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Friday, April 17, 2015
BPT Help the environment by planting a tree, recycling or protecting water resources.

(BPT) Whether you're motivated by a workplace initiative, a personal goal or the opportunity to teach your children lifelong positive habits, now is a great time to become more environmentally friendly.

Earth Day is April 22, so now's the time to develop eco-friendly habits.

Here are three ways your family can create positive environmental change starting today.

Recycle

Research shows that less than 2 percent of waste in the United States is recycled, yet almost half of all trash can be recycled.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Shawnee Playhouse will perform Saturday Night Suds, beginning with the opening of "Sex Please, We're Sixty!"

On stage April 17 through May 10 is the saucy senior scandal, "Sex Please, We're Sixty!" by Michael Parker and Susan Parker, writers of "Sin, Sex and the C.I.A." and "Whose Wives Are They Anyway?" This show is recommended for mature audiences. Performances will take place at 2 p.m. April 17, 19, 24, 26 and May 1, 3, 8, 10; and at 8 p.m. April 18 and 25 and May 2 and 9.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS The Panther Valley Harmony Scholars will perform this Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium. Pictured, from left, are Nathan Miller, Ali Capobianco, Tayler Nalesnik, Michelae Negron, Alyssa Bartelt, Huntre Keip, Michael Hutt and Matthew Hudicka. In front is Andrew Benek.

Is it a play? Is it a musical?

No, it's Harmony Scholars a unique, fun and entertaining performance guaranteed to make you smile, laugh and perhaps even dance in your seat.

This Friday and Saturday, beginning at 7:30 p.m., Panther Valley High School students will perform as Harmony Scholars for the 23rd year.

This year's performance is directed by Kathy Crampsie and Patty Vito.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
BIG HIX Country Music Tribute at Mauch Chunk Opera House

The Mauch Chunk Opera House, located at 14 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, will present BIG HIX at 8 p.m., Friday.

BIG HIX is an authentic country music tribute band that performs today's radio hits from stars like Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and more; as well as vintage '60s and '70s classics.

BIG HIX consists of musicians who grew up playing country music and features three dynamic lead vocalists. With decades of touring experience, BIG HIX knows how to get audiences dominating the dance floor or bellying up to the bar.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Lights, action, 'Spamalot'

Lehighton Area High School Drama Club will be performing "Monty Python's Spamalot" (the school version) at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the Lehighton Area High School Auditorium. Doors will open at 7 each night.

"Spamalot" tells the legendary tale of King Arthur's quest to find the Holy Grail. Inspired by the classic comedy film, "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," the musical also diverts a bit from more traditional versions of the legend.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Sons & Heirs tribute band at the MC Opera House Saturday

The music of Morrissey, Johnny Marr and company lives on with The Sons & Heirs, a New York-based Smiths tribute band. They will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Saturday.

Singer Ronnissey, guitarist Ravi Marr, bassist Fredo Rourke and drummer Flax Joyce deliver the songs, glamour, and live atmosphere of The Smiths and solo Morrissey, all with keen attention to detail.

Since 2006, The Sons & Heirs have performed from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles, sharing the stage with the likes of Smiths bassist Andy Rourke and Morrissey drummer Spencer Cobrin.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Touchstone Theatre presents Journey from the East, a community-based theatrical production for its two-year project exploring the history, heritage, and future of the Chinese community in the Lehigh Valley and America.

The free, large-scale, outdoor performance plays April 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 3 p.m. at the Chinese Harmony Pavilion on the South Bethlehem Greenway.

The story takes on the form of a dream within a play: an American president dreams that he is a sheriff of a derelict Western town. A Chinese diplomat dreams that he is a seventh century monk on a holy journey.

Thursday, April 16, 2015
 Margaret Messana, winner of the best-dressed Victorian Tea guest.

The Monroe County Historical Association will present the 23rd Annual Victorian Tea and Luncheon on April 19 at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort, Shawnee on Delaware. A social hour will begin at 1 p.m. with seating beginning at 1:30 p.m. The luncheon will begin at 2 p.m.

This year's program is titled, "Money, Myth, and Madder: Women and Quilting during the Civil War," by Michele McLaughlin and Beth Bacher.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

WASHINGTON Large food recalls have forced consumers to throw away hummus and ice cream that may be contaminated with the same potentially deadly bacteria listeria.

Tainted Blue Bell ice cream products are linked to eight listeria illnesses in Kansas and Texas; three of those who contracted the illness have died.

Blue Bell has temporarily closed its facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and shut down a production line at its facility in Brenham, Texas, where the company is headquartered. Blue Bell has recalled more than two dozen of its products since last month.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Blue Mountain Health System Adult Partial Hospitalization Program staff will offer a free community education program on anxiety at 1:30 p.m. April 25, at the Blue Mountain Health System/Bowmanstown Medical Plaza at 513 Bank St., Bowmanstown.

Unless you've experienced tormenting anxiety and panic attack firsthand, it's hard to understand what someone with an anxiety disorder may be going through.

Presenters Matthew Gaudiuso and William Wise will discuss generalized anxiety disorders, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive behavior and phobias.