Friday, February 27, 2015


Saturday, February 21, 2015
Nicole Smith and Jon Yenser

The engagement of Nicole Smith of Alburtis to Jon Yenser, also of Alburtis, has been announced by her parents.

The bride-to-be is the daughter of David and Nancy Smith of Lehighton.

She is a graduate of Lehighton Area High School. She received her doctorate of physical therapy from Misericordia University. In 2014, she became a neurologic certified specialist.

She is currently employed at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation in Allentown.

The prospective bridegroom is the son of Dennis and Jane Yenser of Lehighton.

Friday, February 20, 2015
@$:KAREN CIMMS/TIMES NEWS Sadie Strack, 7, and her brother, Richie, 10, enjoy playing card games on snow days. They are the children of Rich and Stacie Strack of Penn Forest Township.

Winter has us in its grip and doesn't seem likely to let us go anytime soon. Temperatures are plummeting and there is snow in the forecast again.

That usually means there may be more snow days in our future. While the excitement and novelty of those early winter declarations of a free day (for the kids at least) may not be as happily met as they were back in early December, you can still make the best of it.

We polled our readers for some of their snow day tips. Here's a glimpse at some of our favorites.

Outside fun

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A spiritual experiences discussion will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. March 21 at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway, Jim Thorpe.

The event is free. Participants will be welcome to explore their dreams, visions, divine love; share their stories; and try a spiritual exercise. There will be a free book CD and refreshments.

For more information, call 570-656-3790 or visit

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Shawnee Playhouse, a professional, nonunion repertory theater, located in Shawnee on Delaware, is accepting applications for summer internship positions.

The SPH Internship Program offers qualified candidates the opportunity to serve as interns for a season with a professional theatrical company serving as either a performance, technical, stage management or costuming intern.

A weekly stipend and housing is available for successful candidates who are hired into the program.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Would you like to receive open and honest feedback on your writing?

If so, join the Black Diamond Writers Network on March 21 at the Tamaqua Public Library, 30 S. Railroad St., Tamaqua.

Writers who would like to have their work critiqued should bring 15 copies of a one-page work-in-progress (no previously published pieces), double spaced.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

For more information, call Kathy Ruff at 570-645-3059. For directions, call Tamaqua Public Library, at 570-668-4660.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jason Roth and Joshua Neth during a dress rehearsal for Sam Shepard's "True West."

As part of their "Spotlight on the Valley" series, Touchstone Theatre presents Allentown neighbors, Allentown Public Theatre in "True West," a powerful tale of sibling rivalry by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Sam Shepard. "True West" opens for a two-week run.

Described by The New York Times as "a rambunctious and spontaneous tale about sibling rivalry … the seductiveness of Hollywood and … the battle between art and business," "True West" delves into the story of two estranged brothers, Austin, a budding Hollywood screenwriter, and Lee, a scurvy desert drifter.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Lehighton Area Lioness Lions Club will sponsor its Bunny Lunch at 11 a.m. March 21 at the Lehighton Recreation Center on Eighth Street in Lehighton.

There will be limited seating.

The lunch includes a visit from Peter Cottontail, candy, and a hot dog with toppings, macaroni and cheese, potato chips, dessert and a beverage.

Bring your own camera to take photos with the bunny.

There will also be games and prizes, as well as a basket raffle.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

When it comes to blues guitar, Albert Cummings is the real deal, not to mention a deeply talented frontman and singer.

Cummings performs Saturday at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe. Doors open at 7 p.m.; showtime is 8 p.m.

Cummings has opened for Johnny Winter, Sheryl Crow, B.B. King and others, and even recorded with Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton and Reese Wynans, better known as Double Trouble, Stevie Ray Vaughan's backing band.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Writing Boot Camp 2015 and "JumpSpark Your Marketing and Get Ready to Sell" will take place April 18 at the Tamaqua Community Arts Center, 125 Pine St. in Tamaqua. The event is sponsored by Black Diamond Writers' Network.

The boot camp will be facilitated by Dina Tull Davis, principal of JumpSpark Creative Group.

In the morning session discover how to build a solid brand, learn and implement marketing fundamentals and develop a platform.

Thursday, February 19, 2015
"The Dancing Granny"

"The Dancing Granny" will be presented at 10 a.m. Feb. 28 as Mock Turtle Marionette Theater celebrates Black History Month with the Dancing Granny, Tales of African Origin, at the Charles Brown IceHouse, 56 River Road, on Sand Island in Bethlehem.

The program, featuring stories from Africa and Afro America, is performed by marionetteer Doug Roysdon and Grace Hocella of the Bach Choir. Each tale is told in its own unique way, employing song, storytelling and a variety of puppets including shadow, rod and marionettes.