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The Week Ahead: 3 March – 9 March 2014

This week begins Lent for Christians throughout Lancaster and the world. Tuesday is Shrove Tuesday, also known as Fasnacht Day. If you did not pick up your fasnachts yet, you may still be able to find some Tuesday at Lancaster Central Market. Friday is First Friday and the first day of Spring Break for Franklin & Marshall College (F&M).


Friday is First Friday! As such, many art galleries and cafes and stores will remain open later than usual. In addition many galleries will have the feature artist present. The Mulberry Arts Studio will feature Becky Shiley and Frankie Feliceano. The paintings of Jason Ward will be featured at Dog Star Books, 401 West Lemon Street. The cycling photography of Renard will be featured at HUD, 100 South Queen Street.

“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.


Tuesday is Taco Tuesday Community Meal Night. Hosted by Community Haus, every Tuesday at 6 p.m. friends and neighbors (city residents) are invited to a community dinner. Enjoy a free meal and conversation with your neighbors. The Community Haus is located at 428 South Prince Street.

The Domestic Violence Services of Lancaster County is seeking volunteers for a variety of positions. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. The training begins Friday, 7 March. For more information, call Cathy at 717-299-9677 extension 3105.

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.

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.

Lancaster General Hospital will hold a Coaches Clinic 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.


The public is invited to a lecture Monday evening at F&M on “Bush, Obama, and the Bankers.” The 7 p.m. lecture will be held in the Roschel Performing Arts Center Theatre. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Economics and the Will Lyons Lecture Fund.

On Tuesday, the International Studies Program at F&M will present The Politics of Humanitarianism. This is actually the third in a series of five talks. The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held at 4:45 p.m. in the Lisa Bonchek Adams Auditorium in Kaufman Hall.

Matthew Hoffman, Associate Professor of Judaic Studies and History will present a talk titled, In the Golden Land: Immigrants, Jews and America on Wednesday in the Curriculum Gallery in F&M’s Phillips Museum of Art. The talk is scheduled for 5 p.m. and is open to the public.

Amish romance has taken on a genre of its own it would seem. On Thursday, author Valerie Weaver Zercher will speak on “Thrill of the Chaste: The Secret Life of an Amish Romance Novel.” Her lecture is open the public. It is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House and the Bonchek House. The lecture will be from 11:30 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. in the Mayser Gymnasium at F&M.

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

The Sweet Pea Project will hold a poetic gathering at the Mulberry Art Studios on Saturday. The gathering will celebrate a new book of Stephanie Paige Cole and Catherine Bayly. The book is titled “to longer on hot coals: collected poetic works from grieving women writers.” The Studio is located at 19-21 North Mulberry Street.


Joe Fletcher, Ron Gallo and Dominic Billet will perform Monday night at The Fridge. The Fridge will open at 6:30 p.m. for a 21+ only crowd, offering libations, pizza and live music on Monday. The show is slated to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and can be purchased at the door.

Celebrate Shrove Tuesday at Tellus360 with Steely Jam and blues legends Willie Marble Xperience! The performance begins at 7 p.m. The Dublin City Ramblers, an Irish ballad and folk group, will perform there Friday evening. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the group will take the stage at 9 p.m. Cover charge is $30. Saturday evening The Slackwater News & the Kalob Griffin Band will perform there. The show starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are just $5 at the door. Telus360 is located at 24 East King Street.

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.

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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