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The Week Ahead 24 March – 30 March 2014

This week is Lancaster City Restaurant Week! Over 30 restaurants are participating this year. Visit Lancaster's Restaurant Week website for more information on participating restaurants.


The Lancaster County Young Artists Exhibition is an annual juried show featuring hundreds of works by students in grades 7-12. Selected artwork is then displayed at Demuth Museum, 120 E. King Street, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.

Local artist Diane La Fontaine’s reflections of rocks, rivers and stream beds will be displayed at the Artisan Gallery, 114 N. Prince Street, this month. The Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

“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 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.


Single game tickets for the Lancaster Barnstormers are now available. Stop by Clipper Stadium on Prince Street today to get your tickets. The first home game is scheduled for 1 May.

Blood Drive

Lancaster General Hospital (LGH) will hold a blood drive at Harrisburg Area Community College (HACC) on 27 March. The Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The College is located at 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike. Donors must be 16 years old and weigh at least 110 pounds.


The International Studies Program at Franklin & Marshall College will cover human rights during its Humanitarianism Lecture Series Wednesday. This is the fourth talk of the series and is titled: Death Squad Politics: Human Rights Advocacy and the Making of a Military Aid Package. The free lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in the Lisa Bonchek Adams Auditorium in Kaufman Hall.

LUMINA's Professional Clothing Bank will hold its annual winter clothing clearance sale Saturday. There will be a large selection of clothing and accessories for both men and women. The clothing bank is located in the Otterbein United Methodist Church, 20 East Clay Street. The sale will run from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and is open to the public. Parking is behind the church off of Christian Street.


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

Food & Drinks

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 every Sunday is a Walking Dead Party. Watch the Walking Dead on the large screen.

Catering by Christina will serve a Puerto Rican menu on Friday during "Restaurant Week" at Commonwealth On Queen! The “Pop Up” dinner will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and costs $30 per person.

The Pearl Street United Methodist Church, 2nd and Pearl streets, will host their annual all-you-can-eat spaghetti with meat sauce dinner from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, 29 March.

Giving Back

Tellus360 is hosting A Night for Avi on Wednesday. Avi is a nine year old boy from Nepel who is battling a variety of medical issues. Tonight is designed to raise funds for him and his family. For more information, go to "A Night for Avi.".

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 West End Yoga, 221 West Walnut Street. Tellus360, 24 E King Street, also offers a yoga class on Saturday at 9:30 a.m.


Franklin & Marshall College will present “Who is Babalu?” on Monday. This lecture by Paul Austerlitz, Associate Professor of Music and Africana Studies at Gettysburg College, is open to the public. It will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Bonchek Lecture Hall in the Ann & Richard Barshinger Life Sciences & Philosophy Building.

Have you ever wondered about the members of the 54th Massachusetts who were from our state? Were your ancestors members of the Lancaster County's United States Colored Troops (USCT)? Dr. James M. Paradis, Adjunct Professor at Arcadia University Speaking on Camp William Penn and Author of: African Americans and the Gettysburg Campaign, Strike the Blow for Freedom: The 6th United Stated Colored Infantry (USCI) in the Civil War, will be the keynote speaker. Learn about these subjects and more at the African American History Conference next month. RSVP your attendance before 28 March by calling our Registrar Barbara at 717-471-8107.

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 for additional information.

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.

Literary Events

Sharpen your fiction writing skills at an eight week Flash Fiction Workshop hosted by the Lancaster Literary Guild. The instructor will be Temple professor Jeremy Hauck. Classes are $165 and will be held on Wednesdays beginning this Wednesday, 26 March. To register, email


Franklin & Marshall’s Phillips Museum of Art is sponsoring A Capella Singing Performance by Sweet Ophelia, The Chessman, Poor Richards and Kite and Keys. The performance will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the Curriculum Gallery at the Museum. The event is open to the public. Friday enjoy the Zakir Hussain and Master of Percussion. That performance will be at 8 p.m. and does require tickets. Tickets are just $10. There is a considerable discount for employees and students at F&M. The performance will be in the Ann & Richard Barshinger Center for Musical Arts.

Broadway composer Jason Robert Brown himself will appear at the Trust Performing Arts Center on 29 March. Prior to the 7:30 p.m. concert, Brown will also hold a Master Class at 2 p.m. The Center is located at 37 N Market Street. The concert is produced by the PRiMA Theatre Company.

Singer and songwriter Joy Ike will perform at the Trust Performing Arts Center, 37 N. Market Street, on 28 March at 7:30 p.m.

The Lancaster Festival of Voices, an annual vocal celebration, will be held on Friday. Enjoy performances by the Brightside Baptist Choir, Broad Street Line, Music For Everyone Community Chorus, and Essence of Joy Alumni Singers at First Presbyterian Church. The performance begins at 6 p.m.

As always, Tellus360 has many delightful musical acts this week. Come out Tuesday for a new series called “Old Wood New Sounds.” Beginning at 7:30 p.m. featured performers will be Eric Umble on the clarinet, Holly Jenkins and Marina Kifferstein on the violin, and Vivian Chang on the cello. The cover charge is $12. Thursday Low Cut Connie and Sprinter Cat will perform. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show will begin at 8 p.m. The cover charge is $10. The Stray Birds will take the stage Friday at 8:30 p.m. Last time they were here it was a sold out house! Stay afterwards for a free show by James Maple and Daphne Lee Martin at 11 p.m. Saturday clear your calendar and make room for a memorable performance by Liam Ó Maonlaí. Ó Maonlaí is the ead singer of Hothouse Flowers, an Ireland rock group. He will play a special concert with his brother Colm Ó Maonlaí. The show is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the cover charge is a steal at $10. Finish off your week with a performance by Lancaster’s own Mark Derose and the Dreadnought Brigade. They will perform Saturday at 8 p.m. The cover charge is $10.

Get out your calendars and save these dates! 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.

Tax Time

Taxes are due in less than one month 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 To schedule a free tax preparation appointment, residents should call 2-1-1.


“Young Frankenstein” will be performed on the Fulton Theatre stage this month. Evening shows are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Matinees will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Fulton is located at 12 N. Prince Street.

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

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