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Friday, March 25, 2016
Composting classes in Monroe County

Why spend money on potting soil and fertilizers when you can make your own? Recycle your fruit and vegetables scraps, coffee grounds, egg shells, grass clippings, leaves and more into rich soil for planting. Composting will reduce waste and your cost for disposal.

Friday, March 25, 2016
Spring for the Arts Gala

The Pocono Arts Council’s Annual Spring for the Arts Gala is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 8 at Terraview at Stroudsmoor Country Inn. The event is designed to spotlight regional visual and performing talent. The theme is “Go Green” in recognition of the importance of the environment.

In addition to art, music, fine food and great company, PoconoArts will be inducting several local artists into its artist “Hall of Fame” during the event.

Friday, March 25, 2016
Author Kathleen Quinn-Farber of Tamaqua selected 30 of her favorite original poems to be featured in “Living and Loving,” below, a compilation of feelings and emotions many people encounter as they go through life. DONALD R. SERFASS/TIMES NEWS

Kathleen Quinn-Farber has a flair for using the printed word to express emotion.

The 52-year-old Tamaqua woman has been writing since childhood but only recently decided to produce a poetry book containing 30 examples that reflect the depths of passion that inspire and motivate her.

“I write at any emotional time,” says the Tamaqua author.

Most of her poems are free verse. Many writers of free verse tend to be flowery, with verbose manner, but not Quinn-Farber. She writes with concision. Each word has meaning and there are no wasted words.

Friday, March 25, 2016

CBS’s “Big Brother” casting call is coming to Mohegan Sun Pocono, 1280 Route 315, Wilkes-Barre, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. March 31 in the Keystone Grand Ballroom.

“Big Brother” alum Johnny Mac will stop by to meet with fans in line. Guests must be 21 and over to attend and audition.

Participants may not line up until 8 a.m. on the day of the event. Registration begins at 10.

Full eligibility requirements and applications are available at

Friday, March 25, 2016

Lehigh Carbon Community College, Schnecksville, will host a book signing by former LCCC faculty member Ned Schillow at 2 p.m. April 12 n the LCCC bookstore in the Academic Resource Center building.

His books, “The Titanic and Pennsylvania,” volumes 1 and 2, address the Titanic’s first day at sea 104 years ago. In addition, a book discussion will be held at 2:30 p.m. May 6 in Science Hall Room 5.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Friday, March 25, 2016

The “ears” have it.

According to WalletHub, 89 percent of Americans believe that the ears on a chocolate bunny should be eaten first. Times News readers agree.

“Well, yeah,” says Amanda Getter-Keller.

“I mean you don’t want it to hear you eating the rest of it ... that would be just inhuman.”

Butchie Yaich says they should only make the ears.

“It’s the best part of the bunny,” says Yaich.

“I just think it would be awkward to hold it by its smallest part to take a bite of the biggest part,” says Chantel Beishline. “Totally normal.”

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Lehigh Carbon Community College hosts award-winning author Marty Essen at 6 p.m. April 13, as he presents his multimedia show, “Around the World in 90 Minutes.” The free event will be held in the Scheller-Woodman Community Services Center at LCCC’s main campus in Schnecksville.

Essen’s show features interesting facts, humorous stories and thousands of photos he took traveling the world for his first book, “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.”

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Author Jeff Davis and illustrator Marybeth Cauley, both of Jim Thorpe, will participate in a free panel discussion and book signing at 7 p.m. March 31 hosted by Penn State Worthington Scranton in the Study Learning Center’s K. Bruce Sherbine Lounge.

Other panelists include authors Dave Hess, Barbara J. Taylor and John J. Zelenski.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Concert postponed

The Reverend Jefferson Tribute to Grace Slick and the Airplane at the Mauch Chunk Opera House Saturday has been postponed. No new date has been set.

Thursday, March 24, 2016


The Crazy Quilters Quilt Guild will meet at 7 p.m. April 5, at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 Cedar Crest Blvd. in Emmaus.

The program on New York Beauty Quilts will be given by Linda J. Hahn.

There is a charge for visitors. For more information, visit