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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.


LBC Sets Special Weekend September 14, 2017

Lancaster Bible College (LBC) is set to host its annual Homecoming and Family Weekend, a two-day celebration of the college's history, alumni, and students, with events on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 29 and 30, at the college's Lancaster campus, 901 Eden Road. As a part of the celebration, renowned comedian Michael Jr. will perform a comedy set on Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. For tickets to the show, readers may visit

The lineup of events for the weekend includes family-friendly activities; a fireworks display; performances of the college's fall play, "Pride and Prejudice"; food; inflatables; men and women's soccer games; and the crowning of LBC's 2017 homecoming king and queen.


Youth Program To Begin Fall Meetings September 8, 2017

CONNEC+, the Conoy area youth program, will begin its fall program on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Word of Life Chapel in Bainbridge. CONNEC+ is for youths in grades six through 12 and is sponsored by Conoy Township churches. Meetings are held on the first and third Thursdays of each month, with some special events planned at other times.

For more information, readers may call 717-879-9147.


Church Sets Craft Class September 6, 2017

Mount Pisgah Trinity United Methodist Church, 5615 Mount Pisgah Road, York, will hold its fourth craft class on Thursday, Sept. 21, at 1 p.m.

Participants will create a quart jar scarecrow consisting of a quart jar, burlap, elastic, flower raffia, and more. A small fee will be charged for supplies.

To register, readers may call the church office at 717-252-4412 by Saturday, Sept. 16, to ensure that enough supplies are provided.


Port Ellis To Perform Concert September 6, 2017

Port Ellis, a five-piece band from York that is known for emotive soundscapes, will perform at York College, 441 Country Club Road, York, at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Sept. 15, in DeMeester Recital Hall. The event is open to the public free of charge.

The band was created in 2013 by three cousins who had played songs at family gatherings throughout their adolescence. The group performs pop tempered with a contemporary indie-rock influence.

Port Ellis is a client of YCP Records, York College's student-run record label.


Lip Sync Events Posted September 6, 2017


LMHS Slates Storytelling Night August 30, 2017

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (LMHS) will present its annual Storytelling Night on Monday, Sept. 11, at Stumptown Mennonite Church, 2813 Stumptown Road, Bird-in-Hand. Phyllis Pellman Good will serve as the moderator. Beginning at 7 p.m., Marcella Hostetler and Leonard Dow will each tell seven three- or four-minute stories from their lives, alternating throughout the evening.

Hostetler spent the first nine years of her life in Brazil and most of the rest of her childhood in Scottdale. She graduated from Goshen College in 1984, after which she lived in Germany for a year. She also led Mennonite Central Committee's first Youth Discovery Team to Africa. She later earned her master's in choral conducting and music education at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J., graduating with honors in 2004.

She is beginning her 10th year in the Lancaster Mennonite School music department and has taught music for 27 years. She has traveled to South Africa and Brazil with her auditioned choir, Campus Chorale.

Dow grew up in Philadelphia and attended Christopher Dock Mennonite High School. He later attended Eastern Mennonite University, where he still holds basketball records and where he met his wife, Rosalie Rolón.

Dow served as pastor at Oxford Circle Mennonite Church for 19 years and also served as bishop of the Philadelphia district of Lancaster Mennonite Conference. He currently works for Everence Financial in Philadelphia as a stewardship and development specialist.

The event is one of more than 50 Lancaster Roots 2017 events. Lancaster Roots combines the events of the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society and the 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum. Through public presentations, food, music, field trips, and classes, the events aim to reveal Lancaster and its people, including their stories, culture, and history.


Creative York Posts Schedule August 23, 2017

Creative York has announced several events for art enthusiasts and artists of all ages and skill levels.

On Wednesday, Aug. 30, the opening reception for the Faculty Exhibit will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Creative York West, 118 W. Philadelphia St. The exhibit will consist of artworks created by Creative York staff and faculty.

The York County Hispanic Coalition Logo Contest is underway, and submissions are due by Saturday, Sept. 9. The purpose of the contest is to design a new logo for the York County Hispanic Coalition. All entries will be displayed at Creative York West on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16, with a reception on Sept. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. The winning design will be selected by judges appointed by the York County Hispanic Coalition and will be announced at 6:30 p.m. during the reception. For more details, readers may visit

A bus trip will be offered on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Tripgoers will visit the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, where they may view the current exhibit, "Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect," and go on one of three tours. The group will then visit Longwood Gardens, where they may view the gardens and the newly renovated fountains, and visit the Conservatories. Participants may bring a picnic lunch to eat at Longwood, or they may purchase food at one of the site's restaurants. The tickets price includes admission to the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art and Longwood Gardens, one tour at the Conservancy, transportation, and a light snack on the bus. Tickets are available on the Creative York web site,

Creative York has announced its fall class schedule, which includes classes for all ages and skill levels. Classes will include creating with clay, painting on canvases, and other art-related activities.

More information about the events is available by visiting the Creative York web site or contacting the director of marketing at, or 717-848-3200.


Concert Series To Feature Stage Company July 27, 2017

Servant Stage Company will present a tribute to the swing era during the Strasburg Community Parks Foundation's "Sounds of Strasburg" Concert Series on Saturday, Aug. 5, beginning at 6 p.m. in the outdoor amphitheater at the park, 151 Precision Ave., Strasburg. The show, "Sing, Sing, Swing," will provide an evening of energetic song and dance.

The production will feature jive, Lindy hop, and Charleston dancing and the music of legends like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and Benny Goodman. The night will be a joyful and nostalgic salute to the jitterbug.

The Servant Stage Company serves the community by making quality entertainment easily accessible to everyone with "pay what you will" performances. Last year, the Servant Stage presented more than 100 shows for more than 20,000 people at parks, schools, retirement communities, nursing homes, churches, and community events.

Concert attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs, but they are asked not to bring coolers. Food, beverages, and desserts will be for sale at the show. Handicapped-accessible spaces are available in the park's parking lot. Additional parking is available along Precision Avenue.

For information about the "Sounds of Strasburg" concerts and updates on weather cancellations, readers may visit or Information about the park is available by contacting secretary Barbara Rathbone-Frank at or 717-572-6830.


Spring Garden Band To Perform July 20, 2017

The Spring Garden Band will perform on Sunday, July 30, at 2 p.m. at Farquhar Park in the historic bandstand, located at North Penn Street and Linden Avenue in York. Attendees should bring their own seating, and picnics are welcome. There will be ample shade available.

The concert is sponsored by the Avenues Neighborhood Association.


CPCA Plans Square Dance July 5, 2017

The Central Pennsylvania Callers Association (CPCA) will hold its monthly square dance on Sunday, July 16, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the Halifax Ambulance Building, 31 Bunker Hill Road, Halifax.

The dance will be preceded by the CPCA's annual indoor picnic. The public is invited. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share, along with their own beverages and place settings. The group will eat at 1 p.m.

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


Concert Band To Perform June 28, 2017

The Ephrata Concert Band plays a different program of diverse musical genres at the band shell at the foot of Cocalico Street in Ephrata Borough's Grater Park each Sunday evening, with concerts scheduled through July 23.

On July 9 at 7:15 p.m., music from the Broadway shows "Oliver!" and "Oklahoma!" and marches by Pennsylvania bandleader and composer Monroe Althouse will be among the band's selections. Martin Hinkley will conduct the July 9 concert.

Following "The Star-Spangled Banner," which will open the concert, the band will play the "Majestic March" by Althouse, a composer and bandleader in Berks County in the late 19th and early 20th centuries; Grundman's overture "An American Scene"; Franck's "Themes from Symphony in D Minor"; "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'" from "Oklahoma!"; the waltz "Enchanted Night"; "Over There"; and Harner's march, "President Washington."

The second half of the program will begin with Huffine's march "Them Basses," followed by selections from Lionel Bart's musical "Oliver!"

The band will also play the "Coronation March" from Meyerbeer's "The Prophet," the novelty piece "Slim Trombone," Althouse's march "Return of the Guards," the "No. 3 Polka Medley," the hymn "The Church's One Foundation," and John Philip Sousa's "The Gridiron Club March."

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


Patriotic Ballroom Dance Planned June 23, 2017

Lancaster USA Dance Chapter 3006 will host a patriotic ballroom dance on Sunday, July 9, at Living Hope Community Church, 2823 Columbia Ave., Lancaster. Dave Flowers will teach a salsa lesson from 3 to 4 p.m., and open dancing will follow from 4 to 7 p.m., with a variety of music provided by DJ Studio 5. Participants are invited to dress in red, white, and blue and to bring a summer dessert.

Singles and couples of all dance levels are welcome. Separate admission fees have been set for members and first-time guests, for visitors, and for students from age 12 through college.

For more information, visit or call 717-471-3082.


Lip Sync Competition Slated June 21, 2017

The inaugural Sing for a Cure Lip Sync Competition has been slated for three upcoming dates to raise money for the Walk to End Alzheimer's. Events will take place at the Gladfelter Center at SpiriTrust Lutheran, The Village at Sprenkle Drive, 1801 Folkemer Circle, York, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 13; at Windy Hill on the Campus at the Spring Grove School District Campus, 1472 Roths Church Road, Spring Grove, at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 14; and DeMeester Recital Hall on the campus of York College, 441 Country Club Road, York, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18.

The winner from each of the three events will perform in the finalist competition and at the Walk to End Alzheimer's event on Saturday, Oct. 7, where the grand prize winner will be announced. There will be "celebrity" judges at all events, and members of the community are invited to attend and cheer on the participants.

The purpose of the event is to have fun pretending to perform while raising money to support the battle against Alzheimer's disease.

Additional information about sponsorships, advertising, and registering for the event are available by calling the York Visiting Angels office, which is hosting the event, at 717-751-2488.

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