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Thursday, January 21, 2016


The Crowded Kitchen Players present “Pints, Pounds & Pilgrims” next month in two locations.

In this comedy, a manic English stage director feverishly rehearses his long suffering cast in an original Irish tragedy, “A Bad Year for Potatoes,” intended as the headlining event of an arts festival on the remote island of Inishbofin.

Meanwhile, a struggling American dinner theater mistakenly believes it has been invited to perform its original bedroom farce, “Undressed for Dinner,” at the same festival.

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Dead On Live will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8 p.m. Jan. 30. The band features the music of the Grateful Dead as recorded, note for note, and as performed live in concert. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Copyright - (c) 2012

Prepare to get your groove on.

Dead On Live, the critically acclaimed Grateful Dead tribute band, returns to the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe at 8 p.m. Jan. 30.

If this show is anything like the previous three, the audience is in for a treat as founder Marc Muller and company play the music of The Dead both note for note as it was recorded, and the way the band performed live in concert, with free-form jamming.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Ann Frommer has found joy in many things: nursing, writing, photography, family. Taking that joy and blending bits of it together, she’s also found a passion for making and serving delicious, healthy and beautifully presented food.

Frommer, who grew up as Ann Arner in Tamaqua, now lives in Chatham, New Jersey. She recently created “Annie Cooks! Family Favorites Adapted for Lactose-Intolerant.”

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

For a change of pace, a meatless meal might be in order. Ann Frommer says her Spinach and Rice Pie can stand on its own or as a filling side dish.

Spinach and Rice Pie

Serves 6 for an entrée or 8 for a side dish

Pie crust for 9- or 10-inch pie pan

1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach

1 cup cooked rice (your choice)

1 medium onion, chopped

2 eggs, beaten

10 ounces lactose free cottage cheese

8 ounces lactose free sharp cheese, shredded

¼ teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/8 teaspoon marjoram

1/8 teaspoon basil

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Crime Victims Council is forming support groups for adult survivors of sexual assault. Each group has a maximum capacity of 10 participants and is led by a trained sexual assault counselor.

Sessions will be held at 801 Hamilton St., Allentown. Both groups meet at 5:30 p.m. and will run for 8-10 weeks.

• Adult Male Survivors of Sexual Assault begins Feb. 1 and meets Mondays. To join contact Connor Moriarty at 610-437-6610, ext. 18, or

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Planning for long-term care is difficult enough even when you have a child or spouse to help out.

But not having anyone to rely on will add more pressure to an individual’s later stage of life. Even my parents didn’t want to be a burden on me or my siblings, but in the end we were their “senior care” support. The family is the backbone of elder care today in the America.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Most Americans rely heavily on Social Security, but it’s not enough to retire on.

There are numerous stories and statistics about worrisome Americans and retirement. The average American is not saving enough for retirement. Millions who are in low wage jobs are barely able to survive.

There is simply not enough income in many instances to even cover life’s necessities. You can’t save money when you are barely making it. However, there are also plenty of stories of Americans who simply will not try to save any money.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Next month is American Heart Month, and a healthy heart is a happy heart. These tips from TOPS Club Inc., the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, will help keep your ticker humming strong for years to come.

1. Stay positive.Not only is optimism good for the soul, it can also counteract stress. A more relaxed “you” has a lesser chance of developing heart disease.

2. Slow down.Unplug from the digital world and remember some classic diversions. Write a letter, read a physical book or sing a song you used to love.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Q. My husband is getting a drinker’s nose. He reminds me of W.C. Fields. But my husband doesn’t really drink more than an occasional beer. I don’t get it.

W.C. Fields, the vaudevillian and comedic actor in early films, was known to hoist more than an occasional beer.

But, Fields got his red, bumpy nose from rosacea, not alcohol. Former President Bill Clinton has rosacea and so did the late financier J.P. Morgan.

Rosacea (roh-ZAY-shee-uh) is a chronic skin disease that causes redness and swelling. It usually affects the face.

Monday, January 18, 2016
Monisha Vasa

As 2016 begins, we might find ourselves thinking about New Year’s resolutions for how we can better parent our children.

More than ever, it feels important to help our children develop tools that will allow them to grow into conscious, healthy adults.

One of the most important skills for emotional well-being is that of gratitude.

Here are give quick, easy (and free) ways to encourage an attitude of gratitude in our children.