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Anniversary Program

Summit Grove Camp Grounds, 140 S. Front St., New Freedom, will host a program to celebrate its more than 200 years of history. The program will take place on Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. A chicken dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. Lynda Randle, True Heart, and others will perform.

The program is free and open to the public. No tickets are needed.


Alex Rosenkreuz: Recent Works"

An opening reception for "Alex Rosenkreuz: Recent Works" will be held in the Nancy M. Woodward Gallery at the York Art Association, 220 S. Marshall St., York, on Sunday, July 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibition and opening are free and open to the public.

Rosenkreuz's paintings are a study and homage to legendary artists who came before him. This collection of his works from recent years gives York County an opportunity to share in his passion for artistic giants from Rembrandt to Singer Sargent. Showing concurrently in the Sally Little Danyo Members' Sales Gallery will be works by Joan Schwartzman.

The exhibit will be on display through Saturday, Aug. 25. Gallery hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday. For more details, readers may visit or contact or 717-755-0028.


Weekly Diabetes Workshop

The York County Area Agency on Aging will offer diabetes self-management workshops. The free workshops will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays, July 19 through Aug. 23, at York Commons, 2406 Cape Horn Road, Red Lion.

York County residents age 60 and older living with Type 2 diabetes and caregivers caring for someone with Type 2 diabetes can participate in the workshops. The interactive program will span six sessions and the workshops will be taught by certified instructors.

Developed by the Self-Management Resource Center, formerly Stanford University Patient Education Program, the health promotion program will provide tools for managing diabetes, dealing with difficult emotions and breaking the symptom cycle that comes with the disease. The program will introduce participants to self-management tools like healthy eating, monitoring blood sugar, action planning and dealing with difficult emotions among others.

A companion book and an audio relaxation tape will be provided for all participants. There is no charge for the workshops. Preregistration is required by calling Megan Craley at 717-771-9610.


Leukemia and Lymphoma Bass Classic

The 15th annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Bass Classic will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Shikellamy State Park in Sunbury. An estimated 100 two-man teams are expected to compete. First place is $3,000, with the top 10 teams receiving cash. Every other team will receive prizes.

The tournament will start with a blast-off from the park at 6 a.m. and will conclude at 2 p.m. with a weigh-in at the point of the park where the north and west branches of the Susquehanna River connect. Directly following the weigh-in, an awards ceremony and cookout will take place at Pavilion One.

Everyone is welcome to all festivities. For information about being a competitor or a sponsor, readers may call Bob Herman at 717-938-8752 or visit


American Girl Live"

"American Girl Live" will come to the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., York, on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. Shows will take the stage at 3 and 7 p.m.

Ticket prices vary and may be purchased at, the Appell Center Box Office, or by calling 717-846-1111.


Ice Cream Social

In honor of National Ice Cream Month, which is July, St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 27 E. Main St., Mount Joy, invites the community to attend worship and an ice cream social on Sunday, July 29. The church holds a traditional worship service at 9 a.m. and a contemporary worship service at 10:45 a.m.

The ice cream social will be held on the front lawn of the church from 10 to 11 a.m. In the case of rain, the social will be held in the church fellowship hall. Ice cream and toppings will be provided.

Parking is available at the rear of the church. For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-653-5493.


Catholic Writers Conference Live

The Catholic Writers Guild (CWG) will host Catholic Writers Conference Live (CWCL) on Tuesday, July 31, to Thursday, Aug. 2, at the Lancaster Convention Center, Lancaster, in conjunction with the Catholic Marketing Network (CMN) Tradeshow. The CWCL, celebrating its 10th anniversary, will provide writers, artists, editors, and illustrators opportunities for networking; workshops on writing, publishing, and marketing; pitch sessions; critique sessions; and more.

Attendees will have access to the CMN Tradeshow floor, allowing interactions with publishers, vendors, and bookstore owners from across the country. Also in conjunction with CMN, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Adoration, and recitation of the Rosary will be offered.

Marian priest Father Donald Calloway, MIC, will deliver the keynote presentation, "The Power of a Book." Presenters will include Celeste Behe, Regina Doman, Gary Zimak, Lisa Mladninich, and others.

Attendees are invited to mingle with old and new friends at a game night and social on Tuesday evening. Separate critique sessions will be offered for poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. Pitch sessions are planned with publishers Ave Maria Press, Ignatius Press, Marian Press, and Our Sunday Visitor. Also new this year, Meals With Mentors will offer a chance to share food and discuss a topic of mutual interest with a small group.

Information about registration, accommodations, and the conference schedule are available at The event welcomes CWG members and nonmembers alike. Clergy may attend for free.


Hit the Links for the Library Golf Tournament

Adamstown Area Library will benefit from the fourth annual Hit the Links for the Library Golf Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 25, at Manor Golf Club, 153 Bran Road, Sinking Spring. Registration for the four-person scramble-format tournament will begin at 12:30 p.m., and the event will start at 1:30 p.m.

The per-person registration fee includes golf, a cart, a driving range, green fees, complimentary beverages and snacks, a free future golf round, and dinner. Contests and prizes will include closest to the pin for men, women, and juniors; longest drive for men, women, and juniors; and a hole-in-one contest hole.

To register, readers may contact the Adamstown Area Library at 717-484-4200 or visit The registration and sponsorship forms are available for download from Registration and payment are due by Wednesday, Aug. 15. More information is available by contacting Mitch at Sponsorships are available.

The Adamstown Area Library serves Adamstown and Denver boroughs and Brecknock, East Cocalico, and West Cocalico townships in Lancaster County, as well as Spring Township in Berks County. While the library holds an abundance of print, audio and video materials, it is also a full-service passport agency and offers an array of children's, adult and technology programming. Funds from the golf tournament will go toward continuing to offer these programs and to adding more programming.


I'll Fly Away"

The Backwoods Bluegrass Band will be featured front and center in Servant Stage's newest show, "I'll Fly Away." The fun and feel-good tribute to folk, bluegrass, old-time gospel music, and more will be performed on Sunday, July 22, at 5:30 p.m. at Boettcher House in Landis Woods.

"This show has a lot of music that most people will find familiar," said Backwoods Bluegrass Band member Adam Zembower, who plays guitar and provides vocals. "There's something for everyone: old bluegrass tunes, new bluegrass tunes, amazing singers, funny one-liners, and so much more."

"I'll Fly Away," which is being performed at venues throughout the county this summer, features the bluegrass band, which includes fiddle, banjo, upright bass, harmonica, and guitars, as well as several guest features that will be different at each performance. The guest features will rotate throughout the summer and will include well-known local vocalists. Ric Zimmerman and Julie Keough will perform at Landis Woods. Additional performers will include Jon Knauss on guitar and vocals, Lance Yunkin on banjo and vocals, Rebekah Wimer on fiddle, and Gary Smith on upright bass.

"We created this group called the Backwoods Bluegrass Band for a show back in 2014, and over the years, it has become one of our most requested ensembles for various gigs," remarked Servant Stage executive director Johnathan Bauer. "They're fantastic musicians, and the music is so fun. Audiences love the band's enthusiasm and playfulness, and we decided it was time we crafted a full mainstage show for them."

Boettcher House, which is located in Landis Woods, can be reached by turning off Lititz Pike onto Hillside Lane, adjacent to Neffsville Mennonite Church, in Lancaster. Free parking will be available. Those who wish to attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. In the case of inclement weather, the event will move inside Boettcher House, where space will be limited. The concert is free, but donations to help cover costs will be welcomed. Readers who have questions about the event may call 717-290-7180, ext. 3100.

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God's Clothes Closet

God's Clothes Closet will open its doors to shoppers on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 8 a.m. to noon at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 157 E. Water St., Middletown. Visitors may shop for free.

Clothing for men, women, teenagers, and children for summer and winter will be available. All are welcome to stop by and shop. For more details, call 717-944-6181.


Peking Acrobats

Gretna Music will present the Peking Acrobats on Tuesday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mount Gretna Playhouse, 200 Pennsylvania Ave., Mount Gretna.

The troupe will perform the ancient tradition of Chinese acrobatics with a modern spin. The acrobats will spring through hoops and balance on tables and stacked chairs. Additionally, contortionists will create a human tower of dexterity.

Ticket prices will vary, with special pricing for young people and adults who accompany a young person. For more information, readers may visit


Afternoon Delight"

Brunnerville United Methodist Church, 517 Pine Hill Road, Lititz, invites the community to an afternoon event on Sunday, July 22, at 2 p.m. The event will include musical entertainment by Southside Singers, as well as an ice cream social.

A freewill offering will be received to benefit the church's music fund.


Egyptian Bazaar

St. Mary Coptic Orthodox Church of Lancaster, 3602 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, will hold an Egyptian Bazaar on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The event will feature live music, a bounce castle, games, and food and dessert, such as shawarma, falafel, kabobs, baklava, konafa, and more. Food will be available a la carte to eat in or take out.


Old-Fashioned Backyard Cookout

Faith United Methodist Church, 1290 Fruitville Pike, Lititz, will host its first-ever Old-Fashioned Backyard Cookout from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 21, rain or shine. The evening will feature food, fun, and music.

Hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, salads, and more will be available for purchase, with all proceeds supporting the ministries of the church. Outdoor games for children and adults, such as cornhole, KanJam, and more, will be offered. Chip and Annie Mergott will provide music for people of all ages from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

Attendees should bring a lawn chair or blanket. For details, visit


Solanco Fair Queen Pageant

The Solanco Fair will include a fair queen program this year. The new scholarship program is open to young women ages 16 to 20 who reside in the Solanco School District.

An information meeting will take place at the Senior Center on the Solanco Fairgrounds at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, for young women who would like to enter the competition. Official rules and contest requirements may be found in the fair book or on the "Solanco Fair Queen Program" Facebook page. The deadline to enter is Saturday, Aug. 25.

The first annual Solanco Fair Queen Pageant will take place on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the East Drumore Township Building. For more information, call 717-847-3742.


Intro to Orienteering

Intro to Orienteering will be offered on Saturday, Aug. 4, at 10 a.m. at the Bingaman Nature Center, located in Antietam Lake Park, 2843 Hill Road, Reading.

Orienteering is a navigational sport in which participants use just a map and compass to find their way around a course in unfamiliar terrain. Orienteering is often described as a thinking person's game combined with a 5K.

During the program on Aug. 4, Ed Scott of the Delaware Valley Orienteering Association will explain the sport, which is popular in Europe. After some instruction, participants will put their skills to the test on a beginner-level course around the park.

The program is free for people of all ages. Attendees should wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Preregistration is required by Monday, July 23, by calling 610-374-2944.

The program is being presented by the Berks County Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, readers may call the aforementioned phone number, visit or search for "Berks County Parks and Recreation Department" on Facebook.


Wizard Faire

"Wizards" of all ages are invited to attend the first Di-Atglen Alley Wizard Faire on Saturday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the event, the borough of Atglen will become an enchanted campus filled with magic and fun, with activities taking place along Main Street and Valley Avenue in Atglen.

The Atglen Public Library (APL) has organized the event as a fundraiser for the library. Designed along the lines of popular movies and books that feature young wizards in training, the day's events and activities are so unusual and varied that organizers hope they will interest diehard fans as well as those with a casual interest in the theme.

The idea for the event came from a discussion between APL director Robbyn Kehoe and library trustee Erin Metzler. They share an interest in the Harry Potter books and movies and thought that a wizardly themed event would be a good fundraiser for the library as well as a great activity for Atglen.

The hope is that this new event will bring a lively spirit to the community. "It just evolved, and people got excited about it," Metzler said.

She noted that the fair will serve two purposes. "First and foremost, it is a fundraising event for the library to help finance our relocation to the center of town. In our bigger, more welcoming location, we hope to be somewhat of a community center, offering expanded programs and resources as well as study and meeting spaces," Metzler stated. "Equally important, however, is that the festival will be a community and family-oriented event. The library will not be charging admission to the fair and will have several free activities for children."

Those who enter the fair will come past a dragon's watchful presence to find all kinds of entertainment. "We have a spectacular festival entrance planned, which will beckon attendees to Di-Atglen Alley," said Metzler. "We'll have a stage with programs running for most of the day." Performers will include magician Professor Snark, Irish dancers and an environmental educator with live owls.

An unusual feature will be an escape room, where groups must solve puzzling obstacles in the allotted time. "I only have nine slots for groups to go through, so that one might fill up pretty quickly," Metzler said. "People can sign up for a slot when they get there."

Those who think they know their wizards can play "Wizard Quizzo." Visitors may also learn about magical plants from the "professor" from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

Of special interest to youngsters will be the "Potion Master" doing demonstrations and helping children make slime or silly putty. Other free activities for children will include face painting and make-and-take crafts.

Shopping opportunities will abound, plus there will be food vendors and a beverage area. "We have a magical market for people to buy wands and other hand-crafted items," Metzler said.

For more information and parking instructions and to obtain a map and a fair brochure, readers may visit More information is also available at


Shipwrecked" VBS

Praise Community Church, 705 S. Ogontz St., York, will offer a vacation Bible school (VBS) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, through Thursday, July 26. The theme will be "Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus."

Children in prekindergarten through fifth grade may attend the VBS. To register, readers may visit For more information, individuals may email, call 717-505-3700 or visit the website.


Bats for Matt softball tourney

The 10th annual Bats for Matt Softball Tournament, held in memory of Downingtown High School West (DHSW) graduate Matthew Ciarlone, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, at the Downingtown Little League fields, 318 Manor Ave., Downingtown. An opening ceremony, including the national anthem, will begin at 9 a.m. on July 21. The first game will start at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Food will be available for sale throughout the event, and there will be an opportunity to win prizes and gift baskets through a random drawing. Those whose names are drawn do not have to be present to win.

Since it is the 10th year for the coed tournament, additional events will be included. "We are adding a dunk tank and a bounce house for the kids," said Matthew's father, Mike Ciarlone Sr.

He noted that spectators are encouraged to attend the tournament to cheer on the players. "You can watch, eat and enjoy the (competition)," he said.

Matthew, who graduated in 2007, passed away on Jan. 9, 2009, after a 13-month battle with leukemia, which included a stem cell transplant. At the suggestion of Matt's friends, his family decided to hold a benefit softball tournament since the young man loved baseball and was a baseball player at DHSW.

"The first year, we raised $5,000. We have held a softball tournament every year since then," said Ciarlone. "Last year, we raised (approximately) $12,000."

Each year, the softball tournament draws more than 200 players, who pay a registration fee to participate. All proceeds from the tournament stay in the community. "Each year, we give two $2,000 scholarships to a boy baseball player and a girl softball player from Downingtown High School West," Ciarlone said.

Other proceeds are donated to Hunt of a Lifetime, a nonprofit organization that provides hunting and fishing trips to chronically ill children. "We donate to Downingtown Little League, and we also give money to cancer-stricken families in the community. We donate to three families each year," said Ciarlone.

Additionally, proceeds from the tournaments, along with other donations, have funded the construction of a pavilion at the Downingtown Little League fields in Matthew's memory and helped construct dugouts at DHSW. After the first tournament, the family also had a monument constructed at the Downingtown Little League fields that lists "Angels in the Outfield" - the names of former players who passed away before the age of 25.

For more information, readers may visit or or email


Swan Lake"

The National Ballet Theatre of Odessa will bring its performance of "Swan Lake" to Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey, on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at 7:30 p.m.

"Swan Lake" is a ballet in four acts with one intermission. It will be the first visit of the National Ballet Theatre of Odessa to the U.S.

Tickets are available at Hershey Theatre box office, or they can be purchased by calling 717-534-3405 or 800-745-3000, and at

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