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Monday, July 14, 2014
This photo provided by St. Lynn's Press shows step five to create an eco dyed scarf, where you fold the scarf in half over itself and wrap rubber bands tightly all over the bundle. (AP Photo/St. Lynn's Press, Chris McLaughlin)

Homegrown botanical dyes are in, part of today's shift toward more natural and organic living.

And you don't need a degree in chemistry to create your own hues for scarves, sweaters or even Easter eggs.

All it takes is a garden plot or a few pots and a kitchen.

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Carbon County Area Agency on Aging will be presenting an APPRISE/Medicare presentation from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on July 16 at Heritage Hill Senior Community, 800 Sixth St. in Weatherly.

An APPRISE representative will be presenting information on Medicare, Medi Gap and will be available to answer any questions regarding changes in these programs.

Those planning to attend are asked to contact Lisa Marie Halecky at 570-427-4500.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System bariatric surgeon Vitaly Sawyna will offer free educational seminars on weight loss surgery from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 22 in the second floor multipurpose room at the Palmerton Hospital campus at 135 Lafayette Avenue, and at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 31, in the third floor conference room at the Palmerton campus.

Bariatric surgery is an option for people whose health and quality of life are being affected by severe obesity.

Friday, July 11, 2014
Ariana Rose Costigliola

Dance Explosion and Tumble Academy in Nesquehoning recently crowned its 2014 dance royalty.

Dance Princess is Ariana Rose Costigliola, who is the daughter of Domenico and Kayla Costigliola.

She is 4 years old and attends preschool. This fall she will begin her second year of dance classes and will study ballet and gymnastics.

Dance Queen Alexa Ruzicka is 13 years old. She resides in Coaldale and is the daughter of Jack and Laura Ruzicka.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Nature is the theme for Lehigh Gap Nature Center's second annual juried art exhibit.

The show is open to media including painting, drawing, printmaking, works on paper and sculpture.

The jurors will be Kay Stauffer and Anita Collins.

The exhibition will run from July 25 to Aug. 3.

Entries must be submitted on or before July 15. Notification of acceptance will be by July 17.

Delivery of accepted artwork is July 24 with drop-off from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at LGNC's Osprey House, 8844 Paint Mill Road in Slatington.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The Mertz family reunion will take place on Saturday at Phifer Ice Dam in Franklin Township beginning at noon, with dinner at 1:30 p.m. Meeting to follow.

Please bring covered dish for dinner and a donation for either the cake walk or Chinese auction.

Drinks will be provided.

For more information call Tina at 570-952-4846 or Missy at 570-952-4845.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
HALEY SAWYER/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The United Way of Carbon County is preparing for the seventh annual "Cruise to the Music," set for June 19 at Memorial Park in Jim Thorpe. From left, Fran Flickinger, board member; Donna Lennon, vice president and event co-chair; Lisa Bleicher, president and event co-chair; and Angela Nardini, public relations.

The United Way of Carbon County will host its seventh annual "Cruise to the Music" from 1 to 10 p.m. on July 19 at Jim Thorpe Memorial Park.

Ninety-five percent of the money collected at the event will benefit 17 area nonprofit organizations.

Last year, "Cruise to the Music" raised between $10,000-14,000. This year's goal is $15,000.

The biggest and possibly most exciting part of the night will be the "celebrity" dunk tank.

Thursday, July 10, 2014
AP Photo/Lee Reich In this undated photo, strong fragrance in addition to beautiful blossoms double the pleasure of Strawberry Hill rose, from rose breeder David Austin, in New Paltz, New York.

Wave after wave of scent has filled the air since my garden awakened in spring.

Most prominent have been the aromas from daffodil blossoms, plum, flowering currant, and now dame's rocket, pinks and roses.

Of course, it's not for us that flowers waft those sometimes delectable aromas.

Evolutionarily speaking, we don't return the favor with anything more than the carbon dioxide that we and all other animals breathe out, and that plants use for photosynthesis.

Flowers release their aromas to attract pollinators.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

A new exhibit by artist Jack Cesareo, "The Cupcake & the Bicycle Diaries Around the U.S." will open at the Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation on Saturday.

The show runs through Aug. 17 at the gallery, located at 20 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Cesareo started working at the foundation in 1988 and continued working for three and a half years to transform the space.

"I invited Jack to exhibit his photography, paintings and sculpture for the enjoyment of the people in Jim Thorpe and visitors," says Anita Shapolsky.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The next Grandparents Raising Grandchildren meeting will be held at 6 p.m., July 29, at the Lehigh Carbon Community College, Jim Thorpe campus.

Note the time change of the meeting.

The topic will be, "How to Build a Support System for the Grandparent who is Raising a Grandchild."

Any grandparent raising a grandchild is welcome to attend.