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Theater Will Stage "Chicago" January 16, 2019

The Fulton Theatre, 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster, has announced that one of Broadway's longest-running musicals, "Chicago," will open on Thursday, Jan. 24.

A complete list of dates and times is available at https://thefulton.org/shows/chicago.

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Polka Dance Event Planned January 16, 2019

The White Rose Polka Dancers Association of York will hold a dance on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Alert Fire Company, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville. Dance music will be provided by The Monaldi Brothers.

Admission tickets will be sold at the door or in advance by calling 717-244-3436. Refreshments will be included in the price of admission.

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Dance Event Slated January 16, 2019

York USA Dance Chapter 3008 will hold its first ballroom dance of the new year on Sunday, Jan. 27, while returning to its previous venue, Alert Fire Hall, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville. The dance will begin at 3 p.m. with a lindy hop lesson taught by Anthony Obin, followed by open dancing to a mix of swing, ballroom and Latin music from 4 to 7 p.m. Light refreshments will be available, and food donations will be accepted.

All USA Dance events are open to the public, including dancers of all ages and experience levels. Admission fees, which include the lesson, have been set for members, guests and students with IDs.

More information may be found at the York USA Dance Chapter 3008 Facebook page or at www.danceinyork.net.

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Windy Hill Sets Dancing Classes January 16, 2019

Windy Hill on the Campus, 1472 Roth's Church Road, Spring Grove, will offer beginner ballroom dancing classes on Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m.

Participants will learn some popular dances including the rumba, foxtrot and East Coast swing. There is a fee for each class, which will be taught by members Dan and Brenda Miller. No experience is necessary, and no special shoes are needed. Classes are open to adults age 60 and up.

For registration and information, readers may contact the center at 717-225-0733.

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Monthly Square Dance Planned January 9, 2019

The CPCA (Central Pennsylvania Callers Association) will hold its monthly square dance on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the South Fairview First Church of God fellowship hall, 1212 Centerville Road, Newville. It will be an old-fashioned, Eastern-style square dance with a live band, the Midnight Pickers.

No experience is required. An admission fee has been set. The CPCA meets monthly every third Sunday at venues throughout central Pennsylvania. For more information, readers may email cpcadance@comcast.net or call Elsie at 717-599-5444.

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SMBA To Host Concert January 2, 2019

The Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association (SMBA) will host a concert by Michael Cleveland and The Flamekeepers on Saturday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. The concert will take place in the social hall at the Goodwill Fire Company, 2318 S. Queen St., York (Spry area). Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

Cleveland is an 11-time IBMA Fiddler of the Year. In 2018, he was inducted into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame. Cleveland was with Rhonda Vincent and The Rage when they won Entertainer of the Year from IBMA, and he was also part of Dale Ann Bradley and the Coon Creek Girls before starting The Flamekeepers.

Also playing at 6:15 p.m. on Jan. 12 will be The Buffalo Mountain Band from Newport, Perry County. The band consists of brother and sister Canyon and Autumn Moore. Both of them have been the recipients of SMBA scholarships to further their knowledge of their particular instrument.

The kitchen will be open and operated by the Goodwill Volunteer firefighters and ladies' auxiliary members. There is a separate charge for the food in addition to the tickets for the show.

The family show will be smoke- and alcohol-free. Separate ticket costs have been set for SMBA members and for nonmembers. Members pay an annual membership fee, and attendees are welcome to join SMBA the night of the show.

SMBA's 2018-19 schedule is posted at www.sevenmountainsbluegrass.org. For more information, readers may contact 717-395-7128 or 717-515-3324.

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Racing Expo Slated January 2, 2019

The 2019 Racing Xtravaganza show is set for Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, at the York Arena at the York Expo Center. Registration for vendors and race teams is now open. The Racing Xtravaganza Expo provides racing fans and companies an opportunity to reconnect during the off-season and support the race teams off the track. Early bird registration ensures inclusion in pre-event marketing materials.

The BAPS "Finishing First" Cornhole Challenge is back in 2019 and will feature 64 drivers as they compete in a single-player, double-elimination contest. New for 2019, fans will have the chance to compete in the BAPS "Finishing First" Fan Challenge for a cash prize. Spaces are limited.

For more information or to register, readers may visit www.racingxtravaganza.com. More information may also be received by following Racing Xtravaganza on Facebook or Twitter.

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Theater Sets Comedy Shows December 26, 2018

Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey, has posted performances by several comedians.

Sebastian Maniscalco will perform on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 and 9:30 p.m. Lewis Black will perform on Friday, March 8, at 8 p.m. Brian Regan will perform on Thursday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. Trevor Noah will bring the Loud and Clear Tour to the theater on Saturday, June 1, at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available at the box office, at www.HersheyEntertainment.com, or by calling 717-534-3405 or 800-745-3000.

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"Mr. Donegal" Contest To Support Four Diamonds December 14, 2018

Donegal High School's Mini-THON is currently running a fundraiser called Mr. Donegal.

For the fundraiser, a court of senior male students, including Kyle Burger, Bailey Crager, Zion Gibbs, Dylan Martin, Nathan McNece, Dalton Mullhausen, Gavin Murren, Logan Nauman, Kevin Padilla, Joseph Piatt, and Porter Scott, will compete against one another to raise the most money throughout the month of December. The male who raises the most money will be crowned Mr. Donegal at Student Council's Sadie Hawkins Dance on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019.

The contestants were voted onto the court through an online form. During a talent show on Friday, Dec. 21, they will present a choreographed dance while singing to "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys. The performance is slated to be recorded and posted to the Donegal High School Facebook page.

The money raised from this event will go directly to Four Diamonds. Four Diamonds is an organization dedicated to aiding children with cancer through research, care, paying for medical bills, and more. Donegal High School's goal is to raise more than $10,000 for the cause through different fundraising efforts. The Mini-THON event will occur on Thursday, March 28, 2019, from 5 to 11 p.m., and it will be open to the community from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. For more information or to donate to any of the contestants, readers may visit https://fourdiamonds.donordrive.com/event/dhsminithon.

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Ballroom Dance Class December 5, 2018

Ballroom dance classes for beginner, intermediate, and advanced dancers will start on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. Classes will run for 10 weeks at St. James Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue. Beginners will meet from 3 to 4 p.m., and intermediate and advanced dancers will meet from 4 to 6 p.m.

There is a cost to participate. For more information and to register, readers may contact Kevin Walsh at 717-382-2288.

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Group Changes Dance Venue December 5, 2018

York USA Dance Chapter 3008 will move its ballroom dances to a new venue in 2019. The group will return to Alert Fire Hall, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville, beginning with the dance on Sunday, Jan. 27. Dances will begin with a lesson from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by open dancing until 7 p.m.

A complete schedule of 2019 dances is available at www.danceinyork.net. For more details, readers may call 717-225-6433.

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Creative York To Host Events November 27, 2018

Creative York, 10 N. Beaver St., York, has announced two upcoming events. For more information, readers may call 717-848-3200, email info@creativeyork.org, or visit www.creativeyork.org.

During York city's First Friday celebration on Dec. 7, community members may visit Creative York between 5 and 9 p.m. to create a beaded snowflake sculpture in celebration of the holiday season. Visitors may also enjoy two new exhibits in the galleries: the annual "100 Under $100" exhibit in the Kerlin Gallery and York artist Ophelia Chambliss' new installation, "Some Assembly Required," in The Project Space. Both exhibits will remain on display until Saturday, Dec. 22.

"100 Under $100" consists of small original works by 100 local and regional artists, including both professional and recreational artists. The works feature an array of subject matter, media, and stylistic preferences. The works will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Buyers may take home the works upon purchase.

The First Friday activities will be free and family-friendly.

The Mad Art Dash, a fundraising event for Creative York, will be held on Thursday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. It will feature 25 artists creating works in two 30-minute flash rounds. The resulting works will then be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to support Creative York programming.

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Christmas Bluegrass Jam Slated November 23, 2018

Governor Dick Environmental Center, 3283 Pinch Road, Mount Gretna, will host Christmas Music by the Fireplace on Sunday, Dec. 2, from 1 to 4 p.m. The community is invited to join for a bluegrass jam in the spirit of the holidays.

Participants should meet at the Environmental Center. The program is free, but preregistration is required by emailing governordick@hotmail.com or calling 717-964-3808. Individuals should leave a name and phone number in case the program is canceled.

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Fire In The Glen To Present "A Celtic Christmas" November 23, 2018

Fire in the Glen will present its "A Celtic Christmas" concert at Trinity Lutheran Church, 47 W. Main St., Mount Joy, from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. The public is invited to the free, family-friendly performance. The event will follow Winterfest, which will run from 4 to 7 p.m. in the heart of Mount Joy.

Fire in the Glen is a local Irish/Scottish trio made up of Megan Mullen on vocals and piano, Mick Mullen on vocals and guitar, and Tom Knapp on fiddle, bodhran, and backing vocals. The band has been performing in various incarnations in southcentral Pennsylvania since 1999.

The concert will include a variety of familiar Christmas carols, as well as some less well-known holiday music from Ireland, Scotland, and England. Those who know the words are welcome to join in singing. There will also be plenty of traditional Scottish and Irish music.

Fire in the Glen has performed "A Celtic Christmas" at various churches, retirement communities, and private functions in southcentral Pennsylvania, including Zion United Church of Christ in Marietta, the First Reformed Church: United Church of Christ in Lancaster, Moravian Manor in Lititz, and the Masonic Villages in Elizabethtown.

For more information, readers may visit www.fireintheglen.com.

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Submissons Sought For Annual Publication November 23, 2018

Submissions are currently being sought for Wild Onions, the annual literary and arts magazine published by the Penn State Hershey Humanities Department. The publication features creative expression by individuals connected to Penn State Hershey Medical Center, including but not limited to patients, students, family members, and volunteers.

Original literature, photography, and art submissions are currently being accepted. Each year, a theme is provided as a suggestion, not a requirement; this year's theme is "Life Is a Beautiful Origami." In origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, a flat sheet of paper is transformed into a sculpture.

Individuals may participate by contributing their work, attending the annual launch reception, or enjoying the final product.

To submit a creative piece to be considered for publication in the 2019 edition of Wild Onions, readers may visit http://sites.psu.edu/wildonions/. Student editors will review the selections.

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Black Rock Plans Hymn Sing, Escape Room November 21, 2018

Escape rooms have become popular in recent years. In the activity, small groups of people have a set amount of time to find clues and solve puzzles in order to escape a locked room. Black Rock Retreat, 1345 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville, made its first foray into the phenomenon last year.

"We were looking for more winter program activities," said program assistant Barbra Keeler. "This is another opportunity to get people on campus and use our facilities."

Summer camp program director Ben Herr helped to design last year's escape room, which attracted approximately 25 groups during its one-month run. Herr spearheaded the latest installation with assistance from program team member Nicklas Frede. Black Rock is a Christian camping and retreat center, so the duo set the escape room aboard the ship the prophet Jonah sailed on in an attempt to avoid God's command to go to Ninevah. Groups of four to eight people will be locked in the basement of the crafts cottage and given an hour to find Jonah, exiting through the locked back door if they are successful. The room is wheelchair-accessible.

Herr has created escape rooms for his friends, and he follows a specific process to design a successful event. "We come up with fun puzzles, then try to take a bunch of ideas and organize them into a straight line," he said. "We use visual clues, physical clues, and logic. It's hands-on, which is a lot of the appeal."

During their time on Jonah's ship, participants should pick up everything in the room that is not a heavy object - such as several trunks - in search of clues. They may be required to assemble tools to retrieve clues or find puzzle solutions on disparate items.

"It's fairly challenging, but a staffer will provide hints, and we don't limit them to three like other escape rooms," Herr remarked. "It's a great group activity."

"If you're looking for something for your family to do during the holidays, it's a fun activity for (people of) a range of ages," added Keeler.

Reservations are required to enter the escape room, and there is a cost per person. Sessions are offered at 6 and 8 p.m. on weekdays and at 2, 4, 6, and 8 p.m. on weekends through Friday, April 12. Other times may be available upon request. Folks may schedule their visit at www.blackrockretreat.com or by calling Herr at 717-529-3368.

While groups are on campus for the escape room, they may also arrange to participate in other activities. During the winter and spring months, Black Rock offers laser tag, glow-in-the-dark dodgeball, and hiking, as well as a nature center and a ropes course.

Keeler suggested that groups may opt to enter the escape room before or after the annual Christmas hymn sing, which will be held on Sunday, Dec. 9, in the lobby of the Maranatha Retreat Center. Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. Bob Meck will lead the singing of Christmas hymns and carols from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m., and the Crescendo Community Choir will perform during breaks in the singing.

"We moved (the hymn sing) to the afternoon in hopes that more people will be willing or able to come out for it," Keeler said, explaining that the organizers wanted to accommodate people who do not like to drive after dark.

No reservations are needed to attend the hymn sing. A freewill offering will be accepted. Attendees may stay for dinner at 5 p.m. A cost has been set for the meal, and reservations are required by Wednesday, Dec. 5, by calling 800-858-9299 or visiting www.blackrockretreat.com/hymnsing.

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A-Y/Dancers To Perform November 9, 2018

The Durang Dance Collective will present A-Y/Dancers at The Trust Performing Arts Center, 37 N. Market St., Lancaster, on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m.

A-Y/Dancers is a new repertory dance company based in New York's Hudson Valley. The group's program features three choreographers who represent the past, present, and future of American concert dance. The program begins with a collage of solos, trios, and quartets by Merce Cunningham, a 20th-century choreographer. The second piece is Doug Varone's critically acclaimed 2003 work, "Of the Earth Far Below," a group dance featuring a cast of eight dancers against Steve Reich's "Triple Quartet." Completing the program will be a work by Danika Bigley and Emmanuel Williams, selected from the Durang Dance Collective's choreographer's showcase. Hannah Garner is also credited with choreography in the program.

Founders and directors performing include Erin Landers, Claire Deane, and Sienna Blaw. They will be joined by guest dancers Piper Dye, Lauren Twomley, Emily Kessler, Madeline Robertson, Jackie Calle, and Paulina Meneses.

A dessert reception will follow. Tickets are available for purchase, with discounts available for students with ID, as well as for groups, seniors, and veterans. For tickets and more information, readers may call the box office, located at Lancaster Bible College's Good Shepherd Chapel, at 717-560-8241 or visit www.LancasterTrust.com.

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Vocal Harmonix Invites Women To Rehearse November 9, 2018

Vocal Harmonix, a women's a cappella entertainment group based in Lancaster County, is offering women of all ages an opportunity to perform at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster.

Women curious about the chorus are welcome to spend time with the group and then sing on stage as the group presents the holiday show "Listen ... Remember ... Believe!" at the Ware Center on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2 p.m. The show will also feature the Red Rose Men's Chorus.

Any woman who loves to sing and perform can be part of the show's finale when the two choruses sing in eight-part harmony. Interested women may attend 30-minute rehearsal sessions at the Vocal Harmonix rehearsal site, Lancaster Church of the Brethren, 1601 Sunset Ave., Lancaster, and learn a part.

Rehearsals began on Nov. 12 and will continue at 7 p.m. on Mondays, Nov. 19 and 26 and Dec. 3. Women are asked to arrive at 6:45 p.m.

There is a nominal fee to take part, which covers materials. For those who decide to join Vocal Harmonix, the fee will be applied toward the membership dues.

Preregistration is encouraged by calling Michele at 717-625-2279. To learn more, readers may visit www.vocalharmonix.org or find the group's page on Facebook.

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Hoffman To Highlight Author's Luncheon November 8, 2018

"We are excited to welcome Alice Hoffman for this year's Junior League of Lancaster author's luncheon because she is a very well-known author whose books are familiar to a wide range of people," said event chair Laura McGarry. "In addition, her newest novel, 'The Rules of Magic,' has received a lot of praise. It is exciting to welcome an author who has recently released such a great book, especially one that is tied to as familiar a story as 'Practical Magic.'"

Fans of Hoffman's novels are invited to meet the author at the luncheon, which will be held on Friday, Nov. 30, at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster. Doors will open at 11 a.m., and the program will begin at noon. Attendees may purchase beverages and place bids in a silent auction prior to the sit-down meal.

Hoffman will be available to sign her books and take photos before lunch, and she will answer questions after her presentation. A local bookseller will be on-site with many of Hoffman's titles for sale. Beginning in 1977 with the publication of her first novel, "Property Of," Hoffman has published nearly 40 books for readers in a range of ages. "Practical Magic" was published in 1995 and was made into a feature film starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman in 1998. The story's prequel, "The Rules of Magic," was released in 2017.

"We hope to hear Ms. Hoffman speak about her experience as an author, the differences between writing adult and Young Adult books, and the role that libraries have had in her life," McGarry remarked.

McGarry noted that this is the 16th annual author's luncheon and one of the Junior League's fundraisers. The proceeds from the event will support the mission and vision of the Junior League of Lancaster by helping to promote volunteerism, develop the potential of women, and improve the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Current and past projects include Girls + STEM, the Rain Garden Initiative, Wheatland and Rock Ford Plantation restorations, the Children's Room at Lancaster County Library, and the Hands-on House Children's Museum of Lancaster outdoor classroom.

In addition, this year the Junior League has partnered with Reach Out and Read, which is a program that provides new books to children from birth to age 5 during well-child pediatrician visits at various local doctor's offices. Luncheon guests are invited to bring new, age-appropriate books to donate to Reach Out and Read. Each book may be traded for a free entry in a prize drawing, up to three entries per person.

For more information and to purchase tickets for the luncheon, readers may visit www.jllancaster.org/authors-luncheon.

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Chorus Sets "A Salute To Veterans" November 2, 2018

In honor of veterans, the Hershey Community Chorus Ensemble will present "A Salute to Veterans" on Friday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Lebanon Veterans Affairs Hospital, 1700 S. Lincoln Ave., Lebanon. The program will take place in the lobby of Building 17.

The 30-member ensemble, under the direction of James Hoffmann, will sing several traditional patriotic numbers including "God Bless America," "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," and "Let There Be Peace on Earth." They will also sing "The Armed Forces - The Pride of America," a medley of the music of each branch of the Armed Forces. The colors will be presented by the Color Guard of VFW Post 23.

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