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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wine lovers looking to do something different this year to celebrate Mother's Day can take mom to a Lehigh Valley Wine Trail member winery for the following activities and events:

Ÿ Blue Mountain Vineyards, New Tripoli

Reserve a table for Sunday Blues from 2 to 5 p.m. with award-winning band Scott Marshall and Marshall's Highway ($5 cover charge includes wine tasting; reservations required) and bring a picnic lunch. To honor every woman who visits on Mother's Day, they will receive a complimentary carnation (while supplies last).

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Blue Mountain Health System bariatric surgeon, Vitaly Sawyna, MD, will offer free educational seminars on weight loss surgery at 10:30 a.m. May 12, and at 6 p.m. May 21.

Both sessions will be held at the Palmerton Hospital Campus on 135 Lafayette Ave.

Weight-loss surgery options including gastric bypass, lap-band and gastric sleeve will be discussed. The surgeon will answer questions about the process and procedure.

Call to register at 610-377-7070.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

WASHINGTON – Women should get a mammogram every two years starting at age 50 and while routine screening brings little benefit in the 40s, beginning it that early should be a personal choice, according to a government task force.

Also, there's not enough evidence to tell if new 3-D mammograms are the best option for routine screening, or if women with dense breasts need extra testing to find hidden tumors, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force concluded.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Al-Anon group to meet Mondays at 7:15 p.m. at St. Katharine Drexel Church Hall, 120 E. Abbott St., Lansford.

Al-Anon is a nonprofit, worldwide support organization helping families and friends of loved ones suffering from addiction.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Madeline O'Dowd of Stroudsburg is asking people in the Lehigh Valley area to participate in the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation's Lehigh Valley Take Steps Walk at 3:30 p.m. May 17 at the ArtsQuest Center, Bethlehem.

Madeline has ulcerative colitis, which combined with Crohn's disease, are painful, debilitating digestive diseases impacting over 1.6 million American adults and children.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Tamaqua Salvation Army has partnered with Diakon to provide gentle fitness exercise classes for those age 50 and older.

Sessions are held at 10:30 a.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at the Salvation Army, 105 W. Broad St.

Sessions begin with a casual 20 minutes of aerobic movement through walking, then incorporates a variety of fitness genres, including yoga and tai chi, which help to increase balance, flexibility, strength and energy.

Most routines can be done standing or sitting based on the individual's comfort level.

Monday, May 4, 2015
Britain's Prince William and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge look down at their newborn baby princess as they leave St. Mary's Hospital's exclusive Lindo Wing, London, Saturday, May 2, 2015. Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge, gave birth to a baby girl on Saturday morning. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON – Britain's newborn princess has been named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.

The princess is the second child of Prince William and his wife Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge. The baby will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, royal officials said Monday.

Charlotte, the feminine form of Charles, appears to be a nod to the newborn's grandfather, Prince Charles. The middle names honor Queen Elizabeth II, the infant's 89-year-old great-grandmother, and the late Princess Diana, William's mother.

Monday, May 4, 2015
Photo courtesy Brandpoint Content

(BPT) Singer-song writer Willie Nelson once said that "99 percent of the world's lovers are not with their first choice. That's what makes the jukebox play."

The majority of the American workforce knows just what Willie meant; they're not in love with their careers and may be working in jobs that weren't their first choice, according to new research from Gallup.

The Gallup survey found that half of polled workers said they were not engaged in their work, 20 percent were actively disengaged and just 30 percent said they were engaged.

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.