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Friday, January 20, 2012

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers will hold its February meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

During the meeting, a workshop entitled "Castles to Corsets: Researching and Writing Historical Fiction" will be presented by local author Kathy Coddington

Contrary to popular belief, historical fiction is not dead. Viking warlords, knights, Scottish lords, feisty women in corsets and bonnets and bawdy ladies of the evening are still a popular draw.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., Jan. 30, at the ACS office, 33 W. Ridge St., Lansford.

The session is free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, 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.

Look Good, Feel Better is offered in a group setting, providing participants with cancer education, information and support.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) – Babies don't learn to talk just from hearing sounds. New research suggests they're lip-readers too.

It happens during that magical stage when a baby's babbling gradually changes from gibberish into syllables and eventually into that first "mama" or "dada."

Florida scientists discovered that starting around age 6 months, babies begin shifting from the intent eye gaze of early infancy to studying mouths when people talk to them.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Blue Mountain Health System's Acute Partial Hospitalization program, located in the Blue Mountain Medical Plaza in Bowmanstown, is now accepting clients.

People struggling with mental health issues now have a safe, supportive place to learn how to navigate life.

Blue Mountain Health System's Acute Partial Hospitalization program, housed in the newly renovated Blue Mountain Medical Plaza in Bowmanstown, is now accepting clients.

The program, which operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., is aimed at empowering those with depression, bipolar disorder, or other diagnosed mental illness to take back control of their lives.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater is calling all writers of all abilities to submit scripts for the March production of short plays.

CSC Theater will present three to six plays, 10-30 minutes in length on March 30-31. Submissions are due by Jan. 25.

All scripts should be family-friendly for a community production. All selected scripts will be performed under creative liberties of CSCT directors.

Monday, January 16, 2012
 Kaitlyn Keich of Hometown will be fulfilling a dream when she travels to Florida to become an intern with the Disney College Program. Her role as a Disney character will allow her to share the magic with thousands of children during the next six months.

Mirror, mirror on the wall? Who's the luckiest one of all?

Kaitlyn Keich of Hometown is about to embark on a journey guaranteed to fulfill her childhood dreams, but luck had very little to do with it. It's due to her hard work and determination.

As a child, Keich and her family vacationed at Walt Disney World in Florida and she was determined to revisit the magic. That dream comes true later this month when she travels to the Lake Buena Vista/Kissimmee area as part of the Walt Disney World College Internship/Co-Op Program.

Friday, January 13, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS A sculpture made of corks and metal was unveiled Saturday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. The sculpture was the culmination of a Pennsylvania Winery Association campaign which asked wine lovers to submit their best Pennsylvania wine stories. From left, Bob Mazza of Mazza Vineyards; Pa. Secretary of Agriculture George Greig; artist Sandra Webberking; Gov. Tom Corbett; and PWA executive director Jennifer Eckinger.

HARRISBURG Pennsylvania's winemakers all agree: There's a story behind every cork, and a contest designed to find the state's best wine story has produced a tale worth toasting.

Friday, January 13, 2012
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Discussing details for the upcoming Winter Wellness Conference Call Series are, Debbie Boyle, left, nurse consultant, and Joy Tetlak-Adelstein, registered dietitian and patient services director at the Lupus Foundation.

The Lupus Foundation of Pennsylvania, Pocono/Northeast Branch will hold a free Winter Wellness Conference Call Series beginning Wednesday, Jan. 25.

Patients with lupus and other autoimmune diseases are invited to call in to any one or all three sessions from their home or cell phone.

Topics are as follows:

Ÿ Wednesday, Jan. 25: "Too Tired to Shop or Cook?" with registered dietitian Joy Tetlak-Adelstein.

Ÿ Thursday, Feb. 9: "Exhausted at the Thought of Exercise?" with physical therapist Susan Dwyer.

Thursday, January 12, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble (GCE) and Gabriel Youth Orchestra (GYO) which recently performed a holiday program at the Tamaqua Salvation Army, are always ready to encourage local musical talent.

The GCE, which is now celebrating its 22nd season of chamber music performances, routinely entertains audiences in Schuylkill County with works by Widor, Ornstein, Strauss, Saint-Saens and about 120 other composers, compiling a shared repertoire of about 350 classical pieces.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton Area Library employees Marian Hoffner, left, and Mariann Kmetz, assistant director, shared how eReaders will connect to the new Carbon Lehigh Downloadable Library. The downloadable library, which offers area residents a way to borrow eBooks and audio books, is available at cldl.lib.overdrive.com.

Area book lovers have a new way to borrow books from their public library in Lehighton, Palmerton, Jim Thorpe, or Slatington. Library patrons can now borrow electronic books from the Carbon Lehigh Downloadable Library, an electronic consortium of 11 libraries in Carbon and Lehigh counties.

"I think the smaller libraries will benefit from this," said Palmerton Area Library director Diane Danielson. "All of the libraries, large or small, will benefit from the consortium."