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Monday, January 9, 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.

Thursday, January 5, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Alma Fisher looks down over one of the many banners she has made for her church.

Alma Fisher of Tamaqua doesn't consider herself a skilled seamstress, but her large colorful array of expressive church banners show otherwise.

Fisher, a lifelong member of the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tamaqua, started making banners for her church in 1994 after an earlier pastor, the Rev. Crawford, asked her if she could do something for the church to better display the holy seasons.

She gladly took on the task and gained her creative ideas from a number of craft books and library literature.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS Chief cook

"Simply, a place to enjoy good food with friends."

That is how Barbara Breiner, volunteer organizer and chief cook, describes the free community soup social held the first Saturday of every month in the social hall at the Trinity United Church of Christ in Tamaqua.

She added that the monthly social, which was started last year, is held free of charge to the community courtesy of community members and volunteers of the church.

"We hold the soup social in hopes of bringing members of the community together for an enjoyable time," added Breiner.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS

Pleasant Valley School District has announced that four of its schools were recipients of the 2011 Keystone Achievement Awards. Accepting on their behalf are their principals, from left, Penny Derr, PVI; Christopher Fisher and Carole Geary, Chestnuthill Elementary; Joshua Krebs, PVE; and Joseph Kondisko, Polk Elementary. The Keystone recognizes Pennsylvania schools for academic achievement. More than 2,000 Pennsylvania schools are being honored for demonstrating sustained academic achievement over two school years.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., Jan. 9, at Schuylkill Medical Center-East, 700 E. Norwegian St., Pottsville. The session is free and open to all local female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Learn to create or enhance the natural areas around your home at an all day "Woods in Your Backyard" workshop offered by the Penn State Cooperative Extension in Schuylkill County. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 at the Schuylkill County Ag Center, 1202 Ag Center Dr., Pottsville.

County Master Gardeners and the extension will provide information about creating recreational areas, developing the native landscape, forest ecology, forest management, improving wildlife habitat and how to create a personal plan using a workbook.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

To help compile your wedding, engagement, anniversary or baby's birth information for publication in the TIMES NEWS, forms are available in our main office at 594 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive West, Lehighton, as well as our offices in Tamaqua, Lansford and Palmerton.

Wedding pictures and stories will be published free up to six months after the wedding. After the deadline, there is a $50 charge to have your wedding appear in the TIMES NEWS.

Monday, January 2, 2012
ANDREW LEIBENGUTH/TIMES NEWS

Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, Nigeria's Art Ambassador and arts consultant, spent time recently admiring art work at the Stonehedge Gardens in South Tamaqua as part of his American tour.

Alao, also a world-renowned painter, is spending time traveling through America, learning and passing on traditional African perspectives on many types of art.

Born in 1975, Alao started as an architect at the University Of Ile-Ife Nigeria. He shares his belief that happiness in life is a code, which we can often decode by listening to silent voices and speaking without talking.

Monday, January 2, 2012

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

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

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

Mail submissions with a release to perform the play to the Carbon Schuylkill Community Theater, 336 Cypress St., Lehighton, PA 18235; or email csctheater@yahoo.com.

Thursday, December 29, 2011
Emily Ward

Emily Ward, a student at Tamaqua Area High School, is one of more than 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. who will be performing in the London New Year's Day Parade.

Emily is the daughter of Thomas and Ruth Ward, and the granddaughter of James Ward and Margaret Steele, all of Tamaqua.