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Advent Family Night - "A Christmas Carol"

Servant Stage will present "A Christmas Carol" at Salem Evangelical Reformed Church, 2555 Horseshoe Road, Lancaster, on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. as part of the church's Advent Family Night. The show will be a word-for-word dramatic adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic novella. All are invited to attend.

For more information, visit or call 717-455-0255.


Craft Fair

St. Peter's Lutheran Evangelical Church, 10 Delp Road, Lancaster, will host a craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will take place in the Family Life Center. Forty-five vendors will showcase a variety of handmade items, including jewelry, pillows, scarves, doll clothes, baby gifts, table runners, braided rugs, bird feeders, dog and cat items, and mosaics. Shoppers may also purchase hot dogs, chili, beverages, snacks, and desserts.

The fair is open to the community at no charge. For more information, readers may visit or call 717-569-9211.


Christmas Crafts

New Holland United Methodist Church (NHUMC), 120 W. Main St., New Holland, will host children's Christmas crafts from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, during Christmas on Main. Rugged Cross will provide musical entertainment at 6 p.m., followed by tea and cookies at 7:15 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public. For details, call 717-354-0226.


Children's Breakfast on Main

St. Stephen Reformed Church, 249 E. Main St., New Holland, will hold Children's Breakfast on Main on Saturday, Dec. 1, along with the annual Christmas on Main event. A breakfast of pancakes, sausages, and juice will be served from 8 to 11 a.m.

The children will find a live Nativity scene portrayed by church youths. Children are encouraged to bring baby Jesus a gift (an item for the food bank) to place beside the manager. Outside, they will find farm animals to feed.


Christmas Concert hosted by Neighbors Caring and Sharing

The Neighbors Caring and Sharing women's fellowship group will present a Christmas concert directed by Carrie Warner on Tuesday, Dec. 4. The concert, which will be held in lieu of the group's normal Tuesday morning meeting, will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary at Conestoga Mennonite Church, 2779 Main St., Morgantown.

Light refreshments will be available after the concert.


Advent Service

The Octorara Covenanter Presbyterian Foundation will hold its annual Advent service at Middle Octorara Presbyterian Church, 1199 Valley Road, Quarryville, on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 3 p.m. The program will feature Highland bagpiping by Thompson McConnell, Dan Emery on small piper and fiddle, and Shirley Girvin on organ and accordion.

In addition, the Christmas story from Matthew and Luke will be read in Braid Scots by Donald Henderson. Vocal solos, duets, and congregational singing will also be included.


Christmas Tree Decorating Festivity

West Grove Presbyterian Church, 139 W. Evergreen St., West Grove, will present a Christmas Tree Decorating Festivity in the sanctuary at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1. The event will be followed by a Christmas carol sing at 7 p.m. The theme for this event is "The Nativity."

For more information, visit or call 610-869-9458.


Blood Drive

An American Red Cross blood drive will be held at Oxford Presbyterian Church, 6 Pine St., Oxford, on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Donors will be received from 2 to 7 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Readers may register by visiting or calling 800-733-2767.


Ugly Sweater 5K

This will be the 10th year that the Manheim Township High School (MTHS) cross-country team's booster club has held a 5K, but it will only be the second year that the event has included a nod to the holiday season by being dubbed the "Ugly Sweater Run." "There will be an award for the runner in the best ugly sweater with the best holiday spirit," said Jackie Fox, a member of the Manheim Township High School (MTHS) cross-country team's booster club and a coordinator of the 5K.

The 2018 fundraiser 5K race will be held on Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 10 a.m. at the MTHS cross-country course, 140 Arena Ave., Lancaster. A 1-mile fun run for youths will be held at 10:45 a.m. There are fees to take part in the 5K and the fun run. Awards for 5K participants will be presented at 11 a.m.

The course for the run is contained within the MTHS campus. According to MTHS cross-country team member Evan Dorenkamp, the course will be similar to last year, but it will vary some because of construction occurring near the high school. The course is known to offer variety to runners, and Dorenkamp noted that while there will be hills, the last mile is fairly even. "I think it's a good course for beginners. The last part is flat and enjoyable," he said.

Both Dorenkamp and team member Annabelle Lapp noted the beauty of the course. "It runs through a nice part of the campus," said Dorenkamp, and Lapp added, "It's very scenic."

The race, which will be professionally timed, is open to individuals from all over the county and beyond, and cash prizes will be awarded to top overall male and female winners. Prizes will also be awarded to the top three male and female runners in each of seven age groups. A walker division will also be available.

The team will again help a local nonprofit organization as part of the 5K by collecting toys for Toys for Tots during registration. A collection box will be available at this year's race for those who would like to donate new, unwrapped toys to the cause.

Last year, nearly 100 runners took part in the race, which raised more than $5,000. The funds are used to help with a variety of team needs. "The booster club has a long-term goal of raising money for a timing system for the high school meets," said Fox, who added that the majority of the funds help support the team by purchasing T-shirts, holding preseason team-building outings, honoring senior runners, hosting the end-of-the-year banquet, and bringing in motivational speakers.

Registration information is available at Online registration will close at midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 28. Registration on the day of the event will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.


Aaron's Acres Gala

"We are celebrating our past and looking to the future," said Aaron's Acres executive director Risa Paskoff. "We are where we are because of the community and the support (it provides). It has been an amazing journey, and it's because people believe in us."

To celebrate its history and its future, the organization will hold its first gala at the Bolger Conference Center in Gordiner Hall at Millersville University, 40 James St., Millersville, on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 6 p.m. The event has sold out of all 200 tickets.

The special guest speaker for the gala will be Kyle Maynard, who was born with a condition called congenital amputation that left him with arms that end at the elbows and legs that end near his knees. "When he was born, his parents were told (by experts) that nothing would become of him," said Paskoff. "(But) his parents told him he could do whatever he wanted to." Maynard learned to move without prosthetics, and eventually became a champion wrestler, a CrossFit-certified instructor and gym owner, a competitive MMA/Brazilian jiu-jitsu fighter, a world record-setting weightlifter, and a skilled mountaineer. Maynard is also a motivational speaker, bestselling author, entrepreneur, and ESPY award-winning mixed martial arts athlete.

Paskoff recalled the genesis of Aaron's Acres more than 20 years ago, when a group of parents of children with special needs were talking about the need for camping programs for their children. "(I read) this article on Janiece Seldomridge (one of the founding parents), raising her son Aaron, who has autism," explained Paskoff. "In the middle of the article, there were two sentences (about how the) parents were looking to start a camp." At the time, Paskoff had a counseling and therapy practice for children, but her dream was to run programs for children with special needs.

"I met with Janiece and Peggy Rosario, who was with Special Kids Network, a program of United Disability Services," said Paskoff. "We held the (first) one-week camp (in 1998) at the Jewish Community Center for 11 children ages 5 to 9." Paskoff said that in 1999, the camp ran for two weeks. Camps later opened opened in Berks County and Dauphin County.

Since then, the program has expanded. "(Aaron's Acres) has grown over the years because of the support and because of what the parents tell us (they want for their children)," said Paskoff. "(The parents) wanted school-year programs in addition to camp, so now we have a program during the school year." Recently, parents were concerned because their children aged out of Aaron's Acres at age 21, so in January 2019, Aaron's Acres Plus for 22- to 30-year-olds will be offered.

When the Jewish Community Center closed in 2014, the camp moved to the Manheim Community Pool and Memorial Park, where it is still held. The most recent six-week camp served 220 children from three counties. "Everyone comes to Manheim now, and we provide transportation from Berks and Dauphin," explained Paskoff. The camp can serve any child regardless of medical or behavioral challenges because Paskoff recruits professional staff, including special education teachers and a nurse, for a 1-to-1 or 1-to-2 staff-to-child ratio.

Looking ahead, Paskoff noted that Aaron's Acres hopes to offer more services for children and adults with special needs. "We are hoping to continue to expand our programs (in the future)," said Paskoff.

Aaron's Acres is participating in the Extraordinary Give on Friday, Nov. 16. "We will be at the Harvest Moon Bagel Company from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. (that day)," said Paskoff, who added that the shop is creating a signature bagel called the Aaron's Acres bagel, which will be cinnamon flavored with apple pie cream cheese. From 4:30 to 8 p.m., Aaron's Acres representatives will be at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince, St., Lancaster.

Readers who would like to know more about the organization and its programs may visit


Manheim Township Community Thanksgiving Eve Service

St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10 Delp Road, Lancaster, invites the community to a Community Thanksgiving Eve Service on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. Area pastors and church leaders will co-lead the service of thanksgiving, prayer, and giving.

As part of giving thanks, there will be a collection of canned goods, which will be given to the Lancaster Council of Churches Food Hub. A monetary offering will be received during the service to benefit the Manheim Township reduced-cost and free lunch program.

For more information, visit or call 717-569-9211.


Dramability Sunday

Grace Lutheran Church, 517 N. Queen St., Lancaster, will hold a worship service led by Dramability Works on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 10:30 a.m. The public is invited.

Dramability Works is a unique theater and arts program for adults with developmental disabilities. The group is a community outreach program of the church. The instructors strive to present creative challenges to students and encourage teamwork in a cooperative and supportive environment. Each student creates, rehearses, and performs a personal theater piece for the greater community each spring.

The program runs three sessions annually: fall, winter/spring, and summer. Dramability Works employs two theater instructors, who are supported by volunteers. Scholarships are available. For more information or to donate, readers may contact the church at 717-397-2748.


Mr. Pennsylvania High School Football Awards

PSFCA-Big 33 has announced that Penn State University football coach James Franklin will be the keynote speaker at the ninth annual Mr. Pennsylvania High School Football Awards on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019, at 5:30 p.m. at the Best Western Premier, 800 E. Park Drive, Harrisburg.

Under Franklin's leadership, the Nittany Lions won the Big Ten Championship in 2016 and the 2018 Fiesta Bowl.

At the awards event, Franklin will present the Small School Mr. Pennsylvania award for Class 1A, 2A, and 3A players and the Big School Mr. Pennsylvania award for Class 4A, 5A, and 6A players. The five finalists in each class will be present, and winners will be announced that night.

Each year, players from across Pennsylvania are nominated and chosen by football fans, sportswriters and sportscasters, and coaches. The fans, the media, and the coaches each represent one-third of the vote. Voting each year exceeds more than 100,000 total votes.

PSFCA-Big 33 will also present the Legendary Coach Award, recognizing a Pennsylvania high school coach who has contributed to the traditions of Pennsylvania football.

To purchase tickets for the awards event and to nominate and vote for players in the awards contest, readers may visit Nominations will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 30. The voting deadlines are as follows: Thursday, Dec. 20, for the Tremendous Twenty-Five; Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, for the Terrific Ten; Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, for finalists; and Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Vickie's Angel Walk, headed by Mickey Minnich.


Miss Solanco 2019 Scholarship Pageant

Six Solanco students will vie for the Miss Solanco crown on Saturday, Nov. 24, beginning at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of Solanco High School, 585 Solanco Road, Quarryville.

The contestants are Skyla Townsley, Alta Brandenberger, Kelly Foose, Noelle Schneider, Jessica Richardson, and Victoria Phillips.

Tickets to the Miss Solanco 2019 Scholarship Pageant are available for a set fee and can be obtained at Groff's Printing, 22 E. State St., Quarryville. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.


Midway Church Choirs in Concert

On Sunday, Nov. 18, a program of vocal music will be presented by various groups of the Midway Church Choirs. The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the Worship Center at Londonderry Village, 1200 Grubb Road, Palmyra.

A freewill offering will be used to buy special wheelchairs for the health care units. The public is invited to attend.


Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir"

"Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir" will come to Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey, on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at 7 p.m.

Tickets for this show are available at the Hershey Theatre box office, by calling 717-534-3405 or 800-745-3000, or by visiting or


Stuff the Truck Donation Drive

Derry Township Community Cats (DTCC) will hold its annual Stuff the Truck donation and supply drive at Karns Foods, 731 Cherry Drive, Hershey, on Saturday, Nov. 17. Donations will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Items needed include Purina dry cat food (adult and kitten), paper towels, 30-gallon garbage bags, perfume-free laundry detergent, clumping and non-clumping cat litter, cat treats, and small washable cat toys. Beach-sized towels are also needed. Monetary donations help cover medical care for cats that need extra care.

DTCC provides free spay and neuter services for outside cats in Derry Township and low-cost spay/neuter service for cats with owners. For more information, readers may contact 717-592-8087 or


Choral Concert

"Our Father - A Journey Through the Lord's Prayer," a choral concert, will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17. The concert will take place at Kochenderfer's United Methodist Church, 1105 Kochenderfer Road, Lebanon. It will be conducted by Andrew Mease.

Proceeds will benefit the Ruthann Gotwols Scholarship Fund of the Harmonia Music Association. For information about sponsorships, readers may contact Katherine Hoopes at 717-279-7494 or


Art Show by Seth Waltemire

Quarryville Library, 357 Buck Road, Quarryville, will host an art show by Seth Waltemire, a landscape photographer from Airville. A reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17.

The public is invited to attend. For details, readers may call the library at 717-786-1336.


Extraordinary River Party

An Extraordinary River Party to benefit Susquehanna Heritage will take place on Friday, Nov. 16, from 4 to 8 p.m. at Columbia Crossing, 41 Walnut St., Columbia. The event will feature refreshments and live music.

The party will take place during Lancaster County's Extraordinary Give fundraiser, and each donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar from a pool of $8,000, courtesy of the Speedwell Foundation and other donors. Special gifts will also be offered for qualifying donations.

Readers may donate online at or use one the Giving Stations at the party.

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