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Ministry Plans Singles Dance December 6, 2017

CROSSFIRE Singles Ministry will hold a dance for adult Christian singles, as well as a used book sale, on Saturday, Dec. 16, from 7 to 10 p.m. at St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 201 W. Louther St., Carlisle.

The Christmas-themed dance will feature live music from disc jockey Bob Yeingst. There is a cost per person at the door, plus a Christmas treat or beverage to share. No alcohol will be permitted.

The book sale will include both Christian and secular books on topics such as the single life, finances, dating, encouragement, and business. Poetry books, devotionals, and fiction will be available. Only cash or checks will be accepted as payment. Proceeds of the book sale will benefit CROSSFIRE Singles Ministry.

For details, readers may contact 717-545-0005 or or visit

CROSSFIRE offers events for adult Christian singles in the Carlisle, Harrisburg, and Lancaster areas, including bowling, movie nights, dances, dining out, potluck dinners and speakers, games nights, study groups, and bus trips. More information is available at


CPCA Slates Square Dance December 6, 2017

The Central Pennsylvania Callers Association (CPCA) will hold its monthly square dance on Sunday, Dec. 17, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the Franklintown Fire Company, 107 Baltimore Road, Franklintown.

The event will be an old-fashioned, Eastern-style square dance with a live band, Midnight Pickers. No experience is required. There is an admission fee.

The CPCA meets on the third Sunday of each month at venues throughout central Pennsylvania.

For more information, readers may contact Elsie at 717-599-5444 or email


SFMS Event To Feature Folk Musicians November 17, 2017

The Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS) will sponsor a concert by folk and string band music performers April Verch and Joe Newberry on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in The Gallery at Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg.

Verch grew up listening to her dad's country band play for dances in Canada's Ottawa Valley. She started step-dancing at age 3 and fiddling at age 6, and she decided early on that she wanted to be a professional musician.

With countless awards, 10 albums, and 16 years of touring with the April Verch Band, she is a songwriter, an interpreter, and a storyteller. Verch was one of six fiddlers representing the Canadian fiddle tradition to the world in a segment called "Fiddle Nation" at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

Newberry is a Missouri native and North Carolina transplant. A teacher of traditional music and song, Newberry has taught at numerous camps and festivals and for many years was the coordinator of Old Time Week at the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, W.Va. A frequent guest on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion," he won the songwriting prize for Gospel Recorded Performance at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards for "Singing As We Rise," and he co-wrote the 2013 IBMA Song of the Year, "They Called It Music," with Eric Gibson.

To purchase tickets, readers may visit or call toll-free 800-838-3006. More information is available at or by calling 717-745-6577.


Band Slates Free Christmas Concert November 17, 2017

The New Cumberland Town Band will present its annual free Christmas concert on Friday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall of Trinity United Methodist Church, 415 Bridge St., New Cumberland.

The program, for people of all ages, will include a mix of sacred and secular music, including traditional Christmas songs like "Carol of the Bells" and "Cantique de Noel" and popular selections like "Sleigh Ride" and "White Christmas." Santa Claus is also expected to make an appearance.

For more information, readers may visit


College Posts Seasonal Tradition November 17, 2017

Messiah College, 1 College Ave., Grantham, will hold its annual Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts in Parmer Hall.

The traditional event will feature a variety of Messiah College Department of Music ensembles, including brass quintets, handbells, men's and women's ensembles, and the concert choir.

Separate ticket prices have been set for adults, for seniors age 60 and up, for Messiah College students with identification, and for youths age 18 and under. To purchase tickets, readers may contact the Messiah College Ticket Office at 717-691-6036 or visit or


Group Slates Christmas Dance November 15, 2017

USA Dance Chapter 3008 York will sponsor a Christmas dance on Friday, Dec. 15, at Alert Fire Hall, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville. A disc jockey will provide a mix of ballroom, Latin, and swing music from 7 to 11 p.m. There will not be a lesson. The event is open to dancers of all ages and skill levels.

Catered food will be available. To ensure there is enough food, reservations are requested by Thursday, Nov. 30. To make reservations, readers may email and give their name and the number of attendees in their group. Payment may be made online or at the dance.

For more information or to register, readers may visit or call 267-980-8898.


Robinson Will Perform At Cafe November 8, 2017

Rob Robinson will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, Nov. 18. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will start at 7:30 p.m.

Robinson is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, drummer, teacher and clinician. Over the years, he has performed pop, rock, country, folk, blues, classical and jazz. From the age of 9 into his early twenties, Robinson was immersed in Drum Corps International (DCI) activity, becoming the first three-time DCI national snare-drumming champion. He went on to teach and write for several university band programs and drum corps.

During his teenage years, Robinson became interested in performing popular music. He became involved with several bands and original music projects in the Philadelphia area, and he eventually toured and recorded with roots-based artist Ben Vaughn.

Robinson released his first solo album, "Catchin' A Ride," in the fall of 2013, and in 2014, he signed on with Lou DeMarco and the Momentary Love Management Group. Since then he has taken his music on the road to many U.S. cities and has been a featured guest on NPR's "Acoustic Highway." He continues to drum for artists such as Suzanne Gorman and Memphis based singer-songwriter Dan Montgomery. He is also an active clinician in the rudimental drum community and in 2007 was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame. In 2012, Robinson returned to his roots by competing in and winning the DCA national snare-drumming competition. He is currently working on a follow-up solo album.

Admission to the event is free. Emmaus Road Cafe offers coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods for sale. The cafe can be contacted at 717-478-3672 or


Drawing For Guitar To Benefit Foundation November 8, 2017


Juggling Program Planned November 2, 2017

The CONNEC+ Youth Program in Conoy Township will sponsor local Christian character juggler Chris Ivey on Thursday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m. at the Word of Life Chapel, 139 Wickersham Road, Bainbridge. The program is open to people of all ages, and the public is invited.

CONNEC+ is sponsored by Conoy Township churches.


Line Dance Parties Slated November 2, 2017

Chanceford Presbyterian Church, 1784 Woodbine Road, Airville, will sponsor line dance parties on Saturdays, Nov. 11, Feb. 10, March 10, and April 14, from 6 to 10 p.m. A New Year's Eve party will take place on Sunday, Dec. 31, until 12:30 a.m. There will be free admission.

The community outreach events will take place in the church social hall and will feature disc jockey Kenny Witmer. There will be food, beverages, and snacks available for purchase. A line dance will be taught at approximately 8 or 8:30 p.m.

The parties are for people of all ages. They are not drop-off events, and all children under age 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

The parties will take place the second Saturday of November through April, with the December and January dances being a combined New Year's Eve event.

Readers with questions may call Penny at 717-862-3732.


Ballroom Dance Event Planned November 1, 2017

USA Dance Chapter 3008 York will host its monthly ballroom social dance on Friday, Nov. 17, at Alert Fire Hall, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville. The theme will be "Give Thanks for Dance." A tango lesson will be given from 7 to 8 p.m., followed by dancing until 11 p.m. to a mixed variety of music by a disc jockey.

During intermission, a few dancers will speak about the role of dance in their lives. In advance of the event, individuals are invited to reflect on how they started dancing and what dancing has meant to them in their lives. They may share their stories on the chapter's Facebook page, which is accessible by visiting and clicking on the Facebook icon on the right side.

The dance is open to people of all ages and skill levels. There is a cost to attend. Light refreshments will be provided. Attendees are also welcome to bring snacks to share. To prepay, readers may visit and click on Calendar. More information is available by calling 267-980-8898.


Folk Singer To Present Concert November 1, 2017

The Susquehanna Folk Music Society will sponsor a concert by legendary folk singer-songwriter Bill Staines on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at Fort Hunter Centennial Barn, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg. The concert will be presented in cooperation with Dauphin County Parks and Recreation.

Staines, who is now in his fifth decade as a folk performer, has performed at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, clubs, and coffeehouses. He presents more than 200 concerts each year, singing mostly original works. He has written more than 300 songs; recorded 26 albums, including two that won Parents' Choice Awards; and released three songbooks. His memoir was released in 2003, and an illustrated book of his song "All God's Critters" was published in 2009.

Many of his compositions have appeared in grade school music books, church hymnals, and Scouting campfire songbooks. He had eight songs included in the classic song collection "Rise Up Singing." His music has been heard on several television shows and in movies, and his songs have been covered by artists such as Peter, Paul and Mary; Nanci Griffith; Makem and Clancy; Jerry Jeff Walker; Grandpa Jones; and Priscilla Herdman. In 2007, the Boston Area Coffeehouse Association presented Staines with the Jerry Christen Award in recognition of his contributions to New England folk music.

Ticket prices have been set for general admission, for SFMS members, and for students ages 3 to 22. Advance tickets are available at or by calling toll-free 800-838-3006. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-745-6577.


Polka Dance Scheduled October 25, 2017

The White Rose Polka Dancers Association will sponsor a dance on Saturday, Nov. 4, at the Alert Fire Company, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville. Polka Punch will play a mix of polka, foxtrot, waltz, swing and more from 7 to 11 p.m.

Couples and singles are welcome to attend the family-friendly dance. Light refreshments are included with the cost of admission.

For details and tickets, readers may call Sue at 717-938-5196.


Family Of Musicians Plans Concerts October 19, 2017

The Roland Zimmerman Family will perform gospel music in concerts at two local retirement homes in November. The concerts are open to the public.

One performance will be on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the activity room at Colonial Lodge Retirement Community, 2015 N. Reading Road, Denver. The second will take place on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Farm Crest Gathering Room at Fairmount Homes, 1100 Farm Crest Drive, Ephrata.

For more information, readers may call the Zimmermans at 717-354-6804.


Indian Summer Jars Plans Concert October 17, 2017

Indian Summer Jars (ISJ) will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, Oct. 28. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Honoring styles of folk, blues, bluegrass, and gospel, ISJ creates a sound featuring harmonies and vocals reminiscent of Indigo Girls and Natalie Merchant. The group's songs are inspired by travel, experience, growth and change. Though it is typically seen performing as a quartet, the band plays in configurations ranging from two to six musicians.

ISJ has been playing in the eastern United States for eight years, including performances on the stages of MusikFest in Bethlehem; 30A Songwriters Festival in South Walton, Fla.; The Saint in Asbury Park, N.J.; The Purple Fiddle in Thomas, W.Va.; and The Blockley in Philadelphia. ISJ also has had radio airplay and recognition by NPR and Virginia Tech Radio. ISJ has shared stages with Vicki Genfan, Joe Stevens from Coyote Grace, Liz Longley, and Nahko and Medicine for the People.

Admission to the event is free. Emmaus Road Cafe offers coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods for sale. Emmaus Road Cafe can be contacted at or 717-478-3672.


Jewish Film Festival Posted October 11, 2017

Camps Airy and Louise will present the York JCC Jewish Film Festival at Frank Theatres, 2067 Springwood Road, at Queensgate Shopping Center.

"The People vs. Fritz Bauer" will be presented on Sunday, Oct. 22, at 4 p.m., and "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" will be presented on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 4 p.m. The latter film will be followed by a vegetarian Israeli dinner and a performance by the Nayira dance troupe. Tickets are available for the film only and for the film and the dinner.

Tickets may be purchased at the JCC front desk until the day of the film and at Frank's Theatres starting one hour before the film. The JCC is located at 2000 Hollywood Drive.

Sponsorship information is available by emailing Rachel Singer at

To learn more about the York JCC, readers may call 717-843-0918 or visit


Farm Country Shindig To Kick Off September 21, 2017

The Farm Country Shindig season will open on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 6 p.m. in the banquet hall at the Reinholds Fire Company, located along Route 897 in Reinholds. Bluetrain will perform. Appearing with the band will be Chester Johnson and The Foggy Mountain Grass along with Scott Eager.

Bluetrain has been a five-piece bluegrass band since 2013. Dave Propst, on lead vocals and mandolin, has previously performed with artists such as Norman Wright, Kevin Church and the Travelers, Darren Beachley and Potomac, Maryland Line, and The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band. Tom Reeves, on bass and vocals, has performed with multiple area bluegrass bands, The Satyr Hill Band, and The Darren Beachley Band. George Osing, on banjo, has previously performed with the Dean Sapp and Hartford Express and the Darren Beachley Band. Tom Lyons, on fiddle, has performed with bands such as The Harold Tipton Band and The Dixie Cannonballs. Rick Miller, on vocals and guitar, has played with Gamber Station and The Satyr Hill Band.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. Admission will be by set donation, with separate amounts for adults and for teenagers ages 13 to 17. Children age 12 and under will be admitted for free. The fire company will offer food.

For directions to the fire hall, GPS users should use the address 138 W. Main St. (Route 897), Reinholds. For more information, readers may find "Farm Country Shindig" on Facebook or call Scott at 610-573-0797.


Singer/Songwriter To Perform September 21, 2017

Contemporary singer/songwriter Michael Arthur will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1916 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, Sept. 30. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Arthur has been noted for his warm, emotive vocals and his acoustic guitar work. For more information on Arthur, readers may visit

Admission to the event is free. Emmaus Road Cafe offers coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods for sale. Emmaus Road Cafe can be contacted at or 717-478-3672.


Fry To Perform At Cafe September 20, 2017

Christine Fry will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, Sept. 23. Doors will open at 7 p.m., with music starting at 7:30 p.m. Admission to the event is free.

Fry is a local musician whose repertoire ranges from whimsical to classical. A graduate of Lampeter-Strasburg High School and Slippery Rock University, she currently works as a music therapist for Conestoga View, and she is a member of Mellinger Mennonite Church. Fry recently placed in the top 10 of the Lancaster's Got Talent talent show, in which she performed the Stanley Brothers song "Angel Band."

Emmaus Road Cafe offers coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods for sale. For more information, readers may call 717-478-3672 or email


Senior Center Slates Activities September 18, 2017

The South Central York County Community Senior Center, 150 E. Main St., New Freedom, has posted its activities for September.

A lunch is served each day. For details and to make reservations, readers may call 717-235-6060.

The senior center has welcomed a new instructor for the Tuesday yoga class. The HoopFit class will move to Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m., and isometric exercises will continue to be available at 9:15 a.m. each day. Tai chi will be held at 10:15 a.m. each day. Stretch Yoga is available at 9:30 a.m. on Mondays, along with Sweatin' to the Oldies, scheduled for 10:15 a.m. on Mondays. Line dancing will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursdays. In addition, exercise equipment is available, and center members may also walk in the gym.

The acrylic art class meets on Mondays at 9:15 a.m. On Tuesdays at 9 a.m. the watercolor class will meet, and on Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. a ceramics class is offered. Walking Through the Bible is slated for Thursdays at 9 a.m., and the Friends Together craft class meets at 9 a.m. on Fridays. The center also offers classes on card making and blanket knotting, as well as a Quilter Group.

The center also offers a variety of trips. For additional details on senior center activities, readers may call 717-235-6060.

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