Monday, December 5, 2016


Thursday, December 1, 2016

Coming up at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

• Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, Twelve Twenty-Four, Christmas show, 8 p.m.

• Dec. 8, In My Life: The John Lennon Tribute, 8 p.m.

• Dec. 9, The Cast of Beatlemania, 8 p.m.

• Dec. 10, Craig Thatcher and Friends, 8 p.m.

• Dec. 16, Ryan Montbleau Band, 8 p.m.

• Dec. 17, Peek-A-Boo Revue’s Holiday Spectactular, 8 p.m.

• Dec. 30, B-Street Band, Tribute to the Boss, 8 p.m.

• Dec. 31, The Glimmer Twins, New Year’s Eve Start Me Up Classic Rolling Stones Show, 9:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

A holiday vendor and craft show will be held at the Masonic Lodge in Hometown from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10.

The lodge is located at 7 Shawn Ave. and Route 54.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua, will host artist Suzanne Dalton next month.

A meet & greet will be held with the artist from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 5. The public is welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

The exhibit of Dalton’s work will be on display until Jan. 27.

Now living in the Tamaqua area, Dalton was born and raised in Philadelphia. She attended Kutztown University and the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts). She graduated from PCA with a B.S. in environmental design.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Tamaqua Area Community Theatre will present “The Life and Times of Santa Claus” this weekend at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Based on a book by L. Frank Baum, the production is being directed by Jonathan Blackwell Rodgers.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Do you make tasty gifts around the holidays to give to your friends and family?

If so, we’d love to hear about what you’re whipping up in the kitchen for gift-giving this year.

Email lifestyle editor Karen Cimms at

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This holiday season, Santa’s elves at Galen Glen Winery, 255 Winter Mountain Drive, Andreas, are working to make this the best year yet for underprivileged families in the county.

The winery will have a token gift for every family who brings a new, unwrapped toy or monetary donation. The toy and monetary donation collection boxes will be there until Dec. 13.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Beer Braised Beef Short Ribs AP PHOTO/MATTHEW MEAD

How do you transform a tough, less expensive cut of meat into something tender and delicious? You braise it!

Braising is a wonderful and basic cooking technique that uses a slow, wet heat in a covered pot. It’s great for cuts such as chuck, flank, brisket, rump and round. In fact, cooked properly, these cuts can be more delicious than more tender cuts. I’m using short ribs in this recipe, but the method can be used to wonderful effect on any other tough cut of meat.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
This image, released by The Culinary Institute of America, shows a cheese and onion tart. This dish is assembled much like a quiche. PHIL MANSFIELD/THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA VIA AP Copyright - © 2016 The Culinary Institute of America - Phil Mansfield

When you’re knee-deep in holiday cooking and baking, it can feel like you never turn your oven off. So the most helpful recipes are ones we can prepare ahead of time, and our cheese and onion tart recipe fits the bill.

This dish is assembled much like a quiche, so the components should look familiar. The tart dough can be made weeks ahead and frozen — you can even roll it and freeze it in the pan, so you don’t have to clean up stray flour the week of your party. The filling is a simple egg custard, layered with caramelized onions.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Q. My son and his male partner are going to adopt a child. I fear that my grandchild will suffer from the experience of having two fathers and no mother. Are my worries justified?

There have been many studies demonstrating that gay parents (both male and female) are as likely as heterosexual parents to raise well-adjusted children. In addition, children of gay parents have shown no greater incidence of homosexuality.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Seniors with no relatives to help them deal with physical and mental health challenges have become know as “elder orphans” by geriatric specialists. PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS

Phyllis Krantzman knows what she should do, but like many of her peers, the 71-year-old doesn’t know how to approach a casual acquaintance to ask who will take care of her when she needs it most.

Krantzman, of Austin, Texas, is among a growing number of seniors who find themselves alone just when aging and end-of-life care becomes real.

Unmarried, with no children, her younger sister, by seven years, died in 2014. Krantzman’s social network is limited to a handful of work colleagues and a few acquaintances.