September 15 | Lancaster County Field of Hope
This farm-to-table dinner, which will be prepared by Chef Jason Hampton, benefits individuals and families who are facing medical hardships. This year’s beneficiaries include (clockwise from left) Steven Drake, who is dealing with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementia; Nika Corwin, who has been battling Lyme disease for more than 10 years; Angelica Zander, who was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor at age 8; and Isaiah Shorter, who underwent surgery for a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor at age 14. The event, which will be held at the home of Carol and Pete Heth in West Hempfield Township, includes a mix-and-mingle reception with wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres and music provided by Scott Parmer. Following dinner, Josh and James “The Voice” Wolpert will perform. 4-9 p.m. For ticket information: 717-538-3877 or lancofieldofhope.com.
September 22 | Rafiki Africa Foundation African Festival
The Rafiki African Festival – a cultural event that introduces African food, art, dance, storytelling, fashions and more – is celebrating a decade of bringing African culture to the Lancaster community. The nonprofit organization envisions a community in which individuals and families have the hope and capacity to build and manage conditions that promote optimum health. Come and be a part of this unique experience. 100 N. Queen St. 2-6 p.m. Information: 717-455-0812 or rafikiafrica.org.
September 1 & 2 | Heart of Lancaster Arts & Craft Show
Celebrating its 31st anniversary, this show will feature 200 juried artists and craftspeople from Pennsylvania and surrounding states. The two-day event, which has been voted one of the 50 best shows in the country, will also feature delicious varieties of food and live entertainment provided by the jazz group Over Easy. 705 Graystone Rd., Manheim. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Rain or shine. Information:
September 29 | Paws in the Park
Event features games, activities, a costume contest, pet-friendly vendors and more, all for your four-legged furry friends. Food trucks will be onsite, as will dog rescue groups for those wanting to adopt man’s best friend and add to their families. The festival benefits Leo’s Helping Paws, Inc. 18 N. Broad St., Lititz. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Information and registration: 717-475-9621 or leoshelpingpaws.org.
September 1 & 3 | Hospice & Community Care Labor Day Auction
Delight in delicious food prepared by the Amish and enjoy the day’s auctions that will feature quilts, artwork, Amish-made furniture, used cars and much more. Celebrating 34 years, this annual event kicks off both days with breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m. Free parking and admission. 101 Park Ave., Quarryville. Information: 717-295-3900 or labordayauction.org.
September 22 | 125th Anniversary Community Celebration
Celebrate a milestone year with Lancaster General Health during this community-wide celebration. Enjoy a fun-filled day of health and wellness. Healthy activities will include learning about cancer breakthroughs, checking out tools for heart care, boosting your brain with memory tips and more. Bring the kids and watch as they get active with soccer drills, dress up in the selfie station, tour a giant blow-up human body, learn about hand hygiene and how to build strong bones with healthy food tips. Get there early as mini soccer balls will be given to the first 1,000 kids (10 and under). 2100 Harrisburg Pike. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Information: lghealth.org/125.
September 30 | Autumn Sip and Savor
Enjoy unlimited tastings of delectable wines and savory cheeses and indulge in decadent chocolate desserts at this fundraising event. Each guest will receive a complimentary wine glass. Presentations will be given on the art of wine tasting and wine pairing. Proceeds benefit nonprofit charity We Help Children (wehelpchildren.org). 3716 E. Newport Rd., Gordonville. 1-5 p.m. Information: 717-445-5426 or 360lancaster.com/event/autumn-sip-and-savor/155832.
September 15 | Open House and Cow Bingo
Spend an afternoon of free family fun at Canine Partners for Life’s Open House and Cow Bingo! This year’s event will kick off with a “Ribbon-Tugging” ceremony for the grand opening of the Marian S. Ware Program Services Center. After touring the new building, visit the various mission booths to learn how service dogs are trained, hear firsthand recipient stories, watch service dog demonstrations and more. Guests will also enjoy a puppy kissing booth, live music, dozens of retail, craft and pet vendors, kennel tours, food trucks and, of course, a chance to win $5,000 in Cow Bingo. Rain or shine event. 334 Faggs Manor Rd., Cochranville. 12-4 p.m. (Ribbon-Tugging ceremony at 12:30 p.m.). Can’t attend but want to win $5,000? Visit k94life.org to learn more. Information: 610-869-4902, ext. 225, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 20 | John Bartram: A Colonial Philadelphia Visitor
The Country Gardeners of Eastern Lancaster County will present a program on the life, times and botanical discoveries of John Bartram. Kirk Brown impersonates this famous early botanist of Colonial Philadelphia and is a dynamic speaker known to the gardening world. Refreshments will be available. There will be a $3 guest fee. 221 E. Main St., New Holland. 7-9 p.m. Information: 717-768-7676 or country_gardeners.tripod.com.