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Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Doerfel Family Bluegrass Band, a faith-based, contemporary band, will appear in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 579 Main St., Stroudsburg.

The concert is a fundraiser for the church and will be followed by a reception. Tickets are $15.

The band originally hails from a small town in New York but now calls Key West home.

Self-labeled "spazz jazz" artists, the Doerfels perform music that blends country, gospel, and bluegrass with a touch of blues, jazz, swing, and classical, and have won rave reviews for their musicianship.

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On July 22, Trigger Hippy, with special guest Will Hoge, take the stage at 8 p.m. at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe.

Trigger Hippy covers a lot of ground on its self-titled debut album.

Cruise through the 11 tracks from this Nashville quintet and you'll hear propulsive rock, gritty blues, heart-searing soul, sinewy grooves, sublime vocal harmonies and a rich, earthy sensibility steeped in Americana roots.

What to call it? Drummer and co-founder Steve Gorman favors "a rock band that can jam."

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The annual Cherry Valley Festival will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Josie Porter Farm, 6514 Cherry Valley Road in Stroudsburg.

The event will feature nature walks, farm tours, bird walks, music, arts and crafts vendors, a benefit auction, and food.

Special events include:

11 a.m.: Cooking demonstration by Mikuna Kitchen. Learn how to make gnocchi from scratch, plus how to use seasonal vegetables for easy dinners.

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Robair Bern Devine of Jim Thorpe won Best of Show as well as First Place in the sculpture/mixed media category at the Carbon County Art League's 34th Annual Art Show, which was held last weekend.

This year's event was held at the Palmerton Area Library.

DeVine creates visually stunning fine art glass and mirror sculptures that are illuminated with a vibrant color changing light system controlled by a 44-key wireless remote.

All art is sketched, cut and carved by his hands using aluminum oxide, high speed rotary and a chipper.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council Arts Alive 2015 Series continues next weekend with "Wood & Steel," a tour of furniture designer and craftsman Bill Kreider's studio, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 20.

Inspired by unconventional and discarded items, often with historical context, Kreider's designs use contemporary lines to offset traditional materials, including most famously, Bethlehem Steel "I" beams into bookcases.

Join Kreider for a personal tour of his studio workspace, which is located in the old Pennsylvania Stage Company scene shop on 127 N. Lumber St. in Allentown.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Make sure to save the date for the 12th annual Wine on the Mountain wine festival, which returns to Penn's Peak, 325 Maury Road, Jim Thorpe, from noon to 5 p.m. July 25 and 26.

Discount tickets will be offered on Sunday at the door.

The 12th edition of the Wine on the Mountain wine festival includes the nine member wineries of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail featuring wine samplings and sales, local artisans selling wine-related arts and crafts, and light fare available for purchase, as well as live music both days.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Do you have a terrific father? One who's gone above and beyond for his family? Made special sacrifices?

We'd love to hear about him for a potential story for Father's Day.

Email us at kcimms@tnonline.com.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

July is National Grilling Month but families are already enjoying the outdoors and cooking over an open flame. In fact, 80 percent of all U.S. households own a grill, according to a 2013 Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association study, increasing the chances of a possible home fire.

Make your family cookout memorable for the right reasons this summer. Ensure the fire stays in the grill by keeping a home fire extinguisher on-hand and within easy reach.

To prevent accidents before they happen, the National Fire Protection Association offers these safe-grilling tips for summertime:

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS This recipe for Burgundy Beef may not be as fussy as Boeuf Bourguignon, but it's still pretty tasty.

My mother entertained a lot. Friends and family were always clamoring for a seat at her table. Simple weeknight dinners often included a new face or two.

As good a cook as she was, her meals were rarely fussy. I have no doubt she could whip up a Chateaubriand or a Boeuf Bourguignon if she wanted, but she didn't.

To her, it was the end result that mattered. Not the process, or the degree of skill involved. It was the look on someone's face when that fork hit the tongue.

A true Boeuf Bourguignon requires almost twice as many ingredients as called for in this recipe.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
AP Photo/Matthew Mead Chili-stuffed avocados

There's no real shocker here avocado pairs delightfully with a rich and meaty chili.

But I decided to pair them in a fresh way that is just right for summer grilling season.

Rather than simply whip up a pot of chili and scatter some diced avocado over it, I decided to spoon mounds of chili into pitted avocado halves, top everything with cheese, then pop the entire delicious mess on the grill until melty and bubbly.

The chili in this recipe is intentionally simple and meaty. Of course feel free to substitute your favorite chili recipe, or add to mine as you see fit.