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Lineup Announced For Mountville Lawn Concerts May 24, 2018

Series Will Run From June 3 to Aug. 19

The sounds of music will once again ring through the streets of Mountville this summer. The Mountville Lawn Concert Series features a variety of musical styles and performances free of charge, thanks to funding from the Mountville Community Services Foundation in conjunction with the Mountville Welfare Association - Ed Froelich Trust Fund.

The concerts will take place on the lawn of Mountville Church of the Brethren, College Avenue and Clay Street, Mountville. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held inside the church. Attendees are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. on Sundays from June through August, with the exception of the final concert on Aug. 19, which will start at 6 p.m.

The series will kick off on June 3 with the Bainbridge Band, which will perform concert band music. Acoustic folk rock artist Duane Slaymaker will entertain on June 10. The Fabulous Cheeze Brothers and Sisters will rock out to hits of the '50s, '60s, and '70s on June 17. The Chesapeake Silver Cornet Brass Band will round out the month with brass band music on June 24.

No concert will be held on July 1. The series will start up again on July 8 with a performance of "I'll Fly Away," a new show by Servant Stage Company featuring bluegrass music. The Perseverance Band of Lebanon will offer concert band music on July 15. Audiences will be treated to classic rhythm and blues from Class Act featuring Rita on July 22. The concert on July 29 will feature the Amy Banks Quartet, which will perform traditional standards with Philadelphia all-star musicians, including Aaron Graves, piano; Kevin MacConnell, bass; and Doug Hirlinger, drums, and featuring guest saxophonist and vocalist Erich Cawalla.

Steven Courtney Band will perform bluesy rock 'n' roll on Aug. 5. The Herm Miller Big Band will perform big band music on Aug. 12. The series will conclude on Aug. 19 with concert band music played by the New Holland Band.

Donations to continue the concert series will be accepted. To learn more about contributing or for additional information about the concert series, readers may call 717-285-5122.


Community Yard Sale Planned In East Petersburg May 24, 2018

The East Petersburg Events Committee will host the East Petersburg Community Yard Sale on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to noon at East Petersburg Community Park on Pine Street. The public is invited.

Individuals and organizations are invited to be vendors at the yard sale. Vendors of crafts, arts, and various products are also welcome. Participants may reserve up to three 10-by-10-foot spaces for a fee per space. Registration is preferred. However, vendors will be able to sign up on the morning of the event with cash only. There are no refunds.

Setup in the park will start no earlier than 7 a.m. Vendors are required to check in with the coordinator at the event. All money from yard space sales will support the free community events in the park. For a registration form, readers may visit and select Community Yard Sale - June 2.


Environmental Center Sets Programs May 24, 2018

Governor Dick Environmental Center, 3283 Pinch Road, Mount Gretna, has posted its upcoming events. Participants should meet at the Environmental Center. Programs are free unless stated otherwise, but preregistration is required by emailing or calling 717-964-3808 and including a name and phone number in case the program is canceled.

A Fitness Hike of 4 to 6 miles will take place on Sunday, June 3, at 8 a.m.

A Music on the Porch bluegrass jam will take place on June 3 from 1 to 4 p.m. Attendees may bring a lawn chair for seating.


Bible Festival Programs Set May 24, 2018

The Bible Festival at Mount Gretna has been in existence for 126 years and will provide a summer of spiritually based music, preaching, and worship from Friday, June 1, to Sunday, Aug. 26. All of the programs of preaching and music will be updated versions of an 1892 vision of summer worship. They will take place at 7 p.m. in the Mount Gretna Tabernacle, located at Third Street and Glossbrenner Avenue on the Campmeeting grounds.

The June Ecumenical Series will feature five pastors from five faith communities speaking on the theme of "God Is..." on Friday evenings in June. Retired Mount Gretna United Methodist Church pastor Jim Goudie will start the series on June 1, when he and Rusty Morgan will present "God Is Surprising."

Three Sunday evenings in June will be devoted to music, with the singers of the Mennonite Children's Choir, the spiritual jazz of the Andy Roberts Quartet, and the harmonies of Silver, Wood, and Ivory.

Among other highlights will be the Massed Choir of 175 voices, the New Holland Band, and the Susquehanna Chorale. Interspersed with the music will be a number of local and nationally known preaching ministers. A Wednesday evening hymn sing is scheduled, and the regular Saturday evening Festival of Bell Choirs will continue. Lancaster's British Brass Band will play in August. The season will close as it has for 25 years - with a performance by QuintEssentially Brass.

The public is invited. There is no admission charge for any of the programs, but a freewill offering will be received.

The Tabernacle may be accessed by turning off Route 117 onto Boulevard to the parking lot adjacent to the Mount Gretna Fire Company.


Sounds Of Strasburg To Launch June 9 May 23, 2018

Big Boy Brass will perform during the first of five concerts in the Sounds of Strasburg series to be held at the Strasburg Community Park this summer season. The band's eight players will make a big sound at the park's outdoor amphitheater on Saturday, June 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The group, which made its debut in 2016, is a mix of Millersville University music education, music business, and music performance students and alumni. Known for a sound that fuses New Orleans brass band music with popular hits, rhythm and blues, funk, and jazz, the band will share its talents during this family-friendly show. A local favorite in Lancaster, the group has become well-known through performances at local venues, street corner fests, and fundraisers.

The band includes Connor Devlin on sousaphone; Ben Ewing, Jose Johnson, and Vincent Shickora on trumpet; Nick Franks on saxophone; Matt Woodson on drums; and Sam Yoder and Tim Zettlemoyer on trombone.

"We anticipate that (the musicians) will create a loud and brassy sound that results in an infectious party atmosphere. We hope to have many guests on hand for this energetic and gifted group's performance," said Dale Kaufman, president of the Strasburg Community Parks Foundation. "I can't think of a better way to celebrate the start of the summer concert season than with their upbeat brassy sound. Our guests will be sure to enjoy their original songs as well as unique arrangements of other artists' songs. I expect we will hear some selections from their recently released album, 'Live @ Tellus 360.'"

Concert attendees are advised to bring blankets and lawn chairs for seating at this open-air event that will be held in the park's amphitheater. Coolers and alcoholic beverages will not be permitted. Those who wish to eat a pre-show picnic meal are welcome to use picnic tables inside and beside the park's pavilion. Food vendors will be on-site.

"We encourage our visitors to patronize our food vendors, as they serve a delicious selection of food items, cold beverages, and refreshing Italian water ices," Kaufman remarked.

The Sounds of Strasburg concert series will continue on Saturdays, July 14, Aug. 4 and 18, and Sept. 1. Admission is open to the general public and is free of charge due to financial support from local sponsors. All shows will begin at 6:30 p.m. The park's main parking lot at 151 Precision Ave., Strasburg, is reserved for handicapped-accessible parking, and a golf cart shuttle transport service is available for disabled guests. Ample off-street parking can be found along Precision Avenue.

For more information about the Big Boy Brass concert, the 2018 Sounds of Strasburg concert series, concert updates, and the Strasburg Community Park, readers may visit, find Strasburg Community Park on Facebook, or call Barb Rathbone-Frank at 717-572-6830.


Protecting Local Waterways May 23, 2018

Expo Set For June 6

Promoting good stewardship of the land within the Chiques Creek Watershed in order to protect the Chiques Creek and preserve it for future generations is the primary mission of the Chiques Creek Watershed Alliance (CCWA), according to CCWA president Steve Gergely. The Chiques Creek Watershed covers approximately 126 square miles of area beginning in Lebanon County and extending 31 miles to the creek's confluence with the Susquehanna River near Marietta Borough. "No matter where we live, we can all become mindful of our local environment and our impacts," Gergely said.

One of the ways the organization gets the word out about its objective is by hosting the annual Watershed Expo, which will be front and center this year as a featured event during the Lancaster County Conservancy's Water Week, set for Saturday, June 2, to Saturday, June 9. The Watershed Expo will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at the Manheim Farm Show Complex, 502 E. Adele Ave., Manheim.

The public is invited to attend the free expo, which will include an assortment of educational exhibits and family-friendly activities, including rain barrel painting, a giveaway, fish shocking, a home composting workshop, a model rain garden, a native plant display, fish print T-shirt making, a streambank fencing exhibit, beekeeping and reptile displays, and water balloon slingshots.

Lisa Sanchez, a naturalist from the Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation, will lead an interactive lesson that will give participants a chance to look for macroinvertebrates in the creek.

Attendees may enjoy live music from Songsmith and free ice cream and beverages provided by a local dairy. Free reusable shopping bags will also be distributed at the expo. Additional food will be available to purchase from local food trucks.

Some of the participating exhibitors include Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority, Lancaster Environmental Center, Lancaster County Conservation District, Penn State Agriculture and Environment Center, Lancaster County Beekeepers Society, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and more.

Organizers hope to educate the public on various ways individuals can have an impact on and make a difference in the health of local watersheds. "This can range from large projects, like the recent Logan Park stream restoration project, to smaller everyday activities like composting, installing rain barrels and rain gardens, and being aware of the chemicals in lawn fertilizers," Gergely stated. "It's also a great way to see what other organizations are up to regarding local and regional efforts to protect our waterways."

The CCWA is a nonprofit organization driven by local volunteers and community leaders. To learn more, readers may visit


Strawberry Sundae Talent Show To Support Mission Team May 23, 2018

In preparation for a summer service trip to McCreary County, Ky., a group of youths and adults from Salem United Methodist Church (UMC), 140 N. Penn St., Manheim, have planned a Strawberry Sundae Talent Show fundraiser. The community is invited to the annual event, which will take place on Sunday, June 3, at the church.

The make-your-own sundae buffet will begin at 4 p.m. in the fellowship hall and will include strawberries freshly picked from a local farm by members of the mission team, as well as ice cream, cakes, pretzels, snacks, and beverages. Admission will be by donation, and the strawberry sundae buffet will be followed by a talent show at 6:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.

The lineup of performances includes a bluegrass selection by Musical Sunshine; a vocal performance by Chris, Kylee, and Brynn Trovinger; hymns led by the Ages and Stages Sunday school class; a comedy skit; and performances by Tim Hoffman and the Sheetz family.

All funds raised at the event will help to cover costs of the mission trip to McCreary County, which is located in southeastern Kentucky. According to organizer Doug Winters, Salem UMC has been sending teams to various parts of the United States on service trips for the past several decades. This trip will be through Appalachian Service Project (ASP) and will consist mainly of home repair work. "We don't know what the exact projects will be until a week or two before," noted Winters.

Winters said that 30 percent of the residents in McCreary County live below the poverty line, making it difficult or impossible to afford repairs on the interior or exterior of their homes. During last summer's trip to Hinton, W.Va., the team members from Salem UMC worked on flooring, roofing, remodeling a bathroom, replacing decks, and installing handicapped-accessible rampways.

Members of this year's mission team include Mark Heller, Alexis Kohler, Tim May, Rachel Metzger, Cole Meyer, Kevin Meyer, Olivia Robinson, Wyatt Robinson, Ethan Stoltzfus, Sierra Stoltzfus, Brynn Trovinger, Chris Trovinger, Jade Trovinger, Eric Weiss, Matt Welch, Charlie Winters, and Doug Winters.

Readers who have questions may call the church at 717-665-2331.


Friends Will Sponsor Ramble May 23, 2018

The Friends of the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania in Gap will host a Ramble to the Golden and Silver States, California and Nevada, from Friday, Oct. 5, through Sunday, Oct. 14. Participants will ride trains, enjoy the history of the Old West, and delight in scenery and attractions on the customized trip. The trip will depart from Harrisburg International Airport in Middletown.

A brochure on the ramble and a registration form are available at Registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The deadline for registration is Friday, June 15. Readers may call after the deadline to determine if spaces are still available.


Encounter Church Revs Up For Motorcycle Sunday May 23, 2018

Encounter Church, 200 Hideaway Drive, Quarryville, will host its annual Motorcycle Sunday event on Sunday, June 10. A worship service will be held at the church at 9:30 a.m., and a group photograph of motorcyclists and their bikes will be taken in front of the church before the group leaves for an hourlong ride into Maryland. The ride will conclude at approximately 1 p.m. at Susquehannock State Park, where a picnic will be held and softball and other games will be played.

"Motorcycle Sunday has become one of the highlights on our summer schedule," commented pastor Stuart Osborne. "It's been a fun and effective outreach."

At least year's event, church member Tom Steinhauer's 2003 Honda ST 1300 graced the stage. This year, Steinhauer and the bike will be in front of the congregation, as he is slated to give the message.

Steinhauer has been riding for around 30 years after falling in love with motorcycles as a teenager. His love of Jesus Christ was acquired a short time later.

"The draw of the (Motorcycle Sunday) event is to bring people outside the church inside," Steinhauer said. "I grew up outside the church and experienced the downsides of that life. I had an encounter with Christ that was life-transforming for me."

Steinhauer noted that it is easy to use a driving analogy to describe his life. As a teenager, he was misguided and went off the straight and narrow road, becoming heavily involved in the party scene and making poor choices. After surrendering his life to Christ, he worked for churches in France for two years before returning to the United States, where he now leads worship with his family. Memories of his preconversion life are still vivid, and Steinhauer shudders to think of what might have happened if not for the grace of God. "I could never go back to what I was like," he remarked.

Guests, but especially bikers, are invited to attend Motorcycle Sunday. Registration is not required. Nursery care and children's church will be offered during the worship service. Church members will provide the lunch. No rain date has been set. In the event of bad weather, an announcement will be posted on the Encounter Church Facebook page.

Motorcycle Sunday is part of a series of events Encounter Church hosts to appeal to people with niche interests. Other events include a car show and a service honoring first responders around 9/11.

For more information about Motorcycle Sunday, readers may call the church at 717-786-2756.


New Date Set For World Night Market May 23, 2018

Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), in partnership with the City of Lancaster, will host the World Night Market on Sunday, June 10, from 1 to 5 p.m. in Binns Park, 100 N. Queen St., Lancaster. The event was rescheduled from May 18.

The outdoor festival is patterned after night markets that originated in Asian cultures. Its focus is to promote the mission and vision of MEDA, a nonprofit organization that is committed to creating business solutions to poverty around the world, and to showcase the cultures, foods, and music of countries in which MEDA works.

Admission to World Night Market is free and open to people of all ages. For more information about World Night Market, readers may visit


Yard Sale, Barbecue To Support Mission Trip May 23, 2018

Stehman Memorial United Methodist Church (UMC), 485 Indian Run Road, Millersville, will once again host a chicken barbecue in conjunction with its annual yard sale. The yard sale will be held from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 2, and the chicken barbecue will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the same day.

The proceeds from the event will be used to fund the congregation's yearly mission trip to Henderson Settlement in Kentucky. Henderson Settlement is a United Methodist mission agency serving Appalachia. The Stehman mission team spends a week there every year to repair homes and do other projects for people in the community. The upcoming trip has been set for Sunday, July 1, to Saturday, July 7.

The yard sale is open to the community, both to vend and to shop. Spaces will be available by donation, and tables will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. If no tables are available, sellers may bring their own tables or set up in their vehicles in the parking lot.

A food stand will operate during the yard sale, offering items in addition to the chicken barbecue. Folks who opt to purchase a barbecue meal will receive a half-chicken, a baked potato, coleslaw, applesauce, dessert, and a beverage. Half-chickens will be available for a la carte purchase as well.

Yard sale spaces may be reserved and chicken barbecue tickets may be purchased by emailing or Details about the event also are available at


Community Calendar May 23, 2018

The Community Calendar is a weekly feature of the Community Courier.

Local clubs, civic organizations, nonprofit agencies, schools, etc., that would like to have events or meeting date information published, should contact the Community Courier in writing at least two weeks before the event. No items will be accepted over the phone.

Send news releases to Engle Publishing Company, Community Courier, P.O. Box 500, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Calendar items can also be emailed to

Avon Grove Seniors

Members of the Avon Grove Seniors group meet on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in the fellowship hall at the West Grove Presbyterian Church, 139 W. Evergreen St., West Grove.

Chris Zaccarelli of the Crime Victims Center of Chester County will speak on May 30. Bingo will be played on June 6.

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

Award Presentation

The National Iron and Steel Heritage Museum (NISHM) in Coatesville recently announced that its 12th annual Rebecca Lukens Award will be presented to noted historic preservationist and museum management consultant, Janet Klein. Established by the Graystone Society to honor individuals who exhibit the qualities of Rebecca Lukens, the award will be presented to Klein at a reception in the Lukens National Historic District, 50 S. 1st Ave., Coatesville, on Thursday, May 31, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Tickets reservations are required. For event information and reservations, contact NISHM at 610-384-9282 or visit


The LanChester Chorus will perform a concert at the United Methodist Church, 92 Church St., Cochranville, on Sunday, June 3, at 7 p.m. The program will include religious, patriotic and show tunes. The community chorus consists of members from both Lancaster and Chester counties. The public is invited.

Society Meeting

The Sadsbury Township Historical Society will hold a meeting on Monday, June 4, at 7 p.m. in the Sadsbury Township Municipal Building, 2920 Lincoln Highway, Sadsburyville. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Dr. William Watson, a professor of history at Immaculata University. He will present "Duffy's Cut," the story of the deaths of 57 Irish immigrant railroad workers on the Main Line.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 717-442-9240 or search for Sadsbury Township Historical Society on Facebook.

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight-loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, June 5 (and every Tuesday), 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.

Sponsors/Vendors Sought

Community Day in Parkesburg, featuring music, food, fireworks, and more, will be held on Saturday, July 7, rain or shine, beginning at 3 p.m. at Minch Park, 400 West St., Parkesburg. All activities will be free, and all proceeds will go to local charities.

The organizing committee is seeking food vendors, merchandise vendors, craft vendors and sponsors. For more details, contact Jack Assetto at or 610-675-5815.


Community Calendar May 23, 2018

The Community Calendar is a weekly feature of the Community Courier.

Local clubs, civic organizations, nonprofit agencies, schools, etc., that would like to have events or meeting date information published, should contact the Community Courier in writing at least two weeks before the event. No items will be accepted over the phone.

Send news releases to Engle Publishing Company, Community Courier, P.O. Box 500, Mount Joy, PA 17552 or fax them to 717-892-6024. Calendar items can also be emailed to

Support Group

Nicotine Anonymous will meet on Wednesday, May 30 (and every Wednesday), at 7:30 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, St. John's Circle, Phoenixville. Meetings are held in the lower level basement.

The support group is free and is open to those who want to stop smoking, vaping or using chewing tobacco products. For more information, call 610-933-9181.

Support Group

Calvary Fellowship Church, 95 West Devon Drive, Downingtown, will host a recovery group meeting on Wednesday, May 30 (and every Wednesday), from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The meeting is for anyone who has hurts, habits, or hang-ups, including addictions, and is looking for accountability, help, and growth. For more details, contact Bob VanArsdale at

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous will meet on Thursday, May 31 (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.

Business Expo

The Downingtown-Thorndale Regional Chamber of Commerce will hold its Chamber Business and Networking Expo on Thursday, May 31, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Downingtown Country Club, 85 Country Club Drive, Downingtown.

For event details, call the chamber office at 610-269-1523, email or visit The event is open free to the public.


Downingtown High School West's Drug and Alcohol Prevention Program will host the walk-through of its 2018 post prom party, "The Wild, Wild West!" Parents, sponsors, and community members are invited to walk through during final party preparations from 8 to 10 p.m. on Friday, June 1, at Downingtown High School West (DHSW) Campus, 445 Manor Ave., Downingtown.

This is the 15th year that parents and volunteers will host a free and safe after-prom event for all DHSW seniors, regardless of whether they attend the senior prom. For more information, contact

Church Speaker

Fairview Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 800 Fairview Road, Glenmoore, will host a one-day event, "Claiming Our Worth as Daughters of God," on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The speaker will be Juliana Lesher, the chief chaplain of the South Texas Veterans' Health Care System.

For more information, call 484-341-8169 or visit

Shredding Event

Rep. Harry Lewis Jr. is hosting a paper shredding event on Saturday, June 2, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Borough of South Coatesville Citadel Federal Credit Union parking lot, 135 Modena Road, Coatesville.

The event, which will feature an onsite industrial paper shredder, will provide the opportunity for households and businesses to shred up to four packing boxes of materials. The boxes will be returned to residents; Wiggins Shredding will not keep nor shred boxes.

Only paper - no cardboard - will be accepted. Staples and paper clips need not be removed. All shredding takes place onsite.

For more information, contact Lewis' district office in Downingtown at 610-269-1289.

Flea Market

The Eagle-Glenmoore Lions Club will host a community flea market and garage sale on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the Ludwigs Corner Fire Company 1325 N. Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore. The rain date is Sunday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Proceeds will benefit Lions Club charities.

A fee will be charged per space. To reserve a space or for more information, contact Judy at or 610-458-0677.

Open Houses

An open house will be held on Sunday, June 3, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Old Caln Meetinghouse (circa 1726), located on Route 340, Thorndale, and at the Hexagonal Schoolhouse (circa 1837) located on Municipal Drive, Thorndale.

Free guided tours will be conducted by members of the Old Caln Historical Society and the Caln Township Historical Commission. The public is invited, and parking is available. No reservations are needed. For more information, call 610-384-8153.


The choirs of St. Peter's Church in the Great Valley, 2475 Saint Peter's Road, Malvern, will present an Evensong on Sunday, June 3, at 4 p.m. Evensong is a brief sung service in the Episcopal tradition celebrated in the late afternoon or evening. The public is invited.

The music will include works by English composers Humphrey Clucas and Charles Villiers Stanford and Norwegian Ola Gjeilo. A pig roast at the barn will follow the service.

For more information, call 610-644-2261 or visit or

Sunday Worship

St. Paul's United Church of Christ welcomes all to Sunday services during its summer schedule. Beginning on June 3 and going through Labor Day, there will be one blended-style worship service at 10 a.m. with a concurrent children's program. June 3 will also include a picnic.

The church is located at 101 Worthington Road, Exton. For more information, visit or call 610-363-7285.

Society Meeting

The Sadsbury Township Historical Society will hold a meeting on Monday, June 4, at 7 p.m. in the Sadsbury Township Municipal Building, 2920 Lincoln Highway, Sadsburyville. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

The guest speaker will be Dr. William Watson, a professor of history at Immaculata University. He will present "Duffy's Cut," the story of the deaths of 57 Irish immigrant railroad workers on the Main Line.

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 717-442-9240 or search for Sadsbury Township Historical Society on Facebook.

Summer Camp

St. Matthew's School, 2440 Conestoga Road, Chester Springs, will offer summer camp for children age 3 to those entering grade one. Sessions will be held from Monday, June 4, through Thursday, June 14. Each week will explore a different theme through music, movement, games, art, cooking, activities, and more.

A registration form is available at For more details, call 610-458-3381.

Coatesville Lions

The Coatesville Area Lions Club is seeking new members. The group meets on the first and third Thursday of each month at the Coatesville Moose, 1200 Airport Road, Coatesville. The next scheduled dinner meeting will be on Thursday, June 7, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Those who enjoy volunteering and helping with projects in the community are welcome to join. To learn more, call Robert Moskel, Lions Club secretary, at 610-486-0343.

Support Group

Al-Anon, a support group for anyone who has been affected by another's drinking problem, will hold an open meeting on Monday, June 11 (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

Vendors Wanted

A flea market will be held on Saturday, June 16, at Thorndale United Methodist Church, 3503 Lincoln Highway, Thorndale. The rain date is Saturday, June 23. Spaces are available to rent. Call Ruth at 610-384-8897 for more information.


Community Calendar May 23, 2018

The Community Calendar is a weekly feature of the Community Courier.

Local clubs, civic organizations, nonprofit agencies, schools, etc., that would like to have events or meeting date information published, should contact the Community Courier in writing at least two weeks before the event. No items will be accepted over the phone.

Send news releases to Engle Publishing Company, Community Courier, P.O. Box 500, Mount Joy, PA 17552 or fax them to 717-892-6024. Calendar items can also be emailed to For more information, call 800-800-1833, ext. 7592.

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight-loss support group, will meet on Thursday, May 31 and every Thursday), at Tel Hai Retirement Community's Garrett Center in Honey Brook. Weigh-in is from 5:30 to 6 p.m., and the meeting starts at 6 p.m. The first meeting is free to guests. For information, contact Marcia at 484-238-4559.

Breakfast With The Bible

Alan Lindsay, pastoral leader of Saint Mary's Chapel-Warwick (Episcopal), will host Breakfast With the Bible on Friday, June 1 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.

Book Sale

The Friends of the Honey Brook Community Library, 687 Compass Road (Route 10), Honey Brook, will hold their annual paperback book sale in the back parking lot of the library on Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to noon. Patrons may fill a bag with their choice of books for a small donation.

All donations will be used to support library programs, daily operations, and special events. For details, call the library at 610-273-3303 or contact Jennifer Spade, library director, at

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, June 5 (and every Tuesday), from 8:45 to 10 a.m. at The Torch Community Center, located in the Clock Tower Plaza in Morgantown. For more information, call Sally at 610-286-6748. Guests may attend one meeting without joining. All are welcome.

Support Group

Still Waters Ministries is holding a support group for those who have lost loved ones due to drug-related deaths. The group meets at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St. (Route 23), Morgantown. Sam Waters is leading the class, which meets at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, through June 6.

Child care is not provided. To register, call the church office at 610-286-9124.

Strawberry Festival

The Honey Brook Presbyterian Church, 4331 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, will hold its annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 9, from 4 to 7 p.m. Hot dog and barbecue sandwiches will be available along with strawberries, cake and ice cream (by donation only). All are welcome.

Chicken Barbecue

Goodwill United Methodist Church will have a chicken barbecue dinner on Saturday, June 9, at the church, 148 Church Road, Elverson. Serving will be from noon until 5 p.m. or until sold out. Call 610-286-5875 for further information. Reserved tickets will be held until 4 p.m. only on June 9.


Fundraiser To Benefit Four Diamonds May 23, 2018

Four Diamonds at Hershey Medical Center will benefit from a fundraiser on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Paradise Park, 6 Londonvale Road, Paradise. Live music by the Allen Fisher Band, Victory Express, and Call of Grace and Levi King will begin at 4 p.m. Children's activities, a bounce house, a candy drop, coed softball and volleyball tournaments, food, entertainment by comedian Amos Fisher and Sons, and a stilt walker will be featured. Attendees are encouraged to bring seating.

Four Diamonds helps families with children who are battling cancer. For more information, call Lydia at 717-701-3645 or Abner at 717-701-1643.


Worshipful Wednesdays To Feature Outdoor Service, Dinner May 22, 2018

Worshipful Wednesdays, a weekly program that will feature dinner, outdoor worship and a time for fellowship, will be held from June 6 through Aug. 29 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 730 S. New St., West Chester. There will be no program on July 4.

Each Worshipful Wednesday will begin with dinner served by church members at 5:45 p.m. The dinner will be free for those who preregister by emailing or calling the church office at 610-696-2475 by noon on the Monday prior to that Wednesday's service. Walk-ins will also be welcome and will be asked to pay a nominal fee for dinner.

Worship will follow dinner at 6:30 p.m., and there will be dessert and fellowship at 7:15 p.m.

Worship will be casual and contemporary, and Communion will be available each week. The theme of the program will be "12 Weeks With Jesus and the Disciples." A different disciple will be featured each week.

There will also be special music from the church's new Praise Team director, Jon Ruths.

Kara Butler, a member of the church's hospitality committee, explained that the outdoor worship will be held in a field located next to the church. The area is shaded, and chairs will be provided for visitors. In the event of rainy weather, the service will be moved indoors.

Butler said the first-time outdoor worship series is based on the church's Wonderful Wednesday program, which is held September through May. "Every week it's a different theme, and this will be similar in style, but outside," she said. "There is something (special) about being outdoors and close to nature."

Butler said the program is suitable for all ages and will give attendees an opportunity to worship in an outdoor setting. "It will be nice for families. We have a really strong family and youth ministry," she said. "We're hoping that families may be interested (in joining the church)."

The church also recently announced that registration is currently open for "Shipwrecked" vacation Bible school (VBS), which will be held from Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to noon. VBS is open to children who are 4 years old by Sept. 1 through current fourth-graders. A fee will be charged, and the deadline to register is Friday, June 15. For more information or to register, readers may visit

Calvary Lutheran Church offers traditional Sunday services at 7:45 and 9:15 a.m. and a contemporary service at 10:45 a.m. A Rejoicing Spirits worship service for those with developmental needs is held at 4 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month. Nursery care is provided at the 9:15 and 10:45 a.m. services.

For more information, readers may contact the church office or visit or


Street Rod Show Will Zoom Into York May 22, 2018

The National Street Rod Association (NSRA) will host the 45th annual Street Rod Nationals East, the region's largest street rod, street machine, and custom car show, on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, June 1, 2, and 3. The show will take place at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., York. The show will feature more than 3,000 street rods, muscle cars, custom cars, trucks, and specialty vehicles from all over the eastern United States, each manufactured at least 30 years ago.

The show will feature a Pinstripe Jamboree and Charity Auction, during which pinstriping, airbrushing, and hand-lettering artists from around the United States will combine forces to raise money for Make-A-Wish.

Cars will be on display for public viewing throughout the event and can be entered into a variety of games and events. Other activities include Streets of Rods, 29 Below Rodders, Pros' Picks, NSRA Safety Inspections, the Model Car Contest, and a quilt display. There will also be live entertainment, prize giveaways, a trade show, and more.

On June 3, a Circle of Winners on the grounds will feature the award-winning street rods on display. At the outdoor grandstand, singer Jennalyn Yon will perform at 12:30 p.m., with the awards presentation at 1 p.m.

All activities will be open to the public. Separate admission fees have been set for adults and for children ages 6 to 12. Children age 5 and under may attend for free when accompanied by an adult. Senior citizens age 60 and over, military personnel with ID, and NSRA members with a current membership card will receive discounts. Tickets will be on sale only at the fairgrounds during the event. Event hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday.

For further information, readers may call Jerry Kennedy at 303-776-7841 or Anne Druck at 717-852-9675, ext. 103. Additional information is available at


Community Day Camp Slated May 22, 2018

In partnership with Camp Joy El, Harmony Grove Community Church, 6390 Harmony Grove Road, Dover, will conduct a Community Day Camp for children in kindergarten through sixth grade from Monday through Friday, June 18 to 22, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Each day children will participate in group games, crafts, and singing, and a Bible story will be presented. Students will also help with a weeklong service project. Snacks will be provided; however, children are asked to bring their own bagged lunch.

There is a per-student cost for the week, with a maximum cost per family. For more information and to register, readers may visit, email, or call 717-292-3659.


Friends Plan Poland Tour May 22, 2018

The Friends of the York County History Center have planned a 12-day trip to Poland. The tour will be filled with visits to important landmarks and new, exciting experiences. Destinations will include Warsaw, Krakow, Wroclaw, Torun, and Gdansk.

There will be an informational presentation at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York, for those who are interested in the trip.

For more information or to sign up for the meeting, readers may contact Lynn Pentecost at 717-881-7859. For more information on Friends of the History Center, readers may visit


Travel Trainers Needed In York May 22, 2018

RSVP - York County seeks volunteers age 55 and over to become travel trainers for the Central Pennsylvania Transportation Authority rabbittransit 3Pride Program. The volunteer travel trainers teach people how to use the paratransit and fixed route public transportation system.

Volunteer benefits include transportation reimbursement, free supplemental liability insurance, recognition and appreciation events, assistance with clearances, and improved personal happiness.

Readers may contact Scott Hunsinger at 717-893-8474 or for more information.

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