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Friday, February 6, 2015
Photo courtesy Metrographics Grab your family or friends and take a "walk across PA."

Penn State Extension will once again be taking a virtual walk this year visiting the natural beauty of Pennsylvania State Parks.

Gather your family and friends or co-workers to form a team of up to five. Team members will try to average walking or exercising 10 miles per week to meet the goal of Everybody Walk Across PA.

Walk with your team or on your own at a time and place convenient for you the program will be virtually visiting the state parks, you do not have to walk there. Of course if they are convenient for you, what a wonderful place to walk.

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Mary Kluskiewicz

Mary Kluskiewicz, a resident of Heritage Hill Senior Community Weatherly, is celebrating her 96th birthday.

Born in Junedale on Feb. 5, 1919, Mary was married to Stanley Kluskiewicz in August of 1943 and was married for 43 years until his death in 1986.

She has three children: Joseph Kluskiewicz of McAdoo, James Kluskiewicz of Nazareth, and Stanley Kluskiewicz of Kintnersville.

She also has seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Mary was employed at various garment factories before retirement.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The Bach and Handel Chorale will be hosting a Wine and Chocolate Valentine Celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 14 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.

Thursday, February 5, 2015
Dimmick Memorial Library's involvement in the "Geek the Library" campaign is apparent from the moment you step in the door. The program boosts awareness of the importance of public libraries and gain community support.

What do you geek?

Public libraries across the country, including the Dimmick Memorial Library in Jim Thorpe, are taking part in a "Geek the Library" campaign to raise awareness of the value of public libraries.

"Geek the Library" is a community-based campaign by the nonprofit OCLC and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The multiyear program has reached hundreds of libraries and will continue throughout February at Dimmick.

Thursday, February 5, 2015
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kristopher Andrew Rodgers Jr., 4, reads a book with mother Megan Rodgers in the Dimmick Memorial Library's children room. When asked what they "geek" or love about Dimmick, many younger patrons say they love the children's room and books.

Walking into the Dimmick Memorial Library, it's obvious there's a program in place.

Signs asking "What do you geek?" sit beside posters, bumper stickers and book markers. But perhaps the most important part of the "Geek the Library" display is a pile of postcards, asking patrons to share how they explore their passions at the library.

"We want people to come in and share their story. Tell us what you are passionate about," said Mariann Kmetz, the library's director.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The IceHouse Tonight will present a classical voice showcase and wine reception featuring the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The IceHouse is located at 57 River St. in Bethlehem.

Enjoy a late afternoon showcase featuring opera and classical voice selections, performed by members of the award-winning Touring Choir from the high school.

The showcase will be led by David Macbeth, charter arts' director of Vocal Music. Proceeds will benefit the charter arts vocal department.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Go to Food.com for tip videos to keep food fresh and craft better sauces, soups and dressing. Here's a sampling:

Ÿ Have old, hard lemons or limes leftover in the kitchen? Microwave them for 15 seconds and they will juice like new!

Ÿ To prevent onions from turning brown quickly, store them in pantyhose by placing them in each leg and tying a knot between every new onion. Hang them in a dark, dry place for up to 6 months. Snip off an onion as needed!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

It's easy to overthink things in the kitchen. It's easy to fall into the trap of assuming that flavor needs a whole lot of labor. Or at least a long ingredient list.

I certainly was of that misguided mindset when I recently prepared dinner for friends. As I considered and discarded one dish after another, I ended up settling on a rather elaborate braised lamb shoulder. It was, of course, delicious. But that wasn't the dish people commented on.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

More snow is on the way, so if you find yourself running to the store for one last grocery grab before the snow and ice return, you may want to stock up on more than bread, eggs and milk.

These Top 10 Pantry Staples from Taste of Home will keep you warm and satisfied until it's safe to return to the streets:

1. Canned soups: Dinner. Done. Bonus if it's cream of anything, then you can use it as a base for many dishes.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Mexicali Mud, a spicy, hearty soup, perfect for these bitter cold winter nights.

Maybe the name isn't too attractive, but the result is delicious: Mexicali Mud. It's a spicy, cheesy, beefy, bean-filled soup that looks a little like red clay, hence the muddy moniker.

This recipe is adapted from a recipe that was adapted from another recipe. I just spiced it up a bit and added some corn.

It's a hearty soup, filling and loaded with protein. It's easily a meal by itself. Of course I'm always in favor of a crisp green salad on the side, but one or two bowls of this, and I doubt you'd even have room.