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Hatha Yoga Classes Set August 23, 2017

East Berlin Area Community Center (EBACC), 405 North Ave., East Berlin, will offer Hatha Yoga classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 12 to Nov. 2. Classes will be held on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Individuals of all levels of ability are welcome, including first-timers.

There is a fee to participate, with a savings for enrolling in the complete eight-week session. For details and registration, readers may visit or contact 717-259-8848 or Classes run pending sufficient enrollment.


Creative York Posts Schedule August 23, 2017

Creative York has announced several events for art enthusiasts and artists of all ages and skill levels.

On Wednesday, Aug. 30, the opening reception for the Faculty Exhibit will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at Creative York West, 118 W. Philadelphia St. The exhibit will consist of artworks created by Creative York staff and faculty.

The York County Hispanic Coalition Logo Contest is underway, and submissions are due by Saturday, Sept. 9. The purpose of the contest is to design a new logo for the York County Hispanic Coalition. All entries will be displayed at Creative York West on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 15 and 16, with a reception on Sept. 15 from 6 to 8 p.m. The winning design will be selected by judges appointed by the York County Hispanic Coalition and will be announced at 6:30 p.m. during the reception. For more details, readers may visit

A bus trip will be offered on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Tripgoers will visit the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art, where they may view the current exhibit, "Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect," and go on one of three tours. The group will then visit Longwood Gardens, where they may view the gardens and the newly renovated fountains, and visit the Conservatories. Participants may bring a picnic lunch to eat at Longwood, or they may purchase food at one of the site's restaurants. The tickets price includes admission to the Brandywine Conservancy and Museum of Art and Longwood Gardens, one tour at the Conservancy, transportation, and a light snack on the bus. Tickets are available on the Creative York web site,

Creative York has announced its fall class schedule, which includes classes for all ages and skill levels. Classes will include creating with clay, painting on canvases, and other art-related activities.

More information about the events is available by visiting the Creative York web site or contacting the director of marketing at, or 717-848-3200.


Chicken Barbecue, Bake Sale Set August 23, 2017

The Linglestown Fire Company, 5901 Linglestown Road, will hold a chicken barbecue and bake sale on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. until the food is sold out.

Meals will include a half-chicken, a baked potato, a roll, and applesauce. Drive-through service will be available. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet local firefighters.

The bake sale, hosted by the Linglestown Ladies Auxiliary, will feature homemade cakes, pies, brownies, candy, and more.

Proceeds will benefit the fire company.


Playhouse Unveils 2018 Schedule August 23, 2017

Thought-provoking dramas, inspirational stories, heartwarming tales, and comedies will all be a part of Hershey Area Playhouse's 2018 season. The Hershey Area Playhouse, 830 Cherry Drive, Hershey, will kick off its 18th season in February 2018 with "The Secret Garden," a musical about Mary Lennox, who is sent to live in England after her parents die in India. "Italian American Reconciliation" will follow in April, with "Once Upon a Mattress" as the playhouse's summer show in July 2018.

October will bring the production of "Inherit the Wind." Rounding out the playhouse's 2018 season will be the Christmas show, "A Christmas Story," which will run from Thursday, Dec. 6, to Sunday, Dec. 16.

All performances will take place at Hershey Area Playhouse. Discounted season tickets are available by purchasing at least four shows. Individual tickets are also available. For tickets and more information, readers may visit


Library Slates Upcoming Programs August 22, 2017

New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, will offer a variety of programs and activities. Programs are free and open to the public, unless stated otherwise.

The Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library will hold preowned book sales from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 2 and 16, in the Foundation House, located across the shared parking lot. Hardback and paperback books, vintage jewelry, DVDs, music CDs, puzzles, children's books, 33 rpm records, tote bags, note cards, and prints will be available. All proceeds will benefit the library.

Ruth's Mystery Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 10:15 a.m. to noon in the Browsing Room. The focus will be on "A Single Author - Peter Lovesey." A reading list is available at meetings.

A Write-On Writer's Workshop will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room. The workshop will provide hints, problem-solving, and discussion on various phases of writing. Aspiring and published writers are also invited to attend open readings on Saturdays to receive friendly suggestions and critiques or just observe and participate in discussion. For more details, readers may call Sue Kerr at 717-802-2594.

Bruce Darney will review "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel Brown in Foundation Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. "The Boys in the Boat" celebrates the 1936 U.S. men's Olympic eight-oar rowing team. This will be the first book review of the 2017-18 book review schedule. Reviews will be held on the second Tuesday of the month from September through May. Brochures of coming reviews are available in the library.

The Wednesday Great Books Discussion Group will meet on Wednesdays, Sept. 13 and 27, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room to discuss writings from the anthology "Imperfect Ideal: Utopian and Dystopian Visions." "I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad" by Souad Mekhennet will be discussed on Sept. 13, and "We" by Yevgeny Zamyatin will be the topic on Sept. 27. For more details, readers may contact Dan Tepsic at 717-774-0719.

Couponing for Extreme Savings will take place on Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. to noon. Dawn Marron and local coupon clippers will meet in the Browsing Room and share their tips and techniques to cut spending, including "Pharmacy Freebies." Participants are encouraged to bring coupons to trade and share. Readers may contact for further details.

The Monday Great Books Discussion Group will meet on Monday, Sept. 18, to discuss "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare from 10:30 to 12:30 p.m. For more information, readers may call Ethel Bitterman at 717-938-1590 and Joan Short at 717-938-3494.

The Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library will open their occasional Cultural Programming on Sunday, Sept. 24, with Tim Lambert relating the "Flight 93: Devotion to a Quiet Field" story in Foundation Hall from 3 to 4 p.m. Lambert, a veteran journalist, was only one of a handful of land owners affected when Flight 93 crashed in Somerset County. He will discuss what it was like being at the center of efforts to preserve the property, while also finding ways to tell the story of the crash site as it evolved from a cemetery to a national memorial. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Pennwriters Writing Group will meet on Sept. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Foundation Hall. The group is open to anyone who is interested in improving their writing skills. For more details, readers may contact Don Helin at 717-567-2216.

The library will offer a Fall Story Time Series with age-appropriate activities for young readers from Monday, Sept. 11, through Tuesday, Oct. 3. All children must be accompanied by an adult caregiver. Preschool Pals, designed for children ages 4 to 6, will be held on Mondays at 10:15 a.m. and Tuesdays at 1 p.m. Toddlertime, open to children ages 2 to 3, will be held on Mondays at 11 a.m. Book Babies Storytime will begin at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and is open to children ages 6 to 23 months. 1-2-3 Library! will be held on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. and is designed for families with children ages 2 to 6.

A drop-in program, Fun Fridays at the Library, will be offered on Friday, Sept. 8, from 3 to 5 p.m. Children age 4 and older may stop by after school for self-directed crafts, games, and activities related to science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Each month will feature different crafts and activities, including collaborative group projects. Teenagers are welcome to attend. No registration is required.

A Lego Ninjago Pregame Party will be offered on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. for children age 4 and older. Children are invited to stop by the library to prepare for the upcoming release of "The Lego Ninjago" movie with Lego challenges, ninja-inspired crafts, and fun activities. No registration is required.

The library will host a booth at the 32nd annual New Cumberland Apple Festival on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The booth will offer information on upcoming programs and an opportunity to win a prize book.

In addition, Donna Daniels will arrange her 28 new abstract canvases titled "Abstract Journey" in the Charley Krone Gallery of the New Cumberland Public Library during September. Deb Bender will arrange the first-floor showcase highlighting "The History of Lace."

Registration is not required for library programs, unless noted, with the exception of children's programs. Parking for the library is available off Ninth Street at the rear of the building. For more information, including directions, readers may call the main circulation desk at 717-774-7820 or the Children's Library at 717-774-7822. Readers may also visit


Long's Park Art Festival August 22, 2017

The Long's Park Amphitheater Foundation will present the 39th annual Long's Park Art Festival on Labor Day weekend, Friday to Sunday, Sept. 1 to 3, rain or shine. The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 1 and Saturday, Sept. 2, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 3. The festival draws art lovers from central Pennsylvania; Philadelphia; Wilmington, Del.; Baltimore; and Virginia.

More than 200 juried artists will offer their works for purchase. The works will represent a variety of media, including ceramics, digital, fiber, jewelry, metal, 2-D and 3-D mixed media, painting, photography, and wood. Again this year, the category of "Emerging Artist" will feature works by young artists. The event will also include the Kids Art in the Park Tent, live music from area musicians, and refreshments from Lancaster County eateries.

More than 200 volunteers lend their efforts to help make the festival a reality. Proceeds from ticket sales will go toward the park's annual Summer Music Series of free concerts, which are held on weekends from June to August.

To prepurchase discounted tickets, readers may visit Tickets will also be available at the gate.

Pets will not be allowed at the festival. The park is located at Route 30 and Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster.


Church Plans Yard Sale August 22, 2017

St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 205 W. Main St., Dallastown, is accepting vendors for its annual yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Available for rent are 10-by-10-foot spaces, with a limited number of tables available to rent for an additional fee.

The event will be held rain or shine. Preregistration is encouraged, but registrations will be available on the day of the event if spaces are still available.

For more information or to preregister, contact the church office at 717-244-2090.


Coastal Cleanup Event Scheduled August 21, 2017

Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful invites Pennsylvania residents and businesses to coordinate a cleanup as part of the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). The Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup will be held from Friday, Sept. 1, through Tuesday, Oct. 31. The volunteer effort aimed at improving the health of the ocean brings out hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world to remove millions of pounds of plastics and debris from beaches, lakes, and waterways.

This event has grown to include participation by all 50 states and U.S. territories and 90 countries, with the number growing each year. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful coordinates this effort in Pennsylvania.

In 2016, nearly 14,000 volunteers from 39 counties canvassed their communities to remove over 864,000 pounds of trash and debris from Pennsylvania's lands, waterways, and coastal regions during the International Coastal Cleanup event. The goal this year is to engage organizations, civic groups, families, and individuals from all 67 counties for this global effort to prevent trash from entering waterways, thereby preserving and restoring the quality of water for wildlife and human health.

To register events, readers may visit and click on How to Get Involved. International Coastal Cleanup Day will be held on Saturday, Sept. 16; however, ICC events can be held from Friday, Sept. 1, through Tuesday, Oct. 31. Gloves and bags are available for registered events while supplies last.

For questions regarding the International Coastal Cleanup, readers may contact Michelle Dunn at 877-772-3673, ext. 113, or


Airport Slates Community Days August 21, 2017

The Lancaster Airport Community Days 2017 Celebration of Flight will take place at the Lancaster Airport, 500 Airport Road, Lititz, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27. The event is free and open to the public, but there is a fee for parking.

Community Days will give people of all ages the opportunity to view aircraft up close, talk to pilots, and learn more about the world of flying. This year's event will feature the Ford Tri-Motor, World War II C-47 and C-45, B-25 Bomber, and TBM Avenger. The Commemorative Air Force "Rise Above" traveling exhibit will also be a highlight of the weekend. A variety of airplane and helicopter rides and military and civilian aircraft displays will round out the event.

In addition, there will be community business, organization, and U.S. Armed Forces displays. Food will be available for purchase, and tickets will be for sale for a children's amusement area.

The Parade of Planes will take place again this year. All types of aircraft will make their way to the Circle of Flight, and an Airshow will start at noon each day.

The Community Days event has taken place since 1996. For more information, readers may visit


Community Fun Day Planned At Grace Church August 18, 2017

The members of Grace Evangelical Congregational (E.C.) Church invite Columbia-area residents of all ages to the second annual Community Fun Day on Saturday, Aug. 26, at the church, located at the corner of North Eighth Street and Walnut Street, Columbia.

Free activities for the whole family will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Children can enjoy a bounce house, and there will be a dunk tank for individuals of all ages to take a few throws.

Hot dogs, popcorn, water, and other edible treats will also be available at no charge.

"The church is sponsoring this day as an opportunity to greet neighbors and friends and to introduce the church family to our community," said pastor Don Wert, noting that everyone is welcome. "We want the community to know that we care about them."

Wert's hope is that this event will allow people to get to know Grace E.C. Church and what it has to offer. Grace Church started to minister to the people of Columbia more than 100 years ago and is an Evangelical Bible teaching ministry. Wert has served as the church's lead pastor since 2013.

Grace E.C. Church holds worship services each Sunday at 10:30 a.m., with Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend, and child care is available during the services. Columbia-area residents are also welcome to join in the weekly prayer meeting and Bible study offered at the church each Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Members of Grace E.C. Church also help sponsor the Good News Club at Park Elementary School on Tuesday afternoons for six weeks each fall and spring.

For more information about the Community Fun Day or the church, readers may call Wert at 717-299-2904.


Fords For Four-Leggers Will Aid Pit Bull Rescue August 17, 2017

Diana Wade has a soft spot for pit bull terriers.

"They're the best, sweetest, nicest dogs ever," she said. "I want to educate people on them."

Wade adopted pit bulls Mango and Fenwick through Pitties.Love.Peace (PLP), a volunteer-run nonprofit organization devoted to the rescue of pit bull and bully mix puppies and adult dogs and to advocacy and education efforts on their behalf.

"I think they're good about educating about the breed because (the breed is) a bit misunderstood," Wade remarked.

In gratitude for the work PLP does, Wade has organized Fords for Four-Leggers, an all-Ford car cruise that will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Stoner-Wade Ford Inc., 415 W. Fourth St., Quarryville. The event will be held rain or shine, and light refreshments will be provided. The cruise will be free to attend, but a small fee will be charged to display a vehicle. All entries will receive a participant gift.

Participation in the cruise has been capped at 50 vehicles. Thus far, registration forms have been received from folks who will display a 1964 Fairlane, a 1971 Bronco, a 1957 Skyliner, a 1956 F-100 pickup truck, a 1965 Shelby Cobra replica, and numerous Mustangs, including recent models. Spectators may vote with money for their favorite vehicles. The entry with the most money collected will receive a prize for Best of Show.

The funds raised through voting, as well as the exhibition fees, will benefit PLP, as well as the Pet Pantry of Lancaster. Additionally, attendees are invited to bring donations of dog and cat food and treats, with the goal of filling a pickup truck with the supplies.

Participants and spectators will have the opportunity to meet several dogs available for adoption. PLP board member Becky Saner reported that approximately 15 dogs are being cared for by foster families, but that number is expected to change.

"(Soon), we'll have puppies," said Saner, noting that PLP recently picked up a dog who is pregnant with six puppies.

Through PLP's work, 590 dogs have been adopted since 2011. Foster families are an important part of the process, and there is an ongoing need for folks to open their homes to four-legged friends. Folks do not need to have previous experience as pet owners to become foster families.

"Every time a foster gets adopted, we can rescue another dog," Saner said. "We walk with our foster families through the entire process." Applicants are required to provide references, and home visits are performed to ensure the rescue dogs will be cared for in a safe, loving environment. Each approved family is paired with a board member, who maintains regular communication, providing encouragement, insight, and advice. The families also have access to a private Facebook group where they can connect with other foster families and PLP volunteers. PLP offers socialization opportunities for the dogs as well. The organization's founder runs a boarding facility, and a dog trainer is on the board of directors, so they have a wealth of knowledge to share.

"Pits are super-smart dogs and really loving. It's really important to keep strong boundaries and give them a job," Saner remarked. "Good owners are what make good dogs."

For more information about fostering or adopting through PLP, readers may visit, email, or find Pitties.Love.Peace on Facebook.

To register a vehicle for Fords for Four-Leggers, readers may contact Wade at 717-806-6236 or The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 1.


Environmental Center Posts Events August 17, 2017

Governor Dick Environmental Center, located at 3283 Pinch Road, Mount Gretna, has posted several upcoming activities. Attendees should meet at the Environmental Center. Programs are free unless stated otherwise, but preregistration is required. For more information or to register, readers should email or call 717-964-3808 and leave a name and phone number in case the program is canceled.

Backyard Biologists: A Log's Life will be offered on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 1 p.m. Participants will learn what happens in, under, on top of, and around a log in the forest. There is a fee per child.

People over age 50 may attend a Senior Walkabout on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 1:30 p.m. The gentle-paced hike is 2 to 4 miles in length.


Community Calendar August 17, 2017

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

Al-Anon Meeting

Al-Anon, a support group for anyone who has been affected by another's drinking problem, will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 23 (and every Wednesday), from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, 2835 Manor Road (Route 82), Coatesville, (West Brandywine Township).

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous will meet on Thursday, Aug. 24 (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.

EWC Outing

Members of the Elverson Walking Club (EWC) will take part in an exploratory hike on the Brandywine Trail through the Stroud Preserve on Sunday, Aug. 27. The group will meet at 11 a.m. in the Kerr Park area located close to the Downingtown Library, 134 Wallace Ave., Downingtown. The group will then carpool to the beginning of the hike.

No pets will be permitted. Those who plan to take part in the hike are asked to contact hike leader Clyde Godschall at 610-913-0284 or at 610-413-6281 on the day of the event.

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, Aug. 28 (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


GriefShare, a seminar and support group for those dealing with the death of a loved one, will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at Gateway Church, 160 Cowan Road, Parkesburg.

The topic will be "Why?" During the session, attendees will be encouraged to bring their questions and emotions to God.

For more information about the support group or to register, visit or call Twila at 717-442-1287.

Craft Class

Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Ave., Phoenixville, invites adults and teens to join craft instructor Sondra Gervasi on Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 7 to 8 p.m. to make a candy dish that looks like a bubblegum machine.

There is a per-person fee for materials. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is open to the public.

Reservations are required by visiting and selecting the Adult Events Calendar or by calling 610-933-3013, ext. 132.

Tutor Training

The Volunteer English Program in Chester County will conduct a three-session, nine-hour training workshop for individuals who wish to tutor English as a Second Language (ESL) to an adult immigrant or refugee.

The workshop will be held at the Phoenixville Medical Office Building II, 826 Main St., Phoenixville, on Tuesday, Sept. 5; Wednesday, Sept. 6; and Monday, Sept. 11. Each session will run from 6 to 9 p.m.

For details or to register for the workshop, readers may call 610-918-8222 or visit


GriefShare, a support group for those who have lost loved ones, will be offered on Wednesdays at Calvary Fellowship, 95 W. Devon Drive, Downingtown, beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m. GriefShare sessions will run through Dec. 6.

The topic for the first week of GriefShare will be "Is this Normal?" Participants will discuss the difficulties of grieving a loved one. For more information and to register, contact Bob VanArsdale at


DivorceCare, a support group for individuals going through the trauma of divorce, will be offered on Wednesdays, starting Sept. 6 and going through Dec. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at Calvary Fellowship Church, 95 W. Devon Drive, Downingtown.

DivorceCare with open with the session "What is Happening to Me?" - a discussion of the effects and confusion of divorce. For more information and to register, contact Bob VanArsdale at

Charity Run, Walk

OneRunTogether's Hard to the Core 5K Orchard Mud Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk will be held at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, at Weaver's Orchard, 40 Fruit Lane, Morgantown. Participants will run among apple and peach trees and through a vineyard, a Christmas tree farm, mud holes, and hay bale obstacles. The course will end at the pond with a live rock band and an apple pancake breakfast.

The mission of OneRunTogether is to host races that financially and spiritually benefit local cancer patients in need. OneRunTogether donates 100 percent of its profits to the cause.

For registration information, visit or call 610-733-2181.

Vendors Sought

Vendors are needed for a flea market to be held on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Thorndale United Methodist Church, 3503 Lincoln Highway, Thorndale. Interested vendors should call Ruth at 610-384-8897 to reserve a space. Rain date for the event will be on Saturday, Sept. 23.


Homestead Day Festival Planned August 17, 2017

Homestead Village, 1800 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, will hold the Homestead Day Festival on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will feature activities designed to delight residents, family, and friends, including games for children, festival food, crafts, a used book sale, a white elephant sale, and more.

Chris Poje will be the interactive disc jockey from 10 to 11 a.m., and children's entertainer Fred McNaughton will be featured from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., with the Twin Rose Community Band concluding the day with variety music from 12:30 to 2 p.m. There will also be a bounce castle, wagonette rides, balloon art, and an activity with the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation.

In addition to the white elephant, used book, and craft sales, there will be a bake sale and a flower and plant sale. Barbecued chicken dinners will be available to eat in or take out, and festival food from hot dogs to ice cream will be offered. Homestead Village's Corner Gift Shop will be open.

The event will be held rain or shine. There is no fee to attend, but attendees are encouraged to bring cash for games and food.

For more information on Homestead Village, readers may visit


Building Character Through Bicycling Adventures August 17, 2017

"Changing lives one ride at a time" is the bumper sticker slogan for Lifecycles, and founder Lee DeRemer said that sentiment has been the organization's aim from day one. When DeRemer's nephews lost their father to cancer in 2009, DeRemer planned a bicycle trip with them as a way to spend time together and provide some of the male leadership they were now missing in their lives. They traveled 11,000 miles through Montana and Wyoming and had the time of their lives. DeRemer saw a transformation of sorts in his nephews as they took on the adventure together. "I concluded that if I could somehow do this on a larger scale, it could potentially help a lot of young men," he shared.

So DeRemer established Lifecycles, a nonprofit mentoring program committed to building young men of character through bicycling and outdoor adventures. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, trained volunteers and teenage boys set off for a bicycle ride and return to eat a meal together. Before the ride, DeRemer or another leader shares a Bible verse and word of encouragement and prays.

Approximately 50 youths and 18 leaders are currently involved in Lifecycles. Everyone splits into five teams based on ability level, and each group travels on a different route. "Everybody's welcome. You don't need to try out," noted DeRemer. "We are here for any teenage boy." Lifecycles provides bikes, helmets, a T-shirt, and a hot meal free of charge. Interested individuals are encouraged to sign up ahead of time if they would like to join a ride, and they may do so at Walk-ins are welcome too.

The website lists a detailed schedule of rides along with the starting locations. Currently, the weekly events run from 6 to 8 p.m., with Tuesdays beginning and ending at East Donegal Riverfront Park, 551 Vinegar Ferry Road, Marietta, and Thursdays beginning and ending at Amos Herr Park, 1700 Nissley Road, Landisville.

Most participants find out about the program by word-of-mouth, and DeRemer said all the volunteers are men from York and Lancaster counties who are attracted to the mission of Lifecycles. "We have incredible leaders," reflected DeRemer. "Watching the leaders selflessly speak into the lives of the boys is so encouraging."

In addition to the weekly rides, Lifecycles plans a three-week challenge ride each summer. On the first challenge ride, nine teenagers and seven adult guides pedaled 290 miles to Niagara Falls. This year the group drove to New Hampshire to bicycle a route to the White Mountains.

Watching the sense of community on any of the weekly rides, but particularly on the capstone events that bring a whole new set of challenges, is a joy for DeRemer. The trips yield a huge boost in each individual's confidence as they recognize what they are capable of accomplishing, and a sense of maturity develops quickly.

"To get to see the kids laughing and celebrating their achievements and to have them ride many more miles than they ever thought they could is just wonderful," DeRemer said.

DeRemer is a retired United States Air Force colonel and lives outside Wrightsville with his wife, Marcie. He said he has been continually blown away by the way that God is at work through all the people involved in Lifecycles and the way God provides and protects. "If a boy shows up, we believe he's there by appointment and it's our job to meet him where he's at with encouragement and love," DeRemer said. "We just really are trying to be a positive force in their lives."

To sign up to participate or inquire about serving as a leader, readers may visit Financial donations and meal contributions are also welcome.


Annual Carnival To Support Hellam Recreation August 17, 2017

As summer comes to a close and fall sports and activities kick into high gear along with the impending school year, the Hellam Area Recreation Commission invites area residents to enjoy one last summer hurrah at the annual Hellam Carnival.

The event is set to run from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 23 and 24, and from 6 to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 25 and 26, at the Hallam softball fields at Franklin and Orange streets. Rides and games will be available for people of all ages to enjoy, along with informational booths set up by local nonprofit organizations. All-day wristbands for the amusement rides are available for a set fee, and single tickets may also be purchased.

A car show will take place on Aug. 25, and the annual horseshoe tournament is planned for Aug. 26. Prize money will be awarded to the tournament winners, and interested individuals may contact Barry Sweitzer at 717-755-4406 to sign up.

Live entertainment will be featured each evening, and Blue Rock Connection will kick off the series of carnival concerts on Aug. 23. The Lancaster-based band, which plays a mix of classic rock, blues, and oldies, consists of members Chuck Shea, Tony Hertzler, Scott Weiser, Jeff Morgan, and Michael Wornsdofer. On Aug. 24, local church groups will present a variety of musical performances. Reminisce, an oldies and Motown dance band, will perform on Aug. 25. Band members include Mike Larkin, Gordie Geesey, Marianne Benedict Loppolo, and Rich Shroy on vocals; Mike Hulsey on guitar; Joe Kuhns on bass; Ron Hoerner on keyboard; and Al Wojciechowski on drums. On Aug. 26, Country Express will return to the Hellam Carnival with a show of country tunes.

Plenty of food will be available to purchase, including pork barbecue, fried vegetables, french fries, quesadillas, pumpkin rolls, and funnel cakes. The Friends of the Kreutz Creek Valley Library group will once again be dishing out its famous peach sundaes.

The event will conclude with a fireworks display, set to begin at 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 26.

Proceeds from the carnival will go toward supporting the youth activities and programming offered by the Hellam Area Recreation Commission. To learn more about the volunteer organization, readers may visit


Library Posts Special Programs August 17, 2017

Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., Hershey, will offer special programs to the community. Registration is required, unless otherwise noted, and may be completed by calling 717-533-6555 or visiting

Two events will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9. "The Nazi Titanic" will be presented by Robert P. Watson at 1 p.m. Watson will present a program that exposes the story of The Nazi Titanic, an enigmatic ship that played a devastating role in World War II and the Holocaust.

Tracy Dietrich and Cindy Wittenburg will present a musical program, "Silver, Wood and Ivory," in the main area of the library, playing a variety of instruments and pieces from Broadway hits, popular and traditional favorites, sacred, and classical music. The program will begin at 2 p.m. No registration is required.

On Sunday, Sept. 10, at 2 p.m., Hit the Roof Band from New York City will visit the library. The band will present an eclectic musical experience by reinvigorating old songs with a new twist.


HAAA To Offer Fall Classes August 17, 2017

The Hershey Area Art Association (HAAA) will offer a lineup of art classes in the fall. There is a cost to attend, with a discount for HAAA members. For more details and registration, readers may visit

Abstractly Yours will be offered on Thursdays, Sept. 21 to Nov. 9, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Realistic Oil Painting will be held on Wednesdays, Sept. 27 to Nov. 15, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting will be held at Wildwood Park in Harrisburg from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8, and Saturday, Sept. 9.

Paint Together Sessions will be held on Mondays, Sept. 11 to Oct. 30, from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. No instruction will be provided, just artistic camaraderie. Oil Painting with Relaxed Style will be held on Fridays, Sept. 22 to Nov. 17, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with no class on Nov. 10.


Audubon Society Posts Calendar August 17, 2017

The Quittapahilla Audubon Society will host several programs that are free and open to the community. For more information or to register, readers may call Jim Fiorentino at 717-269-0675 or visit

On Sunday, Sept. 3, a field trip to observe local birds will be taken along Pumping Station Road. Participants will meet at 8 a.m. in the parking lot off Route 322.

A field trip to observe local birds along the Lebanon Valley Rail Trail (LVRT) and Colebrook SGL 145 will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24. Participants will meet at 8 a.m. in the Colebrook parking lot.

A program titled "Those Amazing Dragonflies" will be presented by Tony Schoch on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The program will focus on the insect's anatomy, life cycle, indication of water quality, identification, and their place in the food chain of the wetlands. Local and national organizations and research programs will also be touched on along with some tips on photographing dragonflies. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the chapel of Lebanon Valley Home, 550 E. Main St., Annville.


Community Calendar August 17, 2017

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 meet on Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 10 a.m. at the West Grove Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 139 W. Evergreen St., West Grove.

A program on Canine Partners for Life will be presented. For more information, call 610-255-4477. Everyone is welcome.

Fire Company Activities

Members of the Christiana Fire Company, 214 S. Bridge St., Christiana, will present a Community Fun Night and Kids Camp Carnival from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 25. The event will feature demonstrations from local fire, EMS and police departments, including the Lancaster Mounted Police Unit. There will also be bounce houses and free popcorn, cotton candy, and ice slushies. Parents must remain with their children during the entire event.

The Kids Camp: Fire Experience 2017 will occur on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During the round robin-type event, campers will participate in stations involving local fire, EMS and police departments, and Red Rose Search and Rescue. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, email or visit

Healing Oils

As part of the LibraryLive! Speaker Series, the Parkesburg Library will present Essential Oils 101: How They Heal offered by Debra Stoltzfus. The free talk will presented on Saturday, Aug. 26, at 10 the library located at 105 West St.

Attendance is free but seating is limited. To reserve a space, stop by or call 610-857-5165.


Union United Methodist Church (UMC) and Oxford United Methodist Church (UMC) will sponsor a concert on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 3 p.m. at Nottingham Park. Union UMC's own praise band will lead the show. Free refreshments will follow the concert.

The Union Praise Band is featured at the 10 a.m. service every Sunday at the church, 321 Freemont Road, Nottingham.

For more information about the concert, contact Oxford UMC at 610-932-9698 or Union UMC at 610-932-2585.


The weight loss support group TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 29 (and every Tuesday), at the Oxford Senior Center, 12 E. Locust St., Oxford. Weigh-in will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Dee at 610-742-0566.


GriefShare, a seminar and support group for those dealing with the death of a loved one, will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 7:15 to 9 p.m. at Gateway Church, 160 Cowan Road, Parkesburg.

The topic will be "Why?" During the session, attendees will be encouraged to bring their questions and emotions to God. For more information about the support group or to register, visit or call Twila at 717-442-1287.

Soup, Sandwich, Talk

Word UP Community Ministries will host a free Soup, Sandwich, and Talk event on Thursday, Aug. 31, at Gap Fire Company, 802 Pequea Ave., Gap. The meal will begin at 6 p.m. Attendees may attend the meal only or stay and hear a message afterward.

Individuals who would like to help serve or provide soup may contact Buck Mowday at 717-330-0561 or

Golf Tournament

The Christiana Moores Memorial Library Golf Tournament will take place on Monday, Sept. 11, at the Moccasin Run Golf Course, 402 Schoff Road, Atglen. The eighth annual tournament will begin at 1 p.m. Special prizes will be awarded.

Registrations are due by Saturday, Sept. 2. More information is available at or by calling 610-593-6618. Proceeds will benefit the library's programs.

Landscaping Class

Oxford Area Senior Center, 12 E. Locust St., Oxford, will offer a landscaping class on Wednesday, Sept. 13, at 7 p.m.

Landscaper Steve Seivwright will teach participants how to transform their indoor living space into a floral or garden oasis. He will offer creative suggestions for turning everyday household items into unique, decorative containers for flowers and plants.

The program will focus on affordable, low-maintenance landscaping ideas for senior citizens. He will also discuss outdoor gardens, flowerbeds and potted plants that enhance curb appeal but require minimum effort and care.

The class is free and open to the public, though space is limited. For more information or to register, call 610-932-5244.

Lasagna Dinner

Amazing Tails LLC will hold a lasagna dinner fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 16, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Avondale Fire Company, 23 Firehouse Way, Avondale.

Amazing Tails provides service dogs for individuals with physical disabilities. Proceeds will help defray the cost of the service dogs. The dinner will include lasagna, Italian bread, salad, and a beverage.

Tickets may be purchased at

Sacred Heart Parish Events

Sacred Heart Parish, 205 Church Road, Oxford, has posted several events slated for Friday, Sept. 22, and Saturday, Sept. 23.

Family Movie Night will take place on Sept. 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Family Game Day will be held on Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Activities will include pumpkin painting, bounce houses and art and crafts.

Oktoberfest will be held on Sept. 23 from 6 to 11 p.m. The event, for individuals age 21 and up, will feature an authentic German band with dancing, German food and beverages and a silent auction. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Craft Vendors Needed

The Octorara Area Food Cupboard, 714 W. Main St., Parkesburg, is having a Family Fun Day and open house on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature tours, games, prizes, craft vendors and chicken dinners.

The cupboard is currently seeking craft vendors to participate in the day. For more information and to reserve a space, call 610-857-4000.

Crafter Vendors Sought

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford is accepting applications for artists and crafters for the group's 16th annual Fall Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov 4. The fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gym at Sacred Heart School, 205 Church Road, Oxford.

For more information or an application to reserve a table, contact Patti at or 610-932-0763. All slots for direct sales vendors are full, so organizers are only accepting applications for those who plan to sell handcrafted items

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