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Friday, June 26, 2015
Dean Fosdick via AP A cluster of heuchera and their assortment of long-blooming flower spikes provide color and texture against a birdbath, tree and split rail fence and make for easier, more  efficient watering on a property near Langley, Washington.

Too many plants, too little time? A lot of unnecessary effort can be weeded out with some time- and energy-saving shortcuts, from plant selection to better tools.

"I realized one day that I was becoming a slave to my plants," said Kerry Ann Mendez of Kennebunk, Maine, author of "The Right-Size Flower Garden" (St. Lynn's Press, 2015). "I was working harder for them than they were working for me. So I re-evaluated and started being more responsible about the plants I was putting into my garden."

Mendez said she made some hard decisions.

Friday, June 26, 2015

The Carbon County Fair has announced the 2015 Quilt Block Contest Theme: "Honoring Our Troops."

Quilters are asked to use their imagination and colors red, white and blue.

Each block must be 12.5 inches by 12.5 inches. The fabric must be 100 percent cotton, prewashed and treated to prevent bleeding.

No buttons, charms or paint is allowed. The finished block should be laundered and pressed.

Do not quilt the block.

There is to be only one entry per exhibitor.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Pocono Arts, 18 N. Seventh St., Stroudsburg will offer figure drawing workshops from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first four Wednesdays in July.

There will be a professional costumed model at each session.

These energetic workshops will focus on direct drawing, from the theatrically costumed and fashionably dressed professional model.

Participants will draw through a range of exciting approaches, learning to draw more freely, confidently and courageously.

This workshop is open to adults and teens.

Thursday, June 25, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Natural Stranger is set to perform tonight at the Mauch Chunk Opera House during 40 Story Radio Tower's most anticipated show of the season. Tickets are still available.

It's going to be a busy few days at the Mauch Chunk Opera House.

Tonight at 8 o'clock the opera house, located at 14 W. Broadway in Jim Thorpe, will present 40 Story Radio Tower's most anticipated show of the season.

Forget throne games, women's prison or record empires. It all happens in the shocking finale in a little clinic called, Crosspital.

Hostages, stabbings, suicide pacts. This month you'll get the whole shebang.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The 67th annual Eck reunion will be held Aug. 2 at the Emmaus Community Park, 1401 Shimerville Road, Emmaus.

People will gather in the Rotary Pavilion, which is reserved from 10 a.m. until dusk.

Lunch will be served at 12:30 p.m. Bring a covered dish or dessert for the food table. Families are also asked to bring a cake for the cake walk and something for the chance table.

A business meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m.

There will be door prizes and games for the children.

Food will be served again around 5 p.m.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lehigh Valley Mall's free Summer Music Series is well underway and attracting hundreds of attendees this season.

Sponsored this year by FIAT of Lehigh Valley, the series has taken place each Thursday in June from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Outdoor Shops and features a range of the region's top musical acts. The remaining acts include:

Ÿ Tonight: Philadelphia Funk Authority, an award-winning party band who will bring the energy across a variety of music genres from disco to jazz.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

LONDON – Attention wearers of skinny jeans: don't squat – at least not for long.

Doctors in Australia report that a 35-year-old woman was hospitalized for four days after experiencing muscle damage, swelling, and nerve blockages in her legs after squatting for several hours while wearing tight-fitting denims.

"We were surprised that this patient had such severe damage to her nerves and muscles," said Dr. Thomas Kimber of the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File Fitness trackers, from left, Basis Peak, Adidas Fit Smart, Fitbit Charge, Sony SmartBand, and Jawbone Move, are seen next to an iPhone. Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market last week.

NEW YORK – Sales of fitness trackers are climbing, and the biggest maker of the gadgets, Fitbit, made a splashy debut on the stock market Thursday. But will the devices really help you get healthier?

Experts agree that getting people to set goals and then reminding them of the goals absolutely works, and the tracking devices are built to do that.

But evidence that the devices work is limited because they are new and studies of them have mostly been small or focused on specific groups of people.

Monday, June 22, 2015
Color me gorgeous

Want a new look? How about a new color? Red highlights? Purple?

Maybe turquoise is more your thing.

You don't have to be Pink, Katy Perry or Nicole Richie to rock a hot new color.

While celebrities and socialites are usually on the forefront for trendsetting, just about anyone can put a little extra zing in their appearance these days.

"I did it last year, around this time," says Angie Bailor of Jim Thorpe, "and I loved it."

Monday, June 22, 2015

If you plan to get extensions, you'll need to schedule a consultation.

Your stylist will determine how many bundles of hair you'll need. This will depend on the size of your head and the thickness of your hair, your lifestyle and how active you are.

If you're a cancer patient, you'll need to wait six months from your last treatment, and also have 2 1/2 to 3 inches of new growth.