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Monday, December 1, 2014

People of all ages can step back in time and experience Christmas Eve 1842 with a Pennsylvania German family while visiting the historic 1756 Pennsylvania German Troxell-Steckel Farmhouse in Whitehall Township. Special hourlong holiday tours will take place from 1 to 5:15 p.m. Saturday. The Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum is hosting the event.

"This is a rare opportunity for children and adults to relive Christmas before it became a shopping frenzy," said Joseph Garrera, executive director of the heritage museum.

Friday, November 28, 2014

A s the holiday season nears, area groups are busy helping the less fortunate, and they can use some help from the community.

Area organizations have shared requests for items to help in their missions.

The requests include specific items, both small and large; monetary donations; or donations of time.

If you're looking for ways to brighten the season for area residents who need some extra holiday cheer, look no further.

Socks for seniors

Socks for seniors collects new, unwrapped items for area nursing homes for the holidays. The deadline is Dec. 12.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How are you saving money this holiday season and still getting your loved ones the gifts that they want?

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Look Good Feel Better is a special program for women who are receiving treatment for a cancer diagnosis, receiving chemotherapy or radiation.

Participants receive information on skin care, makeup and dealing with hair loss.

This is a free program and participants who attend will receive a makeup package valued at $200.

A Look Good Feel Better Session will take place at 2 p.m. Monday in the third floor conference room at Blue Mountain Health System, Palmerton Hospital Campus, 135 Lafayette Ave., Palmerton.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

On average, Americans gain weight during the holiday season. While the weight gain may not be dramatic, research shows it tends to stick and accumulate over the years. But you don't have to succumb to this progression, say experts.

"There are strategic steps to avoid holiday weight gain while still enjoying friends, family and holiday feasts," says Sonya Angelone, registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spokeswoman.

In preparation for a big holiday party or feast, do not skip meals throughout the day. This may result in overeating later.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Socks for Seniors Project is in full swing again this year.

Mary Ann Dulaney and daughter, Jessica Kutza, coordinators for the project, with the assistance of 15 area businesses, are collecting donations of warm socks and other items to distribute to local nursing home/rehab center residents for the holiday season.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Are you heading out in search of bargains this Friday?

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Happy shopping!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Gone are the days when you were limited to scanning Black Friday circulars on Thanksgiving morning. (Although it was a great tradition, wasn't it?)

"It's a lot different now because we get the sales on our mobile devices," says Lisa Johnson of West Penn, who has been shopping on Black Friday for more than 15 consecutive years.

"Now we look at who has Black Friday apps. They tell you who has the best deal for the items you're looking for," she said.

"Do a search for Black Friday on your app store. You'll be shocked."

Monday, November 24, 2014
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News ABOVE: Tina VanBuren, left, and Lisa Johnson look through sale  fliers as they prepare for Black Friday. The Tamaqua friends have been shopping on Black Friday for more than 15 years.  RIGHT: In this Nov. 28, 2013, file photo, customers shop at a Target store in Colma, California. Experts say Thanksgiving weekend lives up to the hype of serving up the best bargains of the year from TVs to clothing.

After a day of food, family and friends, what is the most popular thing to do the day after Thanksgiving? Go Black Friday shopping, of course.

Friends and neighbors Tina VanBuren and Lisa Johnson, both of Tamaqua, have been shopping on Black Friday together for more than 15 years.

What started as a fun way to find discounted gifts for their children and family has become a time-honored tradition a day for friendship and fun, and the official start of the Christmas and holiday season.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Thanksgiving is almost here which means family, food, football, and for many of us, long road trips.

While family travel can give us the chance to bond, the long car-time can also create lots of inactive time and boredom for our kids.

Here are a few tips to make that venture over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house a walk in the park.

1. Stop at quirky and fun roadside attractions, like the Peachoid water tower in Gaffney, South Carolina; the world's tallest thermometer in Baker, California; or "Carhenge" near Alliance, Nebraska.