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Monday, March 18, 2013

It's time to clean out your closet and help area children.

Gently-used prom and wedding dresses are being collected for the annual Prom & Wedding Dress Sale to be held from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 3 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. Most dresses will be priced at just $10 (cash only).

All proceeds from the event will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Organizers are accepting new and gently-used dresses and accessories, including jewelry, purses, shawls and shoes, from now through March 20.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Nancy M. Smulligan, 15 Elm Avenue, Barnesville, and Allen R. Breiner, 127 Market St., Tamaqua.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Brendan Nash Carpenter and Lindy May Snipes, 236 Vine St., Susquehanna.

Friday, March 15, 2013
@$:STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Members of the Trinity Praise Band performing at the Coffeehouse of Hope included, from left, Fred Reichenbach, Susan Lovejoy, Becky McFadden, Brian Hoffner, and Stephen Schweitzer. Not pictured are Duane Reichard and Rev. Robert Von Frisch.

A local coffeehouse held last weekend was an outstanding success for one local group, raising funds for a local charity and raising hope for local families.

The Trinity Praise Band's Coffeehouse of Hope was held Saturday with a standing-room-only crowd at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lehighton. All funds raised benefited "Dylan and Gavin's Rainbow," a ministry established by the Krum family of Lehighton to support families with a child facing a serious illness or medical condition.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Stephanie J. Beavers will present, "The Editor is Your Friend, a.k.a. Don't Forget the Editor!" at the March meeting of the Black Diamond Writers Network, Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St. The meeting is free and open to the public.

Beavers will take a detailed look at the importance of editing, cover different types of editing, and present examples of some of the most common mistakes writers make. She will also discuss the value of a good editor to a writer.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Gently-used prom and wedding dresses are being collected for the annual Prom & Wedding Dress Sale to be held from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 3 at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe. All proceeds from the even will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Organizers are accepting new and gently-used dresses and accessories through March 20. Items may be dropped off at Blue Ridge Communications offices in Palmerton, Gilbert, Lansford, Walnutport, Stroudsburg and Lehighton.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
Mildred "Millie" Harahus

Mildred "Millie" Harahus of Tamaqua celebrated her 90th birthday on March 10. The former Mildred Marcin, she is the widow of George Harahus of Lansford.

During World War II, she was a nurses' aide at the former Coaldale State General Hospital. Her work career also included a 10-year stint at the former Atlas Powder Company, Reynolds, and demonstrating Coca Cola Products at various grocery stores.

She was last employed by Jamesway in Tamaqua.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Palmerton Hospital Adult Day Services at Blue Mountain Health System will hold its Family Caregiver Support Group from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Palmerton Health Center, 217 Franklin Ave., Palmerton.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
CAJETAN BERGER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Enter The Haggis performed for a nearly full house at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Friday. From left, Craig Downie (bagpipes, wind, brass, and vocals), Mark Abraham (backup guitar, bass guitar, and vocals), Bruce McCarthy (percussion), Brian Buchanan (lead vocals, lead violin, backup guitar) and Trevor Lewington (vocals and lead guitar).

Enter the Haggis (ETH), a Celtic/fusion rock group from Toronto, performed for a nearly full room last Friday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. ETH's musical style can be described by its namesake; much like haggis, their music combines a variety of unique and eclectic elements to create something much greater than the sum of its parts.

Thursday, March 14, 2013
A premiere performance of "A Song for Laura" will be presented at the Bach and Handel Chorale's April 6 concert. Laura Sheard, who grew up in Jim Thorpe, died in 2011, in an automobile accident.

The Bach and Handel Chorale, Festival Orchestra, and guest soloists will bring the music of Bach and Handel to listeners at the Easter concert April 6 at 3 p.m. in historic St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe.

Three of the guest soloists have sung with the chorale in previous concerts: Heidi Hayes, soprano; Jennifer Brown-Laubach, alto; and Richard Johnson, bass-baritone. Joining the chorale as tenor is Jeffrey Manns.