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Friday, July 22, 2011

The 4th annual Pocono Mountains Art Meander will take place from noon until 5 p.m. Aug. 13-14 with 16 local area fine artists, located in 13 different galleries, spread throughout the Pocono Mountains region. The event will go on rain or shine.

Art Meander is a community event, the sole purpose of which is to promote greater awareness of, and appreciation for, regional fine arts in northeast Pennsylvania.

Thursday, July 21, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Ten-year-old Aaliyah Stanley of Lehighton enjoys her sugar-free yogurt with oatmeal at the Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool. The pool has added healthy food to its refreshment stand options.

At the Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool refreshment stand, you can buy typical selections like hamburgers, pizza and ice cream.

You also can purchase sugar-free yogurt with oatmeal, chicken fiesta salad, and other healthy options.

Chrissy Mayernik, coach for Tuff Camp based in Lehighton, which periodically meets at the pool, said Tuff Camp has given the pool $250 to add a healthy menu to the refreshment stand.

"We encourage people to eat healthy," said Mayernik. "Some people are here five to seven days a week. We hope they eat more than just cheeseburgers and fries."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The annual Carbon County Fair, Palmerton, announces it will host the Hershey Cocoa Classic Cake contest; the Pennsylvania's Annual Incredible Angel Food Cake Contest and the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest. The deadline to enter the contests is July 30.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Special to the TIMES NEWS

Nine-year-old Allysyn Kruzik, daughter of Nicole and Ron Kruzik of Northampton, will be competing as a Junior Pre-teen State Finalist in the Miss Pa. pageant. The pageant will be held Aug. 5 and 6 at the Hilton Towers in Harrisburg.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS LEFT: Victoria Mueller as Cha-Cha Digregorio dances with Michael Wawrzynek as Danny Zuko in "Back to the 50s." RIGHT: Sebastian Noecker as Vince Fontaine and Megan Bolton as Marty perform in "Back To The 50s" at Strawberry Playhouse, Tuscarora.

More than 30 performers entertained audiences during multiple performances of "Back to the 50s" held recently at the Strawberry Playhouse in Tuscarora.

The performance, consisting of 50s dancing, singing and comedy, was directed by Strawberry Playhouse owner Lucille Fala-Brennan.

Actors performing in "Back To the 50s" were: Teddy Wilson, Amelia Cassell, Linda Fuentes, Rhiannon Daniels, Brittany Sheidy, Scot Andrews, Hannah Hench, Brooke Yacubeck, Megan Bolton and Brittany McNulty.

Monday, July 18, 2011
Victoria Carrell, 13, of Girl Scout Troop 31211, Tamaqua, stands in front of the newly revitalized Centennial Park in McAdoo. She helped restore the park as part of her Silver Award.

Victoria Carrell, 13, a Tamaqua Cadette in Girl Scout Troop 31211, recently completed all the requirements to receive the Girl Scout Silver Award, the second highest award possible. The award represents a girl's ability to identify and respond to community needs.

Her most recent accomplishment to earn this award was the revitalization of Centennial Park in McAdoo on East Sherman Street.

Monday, July 18, 2011

The 90th West End Fair, Gilbert, announces that it will host the Hershey Cocoa Classic Cake contest; the Hershey Cocoa Classic Cookie, Brownie and Bar contest; Blue Ribbon Apple Pie contest; and Angel Food Cake contest.

First place winners in these categories at the West End Fair can compete at the Pennsylvania State Farm Show in January 2012.

Friday, July 15, 2011
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Ann Marie Toto, vice president of Pocono Area Dance Association, left; Teri Gaglione, VNA/Hospice support services supervisor, second from left; and Kurt Kraeutler PADA president, and his wife, Karin, are ready to dance at PADA's first dance social.

Looking for a fun night?

Do you like to dance?

The West End Volunteer Fire Company, Rt. 715, Brodheadsville, will hold its first dance social on Monday, July 18, from 7-9:30 p.m.

Thanks to the Pocono Area Dance Association (PADA), it is organizing public dance socials to raise money for charities that have been hit hard by the economy. PADA's first dance social will give half of the proceeds to VNA/Hospice House in East Stroudsburg and half to the West End Fire Company.

Friday, July 15, 2011

The Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation will present a community-wide art event, the second annual Painting Marathon, for artists and anyone with the desire to try painting at the end of the month.

The event will take place at the foundation's gallery, located at 20 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

Artists ages 10 and up are eligible to participate and will create work most of the time between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.

Wooden racks to hold paintings in progress will be set up outdoors around the historic, 1849 church. Artists may also paint nearby Jim Thorpe scenes.

Thursday, July 14, 2011
In this film publicity image released by Warner Bros. Pictures, from left, Josh Herdman portrays Gregory Goyle, Tom Felton portrays Draco Malfoy and Louis Cordice portrays Blaise Zabini in a scene from "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2." (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Jaap Buitendijk)

If last year's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" marked the beginning of the end with a gripping feeling of doom and gloom, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2" wraps things up once and for all on a note of melancholy.

Oh, it's dramatic, to be sure: gorgeous, somber and startling as the young wizard faces his destiny and fights the evil Lord Voldemort.