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York County Heritage Trust's 11th annual Book Blast opened to the public Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., York. Thousands of upcycled books in all categories will be sold at discount prices when the sale resumes from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Information: www.yorkheritage.org.


American folk singer-songwriter Chris Smither puts on a show for the whole family starting at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Brown's Orchards & Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville. Brown's will be selling pulled pork, pit beef and vegetarian selections. Logan's View Winery will offer free wine tastings during the show. Tickets: $28.50. Information: www.wagonshedconcerts.com.

Explore cause and effect at the York Heritage Trust Children's Workshop Series - Build It Like an Engineer from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum, 217 W. Princess St., York. Participants will engineer a complicated machine to complete a simple task using dominoes, marbles, string, straws and more. Registration is required for this event. Tickets: $5. Information: (717) 848-1587, ext. 301.

Come dressed like royalty for a Royal Peach Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Brown's Orchards & Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville. Take the family for fun with alpacas, face painting, story time with Queen Bee, games, crafts, a peach pie eating contest and more. Information: (717) 428-2036 or www.brownsorchards.com.

Craft beer meets kayaking at a Paddle Taste and Dine with Liquid Hero Brewery from 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Shank's Mare Outfitters, 2092 Long Level Road, Wrightsville. Explore the Susquehanna by kayak with experienced guides from Shank's Mare, then retire to the banquet room and enjoy a craft beer tasting with the local brewery. Tickets: $55. Information: (717) 252-1616 or www.shanksmare.com.

The Northern York County Historical and Preservation Society will pay tribute to local heroes at a World War II Day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Dill's Tavern and Plantation, 227 N. Baltimore St., Dillsburg. The day begins with a number of displays, including reenactors and historians. A USO-style dance follows the exhibition beginning at 7 p.m. The Will Fisher Orchestra will peform big band hits of the 1940s. Guests should take a lawn chair and are invited to wear period clothing. Tickets: $15. Information: (717) 502-1440 or www.dillstavern.org.

Celebrate National Honey Bee Day with a Live Hive and Honey Demo at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Amish Markets at Hanover, 1649 Broadway, Hanover. Sample local, raw honey, learn about all things related to beekeeping and honey bee lifestyles, and see a beekeeper suit. Each free demonstration is about an hour long. Information: www.amish-markets.com.

The Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival kicked off Thursday, Aug. 14, with a lineup of legendary performers and up-and-coming artists at the Granite Hill Camping Resort, 3340 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg. "Queen of Bluegrass" Rhonda Vincent and her band, The Rage, perform at 1 p.m. Friday. Grammy-winning bluegrass legend The Del McCoury Band will takes the stage at 8:35 p.m. Saturday. Day parking on site is free. Single and multi-day tickets are on sale. Tickets may be purchased online, over the phone or at the gate. Tickets: $35-100. Information: 1-800-642-8368 or www.gettysburgbluegrass.com.

For a day of engines, food and children's activities, the Drive for Independence Upshift Summer Bash is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Leg Up Farm, 4880 N. Sherman St. in Mount Wolf. The cost to register a car for the show is $15. The event is free and open to the public. Information: www.driveforindependence.wordpress.com.

Pat's Singles Club will hold a dance from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday at the Valencia Ballroom, 142 N. George St. Music will be provided by The Citations Duo of Kerry & Dee. Tickets: $12. Information: (717) 303-1969 or www.patssinglesdance.com.

The White and Black Midsummer Sip & Soul Soiree brings back York County native Olivia Castriota for a featured performance at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at the York Elk's Lodge #213, 223 N. George St., York. Following Castriota's solo performance, DJ Bro Mose will play chart-topping dance music. The event will feature food, door prizes and a cash bar. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets: $35. Information: (717) 758-0197 or (717) 848-2785.

The August dance of the York chapter of USA Dance Inc. will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, at the Alert Fire Hall, 3118 N. George St., Emigsville. A hustle lesson taught by Daniel McGee will precede the dance from 7 to 8 p.m. Oscar Restrepo will provide dance music. Tickets: $8-$12.

Mylea Thompson performs a sultry mix of jazz standards in an intimate twilight setting starting at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, in the courtyard of Grace Manor Bed & Breakfast, 258 W. Market St., York. Tickets: $15. Information: (717) 843-7071.

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Tickets are on sale for the final four performances of "The Rememberer," on stage at DreamWrights Youth and Family Theatre, 100 Carlisle Ave., York. Show times are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. "The Rememberer" tells the true story of a young Native American girl, Joyce Cheeka, and her mission to preserve the memories of her people. Tickets: $8-$12. Information: (717) 848-8623 or www.dreamwrights.org.


The Eastern Museum of Motor Racing will play host to its annual convention this weekend at the Latimore Valley Fairgrounds. There will be activities at the fairgrounds on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including track time for the vintage racers on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. The EMMR will also have a "static" display of vintage racers at Williams Grove on Friday evening and a vintage race car exhibition at Lincoln on Saturday evening.

Williams Grove Speedway will hold a Twin 20s program for the sprint cars on Friday evening. The ARDC midgets will also be on the slate. Saturday, the Grove's Saturday Night Series includes the super sportsmen, limited-late models and street stocks.

The wingless midgets of ARDC make their second local stop of the weekend when they join the sprint cars at Lincoln on Saturday evening. It will also mark the last York County Racing Club Night of the season in the area.

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