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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Alicia Hirsch of the Lehigh Valley, author of "Wildwood by the Sea: Nostalgia and Recipes" will be signing books at the Lehighton Area Memorial Library from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17. The book is packed with photos, recipes, and memories of the boardwalk, beach and ocean at the New Jersey vacation spot.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

On Saturday, March 31, the Philadelphia Zoo in partnership with the world-renowned Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P. present the opening of "Trail of the Lorax," an engaging exhibit that educates visitors on conservation and saving wildlife.

The Zoo is also happy to partner with Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment's new 3D-CG feature Dr. Seuss' The Lorax.

The "Trail of the Lorax" exhibit at the Zoo will run from March 31st through October 31st.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Judy Hoppes, left, and Pam Zelinsky, both of New Ringgold, laugh as they dance together during the Power of Purple pre-relay event.

The American Cancer Society (ACS) Relay For Life of Tamaqua and Surrounding Communities held their "Power of Purple" pre-event party over the weekend in honor of those who survived cancer, as well as to remind people of their June Relay For Life.

The Power of Purple event, which was held at the Hometown Fire Company, consisted of music, games, dancing, door prizes, giveaways and food.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Foghat will be appearing Friday night at Penn's Peak. Opening will be the Dave Goddess Group. The concert starts at 8 p.m.

The band Savoy Brown decided they wanted more out of their blues boogie music of the '60's, so, in 1971, they enlisted the help of Rod Price and Tony Stevens and gave their music a more rock 'n roll flavor.

This new lineup of Roger Earl, Lonesome Dave Peverett, Rod Price and Tony Stevens became what is now the classic rock band, Foghat.

Foghat makes a return appearance at Penn's Peak on Friday night.

Opening will be the Dave Goddess Group.

Tickets are $24 in advance and $29 the night of the show.

Monday, March 5, 2012
The Barley Boys will be bringing an Irish flavor to the Mauch Chunk Opera House when they perform at 8 p.m. Friday.

Two Irish shows at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe PA, kick off the weekend leading up to the 15th annual Carbon County Saint Patrick's Day Parade, which will be held in Jim Thorpe on Sunday, March 11, starting at 1 p.m.

The Opera House festivities get started when The Barley Boys take the stage on Friday, March 9, at 8 p.m.

Appearing Saturday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. will be Irish standup comic Noel V. Ginnity and Taylor's Irish Cabaret.

Thursday, March 1, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Elvis Presley tribute artist Johnny M wraps a purple scarf around Marlene Basiago, Summit Hill.

Lively entertainers performed music, song and dance from both the 50's and 60's during a high energy performance called "Dance Stand USA" held recently at the Summit Hill Heritage Center (SHHC) in Summit Hill.

Guests were treated to rock-and-roll entertainment by Main Street Cruisers, dancers and Elvis tribute artist Johnny M.

The show, which was performed as if the audience was participating in a live broadcast with an emcee and professional dancers, also provided audience members a chance to participate in voting for their favorite hits and dancers.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) – It's good news for 25 – not just 24 – singers on "American Idol."

After the "Hollywood Week" and Las Vegas performance rounds, "Idol" judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler narrowed the field from 42 contestants to 24 semifinalists on Wednesday's installment of the Fox singing competition, but they apparently cut too many.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

LOS ANGELES (AP) – It's a common complaint among movie fans – that the Academy Awards honors films no one has seen.

Not quite right, but closer to the mark this year than most.

For the first time in the three years since Oscar organizers expanded the best-picture category to more than five films, there's not a single blockbuster in the running. Billion-dollar worldwide hits such as "Avatar" and "Toy Story 3" have been in the best-picture mix the last two years, along with such huge smashes as "Up," "Inception" and "The Blind Side."

Saturday, February 25, 2012
Ron Gower/TIMES NEWS Playing the role of Hot Box dancers in the musical "Guys and Dolls," which is being presented by Zion Opera Workshop in Lehighton on March 1, 2, and 3, are, front l-r, Kaitlyn Piekarski, Elyse Kistler, Laura Cressley; second row l-r, Evy Heckman, Alyssa Huntington, and Casi Reichard, and back l-r, Alissa Muffley and Tina Becker.

Zion Opera Workshop, which has been presenting annual musicals in Lehighton for nearly half a century, continues with the staging of "Guys and Dolls" on March 1, 2, and 3.

The show will be on the stage of Smith Auditorium in Zion United Church of Christ, Second and Iron Sts., Lehighton.

"Guys and Dolls" is a story that all centers on a bet.

Nathan Detroit (Michael Muffley) bets high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson (Brent Harris) that Sky cannot persuade Save-A-Soul Missionary Sister Sarah Brown (Jessica Schafer) to accompany him on a trip to Cuba.

Thursday, February 23, 2012
special to the times news The Southern rock band Blackberry Smoke is one of three bands performing at "Winter Jam," at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe on Friday at 8 p.m.

Two nights of explosive music are set for Penn's Peak, this week.

Friday night, it's Winter Jam, featuring Southern rockers Blackberry Smoke along with Citizen Band Radio and Cabinet. The concert action starts at 8 o'clock. Tickets are $22 at the door.

On Saturday night, it's a tribute to Bruce Springsteen with "Bruce in the USA" performing on stage. Tickets for this event are also $22 at the door.

Winter Jam

Blackberry Smoke is more than Southern rock.

The band's bio states: