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Bike Ride To Showcase Local Area April 28, 2017

Manor Township was home to numerous settlements of Native Americans. Participants in a 16-mile bike ride on Saturday, May 13, will explore this area, with tours leaving every 15 minutes between 8 a.m. and noon. The tours will begin and end at Ann Letort Elementary School, 561 Letort Road, Washington Boro. Support will be available if needed.

Groups of bikers will experience the saga at 11 stops along the way, where historians and Native American storytellers will present 10-minute historical and cultural stories.

The ride is not meant to be too difficult even though it rests among the "River Hills." The tour is intended to be an enjoyable and educational experience for families, school groups, and individuals wanting to learn more of the area's native history. Individuals who are unable to ride may drive the route, but they are asked to start at the school in order to carpool.

In addition, Barry Lee of Spirit Wing will give a concert of contemporary and traditional Native American music at 3 p.m. at the longhouse on the grounds of the Hans Herr House, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street. The longhouse will be open, and storytellers will be available to answer questions. Attendees sould bring lawn chairs or blankets.

Bike tour registrants should arrive 20 minutes before their start time. Groups intending to ride together should make their request when registering. To register for the bike tour or the concert and longhouse tour, readers may visit or call 393-9745.

In the case of inclement weather, the tour will be held on Sunday, May 14, with groups beginning at 2 p.m. The concert will be at 7 p.m.


Food Festival Will Feature Children's Art April 28, 2017

The 14th annual Temple Beth El Jewish Food Festival is set for Sunday, May 7. "This year, for the first time, the temple is holding an art contest for children throughout the area from kindergarten through 12th grade," said temple member Randi Jacobs, noting that the theme of the contest is the Story of Noah's Ark.

The food festival is the signature event hosted by Temple Beth El. Jacobs explained that the first festival was held in 2003, a year after the congregation moved from downtown Lancaster to its present location at 1836 Rohrerstown Road, near East Petersburg.

"Temple Beth El had participated in Lancaster's Town Fair event for many years while in its downtown Lancaster location, and members wanted to continue the tradition of sharing Jewish culture and customs with the community," Jacobs said.

The focus of the food festival is, of course, the food. Temple Beth El volunteers have been busy in the synagogue's kitchen baking and cooking a variety of kosher favorites. During the festival, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 7, three dinners will be offered. Bubbie's Chicken Dinner will feature chicken, noodle kugel, Israeli salad, coleslaw, and challah bread. The vegetarian Israeli Falafel Dinner will include falafel in pita, hummus, baba ganoush, coleslaw, and Israeli salad. The third option - a corned beef sandwich - will be accompanied by coleslaw, pickles, and chips.

A combo meal for children will include a hot dog, chips, a cookie, and a beverage.

Hot dogs, with or without sauerkraut, may be purchased a la carte. Other items available for purchase will include knishes, matzo ball soup, mushroom barley soup, kugel, and pickles, and hot and cold beverages. Baked goods sold at the event will include poppy seed cookies, bowties, apple strudel, rugelach, and hamentashen.

At noon, 2, and 4 p.m., rabbis Rami Pavolotzky and Daniela Szuster will share information about Jewish life and institutions, plus the origins and demographics of the Jewish communities in South America, focusing on Argentina, the Latin American country with the largest Jewish population.

Temple Beth El's gift shop will be open during the festival, and other vendors will sell handcrafted items and Israeli jewelry.

Artwork from the children's art contest will be displayed throughout the synagogue. The deadline for entry was April 28, and the winners will be announced at the festival. One winner will be selected in the categories of kindergarten to third grade, fourth through sixth grades, and seventh to 12th grades.

Elementary and middle school students in need will be the focus of the Mitzvah Meals given as part of the Food Festival. Power Packs Project will be the recipient of the gift again this year. Last year, Temple Beth El provided more than 120 Mitzvah Meals to Power Packs.

"While many school children receive free meals (breakfast and lunch) during the school week, meals are not offered on the weekend," Jacobs said. "Power Packs provides family meals for the weekend. The goal of this program is to keep children well-nourished so they can become active learners."

Admission to the Food Festival will be free of charge, but tickets will be required for the meals. Diners may eat in or take their food to go.

To learn more about the Food Festival or to purchase meal tickets in advance, readers may call Temple Beth El at 581-7891 or email Coupons for tickets purchased at the event may be printed at


2017 L-S Spirit Night Posted April 20, 2017

Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) School District has announced that the annual L-S Spirit Night will take place on Saturday, April 29, when the Lancaster Barnstormers take on the Sugar Land Skeeters at the Barnstormers stadium, Prince Street, Lancaster. The high school jazz band will perform at the front gate from 5 to 5:45 p.m., and the district will be featured in activities throughout the night.

Proceeds from Spirit Night ticket sales will benefit the L-S Educational Foundation. When purchasing tickets online, through the box office, or in-person, the promotional code PIONEERS should be used so that a portion of the ticket price goes toward scholarships for deserving students.


Spring Fling To Introduce "Ice Pool Of Terror" April 20, 2017

"This will be the greatest Spring Fling event to date," asserted Cole Heckaman, a Penn Manor High School junior and a co-coordinator of this year's event, which will be held on Friday, May 5, from 3 to 9 p.m. at Comet Field, located near the high school on Comet Drive, Millersville.

A crew of 95 students will run the event, with teams handling setup, teardown, parking, waste management, and other important tasks. The overall leaders of the event, who were responsible for planning fundraisers, securing sponsors, and scheduling vendors, include seniors Amanda DiCamillo and Cameron Lovett as well as Cole and his classmate Hannah Brown. Amanda and Cameron were on the committee last year, and Cole and Hannah will lead it next year. The overlap of students provides continuity for the event and prepares the following year's leaders to do their jobs well.

"A lot of it (has been) learning how to reach out to companies and take initiative to get things done," Cole said.

Typically, Spring Fling includes a variety of activities, food vendors, and fireworks. This year, wristbands for unlimited access to the inflatables, including an obstacle course, may be purchased for a set fee. Additionally, a previous pair of senior coordinators began a tradition of adding a new contest each year. Last year's was a hot dog eating contest, which will be repeated at the upcoming Spring Fling at approximately 6:30 p.m. Several heats will be held, in which competitors will race to finish a specified number of hot dogs with their buns. The winners of the heats will compete against each other for the prize. The contest will be open to the public. A total of 200 hot dogs and 200 buns have been donated by a local supermarket, so the coordinators hope for a good turnout.

"We expect it to be bigger this year," Cameron remarked.

Amanda and Cameron's addition to Spring Fling is the "ice pool of terror." Dozens of keys will be submerged in a wading pool filled with ice and water. Contestants will fish keys from the water in the hope of finding the key that unlocks a prize box containing cash and other goodies. The pool obtained for the challenge is decorated with cheerful colors and friendly aquatic life, but searching for keys in ice-cold water will be truly terrible, the organizers promised.

A dunk tank will be offered this year, and numerous teachers have bravely agreed to take a turn on the hot - er, wet - seat.

"Even on warm days, the water is cold," Cameron said, recalling his turn in the dunk tank last year.

The main purpose of Spring Fling, the coordinators noted, is to recognize student organizations and help them raise money. At least 25 student groups have submitted applications to sell food or host games at the event. For example, the football team will offer a speed and accuracy throw, and the marching unit will award prizes for tossing balls into instruments.

The fireworks display is expected to begin at 8:45 p.m.

Donations will be accepted for parking at Comet Field. The proceeds will go to the Penn Manor Family Fund, which aids district families in need.

Spring Fling will be held rain or shine, but it will be moved inside the high school, 100 E. Cottage Ave., Millersville, in the event of severe weather. Announcements will be posted at and tweeted by @SpringFlizzle if the event is moved indoors. Folks may follow @SpringFlizzle to receive updates about the event.


Community Calendar April 20, 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, April 26 (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).

Church Production

"Saint Francis: Troubadour of God's Peace," a live one-man stage production, will be presented at St. Peter Church, 2835 Manor Road (Route 82), West Brandywine, on Thursday, April 27 at 7 p.m. Admission will be a free will offering.

"Saint Francis: Troubadour of God's Peace" is a professional touring theater production based on the life of St. Francis of Assisi. The musical performance will incorporate state-of-the-art theatrical lighting, an artistic set depicting the Italian countryside and a lyrical soundtrack. The program is suitable for all ages.

Support Group

Alcoholics Anonymous will meet on Thursday, April 27 (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.


Friendship Elementary School will hold its second annual designer bag bingo on Friday, April 28. The event will be held at Rainbow Elementary School, 113 W. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville. Doors will open at 6 p.m.; bingo will start at 7 p.m.

Tickets purchased in advance will be discounted. Tickets will also be sold at the door. For tickets or more information, email

Pancake Breakfast

The Romansville United Methodist Church (UMC) invites the public to an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast to support the church's youth group. The event will take place at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill, 3479 E. Lincoln Highway, Thorndale, on Saturday, April 29, from 8 to 10 a.m. The event is open to the community, and tickets will be available at the door.

For more information, contact Romansville UMC at 610-486-0189 or or visit

Clothing, Household Items Drive

Downingtown High School (DHS) music students and Big Brothers Big Sisters will collect donations of gently used clothing, shoes, toys, books and household items on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the student parking lot at Downingtown East High School, located just right of 50 Devon Drive, Exton.

Donations will benefit band, choir and orchestra students at DHS East, West and STEM campuses, as well as Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Tax receipts will be available. For a list acceptable items, inclement weather location update and more information, visit

Yard Sale

A multi-family community yard sale will be held at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church on Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to noon. In addition, an indoor multi-retailer popup boutique will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the American Cancer Society. St. Matthew's is located at 2440 Conestoga Road (Route 401), Chester Springs.

Food Pantry Fundraiser

Honey Brook Food Pantry will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, April 29, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Forks of the Brandywine Presbyterian Church, 1648 Horseshoe Pike, Glenmoore.

The event will featured a catered buffet dinner, guest speaker Dr. Hans Kersten, who will address hunger awareness and a testimonial from a local family served by the food pantry.

For more information and to order tickets, visit or call 610-273-6102.

Outgrown Sale

Holy Rosary Early Learning Center (ELC), 80 S. 17th Ave., Coatesville, will hold a Spring Children's Outgrown Sale on Saturday, April 29, from 8 a.m. to noon. Clothes, toys, games, shoes, equipment, furniture, books, and movies will be offered for purchase.

For more information or to participate, call Holy Rosary ELC at 610-380-0277.

Dance Party

The Downingtown Area Senior Center (DASC) will present an Oldies Night Dance Party with Jerry Blavat on Saturday, April 29, from 7 to 11 p.m. The event will take place in the Covered Bridge Room at the Kimberton Fire Company, 61 Firehouse Lane, Kimberton. The ticket price includes entertainment, food and beverages.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call DASC at 610-269-3939. All proceeds will benefit the DASC and its members.

Meal Assembly

A Stop Hunger Now meal assembly will be held at Grove United Methodist Church on Sunday, April 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. The community is invited to come and help package meals for those in need worldwide. Last year, more than 100 people of all ages packaged 27,500 meals.

Grove Church is located at 490 W. Boot Road, north of West Chester. Visit for directions. For more information, contact Linda Schneider at

Book Discussion

Members of the Phoenix Book Club will meet on Monday, May 1, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Ave., Phoenixville. The group will discuss "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau.

The public is invited to attend. A copy of the book may be reserved at the library or at For further information, contact 610-933-3013, ext. 132, or

Support Group

Al-Anon, a support group for anyone who has been affected by another's drinking problem, will hold an open meeting on Monday, May 1 (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

Lions Club

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 May 2. New members are welcome. For more information, call 610-636-0243.

Open House

The MOMS clubs of East Brandywine/Downingtown, Pickering Valley and Lionville invites all stay-at-home moms residing within the Downingtown Area School District to attend their open house event at Kerr Park (at the Sky's the Limit Playground) on Tuesday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to noon. The rain date is Tuesday, May 16.

This open house event will provide attendees an opportunity to learn more about the Downingtown area local MOMS clubs chapters and all they offer, including playdates, Moms' Night Out and community service projects.

There will be refreshments, snacks and special mom giveaways. For more information, email

Gardening Workshop

The Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Ave., Phoenixville, will host a Container Gardening Workshop on Thursday, May 4, from 7 to 8 p.m.

Chester County Master Gardener Cassandra Hogue will lead the workshop and will share tips on designing, planting and maintaining container gardens for all seasons. Participants will then plant their own "spring blooming" container to take home. Plants and potting soil will be provided. Participants should bring their own pots or other creative containers and garden gloves. All containers should have a drainage hole and not exceed 10 inches in diameter.

A fee per person will be payable at the door. Reservations are required. To register, visit the events calendar for adults at or call 610-933-3013, ext. 132.

Lions Club

The Coatesville Area Lions Club meets on the first and third Thursdays of each month from September to June at 6:15 p.m. at the Coatesville Moose. 1200 Airport Road, Coatesville. The next scheduled meeting will be on May 4. Visitors are always welcome.

Flea Market

A craft/antique/flea market will be held by the Old Caln Historical Society on Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the grounds of the Caln Township Municipal Building, Municipal Drive, Thorndale.

Vendors are welcome. Call Joan 610-384-9496 or Lois 610-384-8153 for more information.

Senior Center Activities

Coatesville Area Senior Center, 250 Harmony St., Coatesville, has planned the following activities.

Chi Gung is offered on the first and third Fridays of the month from 1 to 1:45 p.m. Yoga is held on the second and fourth Fridays of each month from 1 to 2 p.m.

Audiology services are offered on the first and third Tuesdays of the month from 10:30 to 2 p.m., and podiatry services are offered on the first and third Fridays of the month from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Appointments for the services are required by calling the senior center at 610-383-6900.

For more information about activities, call the senior center or visit www.coatesvilleseniorcenter.or.g


Community Calendar April 20, 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

Soup, Sandwich, Talk

Word UP Community Ministries will host a free Soup, Sandwich, and Talk event on Thursday, April 27, at Gap Fire Company, 802 Pequea Ave., Gap. The meal will begin at 6 p.m. Attendees may come for 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

Yard Sale

The Degree of Pocahontas - Oxford will present a community yard sale on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Redmen Pavilion, 114 Brick Road, Oxford. Also included will be a sale of chicken corn soup (bring containers), baked goods, hot dogs and beverages.

Yard sale tables are available to rent. To reserve a space, call Gail Moore at 610-932-5133 or Ina Wilson at 717-548-3158.

Spaghetti Dinner

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, 290 State Road, West Grove, will host a spaghetti dinner on Sunday, April 30. Serving will take place from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Carryout meals will be available from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

There is a cost for the meal, with a discount for children. For more information, call 610-869-4100.

Italian Dinner

The Chester-Delaware Pomona Grange #3 will host an Italian Night Dinner at Russellville Grange, 245 Old Limestone Road, Oxford, on Saturday, April 30, from 4 to 7 p.m. The all-you-can-eat menu will include spaghetti, lasagna, stuffed shells, meatballs, a salad bar, bread, beverages and dessert. Takeouts will be available.

There will be separate prices for adults and children ages 5 to 12. Children age 4 and under may eat for free.

Proceeds from the dinner will provide funds to promote youth, community service and other projects throughout the year. For more information, visit or contact Melanie at 610-212-2734 or


The weight loss support group TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) will meet on Tuesday, May 2 (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.

Book Sale

The Atglen Public Library, 413 Valley Ave., Atglen, will hold its spring book sale and bake sale fundraiser on Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 610-593-6848 or email

Avon Grove Seniors

The Avon Grove Seniors will hold meet on Wednesday, May 3, at 10 a.m. at the West Grove Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 139 W. Evergreen St., West Grove. Bingo will be featured.

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

ACE Meeting

"What's Trending With Our Youth?" will be presented by Oxford Police Officer Christopher Coverly on Saturday, May 6, at a meeting of ACE (Advocating, Collaborating, Educating) Anti-Human Trafficking Alliance of Oxford. The meeting will be held at the Oxford Senior Center, 12 E. Locust St., Oxford. Refreshments will be served at 9 a.m., and the meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m.

Topics of the presentation will include drug and alcohol awareness, internet safety/bullying, self-harm and fighting. The presentation is limited to adults, age 18 and over. For more information, call 610-932-0337.

Coffee With The Police

Coffee with the Police will be held on the second Wednesday of each month from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Assetto's Family Hairstyling, 414 W. First Ave., Parkesburg. Community members are invited to come out and meet with Police Chief Brian Sheller and other members of the Parkesburg Police Department to ask questions and express their concerns.

The next scheduled session will be on May 10. For more information, call 610-857-1920.

Support Group

The Southern Chester County Chapter meeting of Compassionate Friends, a self-help support organization that assists bereaved families following the death of a child, are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the West Grove Friends Meeting House, 153 East Harmony Road, West Grove. The next scheduled meeting will be on May 17.

All bereaved parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome to attend. No one is required to talk; visitors may come, sit and listen. Friends and relatives are welcome. For more information, contact Jackie at 610-932-5343 or email


Historical Society Plans Tour Of Cuba April 20, 2017

The Hershey Derry Township Historical Society will offer a trip to Cuba from Thursday, Nov. 30, to Friday, Dec. 8. There is a cost to participate, and group size is limited.

A special feature of the itinerary is a half-day tour of Hershey, Cuba, the village, plantation, and refinery established in 1916 by Milton Hershey to provide sugar for chocolate production. Other highlights will include visits to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Trinidad and Old Havana, Ernest Hemingway's home, art museums and public markets, and culturally enriching performances by musicians and traditional dance troupes plus the scenery of national parks and coastal vistas of the Caribbean.

Deposits are due by Sunday, April 30. For more details, readers may visit or contact 520-0748 or


Club Sponsors Photo Contest April 20, 2017

The Lancaster County Bird Club (LCBC) and club member Len Eiserer, author of "The American Robin: A Backyard Institution," will sponsor a photo contest. The contest is open to all ages, and the subject is the "American Robin(s)." Divisions for adults and youths are available, and cash prizes will be awarded.

The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, Aug. 1, with one entry per person. The photo must be 8 x 10 inches and unmatted. More information about the rules may be found at under the Special Programs tab. For more details, readers may contact Barbara Hunsberger at 984-2738 or


ELANCO Library Posts Calendar April 20, 2017

Eastern Lancaster County Library, 11 Chestnut Drive, New Holland, will offer a variety of programs and activities to the community in May. Most events are free, but require advance registration. To register and for more information, including library hours, readers may stop by the circulation desk at the library, call 354-0525, or visit

An International Desserts event for the entire family will take place on Friday, May 12, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a dessert to share that reminds them of their home and is representative of their culture or heritage. The library will provide beverages and place settings. This program will take place when the library is closed, so preregistration is required.

MakerFest for the entire family will be held on Saturday, May 20, at 10 a.m. Vendors are welcome to come and set up without a vendor fee to show others what they do and meet some new customers. Everyone is invited, even if they do not make anything, to come and learn what others are creating.

Saturday STEM for all ages will be offered on May 20 at 10 a.m. The family is encouraged to stop by the library and play with some tech toys such as Ozobots, Bee-Bots, and Snap Circuits.

A seminar on "Understanding Medicare" will be held on Wednesday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. A state-approved education presentation will focus on those new to Medicare or approaching Medicare age. Subjects include enrollment timelines and special election periods, enrolling in Medicare, definitions of the different parts and what they cover, what to do if when still working, and how to avoid future penalties.

A Readers' Roundtable Book Discussion event for individuals age 16 and older will gather on Monday, May 1, at 7 p.m. The group will discuss "House of Silk" by Anthony Horowitz.

Preschool Story Time, designed for children ages 3 to 5 with a caregiver, will be held on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Preschoolers are invited to enjoy themed books, songs, rhymes, movement activities, or a craft while building language and literacy skills.

Friday Frolic for Toddlers will be offered on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. to walking toddlers ages 1 to 3 with a caregiver. All adults are expected to participate and encourage the children to join in the fun. Stay and Play will follow at 11:15 a.m.

Therapy dogs from K-Pets will visit the library on Saturday, May 6, at 11:30 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to improve their reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog.

Teen Tuesdays, for students in grades seven through 12, will be held on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Teens are invited to chill out, hang out, and geek out in the library after school.

The Lego Creation Club for the entire family, including children age 3 and older, will take place on Monday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. Attendees will build creations out of Lego bricks that will be displayed in the library.

One-on-One Tech Help will be offered on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Free assistance with devices, such as a computer, smart phone, tablet, and others, will be available. Advance registration is strongly recommended, but walk-ins will be welcome.

The Adult Coloring group, for individuals age 16 and older, will gather on Thursday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m., and all supplies will be provided. Hooks and Needles - Yarn Crafting Club will meet on May 8 at 6:30 p.m. and is open to individuals of all skill levels, including beginners. Attendees are invited to bring projects, tips, and ideas to share.

Leap into Science, open to students in kindergarten through grade six, will take place on Monday, May 15, at 6:30 p.m. Leap into Science is a program promoting family engagement through STEM. This session is called "Air is Everywhere," where participants will discover wind.

A Preschool Block Party for children ages 3 to 6 will be held on Thursday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. Children will play and build with the library's new wooden block collection. Preschoolers will have fun, while strengthening vocabulary, problem solving abilities, and social skills.

A Teen After Hours - Fandom event will be held for students in grades seven through 12 on Friday, May 19, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Attendees will enjoy cosplay, karaoke, snacks, and games. Prizes will be awarded for the best cosplay.

Sensory Story Time, designed for children ages 3 to 8 with a caregiver, will be offered on May 20 at 9 a.m. This story time is designed for children with special needs and those who prefer a quieter library atmosphere. Brothers and sisters are welcome, too. Participants will enjoy stories, songs, and activities that will improve literacy and social skills. This program will take place when the library is closed, so preregistration is required. This program is funded by the Kiwanis Club of New Holland.

The Teen Advisory Group is open to students in grades seven through 12 and will meet on Monday, May 29, at 6:30 p.m. to help plan future events for teens at the library. The Teen Book Club, for grades seven to 12, will also meet on May 29 at 7 p.m., and attendees are asked to bring along a book they have recently read.


Rotary Club Plans Mother's Day 5K

Runners and walkers of all ages are invited to participate in the fourth annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club Mother's Day 5K on Sunday, May 14. The chip-timed race will step off at 3 p.m. in the Veterans Grove area of the Masonic Village, 1 Masonic Drive, Elizabethtown. All mothers in attendance, whether participants or spectators, will receive a complimentary flower.

Event chairman Dan Brill said the race is organized in a way to accommodate other Mother's Day celebrations and traditions that folks may already have in place. "We know people have other plans on this day, and we made the 3 p.m. start time so people could join us after brunch or before dinner. We have been done with awards by 4:15 every year," Brill explained.

The Rotarians initiated the race as a means to celebrate mothers in a healthy way. "We wanted to start a 5K that could become an Elizabethtown tradition, so what better way than to honor all mothers on their special day?" said Brill.

Organizers are hoping for a repeat of the beautiful weather they had for the 2016 race and for an increase in participation. "We are really hoping to top 100 participants this year," Brill noted.

Packet pickup and race-day registration will open at 1:30 p.m. Runners and walkers may register in advance at The entry fee will increase on Monday, May 1. Preregistration is highly recommended and includes a souvenir tech shirt.

"The Masonic Village is so beautiful in the spring. There is one rather tough hill, but the last mile is all downhill," Brill remarked. The course map is available at

Awards will be distributed to the top overall male and female finishers, along with the first- through third-place male and female winners in seven age categories. The awards vary from year to year and have not yet been finalized, but past years' winners have received hats, shirts, mugs, gym bags, and gift cards.

Proceeds from the event benefit local projects of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club. The organization partners with many local groups including Northwest EMS, the Elizabethtown and Rheems fire departments, Elizabethtown Boys Club, GEARS, Boy and Girl Scout troops, Hope Within Ministries, Cornerstone Ministries, and more. The Rotarians also support Elizabethtown Area School District programs.

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