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Faith Factory Learning Center Book Fair

Faith Factory Learning Center will host a Scholastic book fair in the Welcome Center of St. Mark's United Methodist Church, 37 E. Main St., Mount Joy.

The event will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 29, from 6 to 10 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; on Thursday, Nov. 30, from 3 to 6:30 p.m.; and on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. The book fair will be open during Mount Joy Winterfest.

Parents, grandparents, and the community are invited to attend. Funds raised will help the learning center earn books and equipment for classrooms.


Christmas at Ironstone Ranch

Brittany's Hope will benefit during a day of festive family Christmas activities on Saturday, Dec. 2, at Ironstone Ranch in Elizabethtown. VIP admission will be available from 8:30 to 10 a.m., and general admission will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Highlights will include wagon rides, hot cocoa, cookie decorating, photos with Santa, miniature horses and donkeys, pony rides, mechanical bull rides, and more.

There is a cost to attend. VIP admission will include all general admission activities as well as breakfast with Santa and free gifts from Santa.

Readers may register in advance at Proceeds will benefit orphaned children around the world through Brittany's Hope, a nonprofit organization based in Elizabethtown.


Hummelstown Holiday Happenings

The Hummelstown Business and Professional Association will sponsor the annual Hummelstown Holiday Happenings event on Sunday, Dec. 3. Santa Claus will arrive at the square by fire truck at 1 p.m. and will be available to listen to the lists of children until 5 p.m. Local businesses will sponsor open houses and activities for all ages, including making ornaments and crafts, decorating cookies, enjoying refreshments, and listening to holiday readings. Shopping specials will be available. A trolley will transport participants to the events from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Schnapps and Bandit the alpacas will be present at Holiday Happenings.

The event will conclude with the annual Hummelstown Community Foundation Christmas tree lighting in the square at 5:30 p.m. Santa and Miss Hummelstown 2018 Annie Dickinson will light the Christmas tree, and the Hummelstown Community Singers will lead caroling.


Greens Workshop

Penn State Extension will offer its annual Greens Workshop on Sunday, Dec. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Copeland School House, 666 Copeland School Road, West Chester. The public is invited.

The Master Gardeners will help attendees design and create swags to be hung on doors or used in planters or window boxes. Fresh, locally sourced greens will be used. All materials will be provided, including the greens and decorations. Space is limited, and advance registration is recommended. People who reserve a spot by Sunday, Nov. 26, will receive a discount.

To reserve a space, visit For more details, contact the Penn State Extension, Chester County office at 610-696-3500 or


Christmas with the Alley Cats

Doo wop comedy group The Alley Cats will perform a holiday concert on Tuesday, Dec. 12, at 7 p.m. at the Valley of Harrisburg Scottish Rite Auditorium, 2701 N. Third St., Harrisburg, as part of its nationwide holiday tour. They will perform classic as well as original holiday tunes, intertwined with their signature comedy act.

Tickets are available for general and premium seating. Tickets may be purchased at and Free parking is available on both the Third Street and Fourth Street sides of the building.


Lioness Club #GivingTuesday Event

The New Freedom Lioness Club will host a #GivingTuesday event on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 2 to 8 p.m. at the New Freedom Community Center, 150 E. Main St., New Freedom.

Local residents who are looking for a way to give back, volunteer, or get involved in the community are encouraged to attend. Attendees may enter to win one of three gift cards that have been donated by local businesses.

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in and the communities in which they live.

Nonprofit organizations that have not registered are welcome to attend. For more information, readers may call Dianne Donahue at 717-235-2144. To learn more, individuals may search for #GivingTuesday on Facebook.


Moving Sale

The Coatesville Cultural Society, 143 E. Lincoln Highway, Coatesville, will hold a moving sale on Sunday, Nov. 26, from noon to 4 p.m.

The society's theater building has been sold, and all remaining goods must be sold, including furniture, books, artifacts, and cafe and office supplies. Proceeds will benefit the society.


Resource Family Orientation

COBYS Family Services, 1417 Oregon Road, Leola, will offer two resource family orientation sessions on Tuesdays, Dec. 5 and 19, at 6 p.m. The orientation is designed for families who want to learn more about foster care and adoption through foster care. The sessions are identical.

During the two-hour educational session, families will receive an introduction to the roles, expectations, and approval process for COBYS resource families. Child care will not be provided.

The orientation is free and places no obligation on attendees. For more information or to reserve a space for the orientation session, readers may contact Rachel Eshbach, resource home coordinator, at 717-656-6580 or To learn more about COBYS, readers may visit


Lancaster Camera Club Annual Exhibition

The Lancaster Camera Club will hold its annual exhibition at Mulberry Art Studios, 19-21 N. Mulberry St., Lancaster. An opening reception will take place on First Friday, Dec. 1, from 5 to 9 p.m. Regular gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays. The collection of fine art photography includes landscapes, wildlife, people and more. For more information, readers may visit

The Lancaster Camera Club has provided an avenue for professional and amateur photographers to share, promote, and inspire the art of photography since the 1980s. The club hosts monthly meetings, along with special events, including juried competitions, photo shoots, field trips to photographic events and meetings, hands-on workshops, and lectures by notable photographers.

This year the club has held open and themed competitions, along with a photographic challenge for members. The themed competitions for 2017 were "Tree/trees" and "Song Titles." The photographic challenge centered on everyone using the same item as the subject of their photographs - an old-fashioned clothes pin.

Heather L. Shugars is the club president, and John Flinchbaugh is the club vice president. For more information, readers may visit or search for "The Lancaster Camera Club, Photographic Institute" on Facebook.


Just in Time for the Holidays" Bingo

Proceeds from an upcoming bingo event will benefit the Optimist Club of Lancaster. The "Just in Time for the Holidays" bingo event will be held on Sunday, Nov. 19, at American Legion Post 34, which is located at 1388 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. Doors will open at noon, and games will start at 1:30 p.m.

The event will include a cash prize for each of 20 games, as well as special games and a coverall extra. At noon, food for sale will include soup, hot dogs with fixings, beef barbecue, pretzel sandwiches, cookies, cupcakes, other desserts, chips and snacks, and assorted beverages and water.

Advance tickets are available for a discounted rate, and regular-price tickets will be sold at the door. For more information, readers may call 717-569-7925. The club will use the funds to support youths of Lancaster County.


Tree Lighting and Santa's Arrival Event

Ephrata's annual tree lighting and Santa's arrival will take place on Friday, Nov. 24. Thousands of visitors will descend upon the town of Ephrata to light the community tree, sing holiday carols, and welcome the Belsnickel and Mr. and Mrs. Claus.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., visitors may enter Main Street, which will be closed between Lake and State streets, and experience the many activities planned for the evening. From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., participants may hear the Getz steam calliope and visit various food and craft vendors. Once again, there will be a live ice carving demonstration, as well as horse-drawn wagon rides, provided by Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum.

During the event, children will have an opportunity to meet the elves, make crafts, and play games in the family-friendly Toyland area in the Whistle Stop Plaza. Children may go home with free balloons and candy and possibly one of ten new bikes.

Local radio personality Paul B. Scott will be the master of ceremonies. At 6:30 p.m., the holiday celebration will officially commence with musical entertainment by the Big Boy Brass Band and a sing-along with performers from the Ephrata Performing Arts Center. Afterward, the Belsnickel will ride into town on an antique fire truck, courtesy of the Pioneer Fire Company, to remind the children in attendance to behave. After the Belsnickel departs, the crowd will count down to the official tree lighting with a new pyrotechnical show and a laser light show on the roof of Ephrata National Bank.

The culmination of the evening will be Santa Claus' arrival at the Ephrata National Bank, where he will retrieve the magical book of children's names from the bank's vault. When Santa is unable to get the book out before the bank closes at 6 p.m., he and Mrs. Claus must make their way to the roof of the Ephrata National Bank main branch to be rescued by way of the Ephrata Pioneer Fire Company's ladder truck. After they make their way through the crowd, Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet children and receive their holiday wishes at Santa's House in the historic train station.

The event is a community partnership between Downtown Ephrata Inc. and the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce. The Shellhammer family of Ephrata donated this year's community tree for the celebration.

For additional information, readers may visit the "Christmas in Ephrata" Facebook page or or call the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce at 717-738-9010.


MOAA Christmas Luncheon

The Lancaster chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) will hold its annual Christmas luncheon on Sunday, Dec. 3, in the Lehr Dining Room of Gordinier Hall at Millersville University, 30 S. George St., Millersville. A social hour will begin at 1 p.m. with dinner to follow.

The program will include recognition of outgoing chapter officers, installation of officers for 2018 and presentation of awards. Attendees are encouraged to bring a wrapped gift for distribution to hospitalized male and female veterans.

All current and past military officers are invited, and reservations are required. Interested military officers may contact Jim Cunningham at 717-581-5299 or, to confirm their reservation by Friday, Nov. 24. For additional information, readers may visit


Touring Artist Concert Series

The opening concert for the Wednesday Club's Touring Artist Concert Series will be presented on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 5 p.m. at the West Shore Baptist Church, 2025 Market St., Camp Hill. The chamber ensemble Fairfield Duo will be featured, with Nora Suggs on flute and shakuhachi and Candice Mowbray on guitar.

Tickets will be available at the door, with discounts extended to students. For more information, readers may call 717-571-5189 or visit


Sundaes With Santa

New Bridgeville Fire Company, 2870 Furnace Road, Red Lion, will host Sundaes With Santa on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m.

The per-person cost includes a make-your-own sundae bar, a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, a souvenir photo, and a small gift. Individuals are asked to register to attend by calling 717-927-9343.


Homebuyer Education Workshop

Community Progress Council (CPC), 226 College Ave., York, will offer its Homebuyer Education workshop in December and January. Homebuyer Education Workshops, geared toward first-time homebuyers, cover topics, including fair housing, predatory lending, credit reports and scores, available mortgage assistance programs, choosing a realtor and a lender, homeowners' insurance, home inspections, the closing and settlement process, and home maintenance.

Workshops below will be held on Saturdays, Dec. 2 and 9 and Jan. 6 and 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two workshops will be offered on Jan. 20, one in English and one in Spanish. To register or for more information, readers may contact 717-846-4600 or

A Homebuyer Education workshop will also take place on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hanover Community Center at New Hope Ministries, 135 Baltimore St., Second Floor, Hanover. To register for this workshop or for more information, readers may contact Kate Colgan at 717-632-9191 or

CPC offers Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) approved Homebuyer Education Workshops, a prerequisite for several housing assistance programs, including First Front Door, Keystone Advantage, PHFA mortgage options, and York Homebuyer Assistance Program. Only one workshop is necessary to receive a certificate.

CPC also provides additional housing counseling services, including foreclosure-prevention counseling, credit and budgeting counseling, and rental counseling. All workshops are conducted by HUD-certified Housing Counselors.


HOPE Open House

The Hounds of Prison Education program (HOPE) will have representatives available to answer questions about the program and about adoptable dogs at Pet Valu, 1919 Springwood Road, Queensgate Towne Center, York, on Saturday, Nov. 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will feature volunteers, new HOPE T-shirts and hoodies for sale, and free doggie biscuits for furry friends.

The community can further support HOPE by visiting Chipotle, 1923 Springwood Road, Queensgate Towne Center, York, on Tuesday, Nov. 28, from 4 to 8 p.m. Readers may download a flyer from, either in print or on a phone, and 50 percent of the meal cost will be donated to the HOPE program.

HOPE is a program of the Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance (CPAA) that pairs rescued dogs with carefully screened inmates at the State Correctional Institution at Camp Hill for training, socialization, and love. Once paired with their adoptive homes, all HOPE graduates receive free training assistance for life. More information on HOPE can be found at



The Cultural Alliance of York County will accept team submissions for YorVoice, a singing competition and talent showcase event, on Saturday, March 24, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Appell Center for Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., York. The YorVoice competition will be a fun night highlighting the talent of York County, featuring a celebrity panel of judges with one team emerging as YorVoice champion and one team earning People's Choice.

Singing teams can have a minimum of one and a maximum of 20 members. Teams will perform one song of their choice with their own live band, a capella, or with pre-recorded music they provide. Song selection is first-come, first-served. No duplicate songs will be permitted.

In order to compete, each team must submit a team registration and contribute a minimum fee to the Cultural Alliance 2018 Annual Campaign. Employee teams of Cultural Alliance contributing companies will have the contribution waived. Team registrations are limited, and forms must be submitted by Friday, Dec. 15, at 4 p.m.

Individuals and groups are encouraged to sign up to compete. To find out more information on the YorVoice event or to sign up as a team, readers may visit For more information, readers may call the Cultural Alliance at 717-812-9255 or visit


Breakfast with Santa

The Millersville Lioness Club will host a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 222 N. George St., Millersville.

There is a cost to attend, and each child in attendance may choose a gift from Santa. Reservations may be made by calling Nancy at 717-392-5737 or Rose at 717-872-5803. Reservations are not required.


Signature Speaker Event

The Buy Local Coalition will host its Signature Speaker Event on Thursday, Nov. 16, at Wyndham Garden, 2000 Loucks Road, York, featuring Tracey "Tremendous" Jones from Tremendous Leadership of Boiling Springs. The topic will be "The Tremendous Power of Networking - Meaningful Work by Design." Registration will open at 2:30 p.m. The talk will begin at 3 p.m., followed by networking from 4:45 to 6 p.m.

The cost of a ticket will include a copy of Jones' book, "Beyond Tremendous: Raising the Bar on Life." Tickets must be purchased in advance by visiting


Indoor Flea Marke/Garage Sale

The Upper Leacock Township War Memorial Association (ULTWMA) will host its monthly indoor flea market/garage sale on Saturday, Dec. 2, featuring seasonal decorations and Christmas items. More than 40 vendors will offer a variety of items from 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Veteran's Hall of the War Memorial Building, 54 W. Main St., Leola. The items will include crafts, toys, period jewelry, socks, cleaning and paper products, books, scarves, coins and collectibles, gift items, seasonal arrangements, tools, and candy.

There is no admission charge. Refreshments will be available for purchase. For details or to rent a space, contact the ULTWMA at 717-656-6154 or Proceeds will support the maintenance of the War Memorial Building. Parking is available behind the building.

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