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Lifestyle

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Carbon County Environmental Education Center has scheduled a spring plant hike for 10 a.m. Saturday. All ages and interest levels are welcome.

Dr. Susan Munch of Albright College has literally written the book on identifying and understanding the area’s “lower” plants, such as ferns, mosses and lichens. She will lead participants on an easy walk in search of whatever may be blooming, sprouting or emerging this time of year.

Trails are expected to be wet. Hikers should dress accordingly and are encouraged to bring field guides and hand lenses if possible.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
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Monroe Farmers Market will kick off its new season Saturday in downtown Stroudsburg’s Courthouse Square with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8 a.m. The market is held every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until noon, now through the end of October.

The farmers market consists of over two dozen local vendors from Monroe County or one of its contiguous counties. Offerings range from fresh fruits and vegetables, to locally grown and foraged mushrooms, pasture-raised meats, milk and cheese, fresh bread and baked goods, maple syrup, local honey, wine and more.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

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

The group is a safe place to learn, offer and receive helpful tips, and meet others coping with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.

Support group members are typically the spouse, adult child, other family member or friend of someone with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia.

There is no charge. Anyone seeking support and knowledge of Alzheimer’s and dementia is welcome.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
This tandoori roast chicken is made tender with a marinade of yogurt and lemon juice that is seasoned with earthy cumin, garam masala, ginger and garlic. AP PHOTO/J.M. HIRSCH

Ever since my parents came to England in 1972, my mum has had a wild love affair with roast chicken.

The only thing she loves even more is her family and unfortunately for her, my dad is a vegetarian. So for 41 years now, her opportunities to turn the oven on, throw caution to the wind and put a beautiful bird in to roast have been limited. She’s simply too loving a wife to torment my dad like that.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

To celebrate the kickoff to the growing season, the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail invites wine lovers to visit its nine member wineries on May 21-22 for the Spring Wine and Cheese Pairing event, where guests can sample complimentary pairings. Event hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

Member wineries include:

• Amoré Vineyards & Winery, Nazareth

• Big Creek Vineyard and Winery, Kresgeville

• Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli

• Clover Hill Vineyards & Winery, Breinigsville

• Franklin Hill Vineyards, Bangor

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Breakfast in bed is a love language in our home. Anytime there is a special occasion to celebrate — a birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, whatever — the rest of the family follows an unspoken agreement to meet early in the kitchen to craft a breakfast-in-bed tray. I’m always first to the kitchen, and as I get the project rolling my daughters show up one at a time, bleary-eyed and clutching handmade crafts or cards and some flowers picked from the garden.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1956 will celebrate its 60th anniversary with a luncheon reunion Sept. 10, at the Mahoning Valley Country Club.

Specifics are still in the planning stage, but class members should save the date.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Q. I’ve been having some difficulty swallowing food for the past few weeks. Is this something to worry about or is it just another one of those age things?

You shouldn’t worry about occasional difficulty swallowing. Persistent swallowing problems, though, can be a symptom of a serious condition, so it is something to be concerned about. I’d get it checked out by a physician as soon as possible.

And, yes, difficulty swallowing — called “dysphagia” — is one of those age things ... yet again.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Backyard compost clinic

Composting is a four-season activity and spring is a great time to start.

From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. May 4, learn how to turn those leaves, twigs and trimmings into the gardener’s “black gold” — compost.

There will be tips on placement of your compost pile, best materials to add, year-round maintenance guidelines, do’s and don’ts, and the many uses of your finished product.

Compost happens naturally and you and your garden can take advantage of this natural process and reduce the waste going to landfills.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Pesticide Applicator Certification Examinations will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the Penn State Extension office, 724 Phillips St., Suite 201, in Stroudsburg.

Preregistration is not required. You can find more about the exam fees, categories and courses by visiting the Pesticide Education Program online at http://www.pested.psu.edu/applicators/certification.