Food and Fun

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    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.

  • Duke Energy gives to Lancaster Works

    From release

    The Duke Energy Foundation is continuing its support of the Lancaster Works program with a contribution of $75,725 to the workforce development initiative of Carolinas Literacy Network.
    Lancaster Works offers ongoing jobs-readiness training to help job seekers enhance their employability skills and get employed sooner.

  • Spring treats get lightened

    We were all pastels and florals at the recent Just A Pinch Blue Ribbon Showcase event. (More on that Decadent Dessert celebration on www.justapinch.com in an upcoming Notebook.) There were so many great discussions that sprung up during the event, but the single most asked question was how to make springtime-appropriate desserts that are also healthy.
    Well, I took that on as a fantastic challenge. That very same evening I began to go through www.justapinch.com and pulled some of the Test Kitchen’s favorite springtime eats.  

  • Cookbooks on a mission

    INDIAN LAND – Members of Our Lady of Grace Catholic Mission’s Women’s Group took charge of menu planning and preparation of food at the Sun City Carolina Lakes Cooking Fingers Club luncheon March 11. The club meets for lunch every two weeks.

    The women wanted to demonstrate how to make several recipes from their “Bon Appetit” cookbook in keeping with the theme, “It Isn’t Easy Being Green,” said Sandy Simmons, who handled cookbook sales at the event.