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Children's Playroom Offers Judgment-Free Support August 17, 2017

As Children's Playroom of Lancaster County enters into its 20th year, executive director Vicki Dolan said that the parenting support group remains "a community within a community." With an emphasis on developing positive parenting skills and learning the concept of positive discipline, Children's Playroom also provides socialization for young children and judgment-free support for moms and dads.

"I tried a lot of different things, and they didn't fit for whatever reason, but we love Children's Playroom," said Elizabethtown resident Katie Lechleitner. "I look forward to it every week. You not only get to share about your experiences, but you hear from others too, and you realize we're all going to be OK."

The weekly gathering begins with community play, which encourages parents to play with their children undistracted. After playtime, a snack is given out to each child to help ensure a smooth transition into the time where parents separate from children and meet in another room for teaching and discussion.

Aside from positive discipline, sessions cover a variety of relevant parenting topics such as child development, toilet training, bedtime routines, stress management, and relationship building. Some meetings include a guest speaker and others are interactive sharing times.

Denise Ebersole, who attends with her two toddlers, said that she has made Children's Playroom a priority in her schedule. "I work full time from home, but I give myself permission once a week to have this time to connect with other moms," Ebersole said. "No matter what, we plan around this."

Plus, Ebersole said that her children love the time they spend at Children's Playroom. "It's like Disneyland the first time you come," Ebersole recalled. "And the kids all love Miss Vicki. All of the staff is phenomenal. Our prized possessions are our babies, and they do a wonderful job (taking care of them)."

Dolan frequently reminds moms and dads that parenting is the most important job they will ever have, but it is also the hardest. The curriculum and discussion for parents at Children's Playroom is applicable even into the teenage years, she explained. "Discipline means to teach, so we're talking about teaching our children," said Dolan. "We talk about being kind and firm and how we need both. We can be kind but still be firm."

Hearing the experiences and perspectives of other parents can be encouraging on so many levels. "The moms learn: you're not alone," Dolan said. "Some people may be new in town or just feeling isolated for other reasons, and this may be the support they're needing." Ebersole said that going to Children's Playroom helped to ease the transition from working as a full-time professional to working from home with her children.

Lechleitner particularly enjoyed hearing from another couple in the program who had recently moved to the Elizabethtown area from China. "It was so neat to see their perspective and how positive discipline worked for them," Lechleitner said. "Parenting is universal. No matter where you're from, we all have the same goals and fears."

Parents of children age 5 and younger can register to attend Children's Playroom sessions from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays at St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 398 N. Locust St., Elizabethtown. Space is limited. There is a fee to attend, but scholarships are available.

In addition to morning sessions, Children's Playroom offers a single moms' parenting program every other Wednesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dinner is provided, and the group follows the same format of playtime together followed by a time where parents split off for discussion while the children have supervised activities in another room.

Readers who would like to sign up or learn more may call 717-945-9348, email, or visit


Small Group To Begin Study August 17, 2017

Millersville Community Church's Winning at Losing small group will start the study "Made to Crave: Satisfying Your Deepest Desire With God, Not Food" on Monday, Aug. 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Meetings will take place at the church's Hope Campus, 242 Bender Road, Millersville.

In the six-week series, author Lysa TerKeurst explores why people make unhealthy food choices. The class is free, but each person must purchase his or her own participant guide.

For more information and to sign up, readers may contact the church office at 717-872-4571.


Surviving Spouse Socials To Meet August 17, 2017

Surviving Spouse Socials will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 7 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ, 509 Pacific Ave., York. Kerri White will provide entertainment. Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

The group usually meets on the first Tuesday of every month except August and December.

All widowed men and women are welcome to attend. The group also offers social activities. Readers may call 717-266-2784 or 717-845-4176 for additional information.


GriefShare August 17, 2017

Bethel Church, 1674 Furnace Road, Brogue, will host GriefShare, a grief support group, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning on Sept. 5. The seminar program aims to offer healing after the loss of a loved one. Attendees will learn valuable information about recovering from grief and renewing hope for the future.

For more information, readers may contact Gloria Kline at 717-244-5237, Darlene Kauffman at 717-927-9117, or Pastor Kim at 717-927-9380 or


Memory Loss Support Group To Meet August 17, 2017

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.

The topic will be "An Update on Memory Loss Research."


Church Slates GriefShare Session August 16, 2017

Harmony Grove Community Church, 6390 Harmony Grove Road, Dover, will host GriefShare, a weekly seminar/support group for those who are grieving the death of a loved one. The group will meet from 6:30 to approximately 8 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning on Sept. 13. There will be 13 sessions.

For more information, readers may call 717-292-3659 or visit or


Christian Bereavement Ministry Set August 16, 2017

Mount Wolf Community Church, 98 S. Sixth St., Mount Wolf, will offer its Christian bereavement ministry on Thursday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m. The group meets on the last Thursday of each month.

For more information, readers may contact Gala and Ken Simpson at 717-793-8082 or the church at 717-266-8453.


Parkinson's Support Group To Meet August 16, 2017

The monthly meeting of the Parkinson's Support Group at Garden Spot Village will take place on Monday, Aug. 28, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Village Square Theater at Garden Spot Village, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland. Special guest speaker Dr. Sol De Jesus, assistant professor in the Department of Neurology at Penn State Milton Hershey, will speak on how a specialist can be helpful to someone with Parkinson's disease.

Free resources from the National Parkinson's Foundation are available at the monthly meetings. The support group is open to all persons with Parkinson's and their caregivers, family, and friends.

For more information, contact Sherilyn Lapp at 717-355-6264 or


GriefShare Sessions Slated August 16, 2017

Grove United Methodist Church, 490 W. Boot Road, West Chester, invites the community to GriefShare, an educational support group for individuals age 18 and older who have lost a loved one due to death. The program will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays, Sept. 6 to Dec. 6.

Topics for discussion will include Challenges of Grief, Guilt and Anger, Complicating Factors, and more.

Free child care will be provided. Registration is requested. The set fee covers the book and materials, and scholarships are available. To register, contact the church office at 610-696-2663 or email Pastor George at


Caregivers' Support Group Posts Meeting August 16, 2017

Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, invites anyone who serves as a caregiver to a loved one to attend a Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group on Tuesday, Sept. 19. The group meets every third Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Health Care Center Courtyard conference room. This month's topic will be "Nutrition Care," and light refreshments will be served.

There is no cost to attend. For directions and to register, call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764.


Bereavement Support Groups Posted August 16, 2017

Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will offer monthly bereavement support groups.

Life After Loss will meet on Thursday, Sept. 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the James Buchanan Terrace conference room. On Thursday, Sept. 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., a bereavement support group will be held in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor.

The groups are open to anyone who has lost a loved one. Refreshments will be served, and there is no cost to attend. For more information, contact Heidi Young at 717-367-1121, ext. 33576.


Epilepsy Support Group Will Meet August 16, 2017

The Epilepsy Foundation will offer a Lancaster County support group on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Park City Center, 142 Park City Way, Lancaster, in the Community Meeting Room, Kohl's wing, from 6 to 8 p.m. The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 22.

Meetings will offer the latest information, resources, and social support to attendees. Meetings are free and open to people with epilepsy, friends, family members, and health professionals.

For more information about this support group, readers may contact Elizabeth Beil at or 215-629-5003, ext. 104. Preregistration is not required, but requested for proper planning. For a complete list of support group dates, readers may visit


Clothing Drive August 15, 2017

The Charles Ludwig VFW Post 7362, 755 Rancks Church Road, New Holland, is seeking donations of clothing for its second annual clothing drive for veterans at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.

Organizer and post commander Norman E. Brower Jr. noted that clothing for both men and women veterans, such as pants, shirts, dresses, skirts, blouses, and new stockings, will be accepted, as well as items such as carry-on bags and suitcases.

Interested individuals may schedule an appointment to deliver items to VFW Post 7362 by calling Brower at 717-824-3443.

According to Brower, many times veterans will arrive at the Coatesville VA Medical Center with only the clothing they are wearing. After receiving help through the center's programs and services, the veterans are able to leave the center to find employement and go on to lead a successful life.

VFW Post 7362 offers many programs and services to the community, including an American flag retirement program as regulated by the flag code, services to veterans and their families through the VA administration, and donations of hospital equipment.


Fifth Annual 5K To Support Cornerstone Youth Center August 10, 2017

Area residents can lace up their sneakers and get ready because the annual Cornerstone 5K Run/Walk is just around the corner. The fifth installment of the Cornerstone Youth Center's 5K event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown.

"The heart of the event, as with all of our fundraising efforts, is the youths of our community," said Laurie Shepler, associate director for Cornerstone. "We are 100-percent community supported, and that is what makes the Cornerstone 5K such an exciting event - it is the community coming together."

Participants can opt for early check-in and race packet pickup on Friday, Oct. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the lobby of the Cornerstone Youth Center, 95 S. Wilson Ave., Elizabethtown. Registration and race check-in will be available on the day of the race from 7 to 9 a.m. Runners will take off at 9 a.m.

The starting line will be located off to the left as racegoers enter the grounds of Masonic Village, along the Veterans Grove area. Parking will be available at the finish line area, or runners are welcome to park at Cornerstone and walk over to the starting line as a warmup, explained Shepler.

A Kids Fun Run will offer a 0.2-mile course for children age 7 and under and a 0.4-mile course for 8- to 10-year-olds. The Fun Run will begin at approximately 9:45 a.m., as the 5K is winding down. Fun Run participants will receive goodie bags and medals.

All race participants will find a variety of refreshments and beverages awaiting them after they cross the finish line.

Free child care for children age 10 and under will also be offered during the 5K with certified volunteers in a secure, child-friendly area known as "The Hub" at the youth center.

The race will be chip timed. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top adult male and female finishers and to the top male and female finishers age 18 and under. Medals will also be awarded to the top male and female finishers in different age categories.

Race participants will be eligible to win a wide variety of door prizes that have been donated by local businesses and individuals. Among the nearly 50 prizes will be tickets to several local theaters, movie passes, tickets to a popular garden, and gift cards to a local outdoors shop. Race awards and door prize drawings will begin at 10:15 a.m. in the center's skate park.

To register, interested individuals may visit Those who register by Wednesday, Sept. 27, will receive a T-shirt. An early bird registration drawing has been added this year, and individuals who register by Sunday, Aug. 27, will be entered to win a gift card to a restaurant in Hershey. Discount rates are available for youth groups, such as churches or sports teams, with six or more participants. To receive special group registration rates, readers must call Shepler at 717-367-0000, ext. 1, by Saturday, Sept. 23.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the operational expenses of Cornerstone Youth Center.

Youth center staff and volunteers are looking forward to interacting with community members at the Elizabethtown Fair, when the organization will offer its annual dunk tank, which Shepler said will feature some local favorites.

Cornerstone will reopen from its traditional August break on Tuesday, Sept. 5. Youths in grades seven through 12 are welcome at the center six days a week, with activities and clubs from 3 to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Thursdays, unstructured hangout time from 7 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, and skateboard-only hours on Sundays from 6 to 8 p.m.


Local Support Groups Slated August 2, 2017

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital will offer support groups to the community. The Breast Cancer Support Group will meet from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 14, in the Ephrata Health Pavilion, 175 Martin Ave., Ephrata. For more information, readers may call 717-721-5750.

The Cancer Support Group will meet from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at WellSpan's Ephrata Cancer Center, 460 N. Reading Road, Ephrata. For more information, readers may call 717-721-4835.


Support Group Meeting Slated August 2, 2017

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church, 4510 Bull Road, Dover, will host a Dementia and Alzheimer's Support Group meeting at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, with the next meeting set for Monday, Aug. 14.

Individuals interested in learning more about dementia and Alzheimer's and how to care for loved ones living with the disease are invited to attend. For more information, readers may contact the church at 717-292-2716.


Lyme Disease Group To Meet August 1, 2017

The Lyme Disease Association of Southeast Pennsylvania (LDASEPA), an education and support group, will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kennett Friends Meeting House, 250 N. Union St., Kennett Square.

Attendees will discuss various issues with patients and LDASEPA board members, all of whom have personal experience with Lyme disease. Meetings are free and open to the public.


Local Support Groups Posted July 31, 2017

Masonic Villages, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, will offer support groups. The community is invited to participate. Light refreshments will be served, and there is no cost to attend.

The Dementia Caregiver Support and Education Group, open to anyone who serves as a caregiver to a loved one, will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 15, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The topic will be "Spousal Resource Form and Medical Assistance." The group meets every third Tuesday in the Health Care Center Courtyard Conference Room. For directions and to register, readers may call 717-367-1121, ext. 33764. Once on the Masonic Village's campus, drivers should follow directional signs for the Masonic Health Care Center.

Monthly bereavement support groups will also be available to individuals who have lost loved ones. The Life After Loss support group will meet on Thursday, Aug. 10, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the James Buchanan Terrace Conference Room. On Thursday, Aug. 17, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. a bereavement support group will be held in the large recreation room in Sycamore North, located on the first floor. For more information, readers may contact Heidi Young, bereavement coordinator, at ext. 33576.


New Support Group To Meet July 26, 2017

Life is a Balance Support Group will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 9, at 7 p.m. at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, 1850 Normandie Drive, York. Attendees are asked to use the outpatient entrance.

The group's mission is to provide support to those who are affected by chronic dizziness, vertigo, imbalance, or vestibular disorders by providing a social network, information, and helpful resources. Members and their families and friends will connect with others having similar challenges and find encouragement. Attendees will share experiences and learn ways to cope with struggles in a safe and supportive environment.

The meetings are free and open to the public. Scheduled speakers will be announced in advance. Readers may contact for more information.


Caregivers Support Group To Meet July 26, 2017

A Caregivers Support Group will meet on Friday, Aug. 4, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the conference room at WellSpan Neurology, 228 St. Charles Way, York. Dr. Ann Stipe from behavioral health services will facilitate the session.

The group shares information and provides emotional support for caregivers. Caregivers may bring a family member, and participation is free. The group meets on the first Friday of each month.

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