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Community Corner: Notable August Events

August Community Corner

Friday Social
Aug. 2: Harrisburg Young Professionals will host its First Friday Social on the Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat, 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are available for $15 and seating is limited. No tickets will be sold the day of the event.

Mushroom Fest
Aug. 2-4: Enjoy a weekend full of mushroom and plant identification, cultivation, herbalism, live music and more at the Mushroom + Art Festival at Camp Reily in Susquehanna Township. On-site camping and meals included in a single price.

Collector Con
Aug. 2-4: Central Pennsylvania Collector Con will be held at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, to meet fellow collectors, talk with manufacturers and designers and learn the value of collecting toys.

Book Sale
Aug. 2-8: Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., will host its Friends Annual Book Sale. On Aug. 2, library members can shop during the preview night, 6 to 8 p.m.

Lunch at the Library
Aug. 2-15: Dauphin County Library System invites children 18 years or younger to lunch at William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library, East Shore Area Library, Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library, Kline Library and McCormick Riverfront Library. Lunches are free and provided by Dauphin County Technical School.

Summer Fridays
Aug. 2-23: Summer Fridays at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, are “Pay as you wish” for general admission on “Learn at Lunchtime” Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Art docents available for tours of “Art of the State,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Island Hopper
Aug. 3: Susquehanna Greenway Partnership and Susquehanna River Trail Association host the Susquehanna Island Hopper to discover the islands of the Middle Susquehanna River Water Trail, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Adults are $25; youth 12 and under are $15.

Summer Flea
Aug. 3: 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.

Home Tour
Aug. 3: Explore Mt. Gretna’s iconic homes at the 35th annual Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes and Gardens, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See how people have transformed cottages for modern life while keeping the Mt. Gretna charm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 on the day of the tour.

Book Sales
Aug. 3, 17: 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.

Artist Conversations
Aug. 4: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Executive Director Andrea Lowery joins artist Amy LeFever for a tour of “Art of the State” juried competition, at 2 p.m. LeFever’s piece won first prize in the craft category.

Art Soiree
Aug. 4: Art Association of Harrisburg hosts a “Culinary Kitchen” Soiree at Cornerstone Coffeehouse, 2133 Market St., Camp Hill, 5 to 8 p.m., with featured artist Julie Riker. Cost is $45 in advance, $50 at the door.

Concert Series
Aug. 4: Harrisburg Young Professionals hosts a free Italian Lake concert at Italian Lake, N. 3rd and Division streets, Harrisburg, with Carly Clark, 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, picnic blankets and snacks.

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

Stress Relief Walk
Aug. 7: Release the stress 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.

Festival Fun
Aug. 7-10: Lisburn Community Fire Co., 1800 Main St., hosts the 66th Annual Olde Time Festival. Enjoy rides and games, live entertainment, pony rides, a tractor parade, festival foods and more.

Happy Hours
Aug. 8, 22, 29: LGBT Center of Harrisburg hosts summer happy hours for LGBTQ+ neighbors and allies to have fun while supporting local businesses and the LGBT Center. Happy hours will be held on Aug. 8, 4 to 6 p.m., at Midstate Distillery; Aug. 22, 5 p.m., at Mellow Mink Brewing; and Aug. 29 at 7 p.m., at JB Lovedrafts.

Music & Movie
Aug. 9: Lower Paxton Township’s “Free Summer Concert and Movie” series features Mr. Music and Lil’ Brother Band and the movie “The Greatest Showman” at Heroes Grove Amphitheatre, 5010 Commons Dr., 7 p.m.

Outdoor Movies
Aug. 9, 30: Friends of Midtown and Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, present a free showing of “Coco” on Aug. 9 and “Paddington 2” on Aug. 30. The films begin at dusk and, in the case of rain, will be moved to Saturday.

Kids Club Event
Aug. 10: Take the kids to Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., for Kids Club, which is free and held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Volunteer Work Day
Aug. 10: 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.

Outdoor Fest
Aug. 10, 11: Allenberry Resort, TCO Outdoors and Troegs Independent Brewing Co. host the inaugural Cumberland Valley Fly Fishing & Outdoor Festival at Allenberry Resort, 1559 Boiling Springs Rd., Boiling Springs. The two-day event includes fishing and outdoor vendors, classes, food trucks, beer and live music.

Opera in the Park
Aug. 11: Join Harrisburg Opera Association for “Opera in the Park” at Italian Lake Park, 2960 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, 4 p.m. Bring lawn chairs, picnic baskets and blankets. Aloha attire is welcome.

Get in Shape
Aug. 15: Enjoy a self-guided, 3-mile walk at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, on level trails. The walk starts at the Nature Center. Bring water and wear comfortable walking shoes.

Music Festival
Aug. 15-18: Enjoy a weekend of live music at The Weekender Music Festival, with local, regional, national and international award-winning artists, food and kids’ activities. The Weekender is a collaboration of the Harrisburg Housing Authority, the city of Harrisburg, Levels Ready Entertainment and The Singer’s Lounge.

Golf Open
Aug. 16: The Education Foundation of Central Penn College hosts the 48th 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.

Golf Scramble
Aug. 16: The 8th Annual Harrisburg Young Professionals 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.

Art in the Garden
Aug. 16: Explore “Meet Me in the Garden: An Art Exhibit of Faith and Flowers” at Bachman Center at Homestead Village, 633 Community Way, Lancaster, 5 to 9 p.m., featuring the art of Isabell Clark, Jeremy Miller and Gretchen Stahlman. At 7 p.m., the artists will share their thoughts and creative processes.

3rd in The Burg
Aug. 16: 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.

Summer Switch
Aug. 16: The 2nd annual “Great Summer Switch” will feature Tina Sell, Susquehanna Art Museum’s 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 “Picasso: A Life in Print,” 7:30 p.m.,

Finding Freedom
Aug. 17: Take in a day of music at the Finding Freedom Festival, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., on City Island. Numerous bands will play, with proceeds benefitting Just for Today Recovery & Veteran’s Services.

Mantra Practice
Aug. 18: Eckankar of PA hosts “Chant HU: the Sound of Soul,” a workshop focusing on the sacred sound and ancient mantra, at Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, 2 to 3 p.m. Free and open to people of all beliefs.

Farm to River
Aug. 18: 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.

Explore Color
Aug. 22: Kids ages 3 to 6 are invited to have fun with finger paints to explore primary and secondary colors 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.

Aug. 24: ZooAmerica will provide an indoor live animal show on Pennsylvania’s native reptiles (plus an alligator), 10 to 11 a.m., at Wildwood Park’s Olewine Nature Center, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg. Pre-registration is required and is $5 per person.

Opera Night
Aug. 24: Harrisburg Opera Association presents “An Artists’ Journey,” a theatrically staged, orchestrated song cycle with multiple genres like classical art song, musical theater, jazz, pop, cabaret and rock by Adam C.J. Klein and Tami Swartz, 7:30 p.m. The work depicts Swartz’s experiences as a mixed-race person growing up in Harrisburg.

Art Soiree
Aug. 25: Art Association of Harrisburg hosts the last Summer Soiree of the summer at the King Mansion, 2201 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 5 to 8 p.m., with featured artists Allison Juliana, Linda Benton McCloskey, Ann Benton Yeager and Katharine Maylone. Cost is $45 in advance, $50 at the door.

Luminary Awards
Aug. 28: The West Shore Chamber of Commerce will honor two female business professionals at the annual Luminary Awards Luncheon at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, Camp Hill, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Books on Tap
Aug. 29: Dauphin County Library System hosts “Books on Tap” book club at Bacco Pizzeria and Wine Bar, 20 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, 5 to 6 p.m. Dive into new genres and forms while getting to know other readers in a social setting. The club will discuss Robin Sloan’s “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore.”

Business After Hours
Aug. 29: Mingle with other business professionals over food and drinks at Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC’s free networking event, hosted by Penn National Insurance, 2 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, 5 to 7 p.m.

Aug. 29: 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 Mid South Building Supply, 3451 Simpson Ferry Rd., Camp Hill. The event is free and open to chamber members.

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