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Monday, November 24, 2014
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News ABOVE: Tina VanBuren, left, and Lisa Johnson look through sale  fliers as they prepare for Black Friday. The Tamaqua friends have been shopping on Black Friday for more than 15 years.  RIGHT: In this Nov. 28, 2013, file photo, customers shop at a Target store in Colma, California. Experts say Thanksgiving weekend lives up to the hype of serving up the best bargains of the year from TVs to clothing.

After a day of food, family and friends, what is the most popular thing to do the day after Thanksgiving? Go Black Friday shopping, of course.

Friends and neighbors Tina VanBuren and Lisa Johnson, both of Tamaqua, have been shopping on Black Friday together for more than 15 years.

What started as a fun way to find discounted gifts for their children and family has become a time-honored tradition a day for friendship and fun, and the official start of the Christmas and holiday season.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving is almost here which means family, food, football, and for many of us, long road trips.

While family travel can give us the chance to bond, the long car-time can also create lots of inactive time and boredom for our kids.

Here are a few tips to make that venture over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house a walk in the park.

1. Stop at quirky and fun roadside attractions, like the Peachoid water tower in Gaffney, South Carolina; the world's tallest thermometer in Baker, California; or "Carhenge" near Alliance, Nebraska.

Friday, November 21, 2014
Photos by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Sabrina Soto sets a beautiful Thanksgiving table with

Sabrina Soto, popular HGTV star and lifestyle expert, is sharing her tips and tricks for the perfect Thanksgiving, which includes a mix of new and old recipes for a unique holiday meal and do-it-yourself entertaining tips.

Soto's top five Thanksgiving essentials include:

1. The Perfect Turkey

A turkey will always cook much better if it's not completely stuffed. You can always add flavor by filling the cavity with lots of fresh vegetables and cook the stuffing separately.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The typical Thanksgiving dinner weighs in at 4,500 calories.

That's a lot of stuffing.

According to Coach Up, this is what you'll need to do to burn off all that gravy and pumpkin pie.

Ÿ 15 hours of skiing

Ÿ 7.7 hours of running

Ÿ 10.6 hours of swimming

Ÿ 7.7 hours of basketball

Ÿ 12.3 hours of lifting

Ÿ 15 hours of cycling

For more information about Coach Up, visit

Friday, November 21, 2014

For many of us, spending time with certain family members can reopen old emotional wounds, even if we thought the scar tissues had healed for good. The holidays seem to be a particularly vulnerable time for old scars and delicate hearts. It is during these times of joy and giving that we need to also be generous when it comes to forgiving.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
SUBMITTED PHOTO Donna Reed and daughter, Mary Owen.

Mary Owen, the daughter of film star Donna Reed, will speak on her mother's role in the 1946 classic "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, 432 W. Walnut St., Allentown, at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Originally a box office failure, the movie has evolved into one of the most enduring films of all time. The museum will host a special showing of the film at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by a presentation by Owen.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lehighton Area Middle School Theatre will present "Getting to Know … The Sound of Music,"(an adaptation for young performers), with music by Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Laura Welkey is the director/producer.

Show times are 7:15 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in the middle school auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and seniors.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Daniel Lee as John Proctor argues with his former mistress, Zoe Snyder as Abigail Williams, as the town of Salem brews hysteria over thoughts of witchcraft. The scene is from the Tamaqua High School Drama Club's presentation of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," which will be presented this weekend.

This weekend, the Salem witch trials come to Tamaqua as the Tamaqua Area High School Drama Club presents Arthur Miller's "The Crucible."

The drama mixes jealousy, deceit, infidelity, old grudges and puritanical values with the ease of causing mass hysteria.

While set in 1642, it was written by Miller during the height of the political hysteria caused by Sen. Joseph McCarthy's hunt for communists in the 1950s.

The story starts with a group of young girls, dancing in the woods with the black slave Tituba (Sophia Gursky).

Thursday, November 20, 2014
FILE PHOTO Debra Reilly of Penn Forest is township has advanced to the semifinals for the Grammy's "Music Educator of the Year" award.

In June, when Debra Reilly of Penn Forest Streams found out she had been nominated by one of her students for a Grammy as "Music Educator of the Year," she said that she was grateful to be able to do what she loves every day.

Now she has even more to be grateful for. Reilly was notified by phone in September that she is one of 25 semifinalists in the nationwide search.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
This Oct. 27, 2014, photo shows roasted grape succotash in Concord, N.H. This dish of roasted vegetables starts with classics, onion, butternut squash and corn, but mixes it up with a can of chickpeas and halved red grapes. (AP Photo/Matthew Mead)

Tired of the same old sides at Thanksgiving? We decided to come up with something both fresh and familiar.

This dish of roasted vegetables starts with classics – onion, butternut squash and corn – but mixes it up with a can of chickpeas and halved red grapes.

The chickpeas add a mild nutty flavor, as well as a pleasantly chew-crunchy texture.

The grapes offer a gentle sweetness that works so well not only with the rest of the ingredients in this dish, but also with all the other traditional Thanksgiving offerings.

Roasted Grape Succotash