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Sunnyside To Perform Concert July 13, 2018

As part of its 70th anniversary season, Fivepointville Bible Conference will host Sunnyside, a bluegrass gospel band, on Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. The program will be held rain or shine in the enclosed tabernacle, located in the grove to the rear of the Fivepointville Fire Company at 528 Chapel Lane, Denver.

Sunnyside, featuring Ken Cox and friends, has been singing bluegrass gospel for more than 40 years and has appeared numerous times in Fivepointville. The band performs three- and four-part harmonies to the accompaniment of guitar, banjo, mandolin, and more.

Future events will include the Hagans Family on Saturday, July 28, and a hymn sing plus the speaking ministry of Dr. Bill Finnigan on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Fivepointville Bible Conference is a 501(c)3 ministry that has served the community with Christian family music, drama performances, Bible teaching, and more since 1948.

A freewill offering will be received, and food will be available. For directions or more information, readers may call 717-445-4789.


Virtually Visiting German-Speaking Countries July 12, 2018

Sommer Singspiel Day Camp Set For Aug. 6 To 9

This year's Sommer Singspiel, a day camp hosted by the Lancaster Liederkranz, will take students entering grades three through 12 on a virtual journey through Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The camp will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, through Thursday, Aug. 9.

"The students will learn vocabulary about the different modes of transportation available in Europe as well as packing items and famous destinations," said Lisa Sempsey, who is one of four certified educators who will teach various aspects of German music and dances during the camp. "The music will be a wonderful mix of traditional pieces as well as students experiencing and creating music to accompany their 'journey' across the German-speaking parts of Europe. Additionally, the campers will get the opportunity to create and play instruments from some nontraditional materials," she explained. "It's going to be a blast!"

Sommer Singspiel, which in German means "play and sing in the summer," is in its fourth year. The camp is an outgrowth of the Cultural Grant and Scholarship Fund of the Liederkranz, which aims to provide opportunities for students to experience German language and culture. In addition to music, the camp will focus on experiences with German language, authentic food, cultural traditions, and soccer and other outdoor games. A sharing showcase on the final afternoon will give students a venue in which to share their experiences with their friends and families.

"It is going to be very much a learn-by-doing camp, and while it will be very valuable and meaningful, it will be taught in a fun, kid-friendly way," said founding director Drue Bullington. "(Sommer Singspiel) engages the younger family members and promotes in them a love of community music-making (and) a sense of cultural heritage and gives exposure to singing, playing, and moving - all things kids love to do naturally - in tandem with developmentally appropriate German language learning interspersed with experiences that stem from German cultural traditions."

Bullington shared one parent's perspective, quoting the individual as saying, "I love that German language, music, and culture is experienced rather than taught. For instance, rather than just telling the kids the word for 'apple strudel'' and that it is a popular German dish and maybe giving them a taste of strudel, they involve the children in making strudel."

The Lancaster Liederkranz, 722 S. Chiques Road, Manheim, was founded in 1880 as a singing society by German immigrants in Lancaster city. It continues today as a dynamic family organization dedicated to perpetuating and amplifying the founders' original purpose through song, dance, language, art, education, and international cultural exchange.

The Sommer Singspiel camp will be held at the Liederkranz. There is a cost per student to attend, with discounts for Liederkranz members and for multiple family members. Registrations may be submitted at For more information about the camp, readers may contact Bullington at or 717-940-9927.


True Heart To Present Concert July 12, 2018

Woodcrest Retreat, 225 Woodcrest Road, Ephrata, will present "A Night of Christian Country Music" with the group True Heart on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 7 p.m. The outdoor concert will take place on the ballfield at Woodcrest, so attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In the case of inclement weather, it will be held indoors at Alive Church Ephrata, 510 Stevens Road, Ephrata.

True Heart is a Christian country music ministry from central Pennsylvania. Members Scott Bordner and Joe Kantz have been sharing gospel-infused music for more than 22 years. They have won numerous awards over the years and had the No. 1 song in inspirational country music in 2016.

A freewill offering will be received to help support Woodcrest's summer camp ministry fund, which helps keep camp fees manageable for families.

Additionally, a chicken barbecue meal will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. in the retreat dining hall. To reserve a meal, readers may call 717-738-2233 up until one week before the event.


Concerts Set In New Holland July 11, 2018

The New Holland Summer Arts Program will present a concert by Polka Whoo on Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. On Sunday, July 22, the Rampart Street Ramblers will perform traditional jazz at 7 p.m., and on Wednesday, July 25, the country duo of Conley and Watson will play at 7 p.m.

The concerts will take place at New Holland Community Park in the 400 block of Jackson Street, New Holland. The public is invited to attend.


Orchestra Sets Free Concert July 5, 2018

The West Shore Symphony Orchestra will perform a free outdoor pops concert, composed of light classical, patriotic, film, stage, and popular music, at 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 14, at South Middleton Township Park, located on Recreation Way off Park Drive in Boiling Springs.

For more information, readers may visit


Free Summer Concert Posted July 5, 2018

The Twin Rose Community Band will present the second in a series of free summer concerts on Sunday, July 15, at 6:30 p.m. The one-hour performance will take place in the Lampeter YMCA's amphitheater, 800 Village Road (Route 741), Lancaster. The band was formerly known as the Columbia VFW Band and is now based in Wrightsville.

The final concert in the series will feature the Flipside Big Band on Sunday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Attendees should bring lawn chairs. In the case of rain, the concerts will be performed in the Lampeter United Methodist Church, 1101 Village Road, Lancaster. Readers may call 717-330-5495 or visit for more information.


Ballroom Social Dance Planned July 5, 2018

York USA Dance Chapter 3008 will sponsor a ballroom social dance, themed "Celebrate Our Freedom," on Sunday, July 15, at the Jewish Community Center, 2000 Hollywood Drive, York. Vera Kywa of York will teach a West Coast Swing lesson from 3 to 3:45 p.m. Open dancing will follow until 6:30 p.m., with a disc jockey presenting a variety of ballroom, Latin, and swing music.

A swing demonstration will be performed by two 10-year old students from a Spring Grove dance studio. The students have been dancing together for about seven months. The purpose of the demonstration is to help to promote the national USA Dance organization's focus of encouraging youths to become involved in ballroom dancing and in promoting the growth of ballroom dancing as a lifetime recreational activity.

Dancers of all ages and dance experience levels are welcome. Separate admission fees, which include the lesson, have been set for USA Dance members, for guests, and for students through college age. Light refreshments will be available.

More information may be obtained by visiting or calling 717-225-6433.


Library To Welcome Mentalist-Magician June 27, 2018

Reading this sentence is easy for many people ... reading minds is another story. Mentalist and magician Ran'D Shine, a Philadelphia native who has become a global phenomenon, will show off his unusual skill set in Strasburg on Monday, July 9. His highly interactive show will be held at the Strasburg-Heisler Library, 143 Precision Ave., Strasburg, at 7 p.m.

Strasburg-Heisler Library director Kristin Fernitz had a one-on-one mind-reading experience with Shine in January. "If I hadn't experienced this myself, I wouldn't have believed it," she said. "I can be very skeptical."

Shine is one of the most sought-after mentalists and magicians on the college circuit, and his show is intended for older teenagers and adults. His brand of magical comedy and entertainment has been on display at Hollywood's "Magic Castle" as well as "Monday Night Magic," New York's longest-running Off-Broadway magic show. Former President Barack Obama invited Shine to be a special performer for the "Salute to Heroes" at the 44th Presidential Inauguration Banquet and Ball in 2009.

In Capetown, South Africa, Shine performed his one-man show, "Mysterious Ways," which was selected for 20 performances at the South African National Arts Festival. He has lectured on campuses throughout the United States as well as at military bases in Japan, Guam, and Korea. He also finds the time to give back by entertaining children with terminal illnesses in various hospital wards. Additionally, Shine has appeared in "The Art and Soul of Magic" documentary and NBC's "10 Show," and he performed on Penn and Teller's "Fool Us" television show.

"Ran'D Shine is amazing! You've got to come to this," Fernitz enthused.

Admission to the show will be free, but preregistration is required as seating is limited. No one under age 16 will be admitted to the performance. Entrance to the library will be restricted after the performance begins to avoid interruption. Library services will not be available during or after the show.

For more information about the show and to register, readers may visit


Ephrata Concert Band To Perform June 27, 2018

The Ephrata Concert Band will perform in concert on Sunday, July 8, at 7:15 p.m. in the band shell at Ephrata Borough's Grater Park. Martin Hinkley will conduct the band.

The public is encouraged to bring folding chairs to the concert. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will take place inside the Ephrata Recreation Center at 130 S. Academy Drive.

Selections will include the national anthem, James Henry Fillmore Jr.'s "Klaxon March," King's "Ponderosa," selections from the musical based on Dickens' novel "Oliver Twist," the hymn "The Church's One Foundation," and more.

Admission is free, though donations to will be accepted.


Concert Will Benefit Center June 27, 2018

Arch Street Center will benefit from a concert featuring The Willie Marble Xperience, set for Thursday, July 12, at Tellus360, 24 E. King St., Lancaster. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Also helping to organize the concert is Music For Everyone.

The event is for people age 21 and up, and admission will be by a set suggested donation.

For more information, readers may visit


Senior Center Posts Activities June 25, 2018

The South Central York County Senior Center, 150 E. Main St., New Freedom, has posted its upcoming activities. The center serves a hot lunch at 11:30 a.m. each day, and attendees are encouraged to arrive around 11:20 a.m.

Health and fitness activities will include isometric exercises at 9:15 a.m. daily, tai chi at 10:15 a.m. daily, Stretch Yoga at 9:15 a.m. on Mondays, Sweatin' to the Oldies at 10:15 a.m. on Mondays, HoopFit at 9:15 a.m. on Tuesdays, and line dancing at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. An exercise class using weights and focusing on agility begins at 9 a.m. on Fridays, but participants are encouraged to arrive early, as seating is limited. The exercise equipment and the gym are also available for use every morning.

The senior center also offers an acrylic art class at 9:15 a.m. on Mondays, a watercolor art class at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays, ceramics at 9:15 a.m. on Wednesdays, Walking Through the Bible at 9 a.m. on Thursdays, and the Friends Together craft class at 9 a.m. on Fridays. The senior center offers a class on card making and blanket knotting, as well as a quilter's group.

A variety of day trips are planned to several locations throughout 2018. The next trip will be to a York Revolution game on Wednesday, July 25. Individuals may stop by or call the center for information on the trips and to sign up.

For more details about activities, readers may call the senior center at 717-235-6060.


Global Fair To Offer Taste Of International Culture June 22, 2018

The sight of alpacas, the sound of bongo drums, and the scent of curry will be part of the atmosphere at the annual Global Fair event that will be hosted by Salunga-based Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) on Saturday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The showcase of international flavor and culture will be held at the 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street.

Global Fair, an open-air missions and culture festival, will offer opportunities for community members to meet EMM missionaries and to experience samples of the sights, sounds, and flavors from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America.

This year's Global Fair will feature longtime favorites like alpacas from a Mount Joy farm. There will also be a number of newcomers, including Bridge - an award-winning cultural exchange startup by Somalian refugee Mustafa Nuur - and handicrafts from a Peruvian store.

As always, Global Fair will offer authentic international foods for purchase from local cultural restaurants and ethnic groups. Visitors may sip on masala chai, try a home-cooked Ethiopian platter prepared by members of Tinsae Kristos Evangelical Church, snack on a caramel-filled Dutch "stroopwafel" cookie, and more.

Global Fair is family friendly, with multiple children's activities. This year, children may make slime and enjoy a bubble machine, among other offerings. Youngsters age 12 and under may complete a challenge to win free soft-serve ice cream. Families will be invited to fold paper cranes to add to a large paper crane sculpture, joining together hundreds of the colorful birds as a symbol of peace.

Tickets will not be required for admission to Global Fair, but donations will be accepted.

Readers may visit to learn more or contact Jessica Fellenger with questions at or 717-898-2251, ext. 235.


Summer Concert And Movie Series Set June 21, 2018

The Lower Paxton Township Parks and Recreation Department is hosting its annual summer concert and movie series. All events will take place in the Heroes Grove Amphitheatre, located at 5010 Commons Drive, Harrisburg.

The concerts will take place on Fridays, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. and include Tropical Soul on June 29, Steve Rudolph on July 13, Mr. Music and Little Brother on July 20, Timeless on Aug. 3, and the Lower Paxton Variety Band on Aug. 10.

Movies will begin at dusk and will include "Elf" on Friday, July 20, and "Sing" on Saturday, Aug. 11.

Attendees may bring lawn chairs or blankets. In the case of inclement weather, concerts and movies will be moved into the Friendship Center, 5000 Commons Drive, Harrisburg.


Ephrata Band Will Perform June 21, 2018

The Ephrata Concert Band will feature many patriotic tunes as part of a concert on Sunday, July 1, at 7:15 p.m. at Ephrata Borough's Grater Park in the band shell at the foot of Cocalico Street. Martin Hinkley will conduct the band.

The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the concert. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved inside the Ephrata Recreation Center at 130 S. Academy Drive.

The first half of the program will include the national anthem, "The Liberty Bell March" by John Philip Sousa, "An American Scene" overture by Clare Grundman, "National Melodies," and a selection of World War I tunes such as "Over There" and Fillmore's march "Americans We." Vocalist Suzanne Delahunt will sing Rodgers and Hammerstein's "You'll Never Walk Alone."

The second half of the program will include Bagley's march "National Emblem," selections from Fillmore's "The Poet, the Peasant, and the Light Cavalryman," and Lowden's "Armed Forces Salute." Delahunt will sing Irving Berlin's "God Bless America." The band will play "Homestretch Galop," the hymn "Abide With Me," and the closing march, Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."

Admission is free, though donations will be accepted. The band will play each Sunday through July 22.


JCC Posts Film Series June 20, 2018

York Jewish Community Center (JCC), 2000 Hollywood Drive, York, will host its Spielberg Summer Flicks Series this summer. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the movies will begin at 6 p.m. in the auditorium.

The schedule includes: "Jurassic Park" on Thursday, June 21; "Raiders of the Lost Ark" on Thursday, July 19; and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" on Thursday, Aug. 16.

Slices of pizza will be available for purchase on a first come, first served basis, and film trivia will take place prior to each movie. Attendees may bring a comfortable chair.

The event is free and open to the public. To register, readers may visit the JCC front desk or call 717-843-0918. The annual Jewish Film Festival will take place on Sundays, Oct. 7, 14 and 21.


Lunch in the Park June 19, 2018

The Terre Hill Days Committee has planned events to take place at Terre Hill Park, 210 Lancaster Ave., Terre Hill.

On Friday, Aug. 3, Lunch in the Park will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Additional Lunch in the Park dates will be Fridays, Aug. 10, 17, 24, and 31. The main pavilion will be open offering a variety of lunch options for purchase.

On Saturday, Aug. 4, the committee will host Movie Night at the Park beginning at 8 p.m. Refreshments will be available for purchase at the main pavilion.

For additional details and a full schedule of events, visit


Concert To Benefit Beth Shalom June 15, 2018

The Leatherwoods will perform during a benefit concert for Beth Shalom House of Peace on Thursday, June 28, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brick Gables, 800 E. Newport Road, Lititz. The evening will feature the concert and a picnic.

The group, which performs folk, country, gospel, blues, and bluegrass, is based in Arkansas and has performed across the United States, including at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Members include Roger Fountain, fiddle; Danny Dozier, vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, and slide guitar; Teresa Johns, bass and vocals; Pam Setser, vocals, guitar, mountain dulcimer, autoharp, and spoons; and Gina Holderby, cloggs.

The number of tickets is limited. To purchase tickets, readers may search for "Leatherwoods, Beth Shalom Benefit Concert and Picnic" at, call 717-358-9366, or email

Proceeds will benefit Beth Shalom, a program of Tabor Community Services that has a mission "to end prison recidivism by providing a comprehensive Christian transitional housing program for single mothers leaving prison, where they can reunite with their children and be empowered with the skills and opportunities necessary for long-term self-suffiency." To learn more, readers may find the program's Facebook page or visit


Concert To Feature Johnny Mathis' Music June 14, 2018

"The Music of Johnny Mathis" will be performed on Saturday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the open-air Mount Gretna Tabernacle, Third Street and Glossbrenner Avenue, as part of the 10-concert series being organized and hosted this summer by Larry McKenna, a Mount Gretna Campmeeting cottage owner.

The concert will feature many of Mathis' best-known tunes, including "Chances Are," "The Twelfth of Never," "Misty," "It's Not for Me to Say," "A Certain Smile," "Wonderful, Wonderful," and others. The show will star vocalists Matt Maisano, Vanessa Sterling, and Andrea Kalan. Band members for the show will be Jen Buono on piano, Nolan Maher on guitar and bass, Harry Schonleber on drums, Jessika Brust on violin, and Tom Whitney on saxophone.

A pay-what-you-want collection will be received during intermission.

This is the third consecutive year that McKenna has organized and hosted the concert series, which will feature an array of popular musical styles.


Ephrata Concert Band Sets Performance June 14, 2018

The Ephrata Concert Band will perform on Sunday, June 24, at 7:15 p.m. in the band shell at the foot of Cocalico Street in Ephrata Borough's Grater Park. Martin Hinkley will conduct the band, which will perform a different musical program at Grater Park each Sunday evening through July 22.

The band will open its concert with "The Star-Spangled Banner." The program will also feature three marches composed by Henry Fillmore, including "Men of Ohio," "His Excellency," and "More Fraternity."

The first half of the program will include "Horizon Overture" by Peter Buys; the "Dance of the Apprentices" from Wagner's 1867 opera, "Die Meistersinger"; the waltz "Caranola"; the novelty tune "Fire House Special"; and a selection from Victor Herbert's operetta "Babes in Toyland."

Following intermission, the band will play "More Fraternity"; Rodgers and Hammerstein's "People Will Say We're in Love," featuring vocal soloist Suzanne Delahunt; the classic "Ballet Egyptian"; Herbert's waltz "American Rose"; the hymn "Holy, Holy, Holy"; and John Philip Sousa's 1892 march, "The Belle of Chicago."

Admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs. In the event of extreme weather, the concert will be moved inside the Ephrata Recreation Center, 130 S. Academy Drive.


Church Sets Line Dancing Classes June 13, 2018

Living God Lutheran Church, 3200 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, will offer line dancing lessons, including beginner lessons, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sundays through July 29.

Admission is free, though attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the church to donate to a local food bank. For more information, contact the church office at 610-273-9383.

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