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Friday, April 3, 2015

The Penn State Master Gardeners of Schuylkill County is offering its 2015 Spring Education series to county residents interested in gardening.

On April 11, the seminar will focus on native plant options. The session begins at 9 a.m. and will offer tips on converting a yard to include more native shrubs, benefits of replacing lawn with more productive plants and the special use of native plants in rain gardens.

It will be presented by master gardeners Nadia Hassani, Ardella Newswanger and Gabriele Feibert, with Connie Schmotzer of the Penn State Extension in York County.

Friday, April 3, 2015

There is one aspect of grilling that is often overlooked: the importance of cleaning your grill.

This year keep your barbecue in optimal shape with these 5 grill cleaning tips from Jim Ginocchi, president and founder of Coyote Outdoor Living.

1. Turn the grill to "high" and let it warm up for 10-15 minutes.

2. Once the grill is hot, turn it off and scrub your stainless steel grates with a stainless steel brush. Knocking all debris down toward the drip tray.

Friday, April 3, 2015
KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Trying to cut back or eliminate candy from your child's Easter basket this year? There are plenty of ideas that your kids will enjoy just as much, if not more.

A tisket, a tasket, what's in your Easter basket?

According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend roughly $16.4 billion dollars on everything from food and clothing, to decorations and greeting cards this Easter, with the average person spending about $140.62 each.

Of that grand amount, only $2.2 billion will be spent on candy.

So if those baskets aren't bursting with chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps, what are the kiddies waking up to Easter morning?

We asked our readers to weigh in on Facebook.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
This photo released by Sony Pictures Television shows Caitriona Balfe as Claire Randall, right, and Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser, center, and Grant O'Rourke as Rupert MacKenzie, in a scene from Starz' new TV series, "Outlander." (AP Photo/Sony Pictures Television, Ed Miller)

After six months of "droughtlander," fans of Ron Moore's epic "Outlander" will finally get their due when the show returns Saturday after what seemed to be an interminable midseason break.

The series, which has already been renewed for a second season, is based on Diana Gabaldon's wildly popular novels about a World War II combat nurse who falls through time and into 1743.

Catch episode eight at 9 p.m. on Starz.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
The Tartan Terrors will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe Saturday.

The Tartan Terrors are their own Celtic Invasion, mixing rock's energy with traditional folklore, dance and humor.

With an arsenal featuring classic pipes and fiddle, driving drum tones, and signature guitar styles, standing room only audiences understand why they are recognized internationally for their music, comedy and stage performances.

Members of the Tartan Terrors have performed on four different continents, in some of the most prestigious festivals, Highland Games and theaters of North America and for good reason.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Celebrate Schuylkill and The Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau, in cooperation with The Walk In Art Center, Mud & Maker, The Arts Barn, Tamaqua Art Center, Block of Art and Mountain Valley Golf Course present the first Spring Thaw Arts and Culture Tour of Schuylkill County's most creative sights, sounds and experiences.

Planned to coincide with the popular Lager Jogger's third year, the event spans three days, six venues and includes more than 200 artists and vendors.

Thursday, April 2, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Professional photographer Sally Wiener Grotta poses by one of the impressive works included in her "American Hands" photo project that will be on display all month long at the Palmerton Area Library.

The "American Hands" photo project by Sally Wiener Grotta is on display at the Palmerton Area Library this month.

Grotta described the display as "what I call narrative portraits of people that keep the old trades alive."

"They're going to see photographs that look like paintings," Grotta said. "Pictures that I hope will intrigue them."

"American Hands" is Grotta's award-winning visual celebration of those individuals who keep alive the traditional crafts that built our dynamically diverse culture and established the underpinnings of our present-day society.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

On stage for one weekend only, C & K Dance Company will present the ballet "Coppelia" at The Shawnee Playhouse.

This beautifully adapted version for young audiences offers Léo Delibes's melodic score and ensures everyone enjoys this classic fairy tale.

"Coppelia" is the story of a small 19th century European village that is receiving the gift of a bell from the local prince. All of the townsfolk, including the young couple Swanhilde and Frantz, are enjoying a big celebration in honor of the gift.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

For those wondering about the changing health care requirements for hospital, doctor, prescriptions, home health care and long-term care needs, a free Medicare workshop will be held at 7 p.m. April 15 at SS. Peter and Paul School Hall, 307 Coal St., Lehighton.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The program is to help people entering Medicare for the first time, and their caregivers, to better understand this comprehensive health care program.

The program will conclude with a question-and-answer period. Free refreshments will be served.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Suzanne Fletcher

Open enrollment for health insurance coverage in 2015 through the Affordable Care Act recently ended. The next time consumers can apply for coverage through an open enrollment period will be in November, for coverage that will be effective Jan. 1, 2016.

There are, however, special circumstances, or "qualifying life events," that will allow some consumers to enroll in health insurance coverage outside of the open enrollment periods.