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Food and Fun

  • SPCA to give pets hope in new homes

     A new animal rescue group is forming in Lancaster in the hopes of lessening the number of animals that pass through the doors of Lancaster County Animal Control.

     Lancaster resident Diana Knight said she’s been fostering animals for a few years and finally decided that Lancaster needed some help in terms its homeless animal population as well as the number of animals that are put to sleep at the shelter each year.

  • I still go crazy for coleslaw

    Ice cream aside, nothing cools down a steamy barbecue like creamy, crunchy coleslaw.  

    Slaw has long been a favorite of this cookout-loving gal, and I’ve eaten my way through many fabulous recipes.  

  • 'I want to tell everyone to never, ever give up': Life goes on for Alyssa Garris after pediatric stroke in 2010

    Pediatric strokes are extremely rare. When Lancaster High School student Alyssa Garris suffered a stroke after cleft lip and palate surgery in June 2010, the doctors on her case had a hard time giving her parents a proper prognosis.

    They couldn’t even tell Mika and Mark Garris what the future held for their daughter.
    “It was a really, really tough thing to hear,” Mika said. “We go in expecting a routine surgery and plan to be going home in two or three days, and it turned out she didn’t come home for seven weeks.”

  • Sign up for Arts & Sciences Camp

    I recently read a story that related how learning to play music can help trauma victims.

    This article was about the “Guitars for Vets” initiative.
    It was fascinating to learn about the mission of this organization and how much it has grown nationwide – to more than 25 chapters.

    The program offers one-on-one free guitar lessons (and a loaner guitar) to veterans who suffer from mental disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of war, deaths, injuries or other disasters.

  • Fun without a 'lofty' cost

    The Lancaster arts scene is putting its collective talents together in an effort to benefit local non-profit organizations, thanks to a series of fundraising events that began in February.

    Christina Chastain, gallery owner at Chastain’s Studio Lofts, said a very successful annual Christmas party and seven years of experience working with non-profit organizations were what started her thinking about how the gallery could do more to reach out to the community.

  • LSWCD announce winners of photo contests

    The Lancaster Soil and Water Conservation District announced the winners of its 2012-13 Conservation Photo contests.

    LSWCD held two photo contests during the current school year for all high school students in the county.

    The contest was divided into four categories: Conservation In Action, Conservation Practices, Agriculture and Conservation Across America and Close Up Conservation.

    Photos were judged on technical merit and composition.

    The first-place winners received a $20 gift card and second-place winners received a $15 gift card.

  • Start Mother's Day right with a special brunch

    Looking to pay tribute to the wonderful women in your life?  Well, how about starting with brunch? I’ve yet to meet anyone, especially a woman, who doesn’t just love it. There’s something so very special about the warmth and togetherness that comes with a well made mid-morning meal. You get all the homeyness of breakfast fare with the zip and panache of a cocktail party. Heck, if you want you can even have the cocktails, too.

  • Tips for the perfect summer lawn

    The extreme heat and drought last year was hard on lawns and gardens. 

    “Many gardeners are facing a blank slate of bare soil, masses of dead patches that were once lawn or a bit of grass interspersed in a sea of weeds,” gardening expert Melinda Myers said.
    Myers recommends following a few simple steps to improve lawns this season:

  • Quartet returns to Lancaster Sunday

    An acclaimed New York City trombone quartet, The Guidonian Hand, is returning to Lancaster.

    This performance will be the 19th Vivian Major Robinson Classical Concert, sponsored by the Lancaster County Council of the Arts. The purpose of the concert series is to promote appreciation for – and enjoyment of – classical music in a variety of styles.

  • Legacy of Blessings

    Lots of people enjoy cooking, but few people have their cooking become a community phenomenon that lasts for more than half a century.

    86-year-old Ruth McGriff has been cooking for others for at least 60 years, learning the skill when she was just a girl of 13. Now she celebrates becoming a first-time author with the release of “Ruth McGriff: Legacy of Blessings” cookbook.