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Windy Hill Sets Dancing Classes January 16, 2019

Windy Hill on the Campus, 1472 Roth's Church Road, Spring Grove, will offer beginner ballroom dancing classes on Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m.

Participants will learn some popular dances including the rumba, foxtrot and East Coast swing. There is a fee for each class, which will be taught by members Dan and Brenda Miller. No experience is necessary, and no special shoes are needed. Classes are open to adults age 60 and up.

For registration and information, readers may contact the center at 717-225-0733.

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Braving The Cold For A Polar Plunge January 15, 2019

It takes a special person to willingly run into the frigid waters of the Susquehanna River in February, but year after year the York County Polar Plunge draws a sizeable crowd of willing "plungers" - as the participants are affectionately dubbed. The 11th annual York County Polar Plunge is set to take place from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, along the Susquehanna River in front of John Wright Restaurant, 234 N. Front St., Wrightsville.

Not only are folks willing to dip into the waters amidst sometimes freezing temperatures, many go all out and participate in the annual costume contest. "Last year the winner of the most original (costume) was a tree," recalled organizer Robyn Liggins-Smith, adding that the costume contest is her favorite portion of the event. "We have superheroes, ballet dancers, swimsuits, Hawaiian dancers, Where's Waldo ... just about anything you can think of has joined in the costume contest," Liggins-Smith shared.

York Revolution mascot DownTown joins the fun each year by helping to entertain the crowd, going so far as to actually plunge in his costume. Another staple is the team that starts the waves of plungers - made up of current and retired police officers from throughout York County and led by Lt. Dan Aikey of the York County Police Department.

Registration and sign-in will open at 9:30 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at 10 a.m. and the costume parade and contest at 10:45 a.m. Awards will be given for the best costume and most original costume.

Plungers will begin assembling in waves around 11:45 a.m., and the plunge will start at noon. Special Olympics PA York County (SOYC) athletes will lead each wave of participants to the river. Plungers may dip in just a toe or go all in for a total of three minutes.

Heated tents will be set up for participants to change into dry clothes afterward. Coffee, hot chocolate, water, and snacks will also be available.

To register in advance - which organizers recommend for anyone interested in avoiding waiting in long lines - as an individual or a team, readers may visit www.specialolympicsyorkcounty.org. "There is no cost to register - everyone and anyone can plunge," explained Liggins-Smith. "However, this is a fundraiser, so we ask that you get sponsors." Participants who raise at least $25 will receive a T-shirt, and those who raise at least $100 will receive a hooded sweatshirt. Golden Plunger awards - which are actually golden plungers - are given to the individual and the team that have raised the most money.

All proceeds will support the 360 athletes of the SOYC, which provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. The Polar Plunge helps to ensure that all training and competition opportunities continue to provided free of charge to the SOYC athletes and their families. The 15 sports programs are supported by hundreds of volunteers and contributions from the community.

Anyone who would like to contribute toward SOYC without taking a dip in the icy cold river is welcome to donate at the aforementioned website or to attend as a chicken plunger - someone who supports the plunge but does not go into the water. The infamous chicken dance, set for 11:15 a.m., will be performed by all of the chicken plungers in attendance.

Liggins-Smith said that last year's 10th anniversary Polar Plunge raised a total of $76,000 for SOYC. "The weather was actually nice, if you consider 34 degrees nice, and that was the air temperature," recalled Liggins-Smith. "The water temperature was about 21 degrees." Nevertheless, approximately 750 plungers stepped up - or into - the challenge.

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Meals On Wheels Drivers Needed January 14, 2019

Heritage Senior Center, 3700-4 Davidsburg Road, Dover, has a need for volunteer Meals on Wheels drivers. Volunteers may commit to driving as little as once a month.

Drivers must be available from approximately 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the day or days they volunteer. Drivers must use their own vehicle, have a good driving record, and have automobile insurance.

For more details, readers may call Steph at 717-292-7471.

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Bag And Basket Bingo Planned January 14, 2019

South Eastern Dollars for Scholars will hold a designer bag and basket bingo on Friday, March 22, at Kennard-Dale High School in Fawn Grove. Every bingo winner will receive a designer bag and a designer basket.

The event will feature 20 games, door prizes, and more. Tickets and more information will be available at a later date.

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Senior Softball League Seeks Players January 14, 2019

Ches-Del Senior Softball League is looking for new players for the 2019 season. Games will be played on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m. from April through July in the West Chester and Delco area. Players must be age 60 or older anytime during 2019.

For more information, contact Joe Morgan at 484-840-1644 or morgan15twin@comcast.net.

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Library Posts Winter Events January 11, 2019

Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., Hershey, will offer a variety of winter programs. The community is encouraged to participate. For more details and registration, readers may visit www.hersheylibrary.org or call 717-533-6555.

"Clue" is the theme of the 2019 Adult Winter Reading Program. Brochures are available at the library's front desk. Participants will try to solve the Library Staff Murder Mystery and earn a library mug and opportunities to be entered into a drawing for gift cards provided by the Friends of the Hershey Public Library.

Young adults ages 12 to 17 may take part in a Winter Reading Program with the theme "Help Find Milt's Guitar." The program will run until Sunday, March 31. Registration and program details are available at https://hersheylibrary.beanstack.org/reader365.

On Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m., Totally Vocally will be presented as part of the Friends Children's Series. Through contemporary and classic cover songs as well as original works, Ball in the House will help children discover the history of a cappella singing from chant to doo-wop. The elements of teamwork and collaboration will be highlighted as the audience explores how various vocal parts work together to produce a multidimensional piece of music. The program is suitable for children in kindergarten through grade five. Registration is not required. Readers may contact Rita Smith at 717-533-6555, ext. 3708, for details.

Healthy Eating will be presented by students from Penn State College of Medicine at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4. The program will focus on tips and education about exercise, healthy eating, reducing drinking, and smoking cessation.

Adults are invited to attend an art class taught by an artist from SPLAT Studio on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m. There is a per-person class fee, which includes all supplies. Participants will learn how to make collage art laid out in a Celtic knot pattern. No art experience is needed. Participants are asked to register in person at the library.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, from 3 to 6 p.m., high school teens may attend a program on job hunting and how to use local resources. This program will be presented by a representative from PA CareerLink. Registration is required. Readers may contact Annika Sundberg in Teen Services at asundberg@derrytownship.org for more details.

A discussion on the One Book, One Community winner, "Killers of the Flower Moon" by David Grann, will be held on Monday, Feb. 25, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. For details, readers may contact Julie Brnik at ext. 3717. In the event of snow, the discussion will be held on Monday, March 4.

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Fraktur Classes Slated January 11, 2019

The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society (LMHS), 2215 Millstream Road, Lancaster, will offer two classes focused on fraktur, both of which will be taught by local artist Emily Smucker-Beidler. Fraktur, a fractured calligraphy surrounded by birds, swirls, and flowers, has evolved to become a distinctly American folk art.

The first class, "Fraktur Introduction," will be held on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants will learn how to create fraktur, rendering traditional motifs in ink before painting them in watercolor. By the end of the class, each participant will have his or her own small work of fraktur to take home. Smucker-Beidler will also give a presentation on the history of fraktur, looking at the three distinct styles from southeastern Pennsylvania. A starter kit containing the basic supplies is included with the class. Separate costs have been set for LMHS members and for nonmembers. The deadline for registration is Friday, Jan. 25.

The second class, "The Illuminated Letter," will take place on Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to noon. It will pick up where the first class left off, but participants do not need to have taken the first class. It will focus on learning lettering and calligraphy within the context and history of fraktur. Participants will learn how to use a nib pen and India ink and learn both traditional techniques and modern adaptations. The registration cost, which will be discounted for LMHS members, includes all materials required, including paper, handouts, tracing paper, pencils, and uncoated, machine-finished paperboard. The deadline for registration is Friday, March 8.

Experienced students can take the advanced fraktur workshops, available to those who have previously taken fraktur classes at the LMHS. Workshops have been set for 8 a.m. to noon on Feb. 2 and March 16. Participants will receive one-on-one assistance from 8 to 9 a.m. and have studio time until noon. The per-session registration fee is due by Jan. 25 for the Feb. 2 class and by March 8 for the March 16 class.

To register, readers may call the LMHS at 717-393-9745 or visit www.lmhs.org.

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PA Hope Ride Announced January 10, 2019

The PA "Hope" Riders are aiming to help find a cure for cancer. The "Hope" Riders come from as far as Ohio and Florida and as close as Philadelphia, Hershey, and local neighborhoods. They aim to provide hope and support to those battling cancer and those who need that extra kindness to get them through each day.

The "Hope" Riders are the 2019 American Cancer Society's (ACS) PA Hope Ride bicyclists, who, on Saturday, June 22, and Sunday, June 23, will pedal anywhere from 30 miles to more than 170 miles through central Pennsylvania, starting from the Hope Lodge in Hershey. Until then, "Hope" Riders will raise funds to support the Hope Lodges of Pennsylvania and other program services.

PA Hope Ride cyclists may ride as individuals or as teams. Riders may participate in one or two days of the tour. Participating cyclists pay a registration fee and are provided with tips to reach individual fundraising goals.

The Hershey Hope Lodge will be the start and finish of this year's ride. The "Hope" Riders may pass through five of Pennsylvania's counties and many rural small towns. On June 22, routes will include 30, 62, 70, and 100 miles. The route on June 23 will be 70 miles. All routes on either day will end at the Hershey Hope.

On the route, cyclists of all skill levels enjoy a mix of scenic byways, country roads, and trails. While experienced riders enjoy challenging options on portions of the route, intermediate and novice riders will have designated courses to fit their level of riding.

Those who choose a one-day ride will finish at the Hope Lodge to a special finish line celebration. Those who are riding two days will finish their first day ride at Kutztown University campus, where they will share their adventures of the day at a sit-down dinner. Cyclists will be provided with all meals, rest stops, night-time accommodations, and full support from mechanics and safety personnel during their one- or two-day excursion.

To support the cyclists, readers may visit www.pahoperide.org and click on Donate or call the American Cancer Society at 717-534-1487. Readers may also become a PA "Hope" Rider and make a resolution to get fit by training and riding for those who are fighting to beat cancer.

The American Cancer Society is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. To learn more about the ACS or to get help, readers may call 800-227-2345 at any time or visit www.cancer.org.

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A Taste Of Western Lancaster County Set For Feb. 1 January 10, 2019

Plans are underway for the 11th annual A Taste of Western Lancaster County celebration, to be held on Friday, Feb. 1, at the Elizabethtown Public Library, 10 S. Market St., Elizabethtown. The event will run from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Proceeds from the 21-and-older event will benefit the library and the service projects of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club.

Throughout all three levels of the library, attendees may sample appetizers, entrees, soups, salads, side dishes, snacks, desserts, and beverages from local restaurants, vendors, and purveyors serving the greater Elizabethtown area. Organizers Meghan Phillips and Aimee Nelson noted that several participating restaurateurs use the event to test out new recipes and food and beverage combinations that they may be considering adding to their menus or selection - giving attendees an exclusive sneak peek at what may be to come.

Nelson said that this year's event will feature some new vendors that organizers are excited about. However, plenty of fan favorites will be returning as well. "(A Taste of Western Lancaster County) has become such a tradition that we work to keep the elements that people look for - like having the giant Turkey Hill cow parked in front of the building," shared Phillips.

As attendees make their way through the library, they can vote for winners in various categories, such as Best in Show, Best Dessert, and Best Appetizer. "Our vendors really stretch themselves to do new things," remarked Phillips.

Live music will be performed by local bands on two levels of the library. "People really enjoy staying and mingling and talking," said Nelson. "I'm always amazed by how quickly the evening goes." A Taste of Western Lancaster County has been coined "the Elizabethtown Reunion" by many of those who attend year after year. "It gives you the opportunity to see and connect with people from the community, plus you kind of get to put faces to the food from restaurants you go to," Phillips said. "And you get to support two great community organizations."

Tickets may be purchased at the Elizabethtown Coffee Company, located in the library; from a Rotarian; or by visiting www.eventbrite.com and searching for "2019 Taste of Western Lancaster County." Tickets are limited, and organizers encourage people to purchase early, as tickets to last year's event sold out well in advance. To inquire about vendor and sponsorship opportunities at A Taste of Western Lancaster County, interested individuals may email admin@etownpubliclibrary.org or call the library at 717-367-7467.

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AACA Library Plans Series January 10, 2019

The AACA Library, 501 W. Governor Road, Hershey, will offer a Saturday matinee film series during the upcoming months. Brief historical information will be provided followed by the main event. Each session will last about an hour.

The schedule will feature the theme "AACA Historical Films" on Feb. 16, the theme "Glidden Tour History" on March 23, and the film "A History of Motor Racing 1 and 2" on April 13. All sessions will begin at 1 p.m.

Each session is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided. For more details, readers may call 717-534-2082.

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Parks Department Offers Programs January 10, 2019

The York County Department of Parks and Recreation has posted several activities.

The parks department will host two Cabin Fever Hikes at Rocky Ridge County Park, 3699 Deininger Road, York. The first one will be on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the second one will be on Monday, Jan. 21, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Participants will meet in the Hidden Laurel Picnic Area in the Pheasant Pavilion. Hikers will explore what is happening in nature during winter. Afterward, they will warm up with hot chocolate and cookies by a campfire. Participation is free, but preregistration is requested by calling 717-428-1961.

A Winter Bird Identification Drop-In program will take place at Nixon County Park Nature Center, located on Nixon Drive, York, on Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, Jan. 20, from noon to 4 p.m. A naturalist will interpret which birds are visiting the feeders. Attendees will learn about beginner birding resources. Participation is free, and registration is not required.

A Watercolor Class for Beginners program will be offered at the Nixon County Park Nature Center from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, and and Sunday, Feb. 24. Wildlife artist Teanna Byerts will instruct this introduction to basic watercolor techniques. All supplies will be provided. There is fee for the class. Attendees do not need to register for both dates. The class size is limited. To register, reader may call 717-428-1961.

For more information on these programs and other programs, readers may visit www.yorkcountyparks.org.

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Tadpole Time Schedule Posted January 10, 2019

Susquehanna Heritage has set the schedule for Tadpole Time, which will take place at Columbia Crossing, 41 Walnut St., Columbia, every second Wednesday of the month from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Children ages 2 to 5, accompanied by their caregivers, are invited to explore the natural world along the river with a nature-themed story, songs, and activities.

The schedule is as follows: Feb. 13, Five Senses; March 13, Wind; April 10, Birds; May 8, Mud; June 12, Fireflies; July 10, Flowers; Aug. 14, Frogs and Friends; Sept. 11, Bugs; Oct. 9, Pumpkins and Apples; Nov. 13, Leaves; and Dec. 11, Hibernation.

There is a per-child fee. To register, contact Columbia Crossing program coordinator Allison Scholz at ascholz@susquehannaheritage.org or 717-449-5607, ext. 2.

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Community Calendar January 10, 2019

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 ffulton@engleonline.com.

Grief Seminar

Grove United Methodist Church, 490 W. Boot Road, West Chester, will offer a Loss of a Spouse seminar on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. There will be a brief video followed by a small group discussion. Participants will receive a booklet for taking notes, devotional materials, grief recovery exercises, and journaling prompts.

Persons who have lost a spouse through death are invited to attend. The registration fee includes the booklet. Scholarships are available. To register, contact pastor Lin George at pastor.lin.george@gmail.com or 610-696-2663. To learn more, visit www.grovechurch.org.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous will meet on Thursday, Jan. 17 (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.

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. 17, 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.

Support Group

An Al-Anon family group will meet on Friday, Jan. 18 (and every Friday), at 8 p.m. at Marsh Creek Community Church, 101 Crump Road, Exton. (at the intersection of Whitford and Crump roads). Relatives and friends of those with a drinking problem are invited to attend.

Dance Party

Youths with special needs are invited to enjoy a dance party that will be held at Grove United Methodist Church, 490 W. Boot Road, West Chester, on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m.

After the event on Jan. 19, upcoming dances will be held on Feb. 2 and 16; March 2, 16 and 30; and April 6 and 20. It is not necessary to register for the events, and participants can attend as many dance parties as they choose.

All attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian who must stay with them during the hourlong session. Siblings are welcome. No snacks will be provided, so dancers are encouraged to bring bottled water or other beverages.

Bingo Games

The Marine Corps League, 430 Acorn Road, Downingtown, invites the community to attend bingo games on the first and third Saturdays of every month. The next scheduled event will be on Saturday, Jan. 19.

The kitchen serves home-cooked food beginning at 5:30 p.m. Bingo cards are sold starting at 6 p.m., and there is an early bird special at 6:30 p.m.

The entrance to Acorn Road is on Chestnut Street.

Social Media Classes

Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Ave., Phoenixville, will offer a series of classes on the basics of social media applications. Classes will run from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, Jan. 19 (Facebook), Jan. 26 (Twitter), Feb. 2 (Instagram), and Feb. 23 (blogging).

Classes are open to the public. There is a per-person cost per class. To register, visit the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or call 610-933-3013, ext. 132.

Men's Breakfast

Gateway Church will hold a men's breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 a.m. at the Parkesburg campus, 160 Cowan Road, Parkesburg. All men from the community are invited to attend and to hear guest speaker Jason Ranck, author of "Life Reimagined: Leave Chaos Behind, Find Balance, Thrive."

Breakfast will be served buffet style and catered by a restaurant in Gap. A nominal fee will be charged for the event. The program is being presented by the church's men's ministry leadership team.

Each attendee will receive a copy of Ranck's book. To learn more about him, visit www.jasonranck.com.

Men do not have to be members of Gateway Church or any other church to attend the upcoming breakfast. For tickets, visit www.gtwy.life/mens-ministry-breakfast.

Men are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as only a limited number will be available at the door.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous will meet at St. James Episcopal Church located at 409 E. Lancaster Ave. (Route 30) Downingtown, on Saturday, Jan. 19 (and every Saturday), at 6:30 p.m.

Read To A Canine Friend

Children in kindergarten through grade five can read with a certified therapy dog as part of the Tail Waggin' Tutors program at the Chester Springs Library on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 11:30 a.m.

Children may read a book or a picture book using a book from home or one that is borrowed from the library's collection. Sessions are 10 minutes long and will be on first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up sheets are available at the library, located at 1709 Art School Road, Chester Springs, in the village of Historic Yellow Springs.

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. 21 (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 www.al-anon.alateen.org.

Networking Group

Master Networks Exton will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 22 (and every Tuesday), at 7:30 a.m. at the Wellness Center, 403 Gordon Drive, Exton. The meetings are for small business owners in the area that are looking to gain knowledge and tips on small businesses, as well as gain referrals.

The group is looking for new members. For more information, call 610-470-1369 or visit www.facebook.com/masternetworksexton.

Robotics Lab

Chester Springs Library will present a robotics lab for school-age children on Saturday, Jan. 26, from noon to 3 p.m. The open lab is for participants to explore the library's robotics equipment and share their knowledge. It is not a class with formal instruction.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. No registration is required.

Chester Springs Library is located at 1709 Art School Road, Chester Springs. For more information, call 610-827-9212 or visit www.chesterspringslibrary.org.

Immaculata Information Session

Immaculata University will host an undergraduate admissions information session on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the Green Room of Villa Maria Hall on the university's campus.

An admissions counselor will give an overview of academics, campus life, athletics, the admission process and financial aid. The session will provide time for questions and answers and a student-guided tour. This event is designed for high school juniors and seniors and students interested in transferring.

Registration and a continental breakfast will begin at 8:45 a.m. The program will start at 9 a.m. and conclude at 11 a.m. For more information, contact the College of Undergraduate Studies Office of Admission at 484-323-3060 or admiss@immaculata.edu or register online at www.immaculata.edu/visit.

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Landis Valley Posts Classes January 10, 2019

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, will offer winter-spring classes. Classes will be offered on Saturdays, unless otherwise noted.

Trade classes include Basic Hearth Cooking at the Tavern on Feb. 9, Bake Oven Baking on Feb. 16, Blacksmithing on March 2, Sgraffito on a Redware Plate on April 6, and Split Reed Chair Caning on May 18. Gardening classes will feature Traditional Seeds: Our Past, Present, and Future on Feb. 23; Seeds to Table: Pennsylvania Dutch Foods and Foodways on Feb. 23; and a Grafting Workshop on March 23.

Arts classes include Needle Tatting on Jan. 26 and Feb. 2; Paint a Mini Blanket Chest on Sunday, Jan. 27; Needle Felt a Mouse on Feb. 9; Rug Hooking on March 9; Shuttle Tatting on March 16, 23, and 30; Needle Felt a Bluebird on March 16; Penny Rug on March 23; Scratched Eggs on March 30; False Grain Painting on Sunday, April 7; and Needle Felt a Bunny on April 13.

There is a cost per person for each class. Landis Valley Associates members will receive a discount. For more details and registration, readers may call 717-569-0401 or visit www.landisvalleymuseum.org.

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Community Calendar January 10, 2019

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 ffulton@engleonline.com. 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 at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays through Feb. 28.

The program will feature songs, stories, and crafts. Story time is suited for children ages 2 to 5, but children of all ages may attend. For more information, contact the library at 610-273-3303 or email jspade@ccls.org.

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight-loss support group, will meet on Thursday, Jan. 17, 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, senior warden of the Church of Saint Mary at Calvary in Elverson, will host Breakfast With the Bible on Friday, Jan. 17, 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.

Art Program

Boone Area Library, 129 N. Mill St., Birdsboro, will host Bad Art Night for students in grades six through 12 on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature mini challenges where participants will get to paint, sculpt, and more. No talent or experience is necessary.

Artwork will be put on display, and a peer voting system will be used at the end of the night to determine who will take home the trophy for the best "Bad Art." Fun prizes will be awarded.

Registration is encouraged. For details or to register, call 610-582-5666, stop by the library, or visit www.facebook.com/boonearealibrary and choose Events.

Hike

The Berks Strollers will hike Neversink Mountain on Saturday, Jan. 19. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at the home of Paul, the hike leader, at 624 Maple St., Reading. Participants should park on South Street, between 10th and 11th streets.

In the event of inclement weather, the group will walk to Reading Area Community College via Canal Street. For more information, contact Paul at 484-577-1463.

Winter Sports

A Beginner's Guide to Snowshoeing and Cross-Country Skiing will be offered on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Bingaman Nature Center, 2843 Hill Road, Reading.

Following an introductory talk, attendees will put their newly learned skills to use by going on a hike. Snowshoes will be available in various sizes. Cross-county ski kits can be rented from Buchman's Ski Shop in Muhlenberg Township.

To register one week before the program date, call 610-374-2944, ext. 2611.

Simple Gifts

St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 5 Brooke Manor, Birdsboro, will present a lecture and concert by Simple Gifts, an award-winning folk music duo that performs folk music from around the world. The program will take place on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m.

The public is invited to attend. There is no cost for admission, but a freewill donation will be accepted. For details, call the church at 610-582-8167.

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 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 group, will meet at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St., Morgantown, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 9:15 to 11 a.m.

For details, visit www.conestogamennonitechurch.org/neighbors.html or call the church office at 610-286-9124.

Book Club

The Boone Area Library, 129 N. Mill St., Birdsboro, will host a meeting of the Cliffhanger Book Club on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. The group will discuss "The Wife Between Us" by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.

For more information, call 610-582-5666 or visit www.facebook.com/boonearealibrary.

Fundraiser

A dessert and ice cream social will be held on Saturday Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at Rockville Mennonite Church, 210 Cupola Road, Honey Brook. Proceeds from the freewill offering will be given to the Carpenter family, who have adopted disabled children from around the world and are in need of a new van. The fundraiser is being presented by members of the church's youth group.

To register for the event, email secretstuff990@gmail.com. To learn more about the campaign to raise funds for the van, visit www.gofundme.com/anewvan. More information about the Carpenter family and their story is available at www.tingministires.com.

Players Needed

Tri-County 50 and Over Senior Modified Men's Softball League is looking for continued expansion in 2019 for southern Berks, eastern Lancaster, and Chester counties. Most fields are located within 25 minutes of the southern Berks County and eastern Lancaster County lines.

The league is nine-man Modified, 10 players in the field. New teams are being accepted, and a few teams need additional starting players. The 2019 new team registration deadline is Monday, Jan. 21. If interested, contact modifiedsoftballrct@gmail.com or 717-314-1505. All teams must have a home field available on Mondays and/or Wednesdays and some Fridays.

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Community Calendar January 10, 2019

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 ffulton@engleonline.com.

Bible Study

Faith Bible Chapel, 140 Bernard Ave., Cochranville, invites ladies from all denominations to a 12-week ladies' Bible study. The topic will be "The Parables." The informal discussion group will meet from 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays beginning on Jan. 16.

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 www.fbchapel.org.

Knitting, Crocheting Club

The Knitting and Crocheting Club at the Moores Memorial Library, 9 W. Slokom Ave. Christiana, meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. in the library. Experts and beginners are welcome to attend.

The next scheduled meeting will be on Jan. 16.

For more information, call 610-593-6683 or 610-593-6687, email chrlib@christianalibrary.org or visit www.christianalibrary.org.

Men's Breakfast

Gateway Church will hold a men's breakfast on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 a.m. at the Parkesburg campus, 160 Cowan Road, Parkesburg. All men from the community are invited to attend and to hear guest speaker Jason Ranck, author of "Life Reimagined: Leave Chaos Behind, Find Balance, Thrive."

Breakfast will be served buffet style and catered by a restaurant in Gap. A nominal fee will be charged for the event. The program is being presented by the church's men's ministry leadership team.

Each attendee will receive a copy of Ranck's book. To learn more about him, visit www.jasonranck.com.

Men do not have to be members of Gateway Church or any other church to attend the upcoming breakfast. For tickets, visit www.gtwy.life/mens-ministry-breakfast.

Men are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance, as only a limited number will be available at the door.

Line Dancing

The Oxford Area Senior Center (OASC), 12 E. Locust St., Oxford, will present a line dancing lesson on Friday, Jan. 18, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Additionally, a class will be offered on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 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 oxsrctr@zoominternet.net. More information is available at www.oxfordseniors.org.

Crochet Club

Members of the Crochet Club at Atglen Public Library, 413 Valley Ave., Atglen, will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays, Jan. 22 and 29. People of all skill levels are welcome to attend, from beginner to expert.

For more information, call 610-593-6848 or visit www.atglenpubliclibrary.org.

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight-loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 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.

Lego Club

The Lego Club at Moores Memorial Library, 9 W. Slokom Ave. Christiana, will meet on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. Participants of all levels are welcome to come create with the library's Legos

For more information, call 610-593-6683 or 610-593-6687, email chrlib@christianalibrary.org or visit www.christianalibrary.org.

Retirement Program

A "Start Retirement Planning" program will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Avon Grove Library, 117 Rosehill Ave., West Grove. Offered by the Pennsylvania Department of Banking and Securities, the informational presentation will focus on the three stages of retirement planning: early, mid and late career. For more information, call 610-869-2004 or visit www.avongrovelibrary.org.

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Historical Society Slates Show-And-Tell Program January 10, 2019

The Historical Society of Salisbury Township will meet on Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Salisbury Township Building, 5581 Old Philadelphia Pike, White Horse, at 7 p.m. The meeting will feature a show-and-tell program.

Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information, call 717-442-4071.

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Winter Recreation Programs Slated January 10, 2019

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. Registration and payment are required by noon on the business day before the event, unless noted otherwise.

Owl Pellet Dissection will take place from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Jan. 19. Participants will investigate the contents of an owl pellet and try to determine what the prey was by reconstructing a skeleton on paper to take home. Participants will learn about Pennsylvania owl species and the unique adaptations that make them such great hunters. The program, led by naturalist Kaitlin Schafer, is geared for children ages 6 through 15 with adults.

A Winter Hike for people of all ages will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 19. The hike, led by naturalist Ann Strauss, will begin and end at Pavilion 21, 21 Kiwanis Drive, Lancaster. Participants should dress appropriately for the weather.

Full Moon Owl Prowl will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The program, led by naturalist Lisa J. Sanchez, will begin indoors with information about local owls and will continue and end outside under the full moon as participants walk through the park, listening and looking for owls.

A Cabin Fever Hike will be offered from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21. Led by naturalist Rachel Albright, participants will explore the winter woods and take part in a scavenger hunt. Hot cocoa will be available afterward.

The Munchkin Science - Snow program will be offered to children ages 3 to 5 on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 1 to 2 p.m. The celebration of snow, led by Strauss, will focus on learning how snow is made and from where it comes.

The Fun and Fascination: Snow and Ice program, designed for children ages 6 to 10 and led by naturalist Mary Ann Schlegel, will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Children will explore the properties of water and ice and conclude by cutting their own snowflakes. In the event there is snow on the ground, children will perform experiments and observations outdoors. Children should dress for indoor and outdoor activity. Children under age 6 are welcome if accompanying older siblings.

A program to help Scouts age 10 and up complete requirements one through four, as well as six and eight, for their Bird Study Merit Badge will be offered on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Schlegel, a Merit Badge counselor, will provide assistance. Attendees should dress for the weather and should bring a water bottle, lunch, and a field notebook, as well as binoculars and a bird field guide if they have them. Registration and prepayment are required by noon on Jan. 23.

Pine Cone Crafts will be offered for children age 3 and up on Jan. 26 from 1 to 2 p.m. Naturalist Ellen Blazer will lead the group in transforming pine cones into seasonal decorations such as owls and trees using paint, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and more.

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Yoga Classes January 9, 2019

Hayshire United Church of Christ, 100 Haybrook Drive, York, will offer yoga classes on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. The classes are open to everyone.

There is a cost per class. For more details, readers may call the church at 717-848-4007.

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Church Slates MLK Jr. Events January 8, 2019

St. John's Episcopal Church, 321 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster, will host two events in conjunction with Martin Luther King (MLK) Jr. holiday. The Music for Everyone Community Chorus will perform at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20.

A free day camp for students in grades one to five will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21. Through games, discussion, stories, movement and art, students will explore the question "What's right?" Preregistration is requested.

For details, call 717-299-1188.

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