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Tuesday, August 2, 2011
ABBY MASENHEIMER/TIMES NEWS Lutheran Church of St. John in the Heights clothing giveaway volunteer Miram Borosh helped fold and sort all of the donations for this year's free clothing drive for the needy.

The basement at the Lutheran Church of St. John in the Heights, Jim Thorpe, has enough clothing, shoes and other goodies to rival Macy's, but better yet, it's all free and it's to help a good cause.

The church's annual clothing giveaway for the needy will begin Thursday, Aug. 4 and will run for three weeks.

The church's makeshift clothing store will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4, 11 and 18; from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 5, 12 and 19; and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 6, 13 and 20.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

A free community luncheon will be held at Parryville UMC, Main and Chestnut streets, Parryville from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Pocono-Lehigh Romance Writers (PLRW) will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at the Palmer Township branch of the Easton Area Public Library, 1 Weller Place, Palmer Township.

New York Times best-seller and multiple Bram Stoker Award-winning author Jonathan Maberry of Doylestown will present "Romance With the Unknown: The Supernatural in Fiction" from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The meeting and workshop are open to the public. There is a workshop fee for non-PLRW members.

Monday, August 1, 2011
MARY GILDEA MACK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Some of the Outreach members and the barrels that are being prepared for shipment to Sierra Leone in September. From left, the Rev. James Sandy, Linda Balliet, Mary Ellen Ogozalek (holding grandson Logan), Mary Kruzik, Steve Kruzik, Faye Hlavaty and Dorothy Kuhn.

It started with a strange phone call, laughs Mary Ellen Ogozalek. She, along with Dorothy Kuhn, is an organizer of the Lansford Catholic Parishes Outreach Group volunteers who meet once a month to discuss and work on various projects such as Prayer Shawls, hosting the AARP Safe Driver Program, Christmas Chimneys and others.

First on the home phone and then on her cell Ogozalek heard a lyrical voice asking for a call back. Needless to say, she was puzzled. It was not unusual to get a call on the home phone, but she could not understand how someone got the cell number.

Friday, July 29, 2011

The Anita Shapolsky Art Foundation, 20 W. Broadway, Jim Thorpe, will host the second annual Painting Marathon, for artists and anyone with the desire to try painting.

Artists ages 10 and up are eligible to participate and will create work most of the time between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. There is an entry fee, and seniors are discounted.

Wooden racks to hold paintings in progress will be set up outdoors around the historic, 1849 church that the foundation owns and uses as an art museum. Artists may also paint nearby Jim Thorpe scenes.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

A run to raise money for diabetes will once again be staged in Palmerton.

The fourth annual 5K Run/Walk to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association will be held on Saturday, Aug. 13.

The start/finish line will be at the borough park. Registration will begin at 8 a.m.

Carla Majczan, event coordinator, said the activity is held to raise money for the ADA's diabetes research and education programs.

Friday, July 22, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

The first annual Race Car Derby at Heritage Hill Senior Community had everyone's competitive spirits in high gear. It all began with a block of wood that each gentleman handcrafted into a fast fury on wheels. Participants offered special thanks to Weatherly Boy Scout Troop 007, whose members spent time helping to prepare for this event as well as providing the race track and system to highlight the standings on the big screen. With many cheering spectators on hand, the serious racers competed. First place winner was Anthony "Cookie" Alberto.

Friday, July 22, 2011

The 4th annual Pocono Mountains Art Meander will take place from noon until 5 p.m. Aug. 13-14 with 16 local area fine artists, located in 13 different galleries, spread throughout the Pocono Mountains region. The event will go on rain or shine.

Art Meander is a community event, the sole purpose of which is to promote greater awareness of, and appreciation for, regional fine arts in northeast Pennsylvania.

Thursday, July 21, 2011
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Ten-year-old Aaliyah Stanley of Lehighton enjoys her sugar-free yogurt with oatmeal at the Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool. The pool has added healthy food to its refreshment stand options.

At the Lehighton Municipal Swimming Pool refreshment stand, you can buy typical selections like hamburgers, pizza and ice cream.

You also can purchase sugar-free yogurt with oatmeal, chicken fiesta salad, and other healthy options.

Chrissy Mayernik, coach for Tuff Camp based in Lehighton, which periodically meets at the pool, said Tuff Camp has given the pool $250 to add a healthy menu to the refreshment stand.

"We encourage people to eat healthy," said Mayernik. "Some people are here five to seven days a week. We hope they eat more than just cheeseburgers and fries."

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The annual Carbon County Fair, Palmerton, announces it will host the Hershey Cocoa Classic Cake contest; the Pennsylvania's Annual Incredible Angel Food Cake Contest and the Blue Ribbon Apple Pie Contest. The deadline to enter the contests is July 30.