Saturday, April 30, 2016


Monday, April 7, 2014

Edge of the Woods Nursery, 2415 Route 100, Orefield, will present a workshop on native habitats and how to create one from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19.

Bill Lamack, native plant expert and former grounds and nursery manager of Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, Washington Crossing Park, will be presenting the workshop.

Despite where you live or whether you have a small or large outdoor space, you can create a garden that will not only attract beautiful wildlife, but also help to restore a habitat area and help to restore the ecological balance of your community.

Monday, April 7, 2014
HEATHER BACSICK/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Ibiyinka Alao, art ambassador for Nigeria to the United Nations, met with students at St. Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe recently. Alao spoke about being an artist, his work, and also conducted painting workshops during his visit.

On Wednesday, Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, the art ambassador for Nigeria to the United Nations, spoke at St. Joseph Regional Academy in Jim Thorpe. He spoke with the students about his artwork and his culture.

Alao showed some of his art to the students and told the stories behind his pieces. He also spoke about his home country, Nigeria.

Alao, who speaks 14 different languages, said that his name means that there is family in everyone that he meets. He has met many people through his travels and has visited 28 different countries.

Friday, April 4, 2014
KATHY KUNKEL/TIMES NEWS Students in the Youth Employability Skills classes at Tamaqua Area High School had the opportunity to learn proper business dinner etiquette Monday at Vonz Restaurant, 18 N. Railroad St. in Tamaqua. Students included, from left, Ben Miller, Rachael Jones, Trevor Skripko, Jessica Thomas and Stephen Billet.

Parents and educators have a lot in common, most importantly preparing children for the future, for the time they are out on their own in the real world.

That real world will one day include a job, whether it's directly out of high school, enlistment in the military or after graduating from college.

Making sure those children can compete and thrive in business is the goal of an elective course at Tamaqua Area Senior High School, the "Your Employability Skills" program, otherwise known as Y.E.S.

Friday, April 4, 2014

The Pocono Arts Council has announced a special ArtSpace Gallery exhibit featuring a retrospective of the work of William Gothard during the month of April.

An opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

The show runs through April 30.

An oil painter, Gothard's art has focused on all aspects of the human condition through a series of self-portraits and individual and group portraits.

His work is remarkable in its ability to capture his subjects at a precise moment in time, honestly and unblinkingly. Gothard was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. in 1932.

Friday, April 4, 2014

As part of Cedar Crest College's Reimert Lecture Series, at 7 p.m. Monday in the Samuels Theater, Leymah Gbowee, a 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, will discuss her life in Liberia during the war and how she unified brave Muslim and Christian women across the country, mobilizing them through peaceful public protests, and even a sex strike, in order to end the bloodshed in 2003.

Their efforts resulted in the exile of President Charles Taylor and the ushering in of the country's first female president.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lehighton will mark the approach of Holy Week with a cantata, "Footprints in the Sand: A Journey to the Cross and Beyond" at 5 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to attend.

The cantata is written by composer Joseph Martin and features traditional and contemporary songs accompanied by a full orchestra and two narrators. It traces the steps of Jesus from His hometown of Galilee to Emmaus, where He appeared to his disciples after the resurrection.

Thursday, April 3, 2014
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Madelyn Littles, right; and co-author Lisa Crumbley, left; meet with radio host Pete O'Shea, of The Pete O'Shea Show on Inspiration 1110 AM, before a recent interview about their upcoming book "Tell Your God Story."

A former Nesquehoning woman wants to hear your God stories.

Madelyn (Hawk) Littles, of Tampa, Fla., is currently co-authoring a book "Tell Your God Story."

Littles said recently that the book is to provide "an avenue for people to share their personal stories about how so called 'coincidences' are not really that at all, but more events, dreams, or happenings that God has set in motion."

Thursday, April 3, 2014


Ÿ Weissport Recreation Committee will hold its annual egg hunt at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 12.

The event is for children and grandchildren of residents of Weissport. Prizes will be awarded to children finding lucky eggs.


Ÿ Trinity Lutheran Church, 175 S. Third St., will host its community Easter Egg hunt Saturday, April 19. This is a free event.

The times of the "hunt" are ages 1 to 6 from 1 to 2 p.m.; and ages 7-12 from 2 to 3 p.m. Bring your own basket.

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Dreams do come true

Dozens of young women, from high school students to brides-to-be, lined the halls of Penn's Peak on Wednesday for the annual Blue Ridge Communications Prom and Wedding Dress Sale.

This year's sale raised $1,400 for the local chapter of Dream Come True, a nonprofit organization that works to fulfill the dreams of children who are seriously, chronically or terminally ill. Since its inception, over $15,000 has been raised.

Many prom dresses sold for just $10, with more intricate and wedding dresses selling for more, but still steeply below retail price.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Carbon County Chamber and Economic Development is hosting an Administrative Professional Celebration luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at the Mahoning Valley Country Club, 323 Country Club Road, Lehighton.

Doors open at 11:30 and the lunch and program is at noon. There will be a fashion show presented by Coldwater Creek.

Registration is required by calling Kasara McLaughlin at 610-577-6962 or email