Friday, September 22, 2017


Thursday, August 24, 2017
Wayne Yurchak of Summit Hill will be the featured artist at a Sept. 7 meet and greet at the Tamaqua Community Art Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The work of local artist Wayne Yurchak will be featured at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua, during the month of September. A meet and greet session will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 7, and will be open to the public. The artwork will remain on display until Sept. 29.

Yurchak is a native and current resident of Summit Hill who didn’t discover an interest in art until later in life.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Lansford Music in the Park will feature Richie Molinaro and Mr. Lou from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the gazebo in Kennedy Park, located next to the Panther Valley Football Stadium on Route 209 in Lansford.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be sold.

The summer concert series is sponsored by Lansford Alive Events Committee. All proceeds benefit the revitalization of Kennedy Park.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The five-some, Scott Hoying, Mitch Grassi, Kirstin Moldanodo, Avi Kaplan and Kevin “K.O.” Olusola, got its start after appearing on the reality TV competition show, “The Sing-Off,” devoted solely to a cappella groups. Pentatonix won the competition and was awarded $200,000 and a recording contract.

Thursday, August 24, 2017
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The Great Allentown Fair, a Lehigh Valley classic for 165 years, will soon welcome thousands of visitors to its big-name outdoor concerts, rides, games, novelty attractions, food and, most importantly, a splendorous showcase of products from the region’s farms, gardens and homes.

One of the United State’s Top 50 fairs kicks off Aug. 29 and runs through Sept. 4, Labor Day, the unofficial end-of-summer holiday.

Fair organizers are touting the milestone-year event as “The Pick of the Season,” saving the best of what summer has to offer for last.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

The Allentown Symphony, with music director and conductor, Diane Wittry, will perform Broadway favorites under the stars at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2 at the Levitt Pavilion Steel Stacks, 789 E. First St., Bethlehem.

The ASO will be joined by soprano Meghan Altemose from Saucon Valley High School, tenor Reese Diaz from Parkland High School, and The Parkland High School Chorale, directed by Frank Anonia.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Pocono Arts will host a Wednesday evening workshop, “Painting Alla Prima” (all at one go) with artist/instructor John McAllister, beginning in September. Classes will be ongoing each Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

All painting mediums are welcome, watercolor, tempera, acrylic, oil — whatever you’re comfortable with. Bring your own materials and McAllister will help you with composition, color, value and basic techniques. The focus of the workshop is to complete or nearly complete a painting in one two-hour sitting.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

If you are wondering how to get through the trials of writing and make it to the finish line of being published, you are welcome to join the Black Diamond Writers’ Network from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 16 at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Ted Catranis, a retired science teacher, will share tips on the mechanics of completing a book. Catranis is the author of “What Is Leadership,” a collection of insights useful for personal growth and success. Besides writing, he enjoys “hiking, climbing and adventuring life.”

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Bento box-style carriers are perfect if you like to bring lots of options for lunch. The interior containers can carry hot, cold and liquid foods and many include eating utensils. AP FILE PHOTO Copyright - AP2007

As a parent you may be looking forward to sending the kids back to school, but one thing you might be dreading is packing that lunch everyday.

You want to send them off with good, nutritious food, but you also want them to eat what you pack.

Thanks to a few tips from Christina Fava, in-store nutritionist for Giant Food Stores in Montgomeryville, it’s easier than you think.

“I think the big thing is to try to include as many food groups as possible,” says Fava.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Giant’s in-store and online magazine, “Savory,” is chock-full of recipes for any meal, including lunch. Here are a couple to get the school year off to a tasty start.

Visit for more recipes.

Chicken Club Wraps

This classic staple gets a fresh twist with low-carb wraps and light ranch dressing. Plus, it’s rich in protein, which makes this a lunch must.

6 slices cooked bacon

1 (9-ounce) bag Perdue short cuts carved chicken breast rotisserie seasoned

2 cups chopped romaine lettuce

½ cup light ranch dressing

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Make lunchtime, fun time. PHOTO COURTESY GETTY IMAGES VIA MINI BABYBEL Copyright - &#169 Blend

hen school is back in session, many families will begin to focus on smarter eating habits.

Packing your little learner’s lunch is an easy way to help ensure his or her diet contains enough protein and calcium.

By letting your kids play a role in planning and packing their lunches, while tossing in a variety of appealing, fun options, you can make sure your students are set up for success.