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Zimmerman Family Plans Concert May 23, 2018

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Smucker To Perform At Cafe May 22, 2018

Singer-songwriter Jessica Smucker will be in concert at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, June 2. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and music will start at 7:30 p.m.

For much of her life, Smucker sang for fun and dabbled on the piano, but her real passions were poetry and nonfiction writing. She published numerous poems and essays in magazines and literary journals as a young adult, but as time went by she increasingly found herself turning to the piano for inspiration. She is now eight years into her music career.

Smucker has performed all over the U.S. and has won several national songwriting contests, including the Connecticut Folk Festival Song Competition in 2013 and SolarFest's Singer/Songwriter Showcase Competition in 2010. She has opened for acts like Cheryl Wheeler, Bill Staines, and The Kennedys; shared festival stages with Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Dar Williams, Antje Duvekot, and others; and co-billed with performers like Heather Maloney and The Stray Birds. She released her second full-length album, "Tumbling After," in September 2014.

To learn more about Smucker, readers may visit www.jessicasmucker.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 717-478-3672 or emmausroadcafe@gmail.com.

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Huffnagle Park To Host Outdoor Concerts May 17, 2018

Quarryville's Huffnagle Park will once again be the site of free entertainment on select Saturdays this summer when the Quarryville Lions Club will host Music in the Park, the 2018 Huffnagle Park Summer Concert Series. All concerts will begin at 7 p.m.

"This year, three of our four acts are new (to the series), and I am super excited that in August we will be hosting the Servant Stage production 'I'll Fly Away,'" said concert coordinator Monica Wagner.

The park is located on Oak Lane, between Summit Avenue and Church Street. Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating on the lawn in front of the band shell. In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be held at Memorial United Methodist Church, 101 S. Hess St., Quarryville.

The concert series will kick off on May 26 with a performance by the Lampeter-Strasburg Community Band. Directed by Howard Booth, the full symphonic band performs music in a wide variety of styles.

June 16 will feature the Big Boy Brass Band. The New Orleans-style brass band performs fusions of funk, jazz, pop, and R&B.

Vocal Harmonix, formerly known as the Red Rose City Chorus, will perform on July 21. The group of women specializes in a capella singing.

The series will conclude on Aug. 11 with a performance of "I'll Fly Away." The production will feature the Backwoods Bluegrass Band, which includes musicians playing fiddle, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, harmonica, and guitars. Several guest musicians will join the band for a tribute to bluegrass, folk, and old-time gospel music.

For more information about Music in the Park, readers may find "Huffnagle Park Concert Series" on Facebook or email huffnagleparkconcerts@gmail.com.

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SSC To Present Tribute To Memorial Day May 16, 2018

Performers from the Susquehanna Stage Company (SSC) in Marietta will present a musical tribute to Memorial Day on Sunday, May 27, at 4 p.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 301 St. Thomas Road, Lancaster.

Artistic director Jim Johnson created the original program. The hourlong program will feature patriotic poems and songs such as "America the Beautiful," "God Bless America," "Imagine," "In Flanders Fields," and "You Raise Me Up."

Following the program, all are invited to enjoy the refreshments prepared by the 10 Episcopal churches in Lancaster County. While there is no admission price for the concert, a freewill offering will be received to benefit the All Lancaster Episcopal Response Team (ALERT). ALERT exists to serve those who have suffered, particularly following an emergency, and works to act as Christ's hands and heart through prayer and practical help.

The Susquehanna Stage Company was founded 10 years ago in Marietta by community members who shared a passion for the theater arts and wanted local theater to flourish.

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Series To Offer Music In The Park May 11, 2018

For the third year, the Columbia Lions Club will sponsor Music in the Park, a series of free concerts. Performances will take place in the gazebo at Locust Street Park in Columbia from 6:30 to 8:15 p.m. on select Fridays.

Pocketful O' Soul will kick off the series on May 18 with its repertoire of classic R&B, soul and new funk favorites. The group features Katie Kresge and Don Hodgen on lead vocals.

On June 15, The Maxwell Project, featuring a horn section and several lead vocals, will perform. The Columbia-based band is best known for its interpretation of classic R&B, funk and soul music, as well as its Earth, Wind & Fire set. It has appeared with R&B groups such as The Spillers, The Stylistics, The Intruders and GO.

The Fabulous Cheeze Brothers & Sisters will take the stage on July 20. The group has been around for more than 25 years, providing R&B, Motown and disco and funk tunes from the 1960s through the 1980s, along with current hits. Lead singers are Patti Grabowski and Columbia icon Nippy Hawkins.

Performing a reunion concert on Aug. 17 will be Underground Hotel, a classic rock cover band featuring Kevin Newcomer, Syd Bridgett, Bill Swingler, Mark Smith and Ricky Bender.

The series will wrap up on Sept. 21 with Stu Huggens and the Black Hats. Huggens, from Columbia, will present his brand of country music. The band includes Jimmy Landis on guitar and vocals, Jamie Hess on drums and vocals, George Keyser on bass and vocals and Larry Huslin on keys.

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Ballroom Dance Planned May 10, 2018

USA Dance Chapter 3006 Lancaster will host a May You Dance ballroom dance on Sunday, May 20, at Living Hope Community Church, 2823 Columbia Ave., Lancaster.

A cha cha lesson will begin at 3 p.m., followed by open dancing from 4 to 7 p.m. Bill and Lynette Baker will be the instructors, and the event will feature a disc jockey. Donations of summer foods, especially desserts, are welcome.

The dance is open to individuals and couples of all dance levels. No partner is needed. Separate admission costs have been set for members and first-time guests, for visitors, and for students age 12 through college age. Toddlers and babies will be admitted for free. For more information, visit http://lancasterballroomdance.org, email lancasterusadance@gmail.com, or call 717-471-3082.

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Chorus To Perform Spring Concert May 10, 2018

The Hershey Community Chorus will perform its spring concert, "The Road Less Traveled," on Friday, May 18, at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 61 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, and on Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 433 E. Main St., Hummelstown.

The concert will include selections considered unusual for the chorus, consisting of unique vocal techniques and compositional ideas.

Separate admission costs have been set for adults and for seniors over age 65, students ages 6 to 11, and groups. Children age 5 and under will be admitted for free. Tickets are available from any chorus member, by calling 717-508-4400, or by emailing info@HersheyCommunityChorus.org.

The Hershey Community Chorus, under the direction of James Hoffmann, performs concerts for the Christmas holiday season and again in the spring. Under Hoffmann's direction, the chorus has focused on offering a wide variety of quality, shorter choral works and thematic concerts, often engaging guest musicians to enhance the variety of the performances. Membership in the non-audition chorus is open to all.

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Singing Group To Present Spring Concert May 10, 2018

The Hummelstown Community Singers will present their annual spring concert on Sunday, May 20, at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary of the Hummelstown United Church of Christ, 104 E. Main St., located at the corner of Main and Water streets, Hummelstown.

The concert is themed "Water, Water, Everywhere." The Hummelstown Community Singers, directed by Kate Bright, will perform music about rivers, seas, rain, and storms. A reception will follow in the social hall.

In addition to the concert, the group also performs at area retirement and life care communities, as well as at local events.

There will be no admission fee, and tickets will not be required. For more information, readers may contact Valerie at 717-566-9312 or Barbara at 717-566-6601 or search for "Hummelstown Community Singers" on Facebook.

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Lifetree Cafe Slates Programs May 4, 2018

Lifetree Cafe, located in the pole barn behind Wesley United Methodist Church, 40 W. Main St., Strasburg, will offer programs on Wednesdays in May at 7 p.m. Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable setting.

On May 9, the program "Where Is God When Life Turns Tough?" will feature a filmed interview with John Stumbo, a former pastor and marathon runner who suffered a sudden, life-threatening illness that attacked his entire muscular system. Lifetree participants will have an opportunity to discuss times in their own lives when they have doubted God.

The May 16 topic will be "In the News." Participants will discuss current events.

The topic of how people believe God feels about homosexuality will be explored on May 23. The program will feature filmed stories of Jeff Chu and Christopher Yuan. Participants in the Lifetree program will have an opportunity to discuss the topic in a safe, caring environment.

The program on May 30, titled "Exploring Teen Suicide: A Necessary Conversation," will feature a filmed interview with Shay Black, a woman whose son unexpectedly took his own life. Lifetree participants will have an opportunity to discuss factors that may contribute to teen suicide.

Admission is free. For details, readers may contact David Alderson at 717-687-6392 or ltcstrasburg@gmail.com.

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Mitch McVicker To Perform At Cafe May 4, 2018

Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter Mitch McVicker will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, May 12. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the event will start at 7:30 p.m.

McVicker's career began in 1995 and has included 10 albums and a DVD, a single on a compilation, an appearance as himself and music in the closing credits in the movie "Ragamuffin," and more than 1,800 concerts in 49 states and 13 countries.

His career began in support of the late Rich Mullins, who was killed in an accident that injured McVicker. While McVicker was still in a lengthy recovery period, the two were awarded a GMA Dove Award for the song "My Deliverer."

After his recovery, McVicker began his own musical journey, influenced by Mullins in music and thought but with his own style. To learn more, readers may visit https://mitchmcvicker.com/.

Admission to the event is free, but seating is limited. Emmaus Road Cafe will have coffee beverages, Italian sodas, and baked goods for sale. For more information, readers may contact the cafe at 717-478-3672 or emmausroadcafe@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/EmmausRoadCafe.

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Wednesday Club Concert Planned May 3, 2018

The Wednesday Club's Composer Concert Series will premiere new works by composers from central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Maine on Saturday, May 12, at 5 p.m., at Camp Hill Presbyterian Church, 101 N. 23rd St., Camp Hill.

Featured composers will be Tom Reese of Mount Joy, Richard Strawser of Harrisburg, Mark Wesling of York, David Carpenter of Philadelphia, and Jeremy Gill of Jamaica Plaine, Maine, and formerly from Harrisburg.

Featured performers and recording artists will include Jambol Leuenberger, Philadelphia violinist and freelance artist and performer with numerous symphony orchestras; Dr. Katelyn Bouska, Philadelphia pianist and faculty member, Temple University and Curtis Institute; Tom Reese, jazz flutist and educator and founder of The Reese Project; Kirk Reese, pianist and head of jazz piano studies at Messiah College; Laurie Reese, freelance classical and jazz cellist, performing with a five-cello ensemble; and Mark Wesling, guitarist and educator.

Donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, readers may visit www.wednesdayclub.org or www.facebook.com/wedsclub or call 717-571-5189.

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Fara To Present Concert April 25, 2018

The group Fara will present a concert on Saturday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of York, 925 S. George St., York. The performance is sponsored by the Susquehanna Folk Music Society (SFMS).

Fara brings together four musicians at the forefront of today's Scottish folk scene - Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie, and Catriona Price - who use three fiddles and a piano. The group's repertoire showcases the fiddle tradition of the Orkneys, a group of about 70 islands situated just off the northern coast of Scotland. The islands were part of Norway until the early 1400s, so Norwegian and Gaelic influences can be heard in the group's music.

The members first came together as backup musicians for the popular Orkney group The Chair, and Fara decided to strike out on its own in 2014. The group uses a mixture of self-penned and traditional Orkney tunes along with the vocals of Leslie, the group's lead singer. Fara was nominated for Up and Coming Act of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2015 and for the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards' Horizon Award in 2016. The group's debut album, "Cross the Line," was released in 2016. Fara has performed in the United Kingdom and Europe and is making debut tours this year in the U.S., Canada, Sweden, and Germany.

Separate ticket costs have been set for general admission, for SFMS members, and for students ages 3 to 22. Advance tickets are available through www.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006.

For more information, readers may visit www.sfmsfolk.org or call 717-745-6577.

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Cafe To Host Christian Musician April 24, 2018

Caitlin Jane will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, May 5, at 7:30 p.m. The doors will open at 7 p.m.

The singer-songwriter's music is a mix of piano-driven pop tunes, guitar-based melodies, strings, and vocals. Caitlin Jane has opened for Todd Agnew and BarlowGirl and has toured nationally and internationally, performing at a wide variety of venues, including Creation Northeast. She has also led worship for many churches and conferences throughout the country.

Her video "Sing Over Us" ties into the child advocacy work she has been involved in for more than a decade through Compassion International. Prior to "Sing Over Us," Caitlin Jane released two albums, the EP "Ashes Into Beauty" and "Coming Season," as well as an award-winning music video titled "Unborn" and the "Unborn: Please Keep Me" DVD.

For more information on Caitlin Jane, readers may visit http://caitlinjanetunes.com.

Admission is free. Any tips will benefit the musician. The cafe offers coffee beverages, Italian sodas and baked goods for sale. For more information, readers may email emmausroadcafe@gmail.com or call 717-478-3672.

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Show Chorus Plans Concert April 13, 2018

Vocal Harmonix, an all-female show chorus, will present a concert on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m. at the Eicher Arts Center, 409 Cocalico St., in Ephrata Borough's Grater Park.

Vocal Harmonix is the new name for the Lancaster chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an all-female organization dedicated to a capella singing and four-part barbershop singing. Under the direction of Lori Jo Whitehaus, the group blends its singing with a mix of choreography, humor, and history. The group's repertoire includes "Cups (When I'm Gone)" from "Pitch Perfect," the Beatles' "I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends," "Over the Rainbow," a medley of 1950s songs, and sacred and patriotic songs.

Formerly known as Red Rose City Chorus, Vocal Harmonix is 56 years old and based in Lititz. Its members range in age from 19 to 90 and reside in Lancaster and nearby counties.

Admission is free, and refreshments will be provided. Donations to the Eicher Arts Center will be accepted. For more information, readers may call the Eicher Arts Center at 717-738 3084.

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Utsav: A Celebration Of Cultures April 12, 2018

The Indian Organization of Lancaster County (IOLC) will host Utsav 2018 on Saturday, May 5, from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster. "Utsav" is a Sanskrit word that means "festival" or "celebration," and the event will have all the elements of a good party.

The doors will open at 4:30 p.m., and a social hour will take place in the Lyet Lobby from 5 to 6 p.m. Indian appetizers will be served, guests may have their photographs taken in front of elaborate backdrops, and instrumentalists will perform live music.

A cultural program will be presented from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Steinman Hall. Through drama, dance, and music, a story will be told of Maya, a talented girl whose dreams do not align with her family's goals for her.

Additionally, the program will include art forms from cultures other than Indian. Founded in 2007, the IOLC has sought to integrate with the local community while preserving the richness and diversity of Indian culture and heritage. In celebration of the cultural diversity in Lancaster County, the IOLC has invited several non-Indian acts to perform.

Paul Rodriguez, the director of Creative Latin Dance, will present a dance. "I want to demonstrate the importance of understanding not only our own cultures and practices but those of our local communities as well," he said. "Having a safe environment for kids to be creative, to be active, and to learn and grow as participating members of our society is exactly what young minds need. Being able to come together on one stage, with many backgrounds, through the same love of dance is amazing and something I truly cherish and am grateful for. I look forward to the opportunity to share culture and passion through the love and art of dance."

UrbanSoul, an urban arts and breakdance crew established in Lancaster in 2011, will also take the stage. Breakdance is an athletic style of street dance belonging to the genre of hip-hop dance. UrbanSoul has performed around the country, and the group of culturally and ethnically diverse men teach the art of breakdance to children and adults.

The evening meal will be offered from 7:30 to 9 p.m. The menu will include an oven-baked flatbread called naan, basmati rice, and a variety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian entrees cooked with spices, herbs, and roots.

The festival will conclude with Bollywood dancing at 9 p.m. in the Lyet Lobby. Guests will be encouraged to dance while the peppy, fast, and fun tunes of Bollywood are performed.

Tickets are required to attend Utsav, and separate prices have been set for children and youths ages 5 to 18 and for adults. Reservations may be made by visiting www.studentservicesinc.com/ticket-sales/utsav-an-indian-cultural-festival/. For more information, readers may email admin@iolcpa.org or visit www.facebook.com/IOLCPAORG.

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Temple Avenue To Perform Concert April 12, 2018

The Lititz Public Library will welcome Temple Avenue, a swing band, to perform on Thursday, April 26, as part of the library's free monthly concerts that are open to the public. The concert will begin at 7 p.m.

Temple Avenue is a jazz group that was formed six years ago. The group plays at festivals, swing dances, restaurants, churches, retirement communities, and private events in southcentral Pennsylvania. The trio offers its take on jazz classics as well as its interpretation of many favorite jazz and swing tunes.

Members include singer McKenna Whisler, a worship leader at Worship Center who joined the group two years ago, along with co-founders Colin Mekeel, piano, and Jack Synoski, bass. Colin is completing his degree at HACC Lancaster, while Jack is completing his degree at Temple University.

Preregistration is requested by calling the library at 717-626-2255 or emailing register@lititzlibrary.

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Local Resident Stars In Movie April 6, 2018

The film "Choices," based on the true story of author and speaker Ron James, will be shown at Penn Cinema, 541 Airport Road, Lititz, on the nights of Tuesday and Wednesday, May 1 and 2.

James, who lived in Lancaster for a brief time before his last incarceration, overcame 25 years of incarceration and drug addiction to become a published author and motivational speaker.

T.J. Griffin, a resident of Manheim Township, stars in the film. Live auditions were held last year in Huntington, W.Va., but he could not attend. Still, he sent a video of his audition, and he was offered the lead role.

The film also stars America's Got Talent winner and recording artist Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. and best-selling author Rob Jolles. James is also in the movie, playing a parole officer.

The movie was filmed and produced in hopes that it will influence change and inspire hope for people who have been affected by incarceration and drug addiction. The producers of the movie chose to film in Huntington due to the impact of drug overdoses from the opioid epidemic in the area.

The movie is showing in select theaters across the country for a limited time, and it will then be available on DVD and soon-to-be-announced streaming services.

Tickets to the showings at Penn Cinema are on sale at the theater's box office or www.penncinema.com.

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

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Haddaway Will Perform At Cafe April 4, 2018

Singer-songwriter Shane Haddaway from York will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, April 14. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Formerly the front man and lead guitarist for locally and regionally active bands, Haddaway now focuses most of his time as a solo artist. Armed with a loop pedal, a guitar, and vocals, he performs blues and roots-based Americana at various community events, as well as private parties, weddings, festivals, and restaurants. More information is available at www.shanehaddaway.com.

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

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SMBA Sets Bluegrass Concert April 4, 2018

Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association (SMBA) will hold its next concert on Saturday, April 14, in the social hall at the Goodwill Fire Company, 2318 S. Queen St., York, in the Spry area. The Highland Travelers will perform at 7 p.m., and doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

The newly formed band features members with bluegrass experience. Several members are from the former group Boxcars, and some previously played in the former Ramblers Choice Band. This will be the new group's first appearance in the area.

The kitchen will be open and operated by the Goodwill Volunteer firefighters and ladies auxiliary members. The family show will be a smoke-free and alcohol-free event.

Separate ticket costs have been set for SMBA members and for nonmembers. The annual membership fee of a set cost per family can be paid the night of the show.

The SMBA 2017-18 show schedule is posted at www.sevenmountainsbluegrass.org. For more information, readers may call 717-395-7128 or 717-515-3324.

The Goodwill Fire Company is located about 1 mile from Exit 16A off I-83.

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CPCA Sets Square Dance April 4, 2018

The Central Pennsylvania Callers Association (CPCA) will hold its monthly square dance on Sunday, April 15, from 1:30 to 6 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. There will be a nominal admission fee.

The CPCA is a nonprofit club that meets monthly on the third Sunday at venues throughout central Pennsylvania. For more information, readers may contact Elsie at 717-599-5444 or email cpcadance@comcast.net.

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