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The Week Ahead: Lancaster keeps busy this Holy Week

Holy Week
Holy Week
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This week is Holy Week. It is the week which is most sacred among Christians. It is the last week of Christ’s life. This week Christians will remember the Passion of Christ, His Crucifixion and joyfully His Resurrection. Check with your individual church of choice for service times. This week is also the week of Passover. This week those of the Jewish faith will remember when the Lord passed over the homes of the Israelites and the exodus out of Egypt. Check with your synagogue for service times.


“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 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.

Carol Galligan’s exhibit, Mountains & Waterways, is featured at the Regitz Gallery at the Ware Center this month. The Ware Center is located at 42 North Prince Street. Her exhibit will be shown through 27 April.

James Warhola will exhibit at the Demuth Museum. The opening reception is Friday and the exhibit by Andy Warhol’s nephew will continue through 6 July.

Each Wednesday the Mulberry Art Studio holds an Artist Open Studio. 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.

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.


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.

Botanical Society

The Lancaster County Muhlenberg Botanical Society will lead a wildflower walk at PPL's Shenk's Ferry Wildflower Preserve in southern Lancaster County at 1 p.m. on Saturday, 19 April. There will be thousands of trilliums and Mertensia and rich woods ephemerals. This walk is open to the public and is rated easy. Parking is limited at the Preserve. Parking area GPS: N 39.89317 W 76.34204. For more information contact Joan King, 717-284-5239

Community Awareness

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.


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

Food & Drink

Lancaster Central Market is full of Easter goodies, so is Miesse Candies.

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.

Catering by Christina will return to Commonwealth on Queen Friday for a Pop-Up Dinner. Sunday Commonwealth on Queen will hold an Easter Brunch from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Brunch includes their signature cinnamon buns and other sweets, lamb meatballs and other savories, as well as a selection of wonderful treats. Reservations are required. You can register by calling 717-208-3394.

The Community Haus is holding a Taco Tuesday Community Meal Night Tuesday at 6 p.m. The taco meal and materials will be provided for this free community meal but those attending are requested to bring a side or drinks. The Community Haus is located at 428 South Prince Street.


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.

Health & Fitness

The Lancaster Road Runners Club (LRRC) runs on Tuesdays 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? Check out 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. 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.


Tellus360 will host the 6th annual LAUNCH Music Conference on 18 & 19 April.

Reserve your tickets today for the Second Annual Lancaster Roots & Blues. The popular music festival is slated for Friday, 6 February and Saturday, 7 February, 2015.

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.

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 tomorrow, 15 April. For more information, go to

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