Chambersburg Community Martin Luther King Memorial Service

Chambersburg Community Martin Luther King Memorial Service

The Annual Chambersburg Community Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service will be held Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 3 PM at Central Presbyterian Church, 30 Lincoln Way West, Chambersburg.

The service, which celebrates the ongoing spiritual impact of Dr. King’s life and ministry, will be led by clergy and laity from the community. The speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Ronnie B. Tucker, Sr., recently retired Associate Professor of Political Science at Shippensburg University and currently the Academic Coach at Penn State Mont Alto.

Music will be presented by the CASHS Choristers under the direction of Elizabeth Stahl. The Network Ministries Steppers will perform and the YMCA Teen Achievers will assist with the service.

A special feature of the service will be the presentation of student essays written in honor and recognition of Dr. King’s contributions, compiled in a project supervised for the Chambersburg Area School District by Dr. Gwen Durham and Gladys Leon.

The Rev. Dr. Ronnie B. Tucker, Sr. is a native of Monticello, Arkansas, and is the eldest child of the late Mrs. Bertha Tucker Hewing. Rev. Dr. Tucker is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, with a B.A. Degree in Political Science, and a Master’s Degree in Political Science and Public Administration. Rev. Dr. Tucker is also a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Ph.D. in Public Administration. He holds a Doctorate of Theology from New World Bible Institute. During his tenure at Shippensburg University, Rev. Dr. Tucker was selected for Who’s Who Among Outstanding Teachers in Colleges and Universities in the United States. He is the author of a book on “Affirmative Action,” and numerous encyclopedia articles and journal publications. He is married to Lenore; they have two adult children, Kristie and Ronnie B. Tucker, II, daughter-in law Natasha, and 3 grandchildren, Bradley, Eryn, and Darius.

The service will conclude with the congregation joining hands in the historic Civil Rights hymn, “We Shall Overcome.” Following the service there will be a reception in the Central Presbyterian Church Social Hall.

The service is co-sponsored by the Chambersburg Area Ministerial Alliance, the Evangelical Fellowship of Cumberland Valley, the Chambersburg Ministerium, and the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area.

Project SNOWStorm & Project OwlNet: Thurs., Jan. 31

Project SNOWStorm & Project OwlNet: Thurs., Jan. 31

Owls are in the spotlight during a program on Project SNOWStorm and Project OwlNet on Thursday, January 31 at 7 p.m. in the visitors center at Renfrew Park. The program is sponsored by Renfrew Institute, and admission is free.

As reports of increasing numbers of snowy owl sightings emerged across Pennsylvania and other northern states in the winter of 2013–14, a team of researchers gathered to learn more about these owls, calling their effort Project SNOWstorm.

Steve Huy is a co-founder of Project SNOWstorm, and co-director of Project Owlnet, a long term study of saw-whet owls based at the Lambs Knoll station in Maryland’s Catoctin Mountains.

Project SNOWstorm uses innovative science to track and understand snowy owls, and to engage people in their conservation through outreach and education.

Huy began banding snowy owls for future identification several years ago. Some of the owls are fitted with solar-powered transmitters that provide insight into their activities for several years, including data on latitude, longitude and altitude.

Researchers have discovered that some owls are “home-bodies,” rarely traveling more than a quarter-mile. Other owls travel hundreds of miles in just a few weeks, moving from islands along the Atlantic coast to Pennsylvania farm country, and then back to the coast.

The owls are given nicknames, some of which reflect where they were originally tagged. Stella, Pettibone, Baltimore, Pickford, and Island Beach are just a few of the owls whose movements are tracked by Project SNOWStorm.

Many of the owls are captured, tagged and released in the Mid-Atlantic region, but the project reaches as far north as Canada and as far west as North Dakota.

More information including an interactive tracking map can be found at www.projectsnowstorm.org.

Huy will also discuss Project Owlnet, which facilitates communication, cooperation and innovation among a network of owl-migration researchers in North America and abroad.

Parking is available behind the visitors center. For more information, contact the institute at info@renfrewinstitute.org or call 717-762-0373.

This program is underwritten in part by Marge Kiersz, Lucinda D. Potter, CPA, and Smith, Elliott, Kearns & Company, with additional support from Renfrew Institute’s Today’s Horizon Fund contributors: The Nora Roberts Foundation; The John R. Hershey Jr. and Anna L. Hershey Family Foundation; APX Enclosures, Inc.; and the Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin. Facility support is provided courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.

Tommy James Brings Hits to Luhrs Center

Tommy James Brings Hits to Luhrs Center

The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS with very special guests THE BUCKINGHAMS, Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Reserved tickets are $75, $65 & $55 and are now on sale. A group discount is available for groups of 20 or more. Reserved tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling the Luhrs Center box office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or online at www.luhrscenter.com.

“Crystal Blue Persuasion,” “I Think We’re Alone Now,” “Hanky Panky,” “Crimson & Clover,” “Draggin’ The Line,” “Mony, Mony,” and “Sweet Cherry Wine,” are just a few of the many hits from Tommy James. 23 gold records, nine platinum albums and over 100 million records sold worldwide, in addition to his 32 Billboard Hot 100 charting hits, many have been covered by artists around the world including Bruce Springsteen, Prince, REM, Joan Jett, Billy Idol, Dolly Parton, Carlos Santana and even The Boston Pops, his music is heard in 31 motion pictures to date, and numerous TV Shows such as Breaking Bad, Criminal Minds, The Simpsons, The Goldbergs, and Aquarius.

Opening for Tommy James is one of the most beloved and respected Chicago bands ever to explode onto the national scene, The Buckinghams. The Buckinghams’ live concerts pack power into 60s pop rock. Bringing back great memories with their chart-topping 60s hits, The Buckinghams include 70s favorites in their powerful sets, electrifying audiences with dynamic vocals and solid harmonies. Full-time since 1982, original Buckinghams, Carl Giammarese and Nick Fortuna and their band have continued to deliver fast-paced, solid shows that bring crowds to their feet.

For additional information about Tommy James & The Shondells with very special guests The Buckinghams or other performances within the 2019 Luhrs Center lineup, please call the Luhrs Center box office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at www.luhrscenter.com.

 

SAVE THE DATE For the 2019 Race Against Poverty: June 7

SAVE THE DATE For the 2019 Race Against Poverty: June 7

June 7 is the 9th Annual Race Against Poverty. Mark your calendar now to be part of this amazing event that empowers, engages, and ends poverty.

The Race Against Poverty raises funds for the Support Circles initiative: a collaborative effort by many entities & community members who care about poverty issues, and want to see a realistic pathway out of poverty for those working hard to build long term stability. This initiative is facilitated by South Central Community Actions Programs (SCCAP).

SCCAP is a local non profit that is working to empower famiiles and engage our community to pursue innovative and effective solutions to break the cycle of poverty.

For more information about this work, please view this informational video here.

Comedy At The Capitol Theatre

Comedy At The Capitol Theatre

FUN JUST ADDED at Capitol Theatre ln Thursday, January 10, 2019!  For this Standup Performance, some great pre-show activities are happening. At 6:30, improvisation activities for all – and possibly to help warm up for the upcoming auditions for the improv troupe, coming to the Capitol on January 14-15, called “The Improvables.” You certainly don’t have to audition for the Improvables if you don’t want to, but do come early to the Wood Center and have a fun time improving with others – no experience necessary, just bring your creativity and willingness to ‘let go!’

Also – bring a pair of new socks at 6:30. After the improv activities are done (around 7pm) there will be a special, fun activity with the socks. The winner of the activity will receive a prize (to be determined) and all of the socks will be donated to the homeless shelter just down the block.

SCOTT BRUCE  – You may catch Scott on a cruise ship, at a nightclub in Las Vegas, or a Moose Lodge in rural Pennsylvania. The one thing you are guaranteed is a good time and a lot of laughs. His quick wit, ad-libbing ability, and natural timinghave combined to create this unique performer. For example, he’s a published author. Not one, not two, but three books are available on store shelves right now. Scott hosted the EMMY award winning PBS television show “The Pennsylvania Game.”  In between traveling the country, telling jokes, and writing books, he managed to start and run a successful business. It should come as no surprise that the business is a small chain of comedy clubs called Wise Crackers. He also creates game shows, produces comedy shows for television, writes, raises a family and constantly works on his incredibly mediocre golf game. So if you see his name coming to a city near you, get your tickets early. You don’t want to miss Scott Bruce!

For a Video Preview of Scott Bruce: http://scottbruce.biz/video.html

MIKE STANKIEWICZ Originally from Erie, PA, Mike has gigged in nearly every comedy venue in the United States. At home in an eclectic gathering in San Francisco or a rust belt bar come shifts end, this clever comic will turn the tables on everyone. Winner of the prestigious”Best of Philly” award presented by Philadelphia Magazine, Stank takes you down a road you didn’t expect to travel with a conversational style that makes you feel like you’re riding the bar stool next to him. Among his international television appearances including “Comedy On The Road” with John Byner on A&E, Mike presents a special wit that transcends all mediums and blows his audiences away!  

For a Video Preview of Mike Stankiewicz: https://youtu.be/JaRizur96hI

IRWIN LORING – Irwin was the Featured comid in November and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. His comedy revolves around his family, relationships, religion, and society in general. He was raised in a farming community in upstate New York, by a single Jewish mother household. He blames his mother for his bizarre views on parenting, and his overall outlook on life. He brings an energy to the room that makes audiences laugh wherever he performs. His style can be described as a mix of David Brenner and George Carlin, with a touch of Don Rickles.

For a Video Preview of Irwin Weinstein: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=21&v=7KRsfk_O7Zo

Ticket Prices are $20 and can be purchased online here

Tiny World in Shippensburg is a Must-See & Do for the Holidays

Tiny World in Shippensburg is a Must-See & Do for the Holidays

Be a kid again; enjoy the wonder of Tiny World in Shippensburg this holiday season. This tiny town has everything that life-sized towns have, including town hall, schoolhouse, church, fire station, shops of Main Street, Victorian houses, log homes, general store, train depot, and gas station. More than twenty structures make Tiny World a great place to spark the imaginations of young and old.

During the holiday season, Tiny World transforms to a winter wonderland as the sun sets. Open Monday through Thursday from 5 PM to 8 PM, Friday and Saturday 5 PM  until 10 PM and Sunday 5 PM  to 9 PM, Tiny World is an easy drive off Route 11 on Rice Road in Shippensburg and will remain decorated for the holidays through the first week of January.

In 1985, Ernest Helm retired and devoted his energy to creating “Tiny World.” The first structure was a Victorian-style “cat house” for the enjoyment of felines who roamed his property. It wasn’t long before an entire town took shape, and a retired man’s hobby become a roadside attraction.

Today, Helm’s daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Wendell Myers, are Tiny World’s caretakers. Everything is as authentic as possible. Although the small structures can be seen throughout the year, a holiday visit is extra special.

Admission is free, but donations are accepted. Tiny World also appreciates contributions of lights and decorations to keep the town well-adorned for future holiday seasons.

Tiny Town is just one of many places–large and small–to explore in Franklin County for holiday fun.