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Tuesday, January 24, 2012
001 Daisy Girl Scout Nicollette McCabe lines up a putt on the "Alice in Wonderland" green during miniature golf at Library Palooza at the Palmerton Area Library.

While the streets of Palmerton were quiet under a blanket of fresh snow on Saturday, the Palmerton Area Library was filled with laughter and cheers.

Library Palooza was held at the Palmerton Area Library for local Girl Scouts and families as a chance to have some indoor fun and shake off cabin fever. The event was coordinated by Palmerton area Girl Scout leaders and scouts and the Palmerton Area Library's Teen Advisory Group.

Monday, January 23, 2012
BOB MILLER/TIMES NEWS Bailey, a 7-year-old Saint Bernard, may have a lot of fun playing in the snow, but he, along with all animals need to have the proper care and shelter to survive in frigid temperatures. Be sure to take the necessary precautions to make sure your animal stays safe this winter.

LOS ANGELES If you are too cold to be outside without a coat, your dog probably is too.

If your cat eats just one of your acetaminophen cold or flu pills, it could be fatal.

Those are just a few of the tips experts offer to keep pets safe this winter. Here are some other basic cold-weather precautions with pets from experts and animal welfare organizations.

From the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

Ÿ Keep your dog leashed in the snow and make sure it has an ID tag. Dogs can lose scents in snow and get lost.

Friday, January 20, 2012
SHERI RYAN/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The Dimmick Memorial Library was the recipient of a $3,000 check donated by the Carbon County Bar Association. From the left are attorney Jane Engler; Susan Sterling, library director; and attorney Greg Mousseau, CCBA board member.

Friday, January 20, 2012
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Diane Danielson, Palmerton Area Library director, right, displays Paula Zelienka's of Palmerton, left, watercolor of The Sacred Heart Church. Artwork by local artists such as Zelienka's will be on display during the library's annual Art Show and Lunch on Sunday, Jan. 29.

What to do on a cold winter's day?

Come to Palmerton Area Library's Art Show and Lunch on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 12 to 3 p.m. and warm up your soul. Doors will not open until noon.

The Friends of the Library will host the event, which includes lunch and artwork by local artists. The artwork will also be available for purchase.

This is the library's biggest fundraiser of the year.

The art show is looking for more artists to showcase their work. Bring no more than three pieces per artist. Pieces must be framed and ready to hang with a wire on the back.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers will hold its February meeting at 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

During the meeting, a workshop entitled "Castles to Corsets: Researching and Writing Historical Fiction" will be presented by local author Kathy Coddington

Contrary to popular belief, historical fiction is not dead. Viking warlords, knights, Scottish lords, feisty women in corsets and bonnets and bawdy ladies of the evening are still a popular draw.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

The American Cancer Society will host a Look Good, Feel Better makeover workshop from 4-6 p.m., Jan. 30, at the ACS office, 33 W. Ridge St., Lansford.

The session is free and open to all female cancer patients actively undergoing cancer treatment.

During the session, trained cosmetologists will meet with patients to discuss ways of using makeup and accessories to minimize appearance-related side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

Look Good, Feel Better is offered in a group setting, providing participants with cancer education, information and support.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) – Babies don't learn to talk just from hearing sounds. New research suggests they're lip-readers too.

It happens during that magical stage when a baby's babbling gradually changes from gibberish into syllables and eventually into that first "mama" or "dada."

Florida scientists discovered that starting around age 6 months, babies begin shifting from the intent eye gaze of early infancy to studying mouths when people talk to them.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Blue Mountain Health System's Acute Partial Hospitalization program, located in the Blue Mountain Medical Plaza in Bowmanstown, is now accepting clients.

People struggling with mental health issues now have a safe, supportive place to learn how to navigate life.

Blue Mountain Health System's Acute Partial Hospitalization program, housed in the newly renovated Blue Mountain Medical Plaza in Bowmanstown, is now accepting clients.

The program, which operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., is aimed at empowering those with depression, bipolar disorder, or other diagnosed mental illness to take back control of their lives.

Tuesday, January 17, 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.

Monday, January 16, 2012
 Kaitlyn Keich of Hometown will be fulfilling a dream when she travels to Florida to become an intern with the Disney College Program. Her role as a Disney character will allow her to share the magic with thousands of children during the next six months.

Mirror, mirror on the wall? Who's the luckiest one of all?

Kaitlyn Keich of Hometown is about to embark on a journey guaranteed to fulfill her childhood dreams, but luck had very little to do with it. It's due to her hard work and determination.

As a child, Keich and her family vacationed at Walt Disney World in Florida and she was determined to revisit the magic. That dream comes true later this month when she travels to the Lake Buena Vista/Kissimmee area as part of the Walt Disney World College Internship/Co-Op Program.