Saturday, August 1, 2015


Friday, June 5, 2015
Courtesy of Gardener's Supply Company

Reduce your workload, increase productivity and be water wise, whether you are planning, planting or already harvesting produce or enjoying beautiful floral displays from your garden.

Container gardeners may want to invest in self-watering pots. These containers have built-in reservoirs to reduce watering frequency.

Commercial and homemade self-watering devices can also reduce watering frequency. Just make sure to test their effectiveness before leaving town. Or consider a one-time investment in a drip irrigation system designed for container gardens.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Kick Off Summer at Penn's Peak with Buy One, Get One Free tickets to the following concerts.

Ÿ The Official Blues Brothers Revue, June 11

Ÿ The Weight performing the music of The Band, June 12

Ÿ Cinderella's Tom Keifer, June 17

Ÿ Jay and the Americans with special guest The Mystics, June 19

BOGO tickets are available for purchase through the day prior to each show.

Promotion is not valid on the day of show.

The promotion is subject to change and availability. Use offer code TMN241 when purchasing through ticketmaster.

Friday, June 5, 2015

In the last several years, honey bee colony collapse has been the big news. Even now, scientists have not identified the exact cause and mechanism of colony collapse. In fact, it's possible that there is no one cause.

Research at Penn State and other land grant colleges points toward several factors acting together.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Would you like to receive open and honest feedback on your writing?

Join the Black Diamond Writers Network from 10 a.m. until noon on June 20 at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Writers who would like to have their work critiqued should bring 15 copies of a one-page work-in-progress (no previously published pieces), double spaced.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Kathy Ruff at 570-645-3059. For directions, call the library at 570-668-4660.

Thursday, June 4, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dave Mason will perform at Penn's Peak Sept. 20.

Penn's Peak has announced that Dave Mason's Traffic Jam will perform at the Peak in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Sept. 20.

Join the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and co-founder of the legendary band Traffic for an evening of rock music history as he retraces the earliest days of his career with the music of Traffic and later, the classic recordings that launched his successful solo career in a two-act presentation.

In addition to songs you haven't heard performed in years, you'll see rare historic images as Mason spins tales of those times for an evening that will be long remembered.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Tamaqua Community Theatre group will present its youth theater production of "Pinocchio" on June 19 and June 20 at the Tamaqua Community Art Center.

Directed by Jonathan Rodgers, the Dan Neidermeyer script is being produced and presented by special arrangement with Heuer Publishing LLC of Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

It highlights the classic story of Pinocchio, a wooden puppet who walks and talks and gets into trouble while learning valuable life lessons.

Show times will be at 7 p.m. June 19; and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 20.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Dance Explosion of Nesquehoning will hold its 11th annual dance recital, "It's Electrifying," at 5 p.m. June 13 at the Tamaqua Area Middle School Auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door. Dancers include, front from left, Emma Dacey, Sophia Callavini, Koreena Bittner, Brigid Knepper, Nadiah Schade, Nattie Adams and Kylie

Skodacek. Second row, Emily Rohlfing, Makayla Weaver, Cailyn Gould, Molly Murphy and Sierra Klinger. Third row, Akaya Lacey, Abby Oplinger, Mercedes Weaver, Alyssa Buss, Megan Greenall, Hannah Murphy, Alexa Ruzicka and Alison Walck. Back row, Kaitlin

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Carbon County Fair is looking for young ladies to participate in the 2015 Queen and Junior Miss Programs.

Applications are available at, or call 570-325-8685. Applications must be postmarked by June 27. There is no application fee.

To participate in either contest, contestants must reside in Carbon County or West Penn Township in Schuylkill County. Fair Queen contestants must be a female at least age 16, but no older than 20 as of June 1.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

An artist from The Next Picasso will be at Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St. in Weatherly, at 6 p.m. June 11.

Experience a step by step lesson to create your own painting.

It will be a fun evening with refreshments provided.

The cost is $20 per person, which includes all the materials you need to create your work of art.

Call Lisa Marie or Toni at 570-427-4500 to sign up.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 North 17th St., Allentown, will present "Phantom of the Opry, An Interactive Hillbilly Who-Dun-It," at 6:30 June 14, July 12, Aug. 9, Sept. 13, Oct. 11 and Oct. 30-31.

This is a one-of-a-kind interactive murder mystery. Forget your identity for the evening, because you will become part of the action.

Help search for clues and figure out who-dun-it. Who knows? You may even be the murderer.

The performance includes dinner and the show.

For tickets or more information, call 610-433-2333 or visit