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Friday, September 30, 2016
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Join the Penn State Master Gardeners in Carbon County to learn how to prepare the soil, plant, care for and harvest garlic. The different varieties of garlic will be presented and garlic sets will be provided to plant in home gardens.

This workshop will be held at the Carbon County Environmental Education Center, 151 E. White Bear Drive, Summit Hill, from 10 a.m. until noon Oct. 15.

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Brandon Wood has produced a film, “This Time Tomorrow,” which has been accepted into the ReadingFilmFEST. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS Copyright -

Fall is shaping up to be a busy time for several Kutztown students, including one recent graduate of Jim Thorpe Area High School.

Brandon Wood, 22 and a 2012 graduate of JTAHS, was producer of the short film “This Time Tomorrow,” which will premiere on Oct. 1 at Kutztown University. The film will also be screened at the ReadingFilmFEST, which runs Nov. 11-13.

This is the second short film Wood has produced, and the first to be accepted into a film festival. “This Time Tomorrow” is one of just 30 independent films being showcased at the festival.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Bowmanstown Pepper Festival is back, and this year will feature its first chili cook-off.

The festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Bowmanstown Volunteer Fire Company. Proceeds from the event will benefit the fire company.

There is a $3 admission fee, and no charge for children under the age of 10.

The festival will have live music, a beer garden, pepper vendors, jellies and jams, food vendors, wineries and children’s activities.

The chili cook-off will see contestants prepare their favorite chili recipe to be tasted by attendees.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016
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For some of us, Saturdays and Sundays are dedicated to time spent in front of the television, cheering on our favorite college and professional football teams.

All that armchair quarterbacking can make one mighty hungry. Make game day even better by chowing down on some chicken.

QVC’s resident foodie and best-selling cookbook author David Venable has the perfect dishes to snack on during the next big game.

Buffalo Wings with Gorgonzola Dipping Sauce

Serves 2-4

Dipping Sauce:

½cup sour cream

¼cup mayonnaise

¼cup buttermilk

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Football fare is nearly irresistible for dogs — especially when sitting at eye-level on the coffee table — but even cats can grab a piece of the action. Unfortunately, furry fans who intercept game day grub are likely to catch more than they bargained for.

Petplan Pet Insurance encourages would-be revelers with pets to think carefully before serving the following:

• Brew-hoo: Just like people, some animals have a taste for beer. But think twice before pouring your pet a pint: even a nip can cause fatal respiratory depression.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Schools are in session across the U.S. and more than 79 million backpack-carrying students are settling into new routines — some of which include bringing the same items home each afternoon.

Think the books and school supplies that your child is carrying in a backpack slung haphazardly across one shoulder are harmless? Think again.

Heavy loads can cause low back pain that often lasts through adulthood.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Q. I have a leaky heart valve that may need surgery down the road. Can you tell me about heart-valve surgery?

First, let’s explain briefly how the heart works.

There are four chambers in the heart — two atria on top and two ventricles below. There are four valves that open and shut with every heartbeat to control the circulation of the blood. These valves, which are made of tissue flaps, are called the tricuspid, pulmonary, mitral and aortic.

Blood flows in one direction through the heart to get a new supply of oxygen from the lungs. Here’s how it goes:

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

To mark the observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lehigh Valley Health Network will be sponsoring the following events:

LVHN Mammothon: Walk-in mammograms offered at four different health centers in the Greater Lehigh Valley, which makes getting a mammogram easy and convenient. The screenings are held from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on several dates:

• Oct. 4, Health Center at Bethlehem Township

• Oct. 13, Health Center at Bath

• Oct. 18, Health Center at Moselem Springs

• Oct. 18, Health Center at Bangor

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Everyone wants to age gracefully. But whether or not you do is mostly based on the choices of nutritious meals, physical activities, and health care checkups. Like most people, you do not delight in the thought of getting older because of the aches and pains, forgetfulness and loneliness. The state of aging is normal, and we do not have to dread it (all the time).

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The Carbon County Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, an ongoing support group for parents, grandparents and adult siblings grieving the loss of a child, grandchild or sibling. TCF meets on the first Tuesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Palmerton Community Ambulance building, 501 Delaware Ave., Palmerton. The next meeting will take place Oct. 4.

For more information, call 484-719-6753 or email tcfcarboncounty@gmail.com.