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Performing Arts

"Little Mermaid" Auditions Planned July 16, 2018

DreamWrights Center for Community Arts, 100 Carlisle Ave., York, will hold auditions for "The Little Mermaid." Auditions will take place on Monday, Aug. 6, and Tuesday, Aug. 7. Callbacks will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 8, and Thursday, Aug. 9.

Auditions are open to individuals age 7 and up. The show will feature a double cast and crew with many opportunities for people on stage or behind the scenes. No prior experience is necessary.

Audition preparation materials and information on the process can be found at DreamWrights members are welcome to schedule audition appointments now and will be open to the general public on Monday, July 23.

Higher Education

Barton Receives Academic Honor July 16, 2018

Sierra Barton of Dover was named to the president's list at Jacksonville State University, Jacksonville, Ala., for spring 2018. To be named to the president's list, a student must earn a perfect 4.0 grade point average while attending full-time.

Barton is an exercise science/wellness major.

Children's Activities

Vacation Bible School

West Shore Baptist Church, 2025 Market St., Camp Hill, will host "A King Is Coming" vacation Bible school from Monday, July 16, through Friday, July 20, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Children from age 4 through those who have completed fourth grade will enjoy songs, skits, games, food, and more while learning from Bible stories about kings.

Registration is available at For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-761-0942.


Life Tree Cafe Lititz

Jason Perkowski, senior pastor at Faith and Oregon Community United Methodist churches and facilitator of Lifetree Cafe, Lititz, is on a mission to restore respectful conversation surrounding controversial topics. "The idea for Lifetree Cafe is to have open-ended conversations with people," said Perkowski. "Even though the topic may be controversial, all ideas and opinions are welcome."

Lifetree Cafe, Lititz, is held at The General Sutter Inn, 14 E. Main St., Lititz, each Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. Perkowski noted that participants may purchase from the full menu at each meeting and that the General Sutter donates the venue to the group in order to give back to the community. Recent topics have included "Fatherless: Getting Past the Pain of an Absent or Abusive Dad" and "Money, Money, Money: Stories From a Lottery Winner." "(Lifetree Cafe) makes a space for people to come together and practice having civil conversations about difficult subjects," said Perkowski.

According to Perkowski, each gathering is designed to be an hour long and follows an international curriculum by Group Publishing, an organization that provides training for pastors. "A host leads the conversation, and there will be a video introduction and an opportunity for people to have conversation around the table in small groups," said Perkowski, who added that the discussion may be followed by a second video or another discussion question. "Sometimes the conversation is just at the small tables, and sometimes there are opportunities for the whole group to talk," he added, noting that sometimes a designated person from a table shares conclusions with the larger group.

Lifetree topics vary widely. "We have talked about police ... and one of the detectives from Lititz came (to the event)," shared Perkowski. "(The detective) stuck around for a (question-and-answer period), and that was one of our best-attended events." Participants have also discussed how to move forward in life after a domestic abuse situation that caused bodily harm and disfigurement. "Literally, the conversation was (about) how (to) find forgiveness and ... find yourself to be beautiful and lovable again," said Perkowski, who added that other topics have included aliens and crop circles and how to find joy in life. A program on how to find joy in life featured a women's synchronized swimming group. "All these senior women come together from different backgrounds and find joy in doing synchronized swimming," shared Perkowski.

A new monthly addition to the topics is a segment called "In the News," which Perkowski explained focuses on a current hot-button issue and encourages conversation on that subject. "The next (In the News segment) is on trade wars," he said.

Perkowski said that an important aspect of Lifetree is that it gives area residents a chance to be part of a community. "What is special about this group is that we have people for whom this is their only space to be part of a community during the week," he said, noting that the interactive presentations attract from 10 to 30 participants depending on the topic. "We had one gentleman who came faithfully for (18 months) who was a primary caregiver for his wife, who had dementia," Perkowski said. "This space (gives participants a chance) to come out and have fellowship and have community. A core part of Lifetree is to give people a chance to connect with each other."

Perkowski also noted that although Lifetree is presented from a Christian perspective, people of all faiths are welcome. "It's a very light touch because this is a space for people to have conversations about their faith, no matter what faith community they come from," he said.

Readers who would like more information about Lifetree may visit or search for "Lifetree Cafe - Lititz" on Facebook. Individuals who have specific questions may contact Perkowski at 717-333-9238 or

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