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Softball Teams Remember Coach June 9, 2017

On May 30, players, friends, and family gathered before the start of the Manheim Township 10U Lightning softball game to remember Jason Oswald, who died in an automobile accident last fall.

Prior to the game, players and coaches from several teams in the Manheim Township Rec softball program gathered to honor his memory and to show their support for his wife, daughter, and son. Oswald had coached in the league for several years.

All of the teams are remembering Oswald this season by wearing a special commemorative logo on their jerseys. Oswald's daughter, Olivia, threw the ceremonial first pitch before the game. The 10U Lightning won the game by one run.

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GEARS Posts Camps June 9, 2017

GEARS has posted its programs and activities. Unless otherwise noted, separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers. For more information or to register, readers may call GEARS at 717-367-0355 or visit www.getintogears.org.

GEARS will offer American Red Cross Learn to Swim Classes. The program will provide opportunities for achievement and allow smooth transition between levels of instruction for participants age 4 and older. The classes will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from June 19 through July 5. Level III/IV/V will run from 8 to 8:40 a.m., Level II will run from 8:45 to 9:15 a.m., Level I will run from 9:20 to 9:50 a.m., and Preschool (ages 4 and 5) will run from 9:55 to 10:25 a.m. The classes will take place at the Masonic Village Brossman Pool, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown.

GEARS will offer Parent and Child Aquatics class for children ages 6 months to 3 years. A parent or guardian must participate in the pool with their child. The class is designed to help young children feel comfortable in and around the water. The classes will be offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from July 24 through Aug. 9. Class A (6 to 24 months) will run from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m., and Class B (2- and 3-year-olds) will run from 9:55 to 10:25 a.m. Both classes will take place at the Masonic Village Brossman Pool.

GEARS will offer a Track and Field Camp for students in grades three to eight. It will provide an overview and introduction to all aspects of track and field including, but not limited to, training for the events, rules of the sport, competitive strategies, equipment both for training and competing and nutritional needs and expectations. Participants will work on distance events, jumping events, throwing events, hurdles, sprint and relays. The camp will be coached by EAHS coach Derrick McDonald and will run from 9 to 11 a.m. from Monday through Friday, June 26 to 30, at the Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS) track, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown.

GEARS will offer Tennis Camps. In the Youth Tennis Camp for ages 8 to 12, participants will focus on building tennis fundamentals with emphasis on fun. At least two different courts will provide instruction for all skill levels. The camp will focus on learning proper techniques, drills, and games, and it will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

In the Teen Tennis Camp for ages 13 to 17, participants will develop and improve skills through conditioning, stroke development and strategy. The camp is for current or aspiring high school tennis players and will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Both camps will be instructed by EAHS tennis coach Brenda McBride. Dates for the camps will be Monday through Friday, June 26 to July 29 (Session I); and July 31 through Aug. 3 (Session II) at the EAHS tennis courts.

GEARS will offer Iddy Biddy Baseball/Softball for ages 4 to 6. The program will introduce children to the game of baseball with instruction centered around throwing, catching and batting skills. The fee includes a t-shirt. The class will take place on Thursdays, from June 22 to July 27, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm (Class A), or from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Class B) at the EAHS Field No. 2.

GEARS will offer a bus trip to New York City on Saturday, June 17. Attendees may enjoy shopping, sightseeing, meeting friends, visiting museums or walking on Fifth Avenue. The bus will depart the EAHS parking lot at 6:30 a.m., arriving in New York City at approximately 10:30 a.m. with return time of 11 p.m.

GEARS will offer a bus trip to historic Philadelphia on Friday, June 23. The trip will include a guided tour of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Christ Church, and the Betsy Ross House. Attendees will get lunch on their own at the Reading Terminal Market. Attendees will also see a production that tells the story of the U.S. Consititution from its inception to how it has been influenced by historic events. The bus will depart the EAHS parking lot at 7 a.m.

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Sports Programs Posted June 2, 2017

The Manheim Township Recreation and Park Planning Department has posted several programs. Separate fees have been set for Manheim Township residents and for nonresidents. For more information, including registration procedures, readers may call 290-7180, ext. 3100, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays.

Overlook Day Camp, for youths in grades one through eight, will be offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays starting Monday, June 12. The camp will offer crafts, roller skating, outdoor sports, weekly field trips, movies, and time in Overlook Pool.

Drills and Match Play Tennis Program will be offered for six weeks beginning on Tuesday, June 13, on Tuesdays through Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the tennis courts at Stauffer Park, located on Lititz Pike, Lancaster. The head instructor will be Doug Pennington, USPTA-certified instructor and head coach of the Manheim Township boys' and girls' tennis teams. Participants may be of any age but must be of intermediate to advanced levels and be able to serve and volley. They will run drills and receive brief instruction before playing matches.

Youth tennis lessons, instructed by Pennington, will be available for boys and girls ages 6 to 17 at the Stauffer Park tennis courts, with instruction given at three levels: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Two three-week sessions will be held on Tuesdays through Fridays beginning on June 13. Children ages 6 to 9 will meet from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., and youths age 10 and up will meet from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. In addition to receiving instruction, all players will have the opportunity to play matches against other tennis programs in the area.

The South Asian Association of Lancaster, in cooperation with the Manheim Township Recreation and Park Planning Department, will offer an Intro to Cricket program to boys and girls ages 6 to 18 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting June 13 at Community Park, 209 Petersburg Road, Lancaster. After learning the fundamentals of handling the bat and ball and how to play, participants will play games. All equipment will be provided.

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GEARS Sets Schedule June 2, 2017

GEARS has posted its schedule. Unless otherwise noted, separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers. To register or for more information, readers may visit www.getintogears.org or call GEARS at 717-367-0355.

Deep Water Workout, for people age 14 and up, will be offered at the Masonic Village Patton Pool, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, on Thursdays, June 15 to July 20, from 7:15 to 8 p.m. The class, instructed by Dave Rosensteel, will challenge the whole body as participants use water exercise equipment. Participants should feel comfortable in the water while wearing a flotation belt.

STRONG by Zumba, for people age 14 and up, has been set for 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 15 to Aug. 10, with no class on July 17. Classes will be taught by licensed Zumba fitness instructor Amy Fleming at the Masonic Village Memorial Hall Gym. The group fitness class combines HIIT, body weight exercises, and strength conditioning synced with the music.

CSI E-town, for youths ages 9 to 14, has been scheduled for Monday through Thursday, June 12 to 15, from 10 a.m. to noon in Room 2605 at Elizabethtown Area High School (EAHS), 600 E. High St. Chemistry teacher Scott Baylor will provide instruction as attendees use real forensic techniques to solve mysteries.

Chemistry Camp, instructed by Baylor for youths ages 9 to 14, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday through Thursday, June 19 to 22, in EAHS Room 2605. Attendees will make their own tie-dyed shirt and slime, as well as an ornament from zinc and hydrochloric acid.

GEARS will host a Splash Bash at the Masonic Village Patton Pool from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 16. People of all ages are invited to bring their swimsuit and a towel. There is a per-person fee, which will be paid at the door. Advance registration is not required.

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"On My Mat" To Offer Summer Sessions June 1, 2017

On My Mat, an after-school program that aims to empower girls to celebrate their inherent worth, launched in Penn Manor School District in January. It was co-founded by Julie Mathers and Nicole Keever. Programs are available for girls in third through fifth grades and sixth through eighth grades.

While focusing on body kindness, mindfulness, and self-compassion, the program's goal is to develop confidence, self-awareness, leadership skills, and health through small group lessons, yoga, and mentorship. Programs are led by volunteers; however, all sites utilize a standardized curriculum.

On My Mat will offer summer sessions that will include yoga, art projects, and small group activities that celebrate being a girl. Sessions will take place at the Millersville Lions Club Pool, 314 N. Prince St., Millersville, from 10:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays and Wednesdays beginning June 19 and continuing through the week of Aug. 7, excluding the week of July 3. Registration is required and may be completed at www.onmymat.org.

In addition, On My Mat will offer sessions through the Manheim Township Parks and Recreation Department at Reidenbaugh Elementary School, 1001 Buckwalter Road, Lititz, and the Stauffer Mansion Carriage House, 1241 Lititz Pike, Lancaster. Classes at Reidenbaugh will take place on from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays from Monday, June 19, through Wednesday, July 26. Classes at the carriage house will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays from July 1 to July 22. Registration for the Manheim Township sessions is available at www.manheimtownship.org.

A yoga mat will be included in the payment for all sessions, with the exception of the Saturday sessions offered at the Stauffer Mansion Carriage House. Each participant will also receive a T-shirt.

Individuals who wish to become a coach and open a new site may contact Julie@girlsonthemat.net or Nicole@girlsonthemat.net. For more details, readers may visit www.onmymat.org.

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GEARS Posts Programs May 25, 2017

GEARS has posted its programs and activities. Unless otherwise noted, separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers. For more information or to register, readers may call GEARS at 367-0355 or visit www.getintogears.org.

Several yoga classes will be offered for people of any fitness level age 14 and up on Thursdays, June 8 to July 27, at the Masonic Village Lodge Meeting Room, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. Michelle Pelna will instruct. Attendees should bring a yoga mat. Gentle/Beginner Yoga, set for 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., will teach fundamental yoga postures using safe alignment and modifications. Vinyasa Yoga, set for 9:15 to 10:15 a.m., will focus on building heat and sensation in strength poses, flow, and balance. Previous yoga experience is not required, and modifications will be offered.

A multi-level hatha yoga class for people age 14 and up, taught by Charla Lorenzen, will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays, June 12 to Aug. 16, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Village Carpenter Chapel. The class will not meet on July 4, 6, 10, and 12. The class will incorporate seated and standing yoga poses, conscious breathing, and meditative focus to foster strength, flexibility, and relaxation. Participants should wear layers of comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat.

Water aerobics will be offered for people age 14 and up at the Masonic Village Patton Pool from 7:15 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and/or Wednesdays, June 12 to Aug. 16, with no class on July 3, 5, 10, and 12. Water aerobics combines aerobic conditioning and resistance training while being gentle on the joints.

Feel Good Workout, an all-inclusive class for older adults or those age 16 and up who are new to or getting back to exercise, will take place at the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown, from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on Mondays, June 12 to July 24. The class, instructed by Cindy Hohr-DeBuono, will combine cardio, strength, flexibility, endurance and balance drills. All segments can be adapted.

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Swimming Program Slated May 24, 2017

The Red Lion Community Swimming Program will offer swim lessons throughout the summer months. A full range of Red Cross courses will be offered, from Parent/Tot and Beginner to Level 6.

Morning classes will be 50 minutes in length and will begin at 9, 10, and 11 a.m. and noon on Mondays through Fridays for two weeks. Evening lessons will be 45 minutes in length and will begin at 5:30 and 6:15 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays for five weeks. Parent/Tot classes will only be offered during the evening sessions.

Students must be at least 4 years old to take classes without a parent in the water with them. Parents are only allowed in the pool area during lessons on the fifth and 10th days.

Registration for the first sessions will be on Tuesday, June 6, for district residents and on Wednesday, June 7, for both residents and nonresidents. The time will be 6 to 8 p.m. in the pool lobby at the Red Lion Area High School, 200 Horace Mann Ave., Red Lion.

For more information, readers may contact Heather McDanel via text message at 693-3310 or email at swimshepherd@yahoo.com or visit www.rlasd.net.

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Exercise Boot Camps To Benefit Charity May 24, 2017

Lion in Lancaster Charity Boot Camps will be offered on select Saturdays this summer. The all-weather exercise events will take place from 9 to 10 a.m. unless otherwise noted. The boot camps and their locations are as follows: June 10 at Long's Park, Route 30 and Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster; June 17 at Lancaster Square, North Queen Street, Lancaster; July 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. at Lancaster Square; July 15 at Long's Park; July 22 at Binns Park; and Aug. 12 at Long's Park.

Participants are welcome to work out at their own pace for as little as 15 minutes or for the entire hour. The activities will include exercise in a group atmosphere designed to burn fat and tone the entire body. Information about fitness and weight- loss concepts will be provided.

There is a set donation, payable by check. All proceeds will go to a charity, and checks may be made out to the charity. Donations will be collected on the mornings of the events or at iTrain, 315 W. James St., Lancaster, prior to the boot camps.

To sign up, readers may visit https://www.itrain.me/event-widget.

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OARA Recognizes Competition Winners May 23, 2017

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GEARS Posts Activities May 22, 2017

GEARS has posted its programs and activities. Unless otherwise noted, separate fees have been set for GEARS members and for nonmembers. For more information or to register, readers may call GEARS at 367-0355 or visit www.getintogears.org.

Two tap classes will be offered at the GEARS Community Center, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown.

Beginner Tap, for children ages 5 to 7, will take place on Mondays, June 5 to July 24, from 6:45 to 7:45 pm. It is designed to teach the basics of tap dancing. Students will seek to develop rhythm, coordination, balance and performance qualities.

Intermediate Tap Class, for children ages 8 to 10, will take place on Wednesdays, June 7 to July 26, from 7 to 8 p.m. It is designed to teach the basics of tap at a more advanced pace. Previous tap experience is helpful, though not required. Students will seek to develop rhythm, coordination, discipline, and performance qualities. In addition to focusing on tap as an individual art form, the class will explore tap as a facet of musical theater as well.

Two yoga classes will be offered on Tuesdays, June 6 to July 25, except July 4 and 18 and Thursdays, June 15 to July 27, except June 22 at the Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown, in Carpenter Chapel. Power Yoga, for age 16 and up, will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., and Yoga for Teens, for those ages 13 to 18, will be held from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.

Power Yoga focuses on strength, balance and flexibility while linking mind and body through breath. Sun salutations, standing and seated postures, balance poses, and intense relaxation will be combine in the class, which is for beginners as well as advanced yoga students.

Yoga for Teens will aim to help participants lengthen their spine, build a stronger core center, alleviate tightness in their hamstrings and spine, and gain mental clarity through breath work.

Beginner Baton, for ages 6 to 8, will be offered on Wednesdays, June 7 to July 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the GEARS Community Center. The class is designed to teach the fundatmentals of baton twirling. Strudents will seek to develop hand-eye coordination, gross and fine motor skills, spatial awareness and concentration. Participants are asked to bring a baton.

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