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Preschool Posts Open House July 13, 2018

Bossler Christian Preschool, 2021 Bossler Road, Elizabethtown, will hold an open house on Thursday, July 26, between 9:30 and 11 a.m. The preschool serves children ages 3 to 5, and families are invited to bring their preschooler to the open house to experience learning in a real one-room schoolhouse.

The preschool aims to teach children about the world through Bible stories, art and cooking experiences, science discoveries, music and movement activities, math, and language development.

A discount is being offered for the afternoon class, which runs from 12:30 to 2:45 p.m. For more information, call 717-537-8192 or visit www.bosslerchristianpreschool.com.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items July 12, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hope's Closet will hold its semiannual bag sale; there will be a set price per bag for all women's, men's and children's clothing in July. The sale will not include shoes, accessories and jeans.

Shoppers may browse a variety of women's tops, shorts, capris, slacks, dresses, skirts and light jackets, including many plus-size items. Men's shirts, shorts, and slacks will be available. Sales will be offered on men's shoes.

In addition to clothing, the children's area will include books, games, toys, and more. Household items will include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and home decor, including small scale furniture. Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, along with free food items. Attendees may enter a giveaway drawing for the Hello Summer basket, which includes gift items and a gift card.

For more information, readers may call 717-793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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Memory Loss Support Group To Meet July 12, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.

The topic will be "When to Consider a Nursing Home."

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Lions Club's Collection Supports Food Pantry July 2, 2018

The Susquehanna Lions Club held its ninth "Fill the Truck" food drive for the Northeastern Food Pantry on June 22 to 24. This year, shoppers at the Giant Food Store in Manchester donated 5,160 items for the food pantry. Lions Nevin Weirich and Art Kasper helped to pack 209 boxes of nonperishable items for the food panty this year.

On behalf of the Northeastern Food Pantry, the Susquehanna Lions Club recognizes those who donated to the successful fundraiser. The club's motto is "We Serve."

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Caring Cupboard Sets Lunch Program June 28, 2018

The Caring Cupboard, 131 N. Railroad St., Palmyra, is offering its third annual Summer Lunch Program, which will run through Friday, Aug. 24.

One out of every five children in the Palmyra and Annville-Cleona school districts receives free or reduced-cost lunches during the school year. The Caring Cupboard aims to support all families in these school districts that qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches. The Summer Lunch Program provides five days' worth of breakfast and lunch items every week to the families who need them.

This year's annual Summer Lunch Food Drive took place on June 9. Volunteers set up tables at local grocery stores to collect donations, and donations were received from local businesses. Overall, the food drive collected more than 5,000 pounds of food and $800 in funds.

Sydney Kwiatkowski, a local 8-year-old, distributed flyers at three local developments, and Noah Ulrich, age 6, built, painted, and sold Nativity scene figurines to raise more than $850 for the Summer Lunch Program.

The Caring Cupboard is a community food pantry located in Palmyra, serving roughly 135 families weekly. Support for this venture is garnered by donations of product and funds from churches, businesses, civic organizations, and individuals.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items June 26, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, July 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Hope's Closet will hold its semiannual bag sale; there will be a set price per bag for all women's, men's and children's clothing in July. The sale will not include shoes, accessories and jeans.

Shoppers may browse a variety of women's tops, shorts, capris, slacks, dresses, skirts and light jackets, including many plus-size items. Men's shirts, shorts, and slacks will be available. Sales will be offered on men's shoes.

In addition to clothing, the children's area will include books, games, toys, and more. Household items will include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and home decor, including small scale furniture. Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, along with free food items. Attendees may enter a giveaway drawing for the Hello Summer basket, which includes gift items and a gift card.

For more information, readers may call 717-793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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Clothes Closet To Open Doors June 20, 2018

St. James Lutheran Church, 2335 Cramer Road, Brogue, will open its Community Clothes Closet to the public on the first Saturday of every month from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The closet will be open on Saturday, July 7. Free clothing, shoes, and coats will be available for infants through adult size XXL. All items are clean, and some are new.

Donations of men's and children's clothing in all sizes are needed, especially boys' clothing in sizes 6 to 20. For more details, readers may call 717-927-9497, email stjamesbrogue@outlook.com, or visit https://stjamesbrogue.wixsite.com/home.

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Preschoolers Raise Funds For St. Jude June 19, 2018

On April 26, Discovery Time YMCA Preschool, located at St. John Lutheran Church in New Freedom, participated in its second annual St. Jude's Trike-a-Thon. The 28 preschoolers who participated in the April event raised more than $2,000 to help children with cancer.

Last school year, a student at the preschool was diagnosed with cancer. Last year and this year, the preschool families rallied to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

By offering events such as the St. Jude's Trike-a-Thon, Discovery Time aims to help children develop a positive self-concept and empathy toward their peers and community.

Discovery Time currently has openings in the preschool program. For more information, readers may contact Dena Hare, Southern Branch YMCA SACC and preschool director, at 717-235-0446, ext. 25.

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Support Group Plans Meeting June 14, 2018

The Memory Loss Support Group for Caregivers will meet on Tuesday, July 3, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the community room at Mount Joy Mennonite Church, 320 Musser Road, Mount Joy.

The topic will be "Types of Memory Loss."

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items June 7, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

June is Father's and Men's month at Hope's Closet. Sales will be offered on all men's apparel, including shoes. All men will receive a free gift and an opportunity to win a basket. Gifts for men will be available.

Sales will be offered on women's separates including tops, skirts, dresses, jeans, shorts, slacks, and capris.

The children's area will include clothes, books, games, toys, and more. Household items will include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and home decor, including small scale furniture. Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, along with free food items.

For more information, readers may call 717-793-8070 or search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook or at www.pathwaycc.org.

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Preschoolers Help Fund Smile Packages May 24, 2018

Neffsville Christian Preschool recently teamed up with Ryder Getchis, who was seeking to raise money to purchase items for Smile Packages, pillowcases full of special goodies for children going through cancer treatment.

Preschool students decorated a bank to take home to collect their family's loose change. After approximately five weeks of collecting change, the children and their families had raised more than $611. Many children emptied their own piggy banks in order to fill their banks for Ryder's Smile Packages project.

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Preschool Sets Summer Camps May 23, 2018

Trinity Preschool, 200 E. Market St., Hallam, has announced four summer camp sessions, which aim to offer affordable and fun learning experiences for students ages 2 and a half to 8. All camps will be held throughout the summer from Mondays to Thursdays from 9:15 to 11:45 a.m.

The first camp will be "Books and Cooks," a cooking camp designed for children ages 5 to 10. Other themes will be "Seuss on the Loose," "Destination Disney," and "Rainforest Explorers." For dates and additional information, readers may contact the school at 717-757-3169 or preschool@trinityhallam.com.

Trinity Preschool has been in existence for more than 40 years. It strives to provide a safe and secure learning environment that encourages creativity and teaches a progressive curriculum. Its goal is to encourage the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of each student.

The 3-year-old class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays and offers morning and afternoon sessions. It focuses on social development while introducing students to reading readiness skills and early math concepts.

The 4-year-old class meets on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and focuses on preparing students for kindergarten.

The prekindergarten program meets five times a week from 9:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. It utilizes the Starfall reading curriculum and the MathCounts mathematics series. Enrichment classes and a pack-a-lunch program are also offered.

Registrations are being accepted for the 2018-19 school year. Interested families are invited to contact preschool director Brenda Keller at the previously mentioned contact information to schedule a visit or to obtain details.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items May 23, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The June event will focus on fathers and men of all ages, with gifts for fathers and sales offered on all men's apparel. In addition, a free cloth bag will be given to all who make a purchase of a set minimum amount.

Additionally, there will be a selection of women's separates, such as tops, skirts, dresses, jeans, shorts, slacks, and capris in sizes from extra-small to 4X. The newly expanded children's area includes clothes, books, games, toys, and more. Household items include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and more, and the newly expanded home decor section features small-scale furniture.

Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, along with free food items, including bread.

For more information, readers may call 717-793-8070, search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook, or visit www.pathwaycc.org.

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Barbecue To Support Martic Pantry May 22, 2018

Martic Pantry will benefit from proceeds of a chicken barbecue, which will be held at Martic Store, 561 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood, on Saturday, June 2. The sale will run from 10:30 a.m. until sold out. Chicken, beverages, chips, and whoopie pies will be sold.

All proceeds will benefit Martic Pantry, which assists local families in need with free groceries each month. Readers may call 717-923-0561 for more information.

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Preschool Posts Summer Camp Program May 16, 2018

Mount Zion Preschool, 2164 Mount Zion Road, York, is accepting registrations for its summer camp program for children ages 3 to 11. The camp will take place in June and July on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Camp will include play time, projects and activities based around themes, such as nature, music, dinosaurs, science and cooking. Children will have time to enjoy packed lunches.

For more information, readers may email MZPreschoolYork@aol.com or call 717-718-1093. Campers must be toilet trained.

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Summer Camp Sessions Set May 9, 2018

Joyful Noise Preschool, 2215 Brandywine Lane, York, will offer three summer camp sessions. Camps will run from 9 to 11:30 a.m. from Monday through Thursday.

Children ages 3 to 6, who have not completed kindergarten, are invited to attend. Sessions will feature "Princesses and Knights" from June 11 to 14; "Rainforest Adventure" from July 16 to 19, and "Outer Space Explorers" from July 23 to 26.

There is a cost per camper, per session. All campers must be potty trained. For more information and to reserve a space, readers may contact 717-764-9467 or joyfulnoise@zionyork.org. Space is limited.

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Hope's Closet To Offer Items May 9, 2018

Hope's Closet at Pathway Community Church, 1731 W. Philadelphia St., York, will be open on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May is Mother's and Ladies' Month at Hope's Closet. All ladies will receive a free gift and an opportunity to win a basket. Gifts for ladies will be available.

Sales will be offered on all fresh ladies' spring and summer tops, skirts, pants, shorts, dresses, and suits. A wide selection of spring and summer fashions for men will be available.

The children's area includes clothes, books, games, toys, and more. Household items will include curtains, bedding, kitchenware, cookware, gifts, and home decor, including small-scale furniture. Free clothing items will be available for people of all ages, along with free food items.

For more information, readers may call 717-793-8070 or search for "Hope's Closet-York" on Facebook or at www.pathwaycc.org.

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Recovery Group Meetings Slated May 9, 2018

Calvary Fellowship Church, 95 West Devon Drive, Downingtown, will host a weekly recovery group meeting for anyone who has hurts, habits, or hang-ups, including addictions, and is looking for accountability, help, and growth. The group will meet on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

For more details, contact Bob VanArsdale at bvanarsdale@cfdowningtown.com.

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Friendship Fest May 4, 2018

Organizers of the 25th annual Friendship Community Fest have two goals for the event. First, they want to offer a variety of activities for guests. "The big emphasis is on the day of family fun," said marketing assistant Kyle Gamble. Second, they hope to reward the anticipation of Friendship residents who eagerly await the fest. "It's a wonderful day for our community to interact with the general community," explained Cynthia Beebe, director of development. "Our individuals look forward to (this day) throughout the year because they (see) friends and donors who support them."

Friendship Community is a ministry that helps individuals with developmental disabilities to impact the world with their capabilities. The 2018 Friendship Community Fest, 5K, and Auction will be held rain or shine on Saturday, May 12, beginning at 7 a.m. at Friendship Community, 1149 E. Oregon Road, Lititz. The day will open with a pancake and sausage breakfast and a plant and baked good sale.

Last year, the day included the organization's first 5K run. Registration for this year's run is now open at www.friendshipcommunity.net, or individuals may pick up brochures at the Friendship office. Registration will be discounted through Friday, May 11, and registration will open at 7 a.m. on the day of the run. "Anyone who registers for the run will get a swag bag and breakfast," noted Beebe.

The general auction will begin at 9 a.m. with gift certificates and gift baskets. Tickets to the Fulton Opera House, a Lancaster Christian theater, and another area theater, along with Harrisburg and Reading baseball games, will also be up for bids. "We have a first-pitch (opportunity) for the Barnstormers (baseball team) and a goodie basket including two tickets to a Barnstormers game," said Beebe. Other experiences will include dinner at a local family-style restaurant, golf passes, a week's vacation at Kiawah Island off the coast of South Carolina, and an extended weekend getaway in Potter County. Additional auction merchandise will include lawn care items and lawn furniture, a motorcycle helmet and jacket, and an Eagles cornhole game.

The Friendship Heart Gallery and the Meaningful Day Academy will share a tent, which will be open from 9 a.m.to 2 p.m.

Activities for children, which will include a bounce house and face painting, will begin at 10 a.m. A petting zoo will be on-site, and the Insanity Factor will be on-site from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and perform a magic show at 11:30 a.m.

A food court will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature chicken barbecue meals including a half-chicken, a roll, chips, applesauce, and a beverage. Chicken barbecue will not be available at a drive-through this year. Other food items will include chicken corn soup, hot dogs, french fries, and walking tacos. An ice cream truck serving cones, dishes, and floats will be on-site.

Friendship began offering a fund-a-need program a few years ago. This year, the fund-a-need roster includes furniture and an electrical upgrade for some Friendship homes, concrete repair, safety lighting, driveway paving, shed repair, a new oven, office chairs, and laptop computers. Individuals may donate to the fund at the Friendship website.

Donations of items for the auction are still being accepted, and Gamble noted that volunteers are always needed. Volunteers may sign up through a link on the website.

Through its many group homes and intermediate care facilities, as well as home-based services and programs, Friendship provides services to more than 230 area individuals. Beebe noted that organizers hope this year's fest will raise $80,000 for the cause. Readers with questions may call 717-656-2466, ext. 1101.

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Support Group Meeting Planned May 2, 2018

Dover Bethany United Methodist Church (UMC) will hold a support group meeting for individuals and caregivers dealing with dementia and Alzheimer's. The group meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at 4510 Bull Road, Dover.

Invited to attend are those who are interested in learning more about dementia and Alzheimer's and how to care for loved ones affected by dementia and Alzheimer's. For more information, readers may call the church at 717-292-2716.

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