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Lancaster City Morning Buzz: Thursday, 13 March

PPL Electric is once again under a storm emergency. This time the cause is the wind. PPL is reporting over 2000 customers without electric in their entire service area. In Lancaster County, there are 252 without power this morning.

Speaking of PPL, the PPL Electric Utilities Electrical Safety Poster Contest officially gets underway today for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Grand prize winners in each category will receive $500, and their teachers will receive a $500 classroom grant. The three finalists in each category will each receive $200. Entries must be postmarked no later than 30 April. For contest rules, entry forms and electrical safety tips, visit

Rita’s is opening today. Spring hours are noon to 9 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and noon to 9:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The first day of Spring is 20 March and as usual that means it will be Free Ice Day! Rita’s is located at 1951 Lincoln Highway East, next to Amelia’s Grocery Store.

VisionCorps is holding its 2nd Look Lancaster monthly Awareness Event this evening. The event will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Hamilton Ballroom at Wheatland Place and will feature Shumaker PDT. The Wheatland Place was home of the Hamilton Watch Company in the 50's. Learn about the mission of VisionCorps mission during this fun social gathering. Light refreshments and food will be provided by Greenfield Inn. This event is free.

Fire in the Glen will be performing at Tellus360 tonight. The band is known for its Irish, Scottish and Maritime music. Performance is scheduled for 9 p.m. There is no cover for this event. Tellus360 is located at 24 East King Street.

Character’s Pub will hold an Irish Whiskey Dinner on Thursday, 13 March. Chef Meghan is preparing four extraordinary courses. The cost will be $45 per person (does not include tax or gratuity). Reservations are required. To reserve your space, call 717-824-3135. The dinner will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Water Street Ministries’ Annual Dinner will be held tonight at Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road, in Manheim Township. The dinner is scheduled for 6 p.m. RSVP to Karen Hoffman at

"Young Frankenstein" will be performed this month at the Fulton Theatre . Tickets range from $25 to $35. Tonight’s performance is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Lancaster General Hospital (LGH) will hold a blood drive at Thaddeus Stevens College today. The Drive will be held in the Miller Conference Room from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The College is located at 750 East King Street. Donors must be 16 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.

QuiltWeek continues in Lancaster today. This year the American Quilter’s Society is holding its annual Quilt Week today through 15 March at the Lancaster Convention Center. The show runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

“Folklore” will be the featured exhibit at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) through 18 April. The contemporary works of art by Amy Cutler, Clare Grill, Clare Rojas and others will be featured during the month long exhibit. Multidisciplinary artist Elizabeth Duffy will speak at the “Artist Talk” on 11 March. Her work is influenced by feminist art, an itinerant way of life, and the confluence of art with everyday life, according to her own site. The talk is scheduled for 10 a.m. PCA&D is handicapped accessible. The school is located at 204 N Prince Street.

Rita’s is not the only one announcing Spring hours. Rachel’s Café & Creperie has opened up its deck. Rachel’s is located at 201 West Walnut Street. Carmen & David’s Creamery began its spring hours this week. The Creamery is located at 25 North Prince Street.

Single game tickets for the Lancaster Barnstormers are now available. Stop by Clipper Stadium on Prince Street today to get your tickets. The home opener is scheduled for 1 May.

Kindergarten registration for the School District of Lancaster will be held starting Monday, 24 March. If your child will be five on or before 1 September, then he or she will be eligible to enroll.

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