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Monday, September 15, 2014

One in three students under the age of 18 report experiencing some form of abuse, Break The Cycle, a national nonprofit organization working to provide dating abuse prevention programs, reports.

That means that little Suzie, the shy girl who tenses up when a person comes near her, or Jeffery, the loud boy who has outbursts for no reason, could be a victim.

On college campuses, one out of every four college-aged women will be a victim of an attempted or completed rape during their academic career.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Penn State Extension in Carbon County is currently accepting applications for the 2015 Penn State Extension Master Gardener program.

The program consists of a volunteer training course designed to provide experienced home gardeners with information and skills necessary to share their experience and knowledge with others.

Weekly Tuesday classes will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Oct. 14 through March 17 at various field locations and the Carbon County Environmental Education Center.

According to the Penn State Master Gardener website, volunteers must:

Friday, September 12, 2014
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS If you enjoy gardening, you might have what it takes to become a master gardener.  Classes start soon for those who are interested in taking it to the next level.

If you think you might have what it takes to be a master gardener, Carbon County is looking for you.

Classes will be starting soon, and Master Gardener Slate Altenburg, of West Penn Township, is hoping to attract more home gardeners and enthusiasts.

He says becoming a master gardener is a great way to increase your knowledge and skills and have fun while sharing with others.

For Altenburg, it seems that "fun" may be the best part.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Grier City Sunday School and Lift Your Spirits Performing Arts will present a dinner theater production on Sept. 20.

"Murder on the Rebound," with a roast beef dinner, will be presented at the White Church social hall, 132 Church Road, Tamaqua. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the show to follow.

For ticket information, call 570-668-2748 or 570-467-2634.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

CRAFT PHILA: Liberty Bell is holding its first fall show from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The outdoor juried art fair is staged adjacent to the Liberty Bell Pavilion and Independence Mall.

Seventy-six independent artists will offer signed goods in a broad range of prices, including handcrafted jewelry, accessories, and wearables along with decorative and functional wares in a spectrum of contemporary styles.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Colored pencil classes are being held at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, offered by Amy Joanne Mogish, Tamaqua, the "Pencilin Peddler." This month's class will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 19.

Additional workshops will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Sept. 23 and Sept. 30 (scarecrow) and at 10 a.m. on Sept. 27.

Mogish has been a decorative artist for more than 20 years, with her work featured in "The Decorative Painter" and "PaintWorks Magazine."

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Carpatho-Rusyn Society presents Kechera, an award-winning folk ensemble from Jakubany, Slovakia, at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at Hillcrest Hall, 631 Minersville-Llewellyn Highway, Minersville.

Students are free. There is an admission charge for adults.

Refreshments will be available. For more information contact Sharon Jarrow at 610-759-2628 or email

Thursday, September 11, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Jeffrey Collins, Tamaqua's first Artist in Residence, wraps strands of acrylic yarn around a bare wooden frame before applying acrylic paint to add layers of texture to his work.

Tamaqua has an art district.

Yes, it does, and it continues to grow through the efforts of the Tamaqua Community Arts Center and the Tamaqua Area Community Partnership.

The latest sign of growth will be seen during an art exhibit this Saturday, featuring the work of Tamaqua's first artist in residence, Jeffrey Collins.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Recipes are being sought for the 19th annual Pennsylvania Taste of Elegance Chef Competition. The event is open to all chefs working full-time in the food service operatons.

Recipes submitted will be pre-judged and up to 10 chefs will be selected to compete on Nov. 17 at Bear Creek Resort in Macungie.

The winning chef receives $1,000 and will be invited to attend the National Pork Board's 2015 Taste of Elegance event.

All pork cuts may be used and recipes should be "menu friendly," showing practicality with flair.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

This weekend the nine winery members of the Lehigh Valley Wine Trail will celebrate Harvest Weekend when they will welcome wine lovers for tastings, vineyard and winery tours, food and wine pairings, and live entertainment.

Event hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.Harvest Weekend is a free event, however each winery sets its own wine tasting fee policy. Visit each winery's web site for details.

Wineries include:

Ÿ Amoré Vineyards & Winery, Nazareth

Ÿ Big Creek Vineyard and Winery, Kresgeville