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GEARS and the Elizabethtown Lions Club will present the annual Eggstravaganza egg hunt on Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m. It will take place at the Elizabethtown Community Park, located between South Mount Joy and South Chestnut streets, at the Fun Fort playground.

The egg hunt times, age groups, and locations are as follows: 10:15 a.m., age 2 and under, beside the Fun Fort; 10:30 a.m., ages 3 to 6, central playground area; 10:45 a.m., ages 7 to 9, Fun Fort; 11:15 a.m., ages 10 to 12, Fun Fort; 11:45 a.m., adults age 13 and up, Fun Fort; and 11:45 a.m. seniors age 60 and up, central playground. All egg hunts are free except the 11:45 a.m. egg hunt for adults, for which there is a fee.

The event will also include a small snack stand, a moon bounce, and a barrel train for a nominal fee. Balloon animals and visits with alpacas will be free.

To become a sponsor, readers may contact Doug Knauss at 717-367-0355 or


Vietnam Veteran's Recognition Day Ceremony

The second annual Vietnam Veteran's Recognition Day Ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 29, in the Horticulture Hall at York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., York.

The speakers will include 1st Sgt. Harold Redding, U.S. Army (retired); Terry Gendron, director, York County Veterans Affairs; and State Rep. Kristin Phillips-Hill. The keynote speaker will be Sgt. Gene Schenk, U.S. Army Special Forces (veteran).


Resource Family Orientation

COBYS Family Services, 1147 Oregon Road, Leola, will offer resource family orientation sessions at 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 3 and 17. The sessions will be identical.

The orientation is designed for families who want to learn more about foster care and adoption through foster care. During a two-hour educational session, families receive an introduction to the roles, expectations, and approval process for COBYS resource families.

The orientation is free and places no obligation on attendees. Child care will not be provided. For more information or to reserve a space for an orientation session, readers may contact Rachel Eshbach at 717-656-6580 or To learn more about COBYS, readers may visit


Bull and Oyster Feast

Just4Today Sober Living Homes will hold its annual Bull and Oyster Feast on Saturday, March 24, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. The event will be held in the fellowship hall at Stewartstown Presbyterian Church, 14 College Ave., Stewartstown. Entertainment will feature live music by Six Days to Sunday.

The cost of dinner will feature pit beef and turkey, raw oysters, oyster stew, a variety of side dishes, dessert, and beverages. For tickets and information, readers may contact Betty Kreder at 443-799-0717 or

Proceeds will support the individuals residing in a safe, supportive, supervised home environment based on improving the physical, emotional, financial, and spiritual growth of addicted individuals.


Easter Egg Hunt

The Easter Bunny will hand out prizes at the Easter egg hunt for community children on Saturday, March 24, at 10 a.m. on the grounds at the New Freedom Community Center, 150 E. Main St., New Freedom. The event will be held rain or shine.

The free event is sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7012 in New Freedom. Attendees are asked to bring a nonperishable food item for the local food pantry and to be entered into a special prize drawing. For details, readers may call 717-968-8505.


2018 Bowl for Kids' Sake

Corporate teams and community members are invited to sign up to participate in the 2018 Bowl for Kids' Sake presented by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (BBBSCR). Anyone may take part, and the event is geared toward the whole family. This spring, there will be five events at three bowling centers.

Events will be held at ABC West in Mechanicsburg on Saturday, April 7, at noon and 3 p.m. and on Saturday, April 14, at noon. A Bowl for Kids' Sake event will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 12, at Midway Bowl, Carlisle. The final event will be held at Palmyra Bowling, Palmyra, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 27. Participants will enjoy two games of bowling, pizza, drinks, a T-shirt, and prizes. BBBS mentors and their Little Brothers and Sisters will be at the bowling events to greet participants and thank them for their support.

Bowl for Kids' Sake is the largest and longest-running annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. The 2018 goal is to raise $150,000 to support children, their mentors, their families, and local communities.

Bowl for Kids' Sake participants may visit to create their fundraising page and recruit four other individuals to join their team. Each participant must raise a minimum amount.

Companies may participate by recruiting corporate bowling teams, sponsoring the event, donating, or sponsoring a team of Little Brothers and Little Sisters to bowl.

To register for Bowl for Kids' Sake, readers may visit or call 717-236-0199. Companies interested in sponsoring, donating, participating with corporate teams, or sponsoring a team of Littles may call Krystina at 717-236-0199, ext. 234.


Spring Vintage Market Sale

Vintage Revival Market will host a spring vintage market sale at Akron Church of the Brethren, 613 Main St., Akron, on Saturday, March 17, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Early-bird shoppers may enter at 7:30 a.m. for a suggested donation. The sale will feature vintage and antique items, refinished furniture and repurposed and handcrafted items from approximately 45 different curated vendors. A food stand will also be available with breakfast and lunch foods.

All proceeds from the food stand, vendor registration, and early-bird donations will benefit Family of Restoration Ministries.

For more information, readers may visit


Making Insects: A Guide to Restoring the Little Things that Run the World"

The Lancaster County Conservancy, MAEscapes, Harvey's Gardens, and other community partners will offer a lecture featuring University of Delaware professor Doug Tallamy, author of "Bringing Nature Home" and co-author of "The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden." Two lectures will be presented by Tallamy on Thursday, March 22, at Franklin & Marshall College, Lisa Bonchek Adams Auditorium, 600 College Ave., Lancaster.

The first lecture will be held at 2 p.m. and is open to municipal or elected officials. To register, readers may visit

The public lecture will begin at 7 p.m. Tallamy will present "Making Insects: A Guide to Restoring the Little Things That Run the World." Seating is limited, and early registration is encouraged. To register, readers may visit

The lectures will enlighten participants on the benefits of restoring landscapes to preserve native plants and wildlife and recognize the intricacies of the interconnected web of life. Doors will open early so attendees may visit the various educational displays and check out 2018 community events and volunteer opportunities. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, readers may visit or call 717-392-7891. Proceeds will benefit events and education programs in support of community conservation in Lancaster and York counties.


YorIt Social Venture Challenge

Finalists will pitch their ideas to the York community at the YorIt Social Venture Challenge (SVC) on Wednesday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Warehaus, 320 N. George St., York. For the first time, the live pitch will be free and open to the public.

In addition to the finalists, Matthew Stinchcomb, co-founder of Etsy, will be a featured speaker. Stinchcomb is the executive director of the Good Work Institute (previously known as

YorIt is an initiative of York County Community Foundation (YCCF) that supports emerging socially-minded organizations adding to the vitality of York. YorIt members will vote on the SVC winner, who will receive a $20,000 grant from the organization. Community members are also invited to vote for their favorite pitch via donation to a Community Choice cash prize. The finalist who brings in the most donations will win the cash pool.

The Curious Little Playhouse, submitted by Jennifer Swanner, aims to provide an inexpensive recreational experience for families with young children. It will be an interactive playhouse with a whimsical theme and live characters that is a fun and safe place for young families to play while visiting Downtown York.

The York Empowerment Shop (YES!), pitched by Douglas Knight, addresses two challenges facing the community - food insecurity and workforce training. The social enterprise engine will recover surplus food from restaurants, grocery stores, food manufacturers, caterers, farms, and other food businesses, and use it to create healthy, ready-to-eat meals made by members of a culinary job training program built for those with high barriers to employment. The meals will be distributed to community members in need.

Rebecca Hanlon of Our York Media wants to tell the stories of the people leading and contributing to the revitalization of York. If selected as the SVC winner, Our York Media will be able to launch additional video and audio series focused on the "Catalysts" making York a better place, video versions of "Neighbors of Our York, and bigger-picture stories of where York is heading.

Highlighting York's history in the Swing era, Thomas McLaughlin will pitch York Swings! Music, Dance, and History of the Jazz Age. Aimed at making York a destination through the promotion of often overlooked local history, York Swings! is planning to host a series of quarterly events at the Valencia Ballroom.

Beverages and hors-d'oeuvres will be provided by the 2016 SVC winner, Taste Test. Tickets are free and open to the public, but space is limited. Registration is available at www.yorit.orglive-pitch. For more information about joining YorIt, readers may visit


Bell's Big Bed Race

Bell Socialization Services will host its third annual Bell's Big Bed Race on Saturday, April 21. For the event, teams of five - four pushers and one rider - build and decorate race-worthy beds and race against other teams in one-on-one heats with spectators cheering them on. The event will be held at St. John's Episcopal Church, 135 N. Beaver St., York.

The event will kick off at 9 a.m. with a Parade of Beds led by the 2018 parade grand marshal. Racing will begin immediately after the parade and will run until about 11:30 a.m., concluding with the awards presentation.

There is a fee to participate in the race. Spectators may attend at no cost. For details and registration, readers may visit or contact 717-848-5767 or Proceeds will benefit Bell Socialization Services.


Presentation by Thomas L Friedman

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, the Hourglass, a Lancaster-based think tank focused on emerging issues that will affect quality of life in Lancaster County, has invited author and columnist Thomas L. Friedman to speak at its public forum on Tuesday, April 3, at the Fulton Theatre, 12 N. Prince St., Lancaster. Doors will open at 6 p.m., and Friedman's presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Friedman is the author of "The World Is Flat," a foreign affairs columnist, and the winner of three Pulitzer Prizes. He was ranked second on The Wall Street Journal's list of influential business thinkers. His latest book is "Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist's Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations."

Friedman will provide a blueprint for overcoming the many challenges of a world being transformed by technology, climate change and globalization. He will describe how people can survive and prosper by reimagining education, jobs, and community. He believes that the education system must be re-thought to enable continued job opportunities based on the constantly changing needs of a dynamic workplace. One of the challenges he will discuss is how to educate the population for the jobs of the future.

For ticket information, readers may visit or call the Hourglass at 717-295-0755.


20th Annual Visions of Monte Carlo

Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania will present its 20th annual Visions of Monte Carlo on Friday, April 20, at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg. The signature fundraising event includes a seated dinner, auctions, live music, games, and more. Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m., and the night of fun will end when final prize drawings are awarded at around 10:30 p.m.

The festivities will include both silent and live auctions, a choice of entrees, live big band music from One More Time, dancing, and more. There will also be refreshments.

All tickets must be purchased in advance. There will be no sales at the door. For further inquiries or to place a ticket reservation, readers may call Cheryl Cuddy at 717-238-2531 or visit


Bowl Over Cancer

Relay For Life (RFL) will host Bowl Over Cancer on Saturday, March 17, from noon to 4 p.m. at Leisure Lanes, 3440 Columbia Ave., Lancaster. Prizes will be awarded in various age groups.

The cost will cover two games, and there will be free shoe rental. For details, call 717-725-8765.


Auxiliary Spring Bazaar

The Dallastown American Legion Auxiliary 605, 57 W. Main St., Dallastown, will hold its annual Spring Bazaar on Saturday, March 24, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Vendors will sell various items, including baked goods, homemade candy, jewelry, sunglasses, purses, wallets, scarves, handmade home decor, wreaths, tie-dyed shirts, garden art, scarves, handmade dolls and animals, crafts, yard sale items, essential oils, clothing, and more.

Lunch items and snacks will be available. Homemade chicken corn and ham bean soup will be sold by the bowl and quart.

All proceeds will benefit local veterans. For more information, readers may call 717-858-6645.



Lundale Farm will present the movie "Sustainable" at The Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, on Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m. A farmer and chef panel discussion will also be held. The panel will share their views of sustainability in a local food system and what consumers can do to promote and protect that system.

Those passionate about small business, sustainable agriculture, and a vibrant local food system are encouraged to attend. Event attendees will have the opportunity to win local food prizes, including a $100 gift card.

Chester County Food Bank will be on hand to accept food and monetary donations. They will also seek volunteers for their 2018 growing season.

For more details, readers may contact Jodi Gauker at 724-454-3674 or


SVCC Mixer

The Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce (SVCC) will host a mixer on Tuesday, April 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Susquehanna Spine and Joint Center, 46 S. 18th St., Columbia.

Attendees are invited to meet Dr. Blake Staker and his staff and receive a chair massage. SVCC executive director Beverly Shank will also be available to answer questions about Chamber membership and its benefits.

Interested attendees are asked to register by Tuesday, April 3, by contacting Rachel Stebbins at 717-684-5249 or



Caitlin's Smiles will sponsor an evening of bingo with prizes at Enola Fire Company No. 3, 118 Chester Road, Enola, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 22. Each winner will receive a tote bag filled with themed gifts that are donated by local supporters.

Tickets will only be sold in advance. For tickets and details, readers may contact 717-412-4759 or or visit


The Celtic Classic Annual All Breed Dog Show

The Lancaster Kennel Club, along with the Delaware County and York County Kennel clubs, will present The Celtic Classic Annual All Breed Dog Show. The event will be held from Wednesday, March 14, through Sunday, March 18, at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., York.

More than 800 entries will compete each day in conformation. There will also be more than 20 specialty breed shows and educational seminars during the event.

Admission is free. Readers may visit for specific breed and event times and building locations. Vendors and concessions will be available. Only dogs registered in the show will be allowed on-site.


Informational Session on Foster Care and Adoption

A free informational session to learn more about providing child foster care and adoption will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, at Diakon Adoption and Foster Care, 836 S. George St., York. Staff will explain foster parenting as well as the processes involved in adopting a child.

Attendees also will learn about children available for adoption as well as the foster-to-adopt concept. The program recently added foster care for medically fragile children.

Readers interested in attending the session should call 717-845-9113.


Civil War Trust Park Day

This spring, Pennsylvania volunteers will aid in the maintenance and restoration of numerous sites as part of Park Day, the Civil War Trust's annual hands-on preservation event. On Saturday, April 7, thousands of volunteers across the U.S. will participate as Park Day celebrates its largest year ever with 160 historic sites in 32 states and the District of Columbia.

Volunteers interested in participating in Park Day are encouraged to contact the individual sites listed. Activities will chiefly be outdoor jobs ranging from raking leaves and collecting trash to painting signs and gardening. Volunteers will receive T-shirts, and some sites will provide lunch or refreshments. A local historian may also be on hand to detail the park's significance.

Starting times vary at each site. Volunteers may register at the following locations.

Brandywine Battlefield/Birmingham Township, Chadds Ford, will begin at 10 a.m. Volunteers will pick up litter along the trail at Sandy Hollow Heritage Park. Water will be provided. For details, readers may contact Andrew Outten at

Gettysburg National Military Park, Gettysburg, will begin at 9 a.m. Work will include removal of shrubs and woody debris. Tools and drinking water will be provided. An interpretive talk will be delivered at noon. For details, readers may contact Norma Lohman at

Highland Cemetery, Lock Haven, will begin at 9 a.m. Volunteers will meet at the cemetery entrance and assist in clearing brush, landscaping, and trash removal, as well as the resetting of tombstones and general site cleanup. Volunteers will be provided with light food and beverages. For details, readers may contact Dave Wallace at

Laurel Hill Cemetery, Philadelphia, will begin at 11 a.m. Activities for volunteers will include removing old flags from gravestones, clearing brush, and trash removal. Volunteers are welcome to attend a free guided tour at 1 p.m. Water and snacks will be provided. For details, readers may contact Elizabeth Savastana at

Monterey Pass Battlefield Park, Blue Ridge Summit, will begin at 9 a.m. Volunteers will help clear brush, install markers and interpretive signs, and conduct trail maintenance. Volunteers will be provided with water. For details, readers may contact John Miller at

Mount Moriah Cemetery, Philadelphia, will begin at 10 a.m. Volunteer activities will include landscaping, clearing brush, planting, trash removal, and trail maintenance. A Civil War Plot tour will also be offered. Participants are encouraged to bring gloves and to wear long pants, long sleeved shirts, and sturdy shoes. Water and snacks will be provided. For details, readers may contact Sam Ricks at

Paoli Battlefield Historical Park, Malvern, will begin at noon. Activities will include trash removal, clearing brush, landscaping, and trail maintenance. Some educational background information about the battle will be presented. Water will be provided for volunteers. For details, readers may contact James Christ at

For a list of participating Park Day sites and more information, readers may visit and read the frequently asked questions.

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