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Community Corner: Notable April Events

April Community Corner

Blood Pressure Screenings
April 2: Stop by the food court pavilion at Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., for free blood pressure screenings offered by UPMC Pinnacle. For more information, visit

Decisions 2018
April 2, 16, 30: World Affairs Council of Harrisburg hosts “Great Decisions,” a program on world affairs organized by the Foreign Policy Association. Sessions are held at 1 p.m. at Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill. Visit 

Safe Kids Ceremony
April 4: Pennsylvania Family Support Alliance presents the PA Blue Ribbon Champions for Safe Kids Awards Ceremony at the state Capitol, 11 a.m. Four PA residents will be recognized for helping children. Visit

Latino Health Summit
April 4: The first annual Latino Health Summit will take place 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square. A Vendor’s Expo, free and open to the public, runs from noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

50 Men
April 4: Join state Rep. Patty Kim and photographer Michelle Green as they debut “50 Men Who Exemplify Black Excellence,” a photo exhibit of local, prominent African-American men. A reception will be held in the state Capitol rotunda, 6 to 8 p.m. For more, visit the Facebook page: “State Representative, Patty Kim & Michelle G Present.”

Art in the Wild Lecture
April 5: Join renowned artist/sculptor Roy Staab for a free lecture at the Nature Center at Wildwood Park, Harrisburg, 7 p.m. Staab also is a judge for this year’s “Art in the Wild” exhibit, which opens April 7. Visit

Geographic Bee
April 6: The State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, hosts the PA State Geography Bee in the museum auditorium, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Students from around the state will compete for a spot in the National Geography Bee. Visit

Indoor Sale
April 6-7: Caitlin’s Smiles will hold its annual Indoor Yard Sale and Food Counter at Zion Lutheran Church, corner of Allegheny and Swatara, Dauphin, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. An assortment of donated items will be for sale. A breakfast/lunch counter and bake sale will offer a variety of food items. Visit

Flea Market
April 7: The 2nd Chance Auction, Flea Market & Car Corral will be held at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, 161 Museum Dr., Hershey, opening to the public at 8 a.m. An auction will begin at 11 a.m. Visit

Photo Workshop
April 7: The Harrisburg Camera Club will hold its 8th Annual Light & Creativity workshop, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Central Penn College Conference Center, Valley Road and B Street, Enola. Visit for more.

HBG Flea
April 7: Explore the HBG Flea market, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Strawberry Square, 320 Market St., Harrisburg. Shop for local art, handmade gifts and vintage wares. For more details, visit

Library Week
April 8-14: Visit greater Harrisburg area libraries for weeklong activities to celebrate 60 years of National Library Week. Visit 

Library Auction
April 8-23: Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, 16 N. Walnut St., Mechanicsburg, hosts its 2018 Online Auction, with a preview period of April 8 to 14, and bidding held April 15 to 23. Visit

Latino Job Fair
April 13: The Latino Connection Job Fair will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Center Court on the first floor at the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg. For more, visit

Guitar Show
April 13-15: The Artisan Guitar Show stops by for a weekend at Best Western Premier, the Central Hotel, 800 East Park Dr., Harrisburg. Visit

Earth Day Cleanup
April 14: In honor of Earth Day, Wildwood Park needs volunteers to help clean up the lake, streams and trails, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants will pick up litter and pull invasive plants. Bring a water bottle. Snacks, tools and work gloves provided. Visit

Kids Club Event
April 14: Sewin’ Sisters Sowing will teach kids how to make flannel pillows at Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St. Kids Club events are free and are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit

Spring Fundraiser
April 14: Palmyra Public Library will host its fifth annual benefit and silent auction fundraiser, “Springtime in the Vineyard,” at Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey, 598 Schoolhouse Rd., Middletown, 7 to 10 p.m. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres from Lisa’s Cafe, Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey wine and beer and a silent auction. Visit 

Autism Talk
April 15: Jewish Family Service of Harrisburg will host author Ron Suskind at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 3301 N. Front St., Harrisburg, as part of Autism Awareness Month. Suskind is author of the book “Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism,” turned Academy Award-nominated documentary. Visit

Cars & Coffee
April 15: JPM Racing will host the 2018 “Cars and Coffee” in the parking lot by Applebee’s at the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St. Enjoy cars, community and breakfast. Visit

New Member Social
April 17: Join Harrisburg Young Professionals for its New Member Social, 6 p.m., at Café 1500, 1500 N. 6th St., Harrisburg. This event is for new and prospective members who would like to learn more about HYP. RSVP is required. Visit

Book Sale
April 18-21: Shop the Friends of Kline Library Spring Book Sale for gently used books, videos, CDs and other items, at Paxtang Municipal Building, 3423 Derry St., Harrisburg. Visit 

Spring Book Sale
April 19-22: Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, will host its Spring Book and Media Sale on April 19, 2 to 7 p.m. (members preview), April 20, 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., April 21, 1 to 5 p.m., and April 22, 1 to 4 p.m. (bag sale day). Visit

Best Kept Secrets
April 19-May 5: Cumberland County Best Kept Secrets Tour will offer a shopping and food adventure with a home-tour style format of 28 small businesses. Tickets are valid the entire time; explore in one day or 15. Shops are open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit 

Bird’s Eye Art
April 20: The State Museum will host a presentation by Dr. Curt Miner, senior history curator, at 12:15 p.m., as he discusses the past, present and future of select PA towns and cities featured in the museum’s current exhibit of art by T.M. Fowler. Visit

3rd in The Burg
April 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. Check out all the action at

Fundraising Event
April 20: Vision Resources of Central Pennsylvania hosts the 20th Annual Visions of Monte Carlo fundraiser at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Rd., for a dinner, auctions, music, casino-style games and more, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. For details, visit 

Flea & Festival
April 21: Join 105.7 the X and Susquehanna Service Dogs for the “People’s Flea & Festival” at Capital BlueCross, 2500 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, with flea market stands, goods from artists, crafters and food vendors, 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit

Great Harrisburg Cleanup
April 21: Help beautify your city during the 6th Annual Great Harrisburg Cleanup, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at various Harrisburg locations. Visit

Earth Day Festival
April 21: Mechanicsburg’s 10th annual Earth Day Festival will be held, 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

PA Canal Talk
April 22: Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, hosts “Philadelphia to Hollidaysburg: on The Pennsylvania Main Line Canal” at Foundation Hall, 3 to 4 p.m., with Stephen Runkle, volunteer with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission. Visit 

Shakespeare’s Birthday
April 22: Celebrate the life of William Shakespeare and support Gamut Theatre, 15 N. 4th St., Harrisburg, 4 to 7 p.m., at the annual Spring Fling. Tickets are $100 each or $150 per couple. Enjoy an open bar, silent and live auctions, entertainment and food. Details are at 

Women’s Leadership
April 23: Central Penn College will host the Women’s Leadership Conference, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets are free for students, CPC faculty and staff, $35 for community members. Get more information at

Baseball Mixer
April 24: Join the West Shore Chamber and local business professionals at an afternoon Baseball Club Mixer, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at FNB Field, 245 Championship Lane, Harrisburg. For more details, visit

Day of Dance
April 24: Capitol Kickline, a celebration of 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. Visit 

Happy Hour Benefit
April 26: Junior League of Harrisburg will host a happy hour at Rubicon, 270 North St., Harrisburg, to benefit its Little Black Dress initiative. Rubicon will donate 20 percent of proceeds from 5 to 7 p.m. For details, visit 

Foreign Policy Talk
April 26: Retired Col. Alan Stolberg will speak on, “What’s the Risk: American Foreign Policy Challenges and Opportunities?” at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg Convention Center, Camp Hill, 7:30 p.m., hosted by the Foreign Policy Association of Harrisburg. A dinner precedes the talk. Visit

Membership Meeting
April 27: Ned Smith Center hosts an evening with dinner, open galleries, a meeting and a presentation exclusively for members and honored guests. Tickets available at

Race Against Racism
April 28­­: 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, 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit

Chili Cook-Off
April 28: Lower Paxton Township’s Friendship Center, 5000 Commons Dr., Harrisburg, will host a chili cook-off, children’s flea market, arts and crafts show, classic car show, music and concessions, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit the center’s financial assistance scholarship fund for children and families. Visit for details.

Street Cleanup
April 28: Join Harrisburg Young Professionals for the 20th Annual Forster Street Cleanup, beginning at 9 a.m., Forster and 2nd streets. Volunteers will pick up litter, pull weeds and plant native seeds and young shrubs. Tools, gloves, safety gear, food and drink will be provided. First 50 RSVPs receive a free event T-shirt. For details, visit

Wetlands Festival
April 28: 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

Odd Ones Bizarre
Apr 28: Odd Ones Spring Bizarre will be held at The Millworks, 340 Verbeke St., Harrisburg, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shop for funky and handcrafted items at this spring alternative arts and crafts event. Visit

Civil War Photos
April 28: Garry Adelman will present “Civil War Photography: Details, Daredevils and Discoveries” at the National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle, Harrisburg, 1 to 2 pm. The Civil War was the first to be extensively photographed so the public was exposed to real images of war. Visit

Annual Coffeehouse
April 28: Enjoy an evening of music, fellowship, food and drink, a silent auction, and advocacy, 6:30 to 10 p.m., at the 10th Annual PUREhope Coffeehouse at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 240 Broad St., Highspire. For more, visit

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