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Hearth Cooking Class

The 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street, will host a hearth cooking class from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 22. Using the house's German-style raised hearth, participants will make soup, bread, and a dessert. They will then share the meal.

Patricia Motter, a longtime guide at the Herr House, will lead the class. She often demonstrates the use of the hearth for special events at the Herr House.

Before cooking stoves were invented, people cooked on an open-hearth fireplace located in the kitchen. On a raised section of the fireplace, or hearth, a smaller fire was built for use in cooking. Larger pots were held over the fire by a crane attached to the chimney.

There is a fee. To register by Friday, Sept. 7, readers may call 717-464-4438 or visit


Kids Cookie Break Fest

The seventh annual Kids Cookie Break Fest will take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Junction Center, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim. Identical programs will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 to 7 p.m.

All activities are free, but tickets are required. For more information and to obtain tickets, readers may visit Meal options will also be available for purchase when tickets are reserved.

Volunteers are needed. More information is available by emailing


SafePlaces Retreat

Samaritan Counseling Center's Connecting Through Nature: A Retreat for Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse will be held on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gretna Glen Retreat Center in Lebanon.

Trauma-trained therapist Lisa Hanna Witmer will facilitate the retreat. Participants will be invited to explore nature's lessons on healing trauma. The event will include time for connecting, learning, and restorative practices through art, music, and writing.

SafePlaces program works with six to 10 congregations each year to help equip all adults to protect children and teens from sexual abuse, not only in our churches, but also in the communities. A core aspect of SafeChurch is lifting up and empowering adult survivors of sexual abuse in faith communities.

There is a cost to attend, and registration is required. To register, readers may contact Lizz Durbin at 717-560-9969, ext. 254, or visit; select Workshops, Retreats, and Circles; and choose 2018 Survivors Retreat.


Reading Buddies program

As part of its Reading Buddies program, children are invited to read to a certified therapy dog on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Oxford Public Library, 48 S. Second St., Oxford.

No registration is necessary. For more information, call the library at 610-932-9625 or visit


Community Block Party

The community is invited to a block party on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 4 to 8 p.m. at 551 West Restaurant, 551 W. King St., Lancaster. The rain date will be Saturday, Sept. 15.

The event will spotlight Lancaster vendors and businesses, and it will provide an opportunity for community members to meet local community service providers. The event is free and open to people of all ages.

Local businesses and nonprofit organizations are welcome to host stands during the event. Any organization that would like to be represented at the event may email at least 15 days prior to the event. There is no fee to participate as a vendor. For more information, readers may call 717-381-6812.


Multi-Church Picnic

As part of an effort to promote fellowship and sharing among members of local Lutheran congregations, a multi-church picnic will be held at Living God Lutheran Church (LGLC) in Honey Brook on Sunday, Aug. 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. The event will be held rain or shine.

Participating in the picnic will be congregation members from LGLC, as well as the following Lutheran churches: Messiah of Downingtown, Good Shepherd of Coatesville, St. Paul's of Lionville and Community of Love of Oxford.

Area Lutherans are invited to attend the free event to meet other Lutherans in the area and to enjoy a potluck meal, music, children's games and a time of fellowship. All those attending will also be able to walk LGLC's nature trail, located on the church property.

According to LGLC worship leader Sue Fessenbecker, one of the event organizers, the joint effort began earlier this year when local churches, who were being led by interim pastors, met to discuss the issues of finding a permanent pastor.

"Lutherans have a lengthy process (for appointing a pastor)," she explained, noting that pastors in search of a new appointment are matched with churches who are seeking a pastor based on their profiles. Candidates are then interviewed and voted on by the congregation.

"(Getting together) was a joint effort between Messiah and Living God Lutheran churches, which were both without pastors and decided to meet and join resources," Fessenbecker continued. "We all struggle with pastors and interims and how long the process takes, and we get discouraged. We try to keep everyone upbeat. We know it will happen in God's time, and we are here to support each other."

The churches' first joint activity was in March, when they took part in a private screening of "I Can Only Imagine" at a local movie theater.

Fessenbecker said that last year, LGLC members attended a community worship service at St. Peter's Catholic Church in West Brandywine. "That's kind of what we wanted to do, but it evolved into a fellowship picnic for us to get to know each other," she noted, adding that LGLC reached out to other nearly Lutheran churches when planning the picnic.

"We really enjoyed worshipping with Catholics and Presbyterians, Episcopalians and others (at the community service at St. Peter's)," she added. "With all that's happening in the world, it was nice to be united as a Christian community."

The upcoming picnic will be held outdoors, weather permitting. Members of the various churches are providing the food. "We will have a hymn sing, and each of the interim pastors (and pastors) will do an introduction of their congregation," said Fessenbecker. "We will have an icebreaker event for people to get to know other congregations. We will also have a scavenger hunt along the nature trail."

LGLC expects between 100 and 125 attendees at the upcoming picnic. "The goal is to celebrate the Lutheran tradition and make new friends," Fessenbecker added.

LGLC is located at 3200 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Honey Brook. For more information, readers may call 610-273-9383 or visit


Trip to Israel

First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg, 101 S. Decatur St., Strasburg, will offer a group trip to Israel from Friday, March 22, 2019, to Saturday, March 30, 2019. The travelers will visit various sites, including Mount Carmel, the Mount of Beatitudes, Capernaum, Galilee, the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Holocaust Museum, the Wailing Wall, the Dead Sea, and Masada. The excursion will be led by pastor Robert Bronkema, an experienced world traveler whose previous group trips include Russia, Italy and Israel. The fee includes airfare, lodging, meals, transportation, and admission fees.

An organizational meeting will take place at First Presbyterian Church of Strasburg on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 1 p.m. Information is also available by calling Bronkema at 717-799-0777.

For more information about the church, readers may call the office at 717-687-6030 or visit www.facebook/straspres or


United Way of York County Fundraising Campaign Kickoff

United Way of York County will kick off its annual fundraising campaign with a free community event on Thursday, Aug. 30, at Central York High School, 601 Mundis Mill Road, York. When doors open at 5 p.m., attendees may visit tables offering information from the program's panelists and other United Way partner agencies. The program will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Mike Veny, a mental health speaker, will share his experiences in addressing and erasing the stigma around mental illness. Veny is the author of "Transforming Stigma: How to Become a Mental Wellness Superhero." Guests will also hear from a panel of local mental health experts, providing an opportunity to discuss York County's strengths and challenges in relation to mental health.

The panel will be moderated by Bev Mackereth, who has spent her career focused on working with the most vulnerable populations in York County and at the state level. Mackereth started her career as a caseworker at York County Children and Youth and was eventually appointed as the deputy secretary for the Office of Children Youth and Family. She also served as executive director of York County's Human Services and later as secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. She currently works for former Gov. Tom Ridge as a lobbyist and consultant at the Ridge Policy Group.

In addition to Veny, panelists will include Dr. Melanie Baer, psychology discipline chief and director of the WellSpan Philhaven Hospital Doctoral Psychology Internship Program; Michelle Hovis, human services director, County of York; Dr. Ben Johnson, director of outpatient mental health services, Pressley Ridge; and Garrett Trout, CEO, TrueNorth Wellness Services.

Registration is requested in advance by visiting

United Way of York County's annual campaign will take place from Aug. 30 through Friday, Nov. 30. More than 330 local companies and organizations are expected to participate in the campaign to raise funds for the community. Last year's campaign raised $6.55 million.


Chocolate Lovers' Tour With a Twist

The West York Leisure Club will sponsor two fall bus trips, which are open to the public. Both trips will depart from Dick's Sporting Goods in West York.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, the club will offer the Chocolate Lovers' Tour With a Twist, a trip to Lycoming County. The trip will feature tours of Purity Candy Company and another site, lunch at a restaurant, and a narrated cruise on the Hiawatha Riverboat. Chocolate treats will be available at the stops.

On Saturday, Oct. 13, the club will offer a trip to Maryland. The trip will include several stops, along with lunch and snacks.

Bus transportation is included in the fee per person. Reservations are required by contacting Paulette Cape at 717-764-7018 or


Newsies the Musical

A cast of youths and young adults will present Disney's "Newsies the Musical," a Tony award-winning production, at Steel River Playhouse, 245 E. High St., Pottstown. The show's first weekend was Aug. 17 through 19. Upcoming performances will take place on Friday, Aug. 24, at 8 p.m.; on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 2 and 8 p.m.; and on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 2 p.m.

The cast, ages 13 to 26, recently completed a pre-professional Broadway intensive program with professional equity director and choreographer Dann Dunn and musical director Julie Eurillo.

"Dann has worked in New York City, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, both on Broadway and in repertory theater," explained Beth McDonnell, Steel River Playhouse's director of sales and marketing. "Julie is a highly sought-after local professional, with many students who have gone onto professional careers.

"They worked with these young adults, creating an experience and a pre-professional production unlike any other," McDonnell added.

The production includes middle school, high school and college students who took part in the Broadway workshop, which ran from late May until opening weekend. "We always have done a teen show in the summer. This year, we stepped it up a notch to give them a more professional experience," McDonnell noted. "It was a like a repertory experience. They worked as if they were hired to be an actor in a repertory (traveling) show."

"Newsies" is based on the historical newsboy strike of 1899, which revolves around poor and orphaned teenagers in New York City, selling newspapers for a penny a paper. They take on newspaper moguls William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer, who are trying to take away more of their meager profits.

Jack Kelly becomes the leader who rallies the newsies from across the city to take a stand and strike against the most powerful publishers in the country. Their cause becomes even bigger than any of the newsies imagined when they realize they are fighting for all the children working in unfair and unsafe conditions across the country.

"(We are presenting) the full Broadway version," stated McDonnell. "This is a really fun musical that is family-friendly."

"Newsies the Musical" received 23 major theatrical nominations, including eight Tony Award nominations, winning the Tony Award for Best Score and Best Choreography.

Tickets are available at or by calling the box office at 610-970-1199.

Cast photos and biographies can be found at

For more information or to obtain group discounts, readers may contact McDonnell at


Scramble Golf Outing

Members of the Birdsboro-Union Fire Department will hold their 17th annual scramble golf outing on Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Reading Country Club, 5311 Perkiomen Ave., Reading. The registration fee includes lunch, golf, dinner, and door prizes.

Registration and lunch will begin at 11 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Dinner with prizes will follow play at 6 p.m.

All proceeds will benefit the fire company's new truck fund. More information and sign-up sheets are available at the fire station, located at 214 W. First St., Birdsboro, or by visiting


Lego Block Party

Avon Grove Public Library, 117 Rosehill Ave., West Grove, will hold a free Lego Block Party on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 1 to 2 p.m. Legos will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is necessary.

For more information, call 610-869-2004 or visit


Catch the Fat Cat" Catfishing Tournament

The Columbia Historic Preservation Society has announced that the "Catch the Fat Cat" Catfishing Tournament will take place rain or shine on Saturday, Aug. 25, beginning at 3 p.m. at Columbia River Park, Walnut Street, Columbia. All rods must be out of the water and all boats must be to shore by 11 p.m., and weigh-ins and trophy presentations will take place from 11 p.m. to midnight.

Boat and on-shore fishermen must be registered two hours prior to the tournament. Adult supervision is required for children ages 6 to 12, who will only be permitted on the shoreline at River Park.

Weigh-ins will be by Susquehanna Fish and Tackle, and judging will be by the weight per boat. All fish must be released alive, or they will be disqualified. First- through third-place winners will receive monetary prizes and trophies. The grand champion, recognized for catching the largest "fat cat," will also receive a monetary prize and a trophy.

There is a per-boat fee, with one to three fishermen per boat and three fish per boat permitted. To register, readers may call 717-572-7149 or email

The event will also feature food trucks, as well as vendors of boats, fish and tackle products, and more.


Take a Deep Dive Into the Search"

Strasburg-Heisler Library, 143 Precision Ave., Strasburg, will offer two events for adults.

On Wednesday, Aug. 22, adults are invited to browse new items, register to win a prize, enjoy some treats, and engage in some relaxation. A pop-up book sale will also take place.

On Friday, Aug. 24, at noon, the new Lunch and Learn series will begin with "Take a Deep Dive Into the Search" to review the newest features of the catalog. Attendees are invited to bring a snack or beverage and a laptop, if desired. Register at


Bee Program

Green Valleys Watershed Association will present a Bee Program at Welkinweir Pavilion, 1368 Prizer Road, Pottstown, on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 9 to 11 a.m. The program will teach participants how to support bees in their own backyard.

The program is for adults only. There is a fee per person. To register, contact Katie Grubb at or 610-469-4900.


Mill at Anselma Speaker's Series

The Mill at Anselma will present its Speaker's Series at the Montgomery School, 1141 Kimberton Road, Chester Springs, on Thursday, Sept. 6. The lecture will take place in Bell Hall, which is located at the rear of the campus.

From 6:30 to 7 p.m., there will be a reception with cheese and beverages. From 7 to 8 p.m., a lecture on the Battle of Paoli will be presented by Jim Christ, vice president of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund.

Tickets may be purchased at the door on the night of the event. For more information, visit


Community Meal

Willow Street United Church of Christ, 2723 Willow Street Pike North, Willow Street, will serve a community meal on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Dinner will be held in the fellowship hall at 5:30 p.m.

The menu will feature pulled pork sandwiches, oven-roasted potatoes, and green beans. For details, call 717-464-3462.


Writer's Series

The Writer's Series will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, Quarryville. This will be the group's second session. This meeting will cover the broad topic of actually writing down and polishing a story, from the first draft and how it related to one's style of writing to varioud types of editing. Also covered will be getting feedback from others and using it to improve the story.

All are welcome to come. For details, call the library at 717-786-1336.


Book Sale

The Dover Area Community Library Friends will hold its annual used book sale from Tuesday, Sept. 11, through Friday, Sept. 14, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 and 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Barn at Brookside Park, 4054 Fox Run Road, Dover.

Attendees may browse at least 10,000 books, including adult fiction and romance novels, Christian fiction, nonfiction, young adult and junior fiction, children's board books, children's hardcover and softcover books, CDs, and DVDs. Admission is free.

Friends of the Library members may bring their 2018 membership cards to receive a special offer. Donations of books for this year's sale will not be accepted at the library after Sunday, Aug. 26, or at the sale site in September.

The book sale is the Friends' major fundraiser for the upkeep of the Dover Area Community Library, and the Friends must secure $43,000 due to cuts in the county's contribution.

For more information, readers may call the library at 717-292-6814.


Hope Within Ministries golf tournament

Hope Within Ministries' fifth annual Golf for Hope tournament is set to take place on Friday, Sept. 21, at Deer Valley Golf Course, 101 Stoudt Road, Hummelstown. "It's a beautifully scenic course. Golfers of all skill levels really seem to like it," said Donita Sturgis, president and co-founder of Hope Within Ministries. Sturgis noted that one of the reasons that Hope Within hosts its event at the course each year is the excellent job that course manager Bill Wall does in running the tournament effectively. "The golfers really appreciate how well it is run," Sturgis said.

The tournament will feature a four-person scramble format. Registration will open at 12:30 p.m., and play will commence at 1:30 p.m. with a shotgun start. Participation is limited to the first 120 golfers. To register in advance as a single player or a team, interested individuals may email; call 717-367-9797, ext. 303; or visit and click on the Events tab. Corporate sponsors are also needed.

Prizes will be awarded to the first- and second-place teams, plus individual prizes will be given for hole-in-one, longest putt, longest drive for male and female, straightest drive, and closest to the pin. Players may also opt to purchase three mulligans for a nominal fee.

A post-tournament catered meal and brief awards ceremony are set to begin at approximately 5:30 p.m. Individuals who would like to support Hope Within but forego the golf competition are welcome to sign up for the dinner only. Attendees may bid on a variety of silent auction items, including gift baskets and gift cards to area businesses and attractions. "We're really trying to put together a unique selection of things that appeal to men and women, families, and athletes," noted Sturgis.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Hope Within Ministries, which operates a community health center at 4748 E. Harrisburg Pike, Elizabethtown. The faith-based center provides free primary health care to medically uninsured individuals from Lancaster, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties, as well as low-cost mental health counseling services.

Sturgis said that the organization's counseling center has been booming and additional funds are needed to continue serving the increasing number of people seeking services. Mental health counseling is provided on a self-pay, income-based sliding scale fee with no other eligibility requirements. Hope Within staff and intern therapists offer a scope of therapeutic services, including individual, couple, family, premarital, and marital therapy.

Hope Within is in the process of partnering with two area colleges that offer masters-level counseling programs in order to obtain more counselors and be able to expand and accept more individuals who are in need of mental health services. "We want to be a place of early access to help," explained Sturgis. "The wait can be long to access care. Time and cost are significant barriers, and we want to remove those and save lives."

To learn more about Hope Within, readers may visit or call 717-367-9797.

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