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The Week Ahead: Lancaster volunteers

Big Brother, Big Sisters are holding their 5th Annual Men Cooking from the Heart on Saturday.
Big Brother, Big Sisters are holding their 5th Annual Men Cooking from the Heart on Saturday.
Big Brother Big Sisters

Lancaster is full of volunteer opportunities and events this week. Big Brother, Big Sisters are holding their 5th Annual Men Cooking from the Heart on Saturday. Local celebrities and elected officials will be cooking up a delightful dinner. There will also be a silent auction of various items to fitness centers, sports events, performance events, local businesses, and other items. For more information, visit

The United Way is looking for over 100 volunteers. United Way’s MLK Day of Service provides opportunities to respond to Dr. King’s call to service. There are 13 projects available throughout Lancaster County. To register for volunteer projects, please go to, click “Get Connected”, then click the tab that says “2014 MLK Day of Service.”


Over 30 paintings and drawings by the late Robert Cunningham (1924-2010) will be on display at the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design (PCA&D) from 10 January through 28 February. 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 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 Guild also offers various classes. This week classes include “Funky Fabulous Flag and Tunnel Books” by Diane Maurer and “Basics of Digital Photography” with Christine Goldbeck. Both classes are Saturday, 18 January. For more information, and to register, go to

Animals and birds and other creatures have taken over the Red Raven Art Company. The Gallery presents Critters – a Group Show. 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.

Gallery360 presents a Juried Landscape Show. The Gallery360 is located on the second floor of Tellus360, located at 24 East King Street.

Blood Drive

January is National Volunteer Blood Doner Month. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church is hosting an American Red Cross Blood Drive on 18 January. The drive will run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church is located at 440 St Joseph Street. This drive is sponsored by Troop 16.


The Lancaster Road Runners Club (LRRC) will meet up Tuesday run at Long’s Park and Thursday’s is at Mt Gretna. Each Sunday the group meets at the Lancaster County Park.

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 Tellus360, 24 E King Street. Classes this week are at 6 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

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.

Getting organized is one ask on most people’s New Year Resolution list. Get some practical free advice on home management and organization at the Library at 6 p.m. Thursday. The session, led by Dawnell Yoder and Diane Baker of Shape Up Your Space is open to those 18 and older. Register online here.

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. On Saturday, 18 January, the North Museum is holding its Chocolate Moose Gala fundraiser at The Ware Center, 42 North Prince Street. Come out at 6 p.m. for a chocolate filled benefit auction fundraiser.


The Lancaster Symphony Orchestra will perform an 18th-century-style performance of Mozart this week. The performances will be 8 p.m. Friday and 7:30 p.m. Sunday. There will be two performances, 3 and 8 p.m., on Saturday. They will be at the Fulton Opera House, 12 N. Prince Street.

Friday is Music Friday! Many venues – galleries, cafes, clubs, bars and other businesses – will have various musical artists. Similar to First Friday, with different styles of arts, Music Friday offers various genres.

Tellus360 is teaming up this year team up with MOOSE, Series 42 and Music For Everyone on Music Friday. Colombian hill country blues pioneer Carlos Elliot Jr. and The Cornlickers will play to all ages Friday, 17 January. Also playing Friday night is the Americana rockers Driftwood. The concerts start at 8:30 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m. There is a cover charge of $10. Tellus360 is located at 22 East King Street.

The Community Room on King is holding its Music Friday Coffeehouse & Open Mic night Friday. Admission is by donation. The Community Room on King is located at 1006 West King Street.

Open House

Are you interested in taking classes? PCA&D will hold an Open House on Saturday, 18 January from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Bring your portfolio. Meet the faculty as well as current students and alumni. Discuss financial aid options. Readers should register to attend the open house at The application fee will be waived for those who apply during the Open House. The spring catalog is available at

Sierra Club

The Sierra Club will meet on 15 January at the Lancaster Country Day School, 725 Hamilton Road in Room 111. The meeting, which is open to members and non-members, will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The Sierra Club-Lancaster Group will host the Polar Bear 5K (2014). This tail race shows support for the environment and specifically the plight of polar bears, the most well-known victims of global warming. The event will be held in beautiful Lancaster County Central Park.


The F&M Players will perform "Into the Woods"16 – 18 January in the Schnader Theater at the Roschell Performing Arts Center. The play is based on a book by F&M '71 alum James Lapine.

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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