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A Celebration of Special Marriages

Manor Church, 530 Central Manor Road, Lancaster, will hold A Celebration of Special Marriages on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6 to 9 p.m. The event is open to parents of children with special needs. The event will include a meal, music, a presentation by the guest speakers, and a time for discussion and questions.

The guest speakers will be Brian and Laurie Nejmeh, the founders of OurSpecialMarriage.com. As the parents of an adult daughter with a disability, they seek to bring faith-based hope and practical insight to couples raising a child with special needs.

The event is free and open to members of the public, but registration is required. Child care will not be provided. For more information or to register by Friday, Oct. 26, readers may contact Christie Hunt, director of disability ministry, at 717-285-3138 or christieh@manorchurch.org.

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Parkinson's Symposium

The second annual Parkinson's Symposium will be presented by Parkinson's Circle of Care Alliance on Saturday, Nov. 17. The symposium will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Emerald Foundation, 2120 Oregon Pike, Lancaster.

The featured speaker will be Jimmy Choi, an "American Ninja Warrior" competitor who has Parkinson's disease. The symposium will also include speakers on topics concerning medical, financial, and governmental programs. Vendors will be on hand.

For more information or to purchase tickets, readers may visit www.parkinsonscca.org or www.eventbrite.com.

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Owl Prowl

Members of the public are invited to attend the annual Owl Prowl led by staff members and wildlife experts at Green Valleys Watershed Association (GVWA). The Owl Prowl will take place at Welkinweir, 1368 Prizer Road, Pottstown.

On Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov, 3, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., attendees age 6 and up may explore the habits and adaptations of owls. Participants will meet live owls and then take a walk to call and listen for resident owls.

An event for adults only will be offered on Friday, Nov. 9, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Adults are invited to come out for an evening of learning with live owls, along with a night hike through the forest to call and look for native owls that utilize Welkinweir.

For both events, separate per-person fees have been set for GVWA members and for nonmembers. Spaces are limited, and registration will remain open until spaces are filled or until 4 p.m. on the day of each event. To register, readers may contact Dawn White, GVWA education coordinator, at dwhite@greenvalleys.org or 610-469-8646.

GVWA is a conservation organization located at Welkinweir, a 219-acre nature sanctuary in East Nantmeal Township in northern Chester County. For information about GVWA, readers may visit www.greenvalleys.org.

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Mature Driver Safety Course

Stewartstown Area Senior Center, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown, will offer a four-hour refresher Mature Driver Safety Course through AARP on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The program will fulfill requirements for a continuing insurance discount from any auto insurer doing business in Pennsylvania, provided attendees have already taken the eight-hour course.

All participants must bring evidence of previous course completion to receive a certificate. There is a cost for the course, with a discount for AARP members. Payment is due upon registration. To register, readers may contact the senior center at 717-993-3488.

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Chicken Barbecue, Book Sale, and Bake Sale

Emanuel Lutheran Church, 2650 Freysville Road, Red Lion, will hold a chicken barbecue, bake sale, and used book sale on Saturday, Nov. 3.

Dinners will be available for a set fee and will include a half-chicken, a potato, a roll and butter, and applesauce. Water and coffee will be available for sale. In the social room, there will be a bake sale and a used book sale.

Doors will open at 9 a.m. for the book and bake sales. Chicken barbecue will be available beginning at 11 a.m., and meals can be purchased to eat in or take out.

To preorder dinners, readers may call 717-244-3662. Preordered dinners should be picked up by noon. The church is located at the corner of Windsor and Freysville roads in Red Lion.

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Public Breakfast

Stewartstown Senior Center, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown, will hold a public breakfast on Thursday, Nov. 15. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 9:30 a.m.

The cost of breakfast will include pancakes, chipped beef, home fries, scrambled eggs, breakfast casserole, toast, and beverages. For more details, readers may call 717-993-3488. Proceeds will benefit the senior center.

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Veterans Event

Stewartstown Senior Center, 26 S. Main St., Stewartstown, will honor all local veterans on Friday, Nov. 9. The event will feature a musical concert by New Song at 10:15 a.m., followed by a luncheon.

Reservations are required by Tuesday, Nov. 6. For more details and reservations, readers may call 717-993-3488.

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Mermaid Fun Swim Class

A Mermaid Fun Swim Class will be offered on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at YWCA York, 320 E. Market St., York. Boys and girls age 6 and up will learn how to swim like a merman or a mermaid.

Instructors will give participants tips on how to swim with a mermaid tail and set up fun activities in the pool. Participants must provide their own mermaid tail. If participants do not have a mermaid tail, flippers will be provided. Adults must accompany any non-swimming child in the pool area.

For more information about this event or to register, readers may contact Kathy Warner at 717-434-1767. To learn more, readers may visit www.ywcayork.org.

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Membership Social

The Jacobus Area Lioness Club will hold its annual membership social on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. The social will take place at the Jacobus Ambulance Building, 18 S. Main St., located at the intersection with School Road, Jacobus.

There is no obligation to join. Women are invited to stop by and learn what the club does for the Jacobus area and surrounding communities with the money raised from its fundraising activities. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information, readers may call Barbara at 717-887-0448.

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Family Movie Night

Salem United Church of Christ, 24 Franklin St., Jacobus, will host a free Family Movie Night on Saturday, Nov. 3. The movie to be shown is "7 Deadly Words." Doors will open at 6 p.m., and the movie will begin at 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available.

For more information, readers may contact the church at 717-428-2443.

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Chicken Corn Soup, Sandwich and Bake Sale

Cross Roads United Methodist Church, 6881 Church Road, Cross Roads, will hold a chicken corn soup, sandwich, and bake sale on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 7 a.m. until sold out. No orders will be taken for this sale.

No containers are needed, but quart canning jars will be accepted for future sales. For more details, readers may call the church at 717-993-3174.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Susquehannock High School Theatre will present its fall play, "A Midsummer Night's Dream," at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, in Richard D. Hupper Auditorium at Susquehannock High School, 3280 Fissels Church Road, Glen Rock.

Tickets will be discounted when purchased in advance and full price at the door. For more information, readers may visit www.susquehannocktheatre.com.

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Astronomy Programs

The York County Astronomical Society (YCAS) will celebrate 12 years of planetarium programs by offering programs for the entire family on Saturday, Nov. 10. Programs will be shown at the York Learning Center Planetarium, 301 E. Sixth Ave., York.

"One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" will be shown at 2 p.m. "StarWatch" will be shown at 2:40 and 7:40 p.m. "Defying Gravity: It Is Rocket Science" will begin at 3:20 p.m. "The Sun: Our Living Star" will start at 7 p.m. "Skywatchers of Africa" will be shown at 8:20 p.m.

Admission is discounted for children and seniors. Admission to any second or third show will also be discounted. For more details, including a description of each program, readers may visit www.astroyork.com. Private show reservations are available.

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Christmas Bazaar and Cookie Walk

St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2036 Telegraph Road, Pylesville, Md., will host a Christmas bazaar and cookie walk on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature local crafters; pit ham, turkey, and beef; and more.

Spaces are available. For more details, readers may call 410-692-4051.

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Holiday Bazaar

St. John's United Church of Christ, 161 N. Main St., Red Lion, will host a holiday bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be an assortment of food, including homemade soups, hamburgers in sauce, and crab cakes.

Visitors are invited to browse a variety of baked goods, books, handmade crafts, canned goods, and more. Themed gift baskets will be sold via a silent auction.

Parking is available to the rear of the church on North Church Lane. For more details, readers may call 717-244-5031.

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Open Juried Art Exhibition

York Art Association and the Prospect Hill Cemetery and Cremation Gardens will hold the 48th annual Open Juried Exhibition from Sunday, Nov. 4, to Saturday, Dec. 15, in the Nancy M. Woodward Gallery, 220 S. Marshall St., York. The opening reception will take place on Nov. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The artworks will be juried by Amanda Burdan, curator at Brandywine River Museum of Art. The gallery is open on Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information, readers may visit www.yorkartassociation.org, call 717-755-0028, or email info@yorkartassociation.org.

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Antique Appraisal

Senior Commons at Powder Mill, 1775 Powder Mill Road, York, will host an antique appraisal on Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to have antique items checked out.

Guests are limited to two appraisals per person, and preregistration is required by Monday, Nov. 5. Light refreshments will be available.

A monetary donation is requested and includes entrance to the event, plus appraisals. Proceeds will benefit the York County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA). To learn more, readers may visit www.ycspca.org/. For more information or to preregister, individuals may call 717-741-0961.

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Heroes Among Us Dinner Dance

All veterans are invited to attend the fourth annual Heroes Among Us Dinner Dance on Saturday, Nov. 17, at B.P.O. Elks Lodge 213, which is located at 223 N. George St., York. The event is free for veterans and a guest, and it is sponsored by the Veteran Service Committee of B.P.O. Elks of York. This year, entertainment will be provided by The Citations.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. for the dinner dance, and a traditional turkey dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Music and dancing will begin at 7 p.m.

Reservations are limited and must be made by Saturday, Nov. 3, by calling Linda Bean at 717-881-6651 or Phil Aubel at 717-855-7182.

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Spanish International Food Festival

The Spanish International Food Festival, which is held yearly at the New Holland Spanish Mennonite Church, 24 N. Roberts Ave., New Holland, has been a popular fundraiser in the past. Based on numbers from previous events, organizers expect to seat up to 250 attendees at the 2018 meal.

This year, the festival will feature foods from Latin American countries and at least one Middle Eastern country when it is held at the church on Saturday, Nov. 10. A lunch buffet will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and a dinner buffet will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. Takeout meals will also be available.

According to pastor Anthony Garcia, food items on the menu will represent a number of countries where church members have roots, including Colombia, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Cuba, Costa Rica, and Peru. Foods from countries that will be new to the meal this year will include dishes from Iraq, the Dominican Republic, and Bolivia. Organizers also hope to have food representing Jamaica.

Garcia described pozole, a traditional Mexican dish that will be served. "It's a type of soup, and this year it will be red," said Garcia, who added that the soup includes pork, chili peppers, and black corn and that it is served with lettuce, lime, and sometimes sour cream. Tamales will be served, along with traditional Mexican mole, which may contain fruit, chili pepper, nuts, black pepper, cinnamon, and cumin, as well as even some chocolate.

The dish from Iraq will feature shish kebab, rice, peas, onions, raisins, almonds, and a noodle. Black tea will also be served.

A variety of desserts from other countries are generally served at the meal.

Garcia noted that this year's meal will benefit a special cause - teenagers who are immigrants living in the New Holland area. According to Garcia, the church is helping to support five teenagers, including two who are students at Garden Spot High School. Some funds will also go to missions. In the past, the fundraiser has supported church maintenance.

There is a per-person price to attend the event. Children age 4 and under will be admitted free, and the price of admission for children ages 5 to 11 will be discounted. Readers who have questions may call 717-859-4452 or 717-847-4265.

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Service of Remembrance

More than seven years ago, Titus Kauffman, Fred Groff, and Chet Yoder, organized the first Service of Remembrance at Garden Spot Village (GSV). Kauffman said that the service was based on one that was held at an Ephrata church. After the trio attended the Ephrata service, they designed the local service to offer area residents who have lost a loved one a time and place to grieve and remember.

The 2018 Service of Remembrance will be held in the chapel at GSV, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2:30 p.m. The theme of this years' service is "Triumph Over the Tragedies of Life," and the speaker will be Bryan Koch, pastor of Glad Tidings Church in West Lawn and a former professional baseball player. He will share his experience of becoming a widower and amputee after experiencing a motorcycle accident.

Koch will tell attendees how he lost his wife of nearly 30 years and his left leg in a motorcycle accident on June 7, 2015. Koch's story begins when he was in high school when his talent for baseball led to his being drafted by the Chicago White Sox Major League Baseball organization. Around that same time, he became a Christian and began the discipleship process. While serving as a catcher and first baseman in the White Sox organization, Koch was hit in the face with a ball that blinded him in his left eye and ended his baseball career.

Koch responded by going into full-time ministry. He joined the staff of Glad Tidings, becoming lead pastor in 1992. He married, and he and his wife had three boys. "We were a mile from our house in Leesport," said Koch, who was in a medically induced coma when his wife was buried. The staff at Glad Tidings stepped forward to help make decisions and support his three boys, now 27, 25, and 19, when the accident occurred. Koch now wears a prosthetic leg and serves as assistant superintendent of PennDel Network for Assemblies of God Churches.

In addition to the speaker, the Petra Church worship team will lead worship at the event. Music may include instrumental solos and other special selections.

Light refreshments will follow the service.

Kauffman noted that some speakers at past events have drawn large crowds. Groff estimated that as many as 175 people usually attend.

The service has traditionally been prior to the holidays because organizers are sensitive to the fact that those who have experienced loss often find the holiday season difficult.

Readers who have questions about the event may call GSV at 717-355-6000.

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