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York Weekend for 9/25: Railroad Heritage Day, 'Aladdin Jr.,' Saturday in the Park, Manhattan Short Film Festival
Moonlight strolls aren't just for lovers. Take your best friend for a Moonlight Dog Walk, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday at John Rudy County Park's Canine Meadows. Parks program coordinator Jeri Jones will lead a walk through the park under a nearly full moon, with dog games, stargazing and other activities. Each human will receive a glow stick, and refreshments will be served. Registration: $5 per dog. Information: yorkcountypa.gov/parks-recreation.
Join Aladdin, Jasmine, the Genie and their friends for "Disney's Aladdin Jr." on stage at York Little Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St. The musical features the magic you'd expect from Aladdin, even flying carpets. Performances: Sept. 25-Oct. 4, 7:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Thursday, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: adults $25, seniors 62 and older $23, students $20, children 12 and under $12. Information: ylt.org.
Flinchbaugh's Orchard and Farm Market celebrates its seventh annual Fall Fest starting this weekend. The festival features pick-your-own pumpkins and apples, wagon rides and a 5-acre corn maze. The festival runs 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Saturdays through Oct. 17 as well as Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12, at the farm, 110 Ducktown Road in Hellam Township. Admission free, charge for some activities. Information: (717) 252-2540 or www.flinchbaughsorchard.com.
Step back in time 100 years with the Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village at Muddy Creek Forks annual Railroad Heritage Day. From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, the village will show a slice of life in 1915, with a general store and railroad station, roller mill and grain elevator open as well as special exhibits, demonstrations, activities, food and train rides through the Muddy Creek Valley. Trained historical interpreters will interact with guests, and children can go on a scavenger hunt and see a huge diorama made of Lego bricks. Admission free, train rides $7 adults, $5 children. The Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village is located at 1258 Muddy Creek Forks Road, Airville. Information: www.MaAndParailroad.com.
Springettsbury Township's 13th Annual Saturday in the Park kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with a 5K race, followed by the Central York Communities That Care invitational breakfast at 9:30 to present the Spirit of Youth Awards. A 5 on 5 Ironman Hockey Tournament begins at 11 a.m. and the 12th Annual Randy Stetler Memorial Classic 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament at 11:30 a.m. The carnival area offers inflatable rides from noon until 6 p.m., along with other games, booths from local businesses and a variety of foods. A Taste of Springettsbury, benefiting the Springettsbury Sertoma Club, will offer samples from 10 area restaurants 2-4 p.m. for $10, $5 for children 5-11, free for children under 5. The event also includes performances at the amphitheater and fireworks at 7:30 p.m. Information and schedule: www.springettsbury.com or (717) 505-0406.
Check out some of the best short films of the year on the big screen when the Manhattan Short Film Festival comes to the Capitol Theatre, 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Ten short films, both live-action and animated, will be screened at the Capitol and at more than 250 other sites around the world during this week, and audiences will judge them and award prizes. Tickets: $10. Information: strandcapitol.org.
The York Chamber Players, York College's faculty ensemble-in-residence, will present a concert of masterworks for strings and piano by Beethoven, Haydn, and Fauré at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in DeMeester Recital Hall, Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall. The event is open to the public free of charge. Performers include faculty artists Jennifer Herrera-Mullar, violin; Rachel Kaufmann, cello; and Gretchen Dekker, piano; and guest artist Jon Stein, viola.
Penn State York begins its free cultural series at noon Wednesday with a performance by Azucar, a Latin trio/quartet featuring the song and dance rhythms of the Americas, Puerto Rico and Spain in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center. The performance is part of York's Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. The cultural series is sponsored by the Penn State York Office of Student Affairs.
York College will show "Z for Zachariah," a film that premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, 7 p.m. Thursday in the Humanities Center Room 218, with a discussion with director Craig Zobel to follow. The film tells the story of a young woman who believes she's the last human on Earth after a disaster wipes out civilization, until she meets a dying scientist searching for survivors and then another male survivor. Free. Information: www.ycp.edu.