Friday, September 22, 2017


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Lehigh University Art Galleries is currently exhibiting the drawings of Wifredo Lam, 1940-1955, in the main gallery at the Zoellner Arts Center. The exhibit runs now through Dec. 10.

A lecture and poetry reading by Juan Castillo Vazquez will take place at 4:10 p.m. Sept. 21 at Baker Hall in the arts center.

RSVP for the lecture at 610-758-6880 or A reception will follow.

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Eilen Jewell CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Copyright - Otto Kitsinger

Eilen Jewell returns to the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Friday.

The Boise native has recorded five studio albums for Signature Sounds with her road-tested touring band, and two more as a member of the Boston-based gospel-charged Sacred Shakers (also on Signature Sounds). Her latest, “Sundown Over Ghost Town,” is a culmination of Jewell’s work to date.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Champions were crowned last week in the baking contests at the West End Fair.

In the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest, Debbie Stametz of Saylorsburg took first place. April Allen and Reyna Vincent placed second and third.

In the Pa. Preferred Junior baking contest, Madison Dorshimer of Kunkletown took the victory. Katelyn Heffelfinger and Lee Ann Bachman finished in second and third, respectively.

In the Homemade Chocolate Cake Contest, Lisa Buzzard of Stroudsburg took first place. Debbie Stametz and Kimberly Meloy rounded out the top 3.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Hundreds of VegFest attendees lined up for The Cinnamon Snail food cart, which featured unique vegan sandwiches and desserts. BRIAN W. MYSZKOWSKI/TIMES NEWS

South Bethlehem was overrun by a voracious group of people on Saturday, when the town held its seventh annual VegFest, celebrating and promoting a cruelty-free lifestyle and delicious meat- and dairy-free foods.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

It’s Pennsylvania Produce Month, which makes it an opportune time to help kids taste — and, enjoy — Pennsylvania’s fresh bounty.

It can be challenging to encourage little ones to eat healthy vegetables.

The Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program offers these five fun, easy tips to help get kids on the veggie bandwagon. Check for more detail and recipes.

1.Veggie chips

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Janene Holter, a senior supervisory specialist in the state Attorney General’s Office of Public Engagement, gave a talk Wednesday about adult bullying at the Blue Mountain Health Systems Medical Plaza in Bowmanstown. KRISTINE PORTER/TIMES NEWS

One of the things we hate about school is the awkward social situations.

No one likes walking into a lunchroom hoping somewhere in the masses is a friend. Then graduation day and freedom. Off to the adult world where people don’t act juvenile and bullies figure out just how rotten they’ve been behaving.

Or do they?

“Bullying doesn’t stop at any age,” said Janene Holter, a senior supervisory specialist in the Public Engagement Office of state Attorney General’s Office. “We may be growing older, but it doesn’t mean we grow up.”

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Panther Valley Senior Center, 90 E Catawissa St., Nesquehoning, will be holding a two-day AARP Safe Driver’s Initial Course from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 5-6. Upon completion, those taking the course may be eligible for a discount on their car insurance. Consult your agent for details.

The course is available to drivers 50 years and older, who have not yet completed the initial course or who have let three years pass since taking it.

All participants must bring their AARP card and driver’s license. There is a fee.

Lunch is available with preregistration.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

BMHS’s Bariatric Support Group will meet twice in September at the Palmerton Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave. Meetings will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 11. in the third-floor conference room and at 1 p.m. Sept. 21 in the multipurpose room.

The support group is for people wondering if surgery is the answer to weight loss, those who are pre-op in the journey of bariatric weight loss surgery, but still have questions or concerns or those who are post-op from bariatric weight loss surgery and want a supportive group close to home.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Q. Does drinking carrot juice help with cataracts?

A cataract is a clouding of the lens, the clear part of the eye that helps focus images like the lens in a camera.

Cataracts can blur images and discolor them. Most cataracts are related to aging. More than half of Americans over age 65 have a cataract.

I suspect this reader’s question was inspired by the common belief that carrots are good for your eyes. And carrots are good for your eyes.

Monday, August 28, 2017
Whether your kids carry a hard-sided or soft, insulated lunch bag, it’s important for them to be aware of safe food practices. PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS

September is National Food Safety Education Month and back-to-school month, making it the perfect time to review good food safety practices. Stop Foodborne Illness, a national nonprofit, public health organization dedicated to preventing illness and death from foodborne pathogens, is reminding students from pre-K to college on the importance of food safety and how to keep school lunches free from foodborne illness.

Since parents generally pack lunches for young children, learning how to keep harmful pathogens out of the lunch box is important for the whole family.