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Thursday, February 12, 2015
Neil Trimper of Sandystone, New Jersey, an employee of Sculpted Ice Works in Lakeville, Pennsylvania, carves a saxophone in front of the Opera House in Jim Thorpe. In the forground is an outstretched eagle he carved earlier. Trimper has demonstrated his skills at every Winterfest since its inception.

The Jim Thorpe Tourism Agency hosts the 21st annual WinterFest Presidents Day weekend on Saturday and Sunday.

A mix of train rides, family activities, special shopping and dining promotions, and popular opera house performances mark a weekend of winter fun.

New for the holiday are trains which will operate three times daily from the Jim Thorpe Visitors Center and Train Station into Lehigh Gorge State Park, Saturday through Monday.

Operated by the Lehigh Gorge Scenic Railway, more information about the trains is available on www.lgsry.com.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
TUSK will perform this weekend at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. Saturday's show is sold out.

TUSK will be performing both Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. at The Mauch Chunk Opera House, located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe. Saturday's show is almost sold out.

Rumor has it that TUSK: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Tribute Experience not only covers the music of Fleetwood Mac flawlessly, but they re-create the stage show of this great band as well.

TUSK covers all the hits of Fleetwood Mac, which has featured the talents of Mick Fleetwood, Christine and John McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks and others over the years.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Jim Thorpe Area High School Class 1965 will meet for lunch at The Paddock, located at 1945 W. Columbia Ave. in Allentown at noon on Feb. 19.

The number for The Paddock is 610-437-3911.

Thursday, February 12, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Katie Kaiser as Audrey with Audrey II in a scene from "Little Shop of Horrors."

The Shawnee Playhouse will feature the musical cult comedy "Little Shop of Horrors" March 1 through March 8.

One of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time, this affectionate spoof of 1950s sci-fi movies has become a household name, thanks to a highly successful film version and a score by the songwriting team of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, who redefined the animated musical film with Disney's "The Little Mermaid," "Beauty and the Beast" and "Aladdin."

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Bach and Handel Chorale will be hosting a Wine and Chocolate Valentine Celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Museum Ballroom, 41 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

There will be wine tasting, a chocolate fountain, hors d'oeuvres, a basket raffle, DJ dancing and Valentine photos.

Tickets are $15 per person at the door.

For more information, visit www.bhchorale.org.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Take a trip along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail for a weekend full of treats and tastings.

Ÿ Galen Glen, Andreas, is pairing its raspberry wine with handcrafted dark chocolate truffles all month. Made by chocolatier Steve Evans of Lancaster, there is double-dark, espresso and raspberry champagne. Purchase a 3-ounce sample of the wine with three truffles for $3.

Ÿ Amore, Nazareth, will feature assorted chocolates with their Blackberry Bliss wine.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Wine expert Bart Springer teaches wine appreciation classes at Northampton Community College.

Want to try something fun this Valentine's Day? How about creating a tasting of wine and chocolate for your sweetheart?

Although pairing these two staples seems to be all the rage now, it was never very common, until recently.

"Traditionally, wine is not served with chocolate," says wine expert Bart Springer of Jim Thorpe, who has been teaching wine appreciation at Northampton Community College since 1983.

"Usually, when you are having food with wine, the wine is sweeter than the food."

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS California Chocolate Bark and Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet Merlot is a perfect pairing of wine and chocolate.

A few years ago my daughter and son-in-law went to a wine and chocolate tasting hosted by local wine expert Bart Springer, while my husband and I baby-sat.

When they got back to the house, the two of them were brimming with excitement, and my son-in-law, Chris, who has become quite a decent winemaker since then, couldn't wait to demonstrate some of what they'd learned in the class.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The annual Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society Telethon Committee Chinese Auction will take place March 29. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. at Lakeside Ballroom, located on Route 54 in Barnesville. The drawing begins at 2:30.

There will be raffle prizes, 50/50 drawings and food.

Polka Joe will broadcast on WMGH live from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Proceeds from the auction will be presented at the Annual ACS Telethon that airs April 11 and 12 at Penn's Peak and will broadcast live on BRC TV-13 and Service Electric cable TV.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Q. I'm a senior who's having surgery and the one thing that scares me more than anything else is the anesthesia. Can you tell me anything to reduce my fear?

There are probably several sources for your fear. The first is that you're older and wonder if you're at greater risk than someone younger.

The second is that anesthesia can be dangerous to anyone. The third is that you'll lose total control when you're under. I hope some of the facts about anesthesia will help with all of your fears.