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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do March 24-26, 2017

March 24th, 2017 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
March 24-26, 2017

5 Fourth Friday at the River Towns community celebration tonight (March 24) 5-9pm in Columbia, Marietta, and Wrightsville. Music, special events, self-guided tour, galleries, antique shops, specialty shops, and more. More Info: LancasterPA.com/River-Towns

4 US Coast Guard Academy Cadet Glee Club Concert Sunday (March 26th) from 4pm-5pm at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lancaster.  Forty men and women from the Corps of Coast Guard Cadets Glee Club performing patriotic music and songs of the sea. More Info: TrinityLancaster.org

3  Annual Health & Fitness Fair at Bright Side Opportunities Center in  Lancaster tomorrow (Saturday, March 25th) from 10am-2pm. Over 30 health-related vendors, free health screenings, fitness demonstrations including Zumba, Tai Chi and Yoga, and fun children’s activities including a bouncy house, games and prizes. More Info: BrightsideOpportunities.org

2 BunFest, tomorrow (March 25) 10am-3pm at Christ Lutheran Church, Manchester. Celebrate all things rabbit! Adoptable bunnies on site all day for photos with the kids. Volunteers with free educational information about small animal care. Toys and treats for little critters. Many Animal Friendly Vendors on hand. Sponsored by York County SPCA More Info: YCSPCA.org

1  Science is Amazing Festival at Lancaster Science Factory, tomorrow (Saturday, March 25) 10 am – 4 pm.  Free admission to all Science Factory exhibits, special science activities, Special science demonstrations and activities will be presented by Science Factory volunteers, area schools, science clubs, universities and Lancaster youth organizations.
More Info: LancasterScienceFactory.org

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do March 17-19, 2017

March 17th, 2017 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
March 17-19, 2017

5 Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017 tomorrow (Sat. March 18th) beginning at 1pm on Walnut Street at Commonwealth Avenue, turn left on Fourth Street, right onto Market, right on Second, right onto North, ending at North Third Street. More Info: HarrisburgStPatricksDayParade.com

4 Historical Instrumental Treasures tomorrow (Saturday, March 18) 1:30pm at Lititz Public Library, Kissel Hill Road in Lititz. Gentry Stoltzfus will present historic instruments from the Lititz Moravian Archives Collection. Sponsored by the Lititz Historical Foundation. More Inf: 717 626-2255

3 The Keystone Brass Quintet 40th Anniversary Concert, tonight (Friday, March 17) 7pm at Bethany United Church of Christ, Main Street, Ephrata. The concert will include pieces arranged by members of the group past and present.

2 The Celtic Classic Dog Show at The York Expo Center in York today , Saturday and Sunday (March 17-19) beginning at 8am each day. The Lancaster Kennel Club, Delaware County and York County Kennel Clubs present The Celtic Classic Annual All Breed Dog Show. Over 800 entries each day in either Conformation, Obedience and Rally events. The Celtic Classic runs March 15-19, 2017. Admission is free. More Info: WP.TheCelticClassic.com

1 Building Industry Association of Lancaster County Spring Home Show Friday 1-8pm, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-4pm (March 17-19) at Nook Sports. Over 125 Local Conntractors, Giveaways, Food Drive and more. More Info: BIASpringHomeShow.com

 

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do March 10-12, 2017

March 10th, 2017 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
March 10-12, 2017

5 New Cumberland Library is hosting Susquehanna Service Dogs Sunday (March 12) from 3pm-4pm. Jane Jackson and her service dog will show how dogs can aid people with disabilities. Light refreshments served.  More Info: NewCumberlandLibrary.org

4 The 34th Annual York Saint Patrick Day’s Parade tomorrow (Sat. March 11) at 1pm.  The parade will step off from Market and Penn streets and proceed east on Market to the block between Duke and Queen Streets. More Info: YorkSaintPatricksDayParade.org

3 Winter Walks at Pinchot today (Fri.March 10) at 1pm. Experience Pinchot Park with easy to moderate walks led by the park naturalist. The walks will last about an hour to an hour and a half. Dress for the weather, and bring water. More Info: DCNR.PA.Gov

2 Spring Vintage Revival Market tomorrow (Saturday March 11) 8am-1pm at Akron Church of the Brethren. Over 45 Vendors. Proceeds benefit House of His Creation. More Info: The Vintage Revival Market Facebook Page.

1  Charter Day Sunday (March 12) noon-4pm. State Museums are free in celebration of Pennsylvania Charter Day celebrating the Commonwealth’s 332nd birthday. Free admission to many of the historic sites and museums along the Pennsylvania Trails of History such as State Museum, Landis Valley Museum, Brandywine Battlefield Park, Ephrata Cloister, Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and more. The Pennsylvania Charter and Great Law will also be on display at The State Museum. More Info: PA-Mag.com

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do March 3-5, 2017

March 3rd, 2017 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
March 3-5, 2017

5  Chocolate Festival, tomorrow (Saturday, March 4) 1-4pm at The Oxford United Methodist Church, Oxford, PA.  Be a be a taster, a baker, or a contestant. The categories are Cakes/Cupcakes, Cookies, Candy/Fudge, Brownies, “Other Desserts” as well as a special Children’s category for ages 16 and under. There will also be a special “Kids Cookie Corner” where younger kids can decorate cookies.  More Info: http://oxford1851.org

4 Maple Sugaring demonstrations in the Sugar Bush of Central Park, Lancaster, Pavillion 11, Sunday (March 5) 1-4pm. See trees being tapped, sap boiled to syrup, and candy made from syrup.  Maple products will be available. Donations appreciated. More Info: www.lancastercountyparks.org

3 Lego Madness tomorrow (Sat. March 4) from 10:30am-11:30am at New Cumberland Public Library. Tom Gross of the New Cumberland Lions Club will read a story, followed by children and their family constructing an object from Legos that represents the theme of the book. More Info:
http://newcumberlandlibrary.org

2 Hammel Associates Architects in Lancaster First Friday Lego Building Party tonight (Friday, March 3) from 5-8:30pm. Two new Architecture series models will be available to build New York City and Berlin. Guests can also take on other Architectural series models, or go freestyle with more than 40,000 bricks, plates and specialty pieces. More Info:  http://www.hammelarch.com/

1  Lancaster Science Factory – Free First Fridays, tonight (Friday, March 3) 5-8p   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. More Info: 717-509-6363

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do February 24-26, 2017

February 24th, 2017 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
February 24-26, 2017

5 Star Factor summer arts camp and talent showcase at Calvary Bible Church Hanover tomorrow (Saturday, Feb 25) at 7pm and Sunday (Feb 26) 10:30am. More Info: www.cbc-hanover.org

4 ROCK THE BLOCK at Pod 2 tomorrow (Saturday, February 25) from 11am-4 pm at Rock Lititz. Open house with activity stations, entertainment and more. More Info:  (717) 626-0338

3 Salem United Methodist Church Rothsville FREE pancake breakfast for the community tomorrow (Saturday, February 25) from 8am-10am. More Info: 717-626-4675

2 Winter Escape tomorrow (Saturday Feb. 25) from 1pm-4pm at Conestoga Valley Church of Christ.  Games, sweet chocolate treats and indoor bounce house!  More Info:  www.cvchurchofchrist.org

1 Maple Sugaring demonstrations in the Sugar Bush of Central Park, Lancaster, Pavillion 11, tomorrow (Saturday, Feb 25) 10am-2pm and Sunday (Feb 26) 1-4pm. See trees being tapped, sap boiled to syrup, and candy made from syrup.  Maple products will be available. Donations appreciated. More Info: www.lancastercountyparks.org

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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do February 17-19, 2017

February 17th, 2017 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
February 17-19, 2017

5 Laudate in concert at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Lancaster, tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 18th) from 7pm-8:30pm.  Laudate is a group of music majors from the School of Music at Cairn University who regularly perform at schools, churches, and special events with a program of sacred, classical, and non-classical repertoire. More Info: WestPCA.com

4 Handbell Concert, Sunday (Feb. 19th) at 7pm at First United Methodist Church in Mechanicsburg. The concert will include music performed by two handbell choirs along with two adult vocal choirs. Selections range from sacred to secular. Refreshments to follow.  More Info: FUMChurch.com

3 Great Backyard Bird Count tomorrow (Saturday, February 18) beginning at 9am at Clarence Schock Memorial Park at Governor Dick Environmental Center in Mount Gretna.
Help look for birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count. The birds will be reported to the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society. The information is used to track how birds are doing and how better to protect them and their habitats. No experience is necessary. Bring binoculars. More Info: ParkatGovernorDick.org

2  “The Cat’s Pajamas” a 6 member jazz band dedicated to performing early jazz of the 1920’s, as well as modern tunes with the style of yesteryear in concert tomorrow (Saturday, February 18, 2017) 7pm at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lancaster. A free will offering will be taken.  More Info: StPeterslutheran.org

1 Fire & Ice Festival in Lititz, tonight, tomorrow and Sunday (Feb. 17th-19th) at the Lititz Springs Park and throughout downtown Lititz.  Ice sculptures, Chili Cook-Off, concerts, Winter Wonderland Carnival, Dodgeball Tournament, Community Movie Night and more!! Look for WJTL Friday night 5-9pm. Get all the info and times at: LititzFireAndIceFestival.com

 

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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do February 10-12, 2017

February 10th, 2017 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
February 10-12, 2017

5 Indoor Winter Fest at Neffsville Christian Preschool tomorrow (Saturday, Feb. 11) from10am-Noon.  Free games, snacks, crafts, activities and lots of fun things to do. More Info: NeffsvilleChristianPreschool.com

4 Lancaster’s 2nd annual “All-Crow” Art Show ends today (Friday, February 10) 10am-5pm, at the Manheim Township Public Library.The crow-themed exhibit features professional, amateur, and student artwork. More Info: http://www.somethingtocrowabout.net/

3 Reading and Writing with Anne Frank traveling exhibit tomorrow (Saturday, February 11) 9am-4pm at The Milanof-Schock Library, Anderson Ferry Road, Mount Joy. The exhibit has never before been in Pennsylvania and is designed for young people and provides an overview of the personal life of the Frank family. More Info: mslibrary.org

2 Crispus Attucks and Edward Hand Middle School African American History Celebration tomorrow, (Saturday, Feb 11) 6pm at Edward Hand Middle School, Lancaster. Performances by Fusion Step Team, Millersville University’s Footprints, Enlite Steppers and The McCaskey Gospel Choir. More Info: cacc-lancaster.org

1 Blue Sky Falls in Concert at Emmaus Road Cafe in Lancaster tomorrow (Sat. Feb. 11) at 7pm.
Blue Sky Falls (formerly known as the Juan Catorce band) offers soaring three part harmonies, intricate instrumental work, and a love for making and sharing music. Emmaus Road Cafe is located on Lincoln Highway East in Lancaster. More Info: EmmausRoadCafe.org

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do January 27-29,2017

January 27th, 2017 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
January 27-29, 2017

5 Fourth Friday in River Towns – Columbia, Marietta and Wrightsville, tonight (Friday, Jan 27) 5-9pm. Music, Galleries, antique shops, local eateries, and more. More Info: parivertowns.com

4 Winter Snowflake Ornament Making tomorrow (Sat. Jan. 28) 11am at East Pennsboro Branch Library in East Pennsboro. Make a winter snowflake ornament. Display it in your window or hang from a fixture to decorate a room. Materials provided. No registration necessary. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  More Info: EastPennsboroBranch.org

3 Emmaus Road Cafe tomorrow (Sat. Jan. 28) 7pm-10pm.  Concert by Worship Leaders Walt and Amy Lindberg. The cafe is located at 1886 Lincoln Highway East in Lancaster. More Info: EmmausRoadCafe.org

2 Ukulele Uprising Sunday (Jan 29) 2pm at Tellus360 in Lancaster. Ukulele Uprising is a gang of fun-loving musicians of varying skill levels who gather together to strum ukuleles and sing songs of all kinds.  All ages welcome – Children must be accompanied by an adult. More Info: tellus360.com

1 15th Annual Chambersburg Ice Festival this weekend Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Jan 27-29) Over 70 Ice Sculptures on display, Chili Cookoff, kidzone, double-wide Ice Slide and more. Get times and More info: IceFestPA.com

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do January 20-22, 2017

January 20th, 2017 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
January 20-22, 2017

5 Music Friday, tonight (Friday, January 20) 6-9pm. Each third Friday of the month Lancaster is host of Music Fridays. Performances throughout Downtown Lancaster at various retailers, restaurants, and attractions. More Info: VisitLancasterCity.com

4 Trust Community Concert with Kēnòr tonight (FRIDAY, JANUARY 20) at 7:30pm. Kēnòr is an improvised modern chamber music ensemble of violin, percussion, vocals and accordion performing classical world music and poetry. An offering will be taken. More Info: LancasterTrust.com

3  “Encounter” is an artistic production involving theater, music, dance, and visual art on Sunday (Jan. 22) from 7pm-8:45pm at Calvary Church of Lebanon. “Encounter” is the Story of God told in a fresh way. More Info: Calvary-Lebanon.org

2 York County History Center and the Cultural Alliance Family Day tomorrow (Saturday, January 21) from 10am-2pm. Steven Courtney and the Suitcase Musicians, hands-on science and art activities, and more for the whole family.  More Info: YorkHistoryCenter.org

1 Free Community Weekend at ZooAmerica in Hershey Tomorrow and Sunday (Sat. Jan 21 & 22)  from 10:30am-4:30pm. More than 200 animals from the five regions of North America. Zoo Naturalists host up-close encounters with a variety of animals.More Info: ZooAmerica.com

WJTL’s Junction Center Hall Officially Named

January 16th, 2017 No comments

Construction of the performing arts hall at The Junction Center is phase 3 of a five-year process.  The cost to complete this final phase is slightly more than $2,500,000 of which 80% is being paid from internal ministry funds.  This leaves a minimum balance of $500,000 that needs to come from donations to the WJTL building fund.

Our prayer in the beginning was that a legacy donor could be found to provide half of that amount in matching funds to start the fund drive.  Several months went by without any success in finding this donor and frankly it was becoming a bit discouraging.

Last March WJTL president Tim Landis was attending a family dinner with his siblings at the home of his mother Rhoda. Father Robert had recently died which had left a big hole in the family gathering.  During desert Tim mentioned his frustration with being unable to secure a lead gift to start phase three.

Someone suggested in jest, “Why not call it the Robert M. Landis Memorial Hall.”  After chuckling about it awhile the conversation turned to other subjects.  Over the next several weeks this conversation was constantly on Tim’s mind and it started to make more and more sense.  Even as a family project it would be a sacrificial gift but one that would hopefully encourage others to give.  After talking with the other family members (Rhoda, Cheryl, Tim, Bärbel, Karla and Geoff) it was enthusiastically decided to jointly make this matching challenge gift in memory of their father, Robert M. Landis.

Robert had loved the Lord, loved his children and loved Christian music.  One treasured heirloom he left behind was a round pitch pipe that he purchased at the age of 18.  This device was used when leading worship at the small Lancaster City mission church he attended from the time of his marriage until his death at the age of 83.  It also saw service in numerous quartets and choirs over the years.

Robert never sought the spotlight and was most comfortable volunteering behind the scenes.  In the early 70’s his children all were very involved in bringing contemporary Christian music to the Lancaster area.  Artists such as Keith Green, Second Chapter of Acts and Barry McQuire ate at his table and even slept in their RV’s in his driveway.  He also served as the plumber for the Creation Festivals for many years and built the infamous early shower units.

One of the first contemporary concerts he attended was by Petra in 1975.  Tim was a little concerned what his reaction would be to their song, “Killing My Old Man”, but his only comment was, “The drummers are pretty good.”  They had two sets of drummers back then.
Although he definitely would have been embarrassed, the official name of the hall at the Junction Center will be called, “Robert M. Landis Memorial Hall,” but often will be referred to as “Landis Hall” when brevity is required.

Building Fund Update:  As of January 13, 2017, the sum of gifts and pledges total $63,588.67 from 230 people and 18 organizations.  Combined with the challenge gift of $250,000 this means that a total of  $313,588.67 has been raised leaving a balance of $186,411.33 minimum that still needs to be raised.

 

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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do January 13-15, 2017

January 13th, 2017 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
January 13-15, 2017

5 FestivICE winter ice festival in downtown York tomorrow (Sat. Jan. 14) from 9am-3pm. Over 18,000 pounds of interactive ice, entertainment, ”Frozen” princesses and ice themed market vendors, Dancing Yeti and York Revolution’s own mascot; Downtown. Face painting, balloon artists, rides, games, inflatables… and more. More Info: Festivice.com

4 Second Fridays in Downtown Lititz, tonight (Friday, Jan 13)from 5-9pm.  Artists, entertainers, musicians, and exhibits, shops, galleries, and more. Free parking is available in the parking lots north of Main Street.  More Info: LititzPa.com

3 Winter Walks at Pinchot State Park tomorrow (Sat. Jan. 14) beginning at 1pm. Experience Pinchot Park during the winter season with these easy to moderate walks led by the park naturalist. The walks will last about an hour to an hour and a half, depending on weather conditions. Dress for the weather, and bring water and/or snacks as desired.  More Info: 717-432-5011

2 LANCASTER’S “ALL-CROW” ART SHOW OPENS at Manheim Township Public Library, Granite Run Dr, Lancaster, today (Friday, Jan 13) from 5:30-8pm.Enjoy Crow-themed artwork, help create a group crow art piece to add to the show, Plus hot crow-coa, caw-fee and crow-ssants. More Info: SomethingToCrowAbout.Net

1 The One Hundred and First Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show comes to a close this weekend, it is tonight and tomorrow (Friday & Saturday, Jan. 13 & 14) today 9am-9pm and tomorrow 9am-5pm at the Farm Show complex in Harrisburg.Tractor Square Dancing, Animals, Exhibits, Butter Sculpture and more. All events are free but there is a fee for parking. More Info:  FarmShow.State.PA.US