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The Week Ahead: Celebrating New Year in Lancaster

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This week is a busy week in Lancaster. Tuesday evening is New Year’s Eve and much celebrating there will be as the Red Rose drops in Lancaster ringing in 2014! Friday evening the City will once again celebrate the arts on First Friday.

Christmas trees can be recycled for free at the Lancaster County Park. Use the main entrance located along Chesapeake Street. Trees may be dropped of daily between dawn and dusk through 26 January in the parking lot behind the Park Office. A $1.00/tree donation is requested and appreciated to support park programs. Readers should call the Park Office at 717-299-8215 with questions.

Dance

Learn the art of Irish set dancing at Tellus360 on Sunday, 5 January. Set dancing is akin to square dancing. Dress comfortable. Classes are $7 each and tickets can be purchased at the store within Tellus360, located at 24 East King Street.

First Friday & Art

Tellus 360 will open up Gallery360 with a Juried Landscape Show. Prizes will be awarded for the artists. There will also be a section for Lancaster’s young artists. The Gallery360 is located on the second floor of Tellus360, located at 24 East King Street.

Artist Justin Jones will be at the Roaring Brook Market & Café on Friday. The Market will present Breaking Bread: Bread Tab Mosaics on Friday form 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jones will be available to meet with and to share his creative process. There will also be some complimentary tastings from local bakeries. The Market is located at 155 East King Street.

The photography of John Mark Brubaker will be featured Friday night at Community Room on King. In addition to his own work, he will also show the work of three Togolese students from the village of Noépé, he met and worked with during trip to Togo, in West Africa. The exhibit will run form 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The venue is located at 106 West King Street.

Elizabeth Anne Schrock Rosenfeld, a young artist from Leola, will present The Masked Identity at The Parrot Gallery. Rosenfeld’s works are black and white photography displayed on cotton cloth and sealed over by melted beeswax. The Parrot Gallery is located at the Community Mennonite Church of Lancaster at 328 West Orange Street. The exhibit is open 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Animals and birds and other creatures will take over the Red Raven Art Company Friday. The Gallery will present Critters – a Group Show from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Carlyn Stagle is the featured Emerging Artist fro the month. Other artists include Gaylen Bray, Laura Luce, Jean Zaun and Tamera Teets. Red Raven is located at 138 North Prince Street.

The Annual Pennsylvania German Folk Art Show and Sale, hosted by the Lancaster Mennonite Historical Society, will run through 31 December. Admission is free. The display is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Society is located at 2215 Millstream Road.

“Skolos and Wedell: A Poster Retrospective,” continues through 3 January at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D). The exhibit features the work of Nancy Skolos and Thomas Wedell. PCA&D is handicapped accessible. The school is located at 204 N Prince Street.

The Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen presents a new exhibit titled, “Adoring You” this week. The exhibit, which runs from 3 January through 1 March, will feature works of love and desire, of passion, and of appreciation for loved ones. The Gallery, located at 335 North Queen Street, is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

The Lancaster Young Professionals will hold their First Friday Happy Hour at Roaring Brook Market. The Market is located at 155 East King Street. Happy Hour is from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Government

City offices will be closed on Tuesday, 1 January. In addition, there will be no regular mail from the USPS and most banks will be closed.

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. Register online here.

History may come alive at the Library. The History Book Club meets the first Wednesday (2 January) of each month at 6 p.m. at the Lancaster Library. The event is free. Registration and book selections are online at Eventbrite.

Do your older children and teens enjoy fighting monsters and role playing games? Do you want them to work on their teamwork skills? Then head over to the Library Saturday. Every other Saturday, the Library hosts a free Dungeons & Dragons event at 1 p.m. The event is open to those aged 11 to 20. For more information, and to register, go to Eventbrite.

The Library is located at 125 North Duke Street.

Museum Exhibits

The North Museum of Natural History & Science presents Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids and Meteors through 20 January. The museum is known for its hands-on learning experiences and large planetarium. It is located at 400 College Avenue.

Music

Back in Black will perform at the Village on Saturday, 4 January. Join them at 9 p.m. for a tribute to AC/DC. The Village Nightclub is located at 205 North Christian Street.

New Year’s Eve Celebrations

Bundle up Tuesday evening before heading out to celebrate New Year’s Eve Downtown. The National Weather Service (NWS) is not predicating rain or snow but does expect it to be cold. The daytime high is expected to be 33 and the evening low to be 20. Enjoy a free concert in Binns Park featuring Shrimpboat, a local funk, blues and soul band. The concert begins at 10:00 pm. At midnight countdown to 2014, watch the lowering of the Red Rose and see fireworks! The event is free to the public.

Vinegar Creek Constituency and the Corty Byron Band will bring in the New Year at Tellus360. Second Hand Suits will also play there Tuesday evening, 31 December. If you like folk music/blues, this is a must stop! Doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $15. Tellus360 is located at 24 East King Street.

The Federal Taphouse will feature live music by Legacy at their New Year’s Eve party. The Federal Taphouse is located at 201 North Queen Street.

Outdoors

Participate in the Christmas Bird County, sponsored by the Lancaster County Bird Club, on 5 January. Interested readers should call 717-393-9030.

The Lancaster Bike Club has several rides scheduled. For more information, go to www.lancasterbikeclub.org.

School District of Lancaster

There is no school, and district offices are closed, through 1 January for the holidays.

Yoga

De-stress with yoga sessions 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 events above listed are by no means a comprehensive list. Subscribe to receive free instant updates on events and happenings that keep Lancaster City Buzz-ing!

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