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Lancaster City Morning Buzz: Thursday, 30 January

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Daequan Wilcox, the 16 year old male who went missing after Monday’s shooting, has returned home, according to Lancaster City Police (LCPD). It is believed that he was in the area of the 100 block of East Ross Street, where he resides, when LCPD received a shots fired called Monday. His parents had immediately reported him missing after that incident. He did contact his family briefly yesterday, according to LCPD, but then went missing again. He returned home at approximately 9 p.m. last night.

Friendship HeART Gallery is holding an Art Auction on 28 February at Lancaster’s Trinity Lutheran Church. Liz Hess will be one of the featured artists! Hess is offering “1929,” a classic looking painting of a couple – under her signature red umbrella – standing by an era car chatting. She actually has a couple pieces on the block. The Julia Swartz Gallery will also be featured. Known for her oil and water color paintings, Swartz will be offering “Sweetpeas,” a beautiful floral piece. Ned Foltz will be offering a Redware Bowl. The pottery is hand turned. Other featured artists include Suk Shuglie, the Freiman Stoltzfus Gallery and Rob Evans.Rob Evans, Christiane David, Suk Shuglie Rob Evans, Christiane David, Suk ShuglieThe silent bid auction will run from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Absentee bids will also be accepted at Friendship HeART Gallery’s site.

Volunteers with the Lancaster County Coalition to End Homelessness will be counting the homeless today. They will count sheltered (like those staying at the Water Street Rescue Mission) and unsheltered (tents, abandoned buildings, etc.) homeless persons.

The Willie Marble Xperience will perform Thursday, 30 January at Tellus360. The blues group will start off a new series at Tellus360. The series will benefit local non profits. This month’s beneficiaries are the Lancaster County Conservancy and LIVE Green. There is a $10 cover charge. Doors open at 7 p.m. The show is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

Students at Hamilton Elementary School will enjoy a Skating Party at 5:30 p.m. today! There will also be a Parent PSSA Night at King Elementary School and the District Spelling Bee at Reynolds Middle School.

F& M College is putting on a film series titled “The Cultures Behind the Conflict: Israeli and Palestinian Narratives in Film” this semester. Tonight’s film will be Ajami. The series is put on by F&M’s Middle East/Islamic Studies Faculty Caucus (MEIS) and the Judaic Studies Program (JST). The films will all be shown in Stahr Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. There will be a discussion period after the showing. The next showing will be 17 February. It will be “Paradise Now.” The third film, “Channels of Rage,” will be shown on 27 March.

Arsenic and Old Lace is currently at the Fulton. The comedy runs through 16 February. The Fulton is located at 12 North Prince Street.

There is still time to get your tickets for many exciting events at the Ware Center, North Prince Street. Upcoming events include: An Evening of Chamber Music on 31 January; the FamFunFest on 1 February; and the day long Red Rose & Shamrock Irish Music Festival on Saturday, 8 February.

Have you ordered your tickets yet for the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival? This is probably the area’s largest music festival! Featuring a variety of Blues, Folk, Jazz, Bluegrass, Funk & Soul, Zydeco, Polka, Rock n'Roll, and Reggae, this Festival has something for everyone! The Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival will be 21 & 22 February. Five different venues throughout the City will host the various musicians on nine different stages. With the exception of the Ware Center, the acts are all 21+. For more information, and to order tickets, go to www.lancasterrrotsandblues.com. The Festival is still accepting volunteers too!

It’s that time of year when Uncle Sam wants more money. The United Way of Lancaster County’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program helps income eligible residents with free tax preparation. There will be 14 different VITA locations throughout the County. VITA also offers a “Do-It-Yourself” option – a free online program that files both federal and state tax returns at www.FreeTaxPrepLancaster.org. To schedule a free tax preparation appointment, residents should call 2-1-1.

A word of caution and preparation: While Lancaster does not see snow in its immediate forecast, it may soon. Weather models (different than a forecast) indicate we are in for a major blizzard next week. S&S Storm Chasing posted a possibility of a storm early next week. The Weather Channel’s 10 day forecast indicates snow showers on Tuesday. The weekend however may be a different story. Both S&S Storm Chasing Team and the Mid Atlantic Storm Watch indicate we may get two to three feet between 8-10 February. Yes, we said feet. Again, these are models and not a forecast. Keep an eye on local forecasts and be prepared.

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