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.
Diane La Fontaine will be the featured artist this month at Artisans Gallery Fine Art & Craft. An Artist Reception will be held Thursday, 6 February from 6 – 8 p.m. The gallery is located at 114 North Prince Street.
Susan Gottlieb will present at Lancaster Country Day School’s “Connecting Threads & Universal Symbolism” on Thursday, 6 February. She will speak on art and art history, tying the subjects in with her world travels. The lecture, which is free, begins at 7 p.m. The school is located at 725 Hamilton Road.
Mary Kate McDevitt is the featured artist for PCA&D’s Artist Talk on 4 February. McDevitt is a graphic designer, an illustrator and a lettere. Her impressive client list includes Better Homes & Gardens, Sesame Street and Nintendo. The talk will be at 4 p.m. in the PCA&D Atrium. Admission, as always, is free and open to the public.
PCA&D will hold a memorial service on Saturday, 8 February for faculty member and founder David K. Snyder, who passed away on 29 December 2013. The gathering will meet at 1 p.m .in the Atrium at the College.
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) from 10 January 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.
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.
Illustrator James Ransome will speak of the late artist Robert Cunningham at February’s First Friday (7 February) at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D)’s Atrium. Over 30 paintings and drawings by Cunningham (1924-2010) are on through 28 February. PCA&D is handicapped accessible. The school is located at 204 N Prince Street.
Food & Drink
Commonwealth on Queen will hold a Pop-Up Restaurant on Friday, 7 February. The dinner will feature Catering by Christina and will run 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Commonwealth on Queen is located at 301 North Queen Street.
Health & Fitness
The Lancaster Road Runners Club (LRRC) will meet up Tuesday run at Long’s Park.
Registration is now open for Run 4 Luck. The run itself will be Saturday, 15 March and runs through the School Lane Hills Neighborhood. The race benefits the Junior League of Lancaster. Run by yourself or with a team. For more information, go to http://www.run4luck.com/index.html. Registration closes on 13 March.
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. Classes this week are at 6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The Suburban Pennsylvania Spring Home Show will be held this weekend (7-9 February) at the Lancaster County Convention Center. The show will run Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free on Friday. Saturday’s admission is $6 and Sunday’s admission will be $3.
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.
The Ware Center presents “Jazz for Lovers” on Friday, 7 February. The 7:30 p.m. performance is open to the public. Saturday, the Ware Center hosts the Red Rose & Shamrock Irish Music Festival. The festival begins at noon. Tickets can be purchased online at MUTicketsOnline.com.
Wednesday, DJ Salinger will be at Tellus360. He will be kicking off the Wireless Wednesdays, beginning at 9 p.m. There is no cover charge.
There is still time 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 is still accepting volunteers too!
Sewing is a lost art. Nimble Thimble offers sewing lessons at its 45 North Market Street location. For more information, visit them on Facebook.
Win a 10 game pack to the Lancaster Barnstormers for their 10th season The Lancaster Barnstormers wants your 10 favorite memories of the last nine years with the Barnstormers. Share them with the team. Ten winners will be selected. The deadline is 28 February. Winners will be announced on 1 March via the Barnstormers’ website and social media.
Arsenic and Old Lace is currently at the Fulton. The comedy runs through 16 February. The Fulton is located at 12 North Prince Street.
Sunday the Walk Dead returns! The Federal Taphouse is having a party to celebrate. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Watch the show on the 130 inch screen with state of the art sound system. Enjoy trivia, prizes, drink specials and a zombie themed menu! There is no cover charge for the 21+ event. The Federal Taphouse is located at 201 North Queen Street.
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