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Fourth Friday, Discount Books Announced November 15, 2018

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce has posted upcoming events and programs.

Numerous establishments in Wrightsville, Marietta, and Columbia will celebrate Fourth Friday on Friday, Nov. 23, from 5 to 8 p.m. Participating businesses will offer specials, samples, and/or extended hours.

Additionally, the Chamber and Visitors Center, 445 Linden St., Columbia, which represents the three rivertowns, is offering a Holiday Discount Booklet for purchase. The booklet can be used starting Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, through Monday, Dec. 24.

To purchase the Holiday Discount Booklet or to view a list of participating businesses, readers may visit or stop by the Visitors Center on Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, readers may call 717-684-5249 or email


Community Calendar November 15, 2018

The Community Calendar is a weekly feature of the Community Courier.

Local clubs, civic organizations, nonprofit agencies, schools, etc., that would like to have events or meeting date information published, should contact the Community Courier in writing at least two weeks before the event. No items will be accepted over the phone.

Send news releases to Engle Publishing Company, Community Courier, P.O. Box 500, Mount Joy, PA 17552 or fax them to 717-892-6024. Calendar items can also be emailed to For more information, call 800-800-1833, ext. 7592.

Turkey Bowl

The annual 27th annual Turkey Bowl will be held on Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 22, at Tel Hai Camp in Honey Brook. The event will include a 5K (3.1-mile) cross-country race and a 1-mile children's fun run for youths age 12 and under.

Registration and race packet pickup will be available from 7:45 to 9:20 a.m. on Nov. 22 in the camp's dining hall. The fun run will begin at 9:10 a.m., followed by the 5K race at 9:40 a.m.

Online registration will be available through Wednesday, Nov. 21, at For more information, contact Bruce Gregory at 610-273-3969 or

Breakfast With The Bible

Alan Lindsay, senior warden of the Church of Saint Mary at Calvary in Elverson, will host Breakfast With the Bible on Friday, Nov. 23, at 8:30 a.m. at the Morgantown Coffee House, 4997 N. Twin Valley Road, Elverson.

Attendees should bring a Bible and may enjoy coffee, tea, and/or breakfast. The community is invited to participate.


The Berks Strollers will hike the Exeter Trail on Saturday, Nov. 24. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the Exeter Trail parking lot on West 47th Street (Gibraltar Road) in Mount Penn. For more information, call Deanna, the hike leader, at 610-929-3109.

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 27 (and every Tuesday), from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at The Torch Community Center, located in the Clock Tower Plaza in Morgantown. For more information, call Sally at 610-286-6748. Guests may attend one meeting without joining. All are welcome.

Book Discussion

Women of all ages are invited to take part in the fall session of "The Value of You," a book discussion group that meets every other Tuesday from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St. (Route 23), Morgantown. The class is taught by Jill Waters, a counselor with Still Waters Ministries. Upcoming classes will be held on Nov. 27 and Dec. 11.

Shoe Challenge

A Newspaper Shoe Challenge will be offered at the Boone Area Library, 120 N. Mill St., Birdsboro, on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 6 p.m. Working independently or in partners or groups, participants will design shoes using only newspaper and masking tape. The shoes must be able to come off and on a foot and withstand a few steps.

Registration is required. To register, call 610-582-5666 or email

Neighbors Meeting

Neighbors Caring and Sharing, a Christian fellowship group for women, will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 9:15 to 11 a.m. at Conestoga Mennonite Church, located at 2779 Main St. (Route 23), Morgantown. Shyla Rohrer will lead a Christmas craft - creating wood slice ornaments. A small materials fee will be charged. Preregistration is required by contacting Tina Essick at

For more information, visit or call the church office at 610-286-9124.

Good News Club

The Good News Club will meet on Thursday, Nov. 29, (and every Thursday after school), at the Twin Valley Elementary Center, 50 Mast Drive, Elverson.

Children will be able to enjoy games, songs, Bible stories and Bible verses. The club is free, and all students are welcome.

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight-loss support group, will meet on Thursday, Nov. 29, and every Thursday), at Tel Hai Retirement Community's Garrett Center in Honey Brook. Weigh-in is from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and the meeting starts at 6 p.m. The first meeting is free to guests. For information, contact Marcia at 484-238-4559.

PHEAA Program

Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road, Honey Brook, will host a Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) question-and-answer program on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. Parents who have a child who is getting ready to apply to college are invited to attend.

The discussion will be led by Michael Burke from PHEAA. Burke will be able to guide parents through the process of applying for scholarships and student loans.

To register or for more information, call 610-273-3303 or email

Holiday Celebration

The Caernarvon Township Holiday Celebration will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10 a.m. to noon in the social hall of the Caernarvon Township Building, 3307 Main St., Morgantown. Attendees should use the North Street entrance.

The celebration will include games, crafts, a train display, and snacks. Each child will receive a ticket for a free Secret Santa gift to give to a favorite adult. Santa will arrive on a Twin Valley Fire Department fire truck around 10:15 a.m. and stay to hear all children's wish lists.

Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program. A United States Marine will be on hand to accept the donations.

The event will be free and open to the public. The event will be ADA accessible, but the snacks will not be nut-free. Parking will be available at the Township Building or across North Street in Friendship Park.

Christmas In Honey Brook

Christmas in Honey Brook will be celebrated on Friday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 8 p.m. During the event, Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road, Honey Brook, will be open from 7 to 8 p.m. only. The library will present Elves Night Out for children, which will include story time, a craft and a snack. Those with a library card will also be able to pick up a free DVD rental coupon.

Also on Dec. 7, the Honey Brook Youth Center, 4610 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, will offer free popcorn, and visitors to the Steeple to People Thrift Shop, 4670 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, will receive a free Christmas tree ornament or a Christmas cookie tin.

Local businesses will also offer special bargains and giveaways that evening.


Annual Bazaar Will Now Include Vendors November 15, 2018

A number of women, incluing pastor Carlene Wolf, from Washington Boro United Methodist Church (UMC), 1964 Water St., Washington Boro, are known as the congregation's mission and nurture committee.

"We organize events and fundraisers that support our local and foreign missions and support the church and our local community," said committee member Lori Gee.

"The other thing you can identify these women as is the best cooks in Washington Boro, and I don't live in Washington Boro," Wolf said with a laugh.

The committee members, along with other members of the church, will focus their talents on preparing baked goods, soups, and other foods for the church's annual Christmas bazaar. The event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the kitchen will offer breakfast sandwiches, hot dogs, beef barbecue, grilled cheese sandwiches, and freshly fried cinnamon breadsticks. Soup varieties will include chicken corn, beef vegetable, French onion, and tomato prepared following a recipe from a Civil War-era cookbook. The soups may be purchased in small quantities or in quarts. Preorders for quarts of soup will be appreciated, and folks may contact committee member Tabetha Young at 717-341-7783 or to place orders.

The baked goods table is slated to include buckeye candy, sweet breads, pies, cookies, fudge, and more.

"You never know what people will bring," observed committee member Petra King.

The bazaar itself will look a bit different than it has in previous years.

"We're trying something new this year," committee member Diana Boswa remarked. "Rather than asking people to donate things (to sell), we're bringing in vendors."

The vendors will sell crafts, jewelry, cookware and other kitchen supplies, clothing, books, totes, and handbags. There will also be a white elephant table.

Santa Claus will visit the bazaar from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. He will pose for photos and give children candy canes and small gifts.

Proceeds from the bazaar will go to the congregation's general missions efforts.

The community is also invited to attend the Washington Boro UMC's Advent festival on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 5 p.m. Originally, the festival was started as a celebration while church members worked together to decorate the sanctuary and other parts of the building for Christmas. Now that a church member has claimed that task, all that remains of the festival is the celebration. Thus, on Nov. 24, festival attendees may partake of a baked potato bar and make a Christmas craft. There is no charge to attend, but folks are asked to register by calling the church at 717-684-9309 or emailing Wolf at

Other holiday events on the congregation's calendar include a children's Christmas cantata on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 10:30 a.m.; Christmas caroling at area homes and health care facilities on Sunday, Dec. 16, at a time to be announced; and a Christmas Eve service at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24. All are welcome to participate. Folks may also attend Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. and worship services at 8:15 and 10:30 a.m. A nursery is available.

"We have a lot of fun when we do stuff. We're a fun and friendly church," Boswa said. "We're small, but when there's a need, we pull together to meet that need."

To learn more about the church, readers may visit


Wesley Bazaar Expands To Two Locations November 15, 2018

The annual Christmas craft bazaar hosted by Wesley Church has expanded to two locations. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wesley Church, 1104 Kirkwood Pike, Quarryville, and at Colerain Church, 1923 Noble Road, Kirkwood.

"The Wesley Church location is full, and since Colerain Church has just recently become a part of Wesley, it was decided to see if any vendors on the wait list would like to sell their items at the Colerain Church location, which is only 2 miles south of Wesley Church," coordinator Bonnie Aukamp explained.

The bazaar at Colerain will be a smaller version of the one at Wesley. Breakfast and lunch foods will be available at both sites, and vendors at both locations will sell sweets and treats as well. Between the two venues, shoppers will be able to buy wooden toys and other items, health and beauty supplies, candles, painted signs, wreaths, handcrafted jewelry and hair pieces, artwork and photography, seasonal and home decor, pet items, and knitted, crocheted, or sewn goods, along with much more.

One of the vendor booths at Wesley has been reserved by The A-Team. The group meets at Wesley on two Thursdays a month and on Sunday mornings. It offers a safe place where people with intellectual and physical disabilities can socialize, have fun, and grow spiritually. Special needs coordinator Tami Shaub noted that the group is still planning what all it will sell at the bazaar, but popcorn, cookie gift plates, and crafts are on the confirmed list.

"This opportunity just came up, so we are still trying to figure it all out," Shaub said.

Proceeds from the Christmas craft bazaar will go to Wesley Church's discretionary fund. For more information about Wesley Church, readers may visit, call the church at 717-786-8322, or email


Community Calendar November 15, 2018

The Community Calendar is a weekly feature of the Community Courier.

Local clubs, civic organizations, nonprofit agencies, schools, etc., that would like to have events or meeting date information published, should contact the Community Courier in writing at least two weeks before the event. No items will be accepted over the phone.

Send news releases to Engle Publishing Company, Community Courier, P.O. Box 500, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Calendar items can also be emailed to

Buffet Breakfast

Oxford United Methodist Church (UMC), 18 Addison St., Oxford, will host an all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 24. Breakfast will be served from 7 to 10 a.m. The cost of breakfast will include buttermilk pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, sausage, bacon, oven-roasted potatoes, sausage gravy, and specialty breads.

Tickets will be available at the door and in advance by calling the church office at 610-932-9698. Individuals whose birthday is in November may show identification for a free breakfast ticket.

Holiday Story Time

Oxford Public Library, 48 S. Second St., Oxford, will present a Santa Story Time and Elves Workshop on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. During Small Business Saturday, while parents are out shopping, children can stop by the library to make and take a gift item for a loved one for the upcoming holidays.

Santa will also stop by at 1 p.m. to share one of his favorite stories. All participants are asked to bring a canned good or nonperishable item to be donated to Neighborhood Services Center in Oxford in exchange for the craft.

For more information, call 610-932-9618.

Line Dancing

The Oxford Area Senior Center (OASC), 12 E. Locust St., Oxford, will present line dancing lessons on Fridays, Nov. 30, as well as Dec. 14 and 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Additionally, classes will be offered on Tuesdays, Nov. 27, as well as Dec. 4 and 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Instructor Shirley Mackey will teach an assortment of popular line dances.

There is a per-person cost per class. To register, contact the OASC at 610-932-5244 or More information is available at

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight-loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 27 (and every Tuesday), at the Oxford Senior Center, 12 Locust St., Oxford.

Weigh-in will be at 6 p.m.; the meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to attend their first TOPS meeting free of charge. For more information, contact Joyce at 410-375-5629.

Social Media Class

Oxford Area Senior Center (OASC), 12 E. Locust St., Oxford, will present a free Social Media and You workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 28, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The workshop will focus on Facebook, including general information and security settings. Attendees should bring their devices to the program.

To register, contact 610-932-5244 or The class size is limited.

Avon Grove Seniors

The Avon Grove Seniors will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m. at the West Grove Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 139 W. Evergreen St., West Grove. The program will be the "Frustration Game."

For more information, call 610-255-4477. Everyone is welcome.

Book, Bake Sale

A Christmas book and bake sale will be held at the Parkesburg Library, 105 West St., Parkesburg, on Friday, Nov. 30, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Parkesburg Library at 610- 857-5165 or visit

Breakfast With Santa

St. Christopher's Episcopal Church, 116 Lancaster Pike, Oxford, will present Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Featured will be breakfast, pictures with Santa and holiday arts and crafts for children. Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, fruit and beverages, including coffee, tea and orange juice.

There will be separate ticket prices for adults and children. Children under age 2 may eat for free. For more details, call 610-932-8134.

Hymn Sing

New London Presbyterian Church, 1986 Newark Road (Route 896), New London, invites the community to an old-fashioned hymn sing at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. Chuck Cole will be the organist, and Rachel Byrd will be the soloist.

A social hour will follow, and attendees are welcome to bring desserts.

Shoe Collection

The Friends of the Avon Grove Library are collecting shoes to aid a charity and to raise funds for the library. Shoes of all types and styles will be collected through the end of November at the Avon Grove Library, 117 Rosehill Ave., in the West Grove Borough building. Shoes must be in good condition.

The project will support micro-enterprises in developing nations like Haiti, Colombia and India. The Friends will be paid by the pound for the shoes collected, and proceeds will support the library.

Call 610-869-2004 with any questions.


Model Railroaders Plan Open Houses November 15, 2018

The Red Lion Train Station Model Railroaders will hold holiday open houses on Sundays, Nov. 25, Dec. 2, Dec. 9, Dec. 16, and Dec. 30, from 1 to 5 p.m.; on Thursday, Dec. 27, and Friday, Dec. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m.; and on Monday, Dec. 31, from 7 to 11:30 p.m.

Attendees will be able to view the club's O-gauge, N-gauge, and S-gauge layouts and other model railroad layouts located in the historic Maryland and Pennsylvania Railroad's Red Lion Train Station Museum, 73 N. Main St., Red Lion.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

The club will give away four complete, ready-to-run train sets on New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, at 11 p.m. Entrants do not need to be present to win. Tickets are currently available for purchase.

The club welcomes new members.


Shop Small Event Set November 15, 2018

The ninth annual Small Business Saturday will take place on Saturday, Nov. 24. Dedicated to supporting the diverse range of local businesses that create jobs, boost the economy, and enhance neighborhoods around the country, Small Business Saturday was created by American Express in 2010 in response to small business owners' most pressing need: getting more customers.

Shop Small is a nationwide movement to support small, independent businesses and call attention to the valuable and distinct contributions they make to their communities and the economy. Shop Small celebrates small businesses ranging from retail stores and restaurants to fitness studios and salons, and everything in between. The Shop Small movement was spurred by the widespread participation in Small Business Saturday.

To learn more, readers may visit


Boone Area Library Slates Events November 15, 2018

The Boone Area Library, 129 N. Mill St., Birdsboro, announced upcoming activities. The library will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

For children, story time will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., with the exception of Monday, Nov. 26. The Nick Jr. Library Adventure series will be held on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., with the exception of Friday, Nov. 23.

For adults, iPad Basics will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 5 to 6 p.m. and on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 7 p.m. " 101" will take place on Monday, Nov. 26, from 6 to 7 p.m. and on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 4 to 5 p.m. Tech Help will be available on Nov. 29 from 3 to 5 p.m.

For more information, readers may contact the library at 610-582-5666 or


Yuletide at Wheatland November 15, 2018's Yuletide at Wheatland will run through Saturday, Dec. 29. Attendees will tour the presidential mansion, located at 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster, and learn about the multi-layered history of the house and its occupants, as well as how Christmas celebrations changed over the course of 60 years in America. Tours will be available Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

During Yuletide at Wheatland, visitors will learn about three distinct eras in the mansion's history through three festively decorated period rooms: the 1860s, 1880s, and 1920s. These period rooms will take visitors from the year 1860, when President Buchanan celebrated a modest Presbyterian Christmas at Wheatland, into the late Victorian era, when Buchanan's niece Harriet Lane Johnston owned the house and would have celebrated a classic Dickens-style Christmas with her family, to 1920, when Wheatland was occupied by George B. Willson and his family and served as a space to celebrate a festive '20s Christmas reflective of the early 20th-century consumer culture in America.

Tickets will be discounted for children ages 6 to 13. Admission is free for children age 5 and under with the purchase of an adult admission.

In addition to Yuletide at Wheatland, will offer a special evening event, Tours and Tinsel, on Tuesdays, Dec. 11 and 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely tour of Wheatland at their own pace, along with refreshments. Live music will be provided by The Tuck Ryan Band on Dec. 11 and Temple Avenue on Dec. 18. Separate tickets are required.

Free Holiday Story Times will be offered on Saturdays, Dec. 1 to 29, at 11 a.m. Children will be introduced to historical themes and read a holiday book aloud. After the reading, children will be invited to stay for a holiday activity or craft inspired by the day's theme or book. The program is designed for children ages 4 through 9, but all children are welcome. There is no cost to attend, but those interested are required to make advance reservations.

Tickets for Yuletide at Wheatland, Tours and Tinsel, and Holiday Story Times are available at or by calling 717-392-4633. Advance tickets are strongly recommended for all programs, as walk-in space is not guaranteed.


Writers' Round Table Will Meet November 15, 2018

The York County Writers' Round Table networks writers and researchers of York County and regional history. The group will meet on the first Thursday of every quarter at 7 p.m. at the Historical Society Museum, Library and Archives, 250 E. Market St., York. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Dec. 6. Library and Archives staff will present research topics in the archives waiting to be explored by writers and researchers as well as tips and tools for research.

The event is free and open to the public. For details, readers may contact Lila Fourhman-Shaull at or 717-848-1587, ext. 223, or visit


Coming Together For Christmas TreE-town November 15, 2018

This year, the Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce (EACC) is spearheading a collaboration between numerous local businesses and organizations to focus holiday efforts under one brand: Christmas TreE-town. EACC executive director Heather Hohenwarter said that the initiative will highlight the many events that take place in the Elizabethtown area during the holiday season.

"The idea behind Christmas TreE-town was to curate the many existing events under one banner," Hohenwarter explained. "It made sense to create a central source of information for families racing to check things off their hectic holiday to-do list, like 'visit Santa,' 'see Christmas lights,' and 'buy teachers gifts.' So why not do it all in charming Elizabethtown?"

A website for Christmas TreE-town,, recently launched and includes a comprehensive events calendar, suggested itineraries, and featured events such as the first-ever Star Barn Village Christmas Drive-Through Light Show opening for the season on Friday, Nov. 23, and longtime traditions like the annual Elizabethtown Holiday Parade, which will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8. The theme of this year's parade, "An Old-Fashioned Christmas," will also be carried out in the inaugural holiday window decorating contest being coordinated by the Chamber.

Elizabethtown-area businesses may enter the window decorating contest by registering at in order for judges to have a complete list of participants to include in judging. The deadline for completed entries will be Thursday, Nov. 29. Judging will take place between that date and the day of the Holiday Parade, at which the contest winners will be announced. Rep. Dave Hickernell, Cindy Phillips, and Tyler Smith will serve as judges. A cash prize will be awarded to the winner, along with gift baskets to the second- and third-place contestants. Plus, everyone is encouraged to vote for their favorite window display at the "Christmas TreE-town" Facebook page in order to determine the Fan Favorite - the winner of which will also receive a gift basket filled with treats and gift cards to area attractions.

Christmas TreE-town will also feature an array of new decorative banners, flags, and - of course - Christmas trees in the center square to add to the charm of the holiday season in Elizabethtown.

The Christmas TreE-town Express will offer a complimentary bus shuttle for visitors traveling to and from the interactive model railroad displays created by The Train Guys at the Elizabethtown Public Library, 10 S. Market St., and the Masonic Village and Elizabethtown (MV&E) Model Railroad Club at Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive. It will operate on a continuous loop between the library and the Masonic Village Health Care Center parking lot from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, Dec. 1, 8, and 15. On these days, the last shuttle back to the Masonic Village will leave the library at 3:45 p.m.

Additionally, downtown businesses will offer special promotions, sales, and activities during the E-Town Nights Old-Fashioned Christmas celebration on Friday, Dec. 14, from 6 to 9 p.m.

For more details, readers may email, visit, or contact Kelly Fuddy at the EACC at 717-361-7188. Local churches, groups, and businesses with holiday events that they would like to promote are also encouraged to contact the Chamber to have those added to the Christmas TreE-town website calendar.


Foundation Sets Family Fun Day November 9, 2018

Warwick Education Foundation's Family Fun Day will take place on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Warwick Middle School, 401 Maple St., Lititz. Youths, families, and the community are invited, and entrance to the event is free.

Family Fun Day will feature carnival games, a 60-foot-long inflatable obstacle course and bounces, and inflatable basketball and soccer games. Magician, balloon artist, and disc jockey Cody Landis will provide entertainment throughout the day.

The Parent Teacher Organization from each Warwick elementary school will host free carnival games for all to play. There will also be free miniature golf, and Warwick High School students from the National Art Honor Society will paint faces. In addition, students from the Warwick High School National Honor Society and the Interact Club will volunteer.

An all-day mechanical bull riding competition has been scheduled. Every ride will be customized by a trained operator to ensure safety based on the age and experience level of the rider. Parental consent forms will be available on-site for those under age 18.

Back by popular demand will be the cornhole tournament for two age groups, with the competition open to people from third-graders to adults. Registration to participate in the cornhole tournament will take place on-site, and prizes will be awarded for winners in each age group.

Fees have been set for the inflatable bounces and obstacle course and for the mechanical bull, with an unlimited-ride option also available.

Event proceeds will be used by the Warwick Education Foundation to enrich education for Warwick students with new and innovative learning opportunities. The foundation seeks to engage, enrich, and empower all children in the Warwick School District with learning opportunities over and above those available through traditional sources of school revenue. Since its inception in 1997, WEF has provided more than $1.7 million to enrich student education. To learn more, readers may visit


The GateHouse Promotes Addiction Recovery November 9, 2018

November is set to be a busy month for The GateHouse, whose mission is to restore the human spirit through recovery. On Nov. 1, the organization's main office moved into the fifth floor of the Griest Building, 8 N. Queen St., Lancaster, and the office's previous home at 817 N. Cherry St., Lancaster, is being converted into a center for behavioral health services.

Members of the public may tour the new headquarters from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16, as part of the Extraordinary Give. During The GateHouse's ExtraGive Soiree, attendees may enjoy refreshments and learn about the mission, vision, and values the organization has offered since 1972 to Lancaster County residents who struggle with addiction.

Then, on Thanksgiving Eve, which is Wednesday, Nov. 21, The GateHouse will host the 39th annual TurkeyThon from 7 p.m. to midnight. According to development manager Rick Yanchuleff, the day before Thanksgiving has historically seen the heaviest usage of drugs and alcohol by folks who are struggling with the emotions and realities of the holiday. TurkeyThon was created to celebrate recovery through fun, food, and fellowship. A complete turkey dinner will be served, and AA and NA meetings will be held all evening. Breakout sessions will be held on the hour, and some will have guest speakers. Counselors will be available to speak with guests.

Folks may drop in at any time, and there is no charge to participate. Games and other fun activities will be available for children.

"It's a family event," Yanchuleff said. "Addiction affects everyone."

The festivities will take place in a large tent set up on the lawn of The GateHouse Mountville, 465 W. Main St., Mountville. Parking will be located across the street in the lots of Froelich Park and Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ.

The GateHouse is also working to further expand its facilities. Currently, The GateHouse runs a halfway house for approximately 20 men in Lititz and one for about 20 women in Mountville, but a new halfway house will soon be opened in the Rockefeller mansion in Marietta. The new home will have a capacity for 30 women, and the Mountville house will become a facility for men. At all of the houses, clients arrive just after they have completed detox. Once they successfully conclude a 90-day stay, the clients move into one of four transitional living houses in Lancaster city. After they graduate from that stage of the program, clients may live on their own while receiving intensive outpatient treatment.

Yanchuleff noted that the treatment program is customized to each individual. "They're not run through a cookie-cutter process," he said.

The GateHouse is a nonprofit organization that is not specifically faith-based, but God plays an integral role in the recovery process, Yanchuleff said. Clients participate voluntarily; they are not committed. The GateHouse accepts medical assistance and some insurances as well as safe pay. To offset costs and increase awareness of the organization, Yanchuleff is working to develop a donor base.

"Generally, people in recovery know of The GateHouse, but (others) don't," he remarked.

The hope is that through events like the ExtraGive Soiree and TurkeyThon, members of the public will become familiar with The GateHouse and seek out ways to support the organization and its clients.

For more information about The GateHouse, readers may visit or call 717-393-3215. Folks who would like to donate or volunteer may contact Yanchuleff at or 717-205-3026.


Public Library Plans Activities November 9, 2018

Pequea Valley Public Library, 31 Center St., Intercourse, will offer several special events. To learn more, readers may call the library at 717-768-3160 or visit

A Movie Marathon will be held on Friday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. The movie selection and times are available on the library website.

Make a Christmas Ornament will be available on Tuesdays, Dec. 4 or 11, between 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., when patrons may stop in to make an ornament while supplies last and take it home. The program is open to youths ages 3 to 14.

Patrons may stop by the library through Monday, Dec. 17, to color a holiday or Christmas card to send to another library in the United States. Holiday pen pal cards from other libraries will be displayed in the children's room.


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


Chamber Announces Visits From Santa Claus November 8, 2018

The members of the Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce are excited to be hosting visits from Santa Claus once again this year. Santa will be at Chamber member Pies Galore & More, 76 E. Main St., Mount Joy, on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 24, and Saturday, Dec. 8, from noon to 3 p.m.

Refreshments will be served. Candy canes will be available for children, along with Christmas-themed coloring pages. The coloring pages may also be picked up at the Chamber office, 62 E. Main St., Suite 1, or at Pies Galore & More during regular business hours. The Chamber office is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays to Fridays. Pies Galore & More is open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays to Fridays, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Finished artwork may be returned to Pies Galore & More to be hung up in the windows of the business for the entire Christmas season.

Adults may enter to win a Mount Joy Money gift certificate. Mount Joy Money is a Chamber program that began in 2006 and is designed to keep dollars in Mount Joy. Since 2006, more than $40,000 in Mount Joy Money gift certificates has been sold. For a full list of the participating Chamber members, readers may stop in at the Chamber office.

New for this year, Chamber member Lanco Federal Credit Union in Mount Joy will be gifting those who visit Santa with one 5-by-7-inch photo. Attendees may bring a personal camera to take additional photos.

The Chamber will also be accepting donations of nonperishable food items for the Mount Joy Food Bank from Nov. 24, to Dec. 8 during Pies Galore & More regular hours and during Santa visits. Nonperishable food items may also be dropped off at the Chamber office.

For more details, readers may visit or


County Parks Programs Set November 8, 2018

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee for the programs, which will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. To register, readers may call 717-295-2055. Registration is required by noon on the business day before the event.

Discover Money Rocks will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17, at Money Rocks County Park, 936 Narvon Road, Narvon. The program, open to children age 6 and older, will explore the park with a naturalist during a 2- to 3-mile hike over rough, rocky, and hilly terrain.

Native American Games will be offered to children age 3 and older from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18. The event will feature an afternoon of fun playing a variety of games once enjoyed by Native American children. Participants will learn the significance of the games in the lives of the children and practice the same skills the Native Americans learned.

Munchkin Science - Predator-Prey Relationships, designed for children ages 3 to 5 with adults, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20. After hands-on learning inside, attendees will go outside to play predator-prey tag games in which the children will represent different animals and learn the animals' relationships to each other.

Fun and Fascination: Owls will be offered to students ages 6 to 10 with adults from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21. Children will be introduced to common local owls and explore owl pellets.

An Owl Prowl will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 21. Participants will join a park naturalist for a night of looking and listening for owls.


"Tea For Three" Scheduled November 8, 2018

Emmy Award-winning actress Elaine Bromka will star in "Tea for Three: Lady Bird, Pat, and Betty," a one-woman play at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7:30 p.m.

"Tea for Three" is a fictionalized account based on the lives of first ladies Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon, and Betty Ford, set in the White House during the years of 1968, 1974 and 1976. The play seeks to humanize the political scene by looking at the life of each first lady as she nears the end of her White House stay. Inspired by her roles in the PBS show "The Presidents," Bromka collaborated with playwright Eric H. Weinberger to create the show.

A free 20-minute Audience Perspective talk by a local scholar will begin at 6:45 p.m. to provide insight and perspective related to the performance.

Bromka's stage credits include Broadway and off-Broadway, and she has also done television work. She has played lead roles at regional theaters across the U.S.

To purchase tickets and for more information, readers may visit or call 717-871-7600. Tickets are also available in person at the Ware Center box office and at the Student Memorial Center, Room 103, on the Millersville University campus.


Community Calendar November 8, 2018

The Community Calendar is a weekly feature of the Community Courier.

Local clubs, civic organizations, nonprofit agencies, schools, etc., that would like to have events or meeting date information published, should contact the Community Courier in writing at least two weeks before the event. No items will be accepted over the phone.

Send news releases to Engle Publishing Company, Community Courier, P.O. Box 500, Mount Joy, PA 17552 or fax them to 717-892-6024. Calendar items can also be emailed to

Quilt Guild

Calico Cutters Quilt Guild (CCQG) will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 9:30 a.m. at the Goshen Fire Company, 1320 Park Ave., West Chester. Guest speaker Diane Knott will share the secrets and steps she uses for making scrap quilts sparkle.

As this month's charity project, hats, scarves, mittens and gloves will be collected for several local homeless shelters. CCQG also has a Block of the Month, a show-and-tell, and a drawing. Members also create quilts for children and veterans.

The meeting is open to guests for a nominal fee. For more information, visit or email

Support Group

Nicotine Anonymous will meet on Wednesday, Nov. 14 (and every Wednesday), at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, St. John's Circle, Phoenixville. Meetings are held in the lower level basement.

The support group is free and is open to those who want to stop smoking, vaping or using chewing tobacco products. For more information, call 610-933-9181.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous will meet on Thursday, Nov. 15 (and every Thursday), at 6:30 p.m. at Thorndale United Methodist Church, 3503 Lincoln Highway, Thorndale. Meetings are held in the fellowship area.

Babysitting will not be provided. The church is handicapped-accessible. For more information, call 610-384-2433.

Support Group

Downingtown Friday night Al-Anon family groups have moved from St. James Episcopal Church on Route 30 in Downingtown to Marsh Creek Community Church, 101 Crump Road, Exton. (at the intersection of Whitford and Crump roads). The start date will be on Friday, Nov. 16, at 8 p.m. Relatives and friends of those who a drinking problem are invited to attend.

Coatesville Lions

The Coatesville Area Lions Club is seeking new members. The group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Coatesville Moose, 1200 Airport Road, Coatesville. The next scheduled dinner meeting will be on Thursday, Nov. 15, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Those who enjoy volunteering and helping with projects in the community are welcome to join. To learn more, call Robert Moskel, Lions Club secretary, at 610-486-0343.

Gift, Craft Show

Saint Anthony's Women's Auxiliary will present its fourth annual holiday gift and craft show at Saint Anthony's Lodge, 259 W. Church St. Downingtown, on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 am. to 2 p.m. Refreshments and gift wrapping will be available. There will also be an opportunity to win prizes. For more information, email

Support Group

Food Addicts Anonymous will meet on Saturday, Nov. 17 (and every Saturday), at 10:30 a.m. at the Lima United Methodist Church, 209 N. Middletown Road, Lima. Meetings will be held in Wesley Hall, which is the second driveway entrance.

Meetings are free and open to anyone with a desire to stop eating abnormally, as well as to get their weight and blood sugar to normal levels. For more information, call 610-566-7109.

Holiday Bazaar

Thorndale United Methodist Church, 3503 Lincoln Highway, Thorndale, will host a holiday bazaar on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Craft vendors will offer their wares for purchase. Shoppers will find handmade jewelry, knit hats, scarves, and more. Baked goods, nuts, and lunch items, including homemade soup, will be available.

For more information, call 610-384-2433 or visit

Holiday Fair

St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 101 Worthington Road, Lionville, will hold a Holiday Fair on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event will feature baked goods, vendors selling handmade items, and attic treasures such as quality used toys and games. The event's hospitality table will feature free hot cider and doughnut holes. There will be an auction featuring baskets, and bidding will end at 2 p.m. Winners need not be present.

Lunch will be available. Children may have their picture taken with Santa and do a craft to take home.

For more information, call 610-363-7285 or 484-252-1342.

Meditation Program

A free group meditation program will be held at Downingtown Yoga and Meditation Center, 116 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 to 11:45 a.m. The program will include chanting, meditation and a time for refreshments and informal conversation.

Attendees may come for the whole program or part of the morning. For more information, to register or for a complete schedule of activities, contact the Ashram at 610-644-7555 or

Support Group

Al-Anon, a support group for anyone who has been affected by another's drinking problem, will hold an open meeting on Monday, Nov. 19 (and every Monday), at 9:30 a.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church, 100 W Uwchlan Ave. (Route 113), Downingtown.

Babysitting is available, and the church is handicapped-accessible. For more information, call 215-222-5244 or visit

Celebrate Recovery

Celebrate Recovery will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 20 (and every Tuesday), at 6 p.m. at The Well, 107 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. The program offers an opportunity for people to find victory over their hurts, habits and hang-ups. Meetings are free and open to all. The Well is a handicapped-accessible facility. For more information, call 610-400-8255.

Eagle-Glenmoore Lions

The Eagle-Glenmoore Lions Club dinner meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday from September through June at 6:30 P M at Ludwig's Grill and Oyster Bar. 2904 Conestoga Road, Glenmoore. The next meeting will be on Nov. 20.

For more information, visit or call 610-458-0677. New members are welcome.

Blessing Of The Hounds

St. Peters Pikeland United Church of Christ, 1193 Clover Mill Road, Chester Springs, will present the Blessing of the Hounds on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Doug Hanson will hold a brief service, followed by the traditional English blessing. Dogs on leashes are welcome. The Androssan Beagles will be present after their morning hunt. Hot beverages will be available.

Donations will support the church's mission projects, including disaster relief in the South.


Giving Event Set In Lititz November 8, 2018

Lititz Springs Park, 24 N. Broad St., will host a special event in conjunction with the Extraordinary Give on Friday, Nov. 16.

From 3 to 6 p.m., the family-friendly event will offer opportunities to learn about the Lititz community and its civic organizations. A mobile give stop will be on-site for attendees to make donations via Food trucks will be on-site.

Special events will continue into the evening, as well. The Lititz Treehouse Project will host a family movie at Lititz Church of the Brethren. Lititz recCenter is inviting "Give Guests" to an open house in its pool, gym, and fitness center from 4 to 9 p.m. Tickets are on sale for Lititz Christian School's Community Talent Show at 7 p.m., and a fireworks display will take place at Grace Church on Lincoln Avenue in Lititz immediately following the show at approximately 9 p.m.

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