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YMCA To Offer Winter Programs January 16, 2018

The Dover and York YMCA branches will accept registrations for several youth and teen programs. Programs include introductory lacrosse classes for youths ages 6 to 14, art classes for children ages 4 to 14, intramural volleyball for girls ages 11 to 15, a seventh- and eighth-grade basketball league that begins Thursday, Feb. 8 (Dover YMCA), and an indoor soccer league for youths ages 4 to 11.

For further details, readers may contact or 717-843-7884, ext. 263.


Bluegrass Bands Post Performance January 16, 2018

Summit Hill Bluegrass and Canaan's Land Bluegrass will perform bluegrass music at the Reinholds Fire Company, 138 W. Main St., Reinholds, on Saturday, Feb. 3.

Summit Hill Bluegrass is a group of multitalented bluegrass musicians, each of whom has an average of more than 20 years working with various bluegrass bands. Roger Eberlin of West Grove sings lead, baritone, and tenor and plays the mandolin and guitar. Ron McVey of Strasburg plays the old-time bluegrass fiddle and sings lead. He is following in the footsteps of his late grandfather. Tim Kilby of Quarryville sings lead, baritone, and bass and plays the guitar, dobro, and bass fiddle. Kilby has performed with High Ridge Mountain Boys and Stone Mountain Bluegrass. Keith Kupp of Adamstown plays the banjo and sings tenor. At the upcoming performance, Jeff Dillard will add upright bass and vocals to Summit Hill Bluegrass.

Canaan's Land Bluegrass performs traditional bluegrass music with a sprinkling of new era sounds. Dave Dulaney has played bluegrass and country music with bands for more than 20 years. He plays the guitar and mandolin and sings lead, tenor, and baritone. Steve Waldon plays the banjo; his banjo style has been influenced by Earl Scruggs, Don Reno, and Eddie Adcock. The newest member of the band is Tim Lyne, who plays the upright bass. Lyne has played with the Roots of Bluegrass.

There are requested donation amounts per person, with discounts for teenagers ages 13 to 17. Children age 12 and under will be admitted for free. The doors will open at 5 p.m., and the music will begin at 6 p.m. Food will be available. For more information, readers may call 610-573-0797 or search for "Farm Country Shindig" on Facebook.


Grain Painting Class Posted January 16, 2018

Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, will host a grain painting class on Saturday, Feb. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon. Jim King, a local fancy painter and the author of "False Graining Techniques," will teach the Pennsylvania German folk art class.

Grain painting is a technique used since the 18th century to make woods such as maple, pine, or poplar look like expensive hardwoods. Patterns are applied to wood using foam brushes, corn cobs, and more.

Separate fees have been set for historical society members and for nonmembers. The cost includes all materials. Registration is due by Friday, Feb. 2, by calling 717-393-9745 or visiting


Program To Highlight Owls January 16, 2018

The Green Thumb Garden Club will meet on Monday, Feb. 5, at 11 a.m. at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 2650 Freysville Road, Red Lion. Clayton Lutz, wildlife diversity biologist from the Pennsylvania Game Commission, will discuss "Barn Owls!"

The meeting is free and open to the public. Guests are welcome to attend. For details, contact Melanie Markowski at 717-617-7457 or


Team River Runner Makes Kayaking Possible For All January 12, 2018

In 2014, when John Butler was turning 14, his father, Bill Butler, looked for an activity they could do together. Bill had coached John in Upward basketball, but the youth had aged out of the program. While it might have seemed natural for the father-son duo to join a rec basketball league, they had one important consideration: Bill is a disabled veteran with mobility challenges. An athletic activity involving running and jumping was out.

Kayaking seemed like a possibility, however, so Bill launched his computer's search engine. He discovered the Southeast Pennsylvania chapter of Team River Runner (TRR), and he also discovered more than just kayaking. TRR is a nationwide nonprofit organization with more than 50 chapters. Through kayaking and canoeing, the organization offers health and healing for disabled veterans, nondisabled veterans and active-duty military personnel, disabled members of the community, and nonveteran volunteers.

Bill and John participated in the Southeast Pennsylvania chapter for a year, during which Bill was trained as an instructor certified by the American Canoe Association. He was then tapped by the organization's executive director to start a chapter, and the Susquehanna Valley chapter was born. Bill recruited his friend and fellow Army veteran Roy Hargrove to serve as the chapter's secretary.

"We offer camaraderie with people who have 'been there,' and we see the kids having fun together," said Sue Schaffer, outreach coordinator for the Susquehanna Valley chapter of TRR.

In the chapter's two years, participation has reached 165 people, a portion of whom are blind or have vision impairments. Jennifer Eaton, who works with young clients at VisionCorps and has low vision herself, contacted Bill in hopes that he would lead a kayak trip on the Conestoga River for Camp Cool, VisionCorps' summer camp. Instead, Bill taught the campers how to kayak, and Eaton became an avid paddler.

"I got hooked," Eaton said. "I've got the whole gear, and I'm a Level II instructor." Eaton created the Kids Are OuttaSight! (KAOS!) program, which has been implemented in TRR chapters across the country, and she now serves as the national director for the program.

TRR specializes in adapting equipment and procedures according to participants' abilities. That might involve securing a palsied hand to a paddle mounted on a pivot or using a kayak with a transfer board. It also takes the form of sighted guides providing verbal cues to paddlers so they can navigate safely downstream.

"Water is a great equalizer," Bill explained, noting that with the right equipment and proper training, practically anyone can enjoy kayaking or canoeing.

"We are a judgment-free zone from the disability perspective," Eaton said. "We're equals."

There is plenty of ribbing about military branches, however, and that just adds to the fun, Hargrove commented. TRR grew out of a physical therapy program at Walter Reed Military Hospital, and its primary participants are disabled veterans. TRR continues as a nontraditional recreational therapy program.

"We see vets for whom this world makes no sense to them, so we do a river run like we're doing a mission," Bill said. "I have done more than one PTSD counseling session downstream of the rapids."

The Susquehanna Valley chapter hosts training sessions in Millersville University's Pucillo Gymnasium during the fall and winter, and it hosts outdoor paddling at York County's Lake Williams and on other area waterways in the summer and when the weather otherwise permits. There is no charge to participate, as the organization operates through grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs and private contributions. Information about participation and making donations may be found at, and folks may contact Bill at 717-951-8948 or for more information.


Parks Department Sets Programs January 12, 2018

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee to take part in the programs. Programs will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster, unless otherwise noted.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration should be completed by noon on the business day prior to the program by calling 717-295-2055 unless otherwise stated. A new refund/cancellation policy is in effect, offering a full credit or refund if a program is canceled, as well as varying levels of credit or refunds should a customer withdraw from a program.

"Fun and Fascination ... With Rocks and Fossils," a program designed for youths ages 6 to 10, is slated for 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays. Dates and topics are as follows: Jan. 17, Fossils Bigger Than a Penny; Feb. 7, Fossils Smaller Than a Penny; Feb. 21, Minerals; March 7, Sugaring, taking place at Pavilion 11; March 21, Fire Rocks; April 4, Sedimentary Rocks; and April 18, Metamorphic Rocks. Naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel will lead participants in the study of geology. Younger children are welcome to attend with parents if accompanying older siblings.

National Winter Trails Day, an event for individuals of all ages, is slated for Saturday, Jan. 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Participants may join naturalist Lisa Sanchez at the Conewago Recreation Trail, 2385 N. Market St., Elizabethtown, to walk the trail, enjoy the views of nature in winter, and learn about the natural world. Participants should meet at the Route 230 trailhead.

A Make and Take craft event featuring coffee mug bird feeders will be held on Sunday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Naturalist Rachel Albright will assist participants age 5 and older in making a suet bird feeder buffet to attract winter birds. Attendees should bring their own mug.

Environmental Justice, a program for participants of all ages, will be held on Monday, Jan. 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. Presenter John Brakeall will discuss the history of environmental justice and the steps being taken to address concerns related to environmental justice. The program is free; however, donations will be accepted for ongoing environmental education programs.

"Feet, Furs, and FUNction," a program for people of all ages, will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 24. Attendees may choose either the 10 to 11 a.m. session or the 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. session. Naturalist Lisa Sanchez will lead an exploration into the fur and feet of local wildlife.

Munchkin Science, for children ages 3 to 5 with their parents, will be offered on select Tuesdays from 11 a.m. to noon or from 1 to 2 p.m. Dates and topics include Jan. 30, Mammals; Feb. 13, Predators and Prey; and Feb. 27, Fish and Fish Print T-shirts, for which attendees must bring a T-shirt. Naturalist Ann Strauss will lead participants in discovering various aspects of science.


Program To Offer Variety Of Courses January 12, 2018

Luther Acres, a Luthercare community, 600 E. Main St., Lititz, will offer a variety of courses through its winter 2018 "reDiscover a World of Possibilities" program. The courses will be one day a week, and some will cover a two-, four- or six-week period. All courses are open to the greater community and will be held on the Luther Acres campus. Varying fees have been set for residents and for nonresidents, but some courses are free to attend.

Introduction to Ballroom will be taught by Gregg and Amber Stief on Wednesdays, Feb. 7 to 28, from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m. The class will cover the basics of the five major ballroom dances: waltz, foxtrot, rhumba, cha-cha, and swing. Couples and singles of all ages and abilities are welcome.

Acrylic Painting for Beginners will be led by fine artist Tamera Teets on Mondays, Feb. 19 to March 12, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Individuals who are new to painting or to acrylic paint are welcome to take part.

Tai Chi will be taught by Collean Riehl, wellness specialist at the Luther Acres Wellness Center, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 7 to March 14. Tai chi involves a continuous series of controlled, usually slow movements designed to improve physical and mental well-being. The class is appropriate for people of all fitness levels.

Mediation and Conflict Resolution Skills: What Is It and How Can I Use It? will be offered from 2 to 3 p.m. on Mondays, Feb. 5 and 12. The workshops will focus on mediation, specifically elder mediation, along with benefits and when to choose mediation. It will feature interactive discussions and activities to practice conflict resolution techniques.

Spiritual Migration and the Book of Revelation has been set for 10:30 a.m. to noon on Thursdays, Feb. 1 to 22. Discussions will include the hiddenness and activity of God in history; the nature of apocalyptic thinking; and numbers, symbols, poetry, and myth in biblical stories.

Individuals may learn to play Five Crowns, a five-suited rummy-style card game, during sessions from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, Feb. 7 to 28. The award-winning, classic game is appropriate for both avid and casual card players.

Registration is required by Feb. 1, and space is limited. To sign up or to obtain more information, including cost, readers may call Beth Bucher, Luther Acres wellness director, at 717-626-1171, ext. 1691.


An Elizabethtown Homecoming January 11, 2018

Taste of Western Lancaster County Set For Feb. 2

Elizabethtown Rotary Club member Kevin Engle said that he typically refers to the annual Taste of Western Lancaster County as an Elizabethtown homecoming. "It's just a real fun event," said Engle, who is now in his fourth year as chairperson for the highly anticipated evening, which features an array of food and beverages, as well as live music. "I'm always looking forward to the new vendors," Engle added.

The 10th annual Taste of Western Lancaster County will take place on Friday, Feb. 2, from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Public Library, 10 S. Market St., Elizabethtown. Proceeds from the 21-and-older event will benefit the library and the service projects of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club. Tickets may be purchased at the library, from a Rotarian, or by visiting and searching for "2018 Taste of Western Lancaster County."

Elizabethtown Public Library director Deb Drury said that live music will take place on all three levels of the library this year. In past years, the layout on the first floor did not allow room for performances there, but Drury said that the space has been reconfigured this year to accommodate even more musicians during the event. Performers will include the Blind Spot Nut Butters, Whiskey Rose, the Otis Kitchen band, and two groups from Elizabethtown College.

Food and beverages from restaurants, caterers, and specialty vendors based in the local region will be available at stations throughout the library for attendees to sample. "A lot of the fan favorites are coming back," Drury said. The library's own Elizabethtown Coffee Company will be among the vendors, and, in addition to various beverages and baked cookies, it will be debuting a new product. "We'll have edible cookie dough, and that will be the kickoff for the product," shared Drury.

Individuals will once again have the chance to vote for favorites in categories such as best appetizer, main course, and dessert, and the winning vendors will receive awards. Vendors will also exercise creativity in their displays as they compete for the Best of Show award.

A photo booth with a new backdrop and props will be set up for folks to enjoy, and some vendors will have additional products or gift cards available to purchase. Product demonstrations will also be part of some vendors' offerings.

According to Engle, the celebration originated when a group of Rotarians wanted to plan an event that would help the library. Last year, nearly 600 people attended the event. "The building is hopping," Drury explained. "A lot of people say it's like an Elizabethtown reunion. It's just like a big party in the library."

Members of the Elizabethtown DeMolay and Key Club serve in various capacities at the event, as do volunteers from the library and Rotary. Drury explained that the members of the Elizabethtown Area High School football team help to move out of a lot of the library furniture into trucks donated by local moving companies in order to make space for everything that takes place inside the library.

"It's a great celebration, even in how many people come together to make it happen," commented Drury. "And that's really a tribute to how well this community works together."

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, readers may contact the library at 717-367-7467.


GEARS Posts Schedule January 11, 2018

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 visit or call 717-367-0355.

GEARS is accepting teams for its winter Coed Sixes Volleyball League scheduled to begin on Monday, Feb. 12, and conclude in mid-April. Games will be held on Mondays from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Daubert Gym, GEARS Community Center gym and Elizabethtown Area Middle School gym. The league will feature a 10-match season with playoffs. Rosters must have a minimum of six and a maximum of 15 players. There is a per-team fee, and teams should submit a team roster and registration fee no later than Friday, Feb. 2, to be included in the league schedule. Teams must have two females on the court at all times.

GEARS will offer an Iddy Biddy Indoor Soccer Program for children ages 3 to 5 from 9 to 10 a.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 3 through March 24, except March 3 and 10, at the GEARS Community Center gym, 70 S. Poplar St., Elizabethtown. Elizabethtown College soccer players will teach basic soccer skills such as dribbling, passing and trapping. Emphasis will also be placed on social skills. The registration fee will include a T-shirt. Shin guards are recommended.

A Youth Indoor Soccer Program will be led by Elizabethtown College soccer players for students in grades one through three at the GEARS Community Center from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays, Feb. 3 through March 24, except March 3 and 10. The program will be instructional, providing an opportunity for youths to participate in low-key games.

An Indoor Field Hockey Clinic, set for Saturdays, Feb. 3 through March 10 at Elizabethtown Area Middle School, 600 E. High St., Elizabethtown, will teach a modified version of field hockey for younger participants. Individuals will learn fundamentals. Hockey sticks and balls will be provided, and shin guards are recommended. The registration fee will include a T-shirt and a mouthguard. Students in grades one through three will meet from 1 to 2 p.m., and students in grades four through six will meet from 2 to 3 p.m.

A trip to see a production of "The Lion King" on Broadway will take place on Monday, Feb. 19. The show will begin at 2 p.m. The group will depart at 7:30 a.m. from the parking lot of MoviE-town, 700 N. Hanover St., Elizabethtown.


Audubon Society Posts Events January 11, 2018

Quittapahilla Audubon Society (QAS) has posted several upcoming events. Unless otherwise noted, the programs are free and open to the public. More information is available at

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m., Amy Weidensaul will present "Great Backyard Bird Count: An Annual Winter Count" in the chapel of the Lebanon Valley Home, 550 E. Main St., Annville.

Every February, tens of thousands of people in North America participate in the bird count by counting birds in their backyards and neighborhoods. The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a four-day winter bird count open to birders of all ages and abilities and will take place this year from Friday, Feb. 16, through Monday, Feb. 19. The bird count engages bird watchers to create a real-time snapshot of bird populations. Anyone can take part in the bird count from anywhere.

At the Jan. 24 event, attendees will learn more about this annual winter count and how they can participate.

Weidensaul is director of community conservation and education for Audubon Pennsylvania. For further information, readers may call 717-269-0675.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, QAS will offer a field trip to Barnegat Lighthouse and Brigantine Nation Wildlife Refuge. This is an all-day trip, weather permitting. Space is limited to eight people. For more information, readers may contact Jim Fiorentino at 717-269-0675.

On Sunday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m., QAS will present the Great Backyard Bird Count at the Union Canal Tunnel Park. Participants will observe flora and fauna and collect data for the bird count. For more details, readers may contact Fritz Heilman 717-273-0487.

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m., Dennis Small will present "Plight of the Egret" in the chapel of Lebanon Valley Home. Small performed a five-and-a-half-year photographic study of the lives and habits of these birds. The program will feature Small's photography. For more information, readers may call 717-269-0675.


Social Coloring Session Posted January 11, 2018

The William H. and Marion C. Alexander Family Library, 200 W. Second St., Hummelstown, will host two hours of social coloring on Monday, Jan. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. The library will provide coloring sheets and colored pencils, but attendees may feel free to bring their own favorite coloring tools and a snack.

Registration is not required for this program. For more information, readers may call the library at 717-566-0949, visit, or pick up a copy of The Library Compass at the library.


Museum Will Offer Discount January 11, 2018

To celebrate its 15th anniversary, every Tuesday throughout 2018 the AACA Museum, Inc. will provide admission for two guests for a set price.

This special rate will be available for all guests age 4 and up. Children age 3 and under will be admitted for free. No additional discounts or coupons will apply. For more details, readers may visit


Community Calendar January 11, 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

Nutrition Program

The Coatesville Public Library, 501 E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, will present "Nutrition Links - How to Eat Better for Less" on Tuesdays, Jan. 16 through Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. The program is free. Those who attend for or more sessions will receive a free tote bag, cookbook and more. To register, email

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous will meet on Thursday, Jan. 18 (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 be available. The church is handicapped-accessible. For more information, call 610-384-2433.

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, Jan. 18, 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.

Ukulele Lessons

The Downingtown Library is offering a five-week beginner ukulele lesson program every Thursday beginning on Jan. 18 from 5 to 6 p.m. A non-refundable fee will be due at the first class. The fee includes five classes and a learning packet. Attendees should bring their own ukuleles.

The class is open to people age 15 and older. Space is limited; register at

At the completion of the classes, a Ukulele Jam Circle will be held on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 9:30 a.m. To register or download the music, visit the website.

Chamber Music Concert

The Church of the Loving Shepherd, 1066 S. New St., West Chester, will host Augustine "Gus" Mercante, countertenor, as guest soloist for its Chamber Music at Bournelyf concert series on Friday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m.

Mercante will perform music by Faure, Schubert and William Bolcolm, along with some spirituals and popular standards. He will be accompanied on piano by Theresa Klinefelter, a concert artist in both the classical and jazz genres.

There will be a suggested donation collected at the door. Seniors and students will receive a discount. A reception will follow the concert.

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, Jan. 22, (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

American Legion Meeting

American Legion Post 475 will meet on Monday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. at Freedom Village, 15 Freedom Blvd. Coatesville, PA 19320. All eligible veterans are invited to attend.

In order to be eligible for membership, veterans must have served between the following dates: World War I, between April 6, 1917, and Nov. 11, 1918; World War II, between Dec. 7, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946; Korean War, between June 25, 1950, and Jan. 31, 1955; Vietnam War, between Feb. 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975; Lebanon/Grenada, between Aug. 25, 1982, and July 31, 1984; Panama, between Dec. 20, 1989, and Jan. 31, 1990; and the Gulf War/War on Terrorism, from Aug. 2, 1990, to the present.

For more information, email

Travelogue Night

Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Ave., Phoenixville, will present a free Travelogue Night on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will view vacation photos taken by fellow library patrons, each of whom will have 15 minutes to show and tell the audience about their favorite destinations. Light refreshments will be served.

Participants are still needed. Those who would like to present photos are asked to contact Mark Pinto at 610-933-3013, ext. 132, or Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at or by calling Pinto.


A fundraiser to benefit local cancer patient Kieran Walsh and his family will be held on Friday, Jan. 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Moore's Furniture, 90 Pottstown Pike (Route 100), Chester Springs. Kieran, age 4, resides in Phoenixville and is facing his second battle with cancer.

The ticket price includes food and beverages. There will also be opportunities to win prizes. For more information, contact Amy Dluhy at or visit

Lions Club Meetings

The Eagle Glenmoore Lions Club meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m., from September through June, at the Eagle Tavern, 123 Pottstown Pike (Route 100), Eagle. The next scheduled meeting will be on Feb. 6.

New members are always welcome. Call 610-636-0243 for more information.

Players Sought

Ches-Del Senior Softball League is looking for new players for the 2017 season. Games will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. from April through July in the West Chester and Delaware County areas.

Players must be age 60 or older at any time during 2017. For more information, contact Joe Morgan at 484-840-1644 or

Support Groups

Calvary Fellowship, 95 W. Devon Drive, Downingtown, hosts support groups on Mondays and Wednesdays to help those who are going through difficult times.

Job Seekers, for those who are unemployed or underemployed, and Parents of Prodigals, for parents of children struggling with drugs and addictions meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7 p.m.

On Wednesdays, at 6:30 p.m., the church offers DivorceCare for individuals going through a divorce; GriefShare, for those who have lost loved ones; and Celebrate Recovery, to help with any hurt, destructive habit, or hang-up, including addictions. Wednesday sessions will have child care provided on most weeks with prior sign-up.

For more information and to register, contact Bob VanArsdale at


Community Calendar January 11, 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.

Story Time

Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road, Honey Brook, will offer Story Time With Miss Jennifer on Wednesdays and Thursdays, through March 1, at 10 am. Story time is best suited for preschoolers ages 2 to 5, but people of all ages are welcome to attend.

For more information, contact the library at 610-273-3303 or

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight-loss support group, will meet on Thursday, Jan. 18 (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.

Breakfast With The Bible

Alan Lindsay, pastoral leader of Saint Mary's Chapel-Warwick (Episcopal), will host Breakfast With the Bible on Friday, Jan. 19, 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.

American Legion Meeting

American Legion Post 475 will meet on Monday, Jan. 22, at 11 a.m. at Freedom Village, 15 Freedom Blvd. Coatesville, PA 19320. All eligible veterans are invited to attend.

In order to be eligible for membership, veterans must have served between the following dates: World War I, between April 6, 1917, and Nov. 11, 1918; World War II, between Dec. 7, 1941, and Dec. 31, 1946; Korean War, between June 25, 1950, and Jan. 31, 1955; Vietnam War, between Feb. 28, 1961, and May 7, 1975; Lebanon/Grenada, between Aug. 25, 1982, and July 31, 1984; Panama, between Dec. 20, 1989, and Jan. 31, 1990; and the Gulf War/War on Terrorism, from Aug. 2, 1990, to the present.

For more information, email

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 23, (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.

Neighbors Meeting

Neighbors Caring and Sharing, a Christian women's fellowship group, will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 9:15 to 11 a.m. at Conestoga Mennonite Church. Guest speaker Ruth Ann Rohrer will present "The Beauty of Sign Language."

Conestoga Mennonite Church is located at 2779 Main St. (Route 23), Morgantown. For more information, visit or call the church office at 610-286-9124.

Community Dinner

St. Peter United Church of Christ, Route 23, Knauertown, will hold a community dinner on Friday, Jan. 26, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The menu has not been determined. The public is invited to stop in and enjoy food, fellowship, fun and possibly entertainment. A free will offering will be accepted. For more information, call 610-913-7717.


Community Calendar January 11, 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

Avon Grove Seniors

The Avon Grove Seniors will hold a covered dish lunch on Wednesday, Jan. 17, at 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall at the West Grove Presbyterian Church, 139 W. Evergreen St., West Grove.

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

Seniors Group

The Strasburg Senior Citizens will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Strasburg Fire Company, 200 W. Franklin St., Strasburg. Musical entertainment will be jukebox memories and all-time favorites.

The group, now in its 52nd year, welcomes new members from Strasburg and the surrounding area. Visitors are always welcome. For details, call Bill at 717-687-9072.

Bible Study

Faith Bible Chapel, 140 Bernard Ave., Cochranville, invites ladies from all denominations to a 12-week Bible study titled "Psalms, Prayers of the Heart." The informal discussion group will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 17.

The church is located off Route 41 a quarter-mile south of Route 10 in Cochranville. For more details, call Faith Bible Chapel at 610-593-6333 and leave a message for Shirley. More information about the church is available at

Night To Shine

Freedom Life Church will serve as one of more than 450 churches around the world that will host a Night to Shine sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation on Friday, Feb. 9, at the Shady Maple Banquet Facility, located at 129 Toddy Drive in East Earl.

Night to Shine is a prom experience for people with special needs, ages 14 and older. Every guest of Night to Shine will enter the complimentary event on a red carpet. There will also be hair and make-up stations, a shoe shining area, limousine rides, corsages and boutonnieres, a catered dinner, karaoke, prom favors, a Respite Room for parents and caretakers and a dance floor. Each guest will be crowned king or queen of the prom.

All Night to Shine guests and their caretakers are asked to register before Monday, Jan. 22, at The first 75 applicants will be accepted.

Call 610-593-5959 or email for more information.

Society Meeting

The Oxford Area Historical Association (OAHA) will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. at Oxford Presbyterian Church, 6 Pine St., Oxford. Guest speaker Colvin Randall will present "Longwood Gardens: 100-Plus Years of Garden Splendor." He has written many books on the subject.

Randall is the P.S. du Pont Fellow at Longwood Gardens. Previously, he served as historian/information manager and public relations manager.

The program is free, and light refreshments will be served. The community is invited.

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 23, (and every Tuesday), at the Oxford Senior Center, 12 Locust St., Oxford. Weigh-in is at 6 p.m.; the meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Joyce at 410-375-5629.


Flower Show Bus Trip Scheduled January 11, 2018

A bus trip on Monday, March 5, to attend the Philadelphia Horticulture Society's Philadelphia Flower Show will be sponsored by Town and Country Garden Club of Lancaster. The 2018 theme is "Wonder of Water." The bus will depart at 11 a.m. from Church of the Apostles, 1850 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, and will return at approximately 9 p.m.

The public is invited. There is a cost for the trip, with a discount for members. There is a separate admission fee for the flower show. Readers may call Jane at 717-284-4783 to reserve a seat. For more information, readers may visit


Leisure Club Slates Trips January 10, 2018

The West York Leisure Club will sponsor several bus trips, which are open to the public. All trips will depart from Dick's Sporting Goods in West York.

On Tuesday, April 10, the club will offer a trip to Philadelphia to include a tram tour of the American Treasures Museum, guided tour of Valley Forge National Park, and dinner at Shady Maple Smorgasbord.

A trip to Memphis, Tenn., and Tupelo, Miss., will take place from Sunday, April 29, through Friday, May 4. The tour will include Elvis' birthplace, the Elvis Museum, Sun Studios, the Elvis Experience tour at Graceland, Graceland Plaza, the Elvis "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" tour, and more.

On Tuesday, May 15, the club will offer a trip to Historic Harpers Ferry, W.Va., to include a guided tour of Harpers Ferry, a tour of Oatlands Plantation, and dinner at Carriage House Inn.

There is a cost per person, and reservations are required by contacting Paulette Cape at 717-764-7018 or


Tadpole Time Scheduled January 10, 2018

Columbia Crossing River Trails Center, 41 Walnut St., Columbia, will host Tadpole Time on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The theme will be "Camouflage."

The early childhood story time is for children ages 2 through 5 with a caregiver. Centering on monthly themes that explore the natural world, Tadpole Time features stories, nature walks, art projects, and hands-on activities.

There is a fee per child. Space is limited, and registrations are suggested. To register, readers may call 717-449-5607 or email The program will continue on the second Wednesday of each month.


Church Offers Line Dancing Classes January 9, 2018

"The main objective is for people to have fun," said Beth Defeo, outreach coordinator at Living God Lutheran Church (LGLC) in Honey Brook, when describing the weekly line dancing classes she leads at the church.

The lessons began on Jan. 14 and will run every Sunday through March 18 from 6 to 8 p.m. The classes are free, but attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items to be donated to the Twin Valley Food Pantry and the Honey Brook Food Pantry.

Defeo, who is also a member of the church council, has been line dancing since the 1990s. "(I started the classes) after the holidays in 2016," she recalled, noting that about 10 weeks of classes are offered at the church in three sessions throughout the year.

Lessons take place in the church sanctuary, which features a hardwood floor ideal for line dancing. "After Sunday service at church, we move the chairs to the front, so we have dancing space in the sanctuary," Defeo explained. "It is a nice wooden floor."

Defeo explained that line dancing involves choreographed steps that people perform at the same time. No partners are required. Line dancing is most commonly accompanied by country and western music. "It's mostly country music, but there is some pop music and funk, depending on what the dance is," she noted.

Defeo added that she tailors each session to accommodate the experience levels of the attendees. "If I have people who came before, I will do some newer dances. If it's people who are new, I will do some of the simpler beginner dances," she said. "My whole intent is to get them out there and get them to like line dancing. A lot of people are intimidated and think they can't do it, but they can if they get the right introduction.

"Some of the more complex dances are more physically demanding, but there are very simple dances that can be taught and get you up and moving and swinging to the music," she added. "You have to have a little bit of coordination, but the beginner dances are simple, so (people) can pick them up and dance (right away)."

Defeo said that attendees should wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Bottled water is provided. "Sneakers are fine," she stated. "You don't have to wear boots and cowboy hats, but some people do."

People of all ages are welcome to participate, although Defeo noted that very young children would probably not grasp the steps of the dances. "Some people bring their tween daughters," she said. "I had a 92-year-old man who came a few times. Generally, it's people between their 30s and their 60s and 70s."

Defeo said that one of her goals is to teach dances that will allow people to attend line dancing events that are held locally at clubs and social halls in places such as Reading, Lancaster and West Chester. She noted that line dancing is offered on Wednesday nights at St. Anthony's Lodge in Downingtown.

"I dance at some of the places in the area and so what I try to do is incorporate dances (from these venues into the classes) so (class attendees) can go to these places. I also provide them information about dancing events in the area," she said, noting that some people visit locations only to watch the dancers. "It's fun to watch, and there are some excellent dancers out there."

Living God Lutheran Church is located at 3200 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Honey Brook. For more information, readers may call the church office at 610-273-9383.


"Wild Onions" Seeks Entries January 9, 2018

The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine and the Department of Humanities will accept entries for "Wild Onions," a publication for the literary and visual arts. The 2018 theme is "Identity."

Faculty and staff, both clinical and non-clinical, as well as patients, families, students, and volunteers are invited to submit original literary, artistic, or photographic work, not previously published, on all topics. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Jan. 15.

To submit work, readers may visit Entries may also be dropped off at the Humanities Department, Room C1747, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, Hershey, with the "Wild Onions" entry form attached.

For more information, readers may contact Christina Li at or Melissa Haslam at

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