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5 FUN FREE FAMILY Things to do this Weekend

July 7th, 2017 No comments

5.  Free First Fridays for Families at the Lancaster Science Factory tonight from 5-8pm.  Visitors  receive free access to more than 60 interactive exhibits relating to science, technology, engineering and math, as well as demonstrations and activities in the “Science Cafe,” thanks to donations from PPL Electric Utilities. For more information:

4. The  Bible Truck Museum and Exhibit on display Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 12:00 – 9:00 PM at the Harrisburg Mall in Harrisburg.  It will be parked in the parking lot outside Bass Pro Shops. Guided tours will take place every half hour. It features information on how the Bible was written, distributed and translated, and offers various examples of ancient and modern Bibles. An outdoor planetarium will also be on site.  Admission is Free. Fore more information

3.  Rural Life Festival on Saturday, July 8th from 9am-3pm at Newburg United Methodist Church in Newburg.  Spend a day in the past with displays of antique farm machinery, small engines, working steam engine, and demonstrations of old-time farm and kitchen chores — grain thrashing, blacksmith, sheep shearing, log hewing, scrapple and butter-making. In addition, there will be many activities for children, an auction, and an abundance of food, including fresh apple cider, kettle cooked sassafras tea, black bean kettle soup, chicken barbecue and ice cream. Free admission and parking.  For more information 717-423-6223 or

2.  New Bloomfield Fire Company Carnival July 7th & 8th at 5:15pm at the New Bloomfield Fire Company. Delicious foods, thrilling rides and a family-friendly atmosphere. Free admission and free parking. For more information (717) 582-2144 or visit the New Bloomfield Volunteer Fire Company Facebook page.

1. Celebrate tomatoes at the 59th Annual Washington Boro Tomato Festival featuring live entertainment, carnival games, prizes, and food.  Held at Washington Boro Community Park the festival offers free admission for all.  The annual festival is this Saturday evening and next Saturday evening, July 16th from 5-9.  Food starts at 4.  Visit the Washington Boro Tomato Festival Facebook page. 

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5 Fun FREE Family Things to Do This Weekend

July 8th, 2016 No comments



5.  The 3rd Annual Historic Marietta Bike Race, Saturday, July 9, 10:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. featuring the best cyclists in the mid-Atlantic racing over 40 mph on the streets of Marietta. Includes Women’s, Men’s Beginners, Men’s Masters, Kids, Men’s Professional/Elite races and a parade lap for spectators and participants. New for this year is a Fireman’s Race!!  Free music and children’s activities in front of Susquehanna Waldorf School. Kids races free to all children 4 to 10 years.  On site complimentary safety checks by local bike shops.

4.  Rural Life Festival on Sat. July 9th from 9am-3pm at Newburg United Methodist Church. Free Admission and Free Parking.  Antique Farm Machinery*Antique Displays*Small Engines*Working Steam Engine*Grain Thrashing*Horse Drawn Binder*Scrapple Making* Fresh Apple Cider*Grain to Loaf Bread Baking*Children’s Pedal Tractor Pull*Horse Wagon Rides* Barrel Train*Children’s Activities*Petting Zoo*Potato Raising*Butter Making*Soap Making*Sheep Shearing*Spinning & Weaving*Quilting*Wood Working* Broom Making*Blacksmith*Log Hewing Music* lots of food!  For more information 717-423-6113.

3.  Forgotten Voices is hosting a 10 year anniversary benefit concert Saturday, July 9 from 5pm-8pm at Forgotten Voices in Dillsburg to help raise awareness and support for innovative orphan care in Africa. Bring your family & friends, lawn chairs & blankets, and a picnic dinner.  Featuring music by Teresa Greco, Kim Edwards, and John Hufford. Cost is free, but donations will be accepted to support the ministry. Raffle for handcrafted jewelry and Forgotten Voices’ t-shirt. for more information.

2.  It’s Second Friday Downtown Lititz TONIGHT from 5 – 9pm.  Up and down Main Street and Broad Street in Lititz you’ll find artists, entertainers, musicians, and exhibits.  Free parking is available in the parking lots north of Main Street.

1.  Free family movie night TONIGHT at 7pm at The Junction Center in Manheim with Paddington. Free tickets available. Donations to WJTL will help to cover the cost of the event.

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July 10th, 2015 No comments


5. Sizzling summer vendor and craft fair Saturday from 10-2. Hosted by Furever Home Adoption Center at 237 Centerville Rd. Lancaster, PA. Free admission! For more information call 717-808-8108.


4. 3rd Annual Community Day featuring This Way Up at Rosedale Church of the Nazarene in Middletown on Saturday from 2-5. Plus, a bounce house, dunk tank, food, games and more. “This Way Up” and their famous boomwhackers will take the stage at 3:00pm.  Event is held rain or shine.


3. First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) hosting S’moreFest in the church’s parking lot July 11 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Rain or Shine.  S’moreFest includes a make-your-own s’mores bar along with hamburgers, hot dogs, sides and more! For more visit


2.  This Saturday morning is your chance to nestle in with The Rabbit & the Dragonfly family to eat cereal and watch cartoons. Come early to get a sweet perch! This Saturday morning cartoon is the animated version of “The Lion The Witch & the Wardrobe”.  The Rabbit & the Dragonfly opens at 8am, but official nestle in time is 9:30am. The Rabbit & the Dragonfly Coffee Shop & Cafe is located at 50 North Market Street Lancaster in Market Alley around the corner from Central Market.  For more information search The Rabbit & the Dragonfly on Facebook.


1. KCB broadcasting live at Cavod Academy of the Arts open house in New Holland Saturday 9-12.  It’s an opportunity to meet the instructors, enjoy live entertainment, free food, door prizes, a bounce house and more!  Plus the grand opning and ribbon cutting for Cavod’s new theater.  For more visit

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KCB Roller Skating Party Update

March 19th, 2014 No comments

LISA LANDIS- A reminder that the next KCB Roller Skating Party is MAY 31, NOT this weekend.  Since the last skate was postponed due to the wintry weather, we decided to move the March 22nd date so as not to hold two skates in the same month.  In case you didn’t get word, the last skate of the season is MAY 31 from 10am-11am at Castle Roller Skating in Lancaster.  I hope to see you then for tons of KCB skating fun!  Visit the Calendar at KIDSCOOKIEBREAK.COM, or click the Kids tab here at WJTL.COM for more KCB live on location dates.  We are very busy starting April 26th!

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September 11th, 2012 8 comments

Lisa Landis – This Thursday I travel to Kenya to report on the community of Alendu with Rafiki Africa.  Rafiki Africa works together with African communities to provide practical resources, training, real and lasting hope, dignity, encouragement, spiritual growth and guidance.  It’s been two years since I visited Africa.  My last trip was with Eastern Mennonite Missions in April of 2010.  Before I travel on Thursday, I wanted to update you on the Guinea-Bissau school project in Western Africa.  Here is a quick video of the progress:

The walls are up and the roof is on the school building in Catel, Guinea-Bissau, that WJTL listeners so generously contributed to in 2010-2011. EMM worker Beryl Forester said all the funds that were raised have been used – about $11,000.

Beryl estimates that another $5,000 would cover the cost of plastering both the inside and the outside of the school, pouring the concrete floors, putting in windows and doors, and painting the building. Of course, furnishings like desks and benches would also be helpful; making or purchasing them would likely cost an additional $3,000. This building will have four classrooms, each accommodating 30 students, 120 per session. There are two sessions per day.

There’s still a lot to be done! Catel has one of the worst educational situations in the region. Most of the teachers do not receive a salary so classes are quite irregular and the instructional level is insufficient. Sadly, many of the students who go through the program still can’t read or write when they finish.

But there’s also reason to hope! A man who is a native of Catel will soon complete his teacher’s certificate and Beryl reports that he has a dream to return to Catel to help create an effective school environment here.

Another new project in Guinea-Bissau

Another exciting possibility for the village is the prospect of getting a cashew processing project up and running. EMM is raising funds through a special Faithfunder campaign to run a pilot project. This would mean villagers could process their cashews in the country rather than shipping them to India for processing, which is what they do now. Processing the nuts locally, and establishing trade relationships directly with buyers, means the communities that grow the cashews also get the jobs and retain more of the profits. The community could see long-term economic development.

You can be part of this project, too. You can even get tasty cashew nuts in exchange for supporting it! But it’s only running until October 12. Go to and find out:

  • Why is EMM processing cashews in Guinea-Bissau?
  • What is Faithfunder?
  • How can people help?
Please pray for safety as I leave later this week for Kenya with Rafiki Africa.  Rafiki AFrica is a non-profit run by Roger & Dorothy who run the African food stand at Lancaster Central Market.  Rafiki Africa Foundation (Rafiki Africa) is a Christian faith based, 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization focused on poverty alleviation with a comprehensive approach. For more information visit  And listen for videos, pictures, blogs, & live radio updates September 13-24.
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August 10th, 2012 4 comments



5. Steven Courtney concert on Sun. Aug. 12th at 5PM at Elizabethtown Grace Brethren Church in Elizabethtown. 717-367-1281


4. Community Day, sponsored by Community United Methodist Church, will be held on Saturday, August 11 in the Saginaw Picnic Grove. The picnic grove is located at the intersection of Long Road and Saginaw Road, Mt. Wolf. The activities will begin at 11:00 am. Phredd concert beginning at 1:00 pm. Food and drinks will be available, featuring Community’s famous chicken corn soup. Everyone is welcome! 717-266-1308

3. Rawlinsville Camp Meeting will be hosting Jessie Rothacker and Forgotten Friends on Saturday, August 11. Jessie’s show, which includes snakes, turtles, and all kinds of reptiles, as well as fun audience interaction, will start at 1 pm. (717) 284-2746 or check out Brett Rush will be playing at the Rawlinsville Camp Meeting on Sunday, August 12.


2. Ralley At Rosedale at Rosedale Camp Grove in Laureldale on Sat. Aug. 11th from 6-10PM. Speaker Joe Duerr and woship leaders Eric Schneiderhan of West Lawn UMC , Ashlin Hollinger and Jason Frey of Life Church Lancaster come together for one night of incredible worship and speaking. Free Admission, Food will be available. 610-301-9835

1. Second Friday in Lititz – Every Second Friday of each month, 5-9 p.m., local residents and visitors alike are invited to head to downtown Lititz, PA, a cool, safe and comfortable place for family and friends to get together-all ages welcome. Enjoy dinner downtown then take a relaxing stroll down the streets of our historic village – take your time! 717-626-6332




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July 13th, 2012 2 comments


5. Travis Wetzel on Sat. July 14th from 7-8:45PM at Mt. Gretna Campmeeting in Mt. Gretna at part of their 2012 Heritage Festival. Free admission. An offering will be taken.

4. Celebrity animal expert, Harrison Forbes, will offer safe travel tips to local pets and their human families on July 14 from 11AM-4PM at Freedom Toyota in Harrisburg. The popular film and broadcast trainer will demonstrate pet vehicle safety tips and hand out signed copies of his best-seller Dog Talk The festival, co-sponsored by The Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance, will feature a variety of exhibits and activities. Admission is free. 717-652-3660


3. October Baby this weekend, Saturday & Sunday at 7:00 PM at Life streams Productions in Ronks. It is s free event, a freewill offering will be taken. (717) 687-4263


2 Second Saturday Art Reception to benefit Children’s Home of York at the Office Furniture Outlet Saturday Art Reception. The event takes place July 14, 5-9 pm. It is free and open to the public. Second Saturday features food, beverages, live music from Greg Stuller, plus the work of eight local and regional artists.

717-848-2900 or


1. Kids Cookie Break broadcasting live at the Strasburg Farmers Market at 145 Precision Ave. in Strasburg on Sat. July 14th from 9AM-Noon.

Strasburg Farmers Market every Saturday from 8AM-1PM and Tuesday from 4-7PM until Oct. 13th. or 717-687-8494



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July 8th, 2011 2 comments


#5-Tim Zimmerman and The King’s Brass create a time of innovative worship for all generations at Grace Baptist Church of Lancaster at 1899 Marietta Ave. Saturday, July 9th at 6pm.Admission is free and a freewill offering will be taken during the concert.


#4-Southen End Community Association Fest Celebration! Saturday, July 9 from 4 – 10pm. Games, food, Titanic Slide, Obstacle Course, dunk tank & more. Pony Rides from 5-8 p.m. Free admission & parking at the Solanco Fairgrounds. FIREWORKS at 10. For more information call SECA at 806-0123 or visit


#3-Historic Coleman Memorial Chapel’s 7th Annual Auction & Chicken BBQ—Baked Goods/Children’s Games fun and fellowship. The church will be open for self guided tours. Located 1/2 mile north of Brickerville on Rt. 501.


#2-Celebrate 2011 at the Teen Challenge Training Center Friday-Sunday.  Speakers, Camping/RV Sites, music, food & games for the kids plus inflatable attractions, a fishing derby for children with a fireworks display Saturday night, free admission!  More info at


#1 -2011 Faith Festival on Sat. July 9th from Noon-8PM at Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Freeland, MD. Free Event. Artists include:Brett Rush, Unsearchable Riches, Mount Zion Praise Band, Thru Me, & MORE. There will also be children’s activities in the “Fruits Of The Spirit” Childrens Tent. Benefits The Northern Baltimore Cluster Of “Volunteers In Mission”.


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The “Red Umbrellas” of Lancaster artist Liz Hess

June 1st, 2011 No comments

LISA LANDIS-  The Liz Hess Gallery is one of my favorite stops on “First Friday” downtown Lancaster. The gallery is smack in the middle of Prince Street’s gallery row-just look for the red umbrellas in the window.  The gallery owner is Lancaster artist Liz Hess who is known for the signature “Red Umbrella” that she works into most of her paintings.

Liz is an amazing artist and she is also a woman of faith.  I first met Liz when I had the chance to personally deliver 3 of her original paintings to a small village in Africa where they are being used by an Eastern Mennonite Missions missionary to explain the salvation story to the villagers living in Catel Village, Guinea Bissau.

Liz has a new series,”The Quiet Collection” and I was eager to stop by the gallery this past First Friday to have a look.  It’s a series of paintbrushes and prose from the heart and hands of Liz.   The paintings have been so popular, she can barely keep them in stock. She also works her red umbrella into the sacred series.  Here Liz explains how her signature “Red Unbrella” came to be.  I will post a new video soon featuring her new “Quiet Collection” paintings.

Stop by and say to Liz Hess at her Prince Street gallery downtown Lancaster this “First Friday”, June 3, 2011.


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How Hurricane Felix brought destruction on a Nicaraguan village and how FIA is bringing the village hope

April 15th, 2011 No comments

LISA LANDIS- In 2007 Hurricane Felix unleashed its power on the village of Boom Sirpi.  The village is located along the Mosquito Coast (or Miskito Coast), Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua.  Friends in Action Executive Director Tim Johnston and I visited with one of the village judges who was living in the village at the time of the storm.  He talks about the storms impact and the hope that FIA is bringing to the people, who are still rebuilding after the 2007 storm.

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A tour of Rama Cay Island, Nicaragua with FIA International

April 12th, 2011 2 comments

LISA LANDIS- It’s been two weeks since my return home from an amazing trip with Friends In Action International (FIA) to Nicaragua.  FIA is located in Middletown, PA. FIA is a team of people with diverse gifts and abilities who serve indigenous people groups and missionaries in remote parts of the world with humanitarian aid & relief projects while establishing the church.

Here is an example of how FIA is working in a remote part of the world.  This video features several highlights from my visit to the small island Rama Cay, a half-hour boat ride from Bluefields, Nicaragua, on the Caribbean coastline.  Approximately 883 people live on this tiny isalnd, which is the size of two city blocks.  The island is overcrowded and FIA is helping to establish a village on the nearby mainland so there will be an environmentally stable and self-supporting community as the community continues to grow.


FIA is looking for people to come along side them as volunteers, work teams, and financial supporters so they can continue to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to the Rama people.  Visit for information on how you can help.

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