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Five Fun Free Family Things To Do April 21-23, 2017

April 21st, 2017 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
April 21-23, 2017

5 The Mennonite Children’s Choir of Lancaster, Spring Concert tomorrow (Saturday, April 22) at 6:30pm at Lititz Moravian Church. The 150-voice choir is composed of singers in grades 2 – 12. More Info: mennonitechildrenschoir.org

4 Go Green In The City Festival tomorrow (Sat. April 22) from 10am-3pm in Downtown York. Family-friendly, interactive street fair celebrating green, healthy and local living. More than 75 artisans, green-conscious businesses, nonprofits and locally-sourced food vendors on and around the North Beaver Street area. Live music, children’s activities and more. More Info: Downtown York PA Facebook page

3 The 226th anniversary of President James Buchanan’s birth tomorrow (Saturday, April 22) at The President;s home – Wheatland, on Marietta Ave in Lancaster 10am -2pm. Presentation of the White House wreath, Free tours of the President’s home led by Buchanan Elementary School students. Have a slice of James Buchanan’s birthday cake with some punch provided by James Buchanan Elementary PTO. More Info: (717) 392-4633

2 Woodcrest Retreat Open House, tomorrow (Saturday, April 22) from 9am-1pm. Tour the 110 acre woodland camp near Ephrata. Refreshments, wagon rides, games, and more. More Info: woodcrestretreat.org

1 Earth Day at Sahd Metal Recycling in Columbia tomorrow (Saturday, April 22) from 9am-1pm. YARD TOURS featuring Cranes, Trains, and Shears, Live Animal Education shows, 25 vendors specializing in Reducing, Reusing and Recycling. Free Rita’s Ice, Chick-fil-A chocolate chip cookies, Kids Cookie Break broadcasting live! More Info: recycleyourmetal.com

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do March 31-April 2, 2017

March 31st, 2017 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
March 31-April 2, 2017

5 Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow (Saturday April 1) at 2pm at Limeville United Methodist Church in Gap, PA for Ages 1 to 12. Bring a basket or a bag. Light refreshments after egg hunt. More Info: 717 442-4010

4 Family Friendly Comedian & Ventriliquist Ryan and Friends will perform at Jonestown Bible Church in Jonestown tomorrow (Saturday April 1) at 6pm. Ryan got his start in the WJTL listening area but is now Nationally known. More Info: 717-865-4732.

3 Family of Restoration Ministries Cafe Nite. Tonight (Friday, March 31) 6:30-8pm in the upper part of the stone barn on the ministry’s new property in Lititz. Live Music, coffee, desserts and fellowship. The evening is free but you do need to register ahead of time. Registration and More Info: at the Cafe Night EventBrite page.

2 Lancaster Bible College hymn sing, Sunday (April 2) 4 to 5:30pm in the Good Shepard Chapel on its Lancaster campus. This event is free and open to the public. Pre-Registration is encouraged. More Info: lbc.edu/events

1 The First Annual Rec Fest tomorrow (Saturday April 1) at the Penn State Harrisburg College Campus in Middletown from noon to 4pm. The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center and Global Abilities Foundation will be hosting this event that will provide demonstrations of adaptive sports, recreation and exercise equipment. Some demos include: wheelchair rugby, basketball and baseball, scuba diving, kayaking, tai chi, service dogs, sled hockey, track chair, adaptive hunting equipment, adaptive snow/water ski equipment and more. Vendors from the community sharing resources available. More Info:  http://recfest.net

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 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

Parenting, Presets and the Junction Center Project

January 27th, 2017 No comments

The other day, my toddler came running from the family room.  He had a look of panic and worry on his face, so I dropped what I was doing to see what happened.  I took his hand and we went back to the family room, where I immediately heard a noise.  I quickly scanned the possible sources: maybe the interactive dump truck was on the fritz or the racing chicken car was having a meltdown…but it turned out to be the stereo.  Josiah had pushed buttons in just the right sequence to turn it on to FM radio mode and change the channel to static.  It was an easy fix: just push the preset button back to 90.3 and everything felt right again.  What a relief!  It got me thinking about how glad I am that WJTL is there and how I hope that 90.3 will always broadcast encouraging music and programming.  I had a moment of gratitude for how my parents financially supported WJTL over the years.  They also took me to concerts with Michael W. Smith, DC Talk, Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline, Supertones and more.  They knew that WJTL was having a huge impact on my heart and life and encouraged my connection with it.  They even walked away from buying a house they loved, all because WJTL’s signal didn’t come in.  I’m so glad they saw how much WJTL meant to me.  You may not know them personally, but you may have seen them online!  There’s a picture of my mom and dad that pops up on WJTL.com from time to time.

There they are, Jim & Abby Abildness!  Well…their silhouettes, at least.  This was taken during the grand opening of the Junction Center Tent.  I’m extra nostalgic lately because of the Christian performing arts center that is currently being built at WJTL’s home, The Junction Center.  I imagine all the concerts and speakers and special events where we’ll be reminded of God’s love for us or encouraged to shine for Jesus or even come to Him for the very first time.  I’m planning on taking Josiah to his first concert when Slugs & Bugs comes in May.  It’ll be a fun full-circle moment for me.  So, I hope that you’ll join me and the whole family of WJTL listeners in praying for – and financially supporting –  this next phase of ministry.  It has so much potential to impact our community for Jesus Christ!  Click for details on contributing to the project or to see the lineup of concerts and special events already set to take place in our exciting new facility!  I also encourage you to read the story behind the name of the Robert M. Landis Memorial Hall…another testimony of an amazing parent.

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

Compassion Guatemala Trip

January 6th, 2017 No comments

Lisa  and I will be heading back to Guatemala with Compassion International  January 28-February 4, 2017

We will be visiting GU-501.  That is Compassion’s project many WJTL listeners helped sponsor in 2015.

If you have a sponsored child from GU-501 and you would like to send along a gift for your child, please put everything in a one gallon (or less) zip-lock bag. If you sponsor more than one child please make one for each child.  The child’s name and number, along with the sponsor’s name and number, need to be clearly marked on the outside of each bag. Or you can put on a piece of paper that is able to be seen clearly through the bag.  Please DO NOT send along any money inside the bags because we won’t have the chance to do currency exchange while on the trip.

Here’s a few ideas of small things you can include:

  • Photos
  • Postcards
  • Greeting cards
  • Coloring pages or small book
  • Paper crafts
  • Stickers
  • Bookmarks
  • Musical greeting cards
  • colored pencils, crayons or markers
  • hair ribbons & barrettes
  • school supplies
  • puzzles

 

Drop off, or mail your child’s gift (in a gallon, or quart bag) to  WJTL, 1875 Junction Road, Manheim, PA 17545 by January 20th.

Lisa and I are looking forward to seeing the children we sponsor AND we are looking forward to delivering your gifts to your child as well.

Here’s a photo of what a baggie of gifts could look like.

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do Jan 6-8, 2017

January 6th, 2017 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
January 6-8, 2017

5 First Friday Lancaster in Downtown Lancaster tonight (Friday, January 6)  5-9pm.  Art galleries, studios, museums, music, and more in downtown Lancaster.   More Info: VisitLancasterCity.com

4 Music Friday at Speckled Hen in Strasburg tonight (Friday, January 6) 6-9pm. Music performed by local artist Josh Leininger; attnedees will have an opprortunity to support support building wells in countries without clean drinking water through charitywater.  More Info: The Speckled Hen Coffee Facebook page

3 We The People: First Friday Initiative is a series of free First Friday performances. This Friday will feature The Gospel of Lancaster – a celebration of spiritual music rooted in many churches across Lancaster County. The concert is tonight (Friday, January 6) at The Ware Center, downtown Lancaster at 7:30pm. The performance will include music, dance and spoken word from a wide range of area churches.  More Info: artsmu.com

2 Musical Art Society Soiree Of Musical Styles, Sunday (January 8) 3pm at the Bachman Center in Lancaster. The Lancaster Woodwind Quintet will perform.   The concert is free, however donations may be made to the scholarship fund. More Info: LancasterConservatory.org/events

1 The One Hundred and First Annual Pennsylvania Farm Show opens to the public tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 7) 8am-9pm at the Farm Show complex in Harrisburg. Saturday features opening ceremonies with Gov. Tom Wolfe, Swine and Horse comptetitions, cooking demonstrations, rodeo and so much more.  The event continues through Saturday, Jan. 14. All events are free but there is a fee for parking. More Info:  FarmShow.State.PA.US

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do Dec 16-18, 2016

December 16th, 2016 No comments

Five Fun Free Family Things To Do This Weekend
December 16-18, 2016

5 Messick’s 4th Annual Christmas Drive-Thur animated light show, featuring over 70,000 lights choreographed to Christmas Music. Continues today, tomorrow and Sunday (Dec 16-18) 6:30p-9pm with shows beginning every 15 minutes at Messicks Farm Equipment in Elizabethtown. Donations benefit local nonprofits. More Info: Messicks.com

4 Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum Pennsylvania Dutch Christmas event tonight (Dec 16) 6pm-8:30pm. Wagon rides, Decorated historic buildings, bonfire and carols accompanied by the Lititz Moravian Trombone Choir.  Cookies & hot cider in the yellow barn. The event is free, please bring one or more non-perishable food itemsfor Lancaster Food Bank. More Info: LandisValleyMuseum.org

3 The Christmas Story Live Nativity at Woodcrest Retreat, Ephrata, today 6-8:30pm and tomorrow 5-8:30pm (Friday, Dec 16 and Saturday Dec.17) Actors and animals in six unique scenes. Guests will depart every 10 minutes to travel with Biblical characters and receive items to assist them on the outdoor journey along candlelit wooded trails.  More Info: WoodCrestRetreat.org

2 The Music for Everyone (MFE) Community Chorus accompanied by Big Boy Brass will perform a free Holiday Concert in the festive lobby of the Marriott Hotel at Penn Square tonight (Friday Dec. 16th) at 7pm. All ages are welcome to share in this joyful community event and join The Chorus in a traditional Holiday Sing-a-Long. MFE Chorus Facebook Page

1 15th Annual Journey With Jesus at Ed’s Landscaping in Elizabethtown tomorrow (Sat. Dec. 17) from 6pm-8pm on North Market Street in Elizabethtown, two miles from the square.  Journey with Jesus is a walk through event with key scenes from the life of Jesus.  Donations benefit the ministry of WJTL. More Info: (717) 367-1006