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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Artist instructor Tammy Leaver instructs Amanda Wensel during Tuesday night’s special pet paint and sip class. KELLEY ANDRADE/TIMES NEWS

Everyone needs art, according to Love4Art Studio owner and artist Tammy Leaver.

“Art is so important to our health and happiness,” says Leaver. “Painting can be an escape from reality, a sanctuary.”

This is a sentiment shared by many as the growing popularity of paint and sip events are popping up all over the area.

The concept is simple: students register online or by phone for the painting theme they like best and then come in for the event with their beverage of choice.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The deadline for the Times News Cookbook and Recipe Contest is almost here.

This year’s categories are: Breakfast, Appetizers, Dips and Spreads, Soups and Stews, Main Dishes and Sides, and Dessert.

For more information, go to tnonline.com/2015/sep/02/times-news-cookbook-recipe-contest-underway.

Make sure to send in those recipes and you may win a great prize. The deadline is 11:59 p.m. Oct. 4.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ever wonder if coffee will really stunt your growth, or if a bowl of chicken soup can actually cure the common cold? Michael McKean explores long-standing adages about food to prove as well as debunk some of the most fascinating food myths on the new series “Food: Fact or Fiction?,” premiering at 10:30 p.m. Oct. 26 on the Cooking Channel.

From the truth about the most popular food remedies, to the dish on our favorite romantic recipes and aphrodisiacs, discover some tasty truths and mouth-watering mysteries hidden in every bite.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

For many, the first sign of fall isn’t the crisp evening air or the changing colors of the leaves — it’s when pumpkin-flavored goodies start appearing on grocery shelves nationwide. Ice cream is no exception, and Turkey Hill Dairy’s Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream is back to kick off the autumn season in style.

The annual flavor — described as pumpkin-flavored ice cream with a cinnamon graham cracker swirl — has been among the brand’s most popular Limited Edition options since its first appearance in the lineup in 2012.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Warm Cinnamon Apple-Stuffed French Toast

According to moms everywhere, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And since they’re usually the ones who have to get up early enough to make it, they must be right.

They aren’t alone.

According to WebMD, a healthy breakfast can help you have a more nutritionally complete diet, improved concentration, more strength and endurance and lower cholesterol levels.

Eating breakfast can also help you lose or maintain a healthy weight. Studies have shown that breakfast eaters don’t get as hungry during the day and may even make healthier food choices at other meals.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

“Fall Into a Healthy You,” a health fair, will be hosted by MapleShade Meadows, 50 E. Locust St., Nesquehoning, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

There will be free health and hearing screenings, brown bag medicine checks, healthy snacks and educational programs, as well as door prizes.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Fall Fest, a festival for the whole family, will be hosted by The Summit at Blue Mountain Nursing & Rehabilitation Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3, in the parking lot at The Summit, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton. Admission is free.

A flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is a fee to reserve a 10-foot by 10-foot space, and you must bring your own table and canopy. All profit you make is yours to keep.

Preregistration and prepayment are requested by Sept. 30. For more information on the flea market, or to reserve a space, call 610-377-7206.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Q. I’m 68 and my teeth are yellow. I’m thinking of getting them whitened. Is it worth it?

Whitening processes are effective. Based on clinical studies, 96 percent of patients with common stains experience some lightening effect.

But, be forewarned that whitening has to be repeated periodically if you want to maintain a sparkling smile. Whiteness can start to fade in a month.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Families have difficulty managing long-term care for aging parents and relatives, especially with limited funds.

The top challenges include navigating health and long-term care options and finding ways to pay for the high costs. A small number of families have the means to afford the expense of in-home care, assisted living or nursing homes.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Horses & Horizons plans fall funfest

Horses & Horizons Therapeutic Learning Center, Inc. will hold a Fall FunFest on Sunday from 1 o 5 p.m. at the center.

It features two fundraisers: the organization’s Annual Walk-A-Thon plus a “Horse Plop Bingo.” There is an indoor riding arena, so activities will be held rain or shine.