church Basement Ladies’ serves up hilarity

Friday, April 21, 2017 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

“Church Basement Ladies,” the latest offering through May 14 in The Pines Dinner Theatre’s eighth season, is a musical-comedy gem, filled with hand-clapping songs, witty lyrics and crazy antics.

The musical, written by Jim Stowell and Jessica Zuehlk, was inspired by the best-selling book “Growing Up Lutheran,” a humorous remembrance by Janet Letnes and Suzann Nelson of being Lutheran in the Midwest during the 1950s.