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Opera Group Will Perform June 23, 2017

Center Stage Opera (CSO) will present a double bill of Leoncavallo's short opera "I Pagliacci" ("The Clowns") with Mascagni's "L'Amico Fritz" ("Friend Fritz") at several locations in June.

Sung in Italian with piano, the performances will take place in three locations in Camp Hill, York and Doylestown. The production will feature singers from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Local performances will take place on Saturday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, June 25, at 2:30 p.m. at Covenant Moravian Church, 901 Cape Horn Road, York, and at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 23, and Saturday, June 24, at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1610 Carlisle Road, Camp Hill.

Family of God Lutheran Church, 4770 Route 202, Doylestown, will host a performance on Friday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets will be discounted for students and will be available at the door. Cash and checks will be accepted as payment. For more information, readers may visit www.csopera.org/home.htm.

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Chocolate Walk Tickets On Sale June 22, 2017

The Kiwanis Club of Lititz Area has announced that tickets will go on sale on Saturday, July 1, for the 16th annual Lititz Chocolate Walk, which will be held rain or shine on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Lititz.

Tickets will be sold at www.lititzchocolatewalk.com and at local retailers, which are listed on the website. Individuals are encouraged to purchase tickets soon, as the event has sold out each year.

Ticketholders will be able to receive unique chocolate samples from more than 30 stops in Lititz. The treats will be donated by local chefs and chocolatiers.

All proceeds will benefit the children's charities that the local Kiwanis Club supports, including Lancaster Cleft Palate Clinic, Schreiber Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, and children's programs at the Lititz and Manheim Township libraries.

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Community Calendar June 22, 2017

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

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

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

Support Group

A support group for parents and family members who have a loved one struggling with a substance use disorder meets the first and third Tuesdays of every month from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Honey Brook Presbyterian Church, 4331 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), and Honey Brook.

For more information, contact Jeanne at Jeanne.1105@yahoo.com or Alice at ahoran286@gmail.com.

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, June 27 (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.

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight-loss support group, will meet on Thursday, June 29 (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 more 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 30, 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.

Orienteering Program

A program on orienteering will be presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department on Saturday, July 8, at 10 a.m. at the Bingaman Nature Center, 2660 Hill Road, Reading. The program is free.

Ed Scott of the Delaware Orienteering Association will explain orienteering, which is a navigational sport where participants use only a map and compass for directions.

After some instruction, participants will put their skills to the test on a beginner-level course around the park. Attendees should wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Preregistration is required by calling 610-374-2944, ext. 2611, by Monday, July 3.

Sunflower Basket Workshop

A sunflower basket workshop will be held on Sunday, July 9, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Beidler House. A fee will be charged. Attendees are asked to bring a bucket, a flathead screwdriver, scissors, 10 spring clothes pins and a towel.

Registration and deadline for payment to Vicky Heffner is required by Wednesday, July 5. Call 610 374-8839 to register or for more information.

The program is being presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. The Beidler House is located at 1130 Old River Road, Birdsboro.

Girls' Night Out

Girls' Night Out, where moms and their daughters age 5 through teenagers can give each other manicures and pedicures, will be held on Tuesdays, July 11 and Aug. 8, from 6 to 6:45 p.m. at the Honey Brook Community Library. The library will provide the nail polish.

The library is located at 687 Compass Road, Honey Brook. For more information call 610-273-3303 or email jspade@ccls.org.

Digital Photography Program

A free program on digital photography will be held on Tuesday, July 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the Berks County Heritage Center. The evening will start with a brief slide presentation on what to look for when taking pictures. Then, professional photographer and instructor Valerie Hoffman will lead the group on an exploratory walk around the grounds of the park to capture moments in nature.

Attendees can share their images online as part of the "Capture the Moment" photo contest. To register by Monday, July 3, call 610-374-2944. The rain date is Thursday, July 13. The program is being presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department.

Car Show

St. John's Lutheran Church, 1035 Old River Road, Birdsboro, will present its eighth annual car show on Saturday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The rain date is Saturday, July 22. All makes and models of vehicles are welcome.

The event will also include food, a silent auction, a dog show, door prizes and more.

Vehicle owners who register by Saturday, July 8, will receive a discount. Same-day registration will also be accepted. Vendors are also welcome to rent tables.

Proceeds will benefit the church and Greater Berks Food Bank. For more information, contact the church at stjohnsgibraltar@windstream.net or 610-582-3655 or visit www.stjohnsgibraltar.com.

Line Dancing

Living God Lutheran Church, 3200 Horseshoe Pike (Route 322), Honey Brook, is offering a series of free line dancing events from 6 to 8 p.m. The lessons will run every Sunday through Aug. 6.

The lessons are free, but all attendees are asked to bring one nonperishable food item that the church will donate to a local food bank. For more information, call 610-273-9383 or email the church office at living_god@verizon.net.

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Community Calendar June 22, 2017

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

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

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

Vacation Bible School

Downingtown United Methodist Church is offering "Surf Shack" vacation Bible School (VBS). VBS began on June 26 and will run through Friday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to noon.

VBS will include music, science experiments, games, Bible storytelling, snacks, crafts and a mascot named "Snappy." Children age 3 (and potty trained) up to children who have just finished fifth grade are welcome to attend.

To register, call the church office at 610-269-1496 or visit www.downingtownumc.org. For more information, contact Jenn Jameson at jennsmail1960@gmail.com or 484-947-3385.

Al-Anon Meeting

Al-Anon, a support group for anyone who has been affected by another's drinking problem, will meet on Wednesday, June 28 (and every Wednesday), from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church, 2835 Manor Road (Route 82), Coatesville, (West Brandywine Township).

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous will meet on Thursday, June 29 (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.

Concert

The Forty Niners Chorus will present a concert at Atria Woodbridge Place, 1191 Rapps Dam Road, Phoenixville, on Thursday, June 29, at 7 p.m.

Phoenixville Public Library will co-sponsor the concert, which will feature a musical tribute to Disney World. The original scripted show will feature songs, including "When You Wish Upon a Star," "It's a Small World" and more. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.

For more information, call 610-933-3013, ext. 132, or email mpinto@ccls.org

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, July 3 (and every Monday), at 9:30 a.m. at the Central Presbyterian Church, 100 W. Uwchlan Ave. (Route 113), Downingtown. Babysitting is available, and the church is handicapped-accessible. For more information, call 215-222-5244, or visit www.al-anon.alateen.org.

Luncheon, Show

The Downingtown Area Senior Center, 983 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown, will host a luncheon show of the Glenn Miller Band on Wednesday, July 19, at noon.

Admission to the concert is free. A catered lunch will follow the show. Attendees are asked to reserve a seat by Sunday, July 16, for a nominal donation to cover cost if they are able.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call Melissa at 610-269-3939

Weight Loss Class

The Trevose Behavior Modification Program (TBMP) is starting a new class in Exton on Thursday, July 27. TBMP is different from most weight-loss programs; participants engage in an extensive study of eating habits and activities. The goal is to substitute good habits for bad habits and learn to keep the weight off permanently.

TBMP has no charges or membership fees. A voluntary contribution provides funds for expenses and supplies. For more information and an application, contact Suz Steczak at 610-585-6229 or steczak@verizon.net.

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Community Calendar June 22, 2017

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

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

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

Summer Church Series

West Grove United Methodist Church, 300 N. Guernsey Road, West Grove, is holding its third year of "Summer Fun for Everyone" on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. The weekly event will continue through Aug. 23.

Each week will include a potluck meal with hot dogs, games, and a brief message from the lead pastor, the Rev. Monica B. Guepet. Beverages will be provided. Attendees may bring lawn chairs, as well as chips, cookies, or side dishes, though it is not mandatory.

Games will be provided. Youths will be able to play 9 Square in the Air, and a playground will be available for young children.

The events are free and open to the public. Ample parking is available. For more information, call 610-869-9334 or visit www.westgroveumc.org.

Avon Grove Seniors

The Avon Grove Seniors will hold their quarterly lunch on Wednesday, June 28, at 11 a.m. at the West Grove Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, 139 W. Evergreen St., West Grove. For more information, call 610-255-4477. Everyone is welcome.

Senior Center Program

A program about the Danio Diary will be held on Wednesday, June 28, at 4 p.m. at the Oxford Area Senior Center, 12 E. Locust St., Oxford. A Danio Diary lets a care provider securely record and share physical and mental health status about the person they are caring for in a private, searchable medical diary. To register or for more information, call 610-932-5244 or email oxsrctr@zoominternet.net.

Soup, Sandwich, Talk

Word UP Community Ministries will host a free soup, sandwich and talk event on Thursday, June 29, at Gap Fire Company, 802 Pequea Ave., Gap. The meal will begin at 6 p.m. Attendees may attend the meal only or stay and hear a message afterward.

To help serve or provide soup, contact Buck Mowday at 717-330-0561 or buckmowday@gmail.com.

TOPS

The weight loss support group TOPS (Taking Off Pounds Sensibly) will meet on Tuesday, July 11 (and every Tuesday), at the Oxford Senior Center, 12 E. Locust St., Oxford. Weigh-in will be from 6 to 6:30 p.m., and the meeting will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, call Dee at 610-742-0566.

Concert

The New London Community Choir (NLCC) will present its concert "A Tribute to the '70s" on Saturday, July 15, at 7 p.m. at Avon Grove High School, 257 State Road, West Grove.

No tickets are required, and donations will be accepted at the door.

For more information or to help sponsor the group, call 610-869-8129 or email newlondonumc@verizon.net. More information is also available at www.facebook.com/newlondoncommunitychoir.

The NLCC is a ministry of New London United Methodist Church.

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Environmental Center Sets Events June 22, 2017

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

A Snake's Birthday will take place on Saturday, July 1, at 1 p.m. Attendees will celebrate Snoop the Snake's second birthday by hearing stories about snakes, learning about the snake's way of life, and pinning the tail on the snake. Cupcakes will be provided. Registration is required.

On Sunday, July 2, at 8 a.m., the center will offer a fast-paced 4- to 6-mile fitness hike.

Music on the Porch will feature a bluegrass music jam on July 2 from 1 to 4 p.m.

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Art in Balance: Motorcycles and Fine Art" June 22, 2017

Art and motorcycles will collide in style at Susquehanna Art Museum, 1401 N. Third St., Harrisburg, with the summer exhibition "Art in Balance: Motorcycles and Fine Art." "Art in Balance" will feature eight motorcycles and 20 works of fine art, presented in pairings for the consideration of the viewer. The exhibition will be on view through Sunday, Sept. 17.

Members of the Susquehanna Art Museum and The State Museum of Pennsylvania will receive free reciprocal general admission to the two museums through Sunday, Sept. 10. Free parking is available for visitors directly behind the museum at the intersection of Calder and James streets. Regular hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays to Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. For more details, readers may visit www.susquehannaartmuseum.org.

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Summer Camps Scheduled June 22, 2017

In 2017, summer camps will be offered at the Lancaster County Environmental Center, One Nature's Way, Lancaster. There is a cost per camper, and preregistration is required.

Camps will include Times Gone By: Native American and Pioneer Life from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday, July 10, to Thursday, July 14, and is open to children age 8 and older. Wings and Things will be offered to children ages 6 to 9 from 9 a.m. to noon from Monday, July 31, to Friday, Aug. 4.

For details, including a full schedule of summer camps, and registration, readers may call 717-295-2055 or visit www.lancastercountyparks.org.

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Gifts That Give Hope Announced June 22, 2017

Gifts That Give Hope Lancaster will celebrate 10 years of spreading holiday cheer through alternative giving on Saturday, Dec. 9. Shoppers at the fair will find 30 local and global nonprofit organizations making the world a better place through a range of humanitarian efforts.

Each nonprofit will have available three donation-based gifts for shoppers to purchase in honor of friends and family on their holiday gift list. In addition to visiting with and learning about each nonprofit's mission, fair-goers will have the chance to peruse fair trade goods in the marketplace and sample eats from various local food vendors.

The goal of the gift fair is to encourage the generous spirit of the giving season down a more mindful path via alternative giving. Rooted in compassion, alternative giving helps people give threefold by giving friends and family a thoughtful gift, by supporting organizations who contribute positively to the social landscape, and by combating the environmental impact of consumerism on the planet.

Each nonprofit at the fair will be offering three different gift options: two designated gifts for the population it serves and one undesignated gift that allows shoppers to contribute a custom donation that will support its general mission. Upon checkout, shoppers will complete their transaction with gift fair volunteers and choose beautifully designed cards to give to loved ones.

To learn more about Gifts That Give Hope Lancaster, readers may visit www.giftsthatgivehope.org/lancaster. In addition, interested sponsors may contact Jeannette Knaub at lancaster@giftsthatgivehope.org or 717-499-1623.

A complete list of participating nonprofits are available at http://giftsthatgivehope.org/lancaster/news/2017-nonprofits-and-marketplace-vendors.

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Library Event Calendar Posted June 22, 2017

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

Therapy dogs from K-Pets will visit the library on Saturday, July 1, at 11:30 a.m. Children of all ages are invited to improve their reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog.

Maker Mondays will be offered to children age 3 and older on Mondays, July 3 to 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. The theme will be "Building a Better World."

Instrument Petting Zoo will take place on Wednesday, July 5, at 10:30 a.m. for children up to age 10. Children will get an introduction to the orchestra from a short story time. Afterward, the children will meet some musicians.

Parachute Play will be offered to walking toddlers ages 1 to 3 on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Children will play with parachutes, sing songs, and have fun while developing gross motor skills, learning to work together, engaging in imaginative play, developing spatial awareness, and expressing themselves.

Students who have completed grades six to eight are invited to help out at the library and be part of Library Crew on Thursdays at 2 p.m.

Jesse Rothacker of Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary will present "Biome Builders!" on Thursday, July 6, at 2 p.m. "Biome Builders" is an interactive animal show featuring lizards, turtles, alligators, and snakes. Children will discover how each animal is equipped to build a better world within their biome. Designed for children age 5 and older; children under age 5 must sit with an adult.

Friday Frolic for Toddlers, for walking toddlers ages 1 to 3 with a caregiver, will take place on Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Toddlers will dance, zoom, scoot and hop between stories selected to promote language development. All adults are expected to participate and encourage the children to join in the fun.

Sensory Story Time will be offered on Saturday, July 8, at 9 a.m. The story time is designed to engage children through movement, music, stories, and sensory activity play and is especially great for children with sensory input delays or for those who have problems sitting still. This program is funded by the Kiwanis Club of New Holland. The program is best for children ages 3 to 8, but all ages are welcome to participate.

Hooks and Needles: Yarn Crafting Club will meet on Monday, July 10, at 6:30 p.m. The knitting club is open to all knitters and crocheters of all skill levels, including beginners. Participants should bring their own projects, tips, and ideas to share.

Bricks 4 Kidz will present LEGO Catapult! on July 10 at 6:30 p.m. for students in grades two through five. Children will design and build a machine from LEGO bricks that can launch items into a target.

Summer Story Time Tuesdays will be held for children ages 3 to 8 with a caregiver on Tuesdays, July 11 to 25, at 10:30 a.m. Children will enjoy themed books, songs, rhymes, movement activities, or a craft while building language and literacy skills.

Teen Tuesdays will be open to students in grades seven through 12 on Tuesdays, July 11 to 25, from 3 to 5 p.m. The Teen Reading Lounge - Diversity Book Club, open to teens in grades seven through 12, will meet on Tuesdays, July 11 and 25, at 3 p.m. On July 11, a book discussion will be held, and on July 25, there will be a poetry slam. Participants will get to keep a copy of the book.

Yoga at the Library will be held on Tuesday, July 11, at 7 p.m. and is open to individuals age 16 and older. The class is free and open to all levels. Participants should bring a yoga mat, a yoga strap (or similar item), and either a folded blanket or a small, firm pillow. Free child care will be available for this event.

Play K- Kindergarten Readiness will take place on Wednesdays, July 12, to Aug. 16, at 1 p.m. and is open to children entering kindergarten in the fall. Preschoolers are invited to play and learn the skills needed for kindergarten success.

Adult Coloring, for individuals age 16 and older, will be held on Thursday, July 13, at 6:30 p.m. All supplies will be provided.

Teen After Hours - Cardboard Fandom will take place on Friday, July 14, at 6:30 p.m. Students in grades seven through 12 will make their cosplay from cardboard. The event will include cosplay, karaoke, snacks, and games. Prizes will be given for the best cosplay.

Kids Creative Theater Workshop will take place from Monday, July 17, to Thursday, July 20, at noon and on Friday, July 21, at 10 a.m. The weeklong theater workshop is for children ages 8 to 12 and will teach theater basics, including acting, set design, costume, and make-up. Children must attend every session. On Friday, the participants will perform their play at noon.

Family Movie Night will be held on Wednesday, July 26, at 5 p.m. The event will feature a family-friendly movie.

Crafty Teens will be offered on Thursday, July 27, at 3 p.m. Students in grades seven to 12 are invited to stop by for some teen crafts.

Build a Better Environment with 3 R's: Recycled Craft Fun will take place on Thursday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m. Children in kindergarten through grade six will learn what happens to trash when it is thrown away and how to make a better world by reducing, reusing, and recycling.

The Teen Advisory Group will meet on Monday, July 31, at 6:30 p.m. Students in grades seven to 12 will help plan future teen events at the library.

The Teen Book Club will gather on July 31 at 7 p.m. Students in grades seven through 12 will talk about books and eat. Attendees should bring along a book they have read recently for discussion.

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