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Monday, June 17, 2013
New York Times Best-Selling Author and former Parkland resident, Lauren Weisberger has reason to smile due to her successful career.

Summer a time for great beach fashion and great beach books. What's trending this season? Cobalt blue, Palazzo pants and "Revenge Wears Prada," New York Times best-selling author and former Parkland resident Lauren Weisberger's much-anticipated sequel to chick-lit hit, "The Devil Wears Prada."

Monday, June 17, 2013
TOP: Members of the Happy Hookers are, from left, Nancy Hartz, Connie Dixon, Doris Nelson, Janet Hagerty and Laurie Wall. Other members include Maryann Lishman, Peggy McArdle and Bonnie Smith. ABOVE: Showing off their work are members Connie Dixon and Marian Hollenbach.

Members of the Happy Hookers sewing and knitting group are making lap throws for residents at the St Luke's Hospital Miners Campus.

The group meets every Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the community room of the ABC Hi-Rise in Tamaqua. Their needle work consists of cross stitch, hand quilts, granny squares and more.

The members also enjoy time spent socializing with each other.

For more information about the Happy Hookers sewing and knitting group, call Connie Dixon at (570) 668-1952 or Janet Hagerty at (570) 668-4809.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Pursuing creative passions will be the topic of an artists' roundtable at the Black Diamond Writers' Network meeting, 10 a.m. until noon, Saturday, June 15 at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

The meeting is open all creative people, including painters, photographers, writers and more. There is no charge and the public is welcome.

For more information about the Black Diamond Writers Network, call Kathy Ruff at (570) 645-3059 or visit the Tamaqua Public Library website www.tamaquapubliclibrary.com. For directions, call the library at (570) 668-4660.

Friday, June 14, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Ralph Herbst, left, and EddieJo Bunker, met online and plan to be married sometime this year.

At a time when technology seems to draw us farther apart, a growing number of adults are using the Internet and social media to find new friends and partners. An eHarmony poll by Harris Interactive indicates that nearly 1 in 4 newly married couples now meet online, which means that more people who got married connected through a dating website or social media than through work, school, family or friends.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Most match-making websites, including Match.com and eHarmony, offer subscribers basic tips to ensure that online dating is as safe as possible.

It's important to follow some common-sense rules, including the following:

Use anonymous

contact tools

Most websites allow you to contact fellow subscribers without sharing your email or phone number.

Use these tools, and don't offer personal information like a home or cell phone number until you're more comfortable with an individual and feel ready to take that next step.

Friday, June 14, 2013

The Schuylkill County Fair will accept fair queen applications through July 7.

The contest is open to girls ages 7-20. Contestants must submit information by July 7 along with a typed 1 1/2 page letter on why they would like to be fair royalty; two wallet-sized photos for publishing in local newspapers; a $30 check made payable to the fair association; and an information and release form found at www.schuylkillfair.com. Contestants will receive a confirmation letter.

Friday, June 14, 2013

It's easy to assume that people using online dating services are young adults. They're comfortable with technology and appreciate the ease of reaching many potential partners with one post, hopefully increasing their chances of finding Mr. or Ms. Right.

But while approximately 40 percent of the users on popular dating website eHarmony are between the ages of 18-34, members over the age of 50 are the fastest growing age group. If you're looking for a partner over the age of 50, know that one in five members is in your targeted age group.

Thursday, June 13, 2013
STACEY SOLT/TIMES NEWS Kathy Long works on one of two 2012-2013 Carbon County Fair wall hangings, which will auctioned off during this year's fair. Funds raised will benefit the fair. Wall hangings and quilts are made each year from the previous year's quilt block contest entries.

Looking to hone your sewing and quilting skills while benefiting the Carbon County Fair? Consider entering this year's quilt block contest.

Carefully pieced together, the entries in each Carbon County Fair quilt block contest are enjoyed by fairgoers for not just one year, but two.

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Brittany Semmel

Dance with Kim School of Performing Arts LLC in Lehighton recently received the sportsmanship award at the Lehigh Valley Dance Challenge in Allentown.

Awards were presented to the DWK IMPACT dance teams in the following categories:

The Itty Bitty IMPACT Dance Team received gold awards in tap and ballet and a high gold in jazz. The team was also the highest scoring small group in their age category.

The Mini IMPACT Dance Team received gold for ballet and jazz and high gold for tap; and was also the highest scoring small group in their category.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
@$:Banana Cupcakes with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

A few weeks ago, while staring down some ripe bananas, I got a hankering for a banana cupcake with a cooked white icing that a friend used to make.

I searched high and low and could not locate that recipe anywhere. I lost touch with the woman who gave me the recipe about 25 years ago, so there was no way I could follow up and get it again.

I was disappointed but not dissuaded.

I decided to try and recreate the recipe. In that respect, I would have to say I failed. My cupcakes taste nothing like my friend's, but they are delicious.