Monday, December 1, 2008

What's happening around Lancaster this week?

"Thanksgiving Holiday All You Can Play!" laser tag continues on Monday, Dec. 1 at Laserdome in Manheim. For $20 per person, you can play all day from 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For an additional $5, you can enjoy unlimited soda, popcorn, and two slices of pizza. Laserdome is located at 2050 Auction Road in Manheim.

Each morning, Tuesday Dec. 2 and Wednesday, Dec. 3 is Hoh, Hoh, Hoh! at the Hands-on House Children's Museum. "In this 45 minute morning program childen and adults play and learn together in a class of holiday fun. Ages 2&3 accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or other adult." Includes Santa and his elves. Visit the website for specific times and details. The Hands-on House Children's Museum is located at 721 Landis Valley Road.

Tuesday evening, Dec. 2, Ornament Workshops are being held at the Lancaster Museum of Art. "3-D Moravian star ornaments look beautiful on any tree - now you can add them to yours. We'll unlock the mystery of this traditional craft and show you it's not as difficult as it looks! You'll leave with directions and additional materials to make more at home! Ages 10+." 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM. The cost is $25 per person.

On Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 8:00 p.m., "Mark Harman will read from his translation of Franz Kafka's Amerika, the Missing Person, just release from Shocken Books. Co-sponsored by Judaic Studies, the Klehr Center, German and Russian Department and Writers House. Mark Harman is a renowned translator of Franz Kafka's work and professor at Elizabethtown College." To take place at the Klehr Center for Jewish Life at 645 College Ave. Call 717-291-4300 for more information.

On Wed, Dec 3. at 4:30 p.m., explore The Art of Literary Journalism. "Ruth Franklin is a senior literary editor at the politics and arts journal The New Republic. Previously, she reviewed books for The New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post Book World and the London Review of Books, among other publications. She received a B.A. in English from Columbia University in 1995 and an M.A. in comparative literature from Harvard University in 1998." To take place at The Philadelphia Alumni Writers House on F&M's campus. 633 College Ave. Free. Call 717-291-4244.

On Thurs, Dec. 4 at the Lancaster Museum of Art is Cranes and Other Great Treats. "You'll transform simple snowflakes into elegant window stars using a special paper folding technique. Add color to a sunny winter window with a group of these beautiful pieces of art." 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. The Cost is $25 per person.

Also on Thursday, Dec. 4, the Community Homeless Outreach Center is having an open house."Drop In 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Help us celebrate our one year anniversary! Brief remarks at 3:00 p.m. Experience how your support has made a difference for homeless individuals in Lancaster County. Meet our clients. Hear their SUCCESS stories! See our new shower & laundry facility. Light refreshments served. Additional parking on Water Street." 210 S. Prince St. on the premises of the water Street Rescue Mission.

Starting Thursday, Dec. 4 is the play 42nd Street at the Fulton Theatre. "The mother of all song-and-dance musicals hits the Fulton stage just in time for the holidays, jam-packed with much-loved musical numbers like Shuffle Off to Buffalo, We’re in the Money, You’re Getting to Be a Habit with Me, Lullaby of Broadway, and of course, 42nd Street. Filled with snappy dialogue, show-stopping tap numbers and a wise-cracking love story, this bigger-than-life show will brighten the holiday season for your entire family. So come and meet those dancing feet on the avenue we’re taking you to— 42nd Street!"The show runs until Jan. 4. Showtimes and prices vary. Visit for further info.

Dec. 4 and Dec. 6 is the Dog and Cat Charm Show at Ream Jewelers in downtown Lancaster. "Charms will be created to AKC standards and will custom color them to be similar to the markings on your pet. Thur.: 9 am - 5 pm; Fri.: 9 am - 8 pm; Sat.: 9 am - 4:30 pm." Hours are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ream Jewelers is located at 58 N. Queen St. in Lancaster.

"Come join the The Lancaster Bible College Worship and Performing Arts Department as they present Christmas In The Village Square, a celebration of the Savior's birth through the music and stories of the Old World. The concert features the LBC Chorale, Chamber Singers, and instrumental ensembles. Friday, December 5th at 7:00 pm and Saturday, December 6th at 2:00 and 7:00 pm. Tickets are free and required." The location is Good Shepherd Chapel.

Downtown Intercourse is holding its 11th Annual Intercourse Holiday Celebration on Dec. 5 and 6. "The Intercourse Merchants invite you to stroll the village and visit many of the stores that open their doors for children and adults, offering storytelling, open houses and holiday musicians." Visit for further information.

Holiday festivities continue this weekend in downtown Lancaster. "Come to Downtown Lancaster for the holidays! Experience the city with a variety of events, activities and shopping, including visits with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, holiday movies and storytelling, plus stop at 200+ specialty shops, galleries, museums and restaurants. Fri. 5-9 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun. noon-4 p.m."

It's a First Friday in downtown Lancaster on December 5. That means "Over 90 art venues and shops extend their hours to 9 p.m. - some even later! Join the thousands who enjoy the evening's artistic energy and fun surprises that make each First Friday special. For more information, visit" From 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

It's also First Friday in Manheim. "
Extended hours and special happenings at Manheim Businesses which stay open to 8 p.m. or later." Main Street in Manheim.

On First Friday in Lancaster, "Experience the uplifting energy of Kirtan, a form of group chanting from ancient India" at The Yoga Path in Lancaster between 7:45 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. "Afterwards enjoy a sampling of delicious Ayurvedic vegetarian foods, flavored with exotic and healing Indian spices - presented by Spice of Life, Lancaster." Admission is $10 at the door. The Yoga Path is located at 428 N. Duke St.

Gallery dePaul, at 226 N. Arch Street, is showing an exhibit called "In Venice" for the month of December. "In the gallery this month...enjoy the romance, beauty and flavor of Venice captured in print, paint and mixed-media by the artists of the recent Gallery dePaul 3rd Annual Creative Workshop. Artist reception on First Friday, December 5th. from 5 till 8:30 PM."

On Friday, Dec. 5 at 8:00 p.m., the F&M Jazz Ensemble will be holding a concert in the Barshinger center for the Musical Arts on the F&M campus. "The F&M Jazz Ensemble is a 20 member 'big band' under the direction of Jerry Laboranti. Selections include: Caravan by Duke Ellington, A Child Is Born by Thad Jones and Will You Needn't, It's Over Now by Thelonius Monk."

On First Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., "Join [The Lancaster Heritage and Quilt Museum] visit with Saint Nicholas and learn about the history of Christmas. The National Christmas Center Presents a Lancaster Christmas will be FREE to all..." The Heritage Center and Quilt Museum are located at 5 West King St. on Penn Square.

On Friday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m., the Pennsylvania Academy of Music's Next Generation Concert Series continues "featuring winners of the Academy’s annual Concerto Competition. Complimentary admission with advanced reservation. Call 717.399.9733. The Pennsylvania Academy of Music is located at 42 N. Prince St.

On Saturday, Dec. 6 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music at 8:00 p.m. is a "Jazz in the Atrium Series concert with the Mitchell-Ruff Jazz Duo. Pennsylvania Academy of Music, 42 N. Prince Street, For ticket information, call 399-9733."

On Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Pennsylvania Academy of Music: "Beethoven Series piano concert and colloquia featuring Ann Koscielny playing Sonatas Op. 22, Op. 10 No. 3, Op. 49 No. 2, Op. 31 No. 3. Pre-Concert lecture, Liszt and Beethoven by Dr. Alan Walker. Pennsylvania Academy of Music, 42 N. Prince Street. For ticket information, call 399-9733." 2:00 p.m. lecture. 3:30 p.m. concert.

This weekend is the opening of The Ice Park at Clipper Stadium. "
The Barnstormers are once again putting away their spikes and getting out the ice skates for the second season of the popular Ice Park at Clipper Magazine Stadium. The special cooling system will make it possible to skate on our 135' x 80' ice rink in temperatures up to 60 degrees." Admission is $6. Skate rentals are $3. Starts 6:00 p.m. Friday night. For hours and further information, visit

Eastern Market in downtown Lancaster is open this weekend (Dec. 6-7). "More than 60 local artists fill the historic market house with their handmade wares. Live music daily from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Food includes middle-eastern Falafel, Moroccan food, organic Ethiopian food, locally roasted coffee by the cup or by the pound, baked goods from two local bakers and more." Eastern Market is located adjacent to Tabor Community Services at 308 East King St.

ELAN Hair and Spa at 1401 Oregon Pike is having a Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 6."In the spirit of the holiday season we invite you to join us, bring a friend to relax and experience a sample of the services we provide. As our guest you will experience complimentary Chair Massage, Hand Massage, Sensory Journey Aveda Blue Handshake, Aveda Holiday Makeup Featuring Holiday Gift Sets & Hors d’oeuvres." Between 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For further info, call 717-392-2207.

Continuing this week,the National Christmas Center Presents: A Lancaster Christmas. "With a vision of what Christmas in Downtown Lancaster was like in past eras, nationally-known Christmas historian and founder of the National Christmas Center, Jim Morrison, has prepared a major exhibition of old-fashioned Christmas. Visitors will see recreations of Christmas celebrations from the 1850s through the 1970s. Join us to visit with Saint Nicholas and learn about the history of Christmas. FREE on First Fridays, 5-9 p.m." Program run by the Lancaster Quilt and Textile Museum.

For more events, visit the community calendars posted at and