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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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Bluegrass Concert Set October 31, 2018

The next concert sponsored by the Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association (SMBA) will be on Saturday, Nov. 10. Donna Ulisse and the Poor Mountain Boys will be performing.

Concerts are held at the Goodwill Fire Company social hall, 2318 S. Queen St., York. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The kitchen will be open and operated by the volunteer firefighters and ladies auxiliary members. There is a separate charge for the food in addition to the tickets for the show. This will be a smoke-free, alcohol-free event.

Separate tcket prices have been set for SMBA members and nonmembers. SMBA membership dues can be paid the night of the show.

The 2018-19 SMBA schedule is posted at www.sevenmountainsbluegrass.org. More information is also available by calling 717-395-7128 or 717-515-3324.

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Polka Dancers To Hold Event October 24, 2018

The White Rose Polka Dancers Association of York has announced plans for its dance on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Alert Fire Company, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville, from 7 to 11 p.m. The event, themed "Last Day of Hunting Camp," will be hosted by the Wednesday Night Supper Club. The Local Boys band with Mike Matousek will provide the music for dancing.

Admission tickets will be available at the door at a set cost per person, which will cover refreshments. Tickets may also be purchased in advance by calling 717-244-3436.

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Big Band Dance Will Take Place October 24, 2018

On Saturday, Nov. 10, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., the Gettysburg Big Band will hold a Veterans Day dance in the Terrace Room at Heritage Hills Golf Resort, 2700 Mount Rose Ave., York.

In addition to three hours of live music from the Great American Songbook, beverages and concessions will be available for sale. The band is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the music of the big band era.

An admission cost per person at the door has been set. Room discounts will be available for those who would rather not drive home after the dance. For more information about the dance, readers may contact band manager Joel Sears at 717-495-2944 or info@gettysburgbigband.net. To reserve a hotel room, readers may call Heritage Hills at 877-782-9752 and mention discount code VDD111018.

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What's The Real Treasure In Uncle George's Suitcase? October 18, 2018

Stage actor Lanny Millette is making his directorial debut with the latest Promise Players production, "The Money in Uncle George's Suitcase," which will be performed nine times between Friday, Oct. 26, and Sunday, Nov. 4, at Lampeter Church of the Brethren, 1900 Lampeter Road, Lancaster.

"It is definitely challenging to be the director. There's a lot more time involved - I've been busy recruiting sound and lighting technicians - and now I'm responsible for all aspects of the play," Millette remarked.

Millette started preparing for the production by reading through the script by Pat Cook an estimated 12 times even before auditions were scheduled. "I'm enjoying (the directorial process)," Millette said. "If you pick the right actors, it comes together on its own." He noted that the actors were nearly ready to go off-book by the second week in October. "The actors I have are giving life to their characters. I just see it getting better and better by show time," he added.

"The Money in Uncle George's Suitcase" is a comedy drama involving Uncle George Plunkett (Wayne Rhinier) and his family members. The clan patriarch has invited the family to spend a weekend in his rustic cabin, where he surprises them by reading his will. The biggest surprise, however, is that a suitcase holding $480,000 is apparently hidden somewhere on the property. The family members react with pettiness, slander, and greed before being confronted with their bad behavior, but in a way that Millette hopes audience will find humorous.

"It was so much fun to watch my wife read it," Millette related. "She was laughing until she was crying, just from reading the script. Audiences will be blessed by it."

Promise Players is a Christian theater company, and Millette noted that while this play is not overtly spiritual, it does have a spiritual lesson. "Matthew 6:19-21 encapsulates the meaning of the play: It's important to put your treasures in the eternal, (not on earth where they can be destroyed or stolen)."

One of the practical ways to live out that lesson is to show kindness to others. With the proceeds from each production, Promise Players gives a sizeable donation to a nonprofit organization that is doing good in a way that is related to the respective show. This time, the beneficiary will be the Lancaster-based A Week Away Foundation, which was founded by the late Caleb Walker in order to provide people with life-threatening illnesses a feeling of normalcy and hope. One of the getaway options is to a rural area. Millette pointed out that the play is located in a cabin, and there are some mental health overtones as well.

"We think (A Week Away) is doing a great thing," he remarked.

"The Money in Uncle George's Suitcase" will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 26; Saturday, Oct. 27; Thursday, Nov. 1; Friday, Nov. 2; and Saturday, Nov. 3. Matinee performances will take place at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 27; Sunday, Oct. 28; Nov. 3; and Nov. 4. Seats may be reserved by visiting www.promiseplayers.org or calling the church at 717-464-2050 on weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Separate donations have been suggested for adults and for children age 12 and under. Free child care will be available for children under age 6.

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Will Writes, Directs Locally Inspired Film October 12, 2018

Zachary Will, a 22-year-old Columbia High School graduate, has written and directed the film "Grandma Werewolf."

Will developed the idea while at his family's cabin one Thanksgiving. The story is a family-friendly adventure about a dysfunctional family that finds out that their grandmother is a werewolf. They then have to band together to stop her from causing mayhem.

The film was a collaboration of both local and industry connections. Will filmed at the Columbia Public Library before the renovations started, thanks to his connection with library director Lisa Greybill, as he had volunteered at the library in middle school. Several local businesses appear in the film as well. The film completed its 21-day shoot, which spanned several months, at the Columbia River Park last August.

Two recent Columbia graduates, Xavier Jackson and Jimi Griffith, met Will in the high school drama club. After hearing about a casting call for the film, they set up auditions.

"Grandma Werewolf" received an award for Best Feature With a Budget Under $25,000 at the International New York Film Festival.

Now completed, the film will premiere in the local area on Monday, Oct. 29, with showings scheduled through Wednesday, Nov. 7, in theaters such as Zoetropolis in downtown Lancaster, Kendig Square in Willow Street, South York Cinema in York, and the Roxy Theatre near Allentown. More information is available at http://grandmawerewolf.com/.

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The Knotwork Band To Perform October 11, 2018

The Lititz Public Library, 651 Kissel Hill Road, will host a concert featuring The Knotwork Band on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 1 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Knotwork Band is a trio of musicians performing traditional and modern Celtic folk music. The band takes its name from Celtic knotwork, an art form particular to the ancient peoples of Ireland and Scotland where cords or lines are woven into intricate patterns and highly stylized designs. Band members play a wide variety of instruments, including fiddles, whistles, flutes, mandolins, Irish bouzouki, guitars, Northumbrian small pipes, hurdy gurdy, bodhrans, and bones. They also sing.

The audience can expect to hear Celtic folk music from Ireland, Scotland, England, and Brittany, as well as American and world music with ties to Celtic folk music, either musically or historically. The band's wide spectrum of musical styles ranges from waltzes to jigs and reels and from slow and haunting melodies to faster-paced and energetic pieces. The group may also perform melodies appropriate for the Halloween season.

Preregistration is requested. To preregister, readers may email register@lititzlibrary.org or call the library at 717-626-2255 and include their name, their phone number, and the number of people attending.

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Fall Harvest Festival Slated October 10, 2018

St. David's Evangelical Congregational Church, 2411 Oakland Road, Dover, invites the public to its free Fall Harvest Festival on Sunday, Oct. 21, from 3 to 6 p.m. There will be a Trunk or Treat in the parking lot, and refreshments will be served in the pavilion. Other activities will be hayrides, a bounce house, pumpkin painting, a hay maze, a family photo booth, a corn box game, a cornhole tournament, a prayer and share station, and more.

Readers may visit www.stdavidsecc.com or call 717-764-0033 for more information.

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Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis Impersonators To Perform October 5, 2018

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis impersonators will perform during a dinner and show on Saturday, Oct. 27, at the Historic Hershey Italian Lodge, 128 Hillcrest Road, Hershey. A social hour will begin at 5 p.m., with dinner from 6 to 7:15 p.m. The show will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Vegan and gluten-free meal options will be available. Appetizers and desserts will be included with the meal.

For the show, Robert Cabella will impersonate Dean Martin and Angelo Capone will impersonate Jerry Lewis.

Cabella has been impersonating Dean for 30 years. He was the winner at the NYC Little Italy San Gennaro Festival, featuring 11 opponents celebrating the real Dean's 100th birthday. He also won a competition against 15 opponents in Steubenville, Ohio, Dean's hometown, in honor of the legend's 100th birthday, with Dean's daughter Deanna in attendance.

Capone has been impersonating Jerry for 30-plus years. He has been recognized for his chemistry with Cabella. He will share Jerry's many characters with the audience, and he will sing.

Local artist Corinna Joy will present the opening act and will perform a duet with Cabella.

There is a per-person cost, with discounts for groups of 10. Readers may call Peggy, the event coordinator, at 717-974-0458 for tickets and information. Meal selections must be made at the time of reservation.

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SMBA Posts Concert October 3, 2018

The Seven Mountains Bluegrass Association (SMBA) has announced that the first concert of the 2018-19 season will be on Saturday, Oct. 13, in the social hall at the Goodwill Fire Company, 2318 S. Queen St., York (Spry). The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

Audie Blaylock and Redline will perform. The group has played for SMBA several times in the past.

The kitchen will be open and operated by the Goodwill Fire Company volunteer firefighters and ladies' auxiliary members.

The event is a family show and is a smoke-free and alcohol-free event.

Separate ticket costs have been set for SMBA members and for nonmembers. There is an annual membership fee per family, which may be paid the night of the show.

The 2018-19 schedule is posted at www.sevenmountainsbluegrass.org. For more information, readers may call 717-395-7128 or 717-515-3324.

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Lions Club Sets '50s Dance September 27, 2018

The East Hanover Lions Club will hold its '50s Dance on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the East Hanover Township Building, 8848 Jonestown Road, Grantville.

Disc jockey Tony Bennett will spin hits from the '50s to the '80s, and the Lions will have food for sale. There will also be door prizes and contests.

Tickets may be purchased at the door, and families are welcome. All proceeds will be used to purchase winter clothing for area children in need.

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Dodd To Present Halloween Program September 27, 2018

The Historical Society of East Hanover Township will host a free program by Matthew Dodd on Monday, Oct. 8, at the East Hanover Township Building, 8848 Jonestown Road, Grantville. The venue will open at 6 p.m., and the program will start at 7 p.m.

Dodd will present "Songs and Stories of Halloween." Dressed in period costume and utilizing period-appropriate props and backdrops, Dodd will take listeners on a trip through Halloween with songs and stories about ghosts and haunted houses. Plus, there will be stories on the history of Halloween and its symbols and customs. Dodd sings and plays guitar in an informal story-circle setting.

The show is free and appropriate for all ages. Attendees may feel free to attend in costume.

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Yoder To Perform At Cafe September 27, 2018

Singer-songwriter Brad Yoder will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, on Saturday, Oct. 6. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and the music will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Yoder, a Pittsburgh native, has been performing a blend of humorous, smart, poetic songs for more than 25 years and has self-released seven recordings along the way, with the eighth out this year. He has opened for Tegan & Sara and Cowboy Junkies and played at shows such as the Shelter Valley Folk Festival, where he was a mainstage performer. He has won awards, including the "Just This Guy" songwriting contest, which he won four times. Several of his songs have been featured on television shows.

Yoder also plays the soprano saxophone and glockenspiel, frequently backing up friends at open mics and on recordings. To learn more, readers may visit www.bradyoder.com/.

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

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Surviving Spouse Socials To Meet September 24, 2018

The next regular meeting of Surviving Spouse Socials will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 6 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ, 509 Pacific Ave, York. The group will play games and enjoy refreshments after the meeting. Attendees are welcome to bring a friend.

The purpose of the group is to help those who have been widowed to move on with their lives. All widowed men and women are welcome to attend. The group's regular meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month except for August and December.

The group goes out to eat every Thursday at 6 p.m. to different restaurants in York. Additionally, upcoming social activities include trips to Old Country Buffet on Route 30 on Mondays, Oct. 15 and Nov. 19, at noon to eat lunch and play cards or games; a train ride in New Freedom to Hanover Junction on Friday, Oct. 19; and the group's annual Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 14.

Individuals can call 717-318-6366 or 717-434-5470 for any information about the group or its social activities.

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Historical Society Posts Inaugural Event September 21, 2018

The Hershey-Derry Township Historical Society will host its first Brews, Brats, and Bands from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, at Cocoa Beanery, 1215 Research Blvd., Hummelstown.

For more information, readers may visit http://hersheyhistory.org/64-frontpage/815-bbb.

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Line Dancing Events Planned September 12, 2018

Living God Lutheran Church, 3200 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Honey Brook, will offer line dancing and lessons on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 8 pm. Dancing and lessons will continue on Sundays through Nov. 18, except for Sunday, Oct. 21.

There is no charge to attend, but participants are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to be donated to a local food bank. For more information, call the church office at 610-273-9383.

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2018-19 Travelogue Series Will Begin September 10, 2018

The first presentation of the Rotary Club of Lititz 2018-19 Travel and Adventure Series will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Warwick High School Performing Arts Center, 301 W. Orange St., Lititz. One showing will take place at 2 p.m., with a musical prelude starting at 1:30 p.m. A second showing will take place at 7:30 p.m., with a musical prelude starting at 7 p.m.

The Rotary Club will show Marlin Darrah's "Wonders of the World." The film will examine natural and manmade wonders of the world, and feature the world's people, wildlife, jungles, mountains, beaches, architecture and temples, art treasures, old cities, towns and villages, and even some samples of international food.

Darrah is the executive director and cinematographer of the International Film and Video of Portland, Ore. His experience has taken him to more than 140 countries, yielding more than 70 documentary and travel-adventure programs to date. PBS, History Channel, and the Discovery Channel have aired Darrah's international footage or programs. Darrah's productions have screened and won awards at more than 15 national and international film festivals.

General admission tickets are available at the door only. Season tickets may be purchased from any Rotary Club of Lititz member or from the Lititz Public Library. For more details, readers may contact Dean Brandt at 717-626-4520.

All the net funds from these activities are given to more than 30 nonprofit service groups each year.

More information about the Rotary Club of Lititz is available at www.lititzrotary.com.

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