Lebanon >> This is "Fair Week" in Lebanon County - way too much fun to jam into one paragraph - you'll have to come on out and see for yourself! You're in for a treat with great entertainment on the main stage at the fair every evening. You've also got local favorite, the Lebanon Big Swing Band on Saturday and "Music in the Park" Sunday. Turn off the TV and see what's out there!
10 A.M. FRIDAY >> Tickets go on sale for comedian Gabriel Iglesias as he returns to the Hershey Theatre with his new "Fluffy Breaks Even" tour.
Known as the "fluffy" comic in a Hawaiian shirt, Iglesias will be bringing his wacky brand of humor to Hershey on Friday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for this show range from $32.85 to $97.85 and are available at the Hershey Theatre Box Office. They can be charged by phone at (717) 534-3405 and online at www.HersheyEntertainment.com of www.TicketMaster.com. For more information, go to:www.FluffyGuy.com.
10 A.M. FRIDAY >> The Governor Dick Environmental Center on Pinch Road in Mt. Gretna is offering two family-friendly events today - at 10 a.m., kids ages 7 to 12 are invited to be "Outdoor Adventurers," which includes "predator and prey" games. The cost is $5 per child.
At 6:30 p.m., the whole family is invited to "unplug" and get back to nature by entering the world of nocturnal animals who live near the environmental center. This is a fun way to get informed. For either event, call 964-3808 to register or go to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please leave a name and phone number in case either event is cancelled.
NOON, FRIDAY >> Experience the phenomenon when "Blue Man Group" returns to the Hershey Theatre from Tuesday, March 15 through Thursday, March 17. All show times are at 7:30 p.m. This theatrical tour features new content highlighted by classic Blue Man favorites. Tickets go on sale Friday at noon and range from $30 to $79. Tickets are available at the Hershey Theatre Box Office and can be charged by phone at (717) 534-3405 and online at www.HersheyEntertainment.com or www.Ticketmaster.com.
5 P.M. FRIDAY >> Get ready for "Christmas in July" when "Marty's One Man Orchestra," with Lee Moyer and vocalist Ricky Herb bring songs of the season to the Lebanon Farmers' Market at 35 South Eighth Street. The guys will be doing "swing" songs of summer, plus their Christmas In July set. The performance will last until 6:30 p.m. Cafe table seating is available, and great food is available for purchase, too.
7 P.M. FRIDAY >> Come on down to Johnny and Hon's Smokehaus in Robesonia to hear the classic guitar of Sydney Joseph. He'll be performing until 10 p.m. For more information, call (610)589-6397.
10 A.M. SATURDAY >> The Lebanon Area Fair - a highlight of the summer - begins today! It will last until this coming Saturday, August 1. Located at the Lebanon Expo Center, along Rocherty Road, find out why the Fair was voted "Best Local Event" in the 2015 Best Of the Lebanon Valley polls.
Plenty of farm animals to see, rides for the kids, shows at the track, entertainment every evening, and of course, all that wonderful 'fair food.'
Admission to the fair is free 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Monday through Friday. After 4 p.m., a $5 fee is charged to guests age 10 and up. Sunday is free all day.
Senior citizens, 65 and above, are free on Tuesday, and military personnel are free on Thursday, with military ID. For more information, call (717) 273-3795 or go to: www.LebanonAreaFair.com.
3 P.M. SATURDAY >> The rock band Hy-Jynx will be on stage at Johnny and Hon's Smokhaus in Robesonia, along Route 422, playing some awesome rock until 6 p.m. Try it out for a very different Saturday afternoon.
7 P.M. SATURDAY >> The Lebanon Big Swing Band will be performing in the Mt. Gretna Tabernacle, with jazz vocalist Nicole Roberts, daughter of Mt. Gretna's Tap and Andy Roberts. If you enjoy the mellow music of the 40s and 50s - the great swing band era - come on out to Gretna tonight! There is no admission charged, a donation will be taken.
7 P.M. SATURDAY >> This is the line-up of the main entertainment for Fair Week. All shows at the Main Stage begin at 7 p.m. and end at 10:30 p.m. Saturday starts with "Pentagon."
Sunday - the Bryan Stevenson Band, a Christian "jam rock" band.
Monday - The Uptown Band.
Tuesday - Country music's "Lardeo."
Wednesday - Burning House.
Thursday - The Luv Gods.
Friday - Elvis impersonator Andy Svrcek.
Saturday - Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods.
7:30 P.M. SATURDAY >> For one night only, the Gretna Theatre will present "Girls' Night: The Musical" and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., there will be snacks, beverages, and shopping available! Tickets are available online at: www.gretnatheatre.com or by calling (717) 964-3627.
7:30 P.M. SATURDAY >> The rock band, "Shift Seven," will be performing at the Snitz Creek Brewery, 7 North Ninth St., Lebanon, from 7:30 to 10 p.m. You'll want to see and hear this high-energy group! "Shift Seven" hails from central Pennsylvania and members Terry Gayhart, Keith Myers, and Rick Boltz are currently in the studio producing their third album. These musicians are seasoned pros who have been writing and recording together for more than 20 years. For more information on the band, visit: www.shiftseven.com.
1 P.M. SUNDAY >> Check out Johnny and Hon's Smokehaus for the rock-a-billy group "The Buzzards." They'll be playing until 4 p.m. These guys are renowned for their funky Southern rock sound. At 5:30 p.m., country line dancing starts at the Smokehaus. Come on out for the band and stay for the dancing. For more information, call (610) 589-6397.
7 P.M. SUNDAY >> Coming to Lebanon and "Music in the Park" is three-time Grammy Award nominated Karen Peck and "New River," the three-time GMA award-winning Southern Gospel Group. Peck's delightful soprano voice has also garnered her an unprecedented 11 Favorite Soprano Fan Awards from Southern Gospel Music magazine. Peck and New River will be the featured performers in the Veterans' Memorial Amphitheater in Coleman's Park, 1400 Maple Street. Don't forget to bring your favorite lawn chair. A free-will offering will be taken.
9 A.M. SATURDAY, AUGUST 1 >> Bring the kids to Yogey's Putt-N-Cream for fun that's actually a fundraiser. For a $10 entry fee, kids are invited to play a round of golf and will receive an ice cream treat, a goodie bag, and a trophy, with all proceeds going to the Sexual Assault Resource and Counseling Center (SARCC). From 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., cartoon character Dora the Explorer will make an appearance to visit the kids and take photos. All participants must be registered by 10:30 a.m. Families can register their children by calling (717) 270-6972, ext. 350.
8 A.M. FRIDAY, AUGUST 14 >> Start saving your quarters now! This is the first day of the fabulous three-day book sale at the Lebanon Community Library, at 125 N. Seventh St. On Friday and Saturday, the hours of the sale are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Monday, August 17, the hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Bargain prices go from 50 cents to $3. For more information, visit: www.lclibs.org/lebanon or call (717) 273-7624.
5 P.M. THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, FRIDAY, AUG. 14, AND SATURDAY, AUG. 15 >> For three consecutive days, you'll be able to treat yourself to the Schaefferstown Firemen's' Carnival. The fn begins at 5 p.m. and lasts each evening until 10 p.m. Admission is free. Entertainment Thursday is "New Found Grass," on Friday, it's Lindsey Erin, and on Saturday, "Mitch and the Moodswings." Friday also has "cow patty bingo," and Saturday offers the annual car cruise. There are plenty of games, door prizes and great food. For more information, go to: www.stowncarnival.com.
2 P.M. FRIDAY, AUGUST 21, SAT., 22, AND SUNDAY, 23 >> The Civil War is coming to Lebanon County in the form of a three-day encampment and reenactment at the Union Canal Tunnel Park, at Union Canal Drive in West Lebanon Township, behind the Lebanon Valley Mall. Spectator battles will take place Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Living history demonstrations will take place both days. For a unique experience, visit the camp after dark, with the "Candlelight Walk." The walk begins at 7:30 p.m., with last entry at 8:45 p.m. Candles will be provided for a donation or you may bring your own flashlight.
Admission to the public is simply a donation of a non-perishable food item, or $2 per car. Food concessions and restaurants are nearby. The event is sponsored by the Lebanon County Historical Society, the 93rd Pennsylvania Volunteers, and the Infantry of the 13th Mississippi C.S.A.