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Thursday, March 5, 2015
PHOTOS SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Savoy Brown takes the stage Friday night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

On Friday one of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown, will perform at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe with founder guitarist Kim Simmonds at the helm.

This band helped launch the 1967 U.K. blues boom movement that paved the way for such acts as Led Zeppelin, and brought blues music back to the U.S., invigorating the style forever.

Savoy Brown has released 37 albums. Simmonds was recently inducted into Hollywood's Rock Walk of Fame. They are one of the longest continuously running blues/rock bands in the world today.

Tickets are $25.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Blue Mountain Health System will offer two food and nutrition health fairs in recognition of National Nutrition Month.

The fair at the Palmerton campus will be held from 10 a.m. to noon March 25, in the cafeteria at 135 Lafayette Ave. in Palmerton.

The Gnaden Huetten fair will be held from 10 a.m. to noon March 31, in the hospital's ground floor lobby, 211 N. 12th St. in Lehighton.

The 2015 theme is "Bite Into a Healthy Lifestyle."

Wednesday, March 4, 2015
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS This Quinoa with Vegetables may be served hot or cold.

Although it's been around for thousands of years, quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) seems to be relatively new on the culinary radar; at least for me.

Originating in Bolivia, quinoa is a grain crop that is cultivated for its seed.

Usually I either like something or I hate it, but quinoa has been one of those foods that falls somewhere in between. I've turned up my nose at some versions, and scarfed down others.

It's been eaten in South America for ages, but has only recently earned superstar status as a superfood.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY STATEPOINT MEDIA The effects of your painkiller medication may be worse than the pain you're actually treating. Take steps to treat pain as safely and effectively as possible.

The use of opioid painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin is on the rise and this trend is taking its toll. Opioids account for 46 deaths each day in the United States more than any other drug.

Is your pain medication the best option for you? Depending on the type of pain you're experiencing, and the duration of your expected treatment, the answer may be "no."

"Surprisingly, opioids are not very effective pain medications, and they can also have serious side effects," says Dr. Donald Teater, MD, medical adviser to the National Safety Council.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS

CrossFit TC Unplugged and the Trinity Praise Band may be two completely different organizations with different purposes but when it comes to the United States of America and our veterans, they are joining together to form one brotherhood.

These groups want to honor and serve veterans when they need it the most, especially wounded veterans.

To that end, they have created two fundraising activities to take place April 18, in the hopes of accumulating at least $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The annual Carbon-Tamaqua Unit of the ACS Telethon Committee Chinese Auction will be March 29 at Lakeside Ballroom, Barnesville. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; drawing begins at 2:30. Polka Joe will broadcast on WMGH live from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Annual ACS Telethon.

To donate items or purchase tickets, call 570-645-4228 or email madula@ptd.net. Bakers are always needed.

Monday, March 2, 2015

First Commonwealth Federal Credit Union is reaching out to the community with its "Smart Teens Seminar Series."

It will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesdays, April 14, 21 and 28 in the Bethlehem Branch, located at 257 Brodhead Road.

This three-part seminar will focus on such topics as: Budgeting, saving and credit.

Teens age 15-18 will learn basic money management skills that will last them a lifetime. The session will include interactive activities to help them apply the concepts they will learn.

Monday, March 2, 2015
PRESS PHOTO COURTESY OF DISTRIBUTING DIGNITY Joanie Balderstone and Rebecca McIntire are the founders of Distributing Dignity. They started collecting new bras and feminine hygiene products in 2010.

Bras, tampons, pads and panty liners are female necessities that come at a high cost. For the women who cannot afford these supplies, Distributing Dignity is there to provide them.

Distributing Dignity was founded by Lehigh University alumnae Joanie Balderstone and Rebecca McIntire. They were doing donation work in Camden, New Jersey, receiving gently used business clothing from an organization they belonged to.

Monday, March 2, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY STATEPOINT MEDIA If you're an entepreneur, finding ways to make the most of your time and finances is crucual for your sanity and success.

There are two things most small-business owners have in common: limited time and limited finances.

If you're an entrepreneur, finding ways to make the most of both is crucial for your sanity and success.

The key to becoming more efficient with these two key resources is organization, says "SmallBizLady" Melinda Emerson, small business expert and author of the best-selling book "Become Your Own Boss in 12 Months."

Friday, February 27, 2015

It may not look like it right now, but spring will eventually arrive.

Get a jump on the planting season with some new ideas from these gardening courses at Northampton Community College.

Classes are held at the Main Campus in Bethlehem Township unless otherwise specified.

Landscape Design for the Homeowner: Mondays, March 9-30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $99

Plant a Tea Garden: Monday, March 9, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Fowler Family Southside Center. Fee: $29

Growing and Using Herbs: Monday, April 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Fee: $29