Let’s go! February was for chillin’ and bouncin’

By on February 24, 2016
The Lititz Leos remind us that our future is in good hands. (Left  to right) Jocelyn Brechbill, 14; Isabelle Lawson, 14; and Jill Colbert, 15.

The Lititz Leos remind us that our future is in good hands. (Left to right) Jocelyn Brechbill, 14; Isabelle Lawson, 14; and Jill Colbert, 15.

OK, so the month started out with two feet of snow, but that didn’t stop us (or me) from getting out and about. A quick look at the Community Calendar shows that that there’s plenty to do, even during the cold, dark months of winter.

Serving Up Conversation

I took some time out for myself to enjoy an uplifting evening of reflection with some friendly folks at Life Tree Café. This group meets Mondays at 7 p.m. in the General Sutter ballroom. A light meal with a “real” drink while casually discussing spirituality, acceptance and self-esteem was refreshing. On this night, Mike Shifflet posed the question, “Why are we so hard on ourselves?”

The nice thing here is you can join the conversation, or just listen in.

“Some people aren’t ready to talk,” Shifflet said. “There’s no pressure here to say anything. It’s free-flowing.”

A group of about 10 organizers from various churches and walks of life manage Life Tree Café outings, which features rotating speakers. Mark Shifflet, Mike’s son, assisted in organizing the small group activity where we discussed first impressions of one another. A few laughs and the arrival of my Pinot Grigio helped lighten the mood.

We can be pretty hard on ourselves at times and not even realize it, but others generally get a pleasant first impression. Gary Miles and Amy Lineberger were in my discussion group, and their first impressions of me were that I am enthusiastic and caring. Thanks, guys!

For more info, go to lifetreecafelancaster.us or call 626-2710 and ask for Jerry.

The Odd Couple: Legion Riders and Zumba

The American Legion Rider’s held a Zumbathon Feb. 12 at the Lititz Legion post on North Broad Street, and they fitness-danced their way to success, raising over $600 for Hearts for Heroes of West Chester, N.Y.

More than 40 participants filled the room, which surprised Scott Williams, Legion Riders president. He was impressed with the turnout.

Hearts for Heroes assists veterans in transitioning back into life at home, sometimes with the assistance of therapeutic equine or canines (see more at H4HUS.org).

“They take rescue animals such as horses, dogs and cats and make them into companion animals for veterans with PTSD,” Scott explained.

The Zumbathon, organized by the women of the club, featured raffles, refreshments and dancing for a small registration fee. As a Zumba-loving girl myself, I assured Scott that Zumba is making a comeback, and that it’s a great fundraiser.

The Legion Riders are looking for more members, and they’re planning a Spring Fling Dance with a DJ, food, and cash bar March 12 from 8 p.m. to midnight ($15 at the door). For more information, visit lititzlegionriders.ezweb123.com or call 626-9906.

Winter Wonderland

While half of my family napped and stayed cozy by the fire, Derek Jr. and I made a mad dash for the Winter Wonderland Carnival on Feb. 13.

This family feature of Fire & Ice is a pay-as-you-go playland of games and intricate inflatables (you could also get a $15 wristband for full access). In summary, it was lots of kids having lots of fun.

But what I found especially encouraging is the number of teen helpers we have in our cool small town. Young volunteers such as Jocelyn Brechbill, Isabelle Lawson and Jill Colbert of the Lititz Leos, are a comforting reminder that the next generation of community leaders has arrived.

Other event highlights that kept the young ones engaged included Tait and Shell Harbaugh of Insanity Factor Magic, Cylo from the Barnstormers, and DJ Reflex.

And in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Cylo showed off some dance moves during the Cupid Shuffle. I encouraged my son to jump on in as I held our place in line for the jungle bounce house. He immediately shook his head “no,” but we all wiggled around a little to the Chicken Dance.

Having fun at open gym, Barry and Alela Johnson take a break  for a sibling pose.

Having fun at open gym, Barry and Alela Johnson take a break for a sibling pose.

Fusion Fun

On a Friday morning my little one and I ventured to Fusion Gymnastics, 10 Citation Lane, across Route 501 from Lancaster Airport, promptly after naptime for 10:30 a.m. playtime.

We waited for our turn, behind a glass window in the lobby. Corina, 18 months, was mesmerized by the dozens of other kiddos who were finishing up from the 9:30 a.m. session.

Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers bounced, tumbled, rolled, hung, and balanced their way around the room. Corina favored log-rolling her body down the wedge mat and bouncing her way across the trampoline.

We met two very nice gymnastics coaches who ran the session, Amanda Carpenter and Emily Hepfer. For $5 an hour, it’s the perfect amount of fun and exercise every kid needs.

“If we have a big enough group coming in, we will open up both sides of the gym,” mentioned Amy Turner at the front desk. It’s ideal to call ahead for groups larger than 15.

We saw some familiar MOMS Club faces and made some new friends, including Barry Johnson, 18 months, and Alela Johnson, 2½, who came with their mother Maurissa. But I couldn’t take my eye off of my Energizer Bunny (Corina) for too long. After chasing her around and bouncing my way through the gym for an hour, I was worn out, so we waved bye-bye. We may have found a great affordable local way to get the wiggles out!

Visit fusion-gymnastics.com or call 560-4978 for more information. They also have evening playtimes for $10, which includes a slice of pizza; school-age open gyms for older children; birthday party packages; and Emily Hepfer is also a Zumba coach Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. for $5. See you there!

Let’s go, March!

March 7, 7 p.m.: Wines 101 at the Lititz Public Library; a lesson on how to taste, and wine basics.

March 10, 7 p.m.: “The Sinking of the Hunley.” The Lancaster Civil War Round Table meets, and Michael Jesberger will discuss the saga of the loss and recovery of the J. L. Hunley. The sub’s location was a mystery until 1995. Pre-registration is requested. Email register@lititzlibrary.org or call the library at 626-2255.

March 8, 6 p.m.: Warwick Education Foundation Family Movie Night at Penn Cinema, 541 Airport Road. See “Zootopia” for $5 per person, and support local education in doing so. Tickets available at warwickef.org.

Sarah Hummer is a local freelance writer who journals about her family outings. Her monthly report is an extension of the Record Express Community Calendar, and she’s always looking for new events and ideas, and can be reached at sarjade83@outlook.com.

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