Monday, August 31, 2015


Friday, August 7, 2015

The Harakal Family Reunion will begin at 11 a.m. Aug. 15 at the New Ringgold Fire Company Grove.

It will included an old-fashioned picnic. Bring a covered dish to share and your own alcohol.

There will be a family meeting at noon, followed by children's games, raffles, and cake and booze walks.

Additional details are available on the Harakal Family & Descendants Facebook page.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Palmerton Area High School Class of 1985 is holding its 30-year class reunion from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Sokol Hall in Palmerton.

Tickets are $30, which includes dinner, beer, beverages, and entertainment. Bring your own bottle.

Mail checks payable to "PHS Class of '85" to Lori Haydt, 1240 Trachsville Hill Road, Kunkletown, PA 18058.

For more information, call Steph Anderson at 610-597-0405.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Zion UCC, Second and Iron streets in Lehighton, will be hosting its sixth annual summer Music Academy from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday.

This free program is offered to any school aged child grades K-12, college students and to younger children accompanied by a parent.

There are multiple choices available for students, who can participate in one or all of the offered stations.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Teens and adults are invited to a Custom Shoe Painting Workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Pocono Arts Council, 19 N. Seventh St., Stroudsburg, with artist Ted Michalowski.

This fun, practical workshop will result in fine art for your feet.

Use your creative energy to design your own canvas shoes. The instructor will guide you through the painting process and each participant will leave with one or two pair of one-of-a-kind shoes. Bring one or two pairs of plain white canvas shoes, your choice of style.

Tuition is $20 for members; $30 for nonmembers.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

"As the Crow Flies," a photographic exhibit by Kristine Kotsch, will open Aug. 24 at Moravian College, Monacacy and Laurel streets, Bethlehem, in the H. Paty Eiffe Gallery.

The exhibit runs through Sept. 20. An artist reception and talk will take place at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 8.

Kotsch works in a variety of photographic mediums, including film and darkroom, historic processes, and a wide array of digital media and printing methods.

This exhibition features an ongoing series titled "As the Crow Flies," which refers to moving from one point to another without obstacles.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sunday is Book Lovers Day. It's a day for those who love to read, so kick back and relax with a great book.

Find a shady spot under a tree, or stay curled up in bed with your favorite book and while away the hours.

Need a few suggestions?

The top 10 books on the current New York Times Best Sellers List are:

1. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

2. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

3. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

4. The English Spy by Daniel Silva

5. Code of Conduct by Brad Thor

6. Armada by Ernest Cline

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sesame Street Live "Make a New Friend" will visit the PPL Center, 701 Hamilton St., Allentown, Sept. 5-6.

The performance offers a fun-filled, interactive learning experience, including up-close and furry interactions on the audience floor.

Like television's Sesame Street, each Sesame Street Live production features timeless tunes and lessons for all ages. The universal appeal of each Broadway-quality musical production continues long after preschool.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

WASHINGTON – Wondering if you are eating too much added sugar? The nutrition label on your food may one day help you figure it out.

The Food and Drug Administration on Friday proposed that nutrition facts labels include the percentage of your recommended daily intake of added sugars in a food item the "percent daily value."

Adding new line for added sugars, or those that don't occur naturally, is part of an overhaul of the nutrition facts label proposed last year by the Obama administration.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
This July 13, 2015 photo shows a soft shell crab before breading in Concord, N.H. This dish is from a recipe by Sara Moulton. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

The first time I tasted soft-shell crabs I was a little girl attending the 1964 New York World's Fair. Looking back, I don't know where I found the courage.

Not only wasn't I a fan of seafood or shellfish, but this weird new item looked like a giant spider. Let's say, then, that I closed my eyes before I took a bite. Wow! Crispy and sweet, that soft-shell crab was one of the best things I'd ever eaten.

I have loved them ever since and make a point of preparing them every year when they come into season between late spring and early fall.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Q. I see lots of seniors in casinos. They come in by the busload. I was wondering whether older people have more problems with gambling than younger people?

About 1 percent of all adults in the United States have a serious gambling addiction. The statistics on senior gambling indicate that compulsive gambling is a greater problem among older adults than adults in general.

One study found that 10 percent of seniors were "at risk" gamblers. The study said a gambler was at risk when wagering more than $100 in a single bet, or betting beyond what was affordable.