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Lancaster's Week Ahead: 31 March – 6 April

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First Friday offers many special treats this week. Among them is one of a kind artist Stephen Gambone. The Community Room on King will feature his exhibit “Fusion Art: Mixed Media by Stephen Gambone” during April. Meet Gambone at First Friday!

Art

Join multi-disciplinary artist Irvin Climaco Morazan for Artist Talk at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCAD). Artist Talk will be held Thursday, 3 April. The College is located at 204 North Prince Street.

The Community Room on King will feature “Fusion Art: Mixed Media by Stephen Gambone” throughout April. Gambone tells a story in each simple detail. His artistic expression consists of recycled stories and emotion. The Community Room on King is located at 106 West King Street.

Cindy Price is the featured artist in April at the Steeple View Lofts. She is described as an “abstract realist.” Stop in at the Steeple View Lofts on First Friday, tour the apartments and view Price’s artwork. The Lofts are located at 118 North Water Street.

Carol Galligan will be the featured artist at the Regitz Gallery at the Ware Center this month. Galligan will be in attendance on First Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as her exhibit, Mountains & Waterways, is unveiled. The Ware Center is located at 42 North Prince Street. Her exhibit will be shown through 27 April.

Aaron Shiflet will be the featured artist at Roaring Brook Market this month. Shiflet is a Lancaster City artist, a realtor, a musician, and the founder of The Fulton Street Arts Cooperative. His exhibit, “From Local Life,” will be featured during First Friday and run through 31 May.

“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. PCA&D is handicapped accessible. The school is located at 204 N Prince Street.

Mulberry Art Studio will hold its Wednesday Evening Artist Open Studio. Artists (18+) may draw, sketch or paint a live nude model. Artists should bring their own art supplies. Chairs and tables will be provided. The instructor is fine oil painter and graphic designer Beth Bathe. The Studio is located at 19-21 North Mulberry Street.

Barnstormers

Join the Barnstormers for their official season kick-off celebration at Fan Fest on Saturday, 19 April. This is a FREE event begins at 11:30 a.m. Fan Fest will be followed by a spring training game against the Camden Riversharks at 1 p.m. The first home game is scheduled for 1 May.

Coin Club

The Red Rose Coin Club of Lancaster will hold its semi-annual coin show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lancaster Farm & Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road.

Contests

The PPL Electric Utilities Electrical Safety Poster Contest for students in kindergarten through 8th grade is now accepting entries. 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 www.pplelectric.com/safetyposter.

Food & Drink

18th Annual Taste of Lancaster will be Sunday, 6 April from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lancaster County Convention Center. Join this fundraising event for endless tasting opportunities, live entertainment, raffle and silent auction! Proceeds will benefit the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank.

Monday is Service Industry Night at the Federal Taphouse, 201 North Queen Street, from 9 p.m. to midnight. Tuesday is Flight Night from 5 p.m. to close and Trivia Night by CNP Trivia from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Wednesdays are Dirty Dozen and Sunday is a Walking Dead Party. Watch the final Walking Dead of the season on the large screen.

Do you like chocolate? Clear your calendar then for the Peter Cottontail Tea Party with La Petite Patisserie and Miesse Candies on Saturday, 5 April. The party will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will be held at Miesse Candy Factory. The charge is $15 for children 12 and under. Adults are $30. On the menu is salad, chocolate chip scones, tea sandwhiches, raspberry fruit tarts, Miesse chocolate salted caramels and more!

April Celebrity Bartending Night will be held at Character’s Pub on Wednesday, 2 April from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The night will feature Brian and Sandy Brightbill, the co-chairs of the 2014 Heart Ball that supports the American Heart Association - Lancaster! They will be joined by Fox43’s Katie Breit and her husband, prominent local attorney Steven Breit.Fox43’s Katie Breit and her husband Steven Breit, a local attorney. Character’s Pub is located at 38 North Christian Street.Fox43’s Katie Breit and her husband, prominent local attorney Steven Breit.

Health & Fitness

The Lancaster Road Runners Club (LRRC) will meet up Tuesday run at Long’s Park. Click HERE for a list of upcoming runs.

Biking more your thing? The Lancaster Bike Club has several rides scheduled. For more information, go to www.lancasterbikeclub.org.

Is getting fit your New Year Resolution? Try a yoga session at West End Yoga, 221 West Walnut Street. Tellus360, 24 E King Street, also offers a yoga class on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Holistic health coach Mary Woolson will lead a seminar on “Secrets to Healthy Living” at Roaring Brook Market. The seminar will be at 6:30 p.m. on 1 April.

Universal Athletic Club (UAC) is holding a Free Friend Friday on Friday, 4 April. Grab a friend and bring them along with you for free for the day. UAC is located at 2323 Oregon Pike.

History

On 13 May 1985 the Philadelphia group MOVE clashed with the City of Philadelphia. The Ware Center, on Monday evening, will be showing a 95 minute film “Let the Fire Burn” which documents the deadly events of that day. The film uses only archived news coverage and interviews to document this clash between the City of Philadelphia and MOVE, a terrorist group. There are two showings: 5 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m.

The African American History Conference will be 5 April. The Conference is sponsored by the African American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania and will be held at the Thaddeus Stevens School of Technology, 750 East King Street.

The 2014 Gourmet Gala, the annual fundraiser for the Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County, will be held on Sunday, 18 May, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the historic Mylin House (1787) and the Cultural Center at Willow Valley Communities in Willow Street. A Gourmet Gala ticket costs $75 for members of the Historic Preservation Trust or the Central Pennsylvania Preservation Society or $85 for non-members. A block of 10 tickets may be purchased for $650. Visit www.hptrust.org for additional information.

Humane League

Do you enjoy eating at Issac’s downtown? Issac’s is giving a whole new meaning to the phrase “Doggy Bag!” You can get natural dog treats to take something home for the puppy. A percentage of each sale (of dog treats) is then donated to the Humane League! The cost is $2.49 plus tax. You can buy them on your way out at the counter or ask your server.

Library Events

Knitting can be a relaxing craft. Learn how to knit at the Library! This free session is held every Monday at 6:30 p.m. and is for children and teens. Tuesday, the Library offers Legos & More as well as a Teen Gaming session. The Lancaster Public Library’s History Book Club meets Wednesday. On Tuesdays and Saturdays the Library holds regular Literacy Classes for those wishing to communicate better in English. Tuesday classes are at 1 p.m. and Saturday classes are at 11 a.m. Classes are free but do require registration. The Library is located at 125 North Duke Street.

Music

Get out your calendars and save these dates! Tellus360 will host the 6th annual LAUNCH Music Conference on 18 & 19 April. The Second Annual Lancaster Roots & Blues is slated for Friday, 6 February and Saturday, 7 February, 2015. For a limited time, you can reserve your tickets early at just $85 for both days.

Lancaster Catholic High School will be putting on Oklahoma! The musical is scheduled for 3 April through 6 April. The shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturday are at 7:30 p.m. and the Sunday matinee is at 2 p.m. Reserved seating is $14. General admission is $12 for adults and $7 for students. Contact Tony Brill at tbrill@lchsyes.org or call the Performing Arts Office at 717-509-0310 to reserve your tickets.

National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month and The Ware Center is kicking it off on First Friday. “Poetry Aloud” will feature Lancaster’s own Amanda Kemp. Brooklyn poet Jon Sands will also be in attendance. The literary event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The Ware Center is located at 42 North Prince Street.

Naturalization

A Naturalization Ceremony will be held Friday, 4 April, at 10 a.m. The ceremony will be held in the Historic Courtroom A at 50 North Duke Street.

School Notes

The School District of Lancaster will hold its second Community Budget meeting on Monday, 31 March. The public meeting will be in the cafeteria of McCaskey East at 6:30 p.m. Parents and community members are encouraged to attend.

Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month. The YWCA is hosting a program titled “Adults who have been assaulted by children or adolescents.” A mother will tell her story about being sexually assaulted by her 10 year old son. The program will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on 2 April at the YWCA, 110 North Lime Street.

You can be an advocate for sexual assault victims. The YWCA will hold free training sessions beginning 5 May. Sessions will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from 5 May through 4 June. Register today by contact Lisa White at lwhite@ywcalancaster.org or by calling 717-393-1735 extension 259.

Tax Time

Tax Day is fast approaching. Taxes are due on 15 April. 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.

Youth Events

Lancaster County youth, ages 11 to 13, are encouraged to apply for Camp Cadet. The camp runs 10 – 15 August by the PA State Police (PSP). This free week long camp offers youth an overnight camping experience focusing on discipline, self-esteem and teamwork. Applications are due 15 April. For more information, go to www.campcadetoflancastercounty.com.

Upcoming Events & Information Request

Lancaster City is located in South Central Pennsylvania. Home to over 60,000 people, it is the County Seat. Do you have an upcoming event or information that would interest the Lancaster community? If so, please email Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman at jeanne.eckman@comcast.net.

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