Ten Thousand Villages Celebrating 70 Years of Fair Trade in October 2016: FREE Cake, Snack & Soup Samples, Prizes, Coupons and More!

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Ten Thousand Villages will be celebrating 70 years of fair trade during the entire month of October. They will celebrate with Celebration Saturdays, Tent Sales and a special Girls Night Out!Each Saturday in October they will celebrate with FREE things like cake, snack samples, soup samples, prizes, and special coupons! See the complete list of offerings below.

Celebration Saturdays

Each Saturday in October they will celebrate with FREE things like cake, snack samples, soup samples, prizes, and special coupons! See the complete list of offerings below.

October 1: Enjoy 70-year-old cake and register to win a basket filled with fair trade goodies!

October 8: Snack on samples from the Simply in Season cookbook, eat anniversary cake and register to win exciting fair trade prizes.

October 22: Get insights into the process of creating as local artisans demonstrate their own craftsmanship, savor samples of Women’s Bean Project soups, and register to win fair trade prizes.

October 29:  Be part of our Shop Global, HelpLocal food drive by bringing non-perishable foods which will be donated to the Ephrata Area Social Services.  We’ll give you a coupon as thanks. Also register to win fair trade prizes.

Needed for the food drive: Cereals, pasta, rice, spaghetti sauce, canned vegetables, fruits and meats, pudding, soup, peanut butter, jelly, instant foods and “helpers” and paper products. PLEASE no glass containers or out of date foods.


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Tent Sales

Thursday, October 13   10am – 5pm
Friday, October 14  10am – 5pm
Saturday, October 14  10am – 5pm

You’ll find one-of-a-kind artisan samples, oodles of mostly-samples jewelry, and some “last chance” items that you may have seen in previous sales.  Kindly bring your own sturdy shopping bags.  And bring all your kith and kin to enjoy the shopping adventure!


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Girls Night Out

On Thursday, October 20th from 5-8pm women are invited to eat delicious supper in the Cafe, be pampered with hand massages, create a truly-yours necklace, join the circle for simple, lovely international folk dance (at 7:15pm), register for fair trade prizes, and learn or share fun scarf-tying techniques.

Please bring canned or boxed staple foods to share with Ephrata Area Social Services. No out-of-date foods, please.  We’ll give you a coupon to spend, as our thanks for your donation.

The event is FREE* but we ask you to REGISTER so we can be ready for you.

*Supper is on your own in the Cafe. The rest of the event is cost-free.

FREE Salad to First 30 Customers at SaladWorks on Friday, September 30, 2016

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To celebrate the 30th anniversary of its brand, Saladworks is giving away a free salad to each of the first 30 customers in line, at every Saladworks store, on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. Stores open at 11am.

Every customer between now and October 16th has the opportunity to win free salads for a year, signature salads & free drinks when you find a sticker at the bottom of your salad bowl.

Visit 30yearsoffresh.com to find out how you could also win FREE Saladworks for a year, or even FREE Saladworks for 30 years! Stop in-store for other fresh prizes & surprises.

There are four SaladWorks locations in the Lancaster area, including Lititz, East Lampeter, Park City Center, and Centerville Road.

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5 Places To Get FREE Coffee and other National Coffee Day Deals in Lancaster County

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Thursday, September 29 is National Coffee Day! Here are 5 places in Lancaster County offering FREE coffee or special deals to celebrate National Coffee Day:

1. Wawa

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Stop by any Wawa and celebrate with a FREE cup of your favorite Wawa Coffee any size!

2. Sheetz

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Sheetz is offering you a FREE small cup of our brand new Cold Brew Coffee to anyone with a MySheetz card! Each batch of our Cold Brew is handmade in-store by steeping our famous French Roast in icy temps for over 10 hours. The result? The smoothest, creamiest, most crushingly amazing sip of coffee you’ve ever had. Find this exciting new product through the Sheetz Bros. Coffeez® drink menu on our Touchscreens. While Supplies Last, With Your MySheetz Card, One Per Customer Account.

3. Dunkin’ Donuts

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Not quite free – but medium hot coffee at Dunkin Donuts will be only 66 cents in celebration of their 66 years in business.

4. Turkey Hill Minit Markets

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Start your morning with us by purchasing one 16oz coffee and get a second cup to share with a friend or coworker for FREE! Offer valid September 29 only. Customer must show ad to cashier to receive discount.

5. Starbucks


While Starbucks will not be offering free coffee, Starbucks will donate a FREE coffee tree to a coffee farmer in need for every cup of brewed Mexican Chiapas coffee sold on National Coffee Day. It’s a win-win for caffeine addicts everywhere.


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FREE Queso at Moe’s on September 15, 2016

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Have you been to any of the Moe’s Southwest Grill locations in Lancaster yet? Now is the time to check them out! They are offering a FREE 16oz queso dip & chips to all customers on September 15, 2016.

Queso lovers are encouraged to share photos and posts to spread the love for Moe’s Famous Queso using the hashtag #FreeQuesoRocks on their favorite social platforms.

Better yet, three lucky fans who use the hashtag will be randomly selected to receive FREE QUESO FOR A YEAR.

In addition to free queso, limited edition Free Queso Day t-shirts will be available at select locations.

On this map are the Lancaster locations. You can find specific directions here.

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Kids Eat FREE at IKEA on Mondays thru Fridays from June 6 – September 2, 2016

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Did you know that Kids Eat FREE at IKEA right now? I ate at an IKEA several years ago and was so impressed with their food and their prices! I remember thinking when I went through the register to pay, “Are you sure that’s my total? That doesn’t seem like enough!”

This is why I was very excited to see they are offering FREE meals for kids on weekdays this summer from June 6th – September 2nd, 2016.

* This deal is for kids 12 and under. Offer not available at IKEA Carson or IKEA Las Vegas. Offer valid Monday – Friday only in the IKEA restaurant. Regular price: $2.49/ea. Not valid on previous purchases and cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid online.

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Visit any IKEA restaurant Monday – Friday and get up to two kids meals with the purchase of one adult entrée. Adult entrees range from about $5-8. Check out these platters!

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Another thing I love about the food at IKEA, is that if you really enjoy what you tried, you can download the recipe! Here is a list of recipes you can download on the IKEA site.

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FREE Smoothie on Friday, June 17 at Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Now open in Ephrata too!


I can’t begin to describe how excited I was to see Tropical Smoothie now has a location in Ephrata!

Attending National Flip Flop Day at Tropical Smoothie has been a family highlight for us for the past 5 years.

Friday, June 17, 2016 is National Flip Flop Day, and to celebrate all Tropical Smoothie cafe locations offer a FREE jetty punch smoothie to all guests from 2pm to 7pm. Lancaster locations include:

  • Ephrata (Main Street)
  • Lititz (Bloomfield Drive)
  • Lancaster (East King Street)
  • Lancaster (Centerville Road)
  • Millersville (Comet Drive)

You can view a map of all the Lancaster Tropical Smoothie locations on their website.

The NEW Ephrata Location!


We decided to check out the new Ephrata location on a recent date night. The first thing we noticed was the unique interior design style of the restaurant. It is a cute location, with plenty of room for socializing with a group of friends or family.


Sorry for this picture. I forgot to take a photo at the beginning of the meal. By the time I was almost finished eating, I realized how good it was, and that I needed to share about it! For my side order, I thought I’d try something new – the carrot apple kale salad. I really wasn’t sure what I’d think of it, but it was incredible folks! You absolutely must try it.


The employees were very willing to accommodate my request to try the Jamaican wrap in a pita roll. I was quite pleased with the results and would definitely order it again.

Friday June 27, 2016 from 2pm-7pm

Customers who wear flip flops to support Camp Sunshine, a retreat for children withlife-threatening illnesses and their families, will receive a FREE 24oz Jetty Punch Smoothie!

Which location will you be visiting?


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Are you taking your dad out to Olive Garden for Father’s Day this year? Save money by purchasing a gift card (or two) online before you go, and receive a FREE $10 gift card!

Or consider a trip to the movies . . . with this deal it will only cost you $11.75 for 2 Kendig Square Movie Tickets, 1 large popcorn and 2 drinks!

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Kids Day at That Fish Place on Sunday, July 19, 2015

That Fish Place – That Pet Place is excited to host their first annual Kid’s Day celebration! Be sure to stop by our Lancaster, PA retail store on June 19th from 11am to 3pm for an afternoon filled with fun activities, prizes, raffles, and pet education. Kids and pet enthusiasts of all ages are sure to have a great time!

Kids Day is a unique event that gives your children the opportunity to participate in fun activities, tour our fun retail store and enter fun raffles for prizes, all while learning about their favorite pets! Don’t miss out on these great activities:

-Raffles & Prizes
-Face Painting & Balloons
Free Snacks & Drinks
-Photo Booth, Snake photos & Caricature Drawings by Neillustrations 
-Free Scavenger Hunt
-Hamster Races: Bring your own and cheer them on!
-Meet Bernie & Chompers: Our own fun and friendly store mascots
-Meet, pet, hold & learn about fun animals with our friends from The Duswalt Foundation Exotic Bird Rescue 
, Oxford Ferret Rescue ,Lancaster Herpetological Society  and the Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary  
-Aquarium set up workshop with our experts
-Animal Feeding Shows
-Reptile & Small Animal set up demos with livestock coupon giveaways
-Fish Room Tours