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Robinson To Perform At Cafe April 19, 2017

Rob Robinson will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, April 22. 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 Rob 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 emmausroadcafe@gmail.com or 478-3672.

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CPCA Sets Square Dance April 11, 2017

The Central Pennsylvania Callers Association (CPCA) will hold its monthly square dance on Sunday, April 23, from 1:30 to 6:00 p.m. at The Freeburg School, 11 E. Church Road, Freeburg.

The dance will be an old-fashioned, Eastern-style square dance with a live band, The McNetts. No experience is required.

The CPCA is a nonprofit club that meets on the third Sunday of each month at venues throughout central Pennsylvania. For more information, readers may contact Elsie 599-5444 or email cpcadance@comcast.net.

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Senior Center Hosts Artist-In-Residence Program April 7, 2017

South Central PaARTners at Millersville University, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, is funding an innovative Creative Aging artist-in-residence program at the Elizabethtown Area Senior Center, located at the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown.

The residency, which began on March 21, features theater artists and storytellers The Motion Picture, made up of Lititz-based husband-and-wife duo Barnaby and Julie Holmes. At 9:30 a.m. every Tuesday through May 23, the artists are slated to bring their program to the senior center.

During the program seniors can share their personal stories and explore different kinds of storytelling methods to convey their narratives. The Motion Picture helps them create visual representations and materials. Then, participants can collaborate on a short film that weaves their stories together using props, found objects, memorabilia, and other effects such as animation and music. The project will culminate in a screening of the film, and each participant will receive a copy of the film on DVD.

The residency is part of a statewide study conducted by the University of Scranton, with support from the Pennsylvania Department of Aging and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, to investigate the self-reported effect a Creative Aging artist-in-residence program has on older citizens in Pennsylvania.

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Cafe To Host Concerts April 6, 2017

The Cafe at Ten Thousand Villages, 240 N. Reading Road, Ephrata, will offer a series of concerts on Fridays, April 14 to 28, from 6:30 to 8:23 p.m. In order of appearance, the performers will be Maggie Spike, presenting acoustic, pop, folk, Centic, reggae, jazz, Americana, and world rhythms; Rick Sky, presenting music featuring the acoustic guitar, native flutes, world percussion, and vocals; and The Chestnuts, offering classic country, rock, folk, and blues.

The community is invited to attend. For details, contact Louise Ranck at 721-8400 or louise.ranck@tenthousandvillages.com.

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History Center Sets Art, Leisure Auction April 5, 2017

The York County History Center will hold its 25th annual Art and Leisure Auction on Friday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum, Library, and Archives, 250 E. Market St., York. This year's event will feature a "Flashback Friday" theme, with period dress encouraged but not required. Revelers will be able to create themed tables, dress in the style of their favorite decade, or break into song.

The event, a fundraiser for the History Center, will include a tasting menu of food provided by local caterers and restaurants. The evening's activities will include a silent auction during the food tasting and a live auction directly after.

Items to be available via the auction range from pieces of art and decor to leisure trips and activities. Highlights will include a lobster dinner for eight; local art; a week at a condo in Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a fly fishing experience, seafood for 30, Penn State football tickets, and more. A full list of items is available at www.yorkhistorycenter.org.

Limited single tickets and tables of eight are available. For more details, readers may contact David Henry at 848-1587, ext. 226, or dhenry@yorkhistorycenter.org.

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Sponsors Sought For Concert Series March 30, 2017

The lineup of Sounds of Strasburg concerts at the Strasburg Community Park has been announced by the Strasburg Community Parks Foundation Board, but to make the series possible, financial support is needed. Foundation members have been reaching out to area businesses, service organizations, families, and individuals who may be interested in providing the funds.

"To fund the performance component of each concert, it costs about $600. We are hoping that our concerts will be fully funded by sponsors or co-sponsored by those able to contribute half of the costs for a show," said Barbara Rathbone-Frank, Parks Foundation board secretary. "Last year, the Strasburg Area Sertoma Club gave a gift that paid for three inaugural concerts held on the new stage. All of the concerts were well attended."

Concert sponsors will be recognized for their contribution through advertisements, social media, and announcements, unless they prefer to remain anonymous.

"Potential sponsors may want to adopt a specific concert because it will feature a particular band or type of music that is their favorite," Rathbone-Frank suggested.

The Sounds of Strasburg concerts will be held on the new, covered stage at the Strasburg Community Park, which is located on Precision Avenue next to the municipal center. The park is landscaped entirely with native plants that are allowed to grow according to nature, but terraces of the amphitheater in the center of the park are carpeted with mown grass.

Each concert will begin at 6 p.m. The concerts will be held rain or shine, but they may be canceled in the event of extreme weather. Cancellations will be posted at www.facebook.com/StrasburgCommunityPark and www.strasburgpark.org.

The first concert in the series will be held on Saturday, June 10, and will feature the Lampeter-Strasburg Community Band and the Music for Everyone Chorus. Rathbone-Frank described the concert as popular music to bring the community together.

Acoustic rock guitarist and singer Duane Slaymaker will perform on Saturday, July 15. He will share the stage with The Good Fat, which plays a mixture of blues, funk, jazz, and rock.

The Servant Stage Production Company will present a theatrical and musical performance on Saturday, Aug. 5.

The Fast Lane will perform high-energy country music on Saturday, Aug. 19.

The concert series will conclude on Saturday, Sept. 2, with the toe-tapping sounds of Summit Hill Bluegrass Band, which plays a variety of bluegrass and gospel music.

Readers interested in sponsoring a concert may contact Rathbone-Frank at 572-6830 or bjnmf@verizon.net.

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Puppet Show Slated March 30, 2017

Chiques United Methodist Church, 1215 E. Main St., Mount Joy, will be the site of a puppet show, "Senior Moments - Still Kickin'," on Tuesday, April 11, at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary. The event is being hosted by the church's Elderberries seniors group.

The program will be performed by The Puppet & Story Works of Harrisburg, featuring Dotti and Steve Seitz. They will incorporate puppets, ventriloquism, storytelling, music, and audience participation while portraying several characters.

The event is free and open to the public. It will begin with a brief devotional, and refreshments will be served in Sloan Fellowship Hall after the show.

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"Lights, Camera, Fashion!" March 30, 2017

Guests will walk the red carpet when they arrive at the fashion show and dinner event hosted by New Hope Community Life Ministry on Saturday, April 22. The doors of the Family Life Center of Refton Brethren in Christ Church, 110 Church St., will open at 5:30 p.m., and attendees may feel nostalgic as they enter and are immersed in the "Golden Age of Hollywood."

"Everything will harken back to the halcyon days of Old Hollywood," said Neil Uniacke, New Hope's executive director.

"It should be a fun night," added Mary Brusstar, manager of the Community Closet thrift store, which is an outreach and revenue-generating arm of New Hope. "There will be a lot of gold, black, and sparkle. We'll have glitz and glamor."

A stuffed chicken breast dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and the fashion show will follow. Attendees are welcome to dress up for the event, but fancy dress is not required. In fact, the fashions in the show will run the gamut from casual to couture. Film clips from old movies will be interspersed throughout the fashion show, offering looks at how styles were in the past and how modern folks might wear attire now. Brusstar reported that between 40 and 50 outfits selected from the Community Closet's inventory will be showcased, and she added that she has tried to cover most ages and sizes for males and females.

Uniacke will also take a turn on the runway. "I'm praying for that white suit to come in," he said, revealing that he would like to wear a white tuxedo and matching top hat.

The items shown on the runway will be available for purchase at the Community Closet the week after the fashion show, Brusstar said.

Guests will also have the opportunity to bid on items in a silent auction. Gift baskets donated by New Hope member churches will contain items with relevance to old movies. For example, a basket representing Toto from "The Wizard of Oz" might be filled with dog treats, toys, and grooming supplies.

There is a cost to attend the fashion show and dinner, with separate prices set for adults and for students in high school and younger grades. Reservations are required by Friday, April 14, and may be made by calling the Community Closet at 786-2034 or the New Hope office at 786-2802. Tickets may also be purchased at the Community Closet, 128 TownsEdge Drive, Quarryville.

The proceeds from the event will subsidize the cost of counseling services offered by New Hope, Uniacke explained. New Hope's three professional counselors and three interns provide free and low-cost counseling for individuals and families from a faith-based perspective. To learn more, readers may visit www.newhopeministry.info or call the New Hope office.

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Bluegrass Concert Posted March 29, 2017

Larry Stephenson and his band will perform at Garden Spot Fire Rescue, located along Route 23 at 339 E. Main St., New Holland, on Saturday, April 22. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the music will begin at 6 p.m. Also on the program will be Scott Eager and The High Lonesome Band, offering bluegrass and Americana music.

A high lead and tenor vocalist, Stephenson has been headlining concerts for more than 25 years. He formed the Larry Stephenson Band in 1989 while living in his home state of Virginia, and since that time, the band has toured widely and recorded frequently.

The band has had appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and RFD TV. In addition to Stephenson on lead vocals and mandolin, the lineup includes Kenny Ingram, banjo and vocals; Kevin Richardson, guitar and vocals; and Matt Wright, upright bass and vocals. Stephenson's latest gospel album, "Pull Your Savior In," received the SPBGMA Album of the Year Award.

Food will be available by the Garden Spot Fire Rescue. For admission, there are set requested donations for adults and for youths ages 13 to 17. Children 12 and under will be admitted free.

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Cafe To Host Musician March 29, 2017

Nick Andrew Staver will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, April 8. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will start at 7:30 p.m.

Based in southcentral Pennsylvania, Staver focuses on rhythm and blues, autobiographical music, improvisational skills, and award-winning songwriting. For more information, readers may visit www.nickandrewstaver.com/.

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 emmausroadcafe@gmail.com or 478-3672. Readers may also visit www.emmausroadcafe.org or find the cafe on Facebook.

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