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Monday, April 21, 2014

Celebrate the wealth of literary talent in the greater Lehigh Valley area at Local Authors Night at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Barnes & Noble, 4445 Southmont Way, Easton (Bethlehem Township).

More than 30 authors of all genres will be signing their books all over the store.

April is National Poetry Month, and poets Ann Michael, MaryAnn Miller, Danelle Notaro, and Birdine L. Remaley, Jr. will be among those signing.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Registration is open for Black Diamond's Writing Workshop's first Writing Boot Camp, scheduled for Saturday, April 26, at Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

The day's sessions will be led by Kathyrn W. Craft, developmental editor and owner/president of WritingPartner.com. Craft serves on the board of the Philadelphia Writers Conference and is the author of "The Art of Falling."

The morning session, "Word Dancing," will be a hands-on workshop for writers of fiction and nonfiction. They will look at rhythm, word order and paragraphing.

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Greater Lehigh Valley Writers Group will hold its April meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday at the Palmer Branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

Writing a complete novel can be a difficult job, says multi-published author Kathleen Coddington.

"Your manuscript is complete, but it's full of plot holes, the big black moment is neither big nor black and your conflict disappeared in the middle of the story," she says. "You face weeks, maybe months of rewrites. It all works out, but what about next time?"

Monday, April 21, 2014
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Among those on hand for the recent Volunteer Recognition Program and New Member Tea of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary and Blue Mountain Health System were (front, from left), Betty Jane Thomas, Janet Morgan, and Irene Shinsec, (back row, l-r) June Andreas, Karen Kaiser, Jenny Serfass, Auxiliary president, Judy Walck, and Joann Kercsmar.

They set aside their valuable time all for the greater good of Palmerton Hospital.

As a sign that their tireless devotion hasn't gone unnoticed, volunteers of the Palmerton Hospital Auxiliary were recently honored at the group's Volunteer Recognition Program and New Member Tea.

Jenny Serfass, auxiliary president, welcomed those in attendance.

Joe Guardiani, vice president of BMHS Fund Development/Auxiliary Liaison, led the prayer.

Priscilla Offen, past president, gave the flag salute.

Friday, April 18, 2014
The Blue Mountain Health System gala committee dons their Kentucky Derby hats during the media event on Wednesday, Committee members are, seated from left, Jeannine Siegmond; Dr. Richard Lizak and Alicia Shutack-Silliman, honorary hosts for the evening; and Romaine Biege. Standing, Nancy Matyas, Lisa Johnson, Sylvia Goral, Denise Kennedy, Dr. Deb Smith, Kay DeMatte, and Joe Guardiani.

"And they're off ..."

In honor of the 140th annual Kentucky Derby on May 3, Woodstone Country Club in Danielsville will be transformed into a smaller scale of the prestigious event during the 17th annual Blue Mountain Health System gala.

Cocktail hour begins at 6 p.m.; dinner is at 7; and the casino opens at 8.

The charity ball, which is the largest fundraiser for the hospital, will benefit the Summit Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lehighton and the new 11-bed Summit at Palmerton.

Friday, April 18, 2014
Luca Giorgio Pacitti

A son, Luca Giorgio Pacitti, was born at 2:27 p.m. Feb. 3, 2014, at St. Luke's University Hospital in Bethlehem to Carla and Joseph Pacitti of Bethlehem.

He weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Gregg and Cleo Baran of Hometown.

Paternal grandparents are Joseph and Christine Pacitti of Barto and the late Patricia Ann Pacitti.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS Volunteers at the Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center were feted at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea. From left are, David Westrip, Sandy Jerdon, Lela Hartranft and Elder Walker.

Mahoning Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center honored its "shining stars" Friday at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Tea.

"What comes to mind when you hear the word "star?" questioned Cindy Swatt, activity director, who served as mistress of ceremonies.

Swatt said the shining star volunteers at the center help brighten the day for the staff and residents.

"No one could ever say Mahoning Valley Nursing Home is dark and void of light," she said.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers group will host a discussion on Book Cover Design and Aesthetics by industry professional Robert Mendoza at 11 a.m. May 10 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

There is a $10 fee for non-PLRW members for either in person or online participation.

For details visit www.plrw.org.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Weatherly High School Class of 1974 will hold a reunion planning meeting at the Weatherly Borough Conference Room at 7 p.m., on Thursday, May 8.

All interested members of the class, please attend.

If unable to attend the meeting, please contact Georgia (Zeleznock) Farrow at 570-427-4527 or email farrowfamily2@msn.com.

Thursday, April 17, 2014
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Several of the artists of the Pocono Mountain Art Group that displayed their artwork at its Spring Art Show were, from left to right: Pat Smith, Nancy Embich, Julia Sager, Lorie Eastman, Marie Gelsomino, Grace Ikai.

The Pocono Mountain Art Group held a Spring Art Show at Kinsley's ShopRite in Brodheadsville in Doris's Cafe.

The event featured several local artists and their artwork and included paintings of still lifes, flowers and landscapes using mediums of oil, acrylic, pencil and pastels.

Other artwork featured included photography, dried flowers, wreaths and more.

"We're very grateful to the Kinsleys for allowing us to hold the show here," said art group President George Miller.

"I think the public enjoyed it as much as we did."