Best of January

York Dispatch

The Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., has a string of classic films this month: Friday, "The Love Bug"; Saturday, Jan. 14, "All About Eve": Friday, Jan. 20, "Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone"; Saturday, Jan. 21, "Doctor Zhivago"; Saturday, Jan. 28, "Amadeus". All shows begin at 7 p.m. Tickets: $7. Information:  www.mystrandcapitol,org.

Abendmusik presents Jazz Vespers honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., 7 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church of York, 225 E. Market St. The annual service features the area's top jazz and gospel musicians under the direction of Jeff Stabley, with Chris Bacas, Don Collins, Tim Warfield Jr., Mack White, Bob Meashey and the Bible Tabernacle Voices for Christ Choir all slated to perform. Free-will offering.

Learn about the world of owls on an Owl Walk, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Nixon County Park. A wildlife rehabilitator will lead an indoor session with a close look at a local species or two, followed by a quiet hike in the woods while calling for owls. Dress for the weather and bring a deep-red tinted flashlight. Ages 10 and up. Free, donations will be accepted to support wildlife rehabilitation. Registration: 428-1961.

Find out what happens when guys crash a "Girls' Weekend," a comedy at the Belmont Theatre, formerly York Little Theatre, 27 S. Belmont St, Jan. 13-22. Showtimes: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sundays. Tickets: $27 adults, $25 seniors, $15 youth 18 and under. Information: (717) 854-5715 or

FestivICE returns to Beaver Street and Cherry Lane in downtown York, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. The festival celebrates everything icy, from ice sculptures to a 4-foot ice slide, along with live music, fire pits and s'mores kits, inflatables and guest appearances by Anna and Elsa. The FestivICE Yeti will bring back the Yeti stomp line with help from the Weary Arts Group. Local restaurants and bars will get into the ice spirit with specials, and there will be everything from wing-eating contests to turkey bowling. Information:

FestivICE, Sunday January 16, 2016. (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)
Chilly Willy of Chilly Willy Balloons for Hire, makes balooon animals for children during FestivICE, Sunday January 16, 2016. (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)
Robert Higareda of DiMartino Ice, uses an electric chainsaw to create ice sculpture on N. Beaver St. during FestivICE, Sunday January 16, 2016. (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)
Ben Melhorn, 2 of Manchester Township, goes down the ice slide on Cherry Lane during FestivICE, Sunday January 16, 2016. (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)
Maya Busch, 4 of Hellam Township, munches on a smore during FestivICE, Sunday January 16, 2016. (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)
Bobby Lehr, 4 of York, plays ont the Go Van Gogh sidewalk play area in front of 27 W. Market during FestivICE, Sunday January 16, 2016. (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)

Don't let the cold keep you from star gazing. The York County Astronomical Society will hold a free public starwatch, 8-10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the observatory in John Rudy County Park. Members will guide a tour of the January skies, and star charts will be provided. Program will be canceled if there are clouds, rain or snow. Call 717-759-YCAS (9227) or check if the weather is questionable.

The Cultural Alliance offers a week of free community cultural celebrations in CeLeBRaTeARTS, Jan. 15-21. The schedule includes York Story Slam, Jan. 17 at the Holy Hound; Counterculture, the first collaboration between the York Symphony Orchestra and the audio/visual duo Aortic Valve exploring the auteur cinema of the '60s and '70s, Jan. 18; Comedy at the Capitol, featuring the adults-only comedy of J. Bliss and Ben Bergman, Jan. 19 at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St.; and Fun Family Day at the York County History Center's Agricultural and Industrial Museum, Jan. 21. All events are free, but space is limited and reservations are recommended. Information:

Comedian J. Bliss
Steven Courtney and the Suitcase Musicians will perform during the free family day at the York County History Center's Agricultural and Industrial Museum.

Learn more about the stars with the York County Astronomical Society programs at the York Learning Center Planetarium. Saturday, Jan. 21, the society offers a new children's program, "One World, One Sky: Big Bird's Adventure" at 2 p.m.,and for older family members, "Sunstruck" at 8:20 p.m. Other shows start at 2:40 p.m., 3:20 p.m., 7 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. Tickets: $4 adults, $3 children and seniors for the first show, $1 for any second or third show. Information:

The York Symphony Orchestra presents "Classical Classics," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St. On the program: Beethoven's Symphony No. 5, Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante K. 297b and Haydn's Symphony No. 3. Tickets start at $9 for adults, $5 students. Information: or 846-1111.

"Star Wars" fans, meet one of your own. Canadian actor Charles Ross brings his "One-Man Star Wars Trilogy" to the Strand, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Ross retells the classic trilogy in 60 minutes: no costumes, no props, no sets, but all the characters and all the battles. Tickets start at $35. Information:

David Somerman, left, of Manheim Township, skis tethered to his son Jacob Somerman, 3, at Roundtop Mountain Resort in Lewisberry, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. Dawn J. Sagert photo
Jonathan Sprenkle checks the output of a snow cannon on Fife & Drum at Roundtop Mountain Resort,  Monday, January 4, 2015. (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)
A snow groomer preps the tubing hill at AvalancheXpress at Heritage Hills Resort Wednesday, January 6, 2016. Snow tubing will open for the season Friday at 4pm. Check for hours, rates and conditions. (John A. Pavoncello - The York Dispatch)

Celebrate winter all month long with skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Roundtop Mountain Resort offers all three daily, and the snow is only getting deeper as the machines crank out the base for fun. For times and pricing, visit or call 432-9631. Snow tubers and ice skaters can head to AvalancheXpress on weekday evenings and all day Saturdays and Sundays. For times and pricing, visit or call 877-782-9752.