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Community Corner: Notable August Events


Book Sale
Aug. 1-4: Hershey Public Library will hold its Friends Annual Summer Book Sale at 701 Cocoa Ave., Hershey.

Garden Camp
Aug. 3: Penn State Master Gardeners hosts a Summer Garden Camp for kids ages 7 to 12 at the Penn State Extension office, 310 Allen Rd., Carlisle, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Campers will explore the world of bats and will work on various garden tasks. They will take home produce they have grown, and some produce will also be donated to Project SHARE in Carlisle.

National Night Out
Aug. 3: Neighbors meet neighbors at National Night Out, with events throughout the greater Harrisburg area. In Harrisburg, the fun includes a city-sponsored event, 5 to 9 p.m., at Camp Curtin Academy, 2900 N. 6th St., with members of the Harrisburg Police Bureau. Enjoy food, music, games, prizes and more.

Farmers Market
Aug. 4, 11, 18, 25: Tri County Community Action hosts the Allison Hill Farmers Market, 1421 Derry St., Harrisburg, every Wednesday in August from 3 to 7 p.m. Enjoy locally grown, affordable, and nutritious produce. SNAP (EBT) cards are accepted and matched up to $10.

Friday Social
Aug. 6: Harrisburg Young Professionals will host its First Friday at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Not an HYP member? Come out for the opportunity to meet members and build new relationships with those who live, work and play in Harrisburg.

We the People
Aug. 6: The Arts at Millersville hosts an Asian Culture Celebration at The Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster, 6 to 8 p.m. View calligraphy and watercolor paintings by Diana Meng and puppetry art on loan from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, on display from Aug. 6 to 27. Enjoy craft tables to make your own paper lantern, as well as traditional Chinese music, drumming and dancing.

Summer Flea
Aug. 7: Browse the HBG Flea summer market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg. Shop for local art, handmade gifts and vintage wares from local artists and curators.

Block Party
Aug. 7: Central Penn College, 600 Valley Rd., Summerdale, will host a Summer Block Party, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Grab lunch from food trucks and enjoy games, music and spending time with baby goats. Stop by early and check out the college’s open house at 9:30 a.m. in the ATEC building. Admission is free; food and drinks require purchase.

Family Fun
Aug. 7: Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC will host a Family Fun Day at the Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey, 598 Schoolhouse Rd., Middletown, 12 to 5 p.m., with vendors, food trucks, family-friendly activities and a silent auction. Two alcohol-pairing events will be held later in the evening for adults 21years and older.

Art Soiree
Aug. 7: Art Association of Harrisburg hosts an Uptown Soiree at the home of Kevin Hancock, 2701 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, 5 to 8 p.m., with featured artists Joanne Landis, Brian Eppley, and William Kocher. Cost is $45 in advance, $50 at the door.

Butterfly Service
Aug. 8: Salem United Church of Christ, 231 Chestnut St., Harrisburg will host its annual Butterfly Service in the garden to the west of the sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome.

Rose Day
Aug. 8: Learn about rose care and flower arranging at Hershey Gardens’ Historic Rose Garden, 170 Hotel Rd., Hershey. Children’s activities include a rosebud tour, kid’s activities and a scavenger hunt. Sarah’s Creamery truck will be on site from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All activities are included in admission.

Piano Concert
Aug. 8: Concerts on Colonial presents international prize-winning pianist Ilya Itin, playing the music of Bach and Rachmaninoff, 3 to 4:30 p.m., at Faith Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 1801 Colonial Rd., Harrisburg. This event is free and open to the public.

Concert Series
Aug. 8: Harrisburg Young Professionals hosts a free Italian Lake concert at Italian Lake, N. 3rd and Division streets, Harrisburg, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, picnic blankets and snacks.

Garden Cleanup
Aug. 9: Harrisburg Young Professionals will host a cleanup at Heart of the Community Garden, 1421 Derry St., Harrisburg, 5 to 7 p.m. Volunteers are needed to help maintain and beautify the garden prior to the weekly farmers market. Bring a water bottle and gardening/work gloves (if you have them). RSVP by emailing

Aug. 11: Build new relationships with local business professionals at the West Shore Chamber of Commerce’s August evening networking mixer, 5 to 7 p.m., at NexTier Bank, 4231 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill. The event is free and open to chamber members.

Festival Fun
Aug. 11-14: Lisburn Community Fire Co., 1800 Main St., hosts its Annual Olde Time Festival. Enjoy rides and games, live entertainment, pony rides, a tractor parade, festival foods and more.

Aug. 12-15: The Rockhill Trolley Museum will host Homecoming 2021, along with the adjoining East Broad Top Railroad. Event takes place at the museum, 430 Meadow St., Rockhill Furnace, Pa.

Golf Open
Aug. 13: The Education Foundation of Central Penn College hosts the 50th annual Golf Open, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Rich Valley Golf, 227 Rich Valley Rd., Mechanicsburg. All proceeds benefit student scholarship funds.

Cutest Tiny Dog
Aug. 14: Join other dog owners in electing the cutest tiny dog in Harrisburg. The election will use “ranked choice voting,” explaining the benefits of this format while having fun and sharing space. Prizes will be awarded for the top five choices. The event takes place, 1 to 3 p.m., at Italian Lake Pavilion, Harrisburg. For more information, visit their website.

Volunteer Work Day
Aug. 14: Head to Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, to help with continuing park and habitat enhancement projects, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Snacks, tools and work gloves will be provided. Bring along a water bottle. Refreshments available.

Art Soiree
Aug. 14: Art Association of Harrisburg hosts the “Riverview Soiree” at Dr. Robert Ettlinger’s home, 510 Halyard Way, Enola, 5 to 8 p.m., with featured artists Michelle DiNicola, Jonathan Frazier, Susan Benigni-Landis and Steve Wetzel. Cost is $45 in advance, $50 at the door.

Flower Walk
Aug. 15: Take in the sights of summer at Wildwood Park, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a free nature walk to see some wetland plants along the North Boardwalk, like American lotus and the rose mallows. Common ragweed, responsible for a great deal of allergic response, will be identified along the trail, as well.

Farm to River
Aug. 15: Friends of Fort Hunter will host its farm-to-river fundraiser at the mansion, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 6 to 8 p.m., with locally sourced, homemade dinner offerings, local brews and wines and live acoustic music and more. Attendees can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and signature drinks beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Finding Freedom
Aug. 17: Take in a day of music at the Finding Freedom Festival, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m., on City Island. Numerous bands will play, with proceeds benefitting Just for Today Recovery & Veteran’s Services.

Diversity Book Fare
Aug. 20: Pennsylvania Kiwanis will host a Multicultural Diversity Book Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., as part of their 104th District Convention at the Hilton Harrisburg, 2 N. 2nd St. It will highlight diverse children’s books with themes that may not be well represented in school districts.

3rd in The Burg
Aug. 20: 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, 6 to 9 p.m.

Observing Nature
Aug. 22: Kids in kindergarten through second grade are invited to practice observing nature in Mammal Hall with handmade binoculars at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This Curiosity Kids event is included with general admission, but space is limited.

Art Soiree
Aug. 22: Art Association of Harrisburg hosts the last Summer Soiree of the summer at Marc Kurowski’s King Mansion, 2201 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 5 to 8 p.m., with featured artists Peg Belcastro, James Rowland, Mary Hochendoner and Matthew Seagrist. Cost is $45 in advance, $50 at the door.

Golf Tournament
Aug. 23: Bethesda Mission will host its 31st Annual Mission Open Golf Tournament at Colonial Golf and Tennis Club, 4901 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, to raise funds for its long-term recovery program. Light refreshments will be available at 7 a.m., and the four-ball scramble starts at 8 a.m. A luncheon and awards ceremony will conclude the day.

Golf Scramble
Aug. 27: The 10th Annual Harrisburg Young Professionals Golf Scramble will be held at Dauphin Highlands Golf Course, 650 S. Harrisburg St., 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Teams of four golfers are invited to register online. Shotgun start begins at 1 p.m. Scramble includes a round of golf, a golf cart, lunch, dinner and an opportunity to win prizes.

Music Festival
Aug. 28-29: New Cumberland’s Borough Park hosts the free Iron Bridge Music Festival, with regional and national ands. On Saturday, Aug. 28, the Harrisburg Jazz Collective takes the stage at 7 p.m., along with soloist Jonathan Ragonese and the Central PA High School All-Star Jazz Band. On Sunday, Aug. 29, the all-day music starts at noon, featuring Hot Jam Factory, Bob Randall, New Cumberland Town Band, The Jellybricks, Skyla Burrell Blues Band, Harper & the Midwest Kind and Paul Nelson Band.

Opera in the Park
Aug. 28: View Harrisburg Opera Association’s “Opera in the Park—Birding for a Better World” on HOA’s YouTube channel at 7:30 p.m. Inspired by the inclusivity and environmental awareness that birding has demonstrated during the pandemic, this year’s virtual presentation tells a story about an ornithologist who believes birding can save the world.

Outdoor Movie
Aug. 28: Friends of Midtown and Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, present a free showing of “The Lego Movie” at 8:30 p.m. The film begins at dusk and, in the case of rain, will be moved to Sunday.


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