Garden of Hope

Loved ones clutch the string attached to a balloon during a Garden of Hope  service in 2013.

Garden of Hope service honors deceased children

A special memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at The Garden of Hope — a memorial garden for families who have lost children to miscarriage, stillbirth and early infant death. The garden is located at 30 Springhouse Lane, Gordonville.

A short service with music and scripture will be held at the restored Tobacco Barn at Stoltzfus Homestead and Gardens. Families are then given a yellow balloon, the color of remembrance. Attendees then walk to the Garden of Hope where the babies names are read and the balloons are released in their honor.

Grandview Anniversary concert Sunday

Musical groups and choirs of Grandview United Methodist Church, 888 Pleasure Road, will present a concert at 7 p.m. Sunday. The concert, titled “75 Minutes of Song,” is part of a yearlong celebration of Grandview Church’s 75th anniversary. The concert includes sacred anthems and songs and congregational hymn singing. The Celebration Band, Senior Choir and Bell Choir will participate along with soloists Daniel Gorham and Jen Lobo and guest instrumentalists.

The concert is open to the public at no charge.

Church to host sports camp

Central Manor Church, 387 Penn St., Washington Boro, will host a Sports Power Camp from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 8-11 for children who will be entering grades four through seven.

Children can participate in basketball, field hockey and soccer directed by the Millersville University Fellowship of Christian Athletes. The cost is $120 with a $20 discount for families.

Register online at For more information, call Dan DeVinney at 518-281-5571.

Julia Sommer at Emmaus Road Cafe

Julia Sommer, a multiaward winner indie pop/rock female vocalist and singer-songwriter will perform at Emmaus Road Cafe, 1886 Lincoln Highway East, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15.

Exchanging stories at St. James Episcopal

 St. James Episcopal Church, 119 N. Duke St., will host a spoken word conversation, “Walking Backward into the Future,” with Pueblo elder/master storyteller Larry Littlebird, of New Mexico, and Greg Valerio, founder of a Celtic Monastic community on the South Downs of the British Isles. The event will take place at 6 p.m Thursday, June 20.

They will exchange stories rooted in the ancient wisdom traditions of the indigenous Celtic people and tribal American Indians that illuminate historical layers of settler colonialism, racial injustice and climate disruption.

Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by going to