Now that you don't have to bundle up like an Eskimo, it's time to get out and about. How about going back in time? In honor of their 250th anniversary, the UCC church in Schaefferstown is sponsoring a Colonial-era dinner. You can even get health screenings for yourself at the 50-plus festival this week or vaccinations for your pets at a vaccine clinic to be held Saturday. Also on Saturday, Palmyra sounds like a fun place to take the family -- something for everyone!
11 a.m. Saturday: The Central Pennsylvania Food Truck and Arts Fest will take over Cherry Street in Palmyra in front of the Palmyra Middle School, in the 100-400 block of West Cherry St. Eight different food trucks will be on hand, along with vendors and a special kids' zone full of activities. This is a day full of free family fun, including a kids' bubble station, face painting and even cookie decorating. Food includes everything from soft pretzels to barbecues to ice cream. For more information, go to: www.trucktrekpa.com.
5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday: One of the first fairs of the season, the Wernersville Fair will be offering rides, games, bingo, lots of delicious food, and music! On Friday, "The Uptown Band" will be playing, and on Saturday, "Flamin' Dick and the Hot Rods" take the stage.
8 p.m. Friday: The Strausstown Rod and Gun Club is having a "music night" with the "New Individuals" playing until 11 p.m. The kitchen will be open. There's a $3 cover charge for non-members, who must be with a member for admittance.
7 p.m. Friday: Sterling Koch and his sliding guitar blues take the stage at Legends Cafe, 9 South Ninth St. He'll be playing until 9 p.m. For more information, call (717) 273-7700.
7 p.m. Saturday: Cary Cogdell and Chaz DePaolo will be playing acoustic guitar and serving up the blues and classic rock at Legends Cafe. Both accomplished guitarists, this will be a treat to the ears. For more information, call (717) 273-7700.
12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 17: Step back in time with a Colonial dinner, circa 1765, in Schaefferstown's Franklin House, which was built in 1746. In honor of the 250th anniversary of St. Paul's United Church of Christ, the church is holding a fund-raiser in the restaurant by preparing and serving a Colonial-era meal. The menu is taken from 1700s recipes, and diners have a choice of entree; roast beef with vegetables, baked ham, or chicken pie. Home style breads and soups, such as butternut squash, will be served, and desserts include a choice of "flammery," such as raspberry. Servers will be dressed in period costume to complete the atmosphere as they honor their past. Tickets are $40 and guests must call for reservations. Two seatings are available for this meal: 12:30 and 4 p.m. The number to call is (717) 202-7676.
9 p.m. Friday: Playing classic rock on acoustic guitars, Danny Beiler and friend will be performing at Johnny and Hon's Smokehaus in Robesonia from 9p.m. to midnight.
9 p.m. Saturday: The popular Vertigo Vibe will be tearing it up at the Smokehaus and they'll be on stage until midnight. If you like rock, you'll love Vertigo Vibe.
1 p.m. Sunday: The rock band "Sticky Buns" will be on hand to serve up the music until 4 p.m. Line dancing at the Smokehaus will be on hand from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday evening. For more information, call the Smokehaus at (610) 589-6397 or go to TheSmokehaus924@gmail.com.
10 a.m. Tuesday, May 12: Tickets will go on sale for "Disney Live! Presents Three Classic Fairy Tales" for a presentation in the Hershey Theatre on Saturday, Nov.7, at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m. This is a show for all your little princes and princesses, and mom and dad are sure to be enthralled, too. Prepare to laugh, sing and dance as you step into this world of wonder where dreams really do come true in "Three Classic Fairy Tales." Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald and Goofy as they bring the timeless fairy tale adventures of Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to life in a live theatrical experience. With dynamic storytelling, award-winning music, stunning costumes and glittering special effects, your family will be captivated by beloved stories. For more information, go to HersheyTheatre.com.
Noon Saturday: Here's a chance to do something for your best friends; a low-cost vaccine clinic will be held for dogs and cats from noon to 2 p.m. at the Myerstown office of Fulton Bank at 200 West Lincoln Avenue. Dog and cat rabies and distemper vaccinations will be offered for $12 per vaccination. A little protection can go a long way in keeping your pet safe. All vaccinations will be given by Dr. Jeffrey Horst. Proceeds from the clinic benefit Covenant United Methodist Church. All are welcome. For more information, call (717) 866-7387.
6:30 p.m. Tuesday: Elvis tribute artist Andy Svrcek will be performing at the Lebanon Expo Center to kick-off the 2015 "50-plus Festival."
10 a.m. Wednesday, May 13: Free admission, free parking, free entertainment, AND free health screenings? It must be the annual "50-plus Festival," sponsored by the Good Samaritan Hospital, to be held at the Lebanon Expo Center. Booths are open all day, and there's plenty to come and enjoy, from the Cedar Crest Show Choir to seminars on avoiding scams. At 6:30 in the evening, Eric Kearns will be the entertainment, with his "Voices of Legends."
Here's the schedule of events:
10 a.m. "Wills, Living Wills, Power of Attorney," presented by Attorney Ed Coyle.
11:30 a.m. Cedar Crest High School Show Choir.
12 p.m. "Hope Through Research; the Future of Cancer Care," by Susan McCoy, R.T.
1 p.m. Lebanon Senior Singers
1 p.m. "Memory and Memory Impairments," Lindsay Thrasher, M.S.
2 p.m. "Update on Arthritis and Osteoporosis" Dr. Thomas Kantor
3 p.m. "Senior Scams - Don't Be a Victim" Rachel R. Heintz, USPS
4 p.m. to be announced.
5 p.m. "Will I Have Enough Money to Retire?" Michael D. Battistelli and Jeffrey S. Krall.
Health screenings will take place at 10 a.m. to noon; 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Expo Center kitchen will be open until 7 p.m.
9 a.m., Saturday, May 16: The Governor Dick Environmental Center on Pinch Road in Mt. Gretna invites you to participate in "Bird Watching Basics," a primer for all those interested in our feathered friends. Learn to identify birds by their songs and by their field marks. Bring binoculars! The bird watching foray is free, but you must call to pre-register. Go to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (717) 964-3808. When you call, please leave a name and phone number in case of cancellation.
1 p.m., Saturday, May 16: Naturalist Bob Ardner will take you through the basics of learning how to cook over a campfire. He'll share some tested trail recipes and give you tips on cooking a hearty meal while hiking. Meet at the Governor Dick Environmental Center on Pinch Road. The lesson is free, but you must pre-register. Call (717) 964-3808 and ask for Audrey Wells.
2 p.m., Sunday, May 17: How about spending a lovely Sunday afternoon in May taking a leisurely stroll amid wildflowers, while enjoying the lovely warble of birdsong? During this casual walk that begins at the Governor Dick Environmental Center on Pinch Road, you'll be able to identify many of the birds and wildflowers. This is a free event; call to pre-register at (717) 964-3808.
6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 12: Lancaster's popular Chameleon Club has a number of 'going-all-out' rock bands coming up; and on Tuesday, "Papa Roach" takes the stage. On Wednesday, May 13, it's "Yelawolf" at 7 p.m. The following Friday, May 15, the Scott Weiland Band will begin at 8 p.m., and on Saturday, May 16, at 7 p.m., it's "Black Stone Cherry." The Chameleon Club is located at 223 N. Water St. in Lancaster. For tickets, call 1-800-628-1403.
10 a.m., Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17: Come for the history and stay for the fun at the annual "Union Canal Days" at the lovely Union Canal Tunnel Park at 25th Street and Union Canal Drive. Canal barge rides will once again be offered, and there are all sorts of craft vendors, history re-enactors, live music, a classic car display, and plenty of good food!
From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., chicken barbecue dinners will be sold for $8 each. Advance tickets are available at the Lebanon County Historical Society's office or call (717) 272-6949.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 20: The World War II Historical Association will be holding their second annual WWII Dinner Dance fundraiser at the historic Union Canal Tunnel Park. Proceeds will benefit the WWII Historical Association and the Lebanon County Historical Society. For more information, call (717) 272-1473.