Friday, February 24, 2017


Thursday, February 16, 2017

“Pints, Pounds & Pilgrims,” with a special musical performance by Dave Fry, opens March 10 at The Unicorn Theatre, 417 Front St., Catasauqua.

Performed by the Crowded Kitchen Players, this comedy features a manic English stage director who feverishly rehearses his long-suffering cast in an original Irish tragedy intended as the headlining event of an arts festival. Meanwhile, a struggling American dinner theater mistakenly believes it has been invited to perform its original bedroom farce at the same festival.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Basil-Cilantro Pesto Farfalle with Veggies. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED BY KRYS SANSONE

I don’t eat meat, dairy or anything with an animal-derived ingredient in the mix. I’m part of what some people consider a dietary nuisance, a paragon of pushiness — a vegan.

Wait! Don’t run away just yet. I’m not going to try to get you to convert to my way of eating. Not completely, at least. If you want to continue to eat meat and animal products, I’m not going to demean or demonize you, or try to shock you into converting. It’s just not my style.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The ServSafe course, conducted by Penn State Extension is being held at the Mahoning Valley Ambulance, 902 Mill Road, Lehighton, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 4. The exam will be held at 11 a.m. May 4.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Penn State Extension in Carbon County is offering hands-on educational classes on nutrition through its Nutrition Links program. The program is designed to help families and individuals with low incomes stretch their food dollars to achieve a healthy diet. Nutrition Links staff teaches families with young children, older adults and youth through a variety of program styles.

The Nutrition Links’ adult series offers topics such as food preparation, meal planning, food storage and sanitation, shopping skills, nutrition for family members and managing a healthy weight.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

COLEBROOK, N.H. (AP) — Want to try cooking some moose chili or fiddlehead ferns? There’s a free online cookbook featuring recipes from 22 businesses in New Hampshire’s North Country.

The “Taste of New Hampshire’s Grand North” features recipes ranging from beverages to snacks and vegetables, to main courses and desserts.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St., Weatherly, invites seniors to a Mardi Gras Party at 2 p.m. Feb. 28 at the community.

The afternoon will feature jazz entertainment by the Glenn Roberts Band and Mardi Gras-themed food and décor. Tour of the community will be available.

This event is free and open to seniors; however, seating is limited. RSVP by calling Rachael or Toni at 570-427-4500.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Children in the wintertime can present a challenge. You want to keep them active, but perhaps you’re not all that enthused yourself at being in the great outdoors when the wind chill is registering -10 degrees. You want to keep them safe, but you know the thrill of sledding down a hill, too. And you want to keep them healthy, but every other person has a sniffly nose or that annoying cough.

St. Luke’s University Health Network offers these ways to beat cabin fever and wintertime blues.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Q. What is the leading cause of brain injuries?

About 1.4 million people suffer a traumatic brain injury each year in the United States. Half of all TBIs are caused by accidents involving automobiles, motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians. These accidents are the major cause of TBI in people under age 75.

Falls cause the majority of TBIs in people 75 and older; this group has the highest rates of TBI-related hospitalizations and death.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Winter’s dark days can zap your mood and energy levels and result in a type of seasonal depression or “winter blues” affecting what, when and how you eat. While its cause remains unclear, diet plays a role in the prevention and treatment of depression.

Here are some tips to combat the winter blues from Giant Food Stores nutritionists.

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