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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

LONDON – Attention wearers of skinny jeans: don't squat – at least not for long.

Doctors in Australia report that a 35-year-old woman was hospitalized for four days after experiencing muscle damage, swelling, and nerve blockages in her legs after squatting for several hours while wearing tight-fitting denims.

"We were surprised that this patient had such severe damage to her nerves and muscles," said Dr. Thomas Kimber of the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File Fitness trackers, from left, Basis Peak, Adidas Fit Smart, Fitbit Charge, Sony SmartBand, and Jawbone Move, are seen next to an iPhone. Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market last week.

NEW YORK – Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market Thursday. But will the devices really help you get healthier?

Experts agree that getting people to set goals and then reminding them of the goals absolutely works, and the tracking devices are built to do that.

But evidence that the devices work is limited because they are new and studies of them have mostly been small or focused on specific groups of people.

Monday, June 22, 2015
Color me gorgeous

Want a new look? How about a new color? Red highlights? Purple?

Maybe turquoise is more your thing.

You don't have to be Pink, Katy Perry or Nicole Richie to rock a hot new color.

While celebrities and socialites are usually on the forefront for trendsetting, just about anyone can put a little extra zing in their appearance these days.

"I did it last year, around this time," says Angie Bailor of Jim Thorpe, "and I loved it."

Monday, June 22, 2015

If you plan to get extensions, you'll need to schedule a consultation.

Your stylist will determine how many bundles of hair you'll need. This will depend on the size of your head and the thickness of your hair, your lifestyle and how active you are.

If you're a cancer patient, you'll need to wait six months from your last treatment, and also have 2 1/2 to 3 inches of new growth.

Friday, June 19, 2015

If you have a small patch of yard and sunlight, you can join the fight to help bees and pollinators survive.

"Every little bit we can do, in each yard, will help," said Dan Kunkle, director of the Lehigh Gap Nature Center. "Home gardens are hugely important, or at least they could be. We have taken away so much natural habitat, but if we can replace some of it in our yards, it will add up."

Friday, June 19, 2015
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Janet Maurer, a volunteer at the Lehigh Gap Nature Center, works in the center's certified pollinator garden. The center's garden is one of five certified pollinator gardens in the area that will be open for tours and activities on Saturday for a national celebration of Pollinator Week.

National Pollinator Week has local gardeners buzzing.

Five certificated pollinator gardens in our area will host a day of celebration Saturday and raise awareness of the importance of pollinators.

The event is sponsored locally by the Carbon Chamber and Economic Development Corporation and organized nationally by the Pollinator Partnership in California.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Todd Snider performs at the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8 p.m. Saturday.

The magnetic and edgy folk singer Todd Snider, who will appear at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, credits his transformation into unpredictable, story-telling folk troubadour to a Jerry Jeff Walker show he saw at age 19.

Since then, he's never looked back on his more straight-laced days.

Case in point: "Conservative Christian Right-Wing Republican Straight White American Male," is a country waltz that elevates equal-opportunity needling and name-calling to high art.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Allentown Area Swing Dance Society holds weekly dances on Tuesdays at the Fearless Fire Co. Starlight Ballroom at 1221 S. Front St. and Susquehanna St., Allentown. For directions, go to

Admission is $10; and $5 for students under 21 with ID. The fee will increase as of July 1.

The main lesson runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and starts with basic beginner and builds to intermediate steps.There is open dancing from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. featuring California mix music.

Special beginner or advanced lessons are available from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

"The Bartender Chronicles" is a comedy for mature audiences produced by The Crowded Kitchen Players at the Charles Brown Ice House, 56 River St., Bethlehem.

Twelve mismatched couples and a number of intemperate lonely-hearts are scattered around a Lake George Village restaurant in the early season. In their various states of insobriety, they sift through their respective passions, their frustrations, and their fears about love, life, and loneliness in this original comedy written by Brian McDermott. Ara Barlieb directs.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Imagine The Beatles playing in concert with a symphony orchestra.

You can find out what that would sound like at 7:30 p.m. July 11 when the Classical Mystery Tour performs live in concert at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown.

The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert.