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Rissers Mennonite To Host Community Picnic July 18, 2018

Rissers Mennonite Church, 8360 Elizabethtown Road, Elizabethtown, will host its annual community picnic on Saturday, July 28. The entire event is free, and registration is not required.

Festivities are slated to begin at 5 p.m. with activities for children and adults. Children's activities will include a barrel train ride, bunnies to pet, a candy scramble, a bounce house, and an activity table with shelled corn and toy tractors and buckets to play with.

A variety of lawn games, including bocce ball, laddergolf, and cornhole will be set up to play, and a campfire will be blazing so that guests may roast marshmallows and make s'mores. Freshly spun cotton candy from a machine will also be available.

A barbecue chicken dinner will begin at 6 p.m. In addition to the main course, church members will provide hot dogs and an assortment of side dishes. Attendees are welcome to bring a snack item to share if they would like, but it is not required.

The main entertainment for the evening will be an outdoor movie showing of "I Can Only Imagine" at dusk. Folks may bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. "I Can Only Imagine" was released in March and is based on the story behind the MercyMe song of the same name. J. Michael Finley stars as Bart Millard, the band's lead singer, who wrote the song about his relationship with his father, who is portrayed in the movie by Dennis Quaid.

Younger children are welcome to watch a VeggieTales movie inside the church, where free child care will be provided during the movie showing.

According to pastor Daryl Heistand, the community picnic is a tradition that began in 2008 and has been growing ever since. "It's a way we can bless the community and get to know people," Heistand said.

Rissers Mennonite Church offers worship services each Sunday at 10 a.m., with Sunday school for people of all ages at 9 a.m. All are welcome. For more information, readers may call 717-653-4549.


Lineup Announced For Mountville Lawn Concerts July 18, 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.


PVPL Schedules Summer Events July 18, 2018

Pequea Valley Public Library (PVPL) and Salisbury Township Branch (STB) in Gap will offer a variety of activities to the public. Programs will be held at PVPL, unless otherwise noted. For details and registration, readers may call 717-768-3160 or visit

Basic Junkyard Drumming will be presented by Jeo Ramos of Heads Up Lancaster at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at STB. Children age 8 and older will learn the basics of rhythm and make music using everyday objects.

Legos and More will offer children age 3 and older with an opportunity to build with Legos and experiment with other STEM toys and materials at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2. Registration is required and space is limited.

Yummie's Birthday Story Time will be held at Ten Thousand Villages, Intercourse, at noon on Saturday, Aug. 4. The program is open to the entire family. On Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 11:15 a.m., Preschool Story Time and Playtime, for children through age 6, will share a story, and then attendees may stay and play with age appropriate toys.

Rocks are a Blast from the Past will be presented by geologist Jeri Jones at STB on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 10 a.m. Participants will learn about rocks, minerals, and fossils. The program is open to children in kindergarten and older.

Let it Rain will be presented by a county park naturalist at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9. Children in kindergarten through grade six will make a rain stick and do a rain-making activity. Children should bring a paper towel tube for the craft.

An outdoor movie will be shown on the lawn at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 10. Refreshments will be provided. In case of inclement weather, the movie will be held indoors.

The Summer Reading program will end on Saturday, Aug. 11. Logs must be handed in by noon to receive reward coupons.


Color My Dreams 5K To Support Hands Across The Street July 18, 2018

Hands Across the Street serves people in Columbia and the surrounding areas in more ways than one, and Deb Bixler is hopeful that the inaugural Color My Dreams 5K will help to make the community aware of the breadth and depth of the organization's outreach efforts. Hands Across the Street is based at Columbia Presbyterian Church and offers free community meals, a Summer Food Service Program for children, Fourth Street Cafe events, a clothing bank, a winter shelter, and a comprehensive transitional living program.

"There are a lot of people in need, and sometimes we live in our own bubble or we reach out to faraway places instead of right here (in our community), and there are needs right here," remarked Bixler, who is organizing the 5K together with her family and other volunteers. All proceeds from the event will support Hands Across the Street.

The Color My Dreams 5K is set to take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Chickies Creek Day Use Area, 1467 Long Lane, Columbia. People of all ages are invited to run or walk the course, which will follow a loop on Long Lane and through open fields and trails. The race will step off at 10 a.m. Five color stations will be situated at various points along the route, and organizer Eric Price noted that eco-friendly, biodegradable powder will be used for the color materials that will douse participants. Volunteers, including local student cheerleaders, will be on hand to provide plenty of crowd support for participants.

To register in advance, interested individuals may visit Separate prices have been set for adults and for children age 13 and under. The deadline to be guaranteed a race T-shirt is Monday, July 30, but folks may continue to register after that date and on the day of the event. Event-day registration and check-in will be open from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Participants will also receive breakfast during that time.

Several local food trucks will have items available to purchase during and after the race, including savory and sweet stuffed waffles, ribs, wings, ice cream, milkshakes, and more. A local disc jockey will be spinning tunes as well. Yard games will be set up to enjoy, and children may also play on the park's playground. "It's a family-type event," said Bixler, noting that folks who may not be interested in running or walking in the 5K are still more than welcome to attend the event and support Hands Across the Street.

"It's definitely community-driven. We're just trying to educate people in the local area and across all of Lancaster County about what Hands Across the Street does," Price said.

According to, 87 percent of students residing in Columbia Borough qualify for free or reduced lunches at school. During the summer months, Hands Across the Street steps in to meet that need. Hands Across the Street's Summer Food Service Program offers free meals to youths under age 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays through Aug. 17 at eight locations in Columbia and Wrightsville. A full list of those locations is available at In 2017, the Summer Food Service Program served more than 8,000 meals to local children.

For more details on the Color My Dreams 5K, readers may visit or call Price at 813-215-7801 or Bixler at 717-615-2934. Volunteers are also needed for race day and may contact Price or Bixler to sign up to assist.


Model T Driving Experience Open July 18, 2018

AACA Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, will offer the community the opportunity to drive an antique car.

After instruction in proper driving technique, individuals will be invited to drive a Model T. Driving experiences are available at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, and at 8 a.m. on Saturdays, July 21 and 28, Aug. 4 and 11, Sept. 8 and 9, and Oct. 20.

There is a cost to participate, and reservations are required. For more information on the Model T Driving Experience, readers may visit AACA Museum members should call Andrea Beshara at 717-566-7100, ext. 101, to register.


Public Library Posts Calendar July 17, 2018

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.

Ruth's Mystery Discussion Group will meet on Thursday, Aug. 2, from 10:15 a.m. to noon in the Browsing Room. The focus will be "Grab Bag Mysteries." New members are invited to attend and enjoy sharing their love of the mystery genre.

Diane R. Bartels will discuss her book, "Sharpie: The Life Story of Evelyn Sharp - Nebraska's Aviatrix," on Friday, Aug. 3. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Foundation House.

The Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library will hold preowned book sales from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Aug. 4 and 18, 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.

A Write-On Writer's Workshop will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Browsing Room. Aspiring and published writers are also invited to attend open readings on Saturdays to receive friendly suggestions and critiques or just observe and participate in discussion. For more details, readers may call Sue Kerr at 717-802-2594.

Couponing for Extreme Savings will take place on Aug. 18 from 11 a.m. to noon. Dawn Marron and local coupon clippers will meet in the Browsing Room. Participants may bring coupons to trade and share. Readers may contact for further details.

The Children's Book Writers Critique Group will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. on Aug. 18 in the Browsing Room. Manuscripts are submitted by email one week prior to the meeting. Group members are expected to critique other members' work, just as theirs will be critiqued. The group, open to adults only, focuses on picture books, chapter books, and early readers. For more details, readers may contact Susan Sempeles at 717-574-9251 or

The PennWriters Writing Group, for all who are interested in improving their writing skills, will meet on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Browsing Room. For more details, readers may contact Carrie Jacobs at

The Teen Book Club will meet on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. Participants should visit the library to pick up a copy of the book selected for August for a group discussion.

Tales for TAILS will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14. Caring Hearts Pet Therapy program seeks to improve a child's reading and communication skills with the assistance of trained therapy animal teams. The children are encouraged to read, engage, and connect with the pet. Children should bring their favorite book or two or choose one at the library.

In addition, the library will offer two exhibits during August. Linda Young, an award-winning artist, will display her watercolors in the second-floor Charley Krone Art Gallery. Cindy and Scott Johnston, owners of an alpaca farm in Lewisberry, will fill the first-floor showcase with handcrafted goods produced from the farm's alpacas.

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


One-Day Bus Trip Planned July 17, 2018

Upper Leacock Township War Memorial Association (ULTWMA) will sponsor a one-day trip to the Flight 93 Memorial and Quecreek Mine Rescue Site on Friday, Aug. 17. A motorcoach will leave from the rear parking lot of the Leola War Memorial Building, 54 W. Main St., Leola, at 6 a.m. and will return around 6 p.m.

For a complete list of activities and other details, visit or call Barry at 717-656-0572. Reservations are due by Friday, Aug. 3. All proceeds will support the War Memorial Building.


Fair's Talent Show Welcomes Participants July 13, 2018

The Elizabethtown Fair will host the annual talent show on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 6:30 p.m. on the Main Stage at the Elizabethtown Fairgrounds, High Street, Elizabethtown. The contest is open to any amateur from the greater Elizabethtown area. No full bands will be allowed to participate.

Any type of talent will be acceptable. There will be four divisions: Adult Amateurs, Youth Amateurs (up to and including age 18), Lip Sync, and Itty Bitty (under age 10).

Contestants will perform a two- to three-minute act. Each presentation must be fully staged with costumes, props, dancing, and more when applicable.

All contestants must supply their own CD for song or dance to be performed. All lyrics and music to be used will be at the discretion of the contest officials. No profanity or inappropriate actions or dress will be permitted. If an act is deemed inappropriate, the performance will be terminated immediately.

As applicable, judging criteria will include music ability, choreography, costuming, originality and creativity, stage presentation, effectiveness, and overall presentation. First-, second-, and third-place winners will receive prize monies. The decision of the judges will be final.

Entry forms may be obtained from Gina Mariani at P.O. Box 292, Bainbridge, PA 17502 or in the Elizabethtown Fair Premium Book. All entries and the nominal entry fee must be mailed to the same address. No entries will be accepted at the fair office or after Friday, Aug. 17. For an entry form or additional information, readers may contact Mariani at 717-278-8484.


Beginner ASL Classes Posted July 13, 2018

Lancaster Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, 2270 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, will offer two American Sign Language (ASL) classes in the fall. ASL Beginner Class Level - I and II will both run for eight weeks.

ASL I will be held on Thursdays, Sept. 13 to Nov. 1, and ASL II will be held on Tuesdays, Sept. 11 to Oct. 30. Both classes will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and be taught by an experienced deaf instructor.

There is a cost for each class, and the text "Signing, How to Speak With Your Hands" by Elaine Costello is required. A minimum of eight students is required for each class.

For more details, including registration information, readers may contact or 717-207-9822. Registration is required by Thursday, Sept. 6.


Chamber To Host Music In Memorial Park July 12, 2018

The Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce will once again sponsor Music in Memorial Park for the community beginning on Sunday, July 29, with The Kracker Beez. Live music performances are set to take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on four consecutive Sundays in War Memorial Park, located off Marietta Avenue in Mount Joy. There is no charge to attend.

In addition to The Kracker Beez on July 29, the summer music series will include The Celtic Martins on Aug. 5, SweetLife Music on Aug. 12, and the Bainbridge Band on Aug. 19.

The members of Rotary Club of Mount Joy will have their famous french fries for sale, as well as hot dogs and cold beverages available for purchase on July 29 and Aug. 5 beginning at 5 p.m. Monies raised at Music in Memorial Park will help to fix Mount Joy's Rotary Clock, which has been removed from its downtown location for refurbishing and will return in good working order by the end of the summer.

The Chamber's free ice cream social will take place on Aug. 19, while supplies last.

In the event of inclement weather on the evening of a concert, the concert will be moved indoors to New Path Community Church, 22 W. Main St., Mount Joy.

At the first three concerts, tickets will be available to purchase for the Chamber's 23rd annual chicken barbecue, which is set to take place on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Milanof-Schock Library, 1184 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy. There is a set cost for dinners, which will include a half-chicken, a baked potato, a roll and butter, applesauce, a whoopie pie, and a beverage. Folks may also opt to purchase a half-chicken and beverage.

The Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce is made up of approximately 200 businesses of all sizes, as well as churches, organizations, nonprofit groups, and individuals. Members pay minimal yearly dues depending on the number of employees. Information on members is published in the Chamber's yearly business directory and on the Chamber website. Members can also take advantage of advertising in the Chamber newsletter, email blasts, and other advertising. The Chamber holds monthly luncheons on the second Wednesday of each month, monthly mixers at member businesses, and ribbon cuttings and grand openings for its members.

Every year, the Chamber awards seven scholarships totaling $4,500 to local students, and it also holds community events including Music in Memorial Park and visits with Santa. The Chamber is currently in the process of refurbishing the large welcome sign at the east end of town.

The Mount Joy Chamber is self-funded with member dues and upgraded memberships and two yearly fundraisers: the annual banquet and benefit auction held each spring and the chicken barbecue held on the third Saturday in August every year.

The Mount Joy Chamber of Commerce was established in 1939. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-653-0773.


Virtually Visiting German-Speaking Countries July 12, 2018

Sommer Singspiel Day Camp Set For Aug. 6 To 9

This year's Sommer Singspiel, a day camp hosted by the Lancaster Liederkranz, will take students entering grades three through 12 on a virtual journey through Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The camp will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 6, through Thursday, Aug. 9.

"The students will learn vocabulary about the different modes of transportation available in Europe as well as packing items and famous destinations," said Lisa Sempsey, who is one of four certified educators who will teach various aspects of German music and dances during the camp. "The music will be a wonderful mix of traditional pieces as well as students experiencing and creating music to accompany their 'journey' across the German-speaking parts of Europe. Additionally, the campers will get the opportunity to create and play instruments from some nontraditional materials," she explained. "It's going to be a blast!"

Sommer Singspiel, which in German means "play and sing in the summer," is in its fourth year. The camp is an outgrowth of the Cultural Grant and Scholarship Fund of the Liederkranz, which aims to provide opportunities for students to experience German language and culture. In addition to music, the camp will focus on experiences with German language, authentic food, cultural traditions, and soccer and other outdoor games. A sharing showcase on the final afternoon will give students a venue in which to share their experiences with their friends and families.

"It is going to be very much a learn-by-doing camp, and while it will be very valuable and meaningful, it will be taught in a fun, kid-friendly way," said founding director Drue Bullington. "(Sommer Singspiel) engages the younger family members and promotes in them a love of community music-making (and) a sense of cultural heritage and gives exposure to singing, playing, and moving - all things kids love to do naturally - in tandem with developmentally appropriate German language learning interspersed with experiences that stem from German cultural traditions."

Bullington shared one parent's perspective, quoting the individual as saying, "I love that German language, music, and culture is experienced rather than taught. For instance, rather than just telling the kids the word for 'apple strudel'' and that it is a popular German dish and maybe giving them a taste of strudel, they involve the children in making strudel."

The Lancaster Liederkranz, 722 S. Chiques Road, Manheim, was founded in 1880 as a singing society by German immigrants in Lancaster city. It continues today as a dynamic family organization dedicated to perpetuating and amplifying the founders' original purpose through song, dance, language, art, education, and international cultural exchange.

The Sommer Singspiel camp will be held at the Liederkranz. There is a cost per student to attend, with discounts for Liederkranz members and for multiple family members. Registrations may be submitted at For more information about the camp, readers may contact Bullington at or 717-940-9927.


Community Calendar July 12, 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

Garden Club

Members of the Oxford Green Thumb Garden Club will leave from Phyllis Deaver's Home on Wednesday, July 18, at 10 a.m. for a tour at North Creek Nurseries, followed by lunch.

Members should call Robin or Anna if they are unable to attend. For more information, call 610-235-9950.

Support Group

The Compassionate Friends is a self-help support organization that assists bereaved families following the death of any child of any age and to help others be supportive.

The Southern Chester County Chapter meetings are held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the West Grove Friends Meeting House, 153 E. Harmony Road, West Grove. The next scheduled meeting will be on July 18.

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

Ice Cream Social, VBS

Oxford United Methodist Church (OUMC), 18 Addison St., Oxford, will present a free ice cream social on Wednesday, July 18, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Attendees may register for the church's vacation Bible school (VBS), scheduled to be held from Sunday to Thursday, July 22 to 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. The theme will be "Rolling River Rampage." The VBS is for children age 5 to sixth grade and will feature games, science activities, crafts, Bible stories, snacks and music. To register, visit or calling 610-932-9698.

Vietnam History Program

A Vietnam military history presentation by James Steven Roach, a retired colonel who served in that conflict, will be held at the Oxford Public Library on Wednesday, July 18, at 6:30 p.m. Roach retired after 29 years of service as a Special Forces colonel, with 10 years of overseas service in Vietnam, Germany, Panama, El Salvador, Korea and Colombia.

The Oxford Library is located at 48 S. Second St., Oxford. For more information, visit or call 610-932-9618.

Summer Fun Programs

West Grove United Methodist Church, 300 N. Guernsey Road, West Grove, will offer Summer Fun for Everyone on Wednesday, July 18, and every Wednesday through Aug. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

Each weekly session will include a potluck meal with hot dogs, as well as a brief message offered by the lead pastor, the Rev. Monica B. Guepet. Beverages will be provided. Attendees may bring chips, cookies or side dishes, though it is not mandatory.

Games will also be featured, and a gated playground will be available for young children. Weather permitting, a backyard water slide will also be offered.

For more details, contact the church office at 610-869-9334 or visit or

Movies In The Park

Avon Grove Library will offer free Movies in the Park this summer at Penn Township Park, 260 Lewis Road, West Grove.

Partnering with Penn Township, the library will host two summer evenings of themed events at 7 p.m., followed by the showing of a movie outdoors. "Grease" will be featured on Thursday, July 19, and "Coco" will be shown on Thursday, Aug. 23.

Admission is free, and registration is not required. For more information, contact the library at 610-869-2004 or

Vacation Bible School

Our Lady of Consolation Church will offer a vacation Bible school (VBS) from Sunday, July 22, through Thursday, July 26. The program will run from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. at the Schneider Parish Center, 2995 Cemetery Road, Parkesburg.

The theme will be "Shipwrecked - Rescued by Jesus."

There is no cost to attend. To register, may visit, call 610-857-0511 or email

Vacation Bible School

Christiana United Methodist Church, 14 S. Bridge St., Christiana, will hold a vacation Bible school from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. from Sunday, July 22, through Thursday, July 26. The theme will be "Victory."

Everyone age 4 and up is invited to attend. Readers may preregister at or call the church office at 610-593-6270

4-H Camp

A new 4-H Camp, "Exploring Pets and Animal Science" will be offered on Monday through Friday, July 23 to 27, from 9 a.m. to noon at the Parkesburg Library, 105 West St., Parkesburg.

There is a fee per student for the weeklong camp, which is open to youths ages 9 to 15.

Topics will include cats, dogs, exotic pets, small farm animals and large animals. To register, contact the Parkesburg Library at 610-857-5165 or visit

TOPS Meeting

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a nonprofit weight-loss support group, will meet on Tuesday, July 24 (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.

Crafters Sought

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus of Sacred Heart Church in Oxford is accepting applications for artists and crafters for its 17th annual Fall Craft Fair to be held on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sacred Heart School gym.

For more information or an application to reserve a table, contact Patti at or call 610-932-0763. Slots for direct sales vendors are now full; only applications for handcrafted items will be accepted.


Community Calendar July 12, 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, July 18 (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.


The Mill at Anselma, 1730 Conestoga Road (Route 401), Chester Springs, will present a Midsummer's Eve outdoor fundraiser on Wednesday, July 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. Featured will be appetizers, entree stations and beverages, live music and guided tours of the mill. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

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, July 19, 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.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous will meet on Thursday, July 19 (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 In The Park

East Brandywine Township will present a free concert in the East Brandywine Township Community Park, 440 Dilworth Road, Downingtown, on Saturday, July 21, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Walton Marquette Project will be featured, The Downingtown-based rock band will play a mix of electric and acoustic classic, country, pop and Americana from the mid-70s, 80s and 90s.

For more information, including weather updates, visit

Sermon Series

Hopewell United Methodist Church, 852 Hopewell Road, Downingtown, has scheduled a special summer sermon series, titled "I Am: Jesus In His Own Words." The focus will cover eight sermon topics revealing the biblical truths related to scriptural passages.

Topics will include the following: "I Am the Good Shepherd"; July 21 and 22, "I Am the Light of the World"; July 28 and 29, "I Am the Resurrection and the Life; Aug. 4 and 5, "I Am the Gate"; and Aug. 11 and 12, "Before Abraham Was, I Am."

For more information, call the church at 610-269-1545 or visit

Rooftop Yoga

Roots2Rise will present a "Rooftop Yoga Pop Up" on Saturday, July 21, from 9 to 10 a.m. at Whole Foods, 175 N. Pottstown Pike, Exton. The class is intended for people of all levels. Attendees should bring a yoga mat and water bottle.

Children may attend but must be accompanied by an adult and a parent must sign a waiver for them. Youths ages 15 to17 can participate without an adult, but a parent must sign a waiver.

There will be a suggested donation to participate in the class. All proceeds will go to Roots2Rise, a nonprofit organization that offers free yoga classes in the Philadelphia area. More information about the organization is available at

For more information about the class, contact yoga instructor Julie Heasley at 260-494-8678.

Free Movie, Concert

Eagleview Town Center will present a movie screening of "Wonder" on Monday, July 23. Jump, Jive and Jam followed by the Dirk Quinn Band will be the featured concert on Tuesday, July 24. Both events will begin at 7 p.m.

In lieu of an admission free, attendees are asked to bring a canned good to be donated to Chester County Food Bank. The events will be held in Eagleview Town Center, located at 565 Wellington Square, Exton.

Painting Class

Phoenixville Public Library will host another step-by-step painting class with local artist Amy Hathaway on Thursday, July 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is a set fee for the class, which includes a 16-by-20-inch canvas and all needed supplies.

The event is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Reservations are required on the Adult Events Calendar at or by calling 610-933-3013, ext. 132. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Ave., Phoenixville.

Yoga Class

A free yoga class especially for newcomers will be offered from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the Downingtown Yoga & Meditation Center, 116 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown.

Attendees should arrive 10 minutes early for registration and an orientation. For more information, contact Downingtown Yoga at 610-644-7555 or

Line Dancing

Living God Lutheran Church, 3200 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, will offer line dancing lessons, including beginner lessons, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sundays through July 29.

Admission is free, though attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the church to donate to a local food bank. For more information, contact the church office at 610-273-9383.

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 30 (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


LCAA To Host Festive Exhibit Kickoff July 12, 2018

Vintage vehicles, artists painting outdoors, oldies music, and more will create a festive atmosphere to kick off the "Roadside Attractions" art exhibit at the Lancaster County Art Association (LCAA), 149 Precision Ave., Strasburg. The opening day affair will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22.

There will be lots to see and do both indoors and out during the celebration. Oldies music will be broadcast in the neighboring Strasburg Community Park pavilion, and vintage cars will be parked in the lot for visitors to examine. Artists may be observed as they work "en plein air," and children may participate in games and activities. Food - including homemade baked goods - will available for purchase. Artwork may be acquired for set prices, and bids may be placed in a silent auction of quality items donated by local businesses. Guests are invited to wear vintage clothing to the event, and they may bring lawn chairs and blankets to relax and enjoy the afternoon.

The "Roadside Attractions" art exhibit will be on display in the LCAA's Kauffman Gallery from July 22 to Thursday, Aug. 16. Summer is traditionally the time for road trips and vacations, so this themed membership show will focus on things on and off the road. Members of the art association have depicted their interpretation of roadside attractions in a variety of mediums and techniques.

Additionally, Joanne Mark's artwork will be displayed in the LCAA's Steinmetz Gallery from July 22 to Aug. 16 in an exhibit titled "Figures: Ancient and Contemporary." Recently, Mark has been using a limited palette to create subtly toned figures on soft backgrounds. She studied at the Philadelphia Academy of Arts and is an award-winning artist.

The LCAA is a nonprofit organization that welcomes new members who have an interest in exhibiting artwork or promoting the arts. Classes are available throughout the year and are open to members and nonmembers alike. The LCAA's gallery is open year-round on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.

For more information, readers may contact the gallery at 717-687-7061 or or visit


Drug Awareness Poster Contest July 12, 2018

A Drug Awareness Poster Contest will again be held at the Elizabethtown Fair. The contest is open to students in kindergarten through grade eight. All posters must be on 11-by-14-inch poster board and must be done in dark pens, markers, or crayons. Posters must be neat and legible and will be judged on content and appearance.

The five age divisions will be: Division 1: ages 5 and 6; Division 2: ages 7 and 8; Division 3: ages 9 and 10; Division 4: ages 11 to 13; and Division 5: ages 14 to 18. Entrant's name, address, and phone number should appear on the back of the poster.

Ribbons and prize money will be awarded to five places in each division. Posters are to be entered at the Elizabethtown Brethren in Christ Church on Monday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Entries will be displayed throughout the week.

For more information on the Drug Awareness Poster Contest, readers may call Sally at 717-653-5985.


Theater Plans Open Auditions July 12, 2018

Gamut Theatre Group recently announced its 2018-19 season will now open with William Shakespeare's "Pericles, Prince of Tyre." This production will run from Saturday, Nov. 3, through Sunday, Nov. 25, on the Select Medical Mainstage at Gamut Theatre, 15 N. Fourth St., Harrisburg.

Auditions for "Pericles, Prince of Tyre" and Robert Penn Warren's "All the King's Men" will be held at Gamut Theatre from Tuesday, July 31, through Sunday, Aug. 5. All are encouraged to audition.

Readers may contact 717-238-4111 or to schedule an audition.


Shopping Fair To Support Cat-Rescue Efforts July 12, 2018

"We're partnering to get cats adopted," Pet Pantry of Lancaster County executive director Melody Sanders said of her organization's collaboration with Furever Home Adoption Center. "We put the animals first, and we try to figure out the rest afterward."

Until recently, that partnership has primarily involved working to ensure that rescued or surrendered cats receive the medical care and safe homes they need. Furever Home operates a feline sanctuary and adoption center at 5984 Main St., East Petersburg, while the Pet Pantry, headquartered at 26 Millersville Road, Lancaster, cares for cats and other animals, offers low-cost vaccinations and spay/neuter services, and supplies pet food for households experiencing financial distress. The Pet Pantry's veterinarians have been able to treat illnesses and injuries in cats taken in by Furever Home, and Furever Home has cared for felines accepted by the Pet Pantry that do better in a cage-free environment where they can socialize with other animals. The two organizations also share volunteers.

Now, the Pet Pantry has signed on to help with hosting Furever Home's fourth annual summer shopping fair. "This is a way for us to support (Furever Home)," Sanders said. "This shows our staff members and volunteers working together. The community needs to see organizations working together to better the lives of animals in Lancaster County."

The shopping fair will be held at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 21. The event will be open to the public free of charge, and well-contained pets will be welcome. The Pet Pantry's canine ambassador, Sasha, is slated to be on hand to meet with shoppers. More than 100 vendors, crafters, and local businesses have registered to participate in the event, which Furever Home fundraising chair Tina Krueger has carefully coordinated.

"I want the consumer to have a wonderful shopping experience," Krueger said.

The first 100 adults to visit the shopping fair will receive goodie bags. There will be opportunities to win prizes and to participate in a vendor passport game. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Krueger noted that with the Pet Pantry's assistance this year, there are enough volunteers to run concessions rather than outsourcing to a food truck.

A food drive to benefit both organizations will be held during the shopping fair. Folks may receive an entry into a prize drawing for each cat item they donate. The wish list includes canned kitten food, wet or dry cat food, kitten meal replacement liquid, powdered kitten formula, paper towels, and bleach.

The need for supplies is great. Between the two organizations, more than 500 cats have found forever families in the past year. Currently, the Pet Pantry has more than 50 cats in foster homes and 20 felines in its adoption room. Still more are sheltered by Furever Home. Additionally, the Pet Pantry provides an average of 6,000 pounds of cat and dog food to households in need each month. Distributions are held in Gap, Collegeville, and Lancaster, as well as at Water Street Mission.

"We're trying to touch as many people as possible," Sanders said, explaining the Pet Pantry's geographic reach.

Both the Pet Pantry and Furever Home exist through public support and private fundraising like the summer shopping fair. Volunteers are integral to the organizations' operation. Krueger noted that Furever Home can use folks to clean the adoption center or to attend networking events to provide education about the organization. Volunteers are also welcome to assist with the summer shopping fair, and sponsorships are available.

Krueger invites folks with vendor, sponsorship, and volunteer inquiries to contact her at or 717-808-8108. To learn more about the participating organizations, readers may visit or


Beauty and the BEast" July 11, 2018

A family favorite is coming to the stage locally, as ACT Players will present the popular musical "Beauty and the Beast." Performances will take place at the Ware Theater on the Lincoln University campus, 1570 Baltimore Pike, Lincoln University.

Tickets are now on sale for the production, which will run on Thursdays through Saturdays, July 19 to 21 and 26 to 28, at 7 p.m. There will also be two matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Sundays, July 22 and 29.

The presentation follows the full Broadway production, which differs somewhat from the animated movie. The show is appropriate for audience members of all ages and will particularly appeal to young fans.

"Little girls are always going to love princesses. It's a fairy tale, there's no question about it," ACT board president Karen Weaver said. "It's a wonderful evening to enjoy in a safe, fun environment."

Elaborate costuming fits the show, with the purpose of catching the interest of the audience, while the well-known music and timeless story are dear to adults as well as children.

"We have an extraordinary costumer who has costumed for us for years," Weaver said. She noted that some of the outfits for this production are very unusual, such as those of the clock and the teapot.

Weaver is co-directing with Mala Marcano, while Lisa Patrick is music director. The cast includes ACT veterans and newcomers.

"The role of the Beast was double-cast due to the demands of the character," Weaver reported. "Bobby Hamilton is portraying him for four shows, and Joseph Brown for the other four."

Staring in the role of Belle is Erin Murphy. "I love Disney. I love 'Beauty and the Beast,' but also I was looking for theater opportunities in the area," she said. Murphy is a recent college graduate with a degree in musical theater. "Any chance to do musical theater is good by me," she said.

Murphy worked with ACT several years ago when she was a high school student in a production of "Thoroughly Modern Millie."

"This is the first time I've ever played the lead for them, so it's exciting," she said. "I love the family-oriented vibe of it. I also love that it is loved by so many people. It's really fun to get to play a character that is known by so many people but do it my way and put my spin on it.

"Also, Belle is a super strong female character," she added. "It's nice to have something like that."

Playing Gaston is Ethan Knettler. "I have always loved 'Beauty and the Beast.' It's one of my favorite Disney shows. I have been in it once before, and I really wanted to go for the role of Gaston," he said. "He's the big guy, and I'm 6 foot 9 inches and 240 pounds-plus. He's got a big old deep voice like me. The music fits me very well."

Knettler has a strong performing background, but this is his first time with ACT. "I love doing community theater shows. It's a way to meet new friends, to get involved in the community, and do something fun," he said. "It gives me a break from the day-to-day grind. It's something that's not the same old thing."

The Ware Theater seats 178 people, with a section of seats taken by the live orchestra. "We anticipate these shows selling out," Weaver said.

A new ticketing system offers general admission seating in advance. Tickets can be purchased at They may also be purchased at the door if available. To check for ticket status, readers may visit the website or


Recreational Programs Set July 11, 2018

The Lancaster County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer programs to the community. Unless otherwise noted, there is a per-person fee to take part in the programs, and programs will take place at the Environmental Center in Lancaster County Central Park, 1 Nature's Way, Lancaster. To register, readers may call 717-295-2055. Registration is required by noon on the business day before the event.

Bird Feeder Fun will be offered on Saturday, July 21, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The event is open to all ages. Attendees will create their own birdfeeder out of recycled materials to take home to hang in their own backyard.

Nature Games and Creek Play will be offered to children age 4 and up on Sunday, July 22, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Pavilion 2. A series of group games that simulate animal relationships with each other and with the environment will be played. Participants will cool down with a wade in the Conestoga River. Nets will be available to catch and examine what critters are living in the river.

Munchkin Science - Butterflies and Caterpillars, open to children ages 3 to 5 with an adult, will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24. A program about caterpillars and butterflies will be followed by catching butterflies and observing caterpillars outside.


Concert Band Will Perform July 11, 2018

The Ephrata Concert Band will perform in concert on Sunday, July 22, at 7:15 p.m. in the band shell at Ephrata Borough's Grater Park. Martin Hinkley will conduct the band.

The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs to the concert. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move inside the Ephrata Recreation Center at 130 S. Academy Drive.

Selections will include John Enck's "Festival Parade," Rehrer's "Hampden Firemen," and John Philip Sousa's "Boy Scouts of America" and "Hands Across the Sea."

Hinkley's brother Brian will perform as solo trombonist on the Concerto for Trombone and Military Band, composed by Nikola Rimsky-Korsakov. The band's trombone section will be featured on the novelty tune "Slim Trombone."

Admission is free, though donations will be accepted.

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