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Knitting Group Will Meet September 18, 2018

The Knit This - Purl That knitting group will meet on Thursdays, Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25, at 6:30 p.m. at the Parkesburg Library, 105 West St., Parkesburg. Knitters of all skill levels, including beginners, are invited.

Attendees may bring their work, learn new skills and get help fixing mistakes.

For more information, readers may call 610-857-5165 or visit www.parkesburglibrary.org.

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Conestoga Herb Guild To Meet September 18, 2018

The Conestoga Herb Guild will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Upper Leacock Township War Memorial Building, 54 W. Main St., Leola. The program, "Sourdough! Making Healthy Delicious Breads," will be presented by Holly High-Walker. Herb guild member Liz Yocum will talk about the herb fennel.

Guests may attend for a nominal fee. Guests must preregister by calling Deirdre at 717-288-2126.

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MOMS Club Will Meet September 18, 2018

The MOMS Club of Pickering Valley and Shamona Creek will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Oct. 1, at 9:45 a.m. The group is open to all mothers and their children who reside within the boundaries of the Pickering Valley and Shamona Creek elementary schools of the Downingtown Area School District.

For more information, email momsclubpv@yahoo.com or visit www.momsclubpv.weebly.com.

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Flower Club Plans Meeting September 14, 2018

The Elizabethtown Flower Club will meet at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at The Gathering Place, 6 Pine St., Mount Joy. The program, "Spotted Lanternflies," will be presented by Lois Miklas, Master Gardener.

Guests are welcome. There is a set cost for lunch. Reservations and cancellations must be made by noon on Thursday, Sept. 27, by calling Mary Ann Kale at 717-653-9183 to avoid payment for a reserved meal.

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Retirees Plan Lunch Social September 14, 2018

Hershey Medical Center retirees will gather for a lunch social on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hoss's Steak and Sea House, 9009 Bridge St. (Route 322), Hummelstown. A banquet room will be provided by the restaurant. Retirees will be responsible for their own meal, and meal orders will be taken at the table after attendees are seated.

The group meets quarterly for social events to allow retirees an opportunity to renew friendships and network on retirement matters and issues. The group welcomes all Hershey Medical Center retirees, especially new retirees.

For more information, readers may call Ginny Mullen at 717-641-3332 or Ellie Kuntz at 717-469-0220.

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Model Railroad Club Sets Open House September 13, 2018

The Masonic Village and Elizabethtown (MV&E) Model Railroad Club will host its first open house after the summer work season on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The community is invited to come see the club's G-gauge, O-gauge, S-gauge, HO-gauge, N-gauge, Z-gauge, and standard-gauge trains and trolleys laid on 1,600 feet of track. Club members will be available to answer questions. Attendees may view the many projects the club members worked on over the summer.

There is no cost for admittance, though donations are appreciated. The Model Railroad Club is open to the community and meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Masonic Village is located at 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. Once at Masonic Village, individuals should follow directional signs. For more information, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33253, or visit www.mvemodelrrclub.com or www.facebook.com/MasonicvillageMRRC.

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Sewing Network Plans Meeting September 13, 2018

The Lancaster Area Sewing Network will meet on Monday, Sept. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Lancaster Friends Meeting House, 110 Tulane Terrace, Lancaster, in the community room. Attendees will take part in a long-standing tradition of constructing bereavement kits that include a kimono, blanket and bag for the benefit of the Hershey Medical Center preemie department. Materials will be provided, but participants are asked to bring a sewing machine and notions, along with white thread and a universal or ballpoint needle. Lancaster Area Sewing Network will teach participants how to sew each item.

There is a nominal admission fee for guests. Registration is not required.

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Coalition Posts Informative Event September 13, 2018

Share Your Wishes Coalition invites the community to a free event on Saturday, Sept. 29, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in the third-floor conference room at the Suburban Outpatient Pavilion, 2100 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster.

The coalition aims to be a supportive community where conversations about end-of-life decisions are discussed openly and honestly, without fear or avoidance, so that a person's wishes and values are honored during the last stages of life.

Advance care planning is a process that enables individuals to make plans about their future health care. Advance care plans provide direction to health care professionals, family, and other loved ones when people are not in a position to make or communicate their own health care choices.

The free workshop will focus on what advanced care planning is, how to select a health care agent, how one can express his or her wishes, and how to share the plan. Attendees will also be able to reflect on their values and beliefs.

Individuals are asked to preregister by calling 888-LGH-INFO (888-544-4636).

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Grave Concern Posts Meeting September 13, 2018

Grave Concern will hold its quarterly public meeting and program on Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road (Route 30 East), Lancaster. The venue may be reached at 717-393-9745.

The program will focus on African-American cemeteries in Lancaster city, as well as the benefits of segregated burial grounds and identifying notable burials. It will be presented by Dr. Leroy Hopkins, historian and retired professor at Millersville University.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

Grave Concern is an organization dedicated to the history, preservation, and restoration of historical burial places.

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Auxiliary To Host Program September 12, 2018

The Auxiliary of Post 7045, 341 Yorkana Road, York, will host a program on suicide prevention on Friday, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. The event will feature the showing of a short movie, "Into the Light," and a discussion on suicide prevention. Light refreshments will be served.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, readers may call 717-252-1863.

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Association Sets Block Shoot September 12, 2018

Northern York County Game and Fish Association Inc. will hold a block shoot on Monday, Sept. 24, at its location at 40 Bremer Road in Conewago Township. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. There will be four shoots, with the first beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Meat and cash prizes will be awarded.

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Scout Group Plans Meetings September 12, 2018

A Girl Scout group will meet at Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 47 W. Philadelphia St., York, on Wednesday nights starting on Sept. 19.

For more information, readers may contact Sandy at dleese42499@hotmal.com.

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CPCA Plans Square Dance September 12, 2018

The Central Pennsylvania Callers Association (CPCA) will hold its monthly square dance on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 1:30 to 6 p.m. at the East Hanover Community Building, 8848 Jonestown Road, Grantville.

The event will feature an old-fashioned, Eastern-style square dance with live music from the band Common Ground. No experience is required. There is a nominal admission fee.

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

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Genealogy Club Plans Meeting September 12, 2018

The Susquehanna Trail Genealogy Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2100 Hollywood Drive, York. "Using Internet Tools for Land and Property Research" will be presented by Jerry Smith, a certified genealogist. He will discuss a variety of tools, including geographic information systems (GIS), handheld global positioning systems (GPS), and interactive historical mapping websites.

Smith specializes in genealogy research related to Pennsylvania. He is also a published author, a faculty member of Samford University's Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research, and a member of the Council for the Advancement of Forensic Genealogy and the Association of Professional Genealogists. He has lectured for various genealogy organizations.

The public is invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served, and a door prize will be presented. For further information, readers may contact Frank Long at 717-244-7214 or pepsi1penny2@gmail.com. Additional information can be found at www.facebook.com/pastgc.

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Farm Bureau Posts Meeting September 12, 2018

The York County Farm Bureau will host a meeting at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24, at the Winterstown Fire Hall, 12246 Winterstown Road, Felton. Members of the York County planning commission will discuss a proposal to create a countywide stormwater authority to address stormwater issues, flooding and the use of fertilizers in York County. The meeting will highlight solutions proposed as a result of the planning commission's feasibility study to create a stormwater authority. The study, released in January 2016 by the planning commission, was funded by a grant from the Codorus Watershed Endowment Committee of the York County Community Foundation.

Registration is not required. Farmer feedback is requested at the meeting.

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ABWA Chapter Plans Meeting September 12, 2018

ABWA Lancaster Area Express Network Chapter will hold a breakfast meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at Lancaster Country Club, 1466 New Holland Pike Lancaster.

Guest speaker Jen Strobel will present "Are You Getting in Your Own Way? Identifying Roadblocks to Effective Leadership" and how having the right mindset is more than just having a positive attitude. Strobel is vice president of human resources at a local company.

There is a cost to attend, and members will receive a discount. Registration is required by noon on Monday, Sept. 17, by visiting www.abwa-laen.org. For more information, readers may contact Sam Biastre at 908-938-4135 or email samanthabiastre@gmail.com.

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Prayer Initiative To Launch September 11, 2018

S.O.S. in Prayer, a prayer initiative, will meet on Mondays starting Sept. 10. S.O.S. in Prayer stands for "Surrounding Our Schools in Prayer."

The community is invited to join at any public park or trail, such as John G. Herr's Park, which surrounds two schools. Initially, this trail is expected to be an S.O.S. gathering place throughout the day. Participants may pray alone at a park bench or pray with others as they walk. They may also invite others to join them.

The purpose of the initiative is to unify the community and fight school violence through the power of prayer while glorifying God. There is no political agenda, no fee, and no one to contact, as the group members wish to remain anonymous.

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Hiking Club Plans Activities September 10, 2018

The York Hiking Club (YHC) will offer a variety of hikes in the York County region. In the case of inclement weather, readers should contact the hike leader or visit the club's Facebook page for cancellation updates. For general information, readers may visit www.yorkhikingclub.com or contact Rafael Ruiz at 717-501-5443 or ratruiz@hotmail.com.

The annual membership meeting and covered dish meal will take place on Friday, Sept. 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at York Township Recreation Building on Oak Road. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to share. Club members will vote on two proposed amendments to the by-laws. In addition, the club is seeking a person to serve on the YHC board as a director at large, helping to steer the club's activities, provide advice, and vote on proposed amendments and expenditures affecting the club. For more information on the director-at-large position and to indicate what dish one plans to bring, readers may contact Alan Noble at 717-758-8470 or amnoble38@gmail.com.

Family Hiking Day will occur on Saturday, Sept. 22. Appalachian Trail (AT) section hiker and Eagle Scout Award candidate David Lukes Jr. will lead 3- to 4-mile hikes at Rocky Ridge County Park, 3699 Deininger Road, York. Hikers should meet at the first lot on the left, near the restrooms. Hikes will depart at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The two hikes will follow different routes. Participants should expect some rocks and hills. Lukes Jr. has hiked more than 1,000 miles of the AT. For more information, readers may contact hike leaders David Lukes Sr. and Jr. at 717-818-4751 or Captainskit@gmail.com.

A 14-mile hike will take place on Sunday, Sept. 30. Participants will meet at the Boscov's parking lot near Red Robin and depart at 8 a.m. There is a carpool fee. Participants will hike on the AT; the hike will include Pulpit Rocks, the Pinnacle, and Port Clinton, along with a 1,000 foot climb. Attendees should wear study hiking boots or shoes and bring water, a lunch, and snacks. They should note the Pinnacle mentioned is not the one located along the Susquehanna River. The hike leader is David Lukes.

A 3.5-mile hike on the Mary Anne Furnace Trail at Codorus State Park will take place on Sunday, Sept. 30. The trek will feature a lake, wetlands, creeks, and woods. Attendees may carpool from Woodberry Road at 1 p.m. Attendees may also choose to join between 1:30 and 1:45 p.m. at the Codorus overflow parking lot between campground loops B and C. There is a carpool fee. Participants should bring water, snacks, sturdy trail shoes or boots, and bug spray. Hike leader Debby Morrissey may be contacted at 617-320-6110 or debbymorrissey@gmail.com.

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Local Garden Club To Meet September 10, 2018

Town and Country Garden Club of Lancaster will welcome Dr. Joan Maloof, founder and director of the Old-Growth Forest Network and a professor emeritus at Salisbury University in Maryland, as a guest speaker on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. Maloof will discuss grassroots forest conservation and how everyone can become involved in protecting threatened forests for a more healthy and beautiful planet. The meeting will be held at the Bachman Center at Homestead Village, 633 Community Way, Lancaster.

There is a fee to attend for nonmembers. For more information about upcoming events, readers may visit www.townandcountrygardenclub.net or call Joyce at 717-898-0229.

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Woman's Club Sets Meeting September 7, 2018

The Hempfield Woman's Club will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at Salem United Church of Christ, 2312 Marietta Ave., Lancaster. During the meeting, the group will honor its charter members. Guest speaker Dr. Eleanor Isaacson, a World War II survivor, will discuss her life in East Germany during the war.

Any woman interested in attending the meeting or who would like more information about the club may call Barbara Kauffman at 717-293-5099.

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