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Organ Recital

First United Methodist Church (UMC), 64 W. Chocolate Ave., Hershey, will present a recital by Clara Gerdes on Friday, April 6, at 7 p.m. She is the 2017 winner of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition for Young Organists (RCYO) of the American Guild of Organists (AGO).

Gerdes is from Davidson, N.C., and is a student at the Curtis Institute, where she studies organ with Alan Morrison and harpsichord with Leon Schelhase. She has performed along the East Coast at venues including Princeton University and the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York. She serves as organ scholar at Saint Mark's Church in Philadelphia.

The recital is underwritten by the concert series of First UMC and the Clapper-Frysinger Fund of Harrisburg Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.


Organ Recital

Palmyra Church of the Brethren, 45 N. Chestnut St., Palmyra, invites the public to attend an organ recital by Gail Archer on Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m.

Archer is an international concert organist, recording artist, choral conductor and lecturer. She is the founder of Musforum, an international network for women organists to promote and affirm their work. Archer is college organist at Vassar College, and director of the music program at Barnard College, Columbia University, where she conducts the Barnard-Columbia Chorus, and is a member of the faculty of the Harriman Institute, Columbia University. She serves as director of the artist and young organ artist recitals at historic Central Synagogue, New York City.

A freewill offering will be received.


First Friday Presentation

The Department of Humanities at the Penn State College of Medicine, 500 University Drive, Hershey, will host a First Friday presentation on April 6, at noon in Room 2860 on the second floor of the Biomedical Research Building.

Melanie Snyder will present "Building Resilience After Trauma." She is the director of RMO for Returning Citizens, and author of "Grace Goes to Prison: An Inspiring Story of Hope and Humanity." Snyder seeks to educate others about trauma, resilience, and healing.

The event is free and open to the public. No preregistration is required. For more information, readers may email or visit


Easter Egg Hunt

The Falmouth Civic Association has announced that its annual Easter egg hunt will be held on Saturday, March 31, at 1 p.m. at Governor Stable Park, 101 Governor Stable Road, just off Turnpike Road in the village of Falmouth, near Bainbridge. Children up to age 12 are invited.

The event was postponed from March 24. For additional information, readers may contact Nancy Putt-Hower at 717-367-6801.


Celtic Thunder

Celtic Thunder will return to Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m. Backed by the Celtic Thunder Band, the singers - Damian McGinty, Ryan Kelly, Michael O'Dwyer, Emmet Cahill, and Neil Byrne - will deliver new ensemble numbers, including "Sons of Light," "Toora, Loora, Lay," "The Wild Rover," "Right all Right," and "Castle on the Hill," followed in the second act by nostalgic fun songs like "Celebration," "I'm a Believer," "Seasons in the Sun," "Rise Again," and "Ireland's Call."

Tickets for the show are available at Hershey Theatre Box Office, by calling 717-534-3405 or 800-745-3000, or by visiting or To learn more, readers may visit


Fresh and Local Food Show

Water Street Mission of Lancaster will benefit from a Fresh and Local Food Show on Tuesday, April 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Meadia Heights Golf Club, 402 Golf Road, Lancaster.

Admission is free to attendees. There is a vendor fee, a portion of which will be donated to Water Street Mission. The show is open to anyone in the food service business or in the health care, school or supermarket industries. All guests and vendors are asked to bring or pledge a donation for the Water Street Mission.

Amy Bartholomew from the mission will be present at the event to accept all donations from local restaurants, companies, organizations and guests in attendance. Many local restaurants have already pledged to donate food.

For further information, readers may contact Mark Montauk of Scheid Produce Inc. at 717-587-0126.


Community Easter Egg Hunt

Stehman Memorial United Methodist Church, 485 Indian Run Road, Millersville, invites the community to its upcoming Easter events.

The church's annual community Easter egg hunt will take place on Saturday, March 31, beginning at 10 a.m. Children through fifth grade are invited to bring a basket and scoop up eggs. The Easter story will be told, and the Easter Bunny will be on hand for photos. Children can take home a craft project. The hunt will be held rain or shine; in the event of wet weather, children will search for eggs inside the church.

The resurrection of Jesus will be celebrated with breakfast and worship on Easter Sunday, April 1. Breakfast will be at 8 a.m., followed by morning worship at 9:30 a.m. with the resurrection Scripture story, songs, and Communion. "Morning Has Broken," from Mark 16, will be the theme for the message.

For information, readers may call 717-872-8668, email, or visit or


Bark for Life of Hummelstown-Hershey

The eighth annual Bark for Life of Hummelstown-Hershey will be held at Schaffner Park in Hummelstown on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. A dog-focused version of the American Cancer Society's signature Relay for Life fundraiser, the Bark for Life is a noncompetitive walk and fundraising event designed for dogs and their families to honor the caregiving qualities of canine companions.

Everyone is welcome to attend, with or without four-legged friends. Dogs of all ages, colors, shapes, and sizes are encouraged to bring their owners to the event and enjoy a noncompetitive walk, vendors, demonstrations from police canine units, contests, music, food, and fun.

To learn more or to register for the event, readers may visit and click the Sign Up button. Readers may join a team, start a new team, or participate as an individual walker. Readers may also contact Kate Gornik at 717-707-0390 or for details about registration. All proceeds from Bark for Life 2018 will benefit the American Cancer Society's human cancer research and programs.



Colebrook Road, an original string band performing bluegrass music, will take the stage on Saturday, April 7, at the Scottish Rite Auditorium, 2701 N. Third St., Harrisburg. Also performing will be Serene Green, a four-piece bluegrass band from Eastern Pennsylvania. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at Road or by contacting 717-238-8867 or Free parking is available in the well-lighted lot adjacent to the building.


Improvapalooza 2018: An Evening of Improvisational Comedy

Gamut Theatre Group will present Improvapalooza 2018: An Evening of Improvisational Comedy on Friday, March 30, at the New Gamut Theatre, 15 N. Fourth St., Harrisburg. Attendees will be able to choose from 20-minute shows happening simultaneously in three performance locations within Gamut Theatre throughout the event.

Improvapalooza will feature area improv theater troupes, including The Oxymorons, Harrisburg Improv Theatre (HIT), and Gamut Theatre's TMI Improv.

The Oxymorons specializes in short games that use audience suggestions. The games are similar to those played on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

The Harrisburg Improv Theatre specializes in long-form improvisational comedy. The group offers weekly, long-form improvisational comedy shows based on one-word suggestions from the audience. In addition to shows, the organization offers classes every Friday and Saturday.

Founded in 2007, TMI specializes in long- and short-form, character-driven improv using simple suggestions from the audience.

The box office will open at 6:30 p.m and will remain open throughout the event. Performances will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased by visiting or by calling the box office at 717-238-4111.


Lancaster Chamber Annual Dinner

The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host its annual dinner on Friday, May 23, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Lancaster County Convention Center and Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster.

The keynote speaker will be Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, who will present "The Show Must Go On: Success through Dynamic Leadership." Attendees will hear how Wentz inspired the team, transformed its culture and overcame adversity from the sidelines to lead the Eagles to the Super Bowl.

Tickets are available to the public. For more information or to register, readers may visit or email


Sanctus Real and Manic Drive Concert

The Junction Center, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim, will hold a concert by Sanctus Real and Manic Drive on Friday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Landis Hall.

After 20 years of touring, 24 radio hits and 11 albums, Sanctus Real has a new lead singer, Dustin Lolli. When the band met Lolli, he was working as a full-time worship leader in Michigan and performing in a folk duo with his wife.

For more information, readers may visit


Single Reed Symposium Concert

Millersville University's department of music will present its 13th annual Single Reed Symposium Concert on Saturday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Winter Visual and Performing Arts Center, 60 W. Cottage Ave., Millersville. The event will feature two guest artists: saxophonist Paul Haar and bass clarinetist Michael Lowenstern.

The Millersville University Single Reed Symposium is an all-day celebration open to everyone interested in the clarinet and saxophone, regardless of age or background. Participants listen to guest artist recitals and master classes, experience workshops, expand their improvisational skills, and perform with the festival clarinet or saxophone choir. Since its inception in 2006, the symposium has hosted more than 50 guest artists and clinicians hailing from across the U.S. and beyond.

Haar has contributed to numerous projects in both the jazz and classical genres. As an active classical musician, he has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and South America in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Spivey Hall, The Shanghai Conservatory, The Theatro da Paz in Brazil and the Tanglewood Institute. In addition to his solo performances, he has performed with ensembles such as the Tanglewood Music Center Fellowship Orchestra, Arapahoe Philharmonic, Austin Symphony, Asheville Symphony, Lincoln Symphony and Omaha Symphony.

Lowenstern has performed, recorded and toured as a soloist and with ensembles of every variety. He has written music for concerts, film, dance and various other new media over the span of his 25-year career. His collaborations have included remixes for the landmark recording "In C Remixed," featured on NPR's RadioLab; Michael Gordon's video opera "Chaos"; and various dance works with David Lang. His performing credits include tenures with groups as diverse as the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, the Steve Reich Ensemble and The Klezmatics.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the box offices at the Ware Center and in the Student Memorial Center on the Millersville University campus. Tickets are also available by calling 717-871-7600 or visiting


Parkinson's Awareness Event

Parkinson's Circle of Care Alliance, a newly formed organization, has announced its board of directors and scheduled its first Parkinson's awareness event. Robert McKane, Connie McKane, Michelle Atwater, Sue Drazba, and Patricia Kline will serve on the board.

The Parkinson's awareness event will take place on Saturday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to noon. It will be held at the UPMC Pinnacle Lititz, 1500 Highlands Drive, Lititz, outside on the site's one-mile paved walkway. There is no registration fee, but donations will be accepted. The family event will feature the Barnstormers' mascot, Cylo, along with a scavenger hunt, a balloon twister, music and prizes.

Parkinson's disease is a neurological group of diseases that affects more than one million Americans. It not only affects the individuals who are diagnosed but also their families.

The Alliance is committed to promoting living with Parkinson's by providing informational materials to people diagnosed with Parkinson's; supporting local speaker series; facilitating caregivers' groups; discovering, supporting, and promoting community resources; interacting with corporate and local service groups to promote Parkinson's disease awareness; and hosting community Parkinson's disease-centered activities.

For more information, readers may visit or search for Parkinson's Circle of Care Alliance on Facebook.


Victorian Tea and Tour

Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum, 2451 Kissel Hill Road, Lancaster, will hold its annual Victorian Tea and Tour on Saturday, April 7, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Attendees will start their experience at the Visitor Center, with a tour of the exhibit "Signed, Stamped, or Engraved: A Treasury of Artifacts Bearing Names." The tour will continue through the Victorian-era buildings, where decor, pastimes, and everyday life in mid- to late-19th-century rural Pennsylvania will be highlighted.

The event will culminate with a tea service in the Landis Valley Hotel, an original brick structure built by Jacob Landis Jr. in 1856 in the crossroads area of the village. The light luncheon menu will include scones, tea sandwiches, and desserts, along with a selection of teas.

There is a fee to attend. To make reservations, which are required by Friday, March 30, readers may call 717-569-0590. More information about Landis Valley's events is available by visiting or by calling 717-569-0401.


The Last Living Supper"

Petra Church, 565 Airport Road, New Holland, will hold a service on Good Friday, March 30, at 7 p.m. The program will include a dramatic presentation of the Last Supper. The drama, called "The Living Last Supper," will show Jesus' disciples stepping out of time to speak to the audience about their lives and their relationship to Jesus.

The service will also include worship, scripture reading, and Communion. It is designed for the whole family, but childcare will be available for children from birth through pre-kindergarten.

Petra's Easter celebration services will be held at 9 and 11 a.m. on Sunday, April 1. The service will include a time of worship and a message by senior pastor Lester Zimmerman.

Sign interpretation will be offered at the 9 a.m. service and Spanish translation will be provided at the 11 a.m. service. A separate service for children in kindergarten through grade four will be provided, as well as child care for children from birth through pre-kindergarten.

For more information, readers may visit or call the church at 717-354-5394.


Walk and Ride from Hunger

The fourth annual Walk and Ride from Hunger will take place on Sunday, April 29, at the track at Conestoga Valley High School, 2110 Horseshoe Road, Lancaster. Participants may walk the track or the cross country course. The event is sponsored by Conestoga Valley Christian Community Services (CVCCS).

Registration will open at 12:45 p.m. and the walk will step off at 1 p.m. Individuals and teams of five may register. Prizes will be given for the top team and top individual walkers who raise the most money.

Triple Tree Ministries will hold a motorcycle ride in conjunction with the walk. The motorcycle ride will begin at 1:15 p.m. Details are available on the CVCCS Facebook page.

Readers may visit for more details and registration. For more details, readers may contact or call 717-208-3711.


Messiah in the Passover"

"Messiah in the Passover," a vivid demonstration showing how Jesus fulfilled the ancient feast of Passover, will be held on Sunday, April 8, at 6 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 530 Milton Road, Lancaster. "Messiah in the Passover" will be conducted by teacher Ari Hauben from Chosen People Ministries.

The evening will begin with a traditional Passover Seder table complete with all the articles of this important Jewish celebration. Hauben will explain the symbolic meanings of the various items of the Passover feast and highlight their relationship to the Last Supper. The program will also help the Jewish and Christian communities understand their common heritage.

The presentation is open to the public. For further information, readers may visit or call 717-299-6027.


Pittsburgh Steelers Footballers Basketball Team vs Manheim Township School District

The Pittsburgh Steelers Footballers basketball team will visit Lancaster to take on a squad of local all-stars on Friday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m. Between seven and 10 current and former players from the Pittsburgh Steelers will be in town to play four quarters of basketball against Manheim Township School District faculty members, alumni, and friends. The game will be played at Manheim Township High School (MTHS) Arena, 115 Blue Streak Blvd., Lancaster. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Founded in the late 1950s by Baldy Regan, a classmate of Art Rooney Jr. at North Catholic High School, the Footballers travel across Pennsylvania and into Ohio to play exhibition games to raise money for charity and local organizations. Proceeds for this game will support both MTHS football and girls basketball programs.

During the 20-minute halftime, the Steeler Footballers will sign autographs. People may bring a football, jersey, hat, or purchase a program for a signature. To make sure as many people have the opportunity to get an autograph as possible, only one item will be allowed per person. No posed pictures will be allowed.

Throughout the event, refreshments will be sold at the concession stand. There will also be a silent auction and fun, family entertainment.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting the MTHS office on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets will be sold on the night of the event, if available. All tickets are general admission seating.

For more details, readers may contact Mark Evans at 717-560-3097, ext. 3027, or


McCaskey Alumni Basketball Games

The 2018 McCaskey alumni basketball event will feature two games on Friday, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at J.P. McCaskey High School, 445 N. Reservoir St., Lancaster. Sponsored by the McCaskey Alumni Association, the event will highlight a men's game and a women's game, both comprised of former players and current members of the McCaskey basketball team. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Music will be provided by the McCaskey Pep Band under the leadership of Tom Mumma, Class of 1998. The Infamous Unstoppables Drill Team and Drum Squad will perform. Led by McCaskey alumnus Derek Smith '02, this troupe will perform between the men's and women's games.

There is an admission fee, with a discount for students. Proceeds from the event will be shared with Crispus Attucks.

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