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Stream Study

Manheim Township Parks and Recreation will hold a stream study on Sunday, Oct. 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Jaycee Park, 1031 Edgemoor Court, Lancaster. During the hands-on water exploration, attendees will carefully explore stream habitats by identifying plant and animal life in and around the stream. They will also determine and discuss water quality based on their discoveries.

Separate fees have been set for participants and for adults with children. Registration is available at the Manheim Township Recreation and Park Planning office, located at Stauffer Mansion, 1241 Lititz Pike, Lancaster, or by calling 717-290-7180.


Donegal Athletic Club Homecoming Golf Tournament

The sixth annual Donegal Athletic Club Homecoming Golf Tournament will take place on Saturday, Oct. 7, at the Highlands of Donegal Golf Course, 650 Pinkerton Road, Mount Joy. Registration will be from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. The tournament will feature a scramble format.

There will be a putting contest between holes 9 and 10, and dinner and awards will take place following the round.

The per-person fee will include lunch, green fees, the use of a cart, access to a driving range and a beverage cart, team and skill prizes, dinner and beverages, and an awards ceremony.

The registration deadline is Sunday, Oct. 1, but individuals are encouraged to sign up early, as the event is expected to fill up quickly. To reserve a spot for a group of four, readers may email

The Donegal Athletic Club (DAC) is a grassroots organization that aims to provide financial support for the Donegal School District athletic community, attract financial contributions to facilitate the promotion and development of Donegal athletics, and recognize the tradition of athletic involvement and achievement by past and present members of the Donegal athletic community. For more information, readers may visit


Car Show

The Highspire Events Committee will host its sixth annual car show at Highspire Memorial Park on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration will begin at 10 a.m.

The first 75 cars will receive dash plaques. Additionally, there will be more than 25 trophies, including Best in Show and sponsor trophies, as well as awards given for special interest, motorcycles, and second-generation muscle cars.

Entertainment will be provided from noon to 2 p.m., and food will be available from the Highspire Events Committee.

There is no registration fee. Bicycles will not be allowed near show vehicles.

Readers with questions may contact Tim Griesemer at or 717-439-1919.


Fall Turkey Dinner

The Manheim Central field hockey team will host a fall turkey dinner on Friday, Oct. 6, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the cafeteria at Manheim Central High School, 400 E. Adele Ave., Manheim. The event is a fundraiser.

The meal will include fresh roasted turkey and gravy with stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans, a roll, dessert, and a beverage. Eat-in and takeout options will be available.

Tickets will be discounted when purchased in advanced and full price at the door. Prepurchased tickets will be honored until 6:30 p.m. For more information, readers may contact Angie Barbush at


The Promised Land: Adventures in the Middle East" Film Showing

The first presentation of the Rotary Club of Lititz 2017-18 Travel and Adventure Series will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Warwick High School Performing Arts Center, 301 W. Orange St., Lititz. One showing will take place at 2 p.m., with a musical prelude starting at 1:30 p.m. A second showing will take place at 7:30 p.m., with a musical prelude starting at 7 p.m.

The Rotary Club will show Rick Ray's new film "The Promised Land: Adventures in the Middle East." The film is a travel documentary through several Middle Eastern countries, including Israel, Jordan and Turkey, and it showcases their rich histories and cultures, as well as notable sites and items, such as Petra, Jerusalem, the cedars of Lebanon, and Cappadocia.

Ray, a cinematographer, writer, editor and director, has traveled the world to capture images of its peoples and cultures. A former Lonely Planet backpacker, he has produced numerous films on regions such as Israel, Bali, Borneo, Lebanon, Syria and Iceland. Ray is founder and president of the web-based stock footage company and is a frequent lecturer at performing arts centers and universities across the United States.

General admission tickets will be available for purchase at the door only. Season tickets may be purchased from any Rotary Club of Lititz member or from the Lititz Public Library. For more information, readers may contact Dean Brandt at 717-626-4520.

All the net funds from the Travel and Adventure Series activities are given to more than 30 nonprofit service groups each year, and the funds are also used to provide college loans and scholarships to many local students. Some of the locally supported groups include four local fire companies, Warwick Ambulance Association, Warwick/Lititz Community Chest, Lititz Historical Foundation, Lititz Public Library, Lititz recCenter and Lititz Springs Park. Since the Travelogue program started 55 years ago, the Rotary Club of Lititz has donated more than $1.25 million community-wide and helped more than 500 students attend college. The money raised this past year, which grossed more than $125,000, is now being distributed to these community- and charitable-focused groups and students.

To learn more about the Rotary Club, readers may visit


Fourth Friday: "Blues, Brews and Bar-B-Q"

Main Street Mount Joy will sponsor Fourth Friday on Sept. 22 from 5 to 8 p.m. in downtown Mount Joy. Fourth Friday showcases the town's dining, shopping and entertainment venues. This month's theme will be "Blues, Brews and Bar-B-Q."

For more information about Fourth Friday, visit


Cruisin' Classics Support the Troops Car Show

Cruisin' Classics of Chester County will present its ninth annual Support the Troops car show at the Caln Village Shopping Center on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds from the show will be donated to the Coatesville Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center. Spectators are invited to attend the event for free.

Registration for vehicle owners will start at 9 a.m., judging will begin at noon and trophies will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. Vehicle owners are asked to register before noon.

The show is open to all vehicles, including antiques, classics, trucks, motorcycles, muscle cars and street rods. "If (your vehicle is) your pride and joy, bring it out and show it," said club president Tom Buddenhagen, noting that the show attracts between 100 and 150 vehicles each year. "We literally fill the (parking) lot)."

Vehicle owners will be asked to pay a fee when registering. In return, the first 100 registered participants will receive a goodie bag and a magnetic dash plaque, and all registered participants will be eligible for door prizes and trophies. There will be 10 People's Choice awards, as well as 10 Club Choice awards, a President's Choice award and two Best of Show trophies.

Local disc jockey DJ Bert will provide music throughout the day, and representatives from Aardvark Animal Hospital will have pets at the show available for adoption.

Some merchants of the center will offer food for sale, and vendors from the center, as well as other local businesses, will set up informational booths. Visitors will also have an opportunity to win prizes and cash at the show.

Established in 1985, Cruisin' Classics of Chester County has been supporting local charities for more than 30 years. The club holds two shows a year. The annual club show is held the first Saturday in May, and the Support the Troops show typically takes place the last Saturday in September.

The car club's spring show supports the club and benefits charities in Lancaster and Chester counties. Beneficiaries have included Alert Fire Company in Downingtown, the Thorndale Fire Company and Bridge of Hope Lancaster and Chester Counties, among others. Herbert Yentis, who owns the shopping center, supports the yearly shows and helps defray expenses.

The club meets at Alert Fire Company, 122 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Downingtown, on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. In addition to its focus on fundraising, it is also a social club. "We feel we are unique in what we do over the course of the year. Like every other club, we have monthly meetings, which are short business meetings and a time to catch up," said Buddenhagen. "We try to have at least one non-meeting event a month."

During the course of the year, the club's outings include three overnight trips, picnics, dinner night, dessert night and breakfasts. Club members also tour the Automotive Training Center in Exton, attend a Reading Fightin' Phils game and hold a holiday banquet. "This is all over and above supporting the many local car shows and community charity events," Buddenhagen noted.

Anyone interested in cars is welcome to join the club. Currently, the club has about 80 members from all areas of the Chester County. For more information, readers may visit, email or search for "The Cruisin' Classics of Chester County, PA" on Facebook.

The Caln Village Shopping Center is located at the intersection of Business Route 30 and Route 340 (West Lincoln Highway and Bondsville Road, respectively). For GPS users, the address is 3947 W. Lincoln Highway, Downingtown. In the event of rain, the event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30.


Fall Banquet Event - "Cultivating Communities" Part Two

The Factory Ministries invites the community to its fall banquet event, Part Two of "Cultivating Communities: Addressing the Root Issues of Poverty One Resource at a Time," on Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at Shady Maple Banquet and Conference Center, 129 Toddy Drive, East Earl.

The organization is in its second year of the six-year "Cultivating Communities" series, which aims to address the root issues of poverty through the six areas of resource development: intellectual, physical, emotional, relational, financial, and spiritual. "Cultivating Communities" is geared to help give the community the tools and knowledge to create long-lasting community health and sustainable growth.

This year, Dr. Ruby K. Payne will speak about "Developing the Emotional Resource." Payne is the founder of aha! Process and an author, speaker, publisher, and career educator.

To register for the event, readers may visit or contact director of operations Aimee Franqui at 717-687-9594 or by Tuesday, Sept. 26.


Recovery Day

The Lancaster County Recovery Alliance (LCRA) will sponsor Recovery Day on Saturday, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Buchanan Park, Buchanan and Race avenues, Lancaster. Recovery Day is an annual gathering of people recovering from drug and alcohol addiction and other addictions, as well as their friends, family members and allies, including helping professionals. The family-friendly event is designed to celebrate people in recovery and to provide hope to those living with active addiction.

Recovery Day will start at 10 a.m. with registration and sign making, celebrating the reality of recovery, and preparing for the Recovery Walk. The traditional 1.5-mile Recovery Walk will start at 11 a.m. and wind around the Franklin and Marshall College campus, taking approximately 45 minutes.

A variety of other activities are also planned, including a Kundalini yoga demonstration by Millersville psychotherapist and yoga teacher Maricelle Sheldon. The event will also feature the acoustic rock music of Kevin Brown; the folk music of Cody Kilburn; recovery-oriented hip-hop by We Are Cloudgang from Baltimore, Md.; and music by Derek Paris Frantz of Mount Joy. A barbecue lunch buffet will be available from 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Face painting will be available for all ages, and there will be Kids Corner crafts, games and other activities.

The master of ceremonies will be Jodi Holland, executive director of The Gate House and a longtime advocate of recovery. Holland will introduce the guest speaker, Jerry M., host of the podcast radio show "Trudge The Road" and a person in recovery. Jerry will share his story, including his addiction to alcohol and drugs beginning in his early teens, a 10-year relapse, and his recovery beginning in July 1988.

The event will wrap up at 2:45 p.m. with a serenity circle.

The cost includes the lunch buffet, and tickets may be purchased at Tickets will also be available at the gate.

The Lancaster County Recovery Alliance is a group of community members whose purpose is to explore and develop solutions to issues caused by addiction. Members include people in recovery, friends and family members, treatment providers, legal and law enforcement professionals, church and faith-based organizations, the business community and other allies. Readers may learn more at the previously mentioned website or


Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce's Fall Dinner

The Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce has announced that Boston Marathon bombing survivor, author, and mother Rebekah Gregory will be the special guest for its 2017 Fall Dinner. The event will take place on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Casa di Fiori at the Inn at Leola Village, 38 Deborah Drive, Leola. Meredith Jorgensen, of a local television station, who also has a personal story of triumph over adversity, will be the master of ceremonies for the evening.

In April, Gregory released an inspirational book, "Taking My Life Back," and has been recently featured on the "Today" show and in national media. The Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013, left Gregory an amputee with physical disabilities at the age of 26.

Gregory will also be available to meet guests afterward and sign copies of her new book.

Tickets and limited sponsorship opportunities are still available. A VIP reception and press event with Gregory will take place before the event with key sponsors and media partners.

This event is open to the entire community. Tickets for the evening, which include a four-course dinner, will be discounted for members of the Ephrata Area Chamber of Commerce and full price for nonmembers. Tickets, which must be reserved by Thursday, Sept. 21, can be purchased by visiting, emailing, or calling the Chamber at 717-738-9010. Individuals who wish to purchase a copy of Gregory's book beforehand and have her personally sign it and meet her after the event may also contact the Chamber.


Kimberton Run

The Kimberton Lions Club will host the 19th annual Kimberton Run on Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Kimberton Fire House and Fairgrounds, located on Route 113 west of Phoenixville. The event will include a 5K run/walk, which will begin at 9 a.m., and a half-mile Kids' Fun Run, which will start at 10 a.m. Registration will be from 8 to 8:45 a.m.

All participants are asked to bring canned foods or nonperishable items for Phoenixville Area Community Services. Cash prizes and door prizes will be available, and there are still opportunities for sponsorships. For more information or to register, readers may visit

The Kimberton Lions Club serves the Valley Forge, Phoenixville, Kimberton, and Spring City areas. The club, established in 1956, supports many local organizations, such as Mom's House, CaninePartners4Life, Leader Dog, and Chester County Association for the Blind. The club also collects used eyeglasses and help those in need get prescription eyeglasses. More information is available at


The Art and Science of Drying Food

Penn State Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County will offer a food preservation class, The Art and Science of Drying Food, on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster. The class will be presented as a demonstration and lecture by Stacy Reed, food, family, and health educator with Penn State.

Individuals will learn basic methods of drying, including oven drying, dehydrators, microwave drying, and air drying. Ideas for using dehydrated foods will be included, and tips will be given for buying a dehydrator.

Preregistration is required. There is a registration fee. To register, readers may visit or call the Penn State Extension office in Lancaster at 717-394-6851.

Penn State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Individuals who anticipate needing any type of accommodation or who have questions about the physical access provided may contact the Penn State Extension office in Lancaster in advance of their participation or visit.


Hidden Treasures Yard Sale

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (ABVM) Columbiettes will host a Hidden Treasures Yard Sale on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the ABVM parish grounds, 300 State Road, West Grove. In the event of rain, the yard sale will be held indoors.

A limited number of spaces and 12-foot tables are available to rent, and a vendor registration form is available by visiting If the event is held indoors, spaces will be available based on registration order.

For more information, call Terry at 610-291-9938 or Donna at 484-371-8345.


Dirt! Not Just for Mudpies!"

Green Thumb Garden Club has announced its September programs at Kaltreider-Benfer Library, 147 S. Charles St., Red Lion. Admission is free for both programs.

Children ages 7 to 12 and their parents are invited to "Dirt! Not Just for Mudpies!" on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. The presenter will be Melanie Markowski.

Adults are invited to "Winter is Coming - Bringing Your Houseplants Safely Inside," a presentation by Meg Paxson. The event will take place on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.

For more details on either program, readers may contact Markowski at 717-617-7457 or


Ways to Combat Hate/Bias in Your Community"

A program titled "Ways to Combat Hate/Bias in Your Community" will be presented on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Martin Memorial Library, 159 E. Market St., York, in the Simpson Room from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Mark Rhodes, president of Key Learning Consultants, will be the presenter. The interactive program will include group discussion and exercises.

Sponsors include the York City Human Relations Commission, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, and York County Advisory Council.


4-H Auction

The 23rd annual Chester County 4-H Center Benefit Auction will be held rain or shine on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Romano 4-H Center, located at 1841 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook. The event will include a silent auction that will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by a live auction from 6 to approximately 10 p.m. Admission is free, and all are invited to attend.

The silent auction will feature many products and services donated by local residents and businesses. "We have (passes) to museums and golf courses and ski lessons. We will also have a few gift cards to local stores," said Amy Pippin, who is chairing the event along with Payton Barber and Nina Shaffer.

In the live auction, fresh produce, including pumpkins will be offered, as well as quilts, wheat straw, fine art, mums and pet food.

New this year will be a cash-only table. "Basically, you can just purchase items from the table directly," explained Pippin. "Or you can buy a bag for a donation, and you can put anything you want in the bag."

Youth members from local 4-H clubs donate items they have purchased or made for gift baskets. For example, there will a basket of horse care items and a snack basket. Additionally, 4-H youths will provide assistance during the auction, serving as runners and helping display items for auctioneer Bill McCauley.

The Dairy Cart will also be on-site throughout the event offering refreshments, including milkshakes and ice cream. "We will also have pulled pork and macaroni and cheese and (other food items)," Pippin said.

Organizers are seeking donations for the auction, including handmade items, farm products, antiques, gift certificates, collectibles and artwork. Items will be accepted through the day of the event. "We will accept donations from 8 a.m. to noon on the day of the auction," Pippin stated. "Art has been a big thing the past few years, as well as handmade items and gift baskets. People really seem to like them."

Proceeds from the auction will be used to help support the cost of maintaining the 4-H Romano Center, where 4-H clubs meet for free. The 4-H Center contains restroom facilities and meeting rooms, as well as a large exhibition and activity area. It is used during the annual 4-H Fair, along with the livestock building that houses the swine, dairy and goat exhibits. The property also includes an outdoor horse show ring.

The Romano 4-H Center is located on Route 322, near its intersection with Route 82. For more information about the auction or to donate items, readers may call the Chester County Extension Office at 610-696-3500. More information is also available by searching for "The Romano 4-H Center of Chester County" on Facebook.


Gift Basket Bingo

A gift basket bingo event to benefit a local Girl Scout troop will be held on Sunday, Sept. 24, at Central York High School, 601 Mundis Mill Road, York. The event is sponsored by the Panther Foundation.

Doors will open at noon, and bingo will begin at 1 p.m. Food will be available, and vendors will offer their wares for purchase.

Gift baskets and prizes will include airline tickets, amusement park tickets, food-related items, and items donated by local restaurants and businesses. Proceeds will benefit a local Girl Scout troop and its trip to Savannah, Ga., to visit the birthplace of Girl Scouting's founder.

To prepurchase tickets at a discounted rate, make a donation or reserve a vendor table, readers may contact Pam Scott at 717-586-6070 or Tickets will also be available at the door.


A Scholarship Fundraiser: Oktoberfest of Fashion, Flowers and Fortes

The Garden Club of York will sponsor A Scholarship Fundraiser: Oktoberfest of Fashion, Flowers and Fortes on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 11:15 a.m. at the Country Club of York, 1400 Country Club Road, York. The event is open to the public, and proceeds will go toward scholarships enabling York youths to continue their education.

Attendees will be able to view a fashion show, view an art showcase of works created by Garden Club of York members, and have opportunities to win floral centerpieces. Lunch is included in the ticket price.

To purchase tickets, readers may contact Bonnie Rothert at 717-841-3170 or by Thursday, Sept. 28.


History Walk for Caregivers and Babies

The York County History Center will offer a series of themed local history walks through downtown York on the first Wednesday of each month from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. The 45- to 60-minute walks are designed for caregivers with babies in tow.

The next walk will be a museum walking tour taking place on Wednesday, Oct. 4, and departing from the Colonial Complex, 157 W. Market St. After a short walk, participants will receive an overview of the Agricultural and Industrial Museum. Highlights will include a waterwheel in action and Reddy Kilowatt.

There is a fee for the tours for nonmembers of the York County History Center.

For more information, readers may visit or call 717-848-1587, ext. 301. In the event of inclement weather, readers may call to find out whether the tour has been rescheduled.


Public Radio Astronomy and Solar Observing Event

The York County Astronomical Society (YCAS) will offer a free Public Radio Astronomy and Solar Observing event at the YCAS Observatory at John C. Rudy County Park, 400 Mundis Race Road, York, on Saturday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

YCAS member Kerry Smith will present the radio astronomy portion of the event and will give attendees a peek into the future of YCAS' radio astronomy endeavors. Radio astronomy is the study of unseen radiated energy in the electromagnetic spectrum below visible light. By using radio astronomy, people are able to study astronomical phenomena that are otherwise invisible.

Attendees will also be able to view the sun through YCAS' solar telescope and view it remotely on a television screen that will be hooked up to a telescope. YCAS member Mike Wenz will present this portion of the event.

For all observing activities at John C. Rudy County Park, if weather conditions are not ideal, individuals may listen to the voice message at 717-759-YCAS (9227) or visit for notice of any late cancellation. If conditions are clear or mostly clear, the activity will occur as scheduled. If it is completely cloudy, raining or snowing, the activity will be changed to an astronomical presentation.

Attendees should note that the observatory is inside the park, not at the park's administrative headquarters.

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