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Wednesday, April 6, 2016
After a long winter of heavy foods, Minty Sugar Snap Peas with Tangerine and Toasted Almonds, a simple, but delicious dish, adds bright flavors and colors to springtime meals. AP PHOTO/MATTHEW MEAD

This is one of the prettiest dishes to dress a spring — or dreaming of spring — table. After months of delicious but (let’s face it) mostly brown food, my appetite is primed for bright colors and fresh flavors.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

PBS39 will return to Coca-Cola Park in Allentown to hold its sixth annual BrewFest fundraiser on June 4.

The festival traditionally features more than 100 craft brews. In addition to beer tastings, there will be vendors, concessions and live music by Peripheral Vision, the Olympus corporate band.

Proceeds from the fundraiser support PBS39, and tickets are available in three categories.

• VIP session includes exclusive 1 p.m. entrance, 16-ounce commemorative pint glass, and 4-ounce tasting mug.

• General session includes 2 p.m. entrance and 4-ounce tasting mug.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
THUMBS UP!

Given how fast 20-somethings’ thumbs glide across their smartphones, you might think they’re training for the Texting Olympics. It turns out that heavy texters do have something in common with elite athletes: It’s not the glory, endurance or cheering crowds — but a vulnerability to overuse injury. The Cleveland Clinic Wellness editors say that in this age of constant communication, it’s not just attention spans that can take a hit, but thumbs too.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Above: Patrick Smith does lateral raises with 10-pound weights while standing on a BOSU balance trainer. Left: Smith works with a 10-pound slam ball. The exercise focuses on strenthening his legs, shoulders and upper chest. It’s also a beneficial cardiovascular workout. Make sure to check future Times News health pages for updates on Smith’s progress. KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS

he only numbers Patrick Smith might be interested in these days are how many reps he does with the slam ball, how many minutes he spends on the elliptical and how many days he makes it to the gym.

The numbers on his scale? Not so much.

“I feel great,” says Smith of Jim Thorpe, who took his first steps toward a healthier lifestyle in January. “I haven’t weighed myself. I’m not harping on weight, but how things fit.”

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System will host its 27th annual Children’s Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Friday at the Lehighton Recreation Center, Eighth and Iron streets in Lehighton. This year’s theme is “Super Heroes.”

Students in Carbon County, kindergarten through second grade, are scheduled to participate. Eighteen interactive activities are planned with topics including spiders and insects, proper dental hygiene, nutrition, exercise and fitness, germs, smoking and substance abuse prevention, and behavioral health issues.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Q. I’ve been told to drink more water. How much is enough?

First, water intake is a health issue that you should discuss with your doctor before deciding how much you should drink.

The amount you drink is dependent upon the state of your personal health.

Drinking insufficient amounts of fluids is a common problem. However, some conditions such as heart failure and kidney disease may require cutting back on fluids.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Heritage Hill Senior Community, Weatherly, will host its 15th annual Senior Health Fair from 8 a.m. until noon April 13 at the Laurel Mall, 106 Laurel Mall Drive, Hazleton.

Over 20 vendors will be on hand to provide information about how to stay healthy in your senior years. Several vendors will be providing free health screenings, including cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, pulse oximetry, grip strength and more. There will also be prizes, giveaways and chair massages.

For more information, please call Rachael or Toni at 570-427-4500.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Tax season is the ideal time to dig through files and receipts and discard the ones you no longer need to keep. But the trick is knowing what you can throw away. Some experts say you need to keep some forever, but you can toss others after a few years. Before you dig into the files, invest in a crosscut or confetti type shredder to protect against identity theft.

Monday, April 4, 2016
Rosie and Cali, retired racing greyhounds, will walk in the Greyt Hound Hustle 5K. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Pocono Greyhound Adoption will host The Greyt Hound Hustle 5K Run/Walk June 4 at Tuscarora State Park. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K starts at 10 a.m. There will be awards for the top three overall males and females and for age group winners. Preregistration before May 20 is $20 and includes a T-shirt. Registration after May 20 is $25.

There will also be a 100-meter run for kids 10 and under at 9:45 a.m. All participants get a medal. Preregistration before May 20 is $5 and includes a T-shirt. After May 20 it is $7.

Monday, April 4, 2016

AARP tax assistance is available now through April 15 on Mondays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. until noon at Salem United Church of Christ, 117 Gilbert Road in Gilbert.

If Pleasant Valley schools are on a two-hour delay, the hours of operation will be 10 a.m. until noon. If they are delayed by one hour, the site will open at the regular time. If schools are closed, the tax site is closed.

No appointments are necessary. Free tax help is available for all, with special attention for seniors. Bring the following items: