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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Join Lehigh Valley Arts County from 10:30 a.m. until noon Sunday at the home of Dr. Christine Oaklander, arts consultant, historian and curator, for a behind-the-scene glimpse into the world of a curator.

Oaklander has begun a quest to resurrect the reputation of 19th-century Henry Grant Plumb (1847-1930). Since her discovery of a treasure trove of Plumb’s artwork and personal letters, she has been researching the international scope of his life and work.

For more information, visit www.LVArtsCouncil.org.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Matt Ryan is “Bruce Springsteen” in Bruce in the USA. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Penn’s Peak will welcome Bruce in the USA at 8 p.m. March 5.

This high-energy musical experience is a note-perfect and visually accurate recreation of a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.

Matt Ryan has performed the Springsteen character as a cast member of the “World Famous” Legends In Concert since 2000.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Seventh Moon Wellness Spa, 701 Bridge St., Lehighton, celebrates its first exhibit in the Stardust Lounge. An opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. March 4.

The exhibit is titled “Northern Exposure: Light out of Darkness,” and features the work of Emily Marchello of New Jersey. The exhibit is curated by Rowan Laitila.

Marchello is studying art history at Moravian College and will graduate in May. She plans to pursue both a master’s degree and a Ph.D in historical anthropology.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Auditions are scheduled for adults and children for the Shawnee Playhouse 2016 summer season.

Auditions for adults (18 and over) and children (7-17) will be held at the Shawnee Inn and Golf Resort from 1 to 4 p.m. April 10 and at the Shawnee Playhouse from 5 to 8 p.m. April 12.

Come prepared with a song, at least 16 bars, of your choice.

There will be no accompanist.

You can either sing a cappella or with a CD. A CD player will be provided. The CD must be music only — no vocals. The song does not have to be from the show you are auditioning for.

Thursday, February 18, 2016
The Ten Band will perform the music of Pearl Jam at 8 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Pittsburgh’s Ten Band has certainly done its homework. The band knows the Pearl Jam classics inside and out. Formed in 2003, the Ten Band is regarded as the longest touring PJ Tribute in the world.

The Ten Band performs at the Mauch Chunk Opera House at 8 p.m. Feb. 26.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Pocono Greyhound Adoption will hold a Meet & Greet at Tractor Supply, Route 209, Brodheadsville, from noon to 3 p.m. March 12.

To learn more about the event, or about adopting a greyhound, visit www.poconogreyhound.org or phone 570-856-0377.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Simon Mulligan Trio performs at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Rodale Community Room at Miller Symphony Hall in Allentown.

Acclaimed pianist Mulligan returns to Allentown for an evening of standards, jazz classics, and original music from his CD “Playlist.”

Joining him will be bassist Gene Perla and Dave Willard on drums. Expect to hear the trio’s sophisticated take on your favorite timeless melodies and Mulligan’s own compositions.

Admission includes two sets of music, light fare and cash bar.

For more information, visit www. millersymphonyhall.org.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Mediterranean Eggplant Bake Copyright - Dominic Perri

If you’re looking for recipes for meatless meals, either for health or religious reasons, Take Off Pounds Sensibly, the nonprofit weight-loss support organization, has several offerings that promise no one will miss the meat or leave the table hungry.

The recipes, which are inspired by tradition, using satisfying ingredients like mushrooms, richly spiced tofu and fragrant sauces, are from Mary Reilly, contributing recipe developer for TOPS Club Inc.

For more information on TOPS, or to find a local chapter, visit www.tops.org.

Stuffed Swiss chard Rolls

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

On Jan. 1, Patrick Smith stepped through the glass doors leading into Pyramid Sports Performance Center in Lehighton, one of the newbies, setting out on a journey toward a healthier, fitter lifestyle.

As the weeks tick by, the New Year’s crowd thins. By the end of March, only a small percentage will remain.

Smith is determined not to be a statistic.

What makes him different? Attitude.

“I just needed to make a complete change, not so much a resolution,” says the Jim Thorpe man. “I wanted a new mindset.”

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Editor’s note: Heart attack is a subject too vast for one column. We’ll need three. This is the first installment.

If you think you’re having a heart attack, should you take aspirin?

A blood clot in a coronary artery narrowed by cholesterol and other substances is the usual cause of a heart attack. Aspirin keeps blood moving through constricted arteries. Therefore, paramedics may give aspirin when they respond to an emergency to treat a heart-attack victim.