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Friday, March 6, 2015
Declutter your work and home schedule

It's 5 p.m. Not only are you still at work, but you've still got three important tasks to finish before you can leave for home where you'll still need to cook dinner and do a load of laundry.

Whether you work outside the home or not, we all face time crunches. Is there a way to recapture our schedules and make more room for the activities we love?

"It's very difficult for people to get out of the office," said Caruso, noting that many of her clients wish to spend more time at home, with family members.

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Dr. Richard Boulay will perform at Allentown Miller Symphony Hall this weekend.

"This is the Moment: Songs and Lessons of Cancer Survivorship" will be performed this weekend at Allentown's Miller Symphony Hall.

"Although the treatment of cancer occurs in a clinical setting, the actual healing generally takes place outside of the doctor's office," says Dr. Rick Boulay, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at the Lehigh Valley Health Network.

The process of establishing a new identity as a cancer survivor is complex, unique and often takes its cues from the environment around us.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Looking for open and honest feedback on your writing?

If so, join the Black Diamond Writers Network on March 21 at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Writers who would like to have their work critiqued should bring 15 copies of a one-page work-in-progress (no previously published pieces), double spaced.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Kathy Ruff at 570-645-3059. For directions, call the library, at 570-668-4660.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Allentown Area Swing Dance Society is a nonprofit organization that has been bringing outstanding instructors, workshops, and dances to the Lehigh Valley since 1999.Between 75 and 100 dancers from a 50-mile radius attend events each week.

The group holds weekly dances on Tuesdays at the Fearless Fire Co. Starlight Ballroom at 1221 S. Front St. and Susquehanna Street in Allentown.

For directions or information, visit http://allentownswing.org/directions.

For questions for more information, email AASwingDance@gmail.com.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will sponsor its Bunny Lunch at 11 a.m. March 21 at the Lehighton Recreation Center on Eighth Street in Lehighton.

There will be limited seating.

The lunch includes a visit from Peter Cottontail, candy, and a hot dog with toppings, macaroni and cheese, potato chips, dessert and a beverage.

Bring your own camera to take photos with the bunny.

There will also be games and prizes, as well as a basket raffle.

Thursday, March 5, 2015
PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Savoy Brown takes the stage Friday night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

On Friday one of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown, will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm.

This band helped launch the 1967 U.K. blues boom movement that paved the way for such acts as Led Zeppelin, and brought blues music back to the U.S., invigorating the style forever.

Savoy Brown has released 37 albums. Simmonds was recently inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame. They are one of the longest continuously running blues/rock bands in the world today.

Tickets are $25.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Blue Mountain Health System will offer two food and nutrition health fairs in recognition of National Nutrition Month.

The fair at the Palmerton campus will be held from 10 a.m. to noon March 25, in the cafeteria at 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton.

The Gnaden Huetten fair will be held from 10 a.m. to noon March 31, in the hospital's ground floor lobby, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

The 2015 theme is "Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle."

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS This Quinoa with Vegetables may be served hot or cold.

Although it's been around for thousands of years, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) seems to be relatively new on the culinary radar; at least for me.

Originating in Bolivia, quinoa is a grain crop that is cultivated for its seed.

Usually I either like something or I hate it, but quinoa has been one of those foods that falls somewhere in between. I've turned up my nose at some versions, and scarfed down others.

It's been eaten in South America for ages, but has only recently earned superstar status as a superfood.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY STATEPOINT MEDIA The effects of your painkiller medication may be worse than the pain you're actually treating. Take steps to treat pain as safely and effectively as possible.

The use of opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin is on the rise and this trend is taking its toll. Opioids account for 46 deaths each day in the United States more than any other drug.

Is your pain medication the best option for you? Depending on the type of pain you're experiencing, and the duration of your expected treatment, the answer may be "no."

"Surprisingly, opioids are not very effective pain medications, and they can also have serious side effects," says Dr. Donald Teater, MD, medical adviser to the National Safety Council.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

CrossFit TC Unplugged and the Trinity Praise Band may be two completely different organizations with different purposes but when it comes to the United States of America and our veterans, they are joining together to form one brotherhood.

These groups want to honor and serve veterans when they need it the most, especially wounded veterans.

To that end, they have created two fundraising activities to take place April 18, in the hopes of accumulating at least $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.