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Healing Hearts Through Arts Set for September 23 and 24

8/15/2005 —

An art exhibit, quilt exhibit, and nationally known singer-songwriter Peter Alsop kick off the two-day Healing Hearts Through Arts event Sept. 23 and 24 at Penn State York. The event is in celebration of the second anniversary of Olivia's House, a grief-and-loss center for children in York, and is designed to heighten community awareness of the center's work. The exhibits are open from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and Alsop performs at 7 p.m. in the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center at the campus. All activities are free to the public.

Healing Hearts Through Arts continues with performances from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday featuring entertainment from area children and teens. Performers include The York College Rhapsody            A capella Chorus, The Southside Steppers, Wanda's Cadettes, Temple of Grace Temple Guards, The Coyle School of Irish Dance, Hanover Ballet Theatre, and Rachel Kinard and Katie Williams.

The afternoon also continues the celebration of the fine arts with the exhibit of area artists. Each piece displayed will be accompanied by the artist's individual story of inspiration. One of the highlights of the event is an exhibit of healing quilts by quilter Jenni Sipe. In conjunction with the event, Olivia's House has launched an art contest to find Olivia's House Artwork of the Year 2005. Professional and nonprofessional artists working in all media may enter photographs, digital printouts or slides of their work to Olivia's House until Sept. 12. The winning entry will be announced at the event. Other features of the event include a raffle for several pieces of art; a "Healing Hearts Coloring Corner" for children; and the Tall Cedars Clowns who will meet and greet families on Saturday afternoon. At 7 p.m., a dramatic play, "Grief Monologues," written, directed, and performed  by local college students will be presented.

Olivia's House opened in September 2003 and is the first independent grief center of its kind in Pennsylvania. Olivia's House offers a variety of programs to assist children and teens through their grief journey. More than 250 families have benefited from the free programs offered through Olivia's House. For more information on Healing Hearts Through Arts and Olivia's House, call Vicki Friedman at 717-699-1133.

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