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Thursday, April 7, 2011
Jim Cimms of Jim Thorpe is one of dozens of performers on the 32nd annual telethon of the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society, which airs Saturday and Sunday on Blue Ridge Communications TV 13.

The 32nd annual telethon of the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society airs this weekend on Blue Ridge Communications TV 13.

The event, from noon to midnight on Saturday and Sunday, has numerous special events in addition to a full slate of entertainment.

Among those special events is a "Survivor Salute" at 8:15 p.m. Saturday and the presentation of "Courage Awards" between 7 and 8 p.m. Sunday.

There will be interviews with medical professionals. Among them:

Thursday, April 7, 2011
Dave Mason

With a career spanning over 37 years, Dave Mason has truly left his mark on the music industry.

The talented performer has a concert slated next Thursday, April 14, at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Tickets are $22 in advance and $27 on the day of the show.

Mason was a producer, a performer and a songwriter, not to mention being one of rock's great guitar players.

At the early age of 18, he teamed up with Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood and formed the band Traffic.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

The Lehighton Band's Spring Concert will be held Sunday, April 10, in the auditorium of the Lehighton Area Middle School beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The director of the band, Paul R. Smith, has announced the soloists for the program.

Lora Krum and Beth Cressley will play a novelty number called "The Elephant And The Fly." As you might expect, you will hear two instruments that are completely opposits in musical range. Cressley will portray the elephant on her bassoon while Krum will play the fly on her piccolo.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

"Diary of A Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules" is about as poor an excuse for a sequel that one could imagine.

And, while anti-bullying programs and efforts are in place in most school districts and the home, you'd never know it from "Wimpy Kid."

Bullying is the premise for this mostly insufferably unfunny comedy.

Without the older brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick), a high school student, bullying his younger brother, Greg (Zachary Gordon), a seventh grade middle school student, there would be no movie. That the brothers "make nice" toward the end of movie scores some points.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011
Willy Porter

Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter-guitarist Willy Porter will be performing at The Mauch Chunk Opera House at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, on Saturday, April 9, at 8:30 p.m.

Porter, a guitarist ,singer, songwriter, storyteller, and entertainer, defies labels and bends genres, moving between slide blues, acoustic folk, grooving rock, and soulful pop, creating a unique sound.

Porter's emergence as one of the artists at the forefront of the modern folk-music scene dates back to 1990 with his debut CD, "The Trees Have Soul."

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Lehighton Band will open its 147th season with their annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 10, beginning at 2:30 p.m.

The concert will be held in the auditorium of the Lehighton Area Middle School on Beaver Run Rd. in Lehighton.

The concert, under the direction of Paul R. Smith, will feature a wide variety of musical styles.

Beginning with the famous Sousa march, "Washington Post" the program gets off to a rousing start.

Monday, April 4, 2011
@$:Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Country singer Randy Travis performs at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe, singing most of his hits as well as a couple of songs from a new 25th anniversary album scheduled for release in June.

You could tell that country singer Randy Travis felt pretty comfortable on the Penn's Peak stage, Friday night.

He smiled a lot. He told jokes. Most important to the large crowd who came to see him, he delivered his songs flawlessly.

Travis made his fourth appearance at the venue before what was probably his largest audience. The neotraditionalist country star delivered a set of more than 20 songs and virtually every one was met with robust applause.

Friday, April 1, 2011
Rod Heckman/TIMES NEWS Sixty-eight students from four Carbon County High Schools participated in the 2011 Carbon County Chorus Festival, held in the Weatherly Area Middle School. Participating high schools were Jim Thorpe, Lehighton, Palmerton, and Weatherly.

The 12th annual Carbon County Chorus Festival, held recently in the Weatherly Area Middle School gym, featured 68 students from four participating schools.

The participating schools and their respective directors are Eric Flowers, Jim Thorpe; David Perkins, Lehighton; Kathy McKeon, Palmerton, and Shannon Shughart, Weatherly.

The program opened with "A Jubilant Song," and included such selections as "Come In From the Firefly Darkness," "Tres Cantos Nativos Dos Indio Krao'," "In Flanders Fields," and "It Takes A Village."

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Yes performs at Penn's Peak

A large crowd was on hand Wednesday at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe for the performance of Yes, the English progessive rock band whose hits include "Owner of a Lonely Heart." The performance was the first of three concert events at the venue this week. Friday night, country great Randy Travis will be performing. On Saturday, Live Wire brings the ultimate AC/DC tribute while Beautiful Day does a U2 tribute. Both events begin at 8 p.m.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Randy Travis

Not a lot of country singers from the 80s get ample radio play today, but Randy Travis still does.

It's no wonder why.

Just when many thought his string of hits had run its cycle, he recorded "Three Wooden Crosses" which got all sorts of awards.

Following that up, he teamed with current superstar Carrie Underwood to do a remake of the 1989 ballad "I Told You So," which quickly climbed the charts last year.

Friday night, Travis is coming to Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe - a return appearance - where its assured he'll be singing his many, many number one songs.