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Friday, May 20, 2016

In addition to flowers and vegetables, what else do you “plant” in your yard?

Do you have a flock of pink flamingos? Some quirky wooden stakes? Any unusual garden sculptures?

Maybe you have some old farm implements or interesting statuary.

We’d love to hear from you and see what’s “growing” in your yard.

We might even feature your garden in an upcoming story.

Email us at kcimms@tnonline.com or drop us a line at Times News, P.O. Box 239, Lehighton, PA 18235, Attention Lifestyle Department.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Pocono Greyhound Adoption will be holding a Meet & Greet at Tractor Supply, Route 209, Brodheadsville, from noon to 3 p.m. June 11.

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

Friday, May 20, 2016
The Pearl Crescent Butterfly is a member of a group that includes some of North America’s most endangered butterflies. Crescents are medium sized, strong flying pollinators. DEAN FOSDICK/AP FILE PHOTOS

Bees aren’t the only pollinators suffering from a massive North American die-off. Butterflies and moths, those flying flowers of the insect world, are disappearing too.

“But the situation isn’t hopeless,” says Scott Hoffman Black, executive director of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation, in Portland, Oregon. “Anybody — gardeners or butterfly lovers — can make an oasis in their landscape for these important animals. It doesn’t matter if you have a tiny lot or a farmyard. A little effort can help a lot.”

Friday, May 20, 2016
If you’re hiring a moving company, make sure it is certified by the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission. PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS

HARRISBURG — May is National Moving Month, and spring and summer are prime moving times for those relocating to new homes and for students coming back from college.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission offers tips to consumers and reminds those relocating to avoid the use of unlicensed moving companies.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Lithuanian-born Viktorija Gecyte, a Lafayette College graduate, will perform smoky jazz numbers with her longtime friends, Go Trio, at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Miller Symphony Hall, 23 N. Sixth St., in Allentown.

Gecyte is all about controlled power. She stays in one spot as she sings but her body is all inspired motion and her smooth voice always seems ready to explode. It doesn’t though, instead she covers songs with the nuanced phrasing and rhythm changes of an accomplished jazz singer.

For tickets or for more information, call 610-432-7961.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Mike Marlin and The Melomaniacs perform during the 40 Story Radio Tower show on Sunday afternoon. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The 40 Story Radio Tower will experience its own British invasion when London-based Mike Marlin and The Melomaniacs take over the Internet airways this Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Mauch Chunk Opera House, 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe.

The English trio, singer and guitarist Mike Marlin, Paul Silver on the keyboard and Kim Murray playing jazz-inspired guitar, will create “soundscapes” for the audience to get lost in during their first ever Pennsylvania performance.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Mayfair Festival of the Arts returns Memorial Day weekend, May 27-30, to the Allentown Fairgrounds, 1950 Liberty St., Allentown.

The Artists Market, which runs from 4 to 8 p.m. May 27, noon to 8 p.m. May 28 and 29, and from noon to 6 p.m. May 30, features fine art, photography, fashion, paintings, sculpture, drawings, fabric arts, metal arts, woodsmithing, ceramics, artisanal food including honey and wine, and natural healthcare items.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Penn’s Peak has announced the cancellation of the Chubby Checker concert, which had been scheduled for Oct. 1.

Please return your tickets to the point of purchase for a refund.

For more information on this cancellation, call the Penn’s Peak Box Office at 866-605-7325.

Thursday, May 19, 2016
“CRUDE,” by Jim Thorpe author Jeff Davis, will be available soon in audio book on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Local author Jeff Davis’ novel, “CRUDE,” a post-apocalyptic thriller that unfolds in the streets of Jim Thorpe after an environmental disaster, is slated to be released in audio book.

Narrated by S.W. Salzman, the book brings to life a psychological thriller, a haunting love story and a desperate struggle for survival against a killer in the streets. “CRUDE,” available in paperback and Kindle, will be released on Audible, Amazon and iTunes within the next couple days.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Most seniors over the age of 55 want to age in place. AARP reports that close to 90 percent choose to age at home over moving to a facility.

It’s less costly than assisted living, but is your home safe enough as you age?

To know for sure, I asked 10 aging experts at Seniorcare.com to tell us what to look for in the home to make sure it’s safe enough to stay. They provided excellent hints and tips plus simple solutions to enhance the home for the latter years.