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Thursday, April 4, 2013

The Bach and Handel Chorale will perform its major concert of the season at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 21 Race St., Jim Thorpe. The Festival Orchestra and guest soloists will also perform.

The first half of the concert pays homage to the chorale's namesake, leading with the "Easter Oratorio BWV 249" by Johann Sebastian Bach and "Lord in Thee Have I Trusted" (From the "Dettingen Te Deum) by George Frideric Handel. Artistic director Randall Douglas Perry conducts.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
FILE - This Feb. 13, 2013 file photo shows a model wearing pointy shoes as the Rachel Zoe Fall 2013 collection is modeled during Fashion Week in New York. Sleek, sophisticated and ladylike, the pointy-toe shoe is coming back strong, pushing several seasons‡- worth of chunky platforms toward the back of the closet. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

If you are looking to take a fashionable step into spring, let your shoes lead the way.

Sleek, sophisticated and ladylike, the pointy-toe shoe is coming back strong, pushing several seasons' worth of chunky platforms toward the back of the closet.

The narrowed point, part of the retro-feminine trend drawing on the 1960s, has trickled down from the designer world to the mainstream market, said Gregg Andrews, fashion creative director at Nordstrom, and will be a silhouette to wear to look well-dressed and on-trend for spring.

Monday, April 1, 2013
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Misericordia University occupational therapy student Debbie Keys of Jim Thorpe, enjoys a playful moment with a child outside St. Joseph's Church in Jamaica.

Debbie Keys of Jim Thorpe, has been an active volunteer with Campus Ministry during her first three years at Misericordia University.

She can often be seen having lunch or walking around campus with her "little sister," a local girl she is mentoring through the region's Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Those early experiences, Keys says, prepared her to expand her volunteer efforts and take her work abroad.

Friday, March 29, 2013
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Kelly Kugler, a dietetic intern from Cedar Crest College working at Blue Mountain Health System, distributes nutrition shakes and other food samples during the hospital's Nutrition Health Fair.

Members of the Blue Mountain Health System dietetic department recently hosted a nutrition health fair at the Lehighton campus.

This is the third year that Blue Mountain has held such a fair during March, which is National Nutrition Month. The fair aims to teach the community about healthy eating habits and expose the public to new food types and ideas, and features both outside vendors and hospital dietetic staff and interns.

More than 100 community members and hospital staff visited the fair during its two-hour run, sampling food items and learning about healthy eating.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
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The Carbon County Bar Association recently donated $500 to the Penn Kidder Library Center, Route 903, in the Pine Point Plaza, Albrightsville. The new library, which is slated to open April 10, features a nice selection of donated books and will offer two public-access computers for adult usage and one for children. The library also has many paperbacks for sale. From left are Claire

Farnschlader, library board member; Barbara Franzosa, president; Greg Mousseau, esquire, CCBA board member; and Donna Martino, library treasurer.

Thursday, March 28, 2013
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Modeling a sample of the gowns that will be available at the Fifth Annual Dream Come True Prom and Wedding Dress Sale to be held Wednesday, April 3 at Penn's Peak are, from left: Joan Reinhard, wellness coordinator/Pencor Corporate/Penn's Peak; Jen Brownmiller, HR generalist/Pencor Corporate; Marissa Hartas, marketing and public relations for the TIMES NEWS; Erika Ahner, marketing coordinator BRC/Pencor Corporate; Julianne Farina, marketing and public relations coordinator for Blue Ridge Communications and organizer of the event.

It's time to say "Yes" to the dress at the Fifth Annual Dream Come True Prom and Wedding Dress Sale to be held on Wednesday, April 3 from 4-7 p.m. at Penn's Peak on Maury Road in Penn Forest Township.

Maybe he asked you to the prom. You really want to go, but things are financially tight at home and paying $200-$300 for a dress is just out of the question.

You've always dreamed of wearing a beautiful bridal gown down the aisle but the reception is costing an arm and a leg. How can you afford a wedding gown that costs $800-$1,000?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Carbon County Art League has announced a total of $1,700 will be awarded at its 32nd annual art exhibit, which is scheduled for Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2.

The show is open to all artists 18 years of age or older, who are residents of Carbon County or are members in good standing of the Carbon County Art League.

Noncounty residents are welcome to apply for membership, which requires payment of an annual fee.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Blue Mountain Health System will host a six-week bereavement workshop, Focusing on Hope, Wednesday, April 3 through Wednesday, May 8, from 6-8 p.m. in the first floor board room at the Gnaden Huetten campus, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

The workshop, which will focus on honoring one's personal bereavement journey through education and support, is free of charge and open to all those coping with the loss of a loved one. Jane Mason, from the Bereavement Program of Lutheran Home Care & Hospice, will facilitate.

Please register at (610) 377-7070.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 6-8 p.m., April 8, at the Simon Kramer Institute, 15 Alliance St., New Philadelphia. Sessions are free and open to all female cancer patients undergoing cancer treatment.

During the sessions, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Monday, March 25, 2013

It is Thanksgiving 2012 at the home of the Schleicher family in Ashfield.

The feast is ready and the family files into the dining room. At each plate is a greeting-card-sized envelope with a $10 dollar bill clipped to it. Each envelope has a message, front and back, written by Lavona Schleicher.

"Pay it forward," reads the message on the front. "Give this gift to someone you do not know, who touches your heart, who needs a smile."

Spaces for a response, to be read at the family's Christmas dinner, are on the back of the envelope.