Leaf peeping: Part II

York Daily Record file; A trail at Richard M. Nixon County Park photographed in October.

It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend. Why not check out the changing leaves?

The Susquehanna Gateway Heritage Area offers two Fall Foliage Driving Tours along the Lower Susquehanna.

View the maps:
Driving Tour 1
Driving Tour 2

Check out leaf peeping part IThe York Daily Record’s fall foliage map

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Take a spin on the new rink at AvalancheXpress

York Daily Record file; Two youngsters ice skate at Codorus State Park in this 2004 file photo.

Heritage Hills Resort and Conference Center will hold a grand opening celebration for its new rink at AvalancheXpress Nov. 18 and 19. The outdoor ice rink is at 2700 Mount Rose Ave., York Township. At 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, there will be a tree lighting. Guests who bring an item for Toys for Tots will receive a coupon a future visit to AvalancheXpress.

The rink, which is at the base of the AvalancheXpress snow tubing hill, will operate mid-November through Feb. 29, 2012. Hours of operation for November are 4 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sundays. Hours for December through February are 4 to 11 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

The outdoor rink is also available for birthday parties, group functions and corporate outings. Customers may purchase tickets for ice skating only or a combo pass, which includes ice skating and snow tubing. Skate rental is also available. For details, call 877-782-9752 or visit avalanchexpress.com.

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Celebration of Music at Penn State York

Tiffany Barlow, 22, a senior in human development and family studies at Penn State York, organized a Celebration of Music to raise funds for the Educational Opportunity Program. Barlow, from Fairfield, Pa., is working on her internship with the EOP program, which provides opportunities to students of limited financial means. The event is is set for 5 p.m. Nov. 11 at in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building at the campus, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., Spring Garden Township. Barlow wants to be sure students can pay for their books and hopes the musical event will bring in additional funds for the program.

Performers include Clutch the Impulse, We Fought by the Sword, SYGNAL, Eli Flako Almanzar and Scott M. Bowser’s alternative band. Rhoi Fajardo and Peter Bottros, both Penn State York students, will have a musical duel on piano and violin. Tickets are $5 for Penn State York students, faculty, staff and alumni; and $10 for the general public. Children 12 and younger are free. Tickets are available noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 8 and 9 outside the Lion’s Den in Penn State York’s Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. They will also be available at the door. Check out a tune by Clutch the Impulse:

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FlipSide guide 11/3/11

Find out what’s up this weekend. Read more in our newsletter.

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Stage:
David Cook and Gavin DeGraw grace Penn State York’s Pullo Family Performing Arts Center stage, 1031 Edgecomb Ave., Spring Garden Township, 7:30 Saturday night. Read interview with DeGraw and Cook. [$48]
— Pop, lock and dougie on down to Millersville University to see “BREAK! The Urban Funk Spectacular” 7 Saturday night in the Reghard Multipurpose Room, 1 S. George St., Millersville. [$10 for adults, $5 for seniors and children and free with a Millersville student ID]
— The Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet pays homage to a jazz legend during the The Miles Davis Experience 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York. [$28, $32 and $36]
— Join Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys for a zydeco dance and waltz workshop 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Agricultural & Industrial Museum, 217 Princess St., York. Stick around for a concert at 4 p.m. [Tickets for the workshop are $10. Tickets to the concert are $20 with discounts for SFMS members and students]

Blood, sweat and sports:
National Championship Wrestling battles it out 7 p.m. Saturday. Doors open open at 5:30 p.m. at York County School of Technology, 2179 S. Queen St. in York Township. [$15 in advance; $20 to $25 at the door]
— Super Star Wrestling slams the mat 7 p.m. Saturday at Citizens Hose Company, 109 S. Baltimore St., Dillsburg. [$5 reserve tickets or $10 at the door]
Hanover Roller Derby Season Closer hits the rink at 6 p.m. Sunday. Doors open at 5 at Magic Elm Skateland, 625 W. Elm Ave., Hanover [$5; free for kids 12 and younger]

Eat and drink:
The White Rose Cake Decorators host the 33rd Annual Sugar Arts Competition and Live Cake Challenge 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in the York County School of Technology cafeteria, 2179 S. Queen St., York Township. [Free to enter; $5 to watch the live challenge]
Mr. Steve’s Homebrew Supplies, 2944 Whiteford Road, Springettsbury Township, is participating in the 13th annual Learn to Homebrew Day 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Cheap Eats checks out Green Bean Roasting Co. in York.
Mr. Steve’s Homebrew Supplies, 2944 Whiteford Road, Springettsbury Township, is participating in the 13th annual Learn to Homebrew Day 1 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

More:
— Also at the Strand: National Acrobats of China tonight, A Celebration of American Acoustic Music Saturday and “Love Crime” this weekend at the Capitol Theatre.
— See Disney on Ice presents “Dare to Dream” through Sunday at the Giant Center, 550 W. Hersheypark Drive, Hershey.
Read an interview with the Plain White T’s.
Get the scoop on a local production company’s grunge documentary.
Learn how to adopt a turkey.

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Concert announcements: GLAD, Kenny G, Miranda Lambert

Grace Fellowship Church presents a cappella group GLAD for its Christmas concert. The event is 7 p.m. Dec. 3 at the church, 74 E. Forrest Ave., Shrewsbury. GLAD is a contemporary Christian group that formed in the 70s at West Chester University. It’s released more than 20 albums and won Billboard Critics’ Choice and Dove awards. It’s latest album is titled “Receive the Glory.”

Doors to the Dec. 3 show open at 6:15 p.m. The even features open seating. Tickets are $12 and are available at Grace Fellowship Church, by phone at 800-965-9324 or online at www.itickets.com.

More music announcements:
Kenny G will play Dec. 12 the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center. Tickets go on sale Nov. 11.
Miranda Lambert will perform Feb. 17 at the Giant Center in Hershey. Tickets go on sale Friday.

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Nov. 4 First Friday: Holiday Open House

York Daily Record file; Monica Flinchbaugh of York checks out holiday items at Shimmer in this 2010 file photo.

Head to York 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 for First Friday’s Holiday Open House. Check out what’s in store:

Music:
— Listen to the Jazz in the City concert series at the Strand-Capitol’s Studio, 50 N. George St., York. Cover is $3 cover or free with student ID.
Flats Original Flatbread Cafe, 142 N. George St., hosts an art viewing with live, acoustic music by Jake Lewis and Tara Toms. A portion of proceeds from event will benefit Children’s Home of York.
Elks Lodge, 223 N. George St., presents New Moonlight Ramblers with John Steinfelt on piano and Edward Mellinger on guitar 6 to 9 p.m.
— Hear live music from the students of Homegrown in Central Market, 34 E. Philadelphia St.
— Rhyne McCormick performs a blend of acoustic rock, blues and indie 9 p.m. to midnight at Granfalloons Tavern, 41 E. Princess St., York.

Art:
Grace Manor Bed and Breakfast, 258 W. Market St., features “Art and Inspiration” on the first floor.
— Meet the new resident potter at Sunrise Soap Company, 29 N. Beaver St.

Shopping:
— A holiday shopping passport is available from select downtown shops and restaurants. You can collect stamps at each location and enter the passport in a Dec. 10 prize drawing. Get details and download a pass.
— Make any purchase at Flair Fashions and be entered to win a $200 gift card.

More:
— Take a horse and buggy ride along North Beaver Street
— Stop by Park Street Pantry, 24 N. Beaver St., 4 to 9 p.m. for a warm cup of cider and preview of holiday gift ideas and meal ingredients.
— Meet York Daily Record columnist Mike Argento and check out his new novel at the York Emporium, 343 W. Market St.
Download a flier that lists all First Friday events.

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Screen gems: “Ghostbusters”


Editor’s note: Do you spend too much time browsing Netflix or Blockbuster or your local library in search of a good movie? Well, we here at FlipSidePa want to lend a hand with Screen Gems. Our new weekly feature will pick a Hollywood classic and tell you why you should watch it.

Sometimes you just want to have fun. And when you do, well, who ya gonna call?
“Ghostbusters” is always the correct answer. From Bill Murray’s mastery of sarcasm to Dan Aykroyd’s schoolboy glee, this 1984 film by Ivan Reitman is a comedic masterpiece.
The story of three recently fired, hapless college professors who end up going into the ghost hunting business makes you laugh and will even get the biggest paranormal skeptics to care about Egon, Ray and Peter.
With a classic soundtrack and some of the best lines in move history, “Ghostbusters” is worth a watch.
The only knock on the film is that a few of the special effects don’t hold up. But that’s what happens when you look back at many classics, so you can’t really hold it against the film. The movie’s two most important CGI features, Mr. Staypuft and the lasers from the proton packs, still look great.
But it’s not the CGI that will hook you. It’s not even that you’re fearful the boys might not make it out alive. That seems assured from the start.
It’s that by the time the Ghostbusters get their first case, you will want to spend the next rest of your life wishing you could strap on a proton pack and take a ride in Ecto 1.

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Design your dream smartphone app

Once upon a time, it was cool if you could clap your hands to turn on a light. Now, there’s an app for that. There’s also a smartphone app for starting your car, setting your home security system and warming your hands.

So why not an app for taking the dog out? Managing a business? Ending world hunger? We want to know which app you would create, realistic or unrealistic. Include its name, what it does and how it works. Then draw in the box provided what the app would look like. Tell us your name, age, phone number and the municipality in which you live. Email it to jkrout@ydr.com or mail it to: York Daily Record/Sunday News, c/o Jess Krout, 1891 Loucks Road, York, PA 17408. Deadline is Nov. 7.

Here is a blank form to make your own:

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Check out creepy pumpkin-carvings, contest winners

Garry Smith of Springettsbury Township carved this pumpkin, which won first place.

You carved them and the judges have spoken. Check out the winners of the York Daily Record Pumpkin-Carving Contest.

First place: Garry Smith, 60, of Springettsbury Township, won a $75 gift certificate to Heritage Hills with his entry “Cornilus Cobbs.”

Second place: Richard Mak, 35, of Hellam Township, won a $50 gift certificate for his creation, “Dragon Pumpkin.”

Third place: Melody Martin, 24, of York Township, won a $25 gift certificate for his creation “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”

There still time to create a jack-o’-lantern. Here are carving tips:
— Use knives that are sharp, flexible, thin and sturdy to cut into pumpkin flesh.
— Other carving tools to try include a linoleum cutter, melon baller, keyhole saw, hole cutters (used by potters for clay), wood gouge, needle tool, cookie cutter (for designs) or power drill (not for use by children).
— Use a grease pencil or dry-erase marker to draw freehand on your pumpkin.
— Cut a circular hole in the bottom of the pumpkin rather than the top. This makes it easier to put a candle or string of lights inside. Cords won’t drape out of the top, and you’re less likely to burn your fingers reaching into the pumpkin to light the candle.
— String lights are preferable to candles for some designs: Wrap a strand of 20 lights around a glass jar and secure wires with tape.
— Coat exposed pumpkin flesh with petroleum jelly to lock in moisture and prevent it from drying out. Soak or spray pumpkin with water mixed with a splash of bleach to ward off mold and kill insects.
— Spray pumpkin with water, cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge when not on display to extend life. If pumpkin shows signs of shriveling, soak in water for several hours.

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Capitol Cinema adds ‘Higher Ground’

See Oscar nominated actress Vera Farmiga’s directorial debut “Higher Ground” 7 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19 and 3 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Capitol Theatre, 50 N. George St., York. The film depicts a tight-knit spiritual community, which goes into turmoil when one member begins to question her faith. The screenplay was adapted from the memoir “This Dark World” by Carolyn Briggs. The movie is rated R and runs 109 minutes. Check out a trailer:

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