10 To-Dos | March 2019

March 30 | PawsAbilities

Lebanon Valley Expo Center and Fairgrounds

Hosted by Susquehanna Service Dogs, this free event features a day full of fun festivities for you, your family and your furry friend. Enjoy Dog Olympics where you and your pup can play Marathon Down, Doggy Limbo and Musical Hoops. Get a kiss from a future service dog, take a chance at winning prizes in Paw Draw and shop at vendor booths. New to PawsAbilities is the Lure Course, provided by DogLoversDays – dogs can work off energy as they chase a lure through an obstacle course. 80 Rocherty Rd., Lebanon. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: pawsabilities.net.


March 4-10 | Lancaster City Restaurant Week

Downtown Lancaster

The week-long celebration of Lancaster’s dining scene provides the perfect opportunity for you to visit your favorite eateries or discover what’s new in town. Participating restaurants offer unique specials, special pricing or prix fixe menus to diners. Information: lancastercityrestaurantweek.com.


March 2-10 | Philadelphia Flower Show

Pennsylvania Convention Center

The world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show is back with its large-scale gardens, elaborate landscapes and over-the-top floral creations. This year’s show will focus on Flower Power, which will pay tribute to the enormous impact of flowers on our lives. In addition, special evening events and daily attractions will pay tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival.

To carry out this year’s theme, the world’s leading floral and garden designers will explore how flowers convey a wide range of emotions and messages in a universal language that transcends cultures and borders. Stunning landscapes, imaginative gardens and breathtaking floral displays will interpret flowers’ power to inspire, decorate, style and enrich our lives.

Special events include Garden Teas (daily), Fido Friday (March 8) and appearances by Chef Robert Irvine (March 9 & 10), who will be signing bottles from his lineup of Boardroom Spirits. Also, The FTD World Cup 2019 – an international competition showcasing award-winning floral designers representing over 20 countries, which hasn’t been held in the U.S. since 1985 – will be held live. 12th & Arch streets, Philadelphia. March 2, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. March 3 and 9, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. March 4-8, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. March 10, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Information: 215-988-8800 or theflowershow.com.


March | Mud Sales

Various locations

March 2: Bart Township Auction & Mud Sale (717-786-3348 or bart51.com).

March 8-9: Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction (717-768-3869 or 43fireems.com).

March 16: Penryn Volunteer Fire Company Sale (717-664-2825 or penrynfire.com); Airville Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale (717-862-3806 or avfc55.com); and West Earl Fire Company Quilt & Consignment Auction (717-989-5986 or westearlfire.org).

March 22: Farmersville Mud Sale (717-354-5094 or farmersvillefire.com).

March 23: Gap Fire Company Mud Sale & Auction (610-593-2480 or gapfire.org).


March 8-10 | BIA Spring Home Show

Spooky Nook Sports Complex

The Building Industry Association of Lancaster County presents the area’s original home show, which will feature more than 125 local exhibitors offering an array of services and products for the home and garden. Enjoy giveaways, view demonstrations and gain expert advice from professionals at Lancaster’s longest-running home show. Visitors are welcome to donate canned goods or nonperishable items to the BIA’s food drive. 75 Champ Blvd., Manheim. Friday, 1-8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 717-569-2674 or biaspringhomeshow.com.


March 1-3 | Pennsylvania Garden Show of York

York Expo Center

Explore new and exciting ideas for your yard at this year’s garden show. Take a special, romantic Moonlight Stroll through the gardens and be amazed as a light show brings the water to life. Enjoy a panel of guest presenters, including local floral designer Vince Butera and garden writer, designer and speaker George Weigel. And, back by popular demand, Mark Viette (pictured), who co-hosts the radio show, In the Garden with Andre Viette (WSBA-AM 910, Saturday mornings), returns to the show. Be sure to catch presentations by Jack Hubley and Ryan The Bug Man. New this year is a photo contest where winners will receive cash prizes for first, second and third place. Be sure to check out the fascinating exhibitors and numerous vendors. 334 Carlisle Ave., York. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Information: 717-848-2596 or pagsy.com.


March 16-17 | 46th Annual Woodcarving & Wildlife Art Festival

Millersville University Student Memorial Center

This event will feature more than 30 exhibitors displaying their woodcarving and wildlife art. This year’s theme is At the Carnival. There will be door prizes, demonstrations, books, presentations, exhibits, an on-site food truck, silent auction and more. The featured guest carver will be Fred Henderson, who is a York resident and an accomplished carousel horse and realistic carver. The day will also include hands-on carving lessons. Woodcarvings and wildlife art will be available for purchase. 113-251 Shenks Ln., Millersville. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 717-940-3311 or lancarvers.com.


March 22 | 2019 Annual Taste of Success, Supporting New Choices Career and Development Program

Emerald Foundation

Experience a culinary, interactive cook-off event, where guests choose the winner among six teams for the best savory and sweet dishes in the house. Proceeds from this event go to New Choices Career and Development Program, which is a life-changing opportunity for Lancaster County’s women in transition to achieve economic self-sufficiency through personal development, career guidance and job training. 2120 Oregon Pike. 6-9 p.m. Information: 717-982-3168 or newchoiceslancaster.org.


March 23 | 14th Annual Health & Fitness Fair

Bright Side Opportunities Center

Attend this year’s health and fitness fair at Bright Side Opportunities Center and check out chef presentations with food tastings, receive free health screenings, visit with various vendors, witness fitness demonstrations and enter for your chance at some amazing door prizes. Kick the day off with the center’s Walking on Sunshine Fun Walk. 515 Hershey Ave. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: 717-509-1342 or brightsideopportunities.org.


March 10 | Charter Day

State-owned Museums

All state-owned museums will offer free admission today in celebration of the state’s birthday – the anniversary of the 1681 land grant to William Penn from King Charles II. At Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum, enjoy wagon rides, historic crafts and trades demonstrations. In addition to Landis Valley (2451 Kissel Hill Rd. Information: 717-569-0401 or landisvalleymuseum.org), other local properties include the historic Ephrata Cloister, from 12-5 p.m. (632 W. Main St., Ephrata. Information: 717-733-6600 or ephratacloister.org); Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania (300 Gap Rd., Strasburg. Information: 717-687-8628 or rrmuseumpa.org) and Cornwall Iron Furnace, from 12-4 p.m. (94 Rexmont Rd., Cornwall, Lebanon County. Information: 717-272-9711 or cornwallironfurnace.org).