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Anniversary Program

Summit Grove Camp Grounds, 140 S. Front St., New Freedom, will host a program to celebrate its more than 200 years of history. The program will take place on Saturday, July 21, at 7 p.m. A chicken dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. Lynda Randle, True Heart, and others will perform.

The program is free and open to the public. No tickets are needed.


Leukemia and Lymphoma Bass Classic

The 15th annual Leukemia and Lymphoma Bass Classic will be held on Saturday, Sept. 8, at Shikellamy State Park in Sunbury. An estimated 100 two-man teams are expected to compete. First place is $3,000, with the top 10 teams receiving cash. Every other team will receive prizes.

The tournament will start with a blast-off from the park at 6 a.m. and will conclude at 2 p.m. with a weigh-in at the point of the park where the north and west branches of the Susquehanna River connect. Directly following the weigh-in, an awards ceremony and cookout will take place at Pavilion One.

Everyone is welcome to all festivities. For information about being a competitor or a sponsor, readers may call Bob Herman at 717-938-8752 or visit


Bats for Matt softball tourney

The 10th annual Bats for Matt Softball Tournament, held in memory of Downingtown High School West (DHSW) graduate Matthew Ciarlone, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22, at the Downingtown Little League fields, 318 Manor Ave., Downingtown. An opening ceremony, including the national anthem, will begin at 9 a.m. on July 21. The first game will start at approximately 9:30 a.m.

Food will be available for sale throughout the event, and there will be an opportunity to win prizes and gift baskets through a random drawing. Those whose names are drawn do not have to be present to win.

Since it is the 10th year for the coed tournament, additional events will be included. "We are adding a dunk tank and a bounce house for the kids," said Matthew's father, Mike Ciarlone Sr.

He noted that spectators are encouraged to attend the tournament to cheer on the players. "You can watch, eat and enjoy the (competition)," he said.

Matthew, who graduated in 2007, passed away on Jan. 9, 2009, after a 13-month battle with leukemia, which included a stem cell transplant. At the suggestion of Matt's friends, his family decided to hold a benefit softball tournament since the young man loved baseball and was a baseball player at DHSW.

"The first year, we raised $5,000. We have held a softball tournament every year since then," said Ciarlone. "Last year, we raised (approximately) $12,000."

Each year, the softball tournament draws more than 200 players, who pay a registration fee to participate. All proceeds from the tournament stay in the community. "Each year, we give two $2,000 scholarships to a boy baseball player and a girl softball player from Downingtown High School West," Ciarlone said.

Other proceeds are donated to Hunt of a Lifetime, a nonprofit organization that provides hunting and fishing trips to chronically ill children. "We donate to Downingtown Little League, and we also give money to cancer-stricken families in the community. We donate to three families each year," said Ciarlone.

Additionally, proceeds from the tournaments, along with other donations, have funded the construction of a pavilion at the Downingtown Little League fields in Matthew's memory and helped construct dugouts at DHSW. After the first tournament, the family also had a monument constructed at the Downingtown Little League fields that lists "Angels in the Outfield" - the names of former players who passed away before the age of 25.

For more information, readers may visit or or email


Emerald Foundation Fundraiser

The Emerald Foundation will hold its second annual fundraiser on Friday, July 27, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Emerald Foundation Community Campus, 2120 Oregon Pike, Lancaster. The event will feature local beverages and food, music, and games.

Proceeds from the event will fund the Emerald Foundation "Access to Opportunities" after-school meal and education program supporting at-risk children in grades two through six in the Lancaster community during the 2018-19 school year.

Tickets will be discounted if purchased in advance through Eventbrite or at Tickets will be full price at the door. Individuals under age 21 may attend for free.


Open House

Laurel Dance Company, 514 E. Main St., Ephrata, will host open houses from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays, July 19 and Aug. 9, and from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, July 21 and Aug. 11.

Visitors will meet board members and teachers, tour the studio, enjoy light refreshments, learn about "Nutcracker" auditions, witness the official new logo launch, and check out the class schedule for the 2018-19 academic year. Classes include ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and more as well as fitness classes and classes for children with special needs.

Registrations will be accepted during the open houses. There is a registration fee, with family discounts and no student contracts.

For more information, readers may contact 717-466-5800 or or visit


Dog Days 5K

Penn Oaks Swim Club, 3390 Edenbridge Road, York, is sponsoring a Dog Days 5K and fun run to take place on Saturday, July 28. Race-day registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with the 5K set to start at 9 a.m. The fun run, for children, will start at 8:40 a.m.

Participants will be eligible for awards and will be able to use the pool after the race until 11 a.m.

For more information, to register, or to place orders for race shirts, readers may call Lori Cardone at 717-887-6843.


Mid-Atlantic Allis Chalmers Tractor Show

The third annual Mid-Atlantic Allis Chalmers Tractor Show will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4, and Sunday, Aug. 5, at Wertz Farm and Power Equipment, 6877 Lineboro Road, Glen Rock. Show times will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. This year's feature tractor will be the D-Series.

On Aug. 5 at 2 p.m., the Mid-Atlantic Allis Chalmers Club will hold its quarterly meeting. There will be a flea market area with some AC novelties and tractor parts for sell or trade. Food vendors will be on-site. White Rose FFA Chapter will sponsor an ice cream truck as a fundraiser during the event. New this year, the club invites FFA chapters who have tractor restoration projects, regardless of color, to display their tractors at the show.

Admission and parking are free. A list of activities and updates can be found by searching Mid-Atlantic Allis Chalmers LLC on Facebook. For more details, readers may call Bob Bollinger about vendors at 240-310-4129, Rich Reichard about food at 717-378-9871, and David Dickmyer about tractors at 410-984-0564.


Walk To Remember

The Lancaster Chapter of The Compassionate Friends will hold its 15th Walk to Remember on Sunday, July 29, at Park City Mall, 142 Park City Center, Lancaster. Participants, including bereaved parents, siblings, relatives, and friends, are invited to walk in memory of all children who have passed away.

Walkers will meet at 10:45 a.m. outside the lower-level entrance of the Kohl's wing. The walk will step off at 11 a.m. and will be approximately 1.5 miles. There is no cost to participate. Walkers do not need to be members of The Compassionate Friends. Individuals who cannot attend but would like to have a child remembered may call LaVon Harnish at 717-653-8220, and a silk butterfly with the child's name will be carried in his or her memory.

The Compassionate Friends is a self-help bereavement organization that strives to offer friendship and understanding to families that have experienced the death of a child at any age.

To sign up or for additional details, readers may call Harnish at the previously mentioned phone number.


ALLVETS Oral History

Vietnam veteran Collins Lunger will talk about his experiences during the Wednesday, July 25, meeting of ALLVETS. The oral history will be recorded at the Historical Society Museum, Library and Archives, 250 E. Market St., York, at 7 p.m.

ALLVETS is a local nonprofit with the goal of preserving the stories of local veterans for the future. These recordings, audio or audio/video, are open to the public. Each recording will be approximately one hour, and veterans may preregister at no cost.

For more information, readers may contact


106th Firefighter's Association of York County Parade

The Firefighters Association of York County and the Alert Fire Company No. 1 of Manchester Township have announced anniversary events on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 17 and 18. The association will hold its 106th annual Meeting and Convention, and the Alert Fire Company will celebrate its 100th anniversary.

The celebration will begin with the association's 106th annual dinner and meeting on Aug. 17 at the Alert Fire Hall, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville. A social hour will be held from 6 to 7 p.m., and the meal will be served at 7 p.m. After the dinner, a memorial service will take place in honor of the members who passed away during the past year. A business meeting will follow the memorial service.

During the festivities, the Association will install new officers for the 2018-19 term and present the Senior and Junior Firefighter of the Year awards. The Old Fire Farts of York County will award three scholarships to current first responders who are going to school to enhance their skills.

The Alert Fire Company will host the 106th Firefighters Association of York County Parade on Aug. 18 at 1 p.m. The pre-judging of equipment will be held from 8 a.m. to noon at Hayshire Elementary School, 2801 Hayshire Drive, York. The parade will form on Masonic Drive and proceed north on North George Street for 1.6 miles to the other end of town. North George Street through the village of Emigsville will be shut down for the parade.

The parade will have seven divisions and approximately 200 units. It will feature more than 10 bands, including the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum from Fort Myer, Va. The nationally recognized group will lead the second division, which will honor York County military veterans and fire, emergency medical, and law enforcement personnel. The division will include vintage military vehicles, antique and new fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, and motorcycles. The parade will also include patriotic and fire prevention floats, antique and classic cars, and antique fire apparatus. It will be led by the Pennsylvania State Police mounted patrol, and a flyover will start the parade. The event will last approximately two hours, according to parade chairman Robert Straw.

After the parade, a community celebration will take place behind the Alert Fire Company station. Young children may participate in firefighter skills games. The event will feature bounce houses, carnival games, and food trucks. Three bands from the parade will provide entertainment, and Tanner Mountain Band will perform on stage. Attendees will have opportunities to win fire extinguishers, gift cards, food baskets and more. Parade prize winners will be announced at approximately 5 p.m. The fire company will offer commemorative shirts, glasses, and mugs for purchase. Attendees may purchase commemorative cups that will entitle them to non-alcoholic beverages throughout the event while supplies last.

For more information, readers may search for "Alert Fire Company 100th Anniversary Celebration & Community Day" on Facebook.


Resource Family Orientation Sessions

COBYS Family Services will offer resource family orientation sessions on Tuesdays, Aug. 7 and 21, at 6 p.m. at the COBYS Murry Hill Center office, 444 Murry Hill Circle, Lancaster. The sessions are identical.

The orientation is designed for families who want to learn more about foster care and adoption through foster care. During the two-hour session, families will receive an introduction to the roles, expectations, and approval process for COBYS resource families. The orientation is free and places no obligation on attendees.

For details or to reserve a space, contact Rachel Eshbach, COBYS resource home coordinator, at 717-656-6580 or To learn more about COBYS, visit Child care will not be provided.


Money Smart Kids

LS Together, a local nonprofit, exists to enhance the well-being of all families in the Lampeter-Strasburg (L-S) School District. It aims to create a growing network to connect people and organizations for the purpose of empowering families within the community.

The nonprofit has lined up the Money Smart Kids Traveling Financial Workshop, which will be presented through Tabor Community Services. The free finance classes, for youths who have just finished sixth through 12th grades, will take place on Mondays, July 16 and Aug. 20, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Strasburg-Heisler Library, 143 Precision Ave., Strasburg. Topics will be Banking 101 and Credit 101.

The workshops will give tips and advice on making a spending and savings plan and will consider the concerns and questions that teenagers have as they learn to manage money. Each family will receive a copy of the book "Make Your Kid a Money Genius."

To sign up, readers may visit or search for "Money Smart Kids" on


District IV ABWA Annual Woman of the Year Banquet

The Blue Mountain Chapter of the American Business Women's Association (ABWA) will host the 2018 District IV ABWA annual Woman of the Year Banquet, set for Sunday, July 15, at the Best Western Premier Hotel and Conference Center, 800 E. Park Drive, Harrisburg. The banquet will start at 3 p.m.

Angela C. Ellis will be honored as the Blue Mountain Chapter's 2018 Woman of the Year, along with other honorees from various District IV Chapters.

There is a cost to attend. For reservations or more information, readers may call 717-236-8488.


Hempfield Boys/Girls Basketball Booster Club Golf Tournament

The Hempfield Boys/Girls Basketball Booster Club Golf Tournament will be held at Four Seasons Golf Club, 949 Church St., Landisville, on Friday, Aug. 3, with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Registration will open at 11 a.m.

The per-golfer cost includes a picnic-style lunch, golf and the use of a cart, a goodie bag, a $15,000 hole-in-one contest, a door prize ticket, a dinner buffet, and refreshments. There will be additional game-day golf contests and prizes, along with a silent auction.

The event will support Hempfield boys' and girls' basketball. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, as well as to register, contact Tom Wernoch at 717-521-2633.


Widow to Widow Lancaster Picnic

Widow to Widow Lancaster will hold a picnic on Saturday, July 14, from 11:30 to 3 p.m. in the pavilion at Landis Homes, 1001 E. Oregon Road, Lititz.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a covered dish, a serving utensil, their own place setting, and board games. The picnic will be held rain or shine, and the event will take place in the shade beside the pond. All widows are welcome.

For more information, readers may call Elaine Severein at 717-468-5239.


Restorative Justice 101: Foundations and Applications"

Advoz will present "Restorative Justice 101: Foundations and Applications" on Tuesday, July 31. The training will take place at HACC-Lancaster Campus, 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike, Lancaster, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Participants will learn about the foundational principles, practices, and applications that build restorative and inclusive communities in schools, workplaces, and the community at large. Through presentation, small group activities, and hands-on exercises, participants will learn how to begin applying restorative practices, particularly relevant for educators, social workers, and those in ministry.

The registration fee includes training materials, refreshments, and lunch. CLEs for attorneys and CEUs for social workers, professional counselors, and marriage and family therapists will be available for an extra fee. Scholarships and volunteer/nonprofit rates are available.

Registration will close on Monday, July 23. For details and registration, readers may visit


Power Packs Project Fundraiser

Power Packs Project has been chosen as the beneficiary for the Whole Foods Market Community Giving Program. When patrons shop at Whole Foods Market in The Shoppes at Belmont, 1600 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster, on Thursday, July 26, five percent of the store's net sales will be donated to Power Packs Project. The community is encouraged to participate.

The Power Packs Project offers weekend food, recipes, and nutrition tips to families for eight weeks during the summer. To learn more, readers may visit


H.O.P.E. Holiday Craft and Vendor Show

H.O.P.E. Holiday Craft and Vendor Show will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The shopping for a cause event will be held in the New Freedom Community Building, 150 E. Main St., New Freedom. A Chinese auction will also take place.

Proceeds will benefit H.O.P.E. (Help for Oncology Problems and Emotional Support). Admission will be two cans of food for the food pantry or a donation to H.O.P.E. For more information, readers may call 717-309-3824.


Shrimpe and Bull Roast

H.O.P.E. will host a shrimp and bull roast on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 7 to 11 p.m. The fundraiser will be held in Jarrettsville Gardens at Jarrettsville Fire Hall, 3825 Federal Hill Road, Jarrettsville, Md.,

The cost of the all-you-can-eat buffet will include shrimp, pit beef, pit turkey, and beverages. In addition, there will be a silent auction, door prizes, a disc jockey, and dancing.

For information and tickets, readers may call 717-227-2824. Readers who purchase nine tickets prior to Friday, Sept. 14, will receive one free.


Hike at the Charles Evans Cemetery

Members of the Berks Strollers will hike at the Charles Evans Cemetery on Saturday, July 21. The group will meet at 9 a.m. at the cemetery. Participants should park inside the stone entryway or on the street. Restroom facilities are available in the office.

The cemetery features 7 miles of paved roads. The GPS address is 1119 Centre Ave. (Route 61), Reading. For more information or directions, contact Mim, the hike leader, at 484-336-7268.

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