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Saturday, February 6, 2016
A luger tries to maintain control slipping down the temporary course at Ski Blue Mountain on Saturday. CHRIS REBER/TIMES NEWS

ocal residents don’t have to travel far to try their hand at virtually every winter sport. But if by chance you want to try the luge, you usually have to travel to a city that has a luge track.

Skiers at Blue Mountain got a shot to feel a little of what it’s like to luge last weekend, when a group of athletes including some Olympians set up a track on the mountain as part of Blue Mountain’s annual Winter Fest.

Friday, February 5, 2016
In this Sept. 14, 2014, photo, a fan uses an app on a smartphone to order food and drinks at Levi’s Stadium during an NFL football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Chicago Bears in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Right now about 30 percent of smartphone owners have a cracked screen. Come Sunday, when rambunctious fans come together for the big game in a room full of sticky drinks and greasy food, that number is bound to increase.

According to an online study, 23 million Americans have damaged their cellphone or tablet while watching a sporting event, with 13 percent of accidents resulting from dropping a device in beer, 12 percent from throwing a device out of passion and 8 percent from devices falling off a bar or table.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Whether you want to become a grape grower, a winemaker, or just expand your knowledge of this growing industry, Northampton Community College’s new “Wine Specialist Certificate: From Vineyard to Table” program will give you everything you need to get started.

The program is designed to deepen your knowledge about growing grapes and producing wine. The certificate program includes eight classes with classroom instruction and vineyard visits, for a total of 58 hours.

Friday, February 5, 2016
The letters “Dear,” rearranged from the “Read” sculpture at the Lehighton Area Memorial Library, grace the checkout area of the library. The library will host a “Dear Library” campaign throughout the month of February, and is asking library patrons to pen short love letters to the library. These letters will be used to better serve patrons, and also shared with current and past supporters. Shown is Kathy Long, who created the campaign. STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Lehighton Area Memorial Library is celebrating the month of February and Valentine’s Day by asking patrons to pen “love letters” to the library with its “Dear Library” campaign.

The campaign was inspired by the decorative R-E-A-D letters in the library. These letters were rearranged randomly when staff members were decorating for Christmas, and inadvertently spelled “dear.”

“I thought, after Christmas comes Valentine’s Day, and what more is Valentine’s Day about than love letters?” said library aide Kathy Long.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Camelback Resort will be turning the mountain pink in an effort to raise funds and awareness for Boarding for Breast Cancer from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. B4BC is a nonprofit foundation that advocates early detection and a healthy, active lifestyle as the best means for breast cancer prevention. Founded in 1996, B4BC empowers young people to make positive choices that promote lifelong wellness through outreach, prevention and support programs. To learn more, visit B4BC.org.

Skiers, snowboarders and snowtubers are encouraged to wear pink

Friday, February 5, 2016

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union is reaching out to the community by holding a seminar on “First Time Home Buying” at 6:30 p.m. March 15 at the Bethlehem Branch, located at 257 Brodhead Road.

The seminar will be presented by George Haik, mortgage loan specialist at First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union. The seminar will focus on such topics as: FHA Lending Options, Advantages of Owning a Home, Steps to Home Ownership, Reviewing a Sales Contract and the Loan Closing.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tickets are on sale at the Northampton Area Public Library for two fundraising events.

On March 18 The Essential Elvis Tribute Show, featuring Jeff Krick and Jeffrey Krick Jr. and The Essential Elvis Tribute Band, will pay tribute to the King of Rock ’n’ Roll. Show time is 8 p.m.

On March 19 Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra perform at 6 p.m. Fans of this music legend will have the chance to sing and dance up close and personal while Sturr plays his polka classics and hits.

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Tusk returns to the Mauch Chunk Opera House on Feb. 12-13. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Tusk, “The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Experience,” returns to the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14. W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, for two shows Feb. 12 and Feb. 13. Both performances begin at 8 p.m.

The band is fronted by the vocals of singer-songwriter Kathy Phillips, a respected New Jersey-based musician with a remarkable ability to capture the essence of Stevie Nicks. She has the voice and look that will impress even the most die-hard fan.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Pines Dinner Theatre, 448 N. 17th St., Allentown, presents “The Book of Love,” winner of the ABE Theatre Awards “Best Original Musical.” The show runs Feb. 12 through March 20.

Matinees are 12:30 p.m. for dinner with a 2 p.m. show Thursday and Friday.

Evenings are 6:30 p.m. for dinner with an 8 p.m. show Friday and Saturday.

For more tickets or for more information call 610-433-2333 or visit www.pinesdinnertheatre.com.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Award-winning, hard-touring, guitar-slinging Ana Popovic comes to Penn’s Peak at 8 p.m. Feb. 20.

Popovic blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. Add to the mix her incredible stage presence, and it makes her an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues.