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Thursday, February 13, 2014
STACEY SOLT/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Maya Kowalcyk, the owner of Jim Thorpe Yoga, demonstrates the Cobbler's pose during a talk on yoga and mental health. The talk and yoga session were lead by Kowalcyk and members of Blue Mountain Health System.

Treating depression or anxiety isn't always about taking medication or seeing a therapist.

In some cases, taking care of your body can be just as important as addressing your mental health.

This was the message that Blue Mountain Health System and Jim Thorpe Yoga shared during a recent program on yoga and mental health at the Jim Thorpe Yoga studio on Center Street in Jim Thorpe.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System Women's Cancer Support Group will meet in the community room at the Gnaden Huetten campus of the Blue Mountain Health System, 211 N. 12th St., Lehighton, at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.

They will not meet in February if there is inclement weather.

The meeting is geared for women who have been diagnosed with cancer sometime in their lives.

The format is informal. Contact Mary Ann Hazel at 610-824-6490 for further information.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

At the next meeting of the Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers group author A.C. James will discuss Using Adobe InDesign To Produce & Distribute Your eBook.

The meeting will take place at 11 a.m. March 8 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

There is a fee for non-members for in person or online participation.

For details visit www.plrw.org.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A training opportunity is being offered for Food Safety Certification/ServSafe from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25 and from 8:30 a.m. until noon Tuesday, March 4 at Penn State Extension- Monroe County, 724 Phillips St., Suite 201, in Stroudsburg.

Registration deadline is Feb. 21.

There is a cost for participation.

To register, choose your desired location and register online by visiting: http://extension.psu.edu/food/safety/events or contact; call 570-421-6430 or by email at MonroeExt@psu.edu for assistance.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

With the birth of Kaiden Boyer on Nov. 10, the family of Emma D.

(Hoffman) Hittner, Palmerton, spans five generations. From left, Emma Hittner; great-grandmother Carolyn M. (Hittner) Handwerk, wife of Kenneth Handwerk, Robesonia, formerly of Palmerton; Kaiden; his mother, Megan C. (Althouse) Boyer, wife of Senior Airman Tyler Boyer, Panama City, Fla., and formerly of Stouchburg; and

grandmother Melissa C. (Althouse) Platt, wife of Daniel Platt, of

Columbia, and formerly of Stouchburg.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Would you like to learn to improve your Word processing skills?

If so, join Black Diamond Writers' Network Saturday, March 15, to learn the full functions of Microsoft Word.

Stephanie Beavers of Stephanie J. Beavers Communications will be presenting a demonstration on the finer functionality of Microsoft Word "Word 101: A Tutorial."

By learning a few simple tricks you will find that navigating in Word will make your life easier when it comes to editing documents and manuscripts.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Gently-used and new prom and wedding dresses, along with accessories, are being collected from Feb. 10 through March 27 at the following Blue Ridge Cable offices: Lehighton, Lansford, Gilbert, Palmerton, Walnutport and Stroudsburg.

The Dress Sale will take place from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2 at Penn's Peak.

All proceeds will benefit Dream Come True, Blue Ridge Chapter.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Blue Mountain Health System will offer a free workshop on Art Therapy: Creating a New Outlet at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 204 Bank St., Bowmanstown.

Art therapy is a creative process that motivates people to engage in the process of making art. When words fail, art therapy encourages people to express feelings and emotions through non-verbal outlets. It is based on the belief that the creative process is used to help people resolve conflicts and problems, develop interpersonal skills, manage behaviors and achieve insight.

Friday, February 7, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Ten members of the Marian Catholic High School Band were selected to perform in the 40th Annual Diocesan Music Festival at Allentown Central Catholic High School. The festival was held Feb. 1. The band included 66 musicians from the seven high schools of the Diocese of Allentown and was under the direction of Dr. Ronald Demkee. Marian senior Kelsey Hurst was presented the Ralph Brodt Jr. Award in recognition of accomplishments in leadership, school and community involvement, and service.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Lehigh Gap Nature Center is hosting its inaugural Nature in Photographs show at the nature center's Osprey House from March 21 to April 5.

Amateur nature photographers from throughout the region are encouraged to participate. The photographs may be from anywhere on the planet, but must be actual photographs, not computer generated images or collages.

There will be three categories: Wildlife, Scenic, and Macro. Wildlife includes both plants and animals of any kind.