Sunday, April 26, 2015


Monday, March 30, 2015

It's hard to find statistics on book clubs, but anectdotal evidence suggests that book clubs in all forms are experiencing a surge in popularity.

You can join a book club at any local public library. If the group's schedule doesn't mesh with yours, you could join a group of friends to discuss the latest best-sellers.

If you're even more pressed for time, you can start an informal "club" and swap thoughts and new book suggestions on

Monday, March 30, 2015
Stacey Solt/Special to the Times News Diane Danielson, the librarian at Palmerton Area Public Library, with an electronic copy of "Shakespeare Saved My Life." The book is being offered as part of a worldwide electronic book club, which is open to all Carbon and Lehigh library members.

Looking for a new book to read and discuss? Look no further than your local library.

While library book clubs are nothing new, the Carbon Lehigh Downloadable Library is taking book clubs to a new level by joining the Big Library Read, a global e-book club. The program runs through Tuesday afternoon.

The book club is part of a global reading experience sponsored by OverDrive, the company that hosts the Carbon Lehigh Downloadable Library, a group of public libraries in Carbon and Lehigh counties.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters is one of the oldest and largest youth mentoring organizations in the United States.

Originated in New York in 1902, by 1912 it had established programs in 26 cities.

In 1947, the organization set ground in Philadelphia. By the late 1990s, 950 children were being mentored by the program across the country.

Friday, March 27, 2015
PHOTO COURTESY OF KRISTINA MAUER Kristina Mauer, and her "little," Jayla, having fun at Knoebels  Amusement Park this past summer.

It can happen within a large family, inside of a crowded classroom, or even during social events where everyone seems to be having a good time.

A child feels isolated or alienated.

Through Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge, volunteer mentors help children feel connected.

"We recruit, screen and train volunteers who are over the age of 16 and have completed the 10th grade," said Jenna Sargent, a certified caseworker for the organization, a Catholic Social Services program headquartered in Stroudsburg.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Researchers as far apart as Georgia Tech and the University of Plymouth in the U.K. have observed the increase in bees moving into urban environments.

Some species that are in trouble in rural areas are thriving in city gardens.

According to the National Wildlife Federation, cities are becoming home and habitat to a surprising variety of wildlife including bears, coyote and fox.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Suzy Bogguss will appear at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe Friday.

Grammy winner Suzy Bogguss will headline the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe Friday, featuring music from her new album, "Lucky," a collection of songs all written by country's finest storyteller, Merle Haggard.

Backed by her critically acclaimed trio, Bogguss will showcase her interpretations of Haggard classics such as "Silver Wings," "The Bottle Let Me Down," and "Today I Started Loving You Again," in addition to her own country hits.

Her relationship with Haggard began on her debut album, "Somewhere Between," released on Capitol Records in 1989.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS  The daffodil, the flower of spring, appears to have brought a season of hope as volunteers gathered at the Hiles Bros. warehouse in Summit Hill on Monday to distribute daffodils in preparation for the 2015 Northeast Pa. and Greater Lehigh Daffodil Campaign to Fight Cancer. Front, from left, are Lisa Hiles, Susie Bortnick, Cary Sinclair and Rose Marie Mikulski. Back, from left, are Charlie Whitehead, Darlene Fetterman, Judy Midas and Nancy Whitehead.

Daffodil Day Sales for the 2015 Northeast Pa. and Greater Lehigh Daffodil Campaign to Fight Cancer are underway.

Event organizer Lisa Hiles said the volunteers who organized the 2015 Daffodil Campaign are the same volunteers who have produced the annual American Cancer Society Telethon for 36 years.

Many have volunteered for the Carbon-Tamaqua Unit for decades, and many are the same people who made the American Cancer Society's Daffodil Days campaign such a successful tradition in the area, Hiles said.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Literacy Day at Ice House

Mock Turtle Marionette Theater presents Literacy Day at the Charles Brown IceHouse in Bethlehem at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The program "Book, Beast and Puppet," is accompanied by a puppet-making workshop.

The puppet play conjures up a parade of marionette animal characters: Brer Rabbit, the Cat and the Fiddle, the Bremantown musicians and many others, as early readers move deep into the World of Books.

There, through puppetry, storytelling and audience participation, children will learn just what makes books so wonderful and important.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

An Easter Cantata, "He is Risen," will be performed at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Christ Evangelical Free Church, 2420 Blakeslee Blvd. Drive West in Lehighton. The church is three-quarters of a mile west of Normal Square.

All are welcome to attend this free cantata. Nursery service is available. Refreshments will follow.

For more information call 570-386-4547.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

The Teen Challenge Choir will present a program of gospel music and testimony at the Lutheran Church of St. John, 319 South Ave., Jim Thorpe, on April 2 at 5:30 during the Maundy Thursday worship service.

All are welcome.

The choir is composed of young men from all over the United States. They are truly unique because every member comes from a background of drugs, alcohol and/or crime. Each member with his own story from murder to heroin addiction testifies to the miracle working power of God's love.