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Community Corner: Notable August Events

August Community Corner

Studio Tours
Aug. 1: The Millworks, 340 Verbeke St., Harrisburg, will host “Secret Studio Tours” led by storyteller-in-residence P.D. Murray, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. What secrets lurk at Millworks studios? Which artist collects glass eyes? Which has sensed ghostly presences after hours? Visit 

Star Shows
Aug. 1-Sept. 2: The planetarium at the PA State Museum offers shows on select days through Sept. 2—“Earth, Moon and Sun” for grades 1 to 5 and “Compass, Calendar and Clock” for grades 6 and up. Shows are $3 per person in addition to general admission. Visit

Cultural Fest
Aug. 3: Join the Dauphin County commissioners and the Cultural Task Force for some outdoors fun at the annual Cultural Fest in downtown Harrisburg, Market and 2nd streets, 5 to 10 p.m. Visit for more details.

Collector Con
Aug. 3-5: Central Pennsylvania Collector Con will be held at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, for collectors of all ages and all levels to meet fellow collectors, talk with manufacturers and designers, and learn the value of collecting toys. Visit 

Book Sale
Aug. 3-9: Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., will host its Friends Annual Book Sale. On Aug. 3, library members can shop during the preview night, 6 to 8 p.m. Visit

Architecture Art
Aug. 3-17: Chris Dawson Architect hosts an architecture exhibition on the ground floor of the company’s office building, 300 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, to reflect on the company’s efforts over the last nine years and to demonstrate the power of architecture. Visit for more information.

Museum Fridays
Aug. 3-24: The State Museum invites visitors to its “Pay as You Wish” summer Fridays. Fees for the planetarium and other special programs still apply. Curiosity Connection will distribute free timed tickets for entry throughout the day. Visit

HBG Flea
Aug. 4: 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 for more details. 

Island Hopper
Aug. 4: Join Susquehanna Greenway Partnership and Susquehanna River Trail Association for the Susquehanna Island Hopper to discover the islands of the Middle Susquehanna River Water Trail, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adults are $25; youth 12 and under is $15. Tickets include lunch, educational presentations, a guided kayaking trip and snacks. Visit

Mt. Gretna Tour
Aug. 4: Explore the architecture and style of Mt. Gretna’s iconic homes on a self-guided walking tour, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a trolley ride, visit the Historical Society Museum and artist studios and enjoy food and drink by Chautauqua homeowners at the Hall of Philosophy. Proceeds benefit Gretna Music. Tickets are $25 or $20 in advance. Visit

Book Sales
Aug. 4, 18: Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library will host pre-owned book sales, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Foundation House, across the shared parking lot from the library, 1 Benjamin Plaza. Shop for fiction and nonfiction hardback and paperback books, vintage and new jewelry, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, kids’ books, vinyl records, tote bags and more. Visit

Concert Series
Aug. 5, 12: Harrisburg Young Professionals continues its free Italian Lake Concert series at Italian Lake, N. 3rd and Division streets, Harrisburg, with Mark DeRose & the Dreadnought Brigade on Aug. 3 and Roanoke on Aug. 12. Concerts are held from 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, some picnic blankets and snacks. Get more information at

National Night Out
Aug. 7: Neighbors meet neighbors at National Night Out, with events throughout the greater Harrisburg area. Locally, the fun includes a city-sponsored event, 5 to 8 p.m., at Sunshine Park, 12th and Herr streets, with the members of the Harrisburg Police Bureau. To learn more, visit, as well as the websites and Facebook pages of community and neighborhood groups.

Networking Social
Aug. 8: Harrisburg Young Professionals will host its 2nd Wednesday Networking Social, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Midstate Distillery, 1817 N. Cameron St. Come out to enjoy $2 off cocktails and martinis and $1 off spirts and mixers. Members and non-members are welcome. Visit

Stress Relief Walk
Aug. 8: Release the pressure of the workday with a stress relief walk, a three-mile stroll around Wildwood Park. Meet at the Nature Center at 6 p.m. Bring water and sturdy shoes. Information is at

Festival Fun
Aug. 8-11: Lisburn Community Fire Company, 1800 Main St., hosts the 65th Annual Olde Time Festival. To celebrate, enjoy 65-cent hot dogs, rides and games, live entertainment, pony rides, a tractor parade, an array of festival foods and more. Visit

Book Sale
Aug. 9-11: Friends of Newport Public Library will hold its annual used book sale in the downstairs of the library, 316 N. 4th St., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Members’ preview night is on Aug. 8, 6 to 8 p.m.; guests can join as members at the door. Shop thousands of used books, CDs, DVDs and more. Proceeds benefit the library. Visit

Reading Run
Aug. 11: Join Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, 16 N. Walnut St., Mechanicsburg, for its “Run for Reading 5K.” Check-in begins at 7:45 a.m. and is followed by the 5K at 8:30 a.m., the 1-mile fun run/walk at 9:15 a.m., the mini dash at 9:30 a.m. Visit

Volunteer Work Day 
Aug. 11: 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. Learn more at

Gospel Worship
Aug. 11: York County Gospel Choir presents “Gospel on the Mount,” an outdoor praise and worship celebration at 537 Big Mount Rd., Thomasville, with song, prophetic dance, Christian art, drama, poetry, food and more, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All are welcome. Visit

School & Health Fair
Aug. 11: Tabernacle Baptist Church, 1106 Capitol St., Harrisburg, will host its annual “Back to School and Community Health Fair,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Health, wellness and education vendors will provide free information services, backpacks and school supplies, while supplies last. Enjoy food and refreshments. Learn more at 

Brews Cruise
Aug. 11: Grab your kayaks, canoes and tubes for a river float from Buffalo Brew, 24 N. Second St., Newport, to River Bend Hop Farm & Brewery, 1800 Lower Bailey Rd., Newport. The float will start after Buffalo Brew closes at 2 p.m., from the tunnel on Front Street to River Bend for dinner, drinks and good times. Check out Buffalo Brew on Facebook for more details.

Gretna Music
Aug. 12, 26: Gretna Music’s “First Listen” program showcases the talent of local, aspiring musicians at 6:45 p.m. at the Mt. Gretna Playhouse, 200 Pennsylvania Ave., before Gretna Music’s 7:30 p.m. mainstage concerts with professional artists. Mainstage concerts are $1 for youth, $5 for adults who bring a youth and $19 to $26 for regular pricing. For more information, visit

Get in Shape
Aug. 16: Enjoy a self-guided, 3-mile walk at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, on level trails. The walk starts at the Nature Center, heads up the Towpath Trail, continues to the halfway point, and returns by the same route. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes. Visit 

MLK Impact
Aug. 16 & 17: Capital BlueCross Theatre at Central Penn College, 600 Valley Rd., Summerdale, presents “Stand Up, Speak Out: 6 Degrees of MLK,” each night at 7:30 p.m., with storytelling, music and video about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s impact in the fight for justice, 50 years after his death. Continue the conversation at dessert receptions. Tickets are $7, $3 for students. Visit

Golf Open
Aug. 17: The Education Foundation of Central Penn College hosts the 47th Golf Open, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Rich Valley Golf, 227 Rich Valley Rd., Mechanicsburg. All proceeds benefit emergency scholarship funds. Cost is $125 per person. Visit

Golf Scramble
Aug. 17: The 7th Annual Harrisburg Young Professional’s Golf Scramble will be held at Dauphin Highlands Golf Course, 650 S. Harrisburg St., 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Teams of four golfers are invited to register online. Visit for more details.

3rd in The Burg
Aug. 17: 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 

Summer Switch
Aug. 17: The 2nd annual “Great Summer Switch” will feature Tina Sell, Susquehanna Art Museum director of education, conducting a 6 p.m. tour of “Art of the State” at The State Museum. Visitors then walk to the Susquehanna Art Museum for a tour with PHMC commissioner and artist Ophelia Chambliss of “Romare Bearden: Vision & Activism,” 7:30 p.m. Visit or

Aug. 18: ZooAmerica will provide an indoor live animal show on Pennsylvania’s native reptiles (plus an alligator), 10 to 10:45 a.m., at Wildwood Park’s Olewine Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg. Afterwards, take a guided walk on the Towpath Trail to learn about the turtles of Wildwood. Pre-registration is required. Visit 

End of Summer Picnic
Aug. 18: Pack a picnic lunch, a blanket and your dancing shoes and celebrate all the reading you did this summer with a concert at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Music by Silly Joe Sings begins at 11 a.m. and Crossing Abbey Road performs at 12 p.m. For more information, visit

Blood Drive
Aug. 24: Premier Eye Care Group will host a blood drive, 1 to 5 p.m., at its location at 3903 Hartzdale Dr., Camp Hill. For more information, visit

Outdoor Movie
Aug. 24: Friends of Midtown and Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, present a free, family-friendly showing of “Toy Story.” The film begins at dusk and, in case of rain, it will be delayed until Saturday. Visit for more details.

Arts Fundraiser
Aug. 25: Perry County Council of the Arts will host its annual “Country Casual” fundraiser at The Winery at Hunters Valley, 3 Orchard Rd., Liverpool, 4 to 8 p.m. Bid in silent and live auctions, take part in arts-related activities and enjoy live music, food and drink in support of PCCA’s seven-county “Arts in Education” program and free and low-cost events. Visit

Farm to River
Aug. 26: Fort Hunter’s annual fundraising event will feature a new, localized twist—a farm-to-river experience—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. Attendees can enjoy hors d’oeuvres and signature drinks on the west lawn before dinner at 5 p.m. Visit

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