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The Week Ahead in Lancaster includes Art Walk and PCA&D Commencement

PCA&D debuts Senior Show this week
PCA&D debuts Senior Show this week

Lancaster will be buzzing with activity this week. Friday is First Friday. This weekend is the Art Walk. The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) will hold commencement Saturday. This week also celebrates Community Days at Buchanan Park beginning on Thursday and the Barnstormers will hold their first home game of the season!


The art community will be buzzing this weekend! Friday of course is First Friday, which is always a treat with the City’s art galleries staying open late. It is also Art Walk. Art Walk is a semi-annual community wide event promoting local artists and galleries. The two events combine this month to offer special exhibits and opportunities to meet and mingle with the artists. The Art Walk will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

The PCA&D invites you to the Senior Show & Celebration from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday. This event will showcase the graduating class and will represent various media. Over 2,000 people attended the event last year. The Senior Show will remain on display through 30 May. Admission to the gallery is free. May gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays, with First Friday also open from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Echo Valley Art Show, the Millersville University Graphic & Interactive Design Students, and the School District of Lancaster Student Art Show will be featured at the Ware Center during First Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Ware Center is located at 42 North 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 run through 31 May.

James Warhol will exhibit at the Demuth Museum. The exhibit by Andy Warhol’s nephew will continue through 6 July.

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.


The Lancaster Barnstormers Opening Day at home is this week. The Barnstormers face the York Revolution across the River on Tuesday and Wednesday. York will travel here Thursday, 1 May, for our Opening Day. Game time is 7 p.m. There will be fireworks after the game. Friday begins a three day stretch at home against the Somerset Patriots. Friday is Elizabethtown Spirit School Night. Saturday is Lampeter-Strasburg Spirit Night and also fireworks. Sunday afternoon is Manheim Township School Spirit Day.


The PCA&D will hold its 32nd annual commencement Saturday. The commencement speaker will be Deborah Obalil, executive director for the Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design. During the ceremonies, Gail Anderson, designer, writer, and educator, will receive an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, according to Mary Colleen Heil, PCA&D president. The commencement will be held at 11 a.m. in the Ann & Richard Barshinger Center for Musical Arts in Hensel Hall at Franklin & Marshall College.


The deadline for the PPL Electric Utilities Electrical Safety Poster Contest is this week. The Contest is for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. 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


On Saturday, May 3rd, the Penn State Master Gardeners of Lancaster County will hold their 11th annual plant sale at the Farm and Home Center, 1383 Arcadia Road (off Rt. 72 at the Honda Sign --- turn onto Service Road) in Lancaster.


Lancaster Public Works will continue to flush the water distribution system 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.

Health & Fitness

Is getting fit your New Year Resolution? 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

Tellus360, 24 E King Street, offers yoga class on the roof on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Check out West End Yoga, 221 West Walnut Street. In addition, on Wednesday, Tellus360 will offer “Body Love Yoga & You!” Enjoy an evening of yoga, meditation, and healthy living. Reservations are $25 and spaces are limited. The event will run 6 p.m. to 9 p.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. The Library also holds Citizenship Lancaster classes at 6 p.m. every Monday. The sessions are designed to help people become citizens of the US. Registration is required. To register, call the Library at 717-394-2651 ext. 105. 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.

Music & Dance

Pianist Robin Spielberg will perform her “Dreaming of Summer” concert at the Ware Center Saturday. General admission for the 7:30 p.m. show is $20. Seniors are $18 and students are $5. The Ware Center is located at 42 North Prince Street.

Grab your dancing shoes! Buddy Holly comes alive at the Fulton Theatre. The show continues through 11 May.

Tellus360 will host Wireless Wednesdays with DJ Salinger, Low Cut Connie on Thursday, Roosevelt Dime on Friday and Chris Rattie & The Brush Valley Rumblers on Saturday.


Thorton Wilder’s Our Town will be performed at the Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street, this week. Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Sunday’s performance will be at 2 p.m.

Lancaster City is located in South Central Pennsylvania. Home to over 60,000 people, it is the County Seat. As such, this is by no means a comprehensive listing of events this week.

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