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Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Tartan Terrors will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe Saturday.

The Tartan Terrors are their own Celtic Invasion, mixing rock's energy with traditional folklore, dance and humor.

With an arsenal featuring classic pipes and fiddle, driving drum tones, and signature guitar styles, standing room only audiences understand why they are recognized internationally for their music, comedy and stage performances.

Members of the Tartan Terrors have performed on four different continents, in some of the most prestigious festivals, Highland Games and theaters of North America and for good reason.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Celebrate Schuylkill and The Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau, in cooperation with The Walk In Art Center, Mud & Maker, The Arts Barn, Tamaqua Art Center, Block of Art and Mountain Valley Golf Course present the first Spring Thaw Arts and Culture Tour of Schuylkill County's most creative sights, sounds and experiences.

Planned to coincide with the popular Lager Jogger's third year, the event spans three days, six venues and includes more than 200 artists and vendors.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Professional photographer Sally Wiener Grotta poses by one of the impressive works included in her "American Hands" photo project that will be on display all month long at the Palmerton Area Library.

The "American Hands" photo project by Sally Wiener Grotta is on display at the Palmerton Area Library this month.

Grotta described the display as "what I call narrative portraits of people that keep the old trades alive."

"They're going to see photographs that look like paintings," Grotta said. "Pictures that I hope will intrigue them."

"American Hands" is Grotta's award-winning visual celebration of those individuals who keep alive the traditional crafts that built our dynamically diverse culture and established the underpinnings of our present-day society.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

On stage for one weekend only, C & K Dance Company will present the ballet "Coppelia" at The Shawnee Playhouse.

This beautifully adapted version for young audiences offers Léo Delibes's melodic score and ensures everyone enjoys this classic fairy tale.

"Coppelia" is the story of a small 19th century European village that is receiving the gift of a bell from the local prince. All of the townsfolk, including the young couple Swanhilde and Frantz, are enjoying a big celebration in honor of the gift.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

For those wondering about the changing health care requirements for hospital, doctor, prescriptions, home health care and long-term care needs, a free Medicare workshop will be held at 7 p.m. April 15 at SS. Peter and Paul School Hall, 307 Coal St., Lehighton.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The program is to help people entering Medicare for the first time, and their caregivers, to better understand this comprehensive health care program.

The program will conclude with a question-and-answer period. Free refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Suzanne Fletcher

Open enrollment for health insurance coverage in 2015 through the Affordable Care Act recently ended. The next time consumers can apply for coverage through an open enrollment period will be in November, for coverage that will be effective Jan. 1, 2016.

There are, however, special circumstances, or "qualifying life events," that will allow some consumers to enroll in health insurance coverage outside of the open enrollment periods.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Savvy shoppers know a good deal when they see one and chances are there will be plenty of savvy shoppers at Penn's Peak Tuesday for the annual Prom and Wedding Dress Sale to benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Prospective brides and starry-eyed young women with special occasions on their calendars can find the dress of their dreams, while helping make a dream come true for a sick child.

The event this year will take place from 3 to 7 p.m.

Monday, March 30, 2015

It's hard to find statistics on book clubs, but anectdotal evidence suggests that book clubs in all forms are experiencing a surge in popularity.

You can join a book club at any local public library. If the group's schedule doesn't mesh with yours, you could join a group of friends to discuss the latest best-sellers.

If you're even more pressed for time, you can start an informal "club" and swap thoughts and new book suggestions on Goodreads.com.

Monday, March 30, 2015
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Diane Danielson, the librarian at Palmerton Area Public Library, with an electronic copy of "Shakespeare Saved My Life." The book is being offered as part of a worldwide electronic book club, which is open to all Carbon and Lehigh library members.

Looking for a new book to read and discuss? Look no further than your local library.

While library book clubs are nothing new, the Carbon Lehigh Downloadable Library is taking book clubs to a new level by joining the Big Library Read, a global e-book club. The program runs through Tuesday afternoon.

The book club is part of a global reading experience sponsored by OverDrive, the company that hosts the Carbon Lehigh Downloadable Library, a group of public libraries in Carbon and Lehigh counties.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the oldest and largest youth mentoring organizations in the United States.

Originated in New York in 1902, by 1912 it had established programs in 26 cities.

In 1947, the organization set ground in Philadelphia. By the late 1990s, 950 children were being mentored by the program across the country.