Saturday, February 25, 2017


Friday, January 20, 2017

The Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., will host a seminar on the benefits of essential oils and the field of holistic health from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23.

Suzi Harahus will share her knowledge of ways to incorporate essentials oils into a healthy lifestyle, no matter your age.

There is a $5 sampling bar fee.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Paint with Paula art classes are scheduled for January and February at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua. Two of the classes will be acrylics, while another will be watercolor for beginners.

The acrylics classes will be 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday (perfect for beginners) and 6 to 9 p.m. on Feb. 16, for more advanced artists. The watercolors for beginners will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 18.

Fees include all materials and supplies.

For more information, call 570-668-1192.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Winery hosts chili cook-off fundraiser for firefighters

Galen Glen Winery, 255 Winter Mountain Drive, Andreas, will host its fourth annual Chili Cook Off Jan. 21.

The winery is excited about the feedback so far for its fourth annual chili cook off.

“We have five chefs participating and also received applications from three chefs who are on a waiting list, should one of our current chefs cancel,” says tasting room manager Kathy Matson.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Free Range Folk performs for free tonight at the Mauch Chunk Opera House. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The free concert series at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe continues at 7:30 tonight with Free Range Folk, an Americana/bluegrass-inspired rock family band with instrumentation that ranges from electric guitar, horns and drums to banjo, mandolin and musical saw.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The Tamaqua Area Community Theatre will hold auditions for its upcoming production of “Oz!”, a musical based on L. Frank Baum’s classic tale of “The Wizard of Oz.”

Auditions will be held at the Tamaqua Community Art Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua, from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 and from 8 a.m. to noon Jan. 28. Come prepared with a song to sing.

Call backs will be from 2 to 4 p.m. on Jan. 29.

Performances are scheduled for March 31 and April 1.

The production is made possible through an arrangement with Pioneer Drama. Music and lyrics are by Bill Francouer.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Bon Jovi is hosting a contest for opening acts for the band’s This House is Not For Sale Tour. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

As one of rock’s biggest bands, Bon Jovi’s legacy is as much about giving back as it is about anthemic performances and box-office-smashing tours.

In that spirit, Jon Bon Jovi announced recently on Facebook an opening act contest that allows bands to upload an audition for the chance to open an arena date on Bon Jovi’s upcoming 2017 This House is Not For Sale Tour.

It’s the third time in recent years that the Grammy Award-winning band has invited local and regional artists to share the stage.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Throwing a Super Bowl Party? Tell us about it

Super Bowl 51 kicks off on Feb. 5. Are you doing anything special? Will you host a party? If so, what will you serve your guests? Do you make a football-shaped cake or arrange your guacamole to resemble the gridiron? Any special decorations?

We’d love to hear how you enjoy the biggest game of the year.

Email with your plans and contact information for an upcoming story.

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Greensky Bluegrass takes the stage at Penn’s Peak at 8 p.m. Jan. 26. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

For more than 15 years, the members of Greensky Bluegrass have created their own version of bluegrass, mixing the acoustic stomp of a string-band with the rule-breaking spirit of rock ’n’ roll.

The band, which includes Anders Beck, dobro; Michael Arlen Bont, banjo; Dave Bruzza, guitar; Mike Devol, upright bass; and Paul Hoffman, mandolin, comes to Penn’s Peak at 8 p.m. Jan. 26.

“You can call us an acoustic ensemble, or a drum-less rock band, or a rock ’n’ roll bluegrass band,” says Hoffman. “All of that shifting identity has taught us to cover a lot of ground.”

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Unstuffed Pepper Soup. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The world has been carrying on a love affair with soup for more than 8,000 years — all the way back to the time our ancestors hunted down a 3,000-pound beast and tossed it into a pot of boiling water.

We’ve come a long way since then.

Today we can eat our soup hot, cold, spicy, creamy, thick, clear. We can have it for lunch or dinner. We can open a can and dump it into a pot, or we can make our own stock from the freshest ingredients and spend hours perfecting a complex consommé.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
This 2012 file photo shows a limited edition Campbell’s tomato soup can with art and sayings by artist Andy Warhol displayed in front of an original Warhol Pop Art painting from the 1960s. AP FILE PHOTO

As we celebrate National Soup Month, let’s take a look at some fun facts about this dietary staple.

The origin of soup

Did you know that soup was created around 6000 B.C. and was made of hippopotamus?

It’s also believed that the word “soup” comes from the sixth-century Latin word “suppa, which means “a piece of bread eaten in broth.” The word is also said to have its roots in Sanskrit. The words “su” and “po” mean good nutrition.

Soup as art

Andy Warhol created his iconic painting of 32 Campbell Soup cans in 1962.