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John H. Ware IV Memorial Walk

Hunger is an issue that can hit close to home. Because hunger exists in local places, area residents are asked to join their neighbors in the John H. Ware IV Memorial Hunger Help Walk, set for Sunday, Oct. 21.

The walk is sponsored by the Oxford Area Civic Association and the Oxford Area Ministerium. The walk, which began in 2015, is named for philanthropist John H. Ware IV, whose family was instrumental in founding the civic association.

The Hunger Help Walk will begin at the Lighthouse Youth Center (LYC), located at 245 Commerce St., Oxford. Registration will begin at 12:30 p.m., with the walk starting at 1:30 p.m.

The event will take place rain or shine, with walkers using the LYC's gymnasiums in the event of bad weather.

There are two distance options: a 1-mile walk and a 3-mile walk. The 1-mile walk will be a large loop around the LYC property, while the 3-mile walk will be from the LYC to Waterway Road and back. People may bring their leashed dogs and/or strollers for the relaxing, fun event.

At the conclusion of the walk, there will be snacks and a time for fellowship at the LYC. Typically, more than 100 people participate in the walk.

The Hunger Help Walk is supported by area churches, businesses and community groups such as the Oxford Women's Club.

Many local churches have placed notices about the Hunger Help Walk in their weekly newsletters and have sponsorship packets available for those who would like to register in advance and obtain pledges from supporters. Same-day registrations will also be accepted.

"The ministerium is always very excited and honored to be helping the community in this way," said Mark Terry, ministerium president and pastor of Oxford United Methodist Church. "It's always a great treat to see so many people from the community come out and walk that afternoon."

Proceeds from the walk will benefit the food programs of the Church of God Divine Sent Food Cupboard, the LYC and the Oxford Neighborhood Services Center.

Last year the Lighthouse Youth Center provided an average of 60 meals a day to youngsters, serving more than 14,000 meals a year. Students visiting the LYC can get an afternoon snack at 2:30 p.m. as well as supper at 5 p.m. To provide these meals, the LYC budgets $5,000 for snacks and $25,000 for evening meals, bringing the food budget to $30,000 annually.

Last year, the Hunger Help Walk raised $17,000 for the three beneficiaries, topping the goal of $15,000. This year, the hope is to again raise $17,000.

For more information or to receive a sponsorship packet in advance, readers may contact Buzz Tyson, LYC director, at 484-880-2018 or Information is also available from Tara Eggers at 610-842-2393 or


FAME (They're Not Going to Live Forever)-Letters About Fame from the Famous"

The audience will take a lively look at the ups and downs of fame with "FAME (They're Not Going to Live Forever)-Letters About Fame from the Famous," on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Steinman Hall at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster. Through personal letters of notable celebrities such as Andy Warhol, David Bowie, Tom Hanks, and more, the show will examine the very human condition of celebrity and the lessons it teaches.

"FAME" is the first show in the 2018-19 Theater series. Tickets are reserved seating, and discounts apply. For tickets and information, readers may visit or call 717-871-7600. Tickets are also available in person at The Ware Center box office and at the Student Memorial Center, Room 103, on the Millersville University campus.


The Mountaintop"

Erie Theater Company (ETCO) will present "The Mountaintop" by Katori Hall with performances on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 3 and 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7, at 3 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Lancaster, 29 E. Walnut St., Lancaster. "The Mountaintop" is a fictional depiction of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s last night on earth set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968.

Readers are warned that the play contains strong language. Parental guidance is suggested. Tickets may be purchased at the venue and at For more information, readers may call 646-406-1546 or visit


Theater of the Seventh Sister: Barbara Barden Dance Series: "Immigrants"

Theater of the Seventh Sister (TSS) will present the annual Barbara Barden Dance Series on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2:30 p.m. at Lancaster Country Day School, 725 Hamilton Road, Lancaster. This year's theme is "Immigrants."

This Dance Series is dedicated to the life of Barbara Barden. TSS hopes to continue her vision of sharing the art of dance with audience members of all ages.

Separate ticket costs have been set for adults and for students and senior citizens. For more information, readers may visit


Sleeping Beauty"

Lancaster Marionette Theatre, 126 N. Water St., Lancaster, will present three shows in repertory through Saturday, Nov. 17. All shows will take place at 7 p.m.

"Sleeping Beauty" will be presented on Fridays. An adaptation of the Brothers Grimm classic, the show was written and created by artistic director Robert Brock. Brock will perform the show using the music from Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" ballet. The production is suitable for audiences of all ages.

"Death and Life of Sherlock Holmes" will be presented on Saturdays, Oct. 6, Oct. 20, Nov. 3, and Nov. 17. It is based on two short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The production is performed by Brock using marionettes and sets he created. The show is not appropriate for young children.

"Treasure Island" will be performed on Saturdays, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, and Nov. 10. Brock wrote the script and originally produced "Treasure Island" in 2003. He will perform the show using a large cast of marionettes he created and has modified to improve articulation. The show is not appropriate for young children.

Tickets include backstage tours led by Brock 20 minutes prior to curtain. The John Durang Puppet Museum and the Puppet Shop are open before all performances.

To purchase tickets, readers may visit or call 717-394-8398.


Christmas Market

Ephrata Manor, in conjunction with the United Church of Christ (UCC) Woman's Auxiliary, will host its annual Christmas Market on Friday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 10, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Donecker Chapel. Ephrata Manor is located at 99 Bethany Road, Ephrata.

Items available for purchase will include many holiday items, books, puzzles, household items, homemade crafts and more. Local vendors will offer clothing, jewelry and accessories, bags, quilts, handcrafted items, and more.

One dozen giveaway drawing baskets will feature themed items, candy, and craft baskets. A handmade quilt will be up for bids in a silent auction. Food items, including many homemade baked goods and subs, will be available. All proceeds from the event will benefit UCC Homes.

For more information about events at Ephrata Manor or to inquire about being a volunteer, readers may visit or call Jessica Kistler, activity director, at 717-738-4940, ext. 7474. There are no additional vendor spaces available for the Christmas Market.


Supercars for a Super Cause

The Veterans Honor Park of Lancaster County will benefit from Supercars for a Super Cause on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Benecon Group, 201 E. Oregon Road, Lititz (Neffsville). Proceeds will go to the Veterans Honor Park of Lancaster County, a permanent tribute to every generation of warriors in every branch of the United States military - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard - being built in Warwick Township adjacent to Lititz Public Library.

Supercars for a Super Cause will feature the public debut of the Lombardo Collection, a private landmark gallery of classic and modern European and American automobiles. Owned by U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran Sam Lombardo, the collection features a quartet of McLarens, starting with the 2009 McLaren Mercedes SLR 722S Roadster and leading to a 2018 McLaren 720S. Earlier models include a 1956 Austin Healey 100M, a 1964 Porsche 356C Cabriolet, and a 1967 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Roadster. Other marques on display will include Maserati, Aston Martin, and Ferrari.

Additionally, the event will feature an all-American-made 2006 Ford GT-40 Heritage Edition, a road-going continuation of the original race machine that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four consecutive times from 1966 to 1969. Making a cameo appearance with the Lombardo Collection will be the 2018 A.J. Foyt/ABC Supply No. 14 IndyCar.

Light hors d'oeuvres will be available. The attire is casual. Special parking is offered to collector car drivers.

The event is open to people age 21 and up. Advance registration is suggested. To make reservations, readers may visit Attendees may pay online using PayPal or any major credit card, or they may pay with cash or check at the door. Paid admission entitles the attendee to a discount on a custom-engraved Veterans Honor Park of Lancaster County memorial brick paver, a permanent tribute to a chosen veteran.


Silver, Wood and Ivory Concert

The duo Silver, Wood and Ivory will perform at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, at Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey.

Tracy Dietrch, flutist, and Cindy Keller Witttenberg, pianist, are the two musicians who founded Silver, Wood and Ivory. They will perform music on an assortment of flutes and recorders, piano and Celtic harp.

Dietrch earned a Bachelor of Arts in music from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She is a professional flutist and freelance performer.

Wittenberg earned a Bachelor of Science in music education at Elizabethtown College and a master's degree in piano performance at Peabody Conservatory. She taught keyboard theory to high school pianists in the Peabody Preparatory Department and middle school vocal and classroom music in the Penn Manor School District.

Wittenberg was a member of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra and pianist at Manor Brethren in Christ (BIC) Church in Mountville, where she accompanied the choir and created special music and accompaniments with the praise band on piano and keyboard for eight years. After 35 years of teaching and coaching other pianists, she retired to write, record and perform full-time with Silver, Wood and Ivory.

The duo has performed together ever since the ladies met at Manor BIC. Silver, Wood and Ivory just finished recording its 15th CD called "Imagine."

The concert will open Derry Presbyterian Church's 2018-19 Arts Alive cultural series. A freewill offering will be received. Handicapped-accessible parking and an elevator will be available.

The Arts Alive season will continue with Swan Songs on Sunday, Nov. 18, featuring Beverly Butts, clarinet; Jennifer Groves, soprano; and Sean McCarthy, piano.

Worship services are held on Sundays at 8 and 10:30 a.m. and on Tuesdays from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. For more information, readers may call the church office at 717-533-9667 or visit


Book Launch

A retired copy editor of a local newspaper will launch her book, "Keeping It Together: A Memoir of Familial Love and Acceptance," at Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster, 328 W. Orange St., Lancaster, on Friday, Oct. 5, at 6:30 p.m.

Marichelle Roque-Lutz started writing her memoir five years ago for her four daughters, and she waited two years for their approval to publish it. The 300-page memoir encompasses her life and those of her daughters in the Philippines, a three-year sojourn in Nigeria that separated her from two of her daughters, and the family's reunification and assimilation into American life as immigrants.

Roque-Lutz previously was an associate research editor of Chicago magazine. In the Philippines, she was editor of the weekly magazine Woman's Home Companion before marrying her second husband and immigrating to the United States in 1981.

Now retired, she reads, writes, gardens, plays Scrabble as a rated member of the North American Scrabble Players Association, and sings with the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra Chorus.

For more information, readers may call 717-634-0902.


Francis Fest - Blessing of the Animals

St. John's Episcopal Church, 321 W. Chestnut St., Lancaster, will offer a Francis Fest - Blessing of the Animals in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the environment and animals, on Friday, Oct. 5, at 6 p.m. The service will be offered outdoors in the church's new community courtyard and parking lot located at the corner of Chestnut and Mulberry streets. The entrance is on Mulberry Street. In the case of rain, the event will take place on Friday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m.

Members of the public may bring animal companions on leashes or in carriers, or they may bring photographs of their animal companions. After a short service and blessing, refreshments will be available and attendees may visit with representatives of several local organizations providing rescue, support or service training to benefit the community. Lancaster City's Mounted and K-9 units will be on hand. Donations will be accepted for the nonprofit participants.

For more information, readers may contact Marion Wear, event coordinator, at St. John's Episcopal Church at 717-584-6229 or Readers may also visit


Lykens Valley Bluegrass Band Concert

The Lykens Valley Bluegrass Band will perform in a concert of bluegrass music at the Reinholds Fire Company, 138 W. Main St., Reinholds, in the banquet hall on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 6 p.m. The concert will also include performances by Chester Johnson and The Foggy Mountain Grass, along with Scott Eager.

The doors will open at 5 p.m. Food will be available from the fire company. Admission donations have been set for adults and for teenagers ages 13 to 17. Children under 12 will be admitted for free. For more information, readers may call 610-573-0797 or search for "Farm Country Shindig" on Facebook.


Mitch and the Moodswings Concert

Mitch and the Moodswings will perform some of the top hits of the 1960s on Sunday, Sept. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Eicher Arts Center, 409 Cocalico St., in Ephrata Borough's Grater Park.

The rock 'n' roll, soul and Motown music the band performs includes the Temptations' 1964 hit single "The Way You Do the Things You Do"; Chuck Berry's 1958 composition "Johnny B. Goode"; and the 1966 song "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," which was a hit record for Gladys Knight and the Pips and later for Marvin Gaye.

Adding their talents to Mitch Mohler's are vocalists Lori McCarty and Olivia Marstellar, Rich Fitz on keyboards, Howard Boots on saxophone, Alex Stewart on drums, Tom Day on bass and Dan Palaferro on guitar. Dean Weaver, sound man, also joins in on the guitar.

Marstellar and McCarty began singing with the Moodswings about five years ago. Their contributions have grown in importance according to Mohler, and sometimes he refers to the band as Mitch and the Moodswings and the Marstellar McCartiettes.

Mohler grew up in Denver in Lancaster County. He was inspired to pursue a musical career when he saw the Beatles perform on Ed Sullivan's television show.

The Sept. 30 show is part of the 2018 series of Sunday afternoon entertainment events at the historic Eicher House. The events are free and open to the public. Weather permitting, the Moodswings will perform on the Eicher Center's deck. Attendees are encouraged to bring folding chairs to the show.

Refreshments will be provided. Donations to the Eicher Arts Center Inc. will be accepted.


Tobaccoland: Landscape, Culture, and the Transformation of Central PA, 1828-2017", 230 N. President Ave., Lancaster, will host its October Regional History Colloquium on Thursday, Oct. 4, in Ryder Hall. A speaker's reception will take place at 4 p.m., followed by the main presentation at 4:30 p.m.

Ph.D. candidate and former NEH Fellow Caitlin Black will give a presentation titled "Tobaccoland: Landscape, Culture, and the Transformation of Central PA, 1828-2017." Beginning with the earliest concerted efforts to grow tobacco, Black will detail the 19th- and early-20th-century history of tobacco in Lancaster County. Black will draw extensively from primary resources, including maps, newspapers, and archival material from's collections. In addition, she will examine the architecture and material culture surrounding tobacco. Black will seek to demonstrate the local importance of tobacco and the extent to which tobacco facilitated connections between Lancaster County and markets throughout the United States.

Black graduated from Franklin and Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts in American studies and from the University of Maryland with a Master of Arts in historic preservation. She is now completing a Ph.D. in American studies from Penn State University, with a dissertation titled "Tobaccoland: Landscape, Business, and the Transformation of Central Pennsylvania, 1828-2017." In 2017, Black received an NEH-funded fellowship to conduct research at She teaches courses for the humanities department at Penn State Harrisburg and serves as co-editor of New Errands: The Journal of Undergraduate American Studies.

The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required by visiting or calling 717-392-4633. The presentation will also be livestreamed on the Facebook page. Questions and accessibility requests may be directed to or the aforementioned phone number.


Benefit Concert featuring Matt Wheeler and Vintage Heart

Matt Wheeler and his band, Vintage Heart, will perform in a benefit concert at Neffsville Mennonite Church, 2371 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, on Thursday, Oct. 4. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert will take place from 7 p.m. to approximately 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Proceeds will benefit the Bezalel School in San Juan Chamelco, Guatemala. Bezalel is a school dedicated to providing a Mennonite-oriented junior high and high school education to the Kekchi Indian community in North Central Guatemala. It was established by the Kekchi Mennonite Church almost 20 years ago to fill gaps that existed in the Guatemalan public education system in the mountains of northern Guatemala. By emphasizing the value and dignity of Kekchi culture, the school endeavors to train future leaders for the surrounding Kekchi communities.

Wheeler and his band play songs that are similar to the music of Iron and Wine, James Taylor and Gregory Alan Isakov. Wheeler's compositions are inspired by a variety of sources, ranging from everyday life to classical literature.

Admission is free. A freewill offering will be received to go toward the maintenance of the school.

For more information about the concert, readers may contact Steve Landis at or 717-656-0370. Information about the Bezalel school is available at Information about Wheeler is available at and


Great Social Enterprise Pitch - Live Pitch

ASSETS has announced the five finalists in this year's Great Social Enterprise Pitch. The finalists are Imagine Goods, Sustainable Supply Company; Rebelchique Dance Company; STEM Starts Now; The Laundry Ladies; and Trimatis.

Imagine Goods provides living wage employment with the goal of empowering survivors of trafficking with opportunities and ending the cycle of oppression. The artisans receive free child care, health care, mental health care, family style lunches, and paid time for continuing literacy education.

Rebelchique Dance Company aims to inspire children by providing them with an education in dance. Children experience group interaction with other children, practice team-building, and present performances.

STEM Starts Now is a digital program designed to provide parents with the skills necessary to nurture their child's early development. The program includes a twice-monthly newsletter tailored to the child's age that features information on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), as well as development, bonding, mental health, language, and caring for the caregiver. Membership to STEM Starts Now also includes access to stream early childhood development videos, original children's music, an educational curriculum, and printable materials.

The Laundry Ladies allows mothers to make money by washing, drying, and ironing clothing at home so they can be with their children.

Using a patent-pending technology, Trimatis will collect the plastic waste that is most commonly used in plastic bottles, process it, and use it to manufacture spools of plastic filament, the source material for 3-D printing. The spools will be provided to schools and universities that are already utilizing 3-D printing in their curricula and understand the importance of sustainability.

The Great Social Enterprise Pitch is a friendly business plan competition intended to help take innovative, socially-conscious business ideas to the next level. After months of professional development and idea incubation followed by two-week crowdfunding campaigns, five finalists have been chosen to move on to the live pitch event.

The finalists will pitch their business ideas to a live audience and a panel of judges on Saturday, Sept 29, at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster. When the doors open at 6:30 p.m., attendees may visit the pitch participants' expo tables. The live pitch will begin at 7 p.m. Each finalist will receive a score based on presentation, content, potential impact, and financial sustainability. Winners will receive cash and pro-bono prizes. After each of the finalists presents, keynote speaker Jason Grullon, co-founder of ethical fashion brand Virtu Rocks, will speak.

To purchase tickets, readers may search for "The Live Pitch -- 2018 Great Social Enterprise Pitch" at


Donald Sinta Quartet Concert

The Trust Performing Arts Center, 37 N. Market St., Lancaster, will open its fifth anniversary season with a concert by the Donald Sinta Quartet on Thursday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. A dessert reception will follow the concert. The event will be the first of five concerts in the Trust's fifth anniversary season.

Made up of four saxophonists, the quartet won a gold medal at the Fischoff chamber music competition. The quartet performs entirely from memory.

To purchase tickets and more information, readers may call the box office, located at Lancaster Bible College's Good Shepherd Chapel, at 717-560-8241 or visit


Violin and Piano Concert featuring Dr. Xun Pan and Dana Weiderhold

Two Millersville University (MU) faculty members will present a concert on Friday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in Steinman Hall at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster. Dr. Xun Pan and Dana Weiderhold will perform well known violin-piano repertoire from three centuries, including Beethoven's "Kreutzer" Sonata.

Pan is an assistant professor and coordinator of keyboard studies at MU and a visiting professor at many universities and conservatories in his native China. He also serves as artistic director of the Lancaster International Piano Festival.

Weiderhold, second principal of Lancaster Symphony Orchestra, is a member of the faculty at MU, Albright College and the Linden Hall School. She also maintains a private violin and viola studio in West Chester and was the recipient of the 2016 LLMEA Private Teacher Award.

To purchase tickets and for more information, readers may visit or call 717-871-7600. Tickets are also available in person at the Ware Center box office and at the Student Memorial Center, Room 103, on the Millersville University campus.


Lecture by Rear Adm. Barry C. Black

Lancaster Bible College Capital Seminary & Graduate School has announced that retired Rear Adm. Barry C. Black, the 62nd chaplain of the U.S. Senate, will speak on the topic of living faithfully in the military and politics on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. The event will take place at the college's Lancaster campus, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster. Tickets are available for purchase at

Black was first elected to his position as U.S. Senate chaplain on July 7, 2003. Prior to Capitol Hill, Black served in the U.S. Navy for more than 27 years, ending his career as the chief of Navy chaplains. He will come to Lancaster Bible College as a part of a symposium on justice. In addition to his long military career, Black has also earned master's degrees in divinity, counseling, and management, and he holds two doctorate degrees in ministry and psychology.


Lancaster's Hidden African-American History" Lecture

The Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society will sponsor a presentation about the story of African-Americans in Lancaster on Monday, Oct. 15, at 6:30 p.m. at James Street Mennonite Church, 323 W. James St., Lancaster.

Dr. Leroy Hopkins will share stories about African-Americans' role and involvement in Lancaster from the beginning of the city and county in the early 1700s through challenges faced in the 20th century, as well as the fight for civil rights.

Hopkins, a Lancaster native, earned a Bachelor of Arts in German and Russian from Millersville College and a Ph.D. in Germanic languages and literatures at Harvard University. Hopkins is a professor emeritus of German at Millersville University, where he taught from 1979 to 2015. He has written and published articles on local African-American history. Currently, Hopkins serves on the board of and the Crispus Attucks Community Center. He is also president of the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania.

The event is open to the public. A freewill offering will be received. The lecture is one of more than 40 Lancaster Roots 2018 events.


Benefit Auction

A benefit auction to help restore the historic covered bridge at Red Run Campground, 877 Martin Church Road, New Holland, will take place on Saturday, Oct. 6, at the campground. The event is open to the public.

From 4 to 7 p.m., attendees may browse items offered by crafters and vendors, enter giveaway drawings, and enjoy food. The auction will begin at 6 p.m.

To donate or to be a vendor, readers may contact Kathy Reed at 610-763-8476.

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