What's happening in York this weekend
The Appell Center for the Performing Arts opens its doors with a renaming weekend, Friday through Sunday. The Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center announced in December that the organization will change its name to honor the Appell family's 100-year commitment to the arts. Friday's lineup includes Jazz in the City in the Studio, 5 p.m.; "Sing" at the Capitol Theatre, 7 p.m.; and a sold-out performance by the legendary Tony Bennett, 7:30 p.m. in the Strand Theatre. Saturday is a free community day at the center, with performances by the York Junior Symphony Orchestra Wind Ensemble, Greater York Dance, Free Breakfast, The Rossums and Kayla Kroh as well as a hip-hop workshop, recycled percussion, silent films, an improv workshop and more, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. throughout the center. Sunday, XPN presents Old 97's for a sold-out performance. Information: www.StrandCapitol.org.
Meet Peter Pan before he met the Darlings in "Peter Pan and Mary," Friday through May 21 at DreamWrights Center for Community Arts, 100 Carlisle Ave. The story has the classic Peter Pan elements, from Neverland to the lost boys and the pirates, told as a prequel to the beloved classic. Showtimes: 6:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sunday. Tickets: $14 reserved, $10 general admission in advance, $12 general admission at the door. Information: www.dreamwrights.org or 848-8623.
Don't forget to stop by a local comic book store for Free Comic Book Day Saturday. In York County, participating stores include Comix Connection - York, 2150 White St., The Comic Store - West, 2111 industrial Highway, The Comics Closet, 37 Old Farm Lane in Shrewsbury, and Comix Universe, 130 Eisenhower Drive Suite C, Hanover. In addition to free comics, many stores will have special events including artist signings, games and an opportunity to meet some superheroes. Information: www.freecomicbookday.com.
Bark celebrates the bully breeds with Honeyfest, an adoption and bully breed awareness event, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Bark Headquarters, 1700 W. Philadelphia St., West York. The event aims to raise awareness about the problem of dog fighting in central Pennsylvania, and the guest of honor is Honey, a former bait dog found in York City almost four years ago who has recovered from many wounds and is now a goodwill ambassador for the bully breeds. Other adoptable dogs will be there as well, along with vendors, music and food. Information: www.westyorkbark.org/honey-s-raid-3.
Steam Into History lives up to its name this weekend as it brings back its authentic 1860s replica steam engine after a long winter's rest. The William H. Simpson No. 17 will be back on the tracks, with excursions from the headquarters in New Freedom to Glen Rock at 11:30 a.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday, and to Hanover Junction at 1 p.m. Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday and entertainment by author and recording artist Kent Courtney. Tickets: $15-$28. Information: www.steamintohistory.com.