Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Thursday, December 1, 2016

The Tamaqua Area Community Theatre will present “The Life and Times of Santa Claus” this weekend at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St., Tamaqua.

Based on a book by L. Frank Baum, the production is being directed by Jonathan Blackwell Rodgers.

Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Friday and at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Do you make tasty gifts around the holidays to give to your friends and family?

If so, we’d love to hear about what you’re whipping up in the kitchen for gift-giving this year.

Email lifestyle editor Karen Cimms at kcimms@tnonline.com.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

This holiday season, Santa’s elves at Galen Glen Winery, 255 Winter Mountain Drive, Andreas, are working to make this the best year yet for underprivileged families in the county.

The winery will have a token gift for every family who brings a new, unwrapped toy or monetary donation. The toy and monetary donation collection boxes will be there until Dec. 13.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Beer Braised Beef Short Ribs AP PHOTO/MATTHEW MEAD

How do you transform a tough, less expensive cut of meat into something tender and delicious? You braise it!

Braising is a wonderful and basic cooking technique that uses a slow, wet heat in a covered pot. It’s great for cuts such as chuck, flank, brisket, rump and round. In fact, cooked properly, these cuts can be more delicious than more tender cuts. I’m using short ribs in this recipe, but the method can be used to wonderful effect on any other tough cut of meat.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
This image, released by The Culinary Institute of America, shows a cheese and onion tart. This dish is assembled much like a quiche. PHIL MANSFIELD/THE CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA VIA AP Copyright - © 2016 The Culinary Institute of America - Phil Mansfield

When you’re knee-deep in holiday cooking and baking, it can feel like you never turn your oven off. So the most helpful recipes are ones we can prepare ahead of time, and our cheese and onion tart recipe fits the bill.

This dish is assembled much like a quiche, so the components should look familiar. The tart dough can be made weeks ahead and frozen — you can even roll it and freeze it in the pan, so you don’t have to clean up stray flour the week of your party. The filling is a simple egg custard, layered with caramelized onions.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Q. My son and his male partner are going to adopt a child. I fear that my grandchild will suffer from the experience of having two fathers and no mother. Are my worries justified?

There have been many studies demonstrating that gay parents (both male and female) are as likely as heterosexual parents to raise well-adjusted children. In addition, children of gay parents have shown no greater incidence of homosexuality.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Seniors with no relatives to help them deal with physical and mental health challenges have become know as “elder orphans” by geriatric specialists. PHOTO COURTESY METROGRAPHICS

Phyllis Krantzman knows what she should do, but like many of her peers, the 71-year-old doesn’t know how to approach a casual acquaintance to ask who will take care of her when she needs it most.

Krantzman, of Austin, Texas, is among a growing number of seniors who find themselves alone just when aging and end-of-life care becomes real.

Unmarried, with no children, her younger sister, by seven years, died in 2014. Krantzman’s social network is limited to a handful of work colleagues and a few acquaintances.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Blue Mountain Health System will offer two programs next month. Register for either at 610-377-7070.

BMHS and Arden Courts Memory Care Community will co-sponsor a free, four-week Lunch & Learn program on dementia. The first session will be from noon to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Bowmanstown Medical Plaza, 512 Bank St. in Bowmanstown. Lunch, sponsored by Arden Courts, will be included.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Art is everywhere.

Just ask adjunct professor Jeremy Siedt, who teaches classes at Lehigh Carbon Community College.

“Anyone can create art,” he says. “It’s just learning to see again and appreciate the things that surround us.”

Siedt’s classes are usually held at LCCC’s main campus in Schnecksville, but this term, he’s been able to instruct a Drawing 101 class in an actual art venue, the Tamaqua Community Art Center.

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Crazy Quilters Quilt Guild will meet at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 3461 Cedar Crest Blvd. in Emmaus.

Doors open at 6:30. The program on modern and modern/traditional quilts will be presented by Jessica Skultety.

Visitors are welcome. There will be a $5 charge for visitors.

For more information, visit www.crazyquilters.org.