Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Patrick Smith works out on the speed sled at Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton. Trainer Thommie Wilson had him start this session pushing 45 pounds for a few rounds, then added another 35 pounds. He pushed the sled for a total of 800 feet. “This is my least favorite thing to do,” Smith said. KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

When the going gets tough, the tough mix it up and keep on going.

In January, the gyms were packed with eager patrons, looking to burn off those holiday pounds or seeking a new, healthier lifestyle. As the weeks and months ticked away, the crowds thinned, and by the end of March, only a small percentage of those new patrons still have their eyes on the prize.

Patrick Smith of Jim Thorpe, whose been sharing his journey to a healthier lifestyle with Times News readers, is in it for the long haul.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The Alzheimer’s Association Caregiver’s Support Group at Blue Mountain Health System meets from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of the month in the third-floor conference room at the Palmerton Hospital Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Creating an outdoor garden room can be accomplished even with limited space and budget. Have you created an outdoor garden room or an inviting retreat on your porch? We’d love to hear about it. PHOTO COURTESY GARDENER’S SUPPLY COMPANY

No matter your budget, space or gardening experience, you can design an outdoor entertainment area for your family and friends to enjoy.

Start by gathering ideas from magazines and the Internet for examples of outdoor garden spaces. Next, select an area that is convenient and suitable for outdoor entertaining. Define the space using outdoor rugs and furniture or tall planters to serve as walls for your garden room.

Fill the planters with ornamental grasses, papyrus, cannas and other flowering plants to create a living screen.

Friday, May 27, 2016
Pool time should be fun time, but it’s also necessary to take precautions. The U.S. Swim School Association recommends children as young as 6 months of age begin swimming lessons. PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS

ools are opening across the area this weekend, and it’s a good time to remember some important water safety tips.

Drowning is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. On average, 3,533 people die as a result of drowning each year, and most of those deaths are children under the age of 4 who drown in backyard swimming pools.

The tragedy of these statistics is nearly all drowning deaths are preventable.

Friday, May 27, 2016

In addition to flowers and vegetables, what else do you “plant” in your yard?

Do you have a flock of pink flamingos? Some quirky wooden stakes? Any unusual garden sculptures?

Maybe you have some old farm implements or interesting statuary.

We’d love to hear from you and see what’s “growing” in your yard.

We might even feature your garden in an upcoming story.

Email us at or drop us a line at Times News, P.O. Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235, Attention Lifestyle Department.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Learn which bugs are naughty or nice at “Good Bugs, Bad Bugs Children’s Workshop,” a free event for kids, from 10 to 11 a.m. June 11 at the Burnside Plantation in Bethlehem. Registration is required.

A program on “Fairy Gardens” will take place from 9 a.m. to noon June 11 in Nazareth. It will be a morning of miniature gardening with fairies, gnomes and other wee creatures. You will learn about some of the many type of fairies and wee people and be guided through the process of designing, building and maintaining your garden. Workshop costs $25. Registration is required.

Friday, May 27, 2016
May Fair at Monroe Farmers Market

Monroe Farmers Market hosts its annual May Fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Courthouse Square in Stroudsburg.

Special guests and presentations will be available throughout the event including a free “Vermiculture” presentation at 10:30 a.m. by local Penn State Master Gardener Pat Zeman. Vermiculture is the process of using worms to decompose organic food waste, turning the waste into a nutrient-rich material capable of supplying necessary nutrients to help sustain plant growth.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
“America Sings” opens at the Pines Dinner Theatre Friday. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Celebrate the music of America with this high-energy, star-studded salute at the Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown. The show opens Friday and runs through July 3.

Featuring dancing, singing, and a hit-parade of music you know and love, “America sings” is the perfect way to start your summer celebration.

Matinees are Thursdays and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. for dinner, with a 2 p.m. show.

Evening performances on Fridays and Saturdays are 6:30 p.m. for dinner, with an 8 p.m. show

For more information, call 610-433-2333 or visit

Thursday, May 26, 2016
The Average White Band performs at 8 p.m. June 17. Copyright - ©PAT JOHNSON 2007

If you want to experience the best Beatles tribute ever, you won’t want to miss The Fab Four — The Ultimate Tribute at 8 p.m. June 5 at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe.

The Emmy Award winning Fab Four is elevated far above every other Beatles Tribute due to their precise attention to detail.

With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ classics such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day in the Life,” “Twist and Shout,” “Here Comes the Sun,” and “Hey Jude,” the Fab Four will make you think you are watching the real thing.

Thursday, May 26, 2016
“The Dinner Party” by Brenda Janowitz was named one of the Standout Spring Novels by US Weekly, and earned a glowing review in USA Today. Released last month, it is her fifth novel.

Family dynamics are at the heart of Brenda Janowitz’s latest novel, “The Dinner Party,” a sometimes poignant, often hilarious look at a Passover Seder that turns into the social event of the year for the Golds of Greenwich, Connecticut. Especially when Sylvia Gold learns that her youngest daughter will be bringing home her latest beau, the only son of the legendary Rothschilds (yes, those Rothschilds), as well as his stellar parents.