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Friday, March 20, 2015
Martha Simmons and Seana Benz-Feenstra star in "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do."

"Breaking Up is Hard to Do" opens Friday at The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown.

The show runs through May 10.

Marge is on her honeymoon at Esther's Resort, a romantic Catskills Resort.

The only problem is that her husband-to-be ditched her at the altar. But, at the insistence of her friend Lois, she's celebrating no matter what.

Friday, March 20, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY OF METROGRAPHICS

Babies are born learning and parents are a child's first and most important teacher.

That is why the Read Aloud 15 MINUTES March campaign wants all parents to know reading aloud for 15 minutes every day, starting at birth, is the best way to prepare their child for learning to read and school success.

From birth to age 5 there is no school like the "School of You," the nonprofit is telling parents during March Read Aloud Month.

Friday, March 20, 2015

A spiritual experiences discussion will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

The event is free. Participants will be welcome to explore dreams, visions, divine love; share their stories; and try a spiritual exercise.

There will be a free book CD and refreshments.

For more information, call 570-656-3790 or visit www.eckankar.org.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
LISA PRICE/TIMES NEWS From left, Tamaqua students Alysa Schappell, George Hegedus and Andrew Delpais perform during a dress rehearsal for "All Shook Up."

Love, and the music made popular by Elvis, will be in the air this weekend at the Tamaqua Area School District Auditorium as the Tamaqua Area Drama Club presents "All Shook Up."

Set in a dreary Midwestern town in the 1950s, the two-act musical centers around the search for true love, tossed with a little rebellion, and is loosely based on Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night."

It premiered on Broadway at the Palace Theatre on March 2, 2005.

Thursday, March 19, 2015
Shrek 1-Luis Silva, left, plays Donkey and Doug Stangl stars as Shrek in Pleasant Valley High School's performance of Shrek, the Musical. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium.  Shrek 2-Pleasant Valley High School student Angelica Ramirez prepares for her role as Princess Fiona in this weekend's performances of Shrek, the Musical.

Pleasant Valley High School students will be performing the Broadway musical, "Shrek," Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. in the high school auditorium.

Directed by Dan and Marcie Mulligan, it is based on the 2001 animated film featuring the voices of Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy.

The Broadway adaptation tells the story of a grumpy green ogre named Shrek (Doug Stangl), who learned to despise others due to a lifetime of mocking and ridiculing.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Asparagus Frittata with Ham and Cheese

With spring just around the corner, I wanted to focus on a recipe that featured that cruciferous harbinger of the season: asparagus.

One of my favorite ways to feature seasonal vegetables is in a frittata. Added bonus? It's a one-dish meal.

I found a basic recipe, and as usual, decided to mix it up. It called for a cheese I don't like and a few herbs I also didn't care for. I decided to add some ham for added protein, and Swiss cheese, just because.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
AP Photo/Matthew Mead Welcome spring with Brown Butter Asparagus with Pecans.

Remember the days when you knew spring was coming by the arrival of asparagus at the grocer?

These days, fresh asparagus is available almost all year. But still, my heart leaps with joy the first moment I see asparagus for less than $3 a pound. Then it is officially spring!

When asparagus is in season, I buy it weekly, both because it's so cheap and because it's incredibly versatile.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Q. I usually get a bit lightheaded when I stand, but this feeling is much worse when I get up from the dinner table. I don't drink. Any ideas?

There's a possibility you have "postprandial hypotension," or, in layman's language, low blood pressure after a meal. This is a senior malady; few younger people experience this. Other possible symptoms include dizziness, blurred vision, nausea and fainting. I recommend going to a doctor to have your symptoms checked.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Pat Schaeffer of Lehighton is being honored in the Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania 2015 Gallery of Hope.

Standing in the limelight is the last place Pat Schaeffer wants to be, but if there is a chance her story may help someone else, then she'll suffer through it.

Schaeffer, 70, is a survivor, and her story of courage has earned her a place on the 2015 Gallery of Hope created by Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania.

Monday, March 16, 2015
This photo of the Cliffs of Moher was taken by Lisa Boehm in early February when she and her son, Jacob, traveled to Ireland. Although she was able to see a lot during the four days they were there, this was their favorite place by far.

Tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day when many of us are feeling just a wee bit Irish.

It's also the perfect time to think about planning a trip to the Emerald Isle to drink a pint of Guinness, kiss the Blarney Stone or search for your very own pot of gold.

Lisa Boehm was given the chance of a lifetime to travel to Ireland early last month, and she loved it.