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Wednesday, June 15, 2011
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Dance Explosion & Tumble Academy, Nesquehoning, will be holding its seventh annual recital, "Dancing With The Stars," at the Tamaqua Area Middle School Auditorium on Saturday, June 18 at 5:30 p.m. For tickets or for more information, call (570) 669-5505.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Andy Leibenguth/Times News

Members of the Zion Lutheran Church Blanket Ministries in Tamaqua are making blankets to give to needy individuals in nursing homes and abroad. Volunteers who are making the blankets include, front, from left, Sharon Haldeman, Judy Brennan and Marion Klein. Back row, from left are Jean Derr, MaryJane Turton, Shirley Becker and Gail Jones. Also volunteering are Jane Springer, Velma Mantz and Beverly Batman. To donate supplies or become a volunteer, call the church at (570) 668-2180.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Eckley Players, Robert Vybrenner and Ruthie O'Dell, portray Asa and Sarah Packer. Located on the porch of the Asa Packer Mansion these two players participated in the 'Walk in Time' game.

On Saturday, St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital Black Diamond Garden Party was hosted in Jim Thorpe. The Garden Party celebrated the culture and history of Jim Thorpe while also helping to raise money for the hospital. Funds from admission and other donations will be used on recovery and operation room renovations at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital, Coaldale.

The event was held in and around Asa Packer Mansion, Harry Packer Mansion and Kemmerer Park. Packer Hill Road was blocked off to ensure the safety of the party's guests.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The Carbon/Schuylkill Community Theatre will host auditions for "Broadway on Broadway," an upcoming production of 10-minute plays and musical numbers to be staged Friday, Aug. 12 and Saturday, Aug. 13 in Jim Thorpe at the Mauch Chunk Museum and Cultural Center.

Needed are actors and actresses, teenagers through adult, to perform in one or more of the original plays. No experience is necessary. Since the plays are short, this is the perfect opportunity for those wishing to give acting a try, without having to make a major commitment to a large scale production.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011
SUSAN LAYLAND/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

Gertrude Fritzinger is proud of her heritage.

She remembers her mother (a Morgan) and her father (a Jones) arguing over which family the Joneses or the Morgans arrived first in Plymouth, Mass.

Her father would say that his family was there to greet hers, and her mother would argue it was the other way around.

Whichever way it happened, Fritzinger, is the fifth generation of Jones' women born in the United States.

Monday, June 13, 2011
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS

Among those who recently took part in the installation of officers at Sacred Heart Parish Council are Tammy Bubser, Megan Mummey, Father William Campion, Anne Girard, Peg Duell, Alex Quinn, Morgan Mummey, John Hutta, Duane Hawk, Deacon William Pitts, Cass Chies, and Jennifer Bates.

Friday, June 10, 2011
Susan Layland/Special to the Times News

Whenever you mention the Bed Bug Cave, it will undoubtedly raise an eyebrow.

The cave, well known in Slatington because of its history and its unique geological structure, is an alcove nestled along the Slate Heritage Trail.

The property is owned by the Northern Lehigh Historical Society (NLHS) and is being upgraded to a small park by several community volunteers.

In 1848, Nelson Labar opened the New York Tunnel Quarry. Each tunnel was named after a famous street in New York City.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Randall Douglas Perry, artistic director and conductor of the Bach and Handel Chorale, based in Jim Thorpe, announces four open rehearsals and auditions to those seeking membership.

Audition dates are June 13 and 27 and July 11 and 25 beginning promptly at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe.

The chorale is preparing for its fall concert season, which will include three Christmas concerts on Dec. 3, 10, and 11 at various locations; and a performance of Handel's "Messiah" on Dec. 17 at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Panther Valley Public Library, 117 E. Bertsch St., Lansford, has set its summer hours and programs.

Summer library hours are as follows: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. 1 p.m.; Tues: 9 a.m. to noon and 4-7 p.m. Summer programs begin the week of June 19. To register, call the library at (570) 645-3780.

Preschool story time will be held Tuesdays at 10 a.m. Story time is for ages 3-5 and will have a "summer" theme. Story time incudes stories, songs, finger plays, coloring pages and snacks. An adult must stay with each child during story time.