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A reception for the opening of "50/50, 50 works for about 50 bucks" will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 7, at The Parliament, 116 E. King St., York. The showcase will feature works by emerging and established artists that are all priced at or under $50 through March 31. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, and by appointment. Information: 717-887-7746.


First Friday will feature a "Girls' Night Out" theme from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 7, in downtown York City. Enjoy specials, discounts and entertainment at a variety of restaurants and shops. Information: 717-849-2331 or www.downtownyorkpa.com.

Jazz in the City welcomes an East Coast all-star line up performing jazz classics during First Friday festivities from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 7, in the Studio at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York. Tickets: $3; free with student ID. Information: 717-846-1111.

First Friday's late-night cult-classic film series brings "The Big Lebowski" to the big screen at 10 p.m. Firday, March 7, at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. Tickets: $7. Information: 717-846-1111 or www.mystrandcapitol.org.

Jefferson Starship takes the stage for its 40 Light Year Anniversary Gala at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York. Tickets: $31-$41. Information: 717-846-1111 or www.mystrandcapitol.org.

The York County Heritage Trust's Fiery Trials Lecture Series continues for Second Saturday with "Recreating the Fort McHenry Flag 200 Years Later" from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York. This free program will feature four York County sewers who participated in the six-week process to recreate a large American flag that survived the bombardment of Fort McHenry during The War of 1812, and would inspire Francis Scott Key to pen "The Star Spangled Banner." Information: 717-848-1587

Acoustic group The Darrell Webb Band brings their bluegrass energy to the stage for a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at the Goodwill Fire Company, 2318 S. Queen St., York Township. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets: $15 SMBA members, $18 non-members and free for children ages 12 and under. Information: 717-395-7128 or www.sevenmountainsbluegrass.org.

Irish band Goitse and dancers from the Coyle School of Irish Dance will recreate the excitement of a traditional Irish pub for a show at 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Abbey Bar in the Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg. Opening for Goitse will be Irish Blessing, a York-based family band that blends driving rhythm, soaring vocals and percussive step dance into one traditional Irish experience. Tickets: $22 general admission; $18 Susquehanna Folk Music Society members; $10 students ages 3-22. Information: 1-800-838-3006 or www.BrownPaperTickets.com.

Meet local children's book author Sonya Garver and get a copy of her book signed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Brown's Orchards & Farm Market, 8892 Susquehanna Trail South, Loganville. Garver is Brown's March featured author and has written "The Peanut Butter & Jelly Gang" and "Grandpa's Gift" about the lives and adventures of her grandchildren. Information: 717-428-2036.

Pam Kramer from Kramer at Market will lead the Art of Making Herbal Infusions & Decoctions from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Rojahn Performance Kitchen at Central Market. Tickets: $35. Information: 717-814-8879.

Celebrate Mardi Gras with a weekend of Fat Tuesday fun Saturday, March 8, and Sunday, March 9, at Roundtop Mountain Resort in Warrington Township. Events include a mogul competition at 11 a.m. and chili cookoff at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, and the annual pond skimming event at 2 p.m. Sunday. Information: 717-432-9631 or www.skiroundtop.com.

The Hanover Chamber of Commerce hosts a Mardi Gras Gala from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Bay City, 110 Eisenhower Drive, Hanover. Join the fun for an evening of table games, food, a photo booth, and musical guest Shane Speal's Snake Oil Band. Wear a costume to be eligible for the King & Queen of the Ball. Tickets: $ 60/person; $100/couple. Information: 717-637-6130.

Acoustic singer-songwriter Aaron Daniel Gaul will perform at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Holy Hound Taproom, 57 W. Market St., York. Information: 717-855-2410.

Country-classic rock variety band The Mixed Nutz will play at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at Burning Bridge Tavern, 108 Hellam St., Wrightsville. Information: 717-252-2468.

Acoustic duo The Taylor Poole Project plays at 9 p.m. Saturday, March 8, at The Glad Crab, 3086 S. Queen St., Dallastown. Information: 244-7636.

Get registered

The registration deadline for "Chalk It Up!" is Saturday, March 8. The center court of the York Galleria will be transformed into a canvas for high school artists from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 15. All high school students, grades 9 to 12, are eligible to participate. Registration: $25. Information: 717-848-3200 or www.yorkarts.org.


The PIAA Wrestling Championships are set for this weekend at the Giant Center in Hershey. The Class AA championship finals start at 2 p.m. Saturday, while the AAA championship finals begin at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The York area will send 11 teams into first-round action this weekend in the PIAA state basketball tournaments. For a complete schedule of games, turn to the sports section.

The York College women's basketball team will play host to an NCAA Division III regional tournament this weekend. The Spartans will face La Roche at 7 p.m. Friday at Wolf Gym. In the 5 p.m. game, Baldwin Wallace meets Lebanon Valley. The winners of Friday's game will meet at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16.