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The weekly York Weekend roundup of entertainment openings, extras, weekend sports and ticket sales for Aug. 1-8 in York County.

OPENINGS AND EXTRAS

First Friday marks the Dog Days of Summer from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, in downtown York, centered on the first block of North Beaver Street. Events include a stuffed animal parade at Growing up Green, 266 W. Market St.; pet fashions and a portrait contest at Arthur & Daughters, 49 N. Beaver St.; visiting shelter dogs at My Girlfriend's Wardrobe, 14 N. George St.; a children's carnival at CGA Law Firm, 135 N. George St., and more. Information: (717) 849-2331 or www.downtownyorkpa.com.

Get to know local wading birds with an introductory indoor-outdoor program from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Nixon Park, 5922 Nixon Drive, Springfield Township. Bring binoculars if you have them. Attendees will carpool to Kain Park to look for birds on the shores of Lake Redman. Registration requested for the free program. Information: (717) 428-1961 or www.yorkcountyparks.org.

The Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire opens Saturday, Aug. 3, on the grounds of Mount Hope Estate and Winery off Route 72, 15 miles north of Lancaster. The all-ages event runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every weekend through Oct. 27 plus Labor Day Monday. The fun includes live music, sports and pageantry, arts and crafts, rides and games, food and more. Tickets: $29.95 for adults, $10.95 for ages 5-11. Information: (717) 665-7021 or parenfaire.com.

The free Sounds of Summer concert series ends with the Urban Guerilla Orchestra at 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Springettsbury Township Park amphitheater, 1501 Mount Zion Road. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Information: (717) 505-0406 or www.springettsbury.com.

The free summer movie series at Kiwanis Lake at North Newberry Street and Parkway Boulevard in York City ends with "Jack the Giant Slayer" at dusk (about 8:30 p.m.) Wednesday, Aug. 7. Children's activities will be available before the show, and Farquhar Park restrooms will be open. Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Information: (717) 854-1587 or www.yorkcity.org.

The free Lincoln Park summer concert series continues with folk and roots rock by Mark DeRose and the Dreadnought Brigade at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, in the park at Roosevelt Avenue and Parkway Boulevard. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Restrooms are available. Information: (717) 854-1587 or www.yorkcity.org.

The Box Lunch Revue concert series features free live music from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Cherry Lane adjacent to Central Market, 34 W. Philadelphia St., York. The next performers are Free Breakfast with folk and bluegrass on Tuesday, Aug. 6, and Cardinal Harbor playing classic rock covers on Thursday, Aug. 8. Information: (717) 849-2217 or www.yorkcity.org/boxlunchrevue.

WEEKEND SPORTS

An tightly-contested Central League baseball regular season is scheduled to conclude on Saturday, Aug. 3, with five games: Stoverstown at Jefferson (completion of suspended game), 11 a.m.; Pleasureville at Jefferson, 1:30 p.m.; Stoverstown at Shiloh, 1:30 p.m.; Manchester at Dover, 1:30 p.m.; and Glen Rock at Mount Wolf, 1:30 p.m.

The URC 360/358 Sprint Challenge is scheduled for Saturday night at Lincoln Speedway near Abbottstown. Joining the program will be the 1,000cc sidewinder micro sprints. Action is set to start at 7:30 p.m.

GET TICKETS

Tickets to see superstar rocker Pat Benatar and her husband, Neil Giraldo, perform at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, Aug. 2. The duo will give a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. Tickets are $69-$79. For details, call (717) 846-1111 or visit www.mystrandcapitol.org.