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DeSales U. cancels student film festival

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

The Division of Performing Arts’ 20th annual DeSales University Film Festival featuring “The Best of the Fest,” 8 p.m. March 27 and a screening of student films, 8 p.m. March 28, Main Stage, Labuda Center for the Performing Arts, DeSales University, Center Valley, is canceled because of concerns about the Coronavirus.

“This year’s festival celebrates the history of DeSales’ filmmakers through the theme ‘Generations of Storytellers,’” said Maggie Durkin, Head Producer of the 2020 DeSales University Film Festival.

Respectfully Yours: Last-minute dining should include good service

Friday, March 20, 2020 by JACQUELYN YOUST in Focus

Dear Jacquelyn,

Is it OK to enter a nice sit-down restaurant 15 to 30y minutes before closing. If so, should you leave a bigger tip because the server had to stay later to serve you?

Dear Reader,

If you come in when a restaurant is open, you should expect good service.

Some places are better than others about this and some servers are better about it than others.

FREEDOM: ‘Mary Poppins’

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

“Mary Poppins” flies onto the stage at Freedom High School, 7 p.m. April 1, 2, 3, 4 and 2 p.m. April 5, auditorium, Freedom High School, 3149 Chester Avenue, Bethlehem.

The musical, with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner, is based on P. L. Travers’ children’s books and the 1964 Walt Disney movie of the same title. Nanny Mary Poppins glides into the chaotic Banks household in 1910 London

Keil-Bistline:

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Bruce and Dr. Loretta Keil, of Allentown, are proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Alyssa Marie Keil, to Christopher William Bistline, son of Ronald and Linda Bistline of Pennsauken, N.J.

The bride-elect is a 2005 graduate of Allentown Central Catholic High School. She received a Bachelor of Science in forensic chemistry from York College, York County, in 2009 and a Master of Science in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Sciences, Philadelphia, in 2012.

She is a site services supervisor for Avantor, Inc., Spring House, Montgomery County.

LVHN has COVID-19 test centers

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) has established designated, stand-alone COVID-19 assessment and testing centers in the Lehigh Valley the region.

For those who think they have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to someone who does, LVHN officials advise staying at home.

LVHN is providing free COVID-19 screenings online and by phone. Call the MyLVHN Nurse Information line at 1-888-402-LVHN or complete an LVHN Video Visit by downloading the MyLVHN app.

Erich Cawalla set to release ‘American Songbook’ album

Friday, March 20, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

Editor’s Note: The concert by the Erich Cawalla Quartet, 7:30 p.m. March 20, in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, was canceled because of concerns about the Coronavirus.

It has taken four and one-half years, but Erich Cawalla is releasing his first solo album in March: “Erich Cawalla - The Great American Songbook.”

The new album’s official release date is scheduled for March 25 at a Berks Jazz Fest preview show with a 25-piece big band and orchestra.

Lehigh County senior menus

Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Call 610-782-3254 for updates.

Wednesday, March 18: Chicken and dumplings, mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, scalloped pears.

Thursday, March 19: Barbecue pork patty, green beans, mashed sweet potatoes, whole wheat sandwich roll, cottage cheese and fruit.

Friday, March 20: Egg and cheese baked Monterey, sauteed peppers and onions, diced potatoes, whole wheat dinner biscuit, fresh dinner roll.

Monday, March 23: : Mexican baked chicken, chuck wagon corn, black beans, whole wheat dinner roll, pineapple.

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Friday, March 20, 2020 by The Press in Focus

Standards in jazz: The Erich Cawalla Quartet performance of “The Great American Songbook,” 7:30 p.m. March 20, in the “Jazz Upstairs” series, Rodale Community Room, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, was canceled. The quartet is Erich Cawalla, vocals, saxophone; Steve Rudolph, piano; Bennie Sims, bass, and Marko Marcinko, drums. Cawalla was expected to perform selections from his debut CD, “Erich Cawalla ...

The Family Project: Son’s first play date should include mother

Friday, March 20, 2020 by CAROLE GORNEY in Focus

Q. My six-year-old has asked to have a play date with another child in the neighborhood. I have been reluctant and make excuses when he asks because the mother is a recovering drug addict. How do I explain this to my son without giving him the details?

While the panel urged parents to be vigilant, pay attention to what their children are doing, and listen to their instincts, it also had comments about the mother’s concern about the need to explain things to her son.

Concert Review: Guitarist Steve Hackett still the heart of Genesis

Friday, March 20, 2020 by DAVE HOWELL in Focus

It’s been announced that Genesis is reforming with Phil Collins, but without Peter Gabriel or Steve Hackett.

Anyone in the audience at Steve Hackett’s concert March 12, Miller Symphony Hall, Allentown, might well think that the new group will not be the true Genesis.

Genesis was the epitome of progressive rock until, for better or worse, Gabriel and Hackett left and the band took a commercial pop direction.