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Center Posts Special Events March 22, 2019

Governor Dick Environmental Center, 3283 Pinch Road, Mount Gretna, will offer two special events to the community. The programs are free unless noted otherwise, but preregistration is required by contacting governordick@hotmail.com or 717-964-3808 and leaving a name and phone number in case the program is canceled.

"Preparing for Spotted Lanternfly, An Environmental Threat to Our Region" will be presented by Jon Schach, an ISA board-certified Master Arborist, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 30.

A Beginning Orienteering Class will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 31. Attendees will learn what this sport is all about, and after the class, participants will try out what they learned. Children and adults are welcome to attend.

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Community Calendar March 21, 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.

Lenten Study

Glen Moore United Methodist Church, 1920 Creek Road, Glenmoore, will host a Lenten study on Simon Peter at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays, March 27, (and every Wednesday through April 17). Pastor John Neider and Henry Foehl will co-teach the study. Attendees will discover how they have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference.

Study guides will be provided at no cost. For more information or to register, contact 610-942-2324 or glenmooreum@verizon.net.

Lenten Service

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 107 S. 17th Ave., Coatesville, will have a Lenten dinner and service on Wednesday, March 27. Everyone is invited to a soup, sandwich and salad supper at 5:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall followed by a vesper service.

For more information, call 610-384-2035 or visit www.luthgoodshep.org.

Lenten Luncheons

The Downingtown Area Ministerium will present noontime Lenten services and lunches for the community at various church locations. The worship services will begin at noon. Lunch will be served after the service.

On Wednesday, March 27, the program will be held at Downingtown Friends Meeting, 800 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. For more information, call 610-269-4223.

Lenten Series

St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 1105 E. Lincoln Highway, Exton, will present a Lenten series featuring Dr. Patrick McCauley, who will lead a group discussion of popular films on each Thursday in Lent: March 28, April 4 and 11.

Each program will start with a soup supper in Getman Hall at 6 p.m., followed by viewing and discussing scenes in the films from 6:30 until 7:30 p.m. "Spirited Away" and "My Neighbor Totoro" will be discussed on March 28. For more information, visit www.stpaulsexton.com or call 610-363-2363.

WCCCC Luncheon

The Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce (WCCCC) will hold its 18th annual Municipal Update Luncheon on Friday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the facilities of G.A. Vietri Inc., 105 Independence Way, Coatesville. Municipal leaders will share their news and opportunities for the municipalities they represent. Topics of discussion will include business initiatives, economic development projects and plans for the upcoming year.

To register, call the Chamber at 610-384-9550 or visit www.westernchestercounty.com.

Photography Workshop

Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Ave., Phoenixville, will host a "Photography Fundamentals" workshop by local professional photographer Laura Keen on Saturday, March 30, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Keeping smartphones and cameras in mind, the comprehensive session is designed to elevate photography skills by teaching the fundamentals of lighting, composition, portraiture and technique.

The event is open to the public. There is a cost to attend, payable in cash at the door. Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at www.phoenixvillelibrary.org or by calling 610-933-3013, ext. 132.

Society Meeting

The Sadsbury Township Historical Society will meet on Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the Sadsbury Township Municipal Building, 2920 Lincoln Highway, Sadsburyville. The speaker will be Roberta McManus, a retired science teacher in the Oxford Area School District, who will speak about the Great Pandemic of 1918. Visitors are welcome.

Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served following the program. For more information, call 717-442-9240.

Meditation Class

A free introduction to meditation class will be held at Downingtown Yoga and Meditation Center, 116 E. Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, on Monday April 1, at 7:30 p.m. Along with the how-to basics, attendees will learn about the goal and purpose of meditation.

Attendees should arrive 10 minutes early for registration and an orientation. For more information, call 610-644-7555 or email info@downingtownyoga.org.

Exercise Class

In partnership with The Well community center, the Downingtown Area Senior Center (DASC) is offering a Balance and Flexibility exercise class on Tuesday, April 2 (and every Tuesday), from 10 to 11 a.m. at The Well, located at 107 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown. The class is free and open to all ages.

Visit www.dascpa.org for a complete listing of DACS programs and services.

Yoga Class

A three-session "Heart Openers" class will be offered at Downingtown Yoga & Meditation Center, 116 E. Lancaster Ave, Downingtown, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. beginning on Wednesday April 3. Each class will include instruction on deep relaxation, soothing yogic breathing and accessible yoga poses. For further information, call 610-644-7555.

Outgrown Sale

St. James Preschool, 409 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, will host a spring outgrown sale on Friday, April 5, from 7 to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to noon.

For sale will be children's clothes, including spring and summer outfits, bathing suits, shoes, sandals and accessories, as well as maternity items, toys, books, children's decor and baby gear.

Cash, debit and credit cards will be accepted. For more details, call 610-269-0525.

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Library Posts April Schedule March 21, 2019

The Eastern Lancaster County (ELANCO) Library, 11 Chestnut Drive, New Holland, will offer a variety of programs and activities to the community. Library hours are from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Most events are free but require advance registration. To register, readers may stop by the circulation desk at the library, call 717-354-0525, or visit www.elancolibrary.org.

A Trashcan Basketball Tournament for students in sixth through 12th grades will take place on Monday, April 1, at 6:30 p.m.

A Readers' Roundtable Book Discussion for adults will be held on April 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs board room. Attendees will discuss "Empire of the Summer Moon" by S.C. Gwynne.

Several story time programs will be offered. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Friday Frolic for Toddlers will be offered on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. and is open to walking toddlers ages 1 to 3. It will be followed by Stay and Play at 11 a.m. Preschool Story Time will take place on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 3 to 5.

Teen Tuesdays will run from 3 to 5 p.m. for students in grades seven through 12.

Yoga at the Library for people age 16 and up will take place on Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. The class will be taught by a certified instructor. This program will occur when the library is closed, so advance registration is required. All skill levels are welcome. Participants should bring a yoga mat, a yoga strap (or a belt, tie or scarf) and either a folded blanket or a small, firm pillow. Free child care will be available.

Parachute Play will be held on Wednesday, April 3, at 10:30 a.m. and is open to walking toddlers ages 1 to 3.

1, 2, 3 Play With Me will be offered on April 3 at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 4, at 10:30 a.m. The program will offer opportunities for children to play with developmentally appropriate toys in a play group atmosphere. Parents will have the chance to talk with community experts in the areas of child development and nutrition.

One-on-One Tech Help will be available on April 4 at 1 p.m. and on Saturdays, April 6 and 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. The program offers free help with any device, tablet, or computer. Walk-ins are welcome, but are not guaranteed an appointment.

Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority will present Recycling Made Easy for people age 16 and up on April 4 at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will outline recycling guidelines. Attendees may bring items to find out if they are recyclable.

Mandala Painting will be held on Saturday, April 6, from noon to 2 p.m. for people age 16 and up. Class size is limited. The fee is payable at the door and includes all materials.

KPETS therapy dogs will visit the library at 10:30 a.m. on April 6 to offer children an opportunity to improve their reading skills by reading aloud to a therapy dog. The program is open to children of all ages.

To kick off National Library Week, the library will hold a bookmark contest. Participants of all ages may create a bookmark and drop it off in the children's department anytime between Monday, April 8, at 10 a.m. and Friday, April 12, at 5 p.m. The bookmark must have a book or library theme. Staff members will select and vote on two bookmarks during the week of Monday, April 15. The winning bookmark will be printed and made available to the public from Monday, April 22, to Friday, May 31.

The Lego Creation Club and the Hooks and Needles Yarn Crafting Club will both meet on April 8 at 6:30 p.m. The Lego Creation Club is a family activity for those age 3 and up. Hooks and Needles is open to knitters and crocheters of all skill levels, including beginners.

Yoga Story Time will be held on Wednesday, April 10, at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 2 to 6 with an adult. Siblings are welcome to participate. Participants will journey through a story featuring yoga poses, songs, and imagination.

The Friends of the Library will host their spring book sale on Thursday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; on Friday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the activity room on the second floor of the library. The book sale will feature paperback and hardcover books, including some hard-to-find titles.

A Drop-in Craft will be offered on April 11 from 1 to 7 p.m. Individuals age 16 and up are invited to stop by the library to make personalized tealight holders.

A Unicorn Party for all ages will be take place on April 11 at 6:30 p.m. It will feature a story time, crafts, activities, and food.

Nintendudes for students in seventh through 12th grades will be offered on Monday, April 15, from 3 to 5 p.m. Ms. Carla will bring out the gaming console and snacks. Attendees may bring their Joy-Con controllers to create bigger teams.

Explore to Learn - Gravity for students in kindergarten through sixth grade will take place on April 15 at 6:30 p.m. Explore to Learn is a series of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.

Get Ready for Summer With Essential Oils will be held on April 15 at 6:30 p.m. and is open to people age 16 and older. Attendees will learn how to prepare their feet for summer sandals. Registration is required for this event, and there is a materials fee, payable at the door.

Duplo Free Play for children ages 1 to 5 will occur on Wednesday, April 17 at 10:30 a.m.

Preschool Lab: A STEM Story Time will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 18, and is open to children ages 3 to 6. The program will start with a few books and end with an activity, such as a game, craft, or toy.

Plant a Seed for people age 3 and up will be offered on April 18 from noon to 4 p.m. At the drop-in event, participants will plant a seed to take home. All materials, including seeds and dirt, will be provided.

Love Your Library for people age 16 and up will be offered on April 18 from 1 to 7 p.m. Attendees will make a National Library Week button and talk to their local librarian.

Dungeons and Dragons Club, open to individuals age 10 and up, will meet on April 18 at 6:30 p.m. Block Party, a preschool STEM event, will begin at 6:30 p.m. on April 18 and is open to children ages 3 to 6.

A Puppet Making Workshop for children age 5 and up will take place on Friday, April 19, from noon to 2 p.m. Ms. Carla will provide paper bags, clean socks, wooden spoons, and more for attendees to use in creating puppets. Children will use their puppets to perform a puppet show.

The New Holland Lions Club will host an egg hunt with the Easter Bunny for children age 11 and under on Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. at the New Holland Community Memorial Park. After the egg hunt, the Easter Bunny will visit the library at 10:30 a.m. for stories, activities and photos.

Teen Art Time for students in seventh through 12th grades will be offered on Monday, April 22, at 3 p.m. Participants will create black glue paintings, and they should wear old clothes.

Planet Earth - A STEM Event will take place on Earth Day, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. for students in kindergarten through sixth grades. Attendees will learn about the Earth as well as pollution and recycling.

A Drop-in Craft will be offered on Wednesday, April 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. Individuals of all ages are invited to stop by the library for the craft.

Microsoft Word 101 for people age 16 and up will be offered on Thursday, April 25, at 1 p.m. Registration is required. Attendees will learn the basics of the software and its uses, such as typing letters and creating resumes.

Movie Night will be held on April 25 at 5 p.m. Details about the 90-minute movie are available by contacting the library. A snack will be provided.

The Young Readers' Club will gather on April 25 at 6:30 p.m. Students in grades three to five will explore different books and themes. Children should choose a book from the Hardy Boys series.

Teen After-Hours: Fandom will take place on Friday, April 26, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Students in grades six through 12 will eat and socialize. The event will feature cosplay, snacks and games.

Chair Zumba at the Library will be held on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. The class is free and designed for people age 16 and older.

An Acrylic Paint Class will be held on April 27 at 2 p.m. for people age 13 and over. A materials fee will be payable at the door. Class size is limited, and registration is required.

Teen Study Hall, for students in grades seven through 12, will be offered on Monday, April 29, from 3 to 5 p.m.

Guide to Retirement will take place on April 29 at 6 p.m. Attendees will learn about saving and investing and how these are related to retirement.

The Teen Advisory Group will hold a meeting on April 29 at 6:30 p.m. The group is open to students in grades six through 12 who want to help plan future teen events at the library. The Teen Book Club for teenagers in grades six through 12 will gather at 7 p.m. on April 29. Attendees should bring along a book they have read recently for discussion.

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Community Calendar March 21, 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.

Lenten Study

Glen Moore United Methodist Church, 1920 Creek Road, Glenmoore, will host a Lenten study on Simon Peter at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, (and every Wednesday through April 17). Pastor John Neider and Henry Foehl will co-teach the study. Attendees will discover how they have special gifts, talents, and abilities that God can use to make a difference.

Study guides will be provided at no cost. For more information or to register, contact 610-942-2324 or glenmooreum@verizon.net.

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight-loss support group, will meet on Thursday, March 28, 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.

"The Addams Family"

Twin Valley High School (TVHS) will present "The Addams Family" as its spring musical. The show will be staged on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 28, 29 and 30, at 7 p.m. There will also be a Sunday matinee on March 31 at 2 p.m.

TVHS is located at 4851 N. Twin Valley Road, Elverson. Tickets for the performances will be available at the door and online. For tickets and more information, including the cast members' biographies, visit www.sites.google.com/tvsd.info/addamsfamily.

Good News Club

The Good News Club will meet on Thursday, March 28 (and every Thursday after school), at the Twin Valley Elementary Center, 50 Mast Drive, Elverson.

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

Community Dinner

St. Peter United Church of Christ, Route 23, Knauertown will hold a community dinner on Friday, March 29, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The public is invited to stop in and enjoy food and fellowship. A free will offering will be received. For more information, call 610-469-9690.

Story Time

Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road (Route 10), Honey Brook, will offer Raise a Reader story time with Miss Melissa at 10 a.m. on Fridays, March 29 through April 12.

The program will feature rhymes, fingerplays, music, and books. Raise a Reader is suited for children from birth to 36 months old.

Space is limited to 15 children and their caregivers. For more information or to register, call 610-273-3303 or email Jennifer Spade, library director, at jspade@ccls.org.

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, March 29, 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.

Strollers Outing

The Berks Strollers will hike the Thun Trail on Saturday, March 30. The group will meet at 10 a.m. at Angstadt Trailhead, located off of Route 724. Participants should enter at Hafer Petroleum, 34 Angstadt Lane, Birdsboro, and then follow signs for the Thun Trail parking lot. For more information, call Larry and Jannette, the hike leaders, at 610-775-1385.

Yoga, Line Dancing

Living God Lutheran Church (LGLC) will offer yoga classes and line dancing lessons on Sunday, March 31, at the church, located at 3200 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Honey Brook. Activities are free, but attendees are asked to bring nonperishable food items that will be donated to the Honey Brook and Twin Valley food pantries.

The beginner's yoga classes are being offered from 3 to 4 p.m. Attendees should wear appropriate exercise gear and bring their own mats. Country line dancing lessons are held from 6 to 8 p.m. Lessons are designed for beginners or novice dancers.

For more information about the events, contact the church office at 610-273-9383, email living.godlutheranchurch@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/LGLCHoneyBrook.

EWC Hike

The Elverson Waling Club will hike 3 miles at Warwick County Park, in Knauertown on Sunday, March 31. The group will meet at the main parking area close to the new visitors building at 1:30 p.m. The GPS address for the park is 251 County Park Road, Pottstown,

For more Information, call Linda Godschall at 610-913-0284 or at 610-451-9935 on the day of the event.

History Program

Schwarzwald Lutheran Church, 250 Church Lane Road, Reading, will host attorney Scott Hoh on Sunday, March 31, at 9:15 a.m. His presentation will be on "The Constitution, the Founding Fathers and Religion." Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall.

The public is invited to attend. For details, call 610-779-3480.

Benefit Bingo

Tickets are available for designer bag bingo to be held on Sunday, March 31, at the Grill Fire Company, 739 Mountain View Road, Reading. Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Tickets purchased in advance will be discounted; tickets will also be sold at the door.

The ticket price includes 20 regular games, two specials and one jackpot. Doors will open at noon and bingo will start at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available to purchase. For tickets, contact Don at 484-345-0546 or email ogre65@ptd.net

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, April 2, 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 woman's fellowship group, will meet on Tuesday, April 2 from 9:15 to 11 a.m. at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St., Morgantown. Guest speaker Nancy Shtofman will present "Testimony of God's Healing Hand. "

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

Spring Banquet

Tel Hai Camp and Retreat's annual spring celebration banquet fundraiser will be held at Shady Maple Banquet Facility, 129 Toddy Dr, East Earl, on Monday, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6 pm. for appetizers and fellowship. The guest speaker this year will be Dwayne Walton, executive director of the The Point community center in Parkesburg.

In order to ensure seating for all guests, all persons attending are required reserve a ticket. Tickets are complimentary and are available by contacting Tel Hai Camp's office at 610-273-3969 or emailing reservations with names of attendees to info@telhaicamp.org.

Gospel Concert

A Gospel performance by Jeff Krick will be held at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St., Morgantown, on Sunday, April 28 at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

A free will offering will be received to benefit Twin Valley Food Pantry. The event is being sponsored by Harmony United Methodist Church. For more information, call Mazie Holland at 610-413-5433.

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Community Calendar March 21, 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.

Lenten Service

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 107 S. 17th Ave., Coatesville, will have a Lenten dinner and service on Wednesday, March 27. Everyone is invited to a soup, sandwich and salad supper at 5:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall followed by a vesper service.

For more information, call 610-384-2035 or visit www.luthgoodshep.org.

Community Blood Drive

A community blood drive will be held on Friday, March 29, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Oxford United Methodist Church, 18 Addison St., Oxford. To register, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767.

WCCCC Luncheon

The Western Chester County Chamber of Commerce (WCCCC) will hold its 18th annual Municipal Update Luncheon on Friday, March 29, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the facilities of G.A. Vietri Inc., 105 Independence Way, Coatesville. Municipal leaders will share their news and opportunities for the municipalities they represent. Topics of discussion will include business initiatives, economic development projects and plans for the upcoming year.

To register, call the Chamber at 610-384-9550 or visit www.westernchestercounty.com.

Men's Lenten Breakfast

All men of the area are invited to Oxford United Methodist Church, 18 Addison St., for its 56th annual men's Lenten breakfast on Sunday, March 31. The program will begin at 7 a.m. with worship in the sanctuary, followed by breakfast in the fellowship hall.

This year, Billy Levengood from Redemption Community Church will be the speaker. Levengood and his wife, Jodi, moved from Tennessee in December 2016 to start Redemption Community.

For more information, contact the church office at 610-932-9698 or oumcsecretary@gmail.co.m

Society Meeting

The Sadsbury Township Historical Society will meet on Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the Sadsbury Township Municipal Building, 2920 Lincoln Highway, Sadsburyville. The speaker will be Roberta McManus, a retired science teacher in the Oxford Area School District, who will speak about the Great Pandemic of 1918. Visitors are welcome.

Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served following the program. For more information, call 717-442-9240.

GriefShare

GriefShare, a support group for those who have lost a loved one, will meet on Tuesday, April 2 (and every Tuesday through May 14), from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gateway Church, 160 Cowan Road, Parkesburg. The meetings are facilitated by Paul and Twila Ranck.

The topic will be "Guilt and Anger." Participants will learn how to deal with false guilt, how to grieve conflicted relationships and how to handle grief-related anger.

There will be special breakout sessions offered for teenagers age 14 and over. For more information, visit www.gcwired.com/griefshare or email griefshare@gatewayonechurch.com.

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight-loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, April 2, 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.

Church Revival

A spring revival will be held at Atglen Missionary Baptist Church on Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12, at 7 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, April 13 and 14, at 6 p.m. There will also be a morning session on April 14 at 11 a.m.

The revival will include preaching by pastor Michael Moore and special music. Scheduled performers will include Surrender on April 11, All for Him on April 12 and the Nottingham Four on April 13. On April 14, the Gracemen will perform at the morning service and GloryBound will perform in the evening.

On April 13 there will be a meal before the service at 4:30 p.m. Everyone is invited. The church is located at the corner of East Main and Dallas streets in Atglen.

Church Anniversary

Kingsway Independent Church, 55 Morris Lane, Sadsburyville (Coatesville), invites the community to join in the church's 50th anniversary celebration on Sunday, April 28, at 11 a.m.

Those who have ever visited the church are welcome to return and share memoires. The Hagans Family will add to the celebration with song.

A luncheon will follow. For additional information and to confirm attendance, contact pastor Dave Harmer at 610-246-5749.

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Donegal FBLA To Host Craft Show March 21, 2019

Community members are invited to kick off the spring season with the Donegal High School (DHS) Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) at its fourth annual craft show. The free event will take place at DHS, 1025 Koser Road, Mount Joy, on Saturday, April 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The show will feature more than 100 crafters selling homemade artisan products such as wooden crafts, soaps, chocolates, candles, decorations, and more. In addition, the event will offer pictures with the Easter Bunny from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a concession stand, and giveaway drawings. Everyone who attends the event will be provided with a complimentary ticket to enter the drawings.

Proceeds will go toward covering the cost of sending 17 FBLA members to the annual state competition in Hershey in April. The students studied and worked their way past the regional competition in order to compete at the state conference.

FBLA is a national organization that aims to promote and develop leadership skills, prepare students for future careers, and emphasize community service projects. The Donegal FBLA Club is active during the school year, planning and carrying out community projects such as food drives and a Santa breakfast, making donations to various charities, serving breakfast to honor DHS administrative assistants, and running the annual craft show. In addition, student members compete in business-related events at the regional and state levels.

For more information, readers may search for "@donegalfuturebusinessleaders" on Facebook or "@DonegalFBLA" on Instagram.

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Battlefield Trust Seeks Volunteers March 21, 2019

Volunteers throughout Pennsylvania are teaming up with the American Battlefield Trust to aid in the maintenance and restoration of five Keystone State battlefields and historic sites as part of Park Day, an annual nationwide, hands-on preservation event. Since its inception in 1996, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities.

Park Day will take place on Saturday, April 6, when Pennsylvania volunteers will be joined by thousands of fellow participants across the country in cleaning up and revitalizing 160 historic sites in 32 states. Activities are mainly outdoor projects that range from raking leaves and collecting trash to painting and gardening. Volunteers will receive T-shirts, and some sites will provide lunch or refreshments. A local historian may also be on hand to talk about the role of the site in the national story.

Starting times, and occasionally event dates, may vary at each site. Pennsylvania volunteers interested in participating in Park Day are encouraged to contact the individual sites.

Sites and the contact people include Brandywine Battlefield - Birmingham Hill in West Chester, Andrew Outten at amoutten@gmail.com; Gettysburg National Military Park in Gettysburg, Norma Lohman at norma_lohman@nps.gov; Highland Cemetery in Lock Haven, Dave Wallace at davewallace56@verizon.net; Mount Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia, Samuel Ricks at mricks9015@aol.com; and Paoli Battlefield Historical Park in Malvern, James Christ at jchristwc13@gmail.com.

For a complete list of participating Park Day sites and more information, readers may visit www.battlefields.org/parkday.

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Parks Events Scheduled March 20, 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 stated otherwise.

Nature Play, a program for toddlers ages 12 to 36 months will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday, March 29. A naturalist will lead an exploration of nature through play, including group activities like parachute games, stories, and yoga as well as free play with natural materials. Parent participation is essential to the program.

March Winds ... Bring Kites! will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 30. The program is open to people of all ages. Participants will celebrate the winds of March and the arrival of spring by assembling, personalizing, and test-flying simple sled kites.

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Choir To Present Concerts March 20, 2019

The Brandywine Area Community Choir (BACC), under the direction of Steve McFalls, will present encore performances of "America: A Pilgrim's Prayer, A Patriot's Dream" at several venues this spring.

Concerts will be held at the Tel Hai Retirement Community, 1200 Tel Hai Circle, Honey Brook, in the Stonecroft Center for Worship and Performing Arts, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27; at St. Joseph Parish, 332 Manor Ave., Downingtown, at 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 31; and at Freedom Village at Brandywine, 15 Freedom Blvd., Coatesville, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3.

Featured will be patriotic offerings, including a salute to past and present members of the armed forces, well-known anthems of faith, a tribute to volunteers and more.

The group will be accompanied by Jane Hall. She is the former organist at Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Coatesville and at St. Joseph's Parish in Downingtown, and she was an accompanist at Bishop Shanahan High School in Downingtown and with the renowned Chester County Voices Abroad.

McFalls, who led BACC for more than 45 years, retired from the group in 2013 but decided to return for the choir's signature "America" piece. McFalls also directed the Coatesville Choraliers for more than a decade and was choir director at the Forks of the Brandywine Evangelical Presbyterian Church for 46 years.

BACC has performed musical cantatas for more than 45 years in the greater Chester County area and beyond. Members consist of men and women representing various church choirs in the area, as well as those who have a love of singing. This year's choir is made up of nearly 70 singers.

Although the concerts are free and open to the public, BACC has in the past received freewill offerings for various charities. Offerings received this spring will be for the benefit of David's Drive 831, which was created in memory of David Turner Jr., who died suddenly in 2009 at the age of 20 of a suspected heart arrhythmia. David worked at the Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center and had a tremendous respect for the veterans he served, many of whom were homeless, were in early stages of recovery or came to the hospital without essential items.

David's Drive 831 is committed to improving the quality of life for hospitalized and homeless veterans and people in need in the community. More information about the charity can be found at www.davidsdrive831org.

The "America" cantata was first performed in 2001 before the events of 9/11, and the group came together again following that tragic day for the benefit of the New York fire and rescue personnel. Forming again in 2007, the group performed "America" for the benefit of Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA), established in 2004 by Kristen Holloway, whose parents sing with the group. At that time, through numerous performances, the group raised more than $20,000 for OTA, which provides wish list items for troops deployed around the world, as well as home essentials for returning veterans.

BACC has also presented "America" for the benefit of the Travis Manion Foundation, whose namesake is a young Marine who was killed while serving America in Iraq in 2007. The foundation's mission is to empower returning veterans and families of the fallen in character development. BACC last sang the cantata on the 10th anniversary of the events of 9/11 for the benefit of Downingtown-area fire and emergency personnel.

For more information about BACC and the upcoming concerts, readers may search for "Brandywine Area Community Choir" on Facebook.

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USA Field Hockey Posts Games March 20, 2019

The USA Field Hockey women's national field hockey team has announced it will return to Spooky Nook Sports, 2913 Spooky Nook Road, Manheim, for the remainder of its FIH Pro League home games. The team returned from the Southern Hemisphere earlier in March following two close defeats against No. 3 Australia and No. 6 New Zealand. USA will host No. 13 Belgium on Friday, March 29, and No. 2 Great Britain on Sunday, March 31.

Additionally, USA Field Hockey and the International Hockey Federation (FIH) will hold a joint press conference between the U.S. women's national field hockey team and opponents Belgium and Great Britain on Thursday, March 28, at 1 p.m. at Spooky Nook Sports.

The FIH Pro League is a new annual global home and away league that features 13 different nations between men's and women's national field hockey teams. More than 20 venues across different nations will host 144 international matches from January to June, providing a global spread of world-class hockey across multiple time zones.

For more information about the FIH Pro League and to purchase tickets to games, readers may visit www.teamusa.org/USA-Field-Hockey/2019-FIH-Pro-League-Program.

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Egg-Decorating Workshop Slated March 19, 2019

The Strasburg Heritage Society will present a workshop on traditional Pennsylvania German methods for decorating Easter eggs on Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The workshop is open to the public and will be held at 28 E. Main St., Strasburg.

Working in an 18th-century walk-in fireplace, participants will dye eggs using natural materials such as onion skins and marigolds. They will then learn how to further embellish the eggs by scratch decorating them. Each participant will take home several decorated eggs. Participants will also paint and grain a small box in which to put one of their keepsake eggs.

The workshop will be taught by Linda Taylor of Leola and Ann Lainhoff of Strasburg. Both ladies have led workshops in traditional Easter egg decoration at the Landis Valley Museum.

Participants are encouraged to wear old clothing and to bring an apron and a hat pin for scratch decorating their eggs. All other materials will be provided.

Participants will also need to bring lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided.

Separate fees have been set for Heritage Society members and for nonmembers.

For additional information, readers may contact Lainhoff at 717-687-8816 or Lainhoff@Netscape.net.

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Global Fair Will Celebrate World Cultures March 19, 2019

Eastern Mennonite Missions (EMM) will host the 22nd annual Global Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 15, at the 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street. The international festival will celebrate cultures and people from around the world through exhibits, food, animals, and more.

"Approximately 20 of our workers from around the world will set up displays," said Jessica Fellenger, EMM events coordinator. "It's a great way to learn about different countries and hear stories from other cultures. There's also a wonderful local presence of nonprofit organizations and churches."

Some of the countries to be represented will include Albania, Belize, Cambodia, Guatemala, Kenya, and Vietnam, as well as countries across the south, southeast, and central regions of Asia.

"Where else in southcentral Pennsylvania can you watch someone cook osh - a Central Asian rice dish - over a fire outdoors and enjoy a fresh plate of it?" Fellenger asked.

Attendees will also be able to purchase food prepared by local immigrants and refugees from Riversedge Mennonite Church, the Lao Fellowship of Harrisburg, the Upohar food truck, and local Spanish congregation El Buen Pastor, to name a few. Other options will include stroopies, which are caramel-filled Dutch waffle cookies, as well as yak jerky and ice cream.

Children may enjoy making crafts and playing games. "There will be a giant Jenga game and a water station that's especially fun in hot weather," Fellenger said. "A new treat this year is that the Mennonite Children's Choir of Lancaster will perform. And, of course, the always-popular alpacas will be there."

"Children are one of the big reasons we do this," said EMM president Nelson Okanya. "Our worldview expands when we learn about other cultures, countries, and religions. When we, and the next generation, understand those who are different from us, it results in tolerance and peace. Of course, hopefully the kids are having fun and not realizing they are really learning at the same time!"

Artwork will be available to purchase from two local artists: paintings by Ryan Sommers, who served as a teacher at the PROMESA school in Peru, and pottery by Assefa Haile, a former EMM staff member and a native of Ethiopia.

"I'm excited that Assefa plans to bring his potter's wheel and demonstrate throwing mugs," said Fellenger. "Pottery is an ancient art form with rich analogies to our lives. It's fascinating to watch a lump of clay become something useful."

Visitors to Global Fair may also enjoy the 1719 Hans Herr House and Museum and the grounds, including the Native American longhouse. Parking will be free of charge. Donations will be accepted for admission to Global Fair.

EMM is headquartered at 53 W. Brandt Blvd., Salunga. Its mission is to send personnel into the world with the transforming message of the Gospel as well as to catalyze mission engagement among congregations on the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. To learn more, readers may visit www.emm.org.

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Public Library Calendar Posted March 19, 2019

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, April 6 and 20, in 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.

The Monday Great Books Discussion Group will meet in the dining room from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays, April 1 and 15. The group will discuss "Cry the Beloved Country" by Alan Paton and "Saint Joan," including the preface, by G.B. Shaw, respectively. For details, readers may call Ethel Bitterman at 717-938-1590 and Joan Short at 717-938-3494.

Ruth's Mystery Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, April 4, from 10:15 a.m. to noon in the Browsing Room. The focus will be on "Libraries or Bookstore."

Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library will host their Cultural Program on Sunday, April 7, with Connie Holland presenting the "Vintage Quilt Trunk Show" program in Foundation Hall from 3 to 4 p.m. The program will be a showing and description of antique and vintage quilts dating from the mid-1800s through the 1930s. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Book Review Program will feature a review by Barbara Neff of "A Piece of the World" by Christina Baker Kline from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 9, in Foundation Hall. Light refreshments will be served.

The Wednesday Great Books Discussion Group will meet on Wednesdays, April 10 and 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the meeting room. "Keeping Things Whole: Readings in Environmental Science" will be reviewed.

An Adult Craft Program - Beaded Earrings will take place on April 10 in the second-floor meeting room. The program will be offered at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Supplies will be provided to create one pair of earrings. Additional supplies will be available for purchase.

A Bit About Seeds and Seed Starting will take place on Thursday, April 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room. A Master Gardener will share her knowledge about starting plants from seeds.

A Write-On Writer's Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 13, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the second-floor meeting room. Additionally, open readings are held each Saturday. For more details, readers may call Sue Kerr at 717-802-2594.

Couponing for Extreme Savings will take place on Saturday, April 20, from 11 a.m. to noon in the second-floor meeting room. Readers may contact couponerdawn@gmail.com for further details.

The Children's Book Writers Critique Group for adults only will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 20 in the second-floor meeting room. For more details, readers may contact Susan Sempeles at 717-574-9251 or write.now@comcast.net.

PennWriters will meet in Foundation Hall on April 24 from 6 to 9 p.m. The group is open to anyone who is interested in improving their writing skills. For details, readers may contact Carrie Jacobs at carrieinpa@gmail.com.

Tales for T.A.I.L.S. will be offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 2. Children may register for an opportunity to read to a therapy animal from a book of their choosing.

Lego Madness! will be offered on April 5 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for children ages 4 to 12. The program will include a short story time, then time to build based on a monthly theme or from their own imagination. No registration is needed.

Build and Play will be held on Monday, April 8, at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 3 to 6 and on Tuesday, April 9, at 11:15 a.m. for children ages 6 to 23 months. Families are invited to drop in to build and play with assorted toys and activities that encourage gross motor skills, color recognition, and shape recognition.

Preschool STEM Stations: Coding will be hosted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 12. The self-guided program is designed for families with children ages 4 to 7. No registration is necessary.

Several story time programs will also be offered. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration will open on April 1. Preschool Story Time, open to children ages 4 to 6, will be held on Mondays, April 22 to May 13, at 10:15 a.m. Twos and Threes Story Time will be offered to children ages 2 to 3 on Mondays, April 22 to May 13, at 11 a.m. Book Babies Story Time, open to infants ages 6 to 23 months, will be held at 11:15 a.m. on Tuesdays, April 23 to May 14. 1-2-3 Library! will be held on Mondays, April 22 to May 13, at 6:30 p.m. for children ages 2 to 6.

In addition, Roseanne Wolfe of Mechanicsburg will display a collection of still-life paintings in oil in the second-floor Charley Krone Gallery. Artist Richelle Dourte, who focuses on handcrafted botanical jewelry and metalwork, will display tiny pieces of nature, captured in pendants to celebrate the return of spring, in the first-floor showcase.

For more information, readers may call the main circulation desk at 717-774-7820 or the Children's Library at 717-774-7822 or visit www.newcumberlandlibrary.org.

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PCGC Plans Activities March 19, 2019

The Penn-Cumberland Garden Club (PCGC) will hold three events in April. All activities are open to the public. To learn more, readers may visit www.penncumberlandgardenclub.org.

A Pressed Flower Workshop will be held on Monday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Community Room at Giant Super Food Store, 3301 Trindle Road, Camp Hill. Attendees will create cards and crafts using pressed flowers. Materials will be available. For details, readers may call Karen at 717-761-4108.

PCGC will host a regular meeting on Monday, April 15, at 10 a.m. at the Camp Hill Borough Hall, 2145 Walnut St., Camp Hill. Darlene Palanti will discuss "Enclosed Gardens From 1400s to 1800s." A short business meeting and luncheon will follow. A small donation for the luncheon is requested, and attendees are asked to bring their own place settings. For details, readers may call Anne at 717-697-7205.

A PCGC conservation meeting will be held on Friday, April 26, from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. at Camp Hill Presbyterian Church, 23rd and Walnut streets, Camp Hill. Readers may call 717-761-1037 to reserve a seat.

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YSO Announces 2019-20 Season March 19, 2019

The York Symphony Orchestra (YSO) recently announced the 2019-20 season, featuring performances of a variety of classical and popular pieces from the past and present. The 2019-20 season will offer audiences nine performances, including six Classical Series concerts and three Pops Series concerts.

Season subscriptions and Pick 5 packages for the 2019-20 York Symphony Orchestra season are now available. This year, guests can select Pick 5 packages during the season subscription presale. With the Pick 5 package, guests may create a custom season experience by mixing and matching five performances (Classical or Pops). Season subscription guests have the option of subscribing to the complete Classical and Pops season or selecting the Classical or Pops series individually.

Single tickets will be available for purchase in the summer. Season subscriptions, Pick 5 Packages, and single tickets may be purchased, when available, by calling the Appell Center Box Office at 717-846-1111 or visiting www.yorksymphony.org. Details on all performances are also available on the website.

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Local Library Seeks Helpers March 19, 2019

RSVP of the Capital Region - York County is seeking volunteers age 55 and over for Arthur Hufnagel Public Library, 32 Main St., Glen Rock. Volunteer benefits include free supplemental liability insurance, recognition and appreciation events, assistance with clearances, and more.

For details or to volunteer, readers may contact Scott Hunsinger at 717-893-8474 or yorkrsvp@rsvpcapreg.org.

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Polka Dancers To Hold Event March 19, 2019

The White Rose Polka Dancers Association of York has announced plans for its dance on Saturday, April 6, at the Alert Fire Company, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville, from 7 to 11 p.m. The Joe Kroboth Band, a German-style band, will play a variety of music for dancing.

The fee to attend will include refreshments. Admission tickets will be available at the door at a set cost per person. Tickets may also be purchased in advance by calling 717-244-3436.

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Great American Cleanup Planned March 18, 2019

In 2018, Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful and its local affiliates and partners held community improvement events resulting in more than 7.2 million pounds of trash, 2.3 million pounds of electronics waste, and 43,352 tires recycled or properly disposed. The events engaged 129,632 volunteers and resulted in $481,400 of in-kind donations.

The mission of Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful is to empower Pennsylvanians to keep communities clean and beautiful. The organization has committed county or municipal-based affiliates serving 39 counties across the state that work closely with program partners, local governments, like-minded organizations, and volunteers to coordinate initiatives in the three program areas of Prevent It, Clean It, and Keep It.

The diverse project initiatives include illegal dump and river cleanups, litter pickups, recycling and special collections, tree and flower plantings, murals and painting of community structures, rain garden and outdoor classroom construction, educational events, and more.

To participate in the 2019 Great American Cleanup of PA, which runs through Friday, May 31, readers may visit www.gacofpa.org or contact Michelle Dunn at 877-772-3673, ext. 113, or mdunn@keeppabeautiful.org.

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Museum To Host Program March 15, 2019

Beginning Saturday, April 6, the Pennsylvania State Police Museum, 187 E. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, will be open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. These hours will be in addition to its weekday hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On April 6, the museum will present a program from 10 a.m. to noon on the origins and evolution of the State Police Force from 1905 to 1937. Topics to be covered will include, but not be limited to, the infamous Coal and Iron Police, the roles played by Teddy Roosevelt and M.S. Hershey, the deaths of the first two troopers killed in the line of duty, Omar the Belgian shepherd Medal of Valor recipient, and why the Pennsylvania State Police decided to pick Hershey as the place to locate recruit training. Part of the program will also include a tour of the museum at no charge.

The program is free to the public and will be held in the museum's all-purpose room. Space is limited to 60 attendees, and registration is required by contacting the museum at 717-534-0565 or psphemc2@gmail.com.

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Community Calendar March 14, 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.

Sewing Club

The Knitting and Crocheting Club at Moores Memorial Library, 9 W. Slokom Ave., Christiana, meets on the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 1 p.m. Experts and beginners are welcome to attend. The next scheduled meeting will be on March 20.

Lenten Services

Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 107 S. 17th Ave., Coatesville, will have Lenten dinners and services on Wednesdays, March 20 and 27. Everyone is invited to a soup, sandwich and salad supper at 5:30 p.m. in the church fellowship hall followed by a vesper service.

For more information, call 610-384-2035 or visit www.luthgoodshep.org.

Garden Club

The Oxford Green Thumb Garden Club will meet at noon on Wednesday, March 20, at the Oxford United Methodist Church, 18 Addison St., Oxford. Kris Groff of Groff's plant farm will present the program. Attendees are asked to bring a sandwich to share. If unable to attend, members should contact Anna or Lynn.

Book Sale

The Friends of the Moores Memorial Library, 9 W. Slokom Ave., Christiana, will hold their semiannual book sale on Thursday, March 21, through Saturday, March 23. The sale will be held at the library in the Read Moore Bookstore, located on the lower level. The entire inventory of the bookstore will be on sale.

There is no admission fee for this sale, and it is open to the public during regular library hours. For more details, call the library at 610-593-6683.

Atglen History Program

Atglen Public Library, 413 Valley Ave., Atglen, will offer "A Waltz Through History" by Robbyn Kehoe on Saturday, March 23, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Kehoe will address the early development and prominent residents of the community that became Atglen, as well as how the past has shaped the present. The program will focus on the time period from approximately 1682 to 1910.

Kehoe is the director of Atglen Public Library and has served on the board of directors of the Chester County Historic Preservation Network.

Space is limited. To register, call the library at 610-593-6848 or visit www.AtglenPublicLibrary.org

Soup, Wings Sale

The Board of Deacons at Shiloh Presbyterian Church (SPC) will hold a soup and wings sale on Saturday, March 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the SPC Community Outreach Center, 42 S. Fifth St., Oxford.

Items available will be chicken corn soup and chicken noodle soup, sold by the quart, as well as plain, barbecue and hot wings, sold by the dozen. To preorder items, call the church office at 610-932-9256 and leave a message.

GriefShare

GriefShare, a support group for those who have lost a loved one, will meet on Tuesday, March 26 (and every Tuesday through May 14), from 7 to 9 p.m. at Gateway Church, 160 Cowan Road, Parkesburg. The meetings are facilitated by Paul and Twila Ranck.

The topic will be "Why?" The session will demonstrate that God wants people to share their feelings with Him, why being honest with God is an expression of faith and what God has to say about "why" questions.

There will be special breakout sessions offered for teenagers age 14 and over.

For more information, visit www.gcwired.com/griefshare or email griefshare@gatewayonechurch.com.

Senior Fellowship

The Over 60's Senior Fellowship will meet on Tuesday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Latta Memorial Presbyterian Church, 23 Green St., Christiana. The spring program will feature Chief Richard Finfrock of the Christiana Police Department who will share important information regarding senior safety and identification theft.

A light lunch will follow the program. Free blood pressure checks will be offered. For more information, contact the church at 610-593-5467.

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight-loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, March 26, 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.

Community Blood Drive

A community blood drive will be held on Friday, March 29, from 2 to 7 p.m. at the Oxford United Methodist Church, 18 Addison St., Oxford. To register, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767.

Men's Lenten Breakfast

All men of the area are invited to Oxford United Methodist Church, 18 Addison St., for its 56th annual men's Lenten breakfast on Sunday, March 31. The program will begin at 7 a.m. with worship in the sanctuary, followed by breakfast in the fellowship hall.

This year, Billy Levengood from Redemption Community Church will be the speaker. Levengood and his wife, Jodi, moved from Tennessee in December 2016 to start Redemption Community.

For more information, contact the church office at 610-932-9698 or oumcsecretary@gmail.com

Vendors Wanted

The Ware Presbyterian Village Auxiliary is sponsoring its third annual Christmas In July event on Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature a large craft show, a model train display and more. Proceeds will benefit Ware residents.

Applications are currently being accepted from artisans with handmade items for sale. Spaces are limited. For further information and an application, contact cijatware@zoominternet.net.

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