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Community Corner: Notable August Events


National Night Out
Aug. 2: Join your neighbors for National Night Out, with celebrations throughout the area. In Harrisburg, the Police Bureau will host the city-sponsored event at Camp Curtin Academy, 2900 N. 6th St., with food, live music, entertainment, games and kids’ activities, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Scoop Challenge
Aug. 4: Head to Riverfront Park, Front and Walnut streets, Harrisburg, for free Hershey’s Moose Tracks ice cream to help raise funds for the Salvation Army of Harrisburg, 3 to 7 p.m. For each scoop served, $1 will be donated, with the hopes of raising $10,000 for community programs.

Book Sale

Aug. 5-8: Hershey Public Library will hold its Friends Annual Summer Book Sale at 701 Cocoa Ave., Hershey.


Outdoor Movies
Aug. 5, 19: Dauphin County Parks and Recreation presents Sunset Series Movie Night at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, with screenings of “Encanto” on Aug. 5 and “The Lorax” on Aug. 19. The movies begin at 8:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or grab refreshments from the Friends of Fort Hunter concession stand.


Kindergarten Program
Aug. 6: WITF, 4801 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg, hosts “Ready Set Go… Kindergarten,” a fun morning out for families with children entering kindergarten and for recent kindergarten graduates, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Home Tour
Aug. 6: Enjoy the architecture and style of Mt. Gretna’s iconic homes at the annual Mt. Gretna Tour of Homes and Gardens, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a self-guided walking tour to see how people have transformed cottages to accommodate modern life while keeping the Mt. Gretna charm.


Summer Flea
Aug. 6: Shop the HBG Flea for local art, vintage treasures, curated curios and unique gifts, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg. The mission of the HBG Flea is to create a platform for community growth by bringing artists, small businesses and patrons together.


Cleanup Days
Aug. 6, 7: Wildheart Ministries hosts Love the Hill Cleanup events, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers work outside picking up trash, doing basic landscaping, helping with dumpsite removal or planting flowers. Bring a pair of gloves, a water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray and any tools you may have.


Bike Trifecta
Aug. 6-Sept. 18: The Central PA Bicycling Trifecta brings together the Chocolate Tour in Manheim on Aug. 6, the Lancaster Bicycle Club’s Covered Bridge Classic in Lancaster on Aug. 21, and the Harrisburg Bicycle Club’s Three Creek Century in Newville on Sept. 18. Each of these events offers scenic rides of varying distances.


Sousa Concert
Aug. 7: The Carlisle Town Band will host a Sousa Concert at the Carlisle Theatre, 40 W. High St. Enjoy an evening of music in the style of the iconic “March King,” John Philip Sousa, under the direction of guest conductor Dr. Jerry Rife, professor of music emeritus, Rider University.


Evening Mixer
Aug. 10: Join West Shore Chamber of Commerce for an evening mixer at Pyramid Construction Services Inc., 840 N. Front St., Wormleysburg, 4 to 6 p.m. This free event is open to chamber members. Potential members are welcome to attend two free chamber events.


Food Rally
Aug. 11: Enjoy fresh, savory foods at the New Cumberland Food Truck & Restaurant Rally every second Thursday of the month, 5 to 8 p.m. Grab dinner from area food trucks or New Cumberland restaurants and enjoy shopping and special promotions at local businesses.


Curiosity Kids
Aug. 11, 25: Kids ages 3 to 6 are invited to Curiosity Kids to learn about memory and logic on Aug. 11 and ice cream on Aug. 25, at the State Museum of PA, 300 North St., Harrisburg, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This event is included with general admission to the museum, but space is limited.


Golf Open
Aug. 12: The Education Foundation of Central Penn College hosts the 51st annual Golf Open, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Rich Valley Golf, 227 Rich Valley Rd., Mechanicsburg. All proceeds benefit student scholarship funds.


Folk Festival
Aug. 12-14: The Susquehanna Folk Festival will be held at the York Expo Center, 334 Carlisle Ave., York, with a full weekend of folk music, dance and art featuring blues legend Rory Block and bluegrass masters Watkins Family Hour.


Volunteer Day 
Aug. 13: Enjoy the outdoors and help with park and habitat enhancement projects at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tools and work gloves will be provided, and refreshments will be available.


Odd Ones
Aug. 13: Join the Millworks for its summer outdoor Odd Ones Bizarre with makers and artists set up in the grass and stone lots on the corner of 3rd and Verbeke streets, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will include a DJ, beer tent and Harrisburg’s Fringe Festival.


Art Soiree
Aug. 13: Art Association of Harrisburg hosts the “Manor on Front Soiree” at the home of Mark and Sheri Bennington, 2917 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 5 to 8 p.m., with featured artists Beth Hager, Linda Benton-McCloskey and Ann Benton Yeager. Cost is $45 in advance, $50 at the door.


Outdoor Movies
Aug. 13, 27: Friends of Midtown and Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, present a free showing of “Avengers Endgame” on Aug. 13 and “Up” on Aug. 27. Live music starts at 7:30 p.m., and the films begin at dusk. Bring your own lawn chair, get some Zeroday beer and concessions from Midtown Cinema.


Butterfly Service
Aug. 14: Salem United Church of Christ, 231 Chestnut St., Harrisburg, will host its annual butterfly service and release in its prayer garden at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome. A potluck follows the service in the fellowship hall.


Flower Walk
Aug. 14: Take a walk at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., to see wetland plants, such as American lotus and the rose mallows, along the North Boardwalk. Learn how to identify common ragweed, a common allergen.


Opera in the Park
Aug. 14: Enjoy Harrisburg Opera Association’s “Opera in the Park—Songs of Freedom” at Italian Lake, Harrisburg, 4 p.m. Wear your aloha or casual attire and bring a picnic blanket.


Farm to River
Aug. 14: Fort Hunter will host its farm-to-river fundraiser at the mansion, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 4:30 to 8 p.m., with locally sourced, homemade dinner offerings, local brews and wines and live acoustic music and more. Attendees 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 & Veterans Support Services.


Aug. 17-20: The Rockhill Trolley Museum will host Homecoming 2022, along with the adjoining East Broad Top Railroad. The event takes place at the museum, 430 Meadow St., Rockhill Furnace.


3rd in the Burg
Aug. 19: Explore the best of Harrisburg during 3rd in the Burg, the monthly arts and culture event, where you can visit and enjoy galleries, restaurants and art spaces throughout downtown and Midtown, 6 to 9 p.m.


Back to School
Aug. 20: The Journey, 750 S. 29th St., Harrisburg, hosts its annual back-to-school block party with food trucks, music, backpack and school supply giveaways, clothing giveaways and more, 12 to 5 p.m. Enjoy a celebration of food and fun.


Concert Series
Aug. 21: Harrisburg Young Professionals hosts a free Italian Lake Concert series concert with Justin Murphy at Italian Lake, N. 3rd and Division streets, Harrisburg, 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, picnic blankets and snacks.


Golf Tournament
Aug. 22: Bethesda Mission will host its annual Mission Open Golf Tournament at Colonial Golf and Tennis Club, 4901 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, to raise funds for its long-term recovery program, starting at 8 a.m.


Golf Scramble
Aug. 26: The 11th annual Harrisburg Young Professionals Golf Scramble will be held at Dauphin Highlands Golf Course, 650 S. Harrisburg St., 11:30 a.m. to 7 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.


Film Friday
Aug. 26: Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, will show “Bread & Tulips” from Italy at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Rosalba, a middle-aged woman on a bus trip to Venice with her husband and sons, is left behind at a rest stop off the highway. This library will also host a film discussion at 4 p.m.


Yard Sale
Aug. 27: Urturn Café, 7710 Allentown Blvd., Harrisburg, will host a community yard sale, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cafe will have a selection of board games for sale inside and a special menu of coffee, beverages and breakfast sweets.


Run Wild
Aug. 27: Join Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, for the 3rd annual Run Wild for Wildwood 5K & 10K, 8 to 11 a.m. This scenic run/walk will take you on the Wildwood Way Trail around the lake and the Towpath Trail along the Pennsylvania Canal.


Art Soiree
Aug. 27: Art Association of Harrisburg hosts the “Mountaindale Soiree” at the home of Amy Taylor-Avery and Steve Landersman, 4709 Laurel Dr., Harrisburg, 5 to 8 p.m., with featured artists Susan Benigni-Landis, Mary Hochendoner and Lisa Moore. Cost is $45 in advance, $50 at the door.


Concert Series
Aug. 28: Harrisburg Young Professionals hosts a free Italian Lake Concert series concert with Shine Delphi at Italian Lake, N. 3rd and Division streets, Harrisburg, 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, picnic blankets and snacks.


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