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Community Corner: Notable Events in September.



Aug. 30-Sept. 1: The Kipona festival will be held on City Island and at Riverfront Park over the Labor Day weekend. Each year, Kipona marks the conclusion of the summer festival season in Harrisburg. See


Introduction to Turkey

Sept. 3: World Culture Club of Central PA presents this free program at Penn State Hershey Medical Center on the 5th floor, lecture room C, beginning at 7 p.m. Refreshments available. Visit


Central Pennsylvania SuperChef

Sept. 4: Some of central Pennsylvania’s best chefs will compete in this culinary event at 6 p.m. at Hershey Lodge. The event will benefit the Central Pennsylvania Chapter of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Tickets are $40. Visit


Forgotten 5K

Sept. 6: The 4th Annual Forgotten 5K, 1 Mile Mosey, Costume Contest and Family Fun Fest will take place at West Shore Evangelical Free Church. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the race begins at 9 a.m. Visit


Military & Families Appreciation Day

Sept. 6: Military service members, veterans and families can enjoy a free day at Gifford Pinchot State Park beginning at 10 a.m. Susquehanna Service Dogs, Summit Search & Rescue and other organizations will give presentations, and there will be a complimentary picnic. Visit


Dauphin County Jazz & Wine Fest

Sept. 6-7: Head to Fort Hunter Park to listen to elite jazz artists and sample wine from some of the state’s best wineries, 4-9 p.m. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Visit


Civil War Lecture Series

Sept. 6, 13, 20, 27: National Civil War Museum will host a line-up of speakers on four consecutive Saturdays in the education gallery from 1-2 p.m. Lectures included in the cost of admission. Visit


Harrisburg Half Marathon

Sept. 7: Merrill Lynch Harrisburg Half Marathon will take place 7 a.m.-1 p.m., beginning and ending on City Island. To register and for information, visit


Business of Harrisburg

Sept. 8: Two city officials, Lenwood Sloan and Roy Christ, will kick off the 2014-15 speaker’s season at the Civic Club of Harrisburg, 612 N. Front St. Event starts at 11:30 a.m. with reception and luncheon, with the program at 12:45 p.m. Reservations required for luncheon. Visit or email .


Restaurant Week

Sept. 8-12 and 15-19: Restaurant Week is back, featuring some of Harrisburg’s favorite restaurants offering three-course meals for $30. Parking is free in the River Street Garage, Monday to Friday, 5-9 p.m. A full list of restaurants and menus is available at


Open House

Sept. 10, 11: Harrisburg Catholic Elementary School will hold an open house beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 10 and Sept. 11. Parents will be invited to meet teachers and tour classrooms. For more, call 717-232-2551.


Small Business Matters Conference

Sept. 11: Harrisburg Regional Chamber will host a small business strategy conference with speaker Heidi Gray. Event will take place at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center in Camp Hill. Cost is $75 for members and $125 for prospective members. Register at


8th Annual Mega Mixer

Sept. 11: Over 500 local professionals are expected to attend this free annual mixer, which will take place at the Allenberry Resort Inn & Playhouse 5-7:30 p.m. Registration is recommended. Visit


Rugged Trail 5K Run

Sept. 13: The Ned Smith Center will partner with Troegs Brewing Co. for a 5K, with proceeds benefitting the Center’s mission. Two trails will be available: one beginner trail and one challenging trail. Day-of registration begins at 9 a.m., and the race begins at 10 a.m. Visit


Teen Achievers Open House

Sept. 13: Camp Curtin YMCA will hold an open house for the YMCA Teen Achievers Program, which helps youth prepare for college and careers. The event will take place 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit


Corvair Days

Sept. 13: Central Pennsylvania Corvair Club Show will be held at the AACA Museum beginning at 10 a.m. All are welcome to place votes. Registration is $14. Visit


Capital City Invitational Beer Fest

Sept. 13: Appalachian Brewing Co. will hold its annual Beer Fest 2-5 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door and $15 for designated drivers. Visit


Star Spangled Celebration

Sept. 13: Historical Society of Dauphin County will host an evening reception to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Cost is $50 or $45 for members. Visit


Clean UP Cycle

Sept. 13-14: Drug Free Pennsylvania and The Foundation for Hope will host an event to raise awareness of substance abuse, bullying, depression and suicide. On Sept. 13, volunteers will gather at 10 a.m. to spend time collecting trash in Allison Hill. On Sept. 14, artists will choose materials from the collected debris, which they will use for their art projects. Visit


All-American Dairy Show

Sept. 13-18: The PA Farm Show Complex will host the annual Dairy Show, featuring nearly 2,000 of the nation’s best dairy cattle. Visit


26th Annual Gallery Walk

Sept. 14: The annual Harrisburg Gallery Walk will take place 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thirty galleries and studios will participate, providing entertainment, art and refreshments. Visit


Presentation and Flag Ceremony

Sept. 14: The Harris-Cameron Mansion will be open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. for the debut of “Star Spangled Banner: Harrisburg’s Connection to our National Anthem.” A historical presentation will take place at 1 p.m. Visit


Historic Harrisburg Exhibit

Sept. 14: The art gallery at Historic Harrisburg will showcase images of “Broad Street Market: A Tribute to the Legacy of Harrisburg’s Farmers’ Markets,” 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Susquehanna Art Museum also will exhibit possible murals for its new building. Visit


Fredricksen Writes

Sept. 15: Fredricksen Library will form its first writers group so local writers can share their work and receive feedback. Event starts at 6:45 p.m. There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited, so registration is required. Visit


Mural Unveiling

Sept. 19-20: The Neighborhood Center and 3rd Street Studio will team up to unveil a new mural that will overlook the center’s playground at N. 3rd and Kelker streets, Harrisburg. The celebration of the mural by Sprocket MuralWorks and neighborhood children will feature live music, art and more. It will take place Sept. 19, 4-8 p.m., and Sept. 20, noon-6 p.m.



Fall Book & Media Sale

Sept. 18-21: Fredricksen Library’s Fall Book & Media Sale begins Sept. 18 for members of the Friends and library volunteers at 2 p.m. The public sale begins Sept. 19 at 9 a.m. Visit


Knitter’s Day Out

Sept. 19-20: Central Penn College will hold its Annual Knitter’s Day Out. Nationally recognized instructors will teach classes, and a market will be open to the public for a $2 admission. Market hours are Friday, 5:30-9:30 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Visit


Pasta: Barbershop Style

Sept. 20: Keystone Capital Chorus will serve a baked lasagna dinner followed by a performance at the Scottish Rite Auditorium, 2701 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the show beginning at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $25 and $15 for children 10 and younger. Visit


All That Jazz for Cats and Dogs

Sept. 20: Join the Castaway Critters Foundation for a fundraiser at the West Shore Country Club beginning at 6 p.m. Registration is $95 for individuals, $180 for couples and $850 for a group of 10. Visit


Matchbox Car Show

Sept. 21: The AACA Museum will host a Matchbox Toy Show 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admissions is $5 and free for children 3 and under. Visit


Fort Hunter Day

Sept. 21: Fort Hunter Mansion & Park will host a free autumn festival with games and shows for children, farm animals, music, food and more. The event takes place 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit


Congressional Forum

Sept. 22: Join the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC for a breakfast and to hear from congressional representatives who serve Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties. Event will be held at the Best Western Premier in Harrisburg, 8-10 a.m. Cost is $60 and $35 for members. Visit


Businesswomen Roundtable

Sept. 24: Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC will hold its Chamber Business Women September Roundtable, 8:30-9:30 a.m. at the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC. Visit


3K MdDS Walk & Fun Run

Sept. 27: A 3K will be held at Shank Park in Hummelstown to raise funds and awareness for Mal de Debarquement Syndrome. Registration is $25 or $50 for a family of two or more. Sign-in will take place 8-9 a.m. with the event beginning at 9:15 a.m. Visit


Fall Fest of Hershey Gardens

Sept. 27: Welcome the season by stuffing scarecrows, carving pumpkins and learning simple techniques for yard cleanup, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Event included in admission. Visit


Landmarks of City Beautiful

Sept. 27: Historic Harrisburg will host a walking tour of Harrisburg’s City Beautiful highlights, 10 a.m.-noon. The walk will begin at Kunkel Plaza. Visit



Sept. 28: The Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance will host the 10th annual Woofstock, the largest adoption event for dogs on the east coast, along Riverfront Park, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit or see our story in this issue.


2014 Membership Golf Outing

Sept. 29: The Harrisburg Regional Chamber will hold a golf outing, 11 a.m-7 p.m. at the West Shore Country Club. Cost is $200 per player and $800 per group of four. Visit

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