Tuesday, February 21, 2017


Friday, January 20, 2017
Farrow & Ball’s Key Colors for spring are, from bottom to top, radicchio, studio green, hay and all white. BOB FORD/TIMES NEWS

If you’re blue now that the holidays are over, you may be able pick up your spirits by adding some new color to your home.

So says Debbie Zimmer, color expert for the Paint Quality Institute, who advises that interior painting can be a panacea for much of what ails you after the holidays.

“It’s normal to have a letdown this time of year, but jumping right into a project that freshens your surroundings with some attractive new color can recharge your batteries and even brighten your outlook,” says Zimmer.

Friday, January 20, 2017
We’ve just been through a rather contentious political season, but there are ways to graciously handle political questions and conversations. METROGRAPHICS

Politics and the 2017 inauguration are an especially touchy subject. Political partisanship has been on the rise, along with public incivility. So, what is the best way to navigate those post-inauguration thorny political discussions?

Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette expert, author and the founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide, offers these tips to graciously handle political questions and conversations:

Friday, January 20, 2017
Throwing a Super Bowl Party? Tell us about it

Super Bowl 51 kicks off on Feb. 5. Will you host a party? If so, what will you serve your guests? Do you make a football-shaped cake or arrange your guacamole to resemble the gridiron? Any special decorations?

We’d love to hear how you enjoy the biggest game of the year.

Email kcimms@tnonline.com with your plans and contact information for an upcoming story.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Looking for a good book? Here is The New York Times best-seller list. Rankings reflect sales for the week ending Jan. 7.

1. “The Mistress” by Danielle Steel. The beautiful mistress of a Russian oligarch falls in love with an artist and yearns for freedom.

2. “A Dog’s Purpose” by W. Bruce Cameron. A canine narrator undergoes a series of reincarnations.

3. “Below the Belt” by Stuart Woods. The New York lawyer Stone Barrington faces danger when he finds himself in possession of a retired C.I.A. agent’s explosive memoir.

Friday, January 20, 2017

The Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., will host a seminar on the benefits of essential oils and the field of holistic health from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23.

Suzi Harahus will share her knowledge of ways to incorporate essentials oils into a healthy lifestyle, no matter your age.

There is a $5 sampling bar fee.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Paint with Paula art classes are scheduled for January and February at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua. Two of the classes will be acrylics, while another will be watercolor for beginners.

The acrylics classes will be 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday (perfect for beginners) and 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 16, for more advanced artists. The watercolors for beginners will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 18.

Fees include all materials and supplies.

For more information, call 570-668-1192.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Winery hosts chili cook-off fundraiser for firefighters

Galen Glen Winery, 255 Winter Mountain Drive, Andreas, will host its fourth annual Chili Cook Off Jan. 21.

The winery is excited about the feedback so far for its fourth annual chili cook off.

“We have five chefs participating and also received applications from three chefs who are on a waiting list, should one of our current chefs cancel,” says tasting room manager Kathy Matson.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Free Range Folk performs for free tonight at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The free concert series at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe continues at 7:30 tonight with Free Range Folk, an Americana/bluegrass-inspired rock family band with instrumentation that ranges from electric guitar, horns and drums to banjo, mandolin and musical saw.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Tamaqua Area Community Theatre will hold auditions for its upcoming production of “Oz!”, a musical based on L. Frank Baum’s classic tale of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Auditions will be held at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua, from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 and from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 28. Come prepared with a song to sing.

Call backs will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 29.

Performances are scheduled for March 31 and April 1.

The production is made possible through an arrangement with Pioneer Drama. Music and lyrics are by Bill Francouer.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Bon Jovi is hosting a contest for opening acts for the band’s This House is Not For Sale Tour. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

As one of rock’s biggest bands, Bon Jovi’s legacy is as much about giving back as it is about anthemic performances and box-office-smashing tours.

In that spirit, Jon Bon Jovi announced recently on Facebook an opening act contest that allows bands to upload an audition for the chance to open an arena date on Bon Jovi’s upcoming 2017 This House is Not For Sale Tour.

It’s the third time in recent years that the Grammy Award-winning band has invited local and regional artists to share the stage.