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The Week Ahead: 17 February - 23 February 2014

The Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival is this weekend! 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 The Festival though is only one of many exciting things going on in Lancaster this week.


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.

Black History Month

February is Black History Month. On Tuesday, the American Negro Playwright Theatre (ANPT) will present a one woman play titled “Rosa: A Tribute to Rosa Parks.” The play reflects upon the Civil Rights Movement, with special attention to Rosa Parks. The play will be at 7:30 p.m. at the Ware Center. Tickets are available at The Ware Center is at 42 North Prince Street.


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 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.

There will be a North-Central Lancaster City Neighborhood Meeting on Thursday. Representatives from Lancaster City Police and the Lancaster Community Safety Coalition will be present to share safety information. Residents will have the opportunity to ask questions and share any concerns about neighborhood issues. The meeting will be 7 p.m. to 8 p.m at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, 701 North Lime Street.


Franklin & Marshall College will show “The Cultures Behind the Conflict: Israel and Palestinian Narratives in Film” Monday evening. Open to the public, this film is a story of two Palestinian childhood friends recruited for a terroristic attack. The film, titled “Paradise Now,” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. in the Stahr Auditorium in Stager Hall.

Food & Drink

The Sierra Club will be showing a 2008 American documentary that examines corporate farming in the United States. The free public showing will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday at Lancaster Country Day School, 725 Hamilton Road. The film, titled “Food, Inc.,” runs approximately one and one-half hours long. Discussion and popcorn will follow the film. For more information, email Jane Druce, chair of the Sierra Club-Lancaster Group's Education Committee, at

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 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

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.


Dr. Chris Martine of Bucknell University will speak at F&M on “Dummy Pollen, Buzzing Bees, and the Glossy Age of Botany” on Tuesday. The lecture is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. in the Bonchek Lecture Hall in the Ann & Richard Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building. The event is open to the public. It was rescheduled from 21 January.

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.


Poet Laureate Christine Longenecker will pay tribute to Robert Frost on 19 February. “Two Roads Converged” will feature Frost’s poems as well as Longenecker’s Frost-inspired works. She will be joined by her husband Rick Shoup. The reading will be held at the Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street at 7:30 p.m. The program is presented by the Ware Center and the Lancaster Literary Guild.


In addition to the Lancaster Roots and Blues Festival this weekend, the Second Hand Suits hold a special acoustic performance live at Roaring Brook Market on 20 February. They will perform from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Market is located at 155 East King Street.

Postcard Club

The Lancaster County Postcard will meet Monday, 17 February at 7 p.m. at the Farm and Home Center on Arcadia Road. This month’s program will be member participation using with the theme, A Favorite Postcard.

President’s Day

Monday is President’s Day. As such schools and government offices, banks and postal services are generally closed. The School District of Lancaster is among those closed. Lancaster County offices will be closed Monday. They will reopen Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.

The Historic Commission normally meets the third Monday of each month. However, due to President’s Day holiday, it will instead meet on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Southern Market Center, 100 South Queen Street.

The Housing Authority also normally meets the third Monday and will change its meeting to Tuesday. It meets at 4:30 p.m. at the Authority’s offices, 325 Church Street.

Red Rose Transit

The Red Rose Transit Authority (RRTA) is holding an open house on Tuesday. RRTA would like public input into the Transit Development Plan. The public will get an update on the work done to-date and to solicit input from the public. The open house will run 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and will be on the 2nd floor of the Queen Street Station, 225 North Queen Street.


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 To schedule a free tax preparation appointment, residents should call 2-1-1.


Snow is in the forecast again this week. The National Weather Service (NWS) is predicting (as of Sunday morning) snow after 11 a.m. Monday. It should change over to freezing rain and sleet early Tuesday morning – around rush hour – before changing back to snow showers again.

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

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