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York Symphony Orchestra Concert: "David Bowie"

The York Symphony Orchestra will present a concert titled "David Bowie" on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7:30 p.m. at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., York. This Pops Series Concert will include special guest Jeans 'n Classics, and it will celebrate the icon of rock and popular hits such as "Rebel Rebel" and "Space Oddity." The concert will also feature guest conductor Chelsea Tipton II.

For almost 20 years, guest artist Jeans 'n Classics has combined world-class rock and symphonies through its ability to interpret the music of legendary rock and pop albums and artists. The group has worked with more than 100 orchestras in venues throughout North America and created almost 1,000 original rock and pop orchestrations, which have been presented across 45 productions.

Tipton is an American conductor who has performed with numerous major orchestras. In 2011, Tipton was chosen to accompany the pop artist Sting on an extensive European tour covering 15 countries. Through this experience, he worked with 19 different European orchestras to prepare the musicians for concerts. In addition to this role, Tipton performed with Sting in concert in the Canary Islands, Granada, and Cap Roig, Spain. Tipton is also commited to arts education.

To purchase tickets, readers may visit www.YorkSymphony.org or call 717-846-1111. The box office is open on Mondays through Fridays from 10 am to 4:30 p.m. and also two hours before every performance.

Information about the orchestra is also available at www.facebook.com/YorkSymphony.

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Spaghetti Dinner

The Children's Home of York will benefit from a spaghetti dinner at Senior Commons at Powder Mill, 1775 Powder Mill Road, York, on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public.

In addition to spaghetti, the homemade dinner will feature meatballs, salad, garlic bread, dessert, and more. The cost is a set donation per meal to benefit the Children's Home of York. Entertainment will be provided by saxophone player Thomas J. West.

To make reservations by Friday, Feb. 1, readers may call 717-741-0961.

The Children's Home of York works to provide children and youths with a stable, secure and supportive environment, in addition to other services. For more information, readers may visit www.childrenshomeofyork.org.

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Fundraising Event

VFW Post 7012, 123 W. Main St., New Freedom, will host a veteran suicide awareness fundraising event on Saturday, Jan. 26, in the upstairs hall from 7 to 11 p.m. The doors will open at 6 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for #22KILL, a platform designed to help prevent veteran suicide and to raise awareness of mental health issues from being at war.

The 22 Push-Up Challenge will be presetned, with push-up competitions by age group. There will be a presentation on veteran suicide issues. The band Beg 2 Differ will provide live music. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Admission will be by set donation. Individuals should use the entrance across from Rutter's.

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LLMEA County Chorus Festival

The annual Lancaster-Lebanon Music Educators Association (LLMEA) County Chorus Festival will take place on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Donegal High School, 1025 Koser Road, Mount Joy.

Students from Lancaster and Lebanon counties auditioned to take part. More than 200 students will participate, rehearse all day, and then perform a concert for the public in the evening. This year, nine Donegal students successfully auditioned and will participate.

The concert will begin at 5:30 p.m. Separate ticket prices have been set for adults and for students.

Dr. Anthony T. Leach will conduct the chorus. Leach, professor of music/music education, is director and founder of Essence of Joy Alumni Singers. He served as conductor of the Penn State University Choir from 1994 to 2015 and taught undergraduate and graduate courses in choral music education. Currently, Leach teaches a graduate music education seminar and coordinates the African American Music Festival at Penn State.

Leach holds a doctorate in music education and a master's degree in conducting from Penn State, as well as a bachelor's degree in music education from Lebanon Valley College. Leach taught music in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York City for 14 years. His choirs have performed throughout the U.S. and around the world. Leach also serves a conductor of the Essence of Joy Alumni Singers and Essence 2 Ltd.

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LSVMR Model Train Display

The National Watch and Clock Museum, 514 Poplar St., Columbia, will open its doors to members of the Lower Susquehanna Valley Modular Railroaders (LSVMR), who will present a special exhibit at the museum from Saturday, Feb. 2, to through Saturday, March 2.

The members of the LSVMR build, display, and operate layouts throughout central Pennsylvania, and the group has presented an exhibit at the National Watch and Clock Museum for the last several years. This year, another 4 feet have been added to the 40-foot display of previous years.

Timekeeping has been integral to railroads and modern travel in general since the beginning of rail travel, which allowed movement from place to place at a pace never seen before. Railroads and their time schedules forced the establishment of standard time zones and the development of highly accurate timepieces. The LSVMR display will allow the museum to honor the significance of railroads in the history of horology and provide a visual and auditory experience for its visitors.

The LSVMR is a group of O-gauge enthusiasts from the lower Susquehanna Valley region of Pennsylvania. The group originated in July 2009 when some customers and employees of CoolTrains Toys and Hobbies in Salunga came together to form the LSVMR, and the group has since expanded.

"One of the nice things about our club is that we are just a group of people who share a mutual love of trains," shared LSVMR president Travis Moody. "Unlike other clubs, we do not model any specific location or era. Everything we do is for the fun of the hobby, which is why you will see all kinds of different things on our layout. From carnivals to Lego towns to the drive-in movie theater, no two setups are the same, often captivating the imagination of many children. All our trains are member-owned, so there's always something new rolling by."

LSVMR members look forward to showing off their model train layouts to visitors to the National Watch and Clock Museum from Feb. 2 to March 2. There is no museum charge to view the railroad display.

From December through March, the museum's hours are Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. From April through November, the museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the museum is also open on Mondays.

For more program information, directions, or general museum information, readers may call 717-684-8261 or visit www.museumoftime.org.

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Bluegrass Gospel Concert

Farm Country Shindig will present an evening of bluegrass gospel music featuring Summit Hill Bluegrass and Canaan's Land Bluegrass in the banquet hall at the Reinholds Fire Company, 138 W. Main St., Reinholds, on Saturday, Feb. 2. The doors will open at 5 p.m., and the music will begin at 6 p.m.

Summit Hill is a group of bluegrass musicians, each of whom has an average of more than 20 years working with various bluegrass bands. Ron McVey of Strasburg plays the old-time bluegrass fiddle and sings some lead. Tim Kilby of Quarryville sings lead, baritone, and bass and plays the guitar, dobro, and bass fiddle. Kilby has appeared with the High Ridge Mountain Boys and Stone Mountain Bluegrass. Keith Kupp of Adamstown plays banjo and sings tenor. At the upcoming performance, Jeff Dillard will add upright bass and vocals and Harold Tipton will play mandolin.

Canaan's Land Bluegrass performs traditional bluegrass music with new era sounds. Dave Dulaney has played bluegrass and country music with bands for more than 20 years. He plays guitar and mandolin and sings lead, tenor, and baritone. Steve Waldon plays banjo. The newest member, Tim Lyne, plays the upright bass and guitar. He has played with the Roots of Bluegrass.

There are requested donation amounts per person, with discounts for teenagers ages 13 to 17. Children age 12 and under will be admitted for free. Food will be available from the fire company. For more information, readers may call 610-573-0797 or search for "Farm Country Shindig" on Facebook.

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Lancaster Heart Ball

The American Heart Association, a health organization focused on heart and brain health, invites business, health care and community leaders from across Lancaster County to the 34th annual Lancaster Heart Ball, themed "Fire and Ice," on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 5:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Country Club, 1466 New Holland Pike, Lancaster.

Lancaster Chamber president Tom Baldridge will host the evening's festivities. The evening will include silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing, musical entertainment, and a performance by a local theater.

The event is co-chaired by Dave Murray and Diane Murry. Funds raised will support the American Heart Association's mission of healthier lives, health care quality improvement and investment in research.

Individual tickets are available for purchase. For more information, including details on sponsorship packages, readers may visit http://lancasterheartball.heart.org or contact Bill Coder at bill.coder@heart.org or 717-730-1736.

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Fire Tower Hike

The Elverson Walking Club (EWC) will hold its annual Fire Tower Hike in French Creek State Park on Sunday, Feb. 10. The Fire Tower Hike is a 3-mile loop hike consisting of 2 miles to the tower, followed by an opportunity to toast marshmallows and hot dogs at the pavilion, and concluding with a 1-mile hike back to the vehicles. Attendees should bring their own marshmallows and hot dogs. Participants should meet hike leaders Allison Garl and Lynn Bates at the Fire Tower Road parking area at 11:30 a.m. Pets are welcome.

For more information or directions, call Clyde Godschall at 610-913-0284 or at 610-413-6281 on the day of the event.

The GPS address for the outing is 651 Fire Tower Road, Birdsboro.

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Light Glows Forth ceremony

Resurrection Catholic School, 521 E. Orange St., Lancaster, will join Catholic schools in Lancaster County and throughout the nation to celebrate Catholic Schools Week from Sunday, Jan. 27, to Sunday, Feb. 3.

To celebrate, the school will host a Light Glows Forth ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 11 a.m. The event will bring together volunteers, families, donors, students, and staff to share how Catholic education aims to offer a strong academic curriculum that includes religion classes.

The National Catholic Education Association has also designated Jan. 29 as a day of online giving. Called "Many Gifts, One Nation: A Day of Giving to Catholic Schools," the event invites people across the country who have been impacted by Catholic education to donate at a local level.

The school will have special activities throughout the week. Supporting parishes of St. Mary, St. Anthony, St. Joseph, and San Juan Bautista will offer Masses on Jan. 27 and Feb. 3.

Resurrection is open from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for visitors any time. Readers may call 717-392-3083 to schedule a tour.

The school's theme this year, "Family of Faith - Guided by the Spirit," inspired the school to thank supporters during Catholic Schools Week.

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open house and STREAM Expo

When Pope John Paul II Regional Catholic Elementary School (PJP II) holds its community open house on Sunday, Jan. 27, visitors will be able to view a STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts and Math) Expo in the school gymnasium. At the expo, students will display projects that focus on global issues like hunger and lack of access to clean water. The students' projects are designed to improve the lives of those who live in impoverished countries.

While many schools offer STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) programs, Catholic schools nationwide have added the "R" aspect to incorporate faith-based learning in the curriculum.

At PJP II, fifth- through eighth-graders have completed STREAM projects for the expo in collaboration with ProjectEngin, a program that has students using STREAM to tackle real-world issues based on the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals. The goals include zero hunger, quality education, affordable and clean energy, clean water and sanitation and good health and well-being, among others.

"It's about reducing hunger and poverty and (about) the stewardship of the Earth, and all of those concepts are part of the Catholic social justice teachings," explained Jill Wentzel, PJP II STEM coordinator. "We are really trying to have our students not only think about creating cool scientific and engineering marvels, but we are also encouraging them to think about how they can better the world for people who really need assistance."

She explained that the students have been working in teams of four to create projects that focus on the Sustainable Development Goals. "We have teams working on nutritional supplement bars for (people in) areas that have a hard time receiving constant nutrition," Wentzel reported. "We have a team working on a biodegradable shoe that can be produced in the region that they are focusing on to provide employment opportunities and move away from using plastics for cheap footwear. We have a group working on a portable waterwheel that can be used to generate electricity."

Wentzel noted that each team was required to complete several steps prior to building its invention. "There is a marketing portion, a background and research portion and the engineering design and protype build," she said.

A panel of judges will view the projects as the students present their ideas. "Our judges will be acting almost like venture capitalists. It will be like 'Shark Tank,' but not as intense," noted Wentzel. "The students are prepping their ideas as if they could hopefully go to production and really send these things to the region that needs the help."

She said that all of the team members took part in the various aspects of the project. "There are roles within the groups, but each of the students participated in the research and development and each student was exposed to the building process," Wentzel noted. "They were also required to keep an engineering design notebook."

The projects will be judged prior to the expo on Friday, Jan. 25, and the top three projects will go to the STEM Expo in the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., in April. "In our first year (of STREAM education), they have invited us to be a part of their expo," noted Wentzel.

PJP II is located at 2875 Manor Road (Route 82), Coatesville. The open house on Jan. 27 will be held from noon to 2 p.m.

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Toss Your Hat in the Ring"

Penn State Extension will offer a workshop on running for local government positions. The workshop, "Toss Your Hat in the Ring," will take place on Monday, Feb. 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Chester County Government Services Building, 601 Westtown Road, West Chester.

The workshop will include an overview of Pennsylvania local government and the responsibilities of a township supervisor, a borough council member, or a school board director, along with instructions on how to run, including filing a petition, reporting campaign expenses, and other important information. A panel of local officials will talk about why they decided to run for office and some of their experiences since they were elected.

The workshop will not offer campaign tips or strategies, but rather it will focus on understanding the roles, responsibilities, and personal rewards that come with public service.

There is a registration fee. Registration is available at https://extension.psu.edu/toss-your-hat. For more information, readers may contact Peter Wulfhorst of Penn State Extension at 570-296-3400. In the case of inclement weather, readers should check local radio or television stations for cancellations. The snow date will be Monday, Feb. 11.

Individuals who anticipate needing any type of accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided may call the Penn State Extension office at 610-696-3500.

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Worship and Drama Event

Rod and Sonya Horner will lead an evening of praise, worship and drama at Guinston Presbyterian Church, 14130 Guinston Road, Airville, on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 4 p.m. The program will include a variety of music, from traditional to contemporary, including gospel music.

The Horners are vocalists, keyboardists, worship leaders and drama directors. Sonya has a background in community theaters, radio, and children's choirs.

Rod has sung and played the piano and organ at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the White House. He was mentored in voice and conducting by Paul Hill of the Paul Hill Chorale. Rod has also been a senior accountant and an executive pastor and has served as a minister of music in churches of all sizes. He has ministered and led worship with the Billy Graham team members, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, and the Bill Gaither Homecoming artists.

Following the service, the church will serve a free dinner to all who attend.

For more information, readers may call 717-654-0018.

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A Million Dreams: Songs of Inspiration"

Servant Stage will kick off the new year with concert titled "A Million Dreams: Songs of Inspiration." The original revue will showcase vocals, tight harmonies, and original arrangements of a wide variety of uplifting songs, ranging from Broadway and pop tunes to sacred songs and spirituals.

"It's a diverse program, but each song has an encouraging or inspirational theme," said Servant Stage executive director Johnathan Bauer. "This is a great show to beat the winter blues. The arrangements, vocals, and harmonies are just exquisite, and the costumes are gorgeous."

The cast includes Lancaster performers Ric Zimmerman, Sarah Poague, and Kat Prickett as featured vocalists, with Kayla Klase as female vocalist - swing. Ric Zimmerman directed the vocals, with original arrangements and musical direction from Andy Roberts. Roberts and Scott Williams take turns as accompanist for the show, which is directed by Servant Stage's artistic director, Wally Calderon.

"Audiences will love the amazing vocal blend of the trio, as well as the individuality of each singer," said Prickett. "Finding voices that blend so tightly is not an easy task. The best part is that the three of us are actually friends; we all care very much about each other, and I think this will translate to the audience clearly and add another layer to the show."

The show will tour to venues across Lancaster County with 30 performances from January to March, including three featured weekends of performances. The first of these weekend performances will take place at The Junction Center, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim, on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16. The Trust Performing Arts Center, 37 N. Market St., Lancaster, will host "A Million Dreams" from Friday to Sunday, March 1 to 3, and Lancaster Alliance Church, 210 Pitney Road, Lancaster, will host the show from Friday to Sunday, March 15 to 17.

To reserve tickets and view the full list of performances, readers may visit www.ServantStageCompany.com or call 717-455-0255. All performances will feature pay-what-you-will admission as part of Servant Stage's goal to make quality performances accessible to everyone in the community. The performances at the Junction Center include dinner with the show; there is a fee for dinner tickets.

Servant Stage is a nonprofit theater that has served Lancaster County since 2011 and that brings entertainment to more than 50,000 audience members each year.

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Brit Floyd Concert

Brit Floyd will return to Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Ave., Hershey, on Friday, March 29, at 8 p.m. The performance will be a Pink Floyd tribute show.

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

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Lancaster Heart Ball "Heart of Havana"

The American Heart Association invites business, health care, and community leaders from across Lancaster County to attend the 32nd annual Lancaster Heart Ball, "Heart of Havana," on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 5 p.m. to midnight at the Lancaster Country Club, 1466 New Holland Pike, Lancaster.

The Lancaster Heart Ball is an elegant black-tie event that raises funds for the American Heart Association. The evening will include silent and live auctions, dinner, dancing, entertainment by The Uptown Band, and other activities. Guests will also hear the story of 8-month-old congenital heart defect survivor Emmet Musselman of Lancaster city.

The event is co-chaired by Don Slavin and Steve Jones of the Jones Family of Dealerships. Funds raised will support the American Heart Association's mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Individual tickets and additional table and sponsorship packages are available for purchase. For more information, readers may visit lancasterheartball.heart.org or call 207-4234.

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Community Meal

Little Britain Presbyterian Church, 255 Little Britain Church Road, Peach Bottom, will offer a free community meal on Friday, Jan. 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Readers may call the church at 717-548-2266 with questions.

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Antique Roadshow

The Chester County Library, 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, will host an Antique Roadshow program by Mike Ivankovich on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Struble Room.

Ivankovich is an appraiser, auctioneer, author, speaker, and host of the radio show "What's it Worth? Ask Mike the Appraiser." He will introduce the concept of value and reveal what antiques, collectibles and personal treasures are really worth today. He will appraise one item for the first 30 attendees at the door.

Registration is requested. To register or for more information, readers may visit www.chescolibraries.org and click on Events.

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The 9 Things They Never Told Me"

Praise Community Church, 705 S. Ogontz St., York, will offer a weekly program titled "The Nine Things They Never Told Me" on Sundays, Feb. 10 to April 7. The program will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Praise Sanctuary.

The program is designed for Christians who believe that there is more to experiencing God than what their current background allows. For details and registration, readers may visit www.9thingsclass.com.

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Hard to Be Healthy"

Lifetree Cafe will discuss tips and strategies for losing weight and becoming healthy on Sunday, Jan. 27, at 9:15 a.m. and on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul's United Church of Christ (UCC), 2173 Stoverstown Road, Spring Grove. Lifetree Cafe is a place where people gather for conversation about life and faith in a casual, comfortable, and safe setting.

The program, titled "Hard to Be Healthy: TV's 'Biggest Loser' Weighs In," will include a filmed interview with Jaron Tate, a contestant on "The Biggest Loser." Tate shares his secrets for losing more than 150 pounds and keeping the weight off.

Admission to the 60-minute event is free. For details on the program, readers may contact Chip Hoover at 717-792-3153 or chip08@aol.com.

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Chi Rho Singers in Concert

The Chi Rho Singers will present an evening of music on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 397 Tyler Run Road, York, at 7 p.m. This choir of the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church features approximately 35 to 40 pastors, including several pastors from the York community.

The concert will be a celebration of God's love through music. Various styles of sacred music, both contemporary and tradition, will be presented.

The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be received. For more information, readers may call the church at 717-854-4276.

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