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Thursday, February 5, 2015

The IceHouse Tonight will present a classical voice showcase and wine reception featuring the Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The IceHouse is located at 57 River St. in Bethlehem.

Enjoy a late afternoon showcase featuring opera and classical voice selections, performed by members of the award-winning Touring Choir from the high school.

The showcase will be led by David Macbeth, charter arts' director of Vocal Music. Proceeds will benefit the charter arts vocal department.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Go to Food.com for tip videos to keep food fresh and craft better sauces, soups and dressing. Here's a sampling:

Ÿ Have old, hard lemons or limes leftover in the kitchen? Microwave them for 15 seconds and they will juice like new!

Ÿ To prevent onions from turning brown quickly, store them in pantyhose by placing them in each leg and tying a knot between every new onion. Hang them in a dark, dry place for up to 6 months. Snip off an onion as needed!

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

More snow is on the way, so if you find yourself running to the store for one last grocery grab before the snow and ice return, you may want to stock up on more than bread, eggs and milk.

These Top 10 Pantry Staples from Taste of Home will keep you warm and satisfied until it's safe to return to the streets:

1. Canned soups: Dinner. Done. Bonus if it's cream of anything, then you can use it as a base for many dishes.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY OF METROGRAPHIC February is American Heart Month. Show some love to your heart by incorporating heart healthy tips into meal planning and preparation. Your heart will thank you.

In recognition of February being American Heart Month, the team of nutritionists at Giant Food Stores is making it easy for customers to show their heart some love by incorporating heart healthy tips into meal planning and preparation.

Your heart, and your family, will thank you.

Veggies, please

Choose more fruits and vegetables.

A diet high in fiber helps reduce blood cholesterol levels, may lower risk of heart disease, and helps keep us full in between each meal and snack, which aids in weight loss or maintenance.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

WASHINGTON – Amid the measles outbreak stemming from California, the White House is telling parents that science indicates they should vaccinate their children.

President Barack Obama's spokesman, Josh Earnest, said Friday that decisions about vaccinations should be left to parents, but the science on vaccinations "is really clear."

Some parents continue to believe debunked research linking vaccines to autism and refuse to vaccinate their children.

Monday, February 2, 2015
AMY MILLER/TIMES NEWS Shopping for electricity is as easy as logging on to your computer.

Still purchasing your electricity from PPL? You may be able to save money with just a few clicks of a button.

Approximately 1.8 million Pennsylvanians now buy their home's energy from an alternative electricity supplier, such as UGI or Met-Ed, according to the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. That's about one in three homes across the state.

What am I buying?

When Pennsylvania residents and business owners "shop" for electricity, they are choosing the company that generates their electricity. Energy generation is the largest portion of monthly electricity bills.

Monday, February 2, 2015
Romantic: Success  or Romantic: Fail

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we're celebrating romance both the good and the not so good.

To do that, we're sponsoring a Valentine's Contest, with two categories. Winners in each category will receive a pair of tickets to see "Rhythm of the Dance" at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 8, at the State Theatre in Easton.

Monday, February 2, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS

Purchasing electricity from a lower-priced electric supplier is only one way to save money, says Paul Canevari, the regional manager of PPL Electric Utilities.

If you're looking to cut costs, it's important to also look into where your home or business is using energy, and how to cut back. Heating and cooling are a large portion of most home electricity bills, he noted.

Friday, January 30, 2015
AP FILE PHOTO Skiers take to the slopes at night at Camelback Ski Area in Tannersville. With most people parked in front of their TV on Super Bowl Sunday, it's a great day to hit the slopes, says Carleen Ladden of Lehighton. "My favorite thing is to go skiing because the slopes are EMPTY!" The same holds true with restaurants, museums and other venues. Times News correspondent Stacey Solt says she and her family enjoy going to their favorite, usually busy restaurant, because it's not crowded. Says Megan Rodgers of Lehighton, "My mom goes to Longwood Gardens to do some photography on Super Bowl Sunday. She says it's a great day to go, because there isn't anyone there!"

Super Bowl Sunday is just two days away! Excited?

No?

You're not alone.

Not everyone paints their face and sits glued to the television for four hours, with a buffalo wing in one hand and a cold beer in the other.

You can watch a movie, or binge watch Game of Thrones, Sons of Anarchy or Orange is the New Black. You could also find Jersey Shore marathons on MTV or Sex and the City marathons on E!

Tired of the same-old, same-old? PBS will broadcast a new episode of Downton Abbey.

Friday, January 30, 2015
Grab your  popcorn  and the tissues

So the Super Bowl isn't your thing, or maybe you're just not into it this year.

Or maybe you like your football with a little drama on the side, deflated balls not withstanding. Perhaps you're up for a different breed of sports hero.

How about a good old-fashioned football movie instead?

We polled some of the Times News staff members, including the editorial and sports departments, and asked them to share their favorite football movies.

Here are the top five:

1. Rudy

2. Remember the Titans

3. The Blind Side

4. We Are Marshall