Friday, November 27, 2015


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Crowded Kitchen Players will present “The Fall of Heaven,” a timely and comic production about social injustice, at Trinity Episcopal Fellowship Hall, 44 E. Market St., Bethlehem.

This is the first play mystery author Walter Mosley has written.

The show opens Friday and runs through Nov. 15.

Tempest Landry, (William Alexander Jr.) a street-wise young black man living in Harlem, unexpectedly finds himself at the Pearly Gates. When Saint Peter (David ‘Oz’ Oswald’) orders him to hell, the quick-witted Tempest refuses to go.

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Craig Thatcher, right, performs a tribute to Jimi Hendrix Nov. 13 at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Well-known Lehigh Valley blues guitarist Craig Thatcher brings an explosive tribute to Jimi Hendrix to the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8 p.m. on Nov. 13.

Along with bassist/vocalist Wayde Leonard and drummer Don Plowman, Thatcher has put together an exciting program that revolves around Hendrix classics like “Purple Haze,” “All Along the Watchtower,” “Hey Joe” and “Little Wing,” while also doing a spectacular service to Hendrix’s spectacular jams such as “Machine Gun” and “Who Knows.”

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Jim Thorpe author Jeff Davis, writing as J.L. Davis, will be conducting a book signing from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Barnes & Noble at The Arena Hub, 421 Arena Hub Plaza in Wilkes-Barre.

Davis will be signing copies of his latest novel, “The 7th Jackal.”

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Lehighton Class of 1965

The men of the Lehighton High School Class of 1965 will meet at 6 o’clock this evening at Riverwalck in Parryville.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


Do you have a great Mac & Cheese recipe that you want to share? Do you know a restaurant that makes wonderful Mac & Cheese?

The third annual Starving Artist Mac & Cheese Bake Off takes place this Sunday and PoconoArts is looking for those recipes to highlight in this exciting — and tasty — fundraiser.

Professional and amateur chefs are invited to enter for a nominal entry fee that can pay off in fabulous prizes.

First prize in the professional category is a month on a digital billboard donated by Adams Outdoor Advertising.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015


The sweetest season is upon us and the Food Network is getting us in the mood with the premiere of several new holiday-themed shows including “Cake Wars: Christmas,” hosted by Jonathan Bennett.

Seven teams, each consisting of a cake artist, sugar sculptor and master food carver, will attempt to outdo each other with their outrageous holiday displays to jingle all the way home with the $50,000 grand prize.

What makes this particular competition even sweeter is that local sugar artist Candy Repsher Knappenberger of Lehighton is one of the competitors.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Vicky Unitis reacts after being named this year’s grand prize winner. Copyright - Zubek-Miller Photography

When the Times News began advertising the 2015 Cookbook and Recipe Contest, Vicky Unitis’ friends got excited.

“People came up to me and asked what I was going to submit this year,” says Unitis who was named grand prize winner of the annual contest after a judging held at the Times News Oct. 12.

They were especially excited when she was named a category winner as it meant she’d be conducting taste tests of her winning recipe to make sure it was ready for the final judging.

Monday, November 2, 2015
Harvard University professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. AP PHOTO

WASHINGTON — Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. hopes to trigger a love for science, technology and math among American students by turning them on to searching for their family roots.

Gates, the Harvard University scholar and host of a genealogy show on PBS, recently received a $355,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to create a genealogy and genetics summer camp for middle school children, and a $304,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for college-level courses.

Monday, November 2, 2015

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union is reaching out to the community by holding a seminar on “How to Afford the High Price of College.”

It will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at its Bethlehem Branch, located at 257 Brodhead Road.

The seminar will focus on such topics as: understanding financial aid, applying for scholarships and grants, types and sources of financial aid, deadlines for financial aid applicants and filling out the financial aid application.

The seminar is being offered for free, but advanced registration is required due to limited seating.

Monday, November 2, 2015
Students at a summer reading academy at Buchanan elementary school work in the computer lab at the school in Oklahoma City. AP PHOTO/SUE OGROCKI, FILE

WASHINGTON (AP) — Students, parents and teachers have long lamented the hours that kids spend taking standardized tests, especially since the introduction of the Common Core academic standards. But just how much time each year is it?

A. Between 10-15 hours.

B. Between 20-25 hours.

C. Between 30-35 hours.