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The Week Ahead: 10 February - 16 February 2014

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Time is running out to order your tickets 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 though is only one of many exciting things going on in Lancaster this week.

Art

Over 30 paintings and drawings by the late Robert Cunningham (1924-2010) will be on display at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) through 28 February. PCA&D is handicapped accessible. The school is located at 204 N Prince Street.

Ruth Bernard, David Brumbach and Michael Allen are the three featured artists currently at Lancaster Galleries. The exhibit continues through Saturday, 15 February. The Gallery is located at 34 North Water Street.

Nate Larson, a contemporary artist, will be the featured artist Friday at 4 p.m. for Artist Talk at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D). A teacher at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, his recent project is called GEOLOCATION. This project is in collaboration with Marni Shindelman. Admission is always free and open to the public.

“(GEOLOCATION) tracks GPS coordinates associated with Twitter tweets and pairs the text with a photograph of the originating site to mark the virtual information in the real world,” according to a release from PCA&D.

Community

Winter this year has been bitterly cold at times. It has taken its toll on everyone, including shelters. The Water Street Ministries has released a list of “immediate needs.” The list is too long to print here in its entirety but reads can go to www.wsm.org/needs to view it. It includes food, toiletries, items for babies and children, specific items for women, items specifically for men, medical items, dental items and miscellaneous items. The Collection Center is located on Conestoga Street at Prince Street.

Dance

Learn Irish Set Dance next Sunday at Tellus360. Irish Set Dance is a traditional Irish dance that is more like a square dance than a step dance. Come by yourself or bring a partner. The class runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tellus360 is located at 24 East King Street.

Health & Fitness

The Lancaster Road Runners Club (LRRC) will meet up Tuesday run at Long’s Park.

Capital BlueCross is presenting the Hershey 10K Race in April but registration is limited. A portion of the proceeds benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Pennsylvania and other local charities. The 2,500 runners will run through Hershey Park. In addition to the Park, Hershey Gardens, Hershey's Chocolate World Attraction, The Hershey Story Museum will also be open! The run is scheduled for Sunday, 13 April. The race will begin at 7:30 a.m. Registration is currently $40 and includes a race t-shirt, a finisher’s medal, bib with timing device and refreshments afterwards.

The Run 4 Luck next month benefits the Junior League of Lancaster. The run itself will be Saturday, 15 March and runs through the School Lane Hills Neighborhood. Run by yourself or with a team. For more information, go to http://www.run4luck.com/index.html. Registration closes on 13 March.

Registration is now open for Shadey’s Rugged Run. The run will be held on Saturday, 3 May at Lancaster Bible College (LBC), 901 Eden Road. This is a 3.5 mile mud/obstacle course. Runners will race through water, fire and walls, as well as mud. The proceeds will benefit LBC’s Athletic Department and the Penn State Hershey Children’s Miracle Network.

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 Tellus360, 24 E King Street. Class is at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

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 Library is located at 125 North Duke Street.

Music

Enjoy the cabaret at the Ware Center Saturday evening. “Live, Laugh, Love” will begin at 7:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Allegretto Orchestra will present the Youth Series Concert at 4 p.m. Reserve your tickets today at www.artsmu.com. The Ware Center is located at 42 North Prince Street.

Tellus360 has a few wonderful musical treats this week. DJ Salinger will be there for Wireless Wednesday, beginning at 8 p.m. There is no cover charge Wednesday night. Errorsmith will perform Thursday (see the Valentine’s Day events for more information). On Friday, Tuck Ryan and Jordan Rast will join together as the Gypsy Swing Duo. Rast is also a member of the popular local band, Second Hand Suits. The duo will take the stage at 9 p.m. There is a cover charge of $5 at the door. Next Sunday is the third Sunday of the month and that means it’s time for a New Orleans Jazz Jam Session! Enjoy a variety of jazz styles. Local musicians are encouraged to join in as well. The session runs from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tellus360 is located at 24 East King Street.

Poetry

The Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest will be held at the Ware Center on Thursday. The contest is presented by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and South Central PaARTners. High school teens from Lancaster County will compete here against each other and teens from Berks and Lebanon Counties. The winner will advance to the state competition in Harrisburg. Thursday’s event is free and open to the public. It begins at 7 p.m.

Sports

The deadline to win a 10 game pack to the Lancaster Barnstormers for their 10th season is 28 February. Share your 10 favorite memories of the last nine years with the Barnstormers. Ten winners will be selected. Winners will be announced on 1 March via the Barnstormers’ website and social media.

Tax Time

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.

Theater

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

Valentine’s Day

Commonwealth on Queen invites you to a Valentine’s Day Pop Up Dinner. The dinner begins serving at 5:30 p.m. and runs until 9:30 p.m.

The Ware Center will present Allegro’s Music in the Round: “Love is All Around” on Friday at 6:45 p.m. The Ware Center is located at 42 North Prince Street.

Errorsmith will return to Tellus360 on Valentine’s Day. There is a $5 cover charge at the door. They will take the stage at 9 p.m.

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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