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Godfrey Reunion

The Godfrey reunion will take place on Sunday, Sept. 10, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Goodling Building at Loganville Park. A covered dish meal will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will be followed by games and prizes, a white elephant sale, a cake walk, and surprises.

For more details, readers may contact Mabel at 717-428-1774 or Sally at 717-246-9091.

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Democratic Committee Banquet

The Lancaster County Democratic Committee (LCDC) will host its annual fall banquet featuring a program by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson on Friday, Sept. 22. The event will take place at The Lancaster Marriott, Penn Square, Lancaster. A reception will be hosted at 6 p.m. by local elected officials and featuring county and statewide candidates. Dinner will begin at 7 p.m., followed by Robinson's keynote address, titled "Revolution or Evolution? A Media Transformed and the Impact on You."

In his three decades at The Washington Post, Robinson has been a city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent in Buenos Aires and London, foreign editor, and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper's Style section. He has written books about race in Brazil and music in Cuba, covered a heavyweight championship fight, and sat with world leaders. Robinson is a regular contributor to MSNBC. He lives in Arlington, Va., with his wife, Avis.

The public is welcome. Tickets are required and may be purchased at www.lancasterdems.com. For further information, to make a donation in support of the silent auction, or to become a contributing sponsor for the event, readers may contact JoAnn Hentz at 717-575-6562 or jhentz@lancasterdems.com.

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Charity Air Show

According to Jeff Guito, president of the 70-member Lancaster County Radio Control Club (LCRCC), the Charity Air Show the organization holds along the goat path near Leola is popular for a couple of reasons. "We allow people to try flying (radio-controlled planes)," said Guito. "We also have a sign-up sheet for people who want to try to shoot one of the planes down with a paintball gun."

"The kids love it!" added club member Warren Wasiewski. There is a recommended donation to take part in either activity.

The 2017 LCRCC Charity Air Show will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, from noon to 4 p.m. The event will take place along the goat path at 197 Geist Road, Lancaster. The rain date is Sunday, Sept. 3. All funds raised by the event will benefit PATH, a local program that works to teach life skills and parenting techniques and offer support through a variety of programs for those in need.

Guito said that allowing visitors at the air show to test their skill at flying a radio-controlled plane or helicopter via a buddy box, which allows a visitor to fly the plane with backup by a club member, has long been a staple of the event. "We will have two teams set up with buddy boxes for anyone who wants to try (flying)," said Guito.

Giving attendees a chance at target practice with a paintball gun is a more recent addition to the program. "We started that two years ago, and that is really popular," said Guito, who added that all the club planes are grounded during paintball sessions. "They destroy one of my planes every year," he said, gesturing to a small disposable foam board plane. "They are called combat planes."

Serving as paintball targets is not the only use the club members have for combat planes. "We also put on a combat demonstration where club members try to cut each other's planes down," said Guito, who added that club members are good at ducking each other's planes. "We will get to six or eight in the air at one time, and they are all trying to hit each other, but we have never hit each other yet," he said. "We have only nicked each other." Wasiewski noted, however, that airborne accidents do occur. "We have had mid-air crashes, but not during the demolition," he said.

Other activities may include a drone demonstration with aerial footage of what the plane sees and an aerobatics show.

Food that will be available for purchase at the air show will include hamburgers, hot dogs, and beverages.

PATH is directed by Patty Eastep. The program meets at the East Petersburg Area Civic Center, 6030 Lemon St., East Petersburg, on Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., but programs have also been held in Ephrata and Columbia and at Water Street Mission. "PATH teaches people how to cook economically and how to do laundry economically," said Guito, who added that the organization also provides a hot meal. "(For some people, that) may be the only hot meal they get that day," said Guito. PATH class topics include financial wisdom, parenting and grandparenting, and depression and loneliness.

Past air shows have generally raised about $1,500, but the 2016 event was buoyed by nice weather, a matching donation, and an anonymous donation that pushed the total to $4,000. "We had cars all the way down the driveway last year," said Wasiewski. "We had people packed in here, and it was quite busy."

Readers who would like more information may visit www.lcrcc.us or call 717-368-0780.

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Toys for Tots of Lancaster Golf Outing

Toys for Tots of Lancaster County will hold its second charity golf outing on Friday, Sept. 8, at Tanglewood Manor Golf Club, 653 Scotland Road, Quarryville. The event will take place rain or shine.

Registration and lunch will begin at 11:45 a.m., and golf will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. A dinner reception, featuring awards and prizes, will follow. Prizes will be awarded for first place, second place, the longest drive, and closest to the pin. Giveaway drawing prizes will also be distributed.

The cost, per group of four, includes lunch, golf, carts with GPS, and dinner reception, prizes, and goodie bags. Attendees may bring unwrapped toys to donate. Sponsorships are available.

All proceeds from the event will stay in the Lancaster community to help children in need during the holidays. In 2016, Toys for Tots of Lancaster helped more than 15,000 children, a new record.

Space is limited, and the deadline for registration is Friday, Sept. 1. To register, readers may visit https://toysfortotsgolf.eventbrite.com. More information is available by contacting Josh Butler at 717-201-3020 or jnbutlerpa@gmail.com.

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Fundraiser for Middletown Volunteer Fire Department

Middletown Volunteer Fire Department will hold a fundraiser at the Hardee's on West Main Street in Middletown on Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 4 to 7 p.m. A portion of all sales will benefit the fire department.

The community is invited to support the volunteer firefighters. For more information, readers may call 717-944-1644.

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Bethany Christian Services Banquet

When Anne Pierson, founder of House of His Creation (HOHC), Loving and Caring Inc., and Bethany Christian Services (BCS) of Central Pennsylvania, was asked what she would include in her address for Bethany's annual banquet, she did not pause before responding. "I will tell (the audience) how Bethany got here," she said. "(Bethany) got here because we needed them."

Pierson will share her perspective on Bethany's past and future when she speaks at the organization's Reflections of Hope banquet on Tuesday, Sept. 19, in the Harvest View Barn, 338 Sunnyburn Road, Elizabethtown. Appetizers will be served at 5:30 p.m. in conjunction with the start of a silent auction, and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Pierson's journey in Pennsylvania began in the early 1970s when she was living in the Washington, D.C., area with her husband and two children. She and her husband led a church youth group, and they were looking for Christian activities for the teenagers. "We heard about this revival going on (at Upper Octorara Presbyterian Church in Parkesburg), so we headed up here to check it out," said Pierson. The Piersons became well acquainted with the minister, Jim Brown. He suggested the couple and their two children move to the Parkesburg area and start a program for unwed mothers. Shortly after his suggestion, they were contacted by a woman who knew of an elderly couple that wanted to sell their Coatesville farmhouse to a Christian ministry. Pierson and her husband looked at the house and then chose a bank to finance the project. The banker had heard Pierson speak, and he was able to help them secure the necessary funds.

In 1973, the couple opened HOHC. "We started the home, and before we knew it we were full," said Pierson. "We built a second house behind the (main) house for the girls who (made adoption plans)." Because the houses were full to overflowing, the Piersons began searching for another house. They saw a home in Lititz that was owned by a friend. "When I went in there, I knew it would be perfect," said Pierson.

With three family homes for unwed mothers, Pierson was challenged to find adoption agencies that would place babies in Christian homes. "I founded Bethany here because we needed an adoption agency," she said. Prior to founding the local branch of Bethany, Pierson had first connected with Bethany Christian Services in Michigan, and the organization referred her to an office in New Jersey. She worked with that office until logistics began to interfere. "I called (the Michigan office) and said, 'What would it take to start a Bethany in Lancaster?'" Pierson was told that she needed to raise $10,000 and organize a 10-member board. "We started meeting and raising money, and our first office was in Millersville in a basement," said Pierson. Bethany Christian Services of Central Pennsylvania was officially founded in 1984.

Now, in addition to infant adoption, Bethany offers international adoption, pregnancy support and counseling, foster care services, safe family services, and refugee resettlement services. As the organization looks forward to the banquet, a fundraising campaign has been organized at www.bethany.org/LancasterReflections. By following instructions at the web address, participants may create their own online giving pages and invite friends and family to help them raise funds for the organization.

"Bethany has grown out of the need (for these services)," explained Pierson. "It's so much bigger than just doing adoption."

There is no cost to attend the Reflections of Hope banquet, but reservations are necessary. Readers who would like to attend must register by Tuesday, Sept. 5, at www.bethany.org/lancaster/events/reflections-of-hope, by emailing CentralPAEvents@bethany.org, or by calling 717-399-3213.

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Friday Fun Fest at First

Friday Fun Fest at First, a community event, will be held on Friday, Aug. 25, from 5 to 8 p.m. on the campus of First United Methodist Church, 520 E. Birch St., Palmyra.

The event will feature COBYS, Support Connections of Lebanon County, information about church ministries, children's games, a puppet show, Palmyra Fire Company, an ice cream truck, free food, a petting zoo, live music, a disc jockey, a child seat safety check, and a health ministry, which will offer free blood pressure screenings.

For more information, readers may visit www.pfumc.us or call 717-269-3483.

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The Healing Powers of Essential Oils"

The Milanof-Schock Library, 1185 Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy, will hold the Life-Long Learners program, "The Healing Powers of Essential Oils," on Monday, Aug. 28, at 10:30 a.m. Program facilitator Julie L. Bakley will teach participants about essential oils and how they work, and she will show how to make bath and shower crystals that the participants can take home.

Bakley has worked professionally as a therapist in mental health and addiction for more than 15 years. She received her master's degree in social work from Marywood University in 2003 and is licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

To register or for more information, readers may call the library at 717-653-1510 or visit www.mslibrary.org.

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Open House

Susquehanna Waldorf School (SWS), 15 W. Walnut St., Marietta, invites families to an open house on Saturday, Aug. 26, from 10 a.m. to noon. The event will feature tours of the school, conversations with faculty, and the opportunity to explore the classrooms.

The open house will also offer an opportunity for attendees to see what will be new this fall. Latin is being added to the middle school curriculum, and eurythmy will be offered year round. The Early Childhood program will add a third mixed-age kindergarten as well as new Little Ferns parent and child classes three days a week. A toddler program is slated to open in January.

SWS began in 1987 as a preschool in Lancaster. Today, the school serves more than 150 students from early childhood through eighth grade.

SWS is an independent school that integrates the arts into traditional academics with the purpose of fostering students' intellect, their capacity for creative and critical thinking, and their imagination.

The school is now enrolling for preschool through grade eight. For more information on Waldorf education or details on the open house, readers may visit www.susquehannawaldorf.org or call 717-426-4506.

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2017 Lessons in History Lecture Series: "They Fought Like Demons"

The National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, has announced five new programs in the 2017 Lessons in History Lecture Series. The programs will be presented to the public free of charge and will be offered once a month.

The first lecture, "They Fought Like Demons," will be offered from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. Deanne Blanton from the National Archives will present the program, which will highlight women soldiers of the Civil War.

While the Lessons in History program is free to the public, regular museum admission rates will apply for entrance to the museum galleries.

For a complete listing of other events at the museum, readers may visit www.nationalcivilwarmuseum.org or call 717-260-1861.

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Blessing of the Animals

In celebration of all of God's creatures and their presence in people's lives, Derry Presbyterian Church, 248 E. Derry Road, Hershey, will offer its 11th annual worship service that includes a blessing of animals on Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. The service will take place on the church's front lawn at the corner of Mansion and East Derry roads, Hershey, weather permitting.

Animals on a leash, in a kennel, or otherwise controlled are invited to attend along with their owners. The worship service will include praise songs and hymns in addition to a hands-on blessing of animals and the people with whom they live. Casual dress is encouraged.

Child care will be available in the nursery for infants and young children. Worshippers are invited to bring donations for the Humane Society as an outreach to those who help care for animals in need of help and homes. Requested items include non-scoopable cat litter, puppy training pads, paper box lids for litter boxes, metal pet dishes, sheets, towels, blankets, paper towels, garbage bags of any size, dust pans and brushes, odor neutralizers, glass cleaner, floor cleaner, and gift certificates to pet stores, grocery stores, and hardware stores. Other items on the wish list can be found at www.humanesocietyhbg.org/wish-list. Collection boxes will be available at the worship service.

For directions or more information, readers may call the church office at 717-533-9667 or visit www.derrypres.org.

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The Stray Birds

The Pennsylvania Chautauqua Foundation will host The Stray Birds on Friday, Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m. at Mt. Gretna Playhouse, 200 Pennsylvania Ave., Mount Gretna. The concert is part of the Chautauqua Summer Festival celebrating the 125th anniversary of Mount Gretna

Tickets are available at www.pachautauqua.info or at the Visitors Center in Mount Gretna. For more details, readers may contact Angela Shea at 717-926-1598 or pachautauquasummerfestival@gmail.com.

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Tour of Peter Wolf's House

North Eastern York County History in Preservation (NEYCHIP) will host a tour of Peter Wolf's house, 4415 W. Market St. (Route 30), York, on Monday, Aug. 28, at 7 p.m. The restored 18th-century home is the first home in America of the Mount Wolf founders.

The tour is open to the public. Parking will be available in the old Megatronics lot. For more information or to register, readers may call 717-266-1574 or contact neychip@gmail.com. Details are also available at www.neychip.com.

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White Rose Run

Big Brothers Big Sisters will host the York White Rose Run on Saturday, Sept. 16. The race was first held in 1977 and has been run on the streets of York City for 40 consecutive years.

The 5-mile course will weave through the streets of York City, climb the hills to Farquhar Park, and finish straight and fast down Beaver Street to the White Rose Bar and Grill. The race will start at 8:30 a.m. on Beaver Street near the York Central Market House.

A post-race celebration, food, and beverages will be provided by White Rose Bar and Grill. Proceeds will support Big Brothers Big Sisters of York and Adams County. For more information, readers may visit www.yorkwhiteroserun.com.

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The Life of a Soldier Who Served" Encampment

The American Living History Association will present a Civil War encampment, "The Life of a Soldier Who Served," on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Gun Bunker, 60 E. Forrest Ave., Shrewsbury. The event will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and a re-enactment will take place from 1 to 2 p.m.

Admission will be free. For more information, readers may call 717-227-4867.

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Gospel Concert

Bethel United Methodist Church, 1674 Furnace Road, Brogue, will host its third outdoor gospel concert for the 2017 summer season on Sunday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. Attendees should bring lawn chairs for seating. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the church sanctuary.

The Messiah's Messengers will be the evening's performers. The group, a Southern gospel mixed quartet from Strasburg, has performed throughout the area since 1972.

The concert is free; however, an offering will be received to support the Messiah's Messengers ministry. Following the concert, refreshments will be available and attendees will be able to meet members of the gospel group.

For more information, readers may call 717-927-9380 or 717-246-1539.

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Daniel Tiger's "Neighborhood Live: King For A Day!"

Daniel Tiger's "Neighborhood Live: King For A Day!" will come to Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey, on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018. Shows will take the stage at 2:30 and 6 p.m.

Tickets for this show are available at Hershey Theatre Box Office, by calling 717-534-3405 or 800-745-3000, and by visiting www.hersheyentertainment.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

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Ray LaMontagne Acoustic Tour

Ray LaMontagne will bring his acoustic tour to Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey, on Sunday, Oct. 29. The show will take the stage at 7 p.m.

Tickets for this show are available at Hershey Theatre Box Office, by calling 717-534-3405 or 800-745-3000, and by visiting www.hersheyentertainment.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

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Jump for Joy Weekly Fall Session

Trinity United Church of Christ (UCC), 40 W. Pine St., Palmyra, will host an 11-week session of Jump for Joy, a Christian exercise program for women, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:05 p.m. The first class will take place on Thursday, Aug. 24. Lynn Kuhn will be the instructor.

Jump for Joy is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Over the years, classes have been held in Camp Hill, Hershey, Hummelstown, Palmyra, Grantville and Lebanon. As part of the anniversary celebration, a free class will be held on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:05 p.m. at Trinity UCC.

Classes are choreographed to upbeat Christian and positive mainstream music. The aerobic dance routines offer a complete body workout. The upcoming classes will include weightlifting and a core workout on the floor, with optional modifications for some of the moves. Participants are asked to bring a mat, weights, a ball the size of a soccer ball, and a water bottle.

Each class will begin with a 10-minute devotional and prayer time. For more information, readers may call 717-838-4682 or visit www.jumpforjoychristianfitness.vpweb.com.

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Parenting Seminar

First United Methodist Church, 64 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, will host a seminar on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Leslie Galema, an "Orange Strategy" specialist, will present "How to Win at Parenting." Attendees will learn how to influence young people's faith formation. Breakout sessions will cover the various phases and ages of children's lives with practical resources.

Parents, guardians, grandparents, and friends are invited to attend. There a cost for lunch.

For more information, readers may call 717-533-9668 or email info@firstumchershey.org. To learn more about the "Orange Strategy," readers may visit www.whatisorange.org.

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