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The Week Ahead: 24 February – 2 March 2014

Lancaster's first IHOP opened this weekend
Lancaster's first IHOP opened this weekend
Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman

Some big news this week: a new place to park and a new place to eat have come to the Lancaster area! The much awaited new parking garage in the 400 block of North Queen Street will open Monday! Down on Route 30, next to the Texas Roadhouse, is Lancaster’s first IHOP Restaurant. Finally! The restaurant, known for its pancakes and Belgium waffles, opened Friday afternoon and has had a busy first weekend.


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.

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.

Mulberry Art Studio will hold its Wednesday Evening Artist Open Studio this evening. 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.


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.


Fulton Financial Corporation, a Lancaster based banking institution, will participate as a presenter at the 2014 Keefe, Bruyette & Woods Boston Bank Conference on 27 February. A free live webcast of the presentation, which will include slides and audio, will be available via the Internet through Fulton Financial Corporation's website at

Black History Month

February may be Black History Month but mark your calendars now for the African American History Conference on 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.


Tweetups have returned. Thursday morning stop in at Commonwealth on Queen, 301 North Queen Street, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. for breakfast, coffee and conversation!

Reservations are due now for the Water Street Ministries’ Annual Dinner. The free-will dinner will be held on Thursday, 13 March at Calvary Church, 1051 Landis Valley Road. RSVP to Karen Hoffman at

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.


The Lori Belilove & the Isadora Duncan Dance Co. will perform at the Ware Center on Thursday, 27 February. The performance is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are for sale at The Ware Center is located at 42 North Prince Street.


Wednesday evening join Marshall Snively, Executive Vice President of the Lancaster City Alliance, Martha Good, board member of the YWCA of Lancaster, and Joe Devoy of Tellus360, for the first Celebrity Bartender Series at Character's Pub. The Series will raise money and awareness for their favorite non-profits. Wednesday will benefit Music For Everyone! The event runs 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.


The Ware Center will host the 2013 Oscar Nominated Short Films on Monday. The shows will be at 5 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $7. Seniors and students are $5. Click here for tickets. Ware Center is located at 42 North Prince Street.

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

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.

Reservations are due by 28 February for Lancaster General Hospital’s Coaches Clinic. The Clinic itself will be held Saturday, 8 March from 7 a.m. to noon at the Stager Conference Center. Sports techniques and game strategy will be discussed. The keynote speaker will be John Troxell. Troxell is the Head Football Coach for F&M College.

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.


Wednesday is Wirelessless Wednesday at Tellus360. This Wednesday enjoy a special performance by Florida-based reggae/funk band Morning Fatty. Show starts at 8 p.m. There is no cover charge.

Thursday, the Humane League of Lancaster will be the beneficiary as the Willie Marble Xperience takes the stage at Tellus360 for a benefit concert. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is slated to begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.

Friday, Dan Blakeslee and Jonah Tolchin will take the stage at 5 p.m. at Tellus360 for an early show. The concert is free. At 7 p.m. the door opens for Black 47. They will perform at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20.

Saturday evening Yarn will take the stage at Tellus360. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are $10.

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 a chance of snow showers Tuesday and Wednesday. Saturday stands another chance of snow showers.

The weather has caused quite the headache for school officials. The School District of Lancaster has already had eight snow days that need to be made-up. Two days were built in to the schedule and will be used first. They are 17 April and 20 May. The remaining six days will be added to the end of the school year. This pushed the new tentative last student day to Tuesday, 10 June. That final date is still tentative, since we are still not clear of winter!

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

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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