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Community Corner: Notable April Events

Capital 10-Miler April 1: Run for the arts at the annual Capital 10-Miler, a race that benefits several arts groups in the Harrisburg area. The race kicks off at 9 a.m. on City Island. For more information, visit

Photo Workshop April 1: The Harrisburg Camera Club will hold its 7th Annual Light & Creativity workshop from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Conference Center at Central Penn College, 600 Valley Rd., Summerdale. Visit

Street Cleanup April 1: Join Harrisburg Young Professionals for the annual Forster Street Cleanup, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Forster and 2nd streets. Volunteers will pick up litter, pull weeds and plant new, native seeds and young shrubs. Tools, breakfast and lunch will be provided. Visit for details.

Spring HBG Flea April 1: Shop the HBG Flea for local art, vintage treasures and curated curios at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit

Art in the Wild April 2-8: Meet the artists as they finish up installations for “Art in the Wild,” Wildwood Park’s annual outdoor art exhibit, April 2 at 1-3 p.m. On April 6, artist Beth Galston will deliver a lecture, “Recasting Nature,” at 7 p.m. at the Nature Center, and the exhibit opens April 8. Visit

Networking Tips April 3: Harrisburg Young Professionals will host a presentation on networking with David Everett from the JDK Group, part of HYP’s 2017 Professional Development series, 6 to 8 p.m. at HACC Midtown 2, 1500 N. 3rd St. Visit for details.

Addiction Seminar April 4: PinnacleHealth will host a discussion about addiction, 7 to 8 p.m. at Giant Food, 2300 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg. Attendees will learn the signs and symptoms of addiction and where to go for answers and treatment. Visit

Community Freedom Seder April 4: Attend the community Freedom Seder at Beth El Temple, 2637 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 7 to 9 p.m. The theme of the event is “We Are All Children of Immigrants: Welcoming the Stranger in an Unwelcoming World.” Visit

First Friday April 7: Enjoy First Friday in Hummelstown, 6 to 9 p.m., with shopping, dining, raffle prizes, music and dancing. Guests are encouraged to bring donations for Morning Star Pregnancy Services. Call 717-991-5105 or email

Understanding Islam April 7: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, for Islam 101 to learn the basics of the faith, its many denominations and its widespread diversity, 7 p.m. Visit

Easter at the Mall April 8: Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton Rd., will sponsor its annual free Easter event, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with entertainment, coloring, craft-making, face painting, prizes, egg hunts and special appearances by cartoon mascots and the Easter bunny. Visit

Flea Market April 8: The Flea Market & Car Corral at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, 161 Museum Dr., Hershey, will open to the public at 8 a.m. An auction will begin at 11 a.m. with items and lots available for sale. Visit

Earth Day Cleanup April 8: In honor of Earth Day, Wildwood Park asks you to help clean up its lake, streams and trails, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers will pick up litter and pull invasive plants. Bring a water bottle. Snacks, tools and work gloves provided. Visit

Golden Gloves April 8: The State Athletic Commission will host Golden Gloves Tournament Finals, 7 p.m. at Midtown Arts Center, 1110 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. Champions will go to the national tournament, April 30 to May 7 in Lafayette, La. For tickets, call 717-787-5720. 

Egg Hunts April 8 & 15: Go egg hunting at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, 161 Museum Dr., Hershey, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Bring along an Easter basket. Treats will be given to children ages 12 and under. For further details, visit

Dauphin County Egg Hunt April 9: Dauphin County holds its annual Easter egg hunt, 2 to 5 p.m., at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, for children ages 2 to 9. There also will be a petting zoo and other children’s activities. Visit

Easter Egg-Stravaganza April 9: Join New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, for its annual Easter Egg Hunt, 2 to 3 p.m. Children ages 2 to 8 can hunt for eggs and enjoy games, crafts and activities. Visit

Gardening Workshop April 13: Penn State Extension Master Gardeners in Perry County will present “Pollinator Friendly Gardening,” 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Perry County Penn State Extension office, 8 S. Carlisle St., New Bloomfield. Visit

“From the Top” April 15: The York Symphony Orchestra and young area musicians will be featured in a national broadcast and live recording of NPR’s “From the Top with Host Christopher O’Riley” at 4 p.m. at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center, 50 N. George St., York. For more details, visit

Networking Mixer April 19: Join the West Shore Chamber and local business professionals at the Afternoon Networking Mixer, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Messiah College, 1 College Ave., Mechanicsburg. The event is free and open to members. Potential members may attend up to three free events per year. Visit

Spring Book Sale April 20-23: Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, will host its Spring Book and Media Sale on April 20, 2 to 8:30 p.m. (members’ preview), April 21, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., April 22, 1 to 5 p.m., and April 23, 1 to 4 p.m. (bag sale day). Visit

Casino Night April 21: Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania will hold a night of casino-style games, food and dancing in support of its mission at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg, 5 to 10 p.m. For details, visit

3rd in The Burg April 21: Enjoy the best of Harrisburg during 3rd in the Burg, the monthly arts and culture event at galleries, restaurants and art spaces throughout downtown and Midtown. Check out all the action at

Great Harrisburg Cleanup April 22: Help beautify your city during the Great Harrisburg Cleanup, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at various locations. For more information, visit

Flea & Festival April 22: Join 105.7 the X and Susquehanna Service Dogs for the “People’s Flea & Festival” from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Capital BlueCross, 2500 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg. There will be flea market stands, arts and crafts and food vendors. Visit

Earth Day Festival April 22: Mechanicsburg’s 8th annual Earth Day Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. along Market Street. Take in live music, locally grown food, vendors, exhibits, on-site animals and more. Visit

Tea Party April 22: The 4th Annual Little Miss Tea Party will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Our Saviour Lutheran, 420 N. Progress Ave., Harrisburg. The event includes hat competitions, kids fashion show, refreshments, games, entertainment, etiquette sessions and healthy initiatives. Visit

Confederate Iconography April 22: National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle, Harrisburg, will host independent scholar Kevin Levin in a presentation, “Confronting Confederate Iconography in the Wake of the Charleston Massacre,” 1 to 2 p.m. Visit

Smart Cycling Class April 22 & 23: Harrisburg Bicycle Club will offer a two-day cycling class at HACC Harrisburg campus to help riders gain confidence and skills, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact

Shakespeare’s Birthday April 23:  Celebrate the life of William Shakespeare, 4 to 7 p.m. at Gamut Theatre, 15 N. 4th St., Harrisburg, for the annual Spring Fling to support the theater. Tickets are $100 each or $150 per couple. Enjoy an open bar, silent and live auctions, entertainment and food. Visit

Meet the Candidates April 26: Friends of Midtown will host “City Council—Meet the Candidates Night,” 6 to 9 p.m. at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, 1110 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. All candidates are invited to share ideas on improving Harrisburg. Visit

Book Sale April 26-29: Kline Library will host its Spring Book Sale at Paxtang Municipal Building, 3423 Derry St., Harrisburg, on April 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. (members’ preview sale), April 27 and 28, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and April 29, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit

Geopolitics April 27: Robert Daly, director of the Kissinger Institute on China and the United States, will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, Camp Hill. A reception and dinner precede the event. Visit

Spring Bird Walk April 29: Learn how to identify birds in the field with experts at Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Binoculars provided. Visit

Independent Bookstore Day April 29: Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., with raffles, special savings, events and visits with children’s authors. Visit for more.

Race Against Racism April 29: Walk or run a 5K race along Harrisburg’s 6th and 7th street corridors to promote awareness of racism and injustice in our community and to support YWCA Greater Harrisburg’s racial justice programs, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit

Wetlands Festival April 29: Celebrate Wildwood Park’s wetlands with a day of free, fun and educational activities, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy wildlife exhibits, used nature book sale, presentations by special guests and more. Visit

Local Lunch April 29: Join Friends of Midtown at its monthly community lunch, held at Ted’s Bar and Grill Midtown, 1313 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, 12 to 2 p.m. Contact or visit

Day of Dance April 30: Capitol Kickline, an annual event that celebrates dance education, will be held at 12:30 p.m. on the steps of the PA Capitol building. Dancers can join a flash-mob style kick-line performance and an afternoon of master classes at the Harrisburg Hilton, 1 N. 2nd St. Visit

Taste of Jazz April 30: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church of Harrisburg will host A Taste of Jazz 2017 at the National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle, Harrisburg, 2 to 5 p.m. Enjoy live performances, a silent auction and hors d’oeuvres. Visit

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