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Add living space to your home with an easy patio makeover
(BPT) - Everyone looks forward to a shift into summer mode, with its sun-soaked days, flower-scented breezes and velvety nights under the stars. Now's the time to take advantage of a golden opportunity right outside your door. Celebrate summer and all it offers by recreating your outdoor space. Whether it’s a balcony, a patio or a deck, a few touches are all you need to turn it into a highly functional living space.
When done right, a patio makeover is like a boost to your home's square footage of living space without straining your wallet. Think of the patio as a summer room, and the possibilities really open up.
One approach to making your summer room perfect is to start by thinking of your needs and what you love to do. If you could add any room to your home, what would it be, and what would you use it for? Then, turn to a resource like Big Lots, which offers everything you need to build that summer room, while keeping you within budget.
Your summer living room
Transform any outdoor space into a relaxing oasis that’s perfect for unwinding and summer daydreams. Your key piece is a comfortable outdoor couch you can really sink into.
It's always best to start with a neutral-colored cushion, then work the accessories and accent pieces, including side tables, brightly colored throw pillows and outdoor lanterns to make the space feel extra homey and just like an authentic living room. These decor pieces can be easily and affordably switched out year-over-year to make your outdoor space feel fresh and new.
With an easy assembly gazebo, you can also keep the space cool and comfortable in the heat of the day.
Finally, if your patio faces an open or public area, a row of evergreens planted in large colorful pots will transform it into an intimate space with a perfect touch of nature.
Your summer party room
With the right pieces, you can set the scene for any gathering of friends and family. Start with ample seating. Add to the traditional living room setup with an outdoor cushioned bench, and position some accent chairs and tables in a nook or two for conversation clusters. A patterned outdoor rug also helps to delineate spaces on a large patio or deck.
A fire pit always creates a natural centerpiece and gathering spot. Some designs take this up a notch and incorporate the soft glow of fire right into a tabletop, making it easy to talk long into the summer night. As a finishing touch, be sure to have a wireless speaker and playlist ready to set the mood with music.
Your summer kitchen
The downside of summer living is building up unwanted heat in the kitchen from cooking dinner. The best solution is to take it outside. Don’t limit the grill to weekends and burgers and brats. Explore the many grilling recipes out there to expand your repertoire. While you're doing this, set up your patio as an outdoor cooking station that’s ready to go whenever you’re ready to start cooking.
Set up a sturdy table for prepping veggies and meats and a selection of lightweight, outdoor serving dishes. The variety of colors and designs are endless and add to the space aesthetic. (Just as you would indoors, make sure the surface is clean before you get started.) Use colorful crates to keep grilling tools, potholders and outdoor dishes and glassware organized and handy.
Finally, pick up some bright-colored pots that match your decor style and plant rosemary, parsley, basil and other herbs so they’re within easy reach to add fresh flavors to your grilled fish and chicken, as well as those tasty summer veggies. These potted plants also make for beautiful, easy centerpieces.
Your summer dining room
Dining outside is a fun and relaxing way to enjoy food as well as the company of your family and friends. When you choose a patio table, choose one with ample seating, and keep things comfortable and colorful with waterproof cushions. Umbrellas can throw shade on a sun-drenched deck or patio, making daytime dining (or your morning coffee time) more pleasant and easy on the eyes. If you’re looking for something different, a patio umbrella outfitted with lights on the underside will let you linger over dinner longer.
Creating beautiful outdoor spaces can be easy, but it also doesn’t have to break the budget. Big Lots has a wide variety of affordable patio furniture and décor so you can create an outdoor scene with indoor style. Visit BigLots.com or a store near you for all your patio and outdoor accessory needs.
Annual Lights of Hope......
The Addict’s Mom invites you to their annual Lights of Hope which is one many nationally run events to raise awareness to drug addition during September which is National Recovery Month. This year's event will be held from 5:00pm - 7:30pm, Saturday September 9 at the William Pensyl Social Hall in Portland, PA
If addiction has affected you - this is an event that you don’t want to miss. Addiction is a “monster” that affects the entire family and the Addict’s Mom is here to help. If you have any questions, ideas, or experiences that you would like to share, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Ladies Night at Pocono Pistol
Ladies Night- Call the range for booking information. Thursday, July 6, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. Pocono Pistol Range 85 N. 1st St, Stroudsburg. A special course designed just for ladies to learn, acquire & safely handle firearms. This two hour course, includes classroom and firing range time with instruction from a trained, certified and licensed instructor. Two hour course. Classroom and firing range. Fee includes all required equipment and materials including eye/ear protection, firearm rental, ammunitions & targets. Collared shirts or high neckline is suggested. NO open toed shoes. Cost:$50.00. Phone: 570-424-2940.
Day Trip to NYC
Day Trip to NYC. Thursday, July 6, 2017 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM. Fernwood Resort 5785 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg. Pocono Day Tripper and Fernwood Resort invite guests to spend an exciting day exploring New York City!
The bus leaves from Shawnee Village on Thursday morning at 7:00 AM sharp and arrives at the new York 9/11 Memorial at approximately 8:45 AM. Here, begin with a 2-hour tour of the historial 9/11 Museum from 9:30-11:30 or split off and go on a new adventure in NYC.
The bus will then depart at 11:30 AM to meet up with the NY Zephyr - Express Liberty Boat Cruise to the Statue of Liberty at 12:00. Narrated by an informative and entertaining guide, the ferry stops at the feet of Lady Liberty during this 60 minute cruise.
Day trippers will then reboard the bus for a bus tour of Manhattan, ending in Central Park West area around 3:00 PM. Everyone can spend 2 hours exploring Times Square and Central Park before boarding the bus at 5:00 PM to return back to Fernwood. For ticket pricing and information, please call Peter Luck at (570) 977-7731.
Board of Supervisors Work Session
Board of Supervisors Work Session. Thursday, July 6, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM. 2162 Route 715 PO Box 213, Reeders. Jackson Township.
Western Pocono Community Library
July 6, 2017 events. Located at 131 Pilgrim Way, PO Box 318, Brodheadsville. 7:30 am - W.E. Rotary, 9:15 am - Basic Stretch, 10:30 am - Strength Cond, 6:30 pm - SRP. Phone: (570) 992-7934.
Open Mic and Karaoke
Open Mic and Karaoke at ShawneeCraft Brewery. July 6, 2017. 100 Shawnee Inn Drive Shawnee on Delaware. Every other Thursday through the end of summer the ShawneeCraft Brewing Company will host an Open Mic and Karaoke Night 7-10 pm in the Tap Room. 1-800-SHAWNEE (1-800-742-9633).
Young Lion Plays
Young Lion! July 6, 2017 9:30PM. Sarah Street Grill 550 Quaker Alley, Stroudsburg. This July, Young Lion will be back on Thursdays as the Featured Band of the Month! Do not miss this opportunity! An SSG breakout band with Lion Sandford, Jamie Saleski and Chris Condel, they started playing together for the George Wesley Tribute Night and have been regulars on the stage ever since. Come out and see why! Phone: (570) 424-9120.
Stroudsburg Rotary CPR Instruction
Stroudsburg Rotary CPR Instruction. July 06, 2017 6:15 Mtg. Peppe's Bistro Eagle Valley Mall, East Stroudsburg. Debbie will be providing instruction for hands only CPR (length of training 2-2.5 hours).
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Summer Breakfast Buffet
Summer Breakfast Buffet. Thursday, July 6, 2017 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM. Fernwood Resort- Wintergreens Patio Grill 124 Golf Drive, East Stroudsburg. Enjoy a breakfast buffet EVERY morning this summer! Open from 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM. The menu includes: Bacon, Hash Browns, French Toast Sticks, Pancakes with Hot Syrup, Scrambled Eggs, Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Turkey Sausage, Pork Sausage, Grits, Granola, Fresh Fruit, Cereals, Bagels & Pastries, Whipped Cream, Coffee, Tea & Juice. Adults $12.99* Children (12 & under) $6.99* *plus tax. Email: email@example.com, Phone: 800-259-8665 ext. 4150.
Evening in the Caribbean
Evening in the Caribbean. Thursday, July 6, 2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Fernwood Resort- Wintergreens Patio Grill 124 Golf Drive, East Stroudsburg. Experience an evening in the Caribbean when visiting Wintergreens Patio Grill on Thursdays this summer! Dinner will be served from 6 pm to 9 pm and there will be live island party music from 6 pm to 10 pm. Enjoy Caribbean-inspired food and specialty island drinks throughout the night. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: 800-259-8665.
Carnival- Provided by S & S Amusements. Thursday, July 6, 2017 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM. Fernwood Resort Great Lawn 6148 Milford Road, East Stroudsburg. S & S Carnival returns to the Fernwood Resort Great Lawn from June 28 to July 9. Fun, food, rides & games for all ages. Weekday hours run from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm, and weekend hours will be 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm. The price is $15.00 on weekdays and $20.00 on weekends. Resort guests will receive a $2 discount. Email: email@example.com, Phone: 888-FERNWOOD.
Entertainment This Week
The Exception. Rated R | Run Time 1 hr 57 min. Wednesday, June 21, 2017 4:15 PM - 4:15 PM to Friday, July 7, 2017 4:15 PM - 4:15 PM. Pocono Cinema & Cultural Center 88 South Courtland Street, East Stroudsburg. A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation. Friday, June 30th- Thursday, July 6th. Friday- Monday | 4:00, Tuesday | 7:00, Wednesday | 4:00.
Jaws (1975). Rated PG | Run Time 2 hr 4 min. Wednesday, June 28, 2017 4:00 PM - 4:00 PM to Friday, July 7, 2017 4:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Pocono Cinema & Cultural Center 88 South Courtland Street, East Stroudsburg. A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. Friday, June 30th- Thursday, July 6th. Friday & Sunday | 1:00, 7:00, Saturday | 1:00, 7:00, 9:50, Monday | 7:00, Tuesday | 4:00, Wednesday | 1:00, 7:00, Thursday | 1:00, 4:00.
Beatriz at Dinner
Beatriz at Dinner. Rated R | Run Time 1 hr 33 min. Wednesday, June 28, 2017 4:00 PM - 4:00 PM to Friday, July 14, 2017 4:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Pocono Cinema & Cultural Center 88 South Courtland Street, East Stroudsburg. Beatriz (Salma Hayek), an immigrant from a poor town in Mexico, has drawn on her innate kindness to build a career as a spiritual health practitioner in Los Angeles. Doug Strutt (John Lithgow) is a cutthroat, self-satisfied billionaire real estate developer. When these two opposites meet at a dinner party, their worlds collide and neither will ever be the same. Friday, June 30th- Thursday, July 6th. Friday & Sunday | 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, Saturday | 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 9:30, Monday & Tuesday | 4:30, 7:30, Wednesday & Thursday | 1:30, 4:30, 7:30.
The Beguiled. Rated R | Run Time 1 hr 44 min. Wednesday, June 28, 2017 4:00 PM - 4:00 PM to Friday, July 14, 2017 4:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Pocono Cinema & Cultural Center 88 South Courtland Street, East Stroudsburg. "The Beguiled" is an atmospheric thriller from acclaimed writer/director Sofia Coppola. The story unfolds during the Civil War, at a Southern girls' boarding school. Its sheltered young women take in an injured enemy soldier. As they provide refuge and tend to his wounds, the house is taken over with sexual tension and dangerous rivalries, and taboos are broken in an unexpected turn of events. Friday, June 30th- Thursday, July 6th. Friday & Sunday | 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, Saturday | 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 9:40, Monday & Tuesday | 4:15, 7:15, Wednesday & Thursday | 1:15, 4:15, 7:15.
THIS DAY IN HISTORY - July 6
Althea Gibson is first African American to win Wimbledon - 1957
On this day in 1957, Althea Gibson claims the women’s singles tennis title at Wimbledon and becomes the first African American to win a championship at London’s All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.
Gibson was born on August 25, 1927, in Silver, South Carolina, and raised in the Harlem section of New York City. She began playing tennis as a teenager and went on to win the national black women’s championship twice. At a time when tennis was largely segregated, four-time U.S. Nationals winner Alice Marble advocated on Gibson’s behalf and the 5’11” player was invited to make her U.S. Open debut in 1950. In 1956, Gibson’s tennis career took off and she won the singles title at the French Open–the first African American to do so–as well as the doubles’ title there. In July 1957, Gibson won Wimbledon, defeating Darlene Hard, 6-3, 6-2. (In 1975, Arthur Ashe became the first African-American man to win the men’s singles title at Wimbledon, when he defeated Jimmy Connors.) In September 1957, she won the U.S. Open, and the Associated Press named her Female Athlete of the Year in 1957 and 1958. During the 1950s, Gibson won 56 singles and doubles titles, including 11 major titles.
After winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open again in 1958, Gibson retired from amateur tennis. In 1960, she toured with the Harlem Globetrotters basketball team, playing exhibition tennis matches before their games. In 1964, Gibson joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour, the first black woman to do so. The trailblazing athlete played pro golf until 1971, the same year in which she was voted into the National Lawn Tennis Association Hall of Fame.
After serving as New Jersey’s commissioner of athletics from 1975 to 1985, Althea Gibson died at age 76 from respiratory failure on September 28, 2003, at a hospital in East Orange, New Jersey.
Drawing Workshop at Pocono Arts. Thursday, May 25, 2017 12:00 AM - 8:30 PM to Tuesday, September 26, 2017 12:00 AM - 8:30 PM. Pocono Arts Council 18 N. 7th Street, Stroudsburg. Never taken a drawing class before? Feel rusty or simply lack confidence? This course can help! Beginning with a simple contour, use line to discover a variety of shapes and forms from a still life to the human figure. The foundational and formal ascpects of sketching and drawing will be demonstrated. Explore the steps in drawing from an idea to a sketch to a completed drawing. Instructor is John McAllister and this workshop is on Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm. To register or for more info call 570-476-4460 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Basic Acrylic Painting
Basic Acrylic Painting. Wednesday, July 5, 2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM to Thursday, July 27, 2017 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Pocono Arts Council 18 N. 7th Street, Stroudsburg. Join in to explore this very versatile medium. This workshop is for beginners as well as those with more experience with acrylics. The techniques of this medium, incorporating composition, building a painting, color values and much more will be explored. Bring photos personally taken to be utilized as subject matter! The instructor for this workshop is Iraina Caramelli. For more information or to register call 570-476-4460 or e-mail email@example.com
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Can You Believe It...
Nordstrom jeans come pre-caked with mud for $425
(UPI) -- Retailer Nordstrom is drawing criticism online for its latest foray into the world of unusual pants -- mud-caked jeans priced at $425. The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans from fashion company PRPS are priced at $425 on Nordstrom's website, which says the "heavily distressed" jeans "embody rugged, Americana workwear that's seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you're not afraid to get down and dirty."
A PRPS customer service representative said the muddy coating is designed not to wash out if the care instructions -- "machine wash cold, line dry" -- are followed properly.
The jeans have drawn criticism on social media as well as on Nordstrom's website.
"This is a joke, right?" a since-deleted comment on Nordstrom's site reads. "Do you also sell jeans covered in cow manure?"
"Faded jeans with holes in them used to sound like the dumbest idea of all time, so fake mud jeans will probably make billions," Twitter user @RealMikeWelch wrote.
Nordstrom previously raised the Internet's eyebrows with "Clear Knee Mom Jeans," female-oriented pants with clear plastic windows in the knee area.
The mom jeans apparently inspired another retailer, Topshop, to market a pair of completely transparent plastic jeans.
Western Pocono Library Summer Programs
Programs being held for Baby through age 7 years old and Young Adult ages 8 through 18 years old Tuesday at 10:30 am, Wednesday at 1:00 pm and Thursday at 6:30 pm. Special guests with special programming to be announced. Registration began May 30th.
* Library will be closed in observance of the July 4th holiday
Tannersville Cranberry Bog Gallery Show
Laurinda Faye Rubin is organizing an exhibition for the Kettle Creek Gallery focusing on the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in all seasons. Interested artists of all mediums are invited to participate. Laurinda is willing and able to take artists on trips to the Bog in order to inspire them to create their artwork. Artists will have from now until Aug/Sep 2017 to create artwork depicting this unique natural land nestled in Monroe County. Specific information regarding submission and show details will be provided at a later date. This notice is to give the artists the opportunity and time to create their artwork. If interested, please contact Laurinda Faye Rubin at 570-236-4752 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastburg Community Alliance Wants Performers
Eastburg Community Alliance is looking for entertainers to display their talents at the depot during the months of June, July, August and September. They specifically are looking for local artists to volunteer to perform during Music on Mondays at Dansbury Depot. If you or anyone you know, is interested, please email Sonya Cole at email@example.com. They do not pay their performers but do take a collection at each concert for the performer.
Western Pocono Community Library Lunch Program
Lunch is free and available to all school aged children up to age 18, who are registered in the Summer Reading Program.
• Every Tuesday at 11:30am ending Aug 8th
• Every Wednesday at 12:30pm ending Aug 9th
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Fraternal Order of Eagles - First Sunday of Every Month, Franternal Order of Eagles Aeries 1106. Doors: 5pm Kitchen: 6pm Games: 7pm
East Stroudsburg Elks - Every Wednesday. Doors:5pm Early Birds: 645pm. Bingo:7pm
Polk Township Fire Co. - Every Thursday. Doors: 5pm Games: 6:45pm
Power House of Prayer - East Stroudsburg Wednesday and Sunday. Doors: 5pm. Bingo:7pm
VFW Post 2540 East Stroudsburg - Friday Night. Doors, Kitchen: 5pm. Early Bird: 6:45pm
Local Galleries & Museums
Antoine Dutot Museum & Gallery
Holiday Craft Show, Handmade Gifts by Local Artisans, Dec 2-4, 9-11. Fridays, 5-8PM. Saturdays & Sundays, 11AM-5PM. 570-476-4240 or www.dutotmuseum.com.
Holiday Store, (thru Jan 2). 18 North 7th St., Stroudsburg. Gallery hours: Tues-Sat, Noon-4. 570-476-4460 or www.poconoarts.org
Auradell Gallery at Stroudsmoor
Stroudsmoor Country Inn, Stroudsmoor Rd., Stroudsburg. 570-421-6431 or www.stroudsmoor.com
Findings Jewelry & Art Gallery
Gold, Silver, & Gemstone Creations of Jeweler & Owner Daniel Varipapa. Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:30AM-5PM; Sat, 11:30AM-3:30PM, 39 N. Seventh St., Courthouse Square, Stroudsburg. 570-426-1888
Gallery at Liztech
Made in PA. Gallery Hours: Tues–Sat 10AM-6PM, 95 Crystal St. EastStroudsburg. 570-424-3177 or www.Liztech.com
Grey Towers National Historic Site
Holiday Art and Photo Exhibit and Sale featuring scenes of Grey Towers: plein air paintings by artists of Come Paint with Me and a juried exhibition of photographs by members of Pike Imaging Council. 122 Old Owego Turnpike, Miford, Daily 11AM-4PM. 3-floor Mansion Tour available weekends at 4PM. 570-296-9630 or www.greytowers.org
Kettle Creek Art Gallery
Photo Contest Winners. Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 8AM-4:30PM, Sat 9AM-1PM, 8050 Running Valley Road, Bartonsville. 570-629-3061 or www.mcconservation.org
Madelon Powers Gallery
Gallery Hours: Weds & Thurs: 11AM-7PM. Mon., Tues. & Fri.: 11AM-4PM. Fine & Performing Arts Center, East Stroudsburg University. 570-422-3483 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Miller’s Fine Arts Gallery
Features Contemporary Stone Sculptures from East Africa and other African Artifacts. Gallery Hours: Saturdays 12-6PM and Sundays by appointment only. 402 Brushy Mountain Rd, EastStroudsburg. 612-573-6594 or 914-588-6843 or www.cmillersfineart.photoreflect.com
Monroe County Historical Association
Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri, 10AM-4PM, First & Third Saturdays, 10AM-4PM. One-hour Guided Tours: 11AM & 2PM daily. 900 Main St., Stroudsburg. 570-421-7703 or www.monroehistorical.org
Hours: 11AM-5PM, M-W; 11AM-7PM, Thurs; 11AM-5PM, Fri; 10AM-5PM, Sat; Noon-4PM, Sun, Route 115, Effort. 570-872-9683 or www.MudWorksPotteryPA.com 10% Discount for PoconoArts Members
Northampton Community College Monroe Campus - Keystone Hall, Dunning Art Gallery, "Flying Free - Birds & the Human Spirit" (thru Jan 13). Gallery Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8AM-9PM, 201 Keystone Hall, Monroe Campus, Tannersville. 610-861-5062 or email@example.com
Origins Gallery on Main
Gallery Hours: Monday - Saturday, 1-5:30PM. 580 Main St., Stroudsburg, 570-507-7571 or www.originsgallery.org
Créches from Around the World, Pearsall Room, 100 Shawnee Inn Drive, Shawnee-on-Delaware. Available 9AM-5PM, (thru Jan 2). 1-800-SHAWNEE or www.shawneeinn.com
Wing & A Prayer Chapel
120 Rimrock Drive, Snydersville, Sunday, 1-4PM. 607-644-0596 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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