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Thursday, September 22, 2016

St. Luke’s Miners Campus, Coaldale, is sponsoring a new class called a Matter of Balance, an award-winning program designed to help older adults manage their risk of a fall and increase their ability to remain active.

The program emphasizes practical strategies to improve balance, flexibility and strength for anyone concerned about falling or who has fallen in the past.

Thursday, September 22, 2016
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The Cranberry Quilters Guild of Hazleton is holding a quilt show this weekend at the Butler Township Recreation Center, 411 W. Butler Ave. in Drums from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

The show includes more than 100 quilts, a “Crazy Mini Quilt” raffle, vintage items and a “Crayon Quilt Challenge” display. Vendors will be on hand with the latest in what the quilting world has to offer.

The Cranberry Quilters are a nonprofit organization that is involved in the community. Proceeds from the show will help the guild in its endeavors.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Rock, folk, country, blues — you want it, you got it.

There’s a terrific lineup of entertainment coming up at Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe. Make sure to mark your calendars.

• Oct. 1, Blues on the Mountain, featuring The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Quinn Sullivan, Alexis P. Suter and the Ministers of Sound, 7:30 p.m.

• Oct. 16, Gary Allan, 8 p.m.

• Oct. 21, Jethro Tull’s Martin Barre, 8 p.m.

• Oct. 23, Jamey Johnson, 8 p.m.

• Oct. 28, The Kentucky Headhunters with special guest The Artimus Pyle Band, 8 p.m.

• Nov. 3, Cheap Trick, 8 p.m.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Are you making any homemade gifts this holiday season?

Summer is still winding down, but the stores are already stocking their shelves with Halloween items and Christmas decorations. If you take a little extra time now, there will be that much less for you to do come December. And think of all the money you could save making gifts instead of buying them. Depending on what you create, you could even have the family gather together and make gifts together.

Are there any homemade gifts that you like to give? If so, let us know for a future story.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Penn State Extension Services will conduct a ServSafe course for anyone interested in becoming certified in food safety.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are 48 million cases of food-borne illness in the United States every year. The majority of these are caused by poor food handling practices, such as time-temperature abuse, cross-contamination and poor personal hygiene.

In addition to proper food handling basics, the Penn State Extension course will cover relevant topics such as pest control, proper storage, cleaning and sanitation and more.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Chicken and Spinach Tortellini Soup Copyright - Zubek-Miller Photography

The Times News Cookbook and Recipe Contest is heating up. Have you submitted your original recipe yet?

Categories this year are: Appetizers; Salads, Sides, Vegetables; Main Dish; Cooking with Kids; Health Conscious; and Desserts. There will be a winner in each category. A grand prize winner will be selected from those six winners.

Send recipes to Times News, P.O. Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235, Attn: Donna Hall; or email dhall@tnonline.com. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. Oct. 2.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Mexican Tortilla Chicken Soup is from a recipe by Katie Workman. TODD COLEMAN VIA AP Copyright - Todd Coleman/Katie Workman

I find it a source of great comfort that pretty much every culture, every cuisine has its own interpretation of chicken soup.

The Mexican version in particular speaks to me, scented with chilies and spices like cumin and coriander, riddled with slightly softened tortilla chips.

In Mexico, whole chilies may be used, often toasted and then crumbled into the soup. I rely on dried chili powder, pure ancho if you can find it, but in this recipe, regular blended chili powder also works just fine.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Cherry Tomatoes with Burrata. This dish is from a recipe by Katie Workman. KATIE WORKMAN VIA AP Copyright - Katie Workman

If you want to end the summer with a bang and be reminded how the best and simplest ingredients produce the most magical results, then this is the dish to make before the leaves change and thoughts turn to stew.

Burrata is a semisoft, white Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. Imagine the softest, creamiest fresh mozzarella ever, but the inside is filled with buttery cream that runs out when you cut it open. It’s like the cheese version of a molten chocolate cake (a brownielike cake with warm chocolate sauce in the middle).

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Following a recall by Kellogg Company, Giant Food Stores has removed from sale Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles (2.3 oz.; 10-ct Carton; UPC 3800040370; with best before dates of Nov. 21 and 22, 2017) due to the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Panther Valley High School Class of 1971 will meet at 6 o’clock this evening at the Coaldale VFW. This is the final meeting before the reunion, so please plan on attending.