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The Week Ahead 7 April – 13 April

VisionCorps’ monthly awareness event will be held on 10 April

The galleries in Lancaster are full of fresh artwork this week. The Historic Rock Ford Plantation has opened for the season. Lancaster Central Market is full of Easter goodies. Everyone is peeking outdoors and welcoming the warmth of Spring! Get out. Meet people! In fact, come meet people at VisionCorps 2nd Look on Thursday at the North Museum.

VisionCorps’ monthly awareness event will be held on 10 April from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Learn about VisionCorps mission while learning more about a local business during this social gathering. There will be light refreshments and food will be provided. The North Museum is located at 400 College Avenue. The event is free.


“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.

Aaron Shiflet will be the featured artist at Roaring Brook Market this month. Shiflet is a Lancaster City artist, a realtor, a musician, and the founder of The Fulton Street Arts Cooperative. His exhibit, “From Local Life,” will be featured during First Friday and run through 31 May.

The Community Room on King will feature “Fusion Art: Mixed Media by Stephen Gambone” throughout April. Gambone tells a story in each simple detail. His artistic expression consists of recycled stories and emotion. The Community Room on King is located at 106 West King Street.

Cindy Price is the featured artist in April at the Steeple View Lofts. She is described as an “abstract realist.” Stop in at the Steeple View Lofts on First Friday, tour the apartments and view Price’s artwork. The Lofts are located at 118 North Water Street.

Carol Galligan will be the featured artist at the Regitz Gallery at the Ware Center this month. Galligan will be in attendance on First Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. as her exhibit, Mountains & Waterways, is unveiled. The Ware Center is located at 42 North Prince Street. Her exhibit will be shown through 27 April.

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.

Take a step back in time on Friday. Tellus360 will host “Art Goes Pop!: Andy Warhol Factory Night” at 8 p.m. on Friday, 11 April. The cost is $22.50. The bar will serve up special cocktails as well as Campbell’s tomato soup and grilled cheese. Dress in period and be prepared to move to the sounds of Mick Jagger and Janis Jopplin as well as Bob Dylan and the incredible Jim Morrison.

Stop over at the Demuth Museum from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. before heading to Tellus360 Friday. James Warhola will exhibit at Demuth. The opening reception is Friday and the exhibit by Andy Warhol’s nephew will continue through 6 July.

Autism Awareness

The Stella & Dot Trunk Show at Sophie Stargazer Boutique aims to raise awareness of Autism. All net proceeds from this, as well as any online purchases made through the Stella & Dot Page this month will go to the Hollyrod Foundation for Autism Awareness.

Going to the movies is something most of us take for granted. However those who are sensory sensitive cannot enjoy the same things in the same manner that many can. On Saturday, 12 April, Penn Cinemas will hold a Sensory Sensitive Cinema. At 10 a.m. enjoy a showing of the G-rated animated movie Rio 2. The lights and sound will be adjusted to accommodate sensory- sensitive concerns, according to The Arc of Lancaster County. Tickets will be $8 a person!


Join the Barnstormers for their official season kick-off celebration at Fan Fest on Saturday, 19 April. This is a FREE event begins at 11:30 a.m. Fan Fest will be followed by a spring training game against the Camden Riversharks at 1 p.m. The first home game is scheduled for 1 May.


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


Flex is Kings and will be at Zoetropolis on 9 April at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $15. Flexing is a style of dance born in east Brooklyn.

Food & Drink

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 Sunday is a Walking Dead Party. Watch the final Walking Dead of the season on the large screen.


Lancaster Public Works will flush the water distribution system this month. The flushing will be done from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. through 30 May. Each main will be cleaned during this period. The flushing may cause city residents to notice a cloudiness to their water and a drop in water pressure during the flushing. If your water appears cloudy, let it run for a moment. If the problem continues, call the Water Quality Lab at 717-291-4818.

The Lancaster County Planning Commission will meet at 3 p.m. Monday. Their meetings are held in the Binns Park Annex, 150 North Queen Street.

The Lancaster Historical Commission will meet Monday at 6 p.m. They meet at the Southern Market Center, 100 South Queen Street in Room 4.

On Tuesday, the City Council will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Southern Market Center, 100 South Queen Street.

Health & Fitness

The Lancaster Road Runners Club (LRRC) will meet up Tuesday run at Long’s Park. Registration is open for the annual YWCA Race Against Racism will be 26 April. Click HERE for a list of other 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? Jonina is teaching Yoga Basics on Saturday, 12 April from 11am – noon 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.


The Historic Rock Ford Plantation is open for the season! For more information, visit

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.


Tellus360 once again offers some great entertainment throughout the week. On Thursday, come out for Delicate Steve at 8 p.m. The cover charge is $12. The pub will host the 6th annual LAUNCH Music Conference on 18 & 19 April. Tellus360 is located at 24 Est King Stret.

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.

Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month

You can be an advocate for sexual assault victims. The YWCA will hold free training sessions beginning 5 May. Sessions will be held Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. from 5 May through 4 June. Register today by contact Lisa White at or by calling 717-393-1735 extension 259.

CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate – of Lancaster County is hosting its second annual “I Am For the Child” Community Awareness Breakfast on Friday, 25 April at Casa di Fiori at the Inn at Leola Village. The event is free and open to the community but advance registration is required as seating is limited. Call 717-208-3280 to register.

School News

The School District of Lancaster will hold several PTO meetings and the Spring Parent Academy this week. Monday, there will be a PTO/PAC meeting at Hamilton Elementary. It is also Spirit Week at Price Elementary. Tuesday, Lafayette Elementary will hold its PAC meeting. There will also be a Contracts & Operations Committee, a Student Support Services Committee, and a Committee of the Whole meeting at JP McCaskey High School. Wednesday Ross Elementary will hold its PTO/PAC meeting. The Spring Parent Academy will be held Thursday at McCaskey East High School. That meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner followed by workshops.

Tax Time

Taxes are due 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.

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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