Saturday, May 2, 2015


Friday, May 1, 2015
TIMES NEWS FILE PHOTO A view of Jim Thorpe taken from Flagstaff. The town, which has been designated one of the best places to live and play, most beautiful, friendliest and best romantic getaways, is celebrating National Tourism Week, beginning Saturday.

Jim Thorpe has been touted in National Geographic, the Travel Channel/USA Today and Philadelphia Magazine as among the best places to live and play, most beautiful, friendliest and best romantic getaway. Tens of thousands of travelers visit Jim Thorpe the gateway to the Pocono Mountains each year.

Friday, May 1, 2015

NEW YORK – Is someone in your family graduating from college this year? If so, here are a few things to keep in mind that might preserve your sanity on commencement day.

Where's my kid?

You never took your eye off them at the playground when they were little, but you might not be able to find your kid amid a sea of identically dressed students in black caps and gowns. Even if you think you have your eye on the right one as he or she marches down an aisle, chances are, once they're all seated, you won't be able to tell one from another.

Friday, May 1, 2015
AP Photo The white garden at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Staten Island, New York, includes white-flowering  varieties of many plants, shrubs and trees. It was inspired by a historic white garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, England.

NEW YORK – First come the snowdrops, peeking through the snow, then as things warm up, hellebores and crocuses, followed by geraniums, peonies, anemones, camellias and more. But there's one thing all the flowers in this particular garden have in common: They're all white.

This white garden is part of the Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden, located on Staten Island in New York City, just a ferry ride away from Manhattan. It was inspired by a famous garden in England, the white garden at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, a National Trust historic site.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Met Live in HD Summer Series will be offered at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown.

The series includes:

Ÿ Verdi's "La Traviata" at 12:30 p.m. July 8

Ÿ Donizetti's "La Fille du Regiment" at 12:30 p.m. July 15

Ÿ Verdi's "The Merry Widow" at 12:30 July 22

Ÿ Verdi's "Aida" at 12:30 p.m. July 29

For more information call the ticket office at 610-432-6715 or email

Thursday, April 30, 2015

An event to help fund "As the Matzo Ball Turns A musical" will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. May 7 at Shenanigans in Lake Harmony.

Tickets include ethnic foods and entertainment.

There will be a Chinese auction and raffle. Donations of canned or nonperishable food will be accepted for the VALOR Clinic, a homeless shelter for veterans. Those donating food will receive a free raffle ticket for the auction.

For more information, call 310-709-9935.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Jim Thorpe Area High School Drama Club will present "The Sound of Music" this weekend.

Show time is 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the high school on Olympian Way in Jim Thorpe.

"The Sound of Music" is loosely based on the book, "The Story of the Trapp Family Singers," by Maria von Trapp. The musical, which opened on Broadway on Nov. 16, 1959, at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater. It was made into a movie in 1965, starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, and won the Academy Award for Best Picture.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Steepwater Band's brand of rock 'n' roll takes them for a return engagement at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe Friday, with singer-songwriter Jordan Koza.

Steepwater's latest album, "Live & Humble," was recorded in Chicago, and band members Jeff Massey (vocal, guitar), Tod Bowers (bass), Joseph Winters (drums) and Eric Saylors (guitar, backing vocal) had played over 200 shows together leading up to the night of a remarkable show.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts provides funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the commonwealth and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Lehigh Valley Arts Council administers the grants in Lehigh, Northampton and Carbon counties on behalf of the Pennsylvania council.

The PPA 2015-2016 Project Stream deadline is June 22.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Tamaqua High School Class of 1960 will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday to begin planning for the annual class picnic.

The meeting will be held at the home of Paul Miller, 164 Mahanoy Ave., Hometown.

Call 570-668-0775 for more information or directions.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Blue Mountain Health System will recognize Stroke Awareness Month with free stroke screenings from 9:30 a.m. to noon May 5, in the second floor Next Step Acute Rehab Unit at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th Street in Lehighton.

Daniel Yeager, MD, medical director of BMHS's Acute Rehabilitation Center, will screen participants for the presence of carotid bruits. Acute rehab staff will evaluate for elevated blood pressure and irregular heart rates and rhythms.