Friday, July 3, 2015


Thursday, May 28, 2015
SUBMITTED PHOTO A musical version of the much-loved fairytale, 'Rapunzel' is on stage at The Shawnee Playhouse through June 20.

"Rapunzel" runs through June 20 at the Shawnee Playhouse.

The production is a fun-filled musical romp about a girl locked in a tower by a wicked witch, and no way to escape except by her incredibly long blonde hair.

The show features songs and zany antics guaranteed to delight the entire family.

"Rapunzel" is based on the Grimm's fairytale of the same name with book, music and lyrics by Mark Sarto. Midge McClosky directs.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lehigh Valley Mall, Whitehall, hosts the Kidgits Lil Chefs event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Children will enjoy whipping up fun food creations. This year's event will include a pizza-making demonstration and a sundae station. Attendees are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items for the Second Harvest Food Bank.

The Simon Kidgits Club is a fun and informative program that focuses on health, wellness, education, safety and entertainment for children ages 3-8.

To learn more, visit

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

As spring brightens the weather and fills the world with blooms, grocery stores and farmers markets are being brightened by the vibrant red hue of rhubarb.

Popping up all over home gardens and restaurant menus, rhubarb has experienced a renaissance over the past few years. Chefs and home cooks alike have rediscovered the tart and tangy flavor these colorful stems add to all kinds of dishes, whether fresh or frozen.

Bring the taste of spring to your kitchen this season with these rhubarb recipes from Taste of Home.

Rhubarb Citrus Punch

Yield 12 servings

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Apricot-glazed Carrots

This week I dipped into my mother's recipe box, which I promise, is filled with treasures.

I don't think I ever met a carrot I didn't like, and glazed carrots often have a place on my dinner table.

I'm featuring some rhubarb recipes this week, so I thought this recipe might be a good fit. It's great with the apricot preserves, but you could easily substitute rhubarb preserves, and it would be just as delicious.



2 pounds carrots, sliced

1-and-one-quarter teaspoon salt, divided

3 tablespoons butter

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Scott Bohner from Schuylkill County is on a mission to see more families share sit-down Sunday dinners with their senior loved ones.

The reason? New research shows that 50 percent of surveyed families living near senior relatives feel they do not share enough meals with older loved ones, losing an important family connection.

"For seniors, it's not what's on their plate that matters most at mealtime, it's who is at the table with them," said Bohner, owner of the local Home Instead Senior Care office.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Lehighton Area High School Class of 1980 will hold its 35-year reunion July 18 at the Orioles Community Center.

Organizers need to hear from classmates for updated addresses and emails.

Contact Deb (Tanczos) Yanders at or 610-377-0151 and check out the Facebook page at Lehighton Area High School Class Of 1980.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Q. I'm a geezer and I believe in herbal products because they're natural and I think you should tell your readers how wonderful they are.

I get a kick out of people who are big on "natural" and "organic." Poison ivy is natural and organic. So is cobra venom.

You have to be very careful when you use herbal health products and dietary supplements, especially if you are a senior. Always consult a doctor before taking any of these products, which I like to label "alternatives."

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Denise Frey, a registered dietitian with Blue Mountain Health  System, shows a portion-control plate to members of the  Faith-Paced Walkers Club. The plate is 7 inches wide and features pictures demonstrating that half of each meal should include fruits or vegetables.

The Faith-Paced Walker's Club recently hosted a nutrition question-and-answer session with Denise Frey, a registered dietitian with Blue Mountain Health System.

The group meets regularly at the Weissport canal to walk and share fitness and nutrition tips.

"I think you're all to be commended for being in a group like this, and to be concerned about walking and being active," said Frey.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Jim Thorpe High School Class of 1965 will meet for lunch at the Blue Shamrock Golf Course in Palmerton at noon on Thursday.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Blue Mountain Health System will co-sponsor a New to Medicare Workshop with the Carbon County Area Agency on Aging at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Blue Mountain Health System/Bowmanstown Medical Plaza at 513 Bank St. in Bowmanstown.

The four parts of Medicare include hospital care, physician and lab work and prescription drug coverage.