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Welcome to Spring Event with Tappas and Wine Are you tired of winter and your surroundings, have cabin fever after the long winter? Well, Hazleton Art League is hosting a Spanish Tappas and Wine Pairing on Sunday, May 15 from 4:30-6:30pm. Come enjoy a great evening of gourmet Tappas and discover amazing Spanish wines at Mea’s. Our Tappas and Wine event is a perfect event for getting you into the mood of summer, or just to complement your adventurous spirit of the day. This will be an interactive food and wine event which includes tasting notes and pairing conversations in the round with guests facilitated by attending wine enthusiast, Barbara Brazon. The fee for this Tappas and wine pairing is $48 for members and $53 for non- members . Please contact Dr. Carl Frankel, csf1@psu.edu or 570-454-2982, for registration information.

Lottery Tickets Enclosed are 2 lottery tickets for the month of May. Please return top stub with your payment before April 23, 2011. If we do not receive the stub back before first ticket drawing the ticket will be void - no winner for that number. If you are interested in selling additional tickets please contact Denise Perry at 570-459-1817 or 570-401-4913

Cooking Class After many years and many requests, the Art League is once again sponsoring cooking classes this spring. However they will not be held at HAL. Through the kindness of Mr. Bill Parise, we will be using the wonderful modern display kitchen facility at BUILDERS DIRECT, located at 757 W. Broad Street in Hazleton, near the Diamond Avenue intersection. There’s even a convenient parking lot adjacent to their building. Four classes are all scheduled on Saturdays from 11am to 1pm. Students may sign up for any or all of them. These will be hands-on classes in which students will prepare food, not just watch demonstrations. Don’t worry about your lack of chef skills, just bring your enthusiasm and an apron! The first two weeks will feature our own Lorraine Giuliani, who has been cooking all her life, taught by many elderly people grandparents, parents, neighbors and friends. She owned and operated Aunt Raini’s Kitchen and prepared a variety of wonderful foods for Most Precious Blood Church. Lorraine loves sharing what was taught to her. People want her recipes because she makes them easy, and that’s the theme of her two classes: “Home Made Make it Easy.” Students will learn how to make traditional dishes from scratch using modern equipment. Lorraine wants her students to wear comfortable clothing and proper cooking attire (apron and head covering). On week one (March 12) we will go Italian and prepare ravioli. The next week (March 19) the feature dish will be Hungarian potato dumpling huluski. We will also make meatballs and various sauces and salads. After preparing meals, the class will dine together. The last two weeks will feature Lynda Betress, former owner of Sequoyah House Natural Foods Restaurant in Jim Thorpe. Lynda is currently a Personal Nutritional Consultant, chef and caterer through her Brightpath Nutritional Concepts which features gourmet world cuisine. She has taught classes in health and nutrition at several community colleges and retreats. Lynda will be teaching how to prepare authentic middle eastern food which is becoming more and more popular in the United States, and, like other Mediterranean cuisines, is heart healthy as well as delicious. On April 2, the class will learn how to prepare hummus, babaganoush, tabouli, and stuffed grape leaves and also learn about their nutritional value. On April 9, the class will conclude with “Healthy Spring Fare” where students will learn the benefits of healthy seasonal nutrition. The class will learn how to prepare, store and use a root vegetable broth, preparation of select grains, and the use of both of these with seasonal vegetables. The exact menu will depend on availability of produce. Thanks to Nancy Defazio for getting the ball rolling for this class.

Hazleton Art League/Hazleton Area Garden Club Partnership Show The above two organizations are coming together to sponsor an event entitled "Art in Bloom". The art/flower exhibition will take place at the Hazleton Art League in the fall. Further details will be communicated in the near future.

Thanks to all of our Sustaining members Barbara Brazon, Dryfoos Insurance Agency, PPL c/o Martha Herron, William & Micky Shergalis, and Patricia Spivak

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