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Free Technology Classes Posted May 25, 2018

The Lancster County Office of Aging will offer free technology classes for people age 55 and up at the Lititz Senior Center, 201 E. Market St., Lititz. The interactive classes, for people of all experience levels, will take place from 9 to 11 a.m. on Mondays, and each will focus on a different topic.

The schedule at the Lititz Senior Center is as follows: June 4, Cloud 101; June 11, Photography; June 18, Digital Music; and June 25, Health Features.

For more information or to enroll, readers may call the Lancaster County Office of Aging at 717-299-7979.

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Summer Reading Program Activities Planned May 25, 2018

The Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, has posted several activities.

Children and youths are invited to take part in this year's Summer Reading Program, themed "Libraries Rock!" Four age levels of involvement will be offered with age-appropriate activities and prizes, including the Read Aloud Program for infants through 4-year-olds, the Junior Program for 5- to 9-year-olds, the Tween Program for 10- to 12-year-olds, and the Teen Program for 13- to 19-year-olds.

At the end of the program, participants who have earned enough points will receive prizes. Local nonprofit organizations and businesses are supporting the program.

The program will run from Saturday, June 2, to Saturday, Aug. 11. For a complete list of programs, readers may stop by the library or visit www.lititzlibrary.org. For information or to register for programs no more than two weeks in advance of the program, readers may call the library at 717-626-2255.

The Summer Reading Program will kick off with a Corduroy costume character story time on Tuesday, June 12, at 10 a.m.

The "A Book That Shaped Me" - Letters About Literature Summer Writing Contest, a Library of Congress essay contest, will be administered as part of the Summer Reading Program. Youths entering fifth and sixth grades in the fall of 2018 may write a letter to their local librarian about a book that has made a personal impact on their lives.

Essays should be one page in length and must be submitted with an entry form in person at the Lititz Public Library. The deadline for entries is Saturday, July 7. Entry forms are available at the library.

Prizes will be awarded, and top winners will be invited to present their essays during a special presentation at the Library of Congress National Book Festival on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

For more information, readers may visit www.loc.gov/bookfest/kids-teachers/booksthatshape/ or stop by the library.

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Lineup Announced For Mountville Lawn Concerts May 24, 2018

Series Will Run From June 3 to Aug. 19

The sounds of music will once again ring through the streets of Mountville this summer. The Mountville Lawn Concert Series features a variety of musical styles and performances free of charge, thanks to funding from the Mountville Community Services Foundation in conjunction with the Mountville Welfare Association - Ed Froelich Trust Fund.

The concerts will take place on the lawn of Mountville Church of the Brethren, College Avenue and Clay Street, Mountville. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held inside the church. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. on Sundays from June through August, with the exception of the final concert on Aug. 19, which will start at 6 p.m.

The series will kick off on June 3 with the Bainbridge Band, which will perform concert band music. Acoustic folk rock artist Duane Slaymaker will entertain on June 10. The Fabulous Cheeze Brothers and Sisters will rock out to hits of the '50s, '60s, and '70s on June 17. The Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band will round out the month with brass band music on June 24.

No concert will be held on July 1. The series will start up again on July 8 with a performance of "I'll Fly Away," a new show by Servant Stage Company featuring bluegrass music. The Perseverance Band of Lebanon will offer concert band music on July 15. Audiences will be treated to classic rhythm and blues from Class Act featuring Rita on July 22. The concert on July 29 will feature the Amy Banks Quartet, which will perform traditional standards with Philadelphia all-star musicians, including Aaron Graves, piano; Kevin MacConnell, bass; and Doug Hirlinger, drums, and featuring guest saxophonist and vocalist Erich Cawalla.

Steven Courtney Band will perform bluesy rock 'n' roll on Aug. 5. The Herm Miller Big Band will perform big band music on Aug. 12. The series will conclude on Aug. 19 with concert band music played by the New Holland Band.

Donations to continue the concert series will be accepted. To learn more about contributing or for additional information about the concert series, readers may call 717-285-5122.

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Senior Center Posts Schedule May 24, 2018

The Elizabethtown Area Senior Center, located in the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, invites area seniors to its upcoming programs. The center, a service of GEARS and the Lancaster County Office of Aging, is open regularly on Mondays through Fridays. Interested individuals may call the center at 717-367-7984 for more information or to make reservations. Readers may also visit www.etownareaseniorcenter.org for details.

Activities on Thursday, May 31, will include walking at 9 a.m., technology class focusing on photography at 9 a.m., table games and a pool noodle activity at 10 a.m., and pinochle or bridge at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be chicken Marsala, butter bowties, broccoli and carrots, and wheat bread.

On Friday, June 1, the center will offer walking at 9 a.m., Bible study or table games at 10 a.m., Youthful Memories at 11 a.m., and a TGIF dinner at 5 p.m. Lunch will be roasted pork loin with gravy, whipped potatoes, green beans, wheat bread, and a cookie.

On Monday, June 4, the schedule will feature walking at 9 a.m.; laddergolf at 9 a.m.; Stretch, Strength, and Balance at 10 a.m.; bingo at 10:30 a.m.; Ruthie's Reading at 11:45 a.m.; and pinochle at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will be a chicken Caesar salad with Parmesan, croutons, and dressing, along with minestrone soup with crackers.

Activities on Tuesday, June 5, will include walking at 9 a.m., a morning stretch at 9:30 a.m., Pennies From Heaven at 10:30 a.m., and a 10-Minute Tasty Tip at 1 p.m. Lunch will be beef stroganoff with gravy, butter bowtie pasta, mixed vegetables, wheat bread, and fresh, seasonal fruit.

The schedule on Wednesday, June 6, will feature walking at 9 a.m., pancakes at 9 a.m., chair exercise at 9:30 a.m., Wii Bowling at 10 a.m., and table games at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be a turkey, bacon, and cheese junior club sandwich with condiments, along with cream of broccoli soup with crackers, a sandwich roll, and applesauce.

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Community Yard Sale Planned In East Petersburg May 24, 2018

The East Petersburg Events Committee will host the East Petersburg Community Yard Sale on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to noon at East Petersburg Community Park on Pine Street. The public is invited.

Individuals and organizations are invited to be vendors at the yard sale. Vendors of crafts, arts, and various products are also welcome. Participants may reserve up to three 10-by-10-foot spaces for a fee per space. Registration is preferred. However, vendors will be able to sign up on the morning of the event with cash only. There are no refunds.

Setup in the park will start no earlier than 7 a.m. Vendors are required to check in with the coordinator at the event. All money from yard space sales will support the free community events in the park. For a registration form, readers may visit www.eastpetersburgday.com and select Community Yard Sale - June 2.

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Commencement Set For Penn Manor Seniors May 24, 2018

Five student speakers have been named for Penn Manor High School's 2018 commencement, which has been scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at the Franklin & Marshall (F&M) College Alumni Sports and Fitness Center off Harrisburg Avenue in Lancaster. Nicholas Fafel, Aniah Washington, Joshua Adams, Blake Martin, and Kevin Ward will address those in attendance.

Nicholas, the son of Steve and Vicki Fafel of Conestoga, is class valedictorian. He participated in cross-country, wrestling, track and field, Rocket Club, and National Honor Society (NHS). Nicholas was president of the Technology Student Association (TSA) and vice president of Science National Honor Society. He plans to study chemical engineering at the University of Delaware.

During commencement, Nicholas will speak about using one's abilities to the fullest. One occasion where Nicholas and his peers did their best occurred in math. "My entire AP Calculus BC class scored a 5 on the AP exam, and we shaved a '60' into the back of (math teacher Anthony) Carrodo's head," he recalled.

Aniah, the daughter of Stephanie Stoy of Lancaster, is senior class president. She participated in soccer, track and field, Aevidum, and Mock Trial, and she was business manager for the yearbook. She plans to study law, jurisprudence, and social thought at Amherst College. Aniah will speak on the subject of dealing with expectations. "Embrace your uniqueness," she remarked. "It is not a bad thing to stand out."

Joshua, the class salutatorian, is the son of Jeffrey and Monique Adams of Lancaster. He was a TSA participant and enjoyed attending three state TSA conferences. He plans to attend Penn State University. "Try to dedicate yourself to something," Joshua advised. "It's important to be involved without spreading your time so thin that you can't meaningfully impact any one activity."

Blake is the son of Curtis and Beth Martin of Lancaster. He participated in lacrosse, soccer, and Model United Nations, and he was a tutor for Math Bowl. Blake plans to study biomechanical engineering at Penn State. While Blake is still firming up the topic of his commencement address, he had some advice for next year's freshmen. "Take a broad range of classes that will allow you to diversify your education," he said, stressing, "Join clubs."

Kevin is the son of John and Deborah Ward of Millersville. He was a member of the marching unit, the percussion ensemble, the Quiz Bowl team, NHS, TSA, the STEM Team, and Attollo. Kevin plans to study computer engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey. His commencement speech will address the theme of "stepping forward."

Admission to commencement is by ticket only, and each graduate will receive nine tickets. All seating, with the exception of a reserved section for disabled and honored guests, will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Admission tickets will be distributed to graduates at the end of commencement practices, which will be held at 8 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, June 4 and 5, at Penn Manor High School.

The commencement ceremony will be webcast live beginning at 6 p.m. at www.pennmanor.net. Readers may visit the website to learn how to purchase DVDs of commencement and to view F&M event parking details.

Baccalaureate will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, at Pequea Church, 40 Church Road, Lancaster. Seniors may also participate in a "Senior Walk" on June 5. While bedecked in their caps and gowns, the graduates may process through the halls of the elementary schools they attended from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m.

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Environmental Center Sets Programs May 24, 2018

Governor Dick Environmental Center, 3283 Pinch Road, Mount Gretna, has posted its upcoming events. Participants should meet at the Environmental Center. Programs are free unless stated otherwise, but preregistration is required by emailing governordick@hotmail.com or calling 717-964-3808 and including a name and phone number in case the program is canceled.

A Fitness Hike of 4 to 6 miles will take place on Sunday, June 3, at 8 a.m.

A Music on the Porch bluegrass jam will take place on June 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. Attendees may bring a lawn chair for seating.

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RecCenter Sets Basketball Camps May 24, 2018

This summer, Hempfield recCenter, 950 Church St., Landisville, will offer two basketball camps run and instructed by Millersville University All-American and Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Parker.

Parker, a former professional basketball player, will offer a youth basketball camp from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 22, for children ages 5 to 12. The camp will focus on the basic fundamentals of basketball and the development of skills and is open to the public. Registration fees will vary.

Parker will offer another camp from Monday, Aug. 13, through Thursday, Aug. 16, for players in grades three through 12. He will be joined by current and former collegiate players and coaches. The camp will be geared toward intermediate and advanced players and will focus on continued development of skills. Players will participate in drills such as ball handling, footwork, scoring, passing, defense, and shooting techniques. Games and contests will be featured.

There is a registration fee. Players in grades three through six will take the floor from 9 a.m. to noon, while those in grades seven through 12 will meet from 1 to 4 p.m.

Parker has been an instructor at Hempfield recCenter for three years, teaching individual and group private basketball lessons to elementary through high school students.

For more information, readers may contact Cristine Maser at cmaser@hempfieldrec.com or call 717-898-3102, ext. 39.

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Columbia High School Sets Commencement May 24, 2018

On Friday, June 1, when Columbia High School (CHS) graduates approximately 102 seniors from the Class of 2018, three students will address the audience full of family and friends. Bailee Armold, Courtney Betteley, and Jordan Haberstroh, the top three students in the CHS Class of 2018, have written speeches centered on memories of their time in the Columbia School District. CHS principal Dr. Michael Smith will be the featured speaker during the ceremony.

The commencement ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. in the school auditorium at 901 Ironville Pike, Columbia. Each member of the senior class will receive six tickets, and admission will be by ticket only.

The three senior speakers got together to brainstorm, plan, and coordinate their speeches and decided to each focus on a different time period of their collective academic years. Jordan will focus on elementary school highlights, while Bailee and Courtney will share middle and high school memories, respectively. Jordan said that they hope to spotlight different classmates and watch their eyes light up in recognition of various sporting events, music and drama productions, classes, projects, and other memories that have stuck out from their years together.

"We're a small school, so we know everyone who's in our class, and we've known each other since seventh grade," Jordan noted. Her advice to incoming freshmen and underclassmen looking to make the most of their time at CHS is to study, ask questions when something does not make sense, and get involved. "Because we are a small school, there are a lot of opportunities to lead and to get involved," said Jordan.

"Don't be afraid to get involved," agreed Courtney. Being part of the CHS theater department "family" was a highlight of Courtney's high school career. "We had really energetic drama productions this year," said Courtney. "We weren't afraid to go out on a limb."

Annual May Day celebrations, Book Bloom events, raising butterflies and trout in biology class, and a recent senior class trip to Washington, D.C., were just a few of the other prominent memories the three students mentioned as they reminisced on their time at CHS. Meeting the rigorous deadlines in Linda Eckman-Wissler's honors British literature class was a point of pride and relief for all three. Bailee attributed the writing skills she learned in Sheila Ayres' English class with helping her to succeed, as well as with the honing of her time management skills.

Bailee, the daughter of George and Pamela Armold, plans to study biomedical science at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences in the fall. She aspires to become a physician assistant. At CHS, Bailee was involved in the student mentoring program, National Honor Society (NHS), chorus, and the theater department. She is treasurer of her class.

Courtney is the daughter of George Betteley and Anna Hammill. Her post-graduation plans involve attending York College to major in secondary math education. During high school, Courtney was a part of the theater department, NHS, and the student mentoring program.

Jordan is the daughter of Kenneth and Jodi Haberstroh. She plans to attend York College to major in nursing and to continue running cross-country and track, which she excelled at during her time at CHS. Jordan is president of NHS the Class of 2018. She is a member of Student Council and chorus and played oboe and clarinet in the school band.

The CHS Class of 2018's voted-upon song is "Don't You (Forget About Me)" by Simple Minds. The class flower is a sunflower, and the class color scheme is rainbow.

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Library Sets Schedule May 24, 2018

Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy, has posted its upcoming programming. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free and require preregistration. Readers are encouraged to register online at www.mslibrary.org or by calling the library at 717-653-1510. More information is available by calling or visiting the library.

The kickoff of the Summer Reading Program (SRP) will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2. Readers of all ages may stop by to register for summer programs and events, take part in crafts and activities, and pick up reading logs. Individuals may also pick up reading logs and register for events throughout the summer. This year's program theme is "Libraries Rock!"

Read With Kirby will offer struggling readers an opportunity to practice reading aloud to Kirby, a Westie and certified therapy dog. Kirby will be available on Wednesdays at 6 p.m., and individuals should call Miss Jan to register.

For Snorey Time Story Time, set for Tuesday, June 5, at 6 p.m., children can wear pajamas and enjoy a story, a craft, and a snack.

During Wee Build Free Build, slated for Friday, June 8, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., parents and caregivers are invited to bring children of all ages to the library to build, explore, and create in an unstructured setting.

During Libraries Rock! Chalk Day on Monday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., individuals may stop by the library and draw chalk creations on the sidewalks. In the case of inclement weather, other creative options will be available inside.

Lego Club, for people of all ages, will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 12. Legos will be provided, and building will be geared toward the SRP theme.

Sing, Shake, and Sway Story Time, set for 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, will encourage children to interact and move to songs and stories.

Storybook character Corduroy will visit the library at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 14. Children age 3 and up may enjoy a story and an activity, and a photo opportunity will be provided at the end of the program.

STEM Club - Rocket Man will take place on Thursdays, June 14 to 28, at 6 p.m. for children in third through sixth grades. During this month's programs, participants will build an actual rocket from everyday materials. The rocket will be launched on Saturday, June 30, at 10 a.m., and all are invited. Space is limited in the program.

During Readers' Theater on Friday, June 15, at 10 a.m. participants age 7 and up will prepare short pieces and perform them for a family audience at 11:45 a.m.

Fun Fort Friday has been scheduled for June 15 from 5 to 6 p.m. Families may bring blankets, sheets, and a flashlight and build a fort among the bookshelves.

Art Rocks! will be offered on Monday, June 18, at 1 p.m. for children age 7 and up. At this program, previously known as Art in the Park, children may create works of art inspired by the SRP theme.

Shuts Environmental Center will lead the program "Bats, Whales, and Sounds" on Tuesday, June 19, at 10:30 a.m. The program will highlight whale songs, wave reflection, echolocation, and more, and it will feature an opportunity to play Bat and Moth. Space is limited.

Fun Family Bingo has been set for 6 p.m. on June 19 and will focus on the SRP theme. Participants are asked to bring a snack to share.

For Teddy Bear Story Time, slated for Wednesday, June 20, at 10:30 a.m., attendees may bring a stuffed bear to enjoy stories and an activity with Miss Jan.

During Healthy Streams Part 1 on Wednesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m., Penn State Ag and Environment Center will give a presentation on streams, wildlife and habitat, and pollution issues, along with simple actions that can improve local water quality. Attendees will discover what makes a stream healthy or sick and find out how to improve the woods and water locally.

Families and community members can join members of the Penn State Extension at Little Chiques Park for Healthy Streams Part 2 on June 20 at 6:30 p.m. Participants can get their feet wet while exploring the aquatic environment.

Giggle Magic: Toolbox Kidz Show, set for Thursday, June 21, at 10:30 a.m., will focus on kindness through a meeting with Chicken Patti.

Alpacas Rock! will take place on Friday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. There will be opportunities to pet and take photos with the alpacas. The program will be held in fair weather, and there will be no rain date.

MakerFest, featuring demonstrations performed by a variety of makers, will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 23.

During Lunch Bunch Tuesday at noon on Tuesday, June 26, people age 8 and up may bring lunch and a book they are reading. Miss Jan will share information, and there will be a mystery guest.

Sing and Sign Story Time, during which basic American Sign Language is incorporated, will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27.

For the Science Explorers "Science Matters" program at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, participants in kindergarten and up will learn about the states of matter and explore with bubbles, a spud launcher, a leaf blower, and a basketball.

Rocks of Kindness, a "make-it, take-it" program, will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 29. Attendees will paint rocks with positive messages or other images to keep or hide in the community for someone to find.

Dark Order Teen Anime will give teenagers age 13 and up an opportunity to watch shows and plan anime-based activities on Saturday, June 16, at 6 p.m.

The game nights for adults will be postponed for the summer and will regroup in September.

During Solace Through Writing from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, Michele DeRosa will share suggestions on how to process grief through writing prompts or journaling.

Closely Knit, a group for avid knitters or those who aspire to knit, will meet at 1 p.m. on Mondays, June 11 and 25. Attendees may knit or crochet individual projects, and no registration is necessary.

Yes, You Can Paint! is a painting class for adults, no matter their ability, which will be offered on June 14 at 2 p.m. and June 27 at 6 p.m. The class will be taught by local artist Ron Meckley using the Bob Ross method, and participants will have a finished piece at the conclusion of the class. The cost will cover instruction and all supplies except a canvas.

Needle Felting Friends, a new monthly club led by local soft sculpture artist Victoria Hans, will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 16. The club is open to anyone who wants to learn the art of needle felting, as well as other needle felters who would like to share ideas or work in a social setting. Materials will not be provided.

The book discussion group focused on the classics will discuss "One Hundred Years of Solitude" by Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Monday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. The Lit Lovers book discussion group will discuss "Year of Wonders" by Geraldine Brooks on June 26 at 6:30 p.m.

The Lifelong Learners program "How to Declutter, Organize, and Display Photos" will be co-facilitated by local photographer Kelly Johnson and photo-organizing specialist Kathy Schlegel on June 25 at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will learn what to do with print and digital photos.

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Students Earn Success In Academic Challenge May 24, 2018

Two teams of students from Elizabethtown Area School District won first place in the Pennsylvania Destination ImaginNation tournament and qualified to advance to the Global Finals in Knoxville, Tenn., to compete against thousands of students from 45 states and more than 15 countries.

Destination ImagiNation is a creative problem-solving organization that aims to empower students to utilize their creativity, curiosity, and courage through project-based learning to solve various challenges that focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics). The students also develop skills in problem solving, teamwork, and creative thinking.

The Smart Dummiez team, consisting of Jaycen Conrad, Jonah Perrin, Matthew Heffner, and Lilianna Milligan, competed in the Scientific Challenge. Their task was to research and explore scientific concepts used in amusement park attractions and then design and build an attraction that used three scientific concepts during its operation. They had to create and present a story that featured the attraction operating in an unlikely location that was portrayed using sights and sounds.

The Twisted Talent team consisting of Greta Bornmann, Lillia Alvarez, Julia Laszakovits, Mikaela Condran, and Rebecca Mink took part in the Fine Arts Challenge. The task was to create and present a musical that included a change in plans and featured music and lyrics to enhance the storytelling. Team members had to create and present a spectacle as part of their musical as well as design and integrate a set change.

For information about the Destination ImagiNation program, readers may contact Taisha Milligan at taisha_milligan@etownschools.org.

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Brittany's Hope Schedules 5K May 24, 2018

Brittany's Hope will hold its annual Walk of Love Cross Country 5K and Fun Walk on Saturday, Sept. 15, at 8:30 a.m. at Star Barn Village and Ironstone Ranch in Elizabethtown.

The event will also include games, children's activities, competitions for adults, drawings, and food.

The organization hopes to raise $65,000. All donations will go directly to orphaned children. All nonprogram expenses, such as fundraising and overhead, are paid for by a corporate benefactor.

Space will be limited. Separate registration fees have been set for walkers and runners. Children age 12 and under may participate for free. To register, readers may visit www.walkoflove.org. For more information, readers may contact Alicia Kautz at 717-367-9614 or email info@brittanyshope.org.

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Library Posts Programs May 24, 2018

The Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, has posted its upcoming youth and family programs. For more information, readers may call the library at 717-786-1336.

Preschool Meet-Up, for 3- to 5-year-olds with a caregiver, will be offered on Tuesdays, June 5, 12 and 19, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Little ones may play in the Early Literacy Lab. Toddler Meet-Up, for 1- to 3-year-olds, will be offered on Wednesdays, June 6, 13 and 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

The Summer Lego Club for children age 5 and up will meet on June 6, 13 and 20 from 6 to 7 p.m. Participants will join the Lego Design Team and build creations to be displayed in the library.

Family Movie Night for people of all ages will be offered on Thursday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m. Readers may contact the library for the specific title. Free popcorn will be provided.

Ready, Set, Play to Learn! will take place on Saturdays, June 9, 16 and 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. This introductory session, for children age 4 and under with a caregiver, will focus on an overview of motor development. There is a space limit per session, with a total of six sessions.

The teen Dungeons and Dragons Club for youths age 12 and up will meet on June 9 and 23 from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

Teen Leadership Group will meet on Sunday, June 10, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. to plan, promote and run programs and activities for youths and teenagers in the library.

Summer Teen Lock-In will take place on June 10 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The lock-in will feature movies, games, a foam dart war and karaoke. Parental permission is required. Permissions slips are available on the website and are due by Friday, June 8.

Parachute Play, for 1- to 3-year-olds with a caregiver, will be offered on Thursday, June 14, at 10 a.m. The program will offer 30 minutes of fun with a parachute, along with songs, rhymes, bubbles, balls and other props. Parachute Games, a 30-minute program scheduled for 10:45 a.m. for 3- to 6-year-olds with a caregiver, will include songs, rhymes and games.

Junkyard Drumming for participants age 8 and up will be offered on June 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. Students will learn about the basics of rhythm using everyday objects to create a cohesive whole. Registration is required, and space is limited.

A Corduroy Family Story Time for 1- to 5-year-olds with a caregiver will take place on Friday, June 15, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. and will feature a visit from the trouser-wearing bear Corduroy.

The Teen Anime Club will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on June 15. Youths ages 13 to 18 will gather to watch anime, enjoy snacks and socialize.

Open Board Game Time for youths age 12 and up will take place on June 16 from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants may bring their favorite board games to share with the group.

Summer STEM Explorers for children ages 8 to 12 will be offered from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19, and June 20. The theme will be biology and ecology. Space is limited to 10 participants per day. Tuesday content will be repeated on Wednesday.

Workin' on the Railroad for participants of all ages will take place on June 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. Participants will explore railroad-related jobs using a portable model train layout and hands-on railroad artifacts.

Rocks Are a Blast From the Past for children age 6 and up will be offered on Thursday, June 21, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Attendees will learn about the difference between a rock and mineral and how rocks create an earthquake.

Summer Spanish Workshop for youths ages 8 to 12 will take place on June 21 from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants will learn words and phrases based on themes from the animated film "Coco." Registration is required, and space is limited.

The Page to Screen Book Club for youths ages 11 to 13 will meet on June 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. The group will read "Wonder" by R.J. Palacio and then watch the movie. Participants will receive a free copy of the book to read before the meeting. Snacks will be provided. Space is limited.

Kids Parachute Challenge for children ages 7 to 12 will be offered on Friday, June 22, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., featuring popular parachute games and activities. The group will meet weekly through July 27.

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Hempfield RecCenter Sets Parks Events May 24, 2018

Hempfield recCenter, 950 Church St., Landisville, has announced a series of new outdoor programs aimed at providing free fitness opportunities and family events in several area parks.

On Saturdays, June 2, July 7, and Aug. 4, at 8 a.m. at Amos Herr Park, 1700 Nissley Road, East Hempfield Township, free, no-equipment-needed exercise classes will be held. Each 45-minute class will include basic moves for beginning to advanced exercisers along with bodyweight exercises to work all major muscle groups.

Afterward, at 8:45 a.m., certified instructors will lead a free Yoga in the Park class. Participants should bring their own mat or towel and water.

On Saturdays, June 9, July 14, and Aug. 11, the classes and times will remain the same but will take place at Silver Spring Park, 3800 Ironville Pike, West Hempfield Township.

On Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. at Grubb Lake, 667 Hempfield Hill Road, West Hempfield Township, Hempfield recCenter will hold a Family Scavenger Hunt with Nature Trivia. Families will be given a list of items to track down throughout the area. Found "treasures" will be displayed and discussed before the trivia takes place. Another round of trivia and a scavenger hunt will be held on Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m. at Amos Herr Park. Both events are free and will include a moderate amount of walking. Participants are asked to bring collection containers.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 5 through Aug. 28, at 9:15 a.m., Hempfield Rec will offer the new Amos Herr Park Walk for Wellness. Participants will decide the pace and distance as they walk the park's walking trails.

For more information, readers may call 717-898-3102 or visit www.hempfieldrec.com.

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Students Win Fine Art Awards May 24, 2018

Hempfield High School fine metals students swept the category of fine arts at the 34th annual Lancaster County Peace Arts Contest, taking first, second, and third places.

Lancaster County-area high school students in grades nine through 12 at public or private schools or homeschool programs competed. The theme was "Peace Begins With Me."

The winners of the 2018 Peace Coalition Creative Arts contest were Allyson Givler, grade 12, first place for her piece "Zusammen"; Shona Spetrini, grade 11, second place for her piece "Basking in a New Warmth"; and Gaby Rudig, grade 12, third place for her piece "Imagine a World Without Trees."

The judges used a rubric indicating attention to theme, individual experience, creativity, construction, and following rules of the contest.

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Host Families Sought For French Students May 24, 2018

Horizons du Monde, a nonprofit program, will bring French students to Lancaster from Friday, July 6, to Thursday, July 26. Host families are being sought for 10 students ages 14 to 17.

Students will spend the weeks immersed in family life with their host family. Hosts will be able to help the visitors learn about life in Lancaster County and will have the opportunity to learn about their culture and country.

Field trips are planned for the students each week with a local meeting point. The group will make three visits to New York City and will take trips to a local amusement park and to Washington, D.C. The students will also attend school three days a week and take part in other activities to learn about the Lancaster area. Host families are invited to join the group as room permits.

Speaking French is not required, as the students have studied English for four to eight years and wish to practice their English. If needed, translation apps can be utilized.

Interested families are encouraged to contact Patti Friedmann as soon as possible at 717-284-0643 or frespirbb@comcast.net.

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GEARS Posts Programs May 24, 2018

GEARS has posted its schedule of programs and activities. Unless otherwise noted, separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers. To register or for more information, readers may call 717-367-0355 or visit www.getintogears.org.

One-hour guided trail riding through the woods and farmland will take place at Ironstone Ranch, 1 Hollinger Lane, Elizabethtown, at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, June 13 and 20, and at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17, and Wednesday, July 18. All riders must be age 6 and up. There is a strict weight limit of 250 pounds.

CSI E-town forensics camp will be offered for youths ages 9 to 14 on Monday through Thursday, June 11 to 14, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 2605 of Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS), 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown. Chemistry teacher Scott Baylor will instruct the camp.

Chemistry Camp for youths ages 9 to 14 will be offered on Monday through Thursday, June 18 to 21, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 2605 of EAHS. Baylor will instruct the camp.

Harry Potter Camp for youths ages 6 to 13 will take place from Monday through Friday, June 18 to 22, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the West Donegal Township Building, 1 Municipal Drive, Elizabethtown.

Dance classes will take place on Wednesdays, June 13 to Aug. 1, with no classes on July 4. Roni Masters will instruct the classes, which will be held in the lobby at the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown. Beginner Tap, set for 5 to 5:45 p.m., will teach rhythm, coordination, balance and performance qualities. Beginner Ballet, from 5:45 to 6:30 p.m., will teach grace, balance, strength, flexibility and coordination. Beginner Jazz, from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m., will teach performance qualities, coordination, flexibility and confidence.

Dance Workout for individuals age 14 and up will be instructed by Masters in the gym at the GEARS Community Center on Mondays, June 11 to July 30, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. It will offer an introductory survey to different genres of dance, such as ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and tap, with an emphasis on physical conditioning.

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Session To Highlight Protective Measures May 24, 2018

The Manheim Lions Club invites the community to an informative session focusing on protective measures and emergency planning for schools and community events. George Giangi will present an hour long presentation, "Safety Measures for Events," on Monday, June 18, at 7 p.m. at Enck's Catering and Conference Center, 1461 Lancaster Road, Manheim.

The presentation will take into account such areas as threat assessment, access control, protective measures, and emergency planning. It will provide information outlining the planning issues involved in hosting special events in schools, churches, and communities.

Giangi is a consultant with more than 30 years experience in the field of emergency management, business continuity planning, security, counter-terrorism, critical infrastructure protection, workplace violence prevention, and facility vulnerability assessments.

He currently chairs the South Central Counter-Terrorism Task Force Business, Industry, and Infrastructure Subcommittee, conducting facility vulnerability assessments for government and private sector organizations. He has taught a number of security-related classes and was the recipient of the 2011 ASIS Security Professional of the Year recognition.

Those who are planning complex or potentially contentious events requiring coordination of various stakeholders and agencies with different priorities who may not routinely work together are encouraged to attend the session. Seating is limited, and preregistration is required by Friday, June 8, by calling 717-492-4048.

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Volunteers Sought To Help With Camp May 24, 2018

Adult volunteers are sought to assist with Columbia's Edible Classroom Summer Gardening Camp, which will run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from June 4 to Aug. 10 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Park School playground. The camp is filled to capacity, with 50 first- through sixth-graders enrolled.

Volunteers will support camp staff. Three volunteers are needed for each camp day, and interested individuals, including parents of campers, are encouraged to sign up for as many days as they are able.

Volunteers need to have Department of Human Services and FBI clearances, which may be completed at www.dhs.pa.gov/citizens/clearancesbackgroundchecks/ or by calling 844-321-2101. Volunteers must complete the application and make an appointment with IdentoGO, 1532 Lititz Pike, Lancaster. The borough will reimburse volunteers who have a valid receipt.

Those interested in volunteering are asked to respond by Friday, June 1, at http://bit.ly/ColumbiaEdibleGardenSignUp.

Columbia's Edible Classroom Summer Gardening Camp is a collaboration of Columbia Borough, Columbia Borough School District, CHI, and other supporters.

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Tours To Highlight Local History May 24, 2018

LancasterHistory.org has posted special events on Saturday, June 2.

African-American Heritage Walking Tours will take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in downtown Lancaster. Tourgoers will learn about abolitionists, Underground Railroad agents, preachers, and entrepreneurs. An expert tour guide will take visitors to the important places in African-American history, including black businesses on Penn Square, the site of the Elite Hotel, the Thaddeus Stevens and Lydia Hamilton Smith historic site, Trinity Lutheran Church, Lancaster County Courthouse, the Hamilton Club, St. James Episcopal Church, the site of the old Lancaster Train Station, Shreiner-Concord Cemetery, Fulton Hall/The Old Jail, and Central Market. Tours will last 90 minutes, and tickets may be purchased on June 2 at the Lancaster City Visitor Center, 38 Penn Square, Lancaster. Tours are given the first Saturday of each month through October.

"Thank Heaven for the English Bill," a Living History at Wheatland event, will be offered at LancasterHistory.org, 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster. Tours will be at noon and at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. and will last about a half-hour. In June 1858, Indiana Congressman William English introduced a bill that allowed President James Buchanan to forestall the implosion of the country. Buchanan will answer questions about the state of the union at that point, and First Lady Harriet Lane will show her moxie as a leading fashionista.

Advance tickets are highly recommended for the Living History event and can be obtained at www.lancasterhistory.org or by calling 717-392-4633.

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