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Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Bach and Handel Chorale will be hosting a Wine and Chocolate Valentine Celebration from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Museum Ballroom, 41 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

There will be wine tasting, a chocolate fountain, hors d'oeuvres, a basket raffle, DJ dancing and Valentine photos.

Tickets are $15 per person at the door.

For more information, visit www.bhchorale.org.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Take a trip along the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail for a weekend full of treats and tastings.

Ÿ Galen Glen, Andreas, is pairing its raspberry wine with handcrafted dark chocolate truffles all month. Made by chocolatier Steve Evans of Lancaster, there is double-dark, espresso and raspberry champagne. Purchase a 3-ounce sample of the wine with three truffles for $3.

Ÿ Amore, Nazareth, will feature assorted chocolates with their Blackberry Bliss wine.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Wine expert Bart Springer teaches wine appreciation classes at Northampton Community College.

Want to try something fun this Valentine's Day? How about creating a tasting of wine and chocolate for your sweetheart?

Although pairing these two staples seems to be all the rage now, it was never very common, until recently.

"Traditionally, wine is not served with chocolate," says wine expert Bart Springer of Jim Thorpe, who has been teaching wine appreciation at Northampton Community College since 1983.

"Usually, when you are having food with wine, the wine is sweeter than the food."

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The annual Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the American Cancer Society Telethon Committee Chinese Auction will take place March 29. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. at Lakeside Ballroom, located on Route 54 in Barnesville. The drawing begins at 2:30.

There will be raffle prizes, 50/50 drawings and food.

Polka Joe will broadcast on WMGH live from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Proceeds from the auction will be presented at the Annual ACS Telethon that airs April 11 and 12 at Penn's Peak and will broadcast live on BRC TV-13 and Service Electric cable TV.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The women's cancer support group meets on the third Tuesday of the month.

The next meeting will be Feb. 17 at the Blue Mountain Health System, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton, in the community room, ground floor.

Meetings are from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

The format is informal and ideal for people who are looking for personal, mutual support for cancer-related issues.

For more information please contact Karen at 610-377-6279 or Gerry at 484-629-3522.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Here is a listing of the Carbon County food pantry locations operated through Shepherd House and additional relevant information:

Beaver Meadows

Serves households in Packer Township and is located in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 19 Second St.., Beaver Meadows.

The pantry is open the third Thursday of each month from 6-7 p.m.

Contact Jennifer Barnasevitch at 570-455-6835.

Jim Thorpe

Serves households in the Jim Thorpe School District and is located in Ebenezer Evangelical Congregational Church, 441 Center Ave. The phone number is 570-325-2855.

Monday, February 9, 2015
Upgrade your fireplace to improve energy efficiency

Heating and cooling your home typically comprises nearly half of the average American's utility bill, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Unfortunately, a portion of that expenditure is lost.

While most homeowners know that insulating, patching and weatherizing can reduce heat loss, there is one major energy eater in your home that you may not have considered that charming staple of dens, family rooms and anywhere people gather: the fireplace.

Monday, February 9, 2015
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Pictured from left are Carolyn Long, pantry co-coordinator; attorney Gregory Mousseau, chancellor of the bar association; Stanley Haupt, director of Shepherd House; Shirley Radler, secretary; and Ron Long, co-coordinator of the pantry.

The Carbon County Bar Association recently presented a check in the amount of $2,000 to Shepherd House Inc.

Shepherd House operates nine food pantries in the Carbon County area serving hundreds of families in need each month.

In 2014 alone, Shepherd House provided assistance for 13,483 households.

A total of 37,146 individuals, including 19,666 adults, 11,876 children and 5,604 elderly were provided a total of 334,323 meals to help sustain them.

Last year, 1,459 new Carbon County families were added to the list of those in need.

Monday, February 9, 2015

A class on Retirement Basics by Thrivent will be hosted at the Summit Hill Heritage Center from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday and from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17.

This short class takes into consideration basic retirement issues including IRAs, etc.

Each participant will receive a workbook.

Coffee and tea, plus a snack will be provided by the center.

The heritage center is located at 1 W. Hazard St. in Summit Hill.

Monday, February 9, 2015

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union is reaching out to the community by holding a seminar on "First Time Home Buying."

It will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 24 at its Bethlehem Branch at 257 Brodhead Road.

The seminar will focus on such topics as: first time home buying program, FHA lending options, steps to homeownership, review of a sales contract, avoiding mortgage fraud, advantages of owning a home, the benefits of getting pre-approved and what to expect at loan closing.