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Community Corner: Notable Events in August

Equality Fest
Aug. 2: Help promote inclusion and community at Equality Fest, which features entertainment, games, vendors, food and more. The event takes place at Royal Square in Downtown York, noon to 6 p.m. For more information, visit

Learn about Lincoln
Aug. 2: Join Fredricksen Library to learn about President Abraham Lincoln and the pivotal events of 1864. Presenter James Hayney plays Lincoln, detailing his life during that year. The event begins at 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Photo Boot Camp
Aug. 3-7: Learn to use a DSLR camera in this hands-on, four-day nature and wildlife photography workshop at Wildwood Park. Meet at the Nature Center at 9 a.m. each day. More information is at
National Night Out
Aug. 4: Neighbors meet neighbors during National Night Out, celebrated after work throughout greater Harrisburg. To learn more, check with your neighborhood group. Friends of Midtown ( will host its event at the Broad Street Market, 6 to 9 p.m. with food, music and family activities.

Superhero Murder Mystery
Aug. 4: Break out the tights and your magnifying glass for Fredricksen Library’s Annual Superhero Assembly. The 5 p.m. event, for teens 12 to 18, includes appetizers, dinner, dessert, games and the fun of a murder mystery. Tickets are $3. For more, visit

River Yoga
Aug. 5-6: Join Friends of Midtown at the corner of Front and Calder streets for free Kids River Yoga. The Aug. 5 event begins at 11:30 a.m. and is for children ages five and younger. The Aug. 6 event starts at 6:30 p.m. and is for kids six and over. Visit

Cultural Fest
Aug. 7: Celebrate diversity at the annual, free Dauphin County Cultural Fest in downtown Harrisburg. The 4:30 to 10 p.m. event at Market and 2nd streets will feature food, crafts, music and more. Visit

Midtown Movie Nights
Aug. 7 and 28: Enjoy a movie in the open air during Midtown Movie Nights, sponsored by Friends of Midtown. The Aug. 7 show (“The Princess Bride”) and the Aug. 28 show (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”) begin at dusk in the parking lot of Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg. Information is at
Chocolate Tour
Aug. 8: Support cancer research at Penn State Hershey by walking, running or cycling during the 4th Annual Chocolate Tour. Events include 5K walks, 10K runs and up to a 100-mile bike ride. Samples of local chocolates and other foods will be available. Visit

India Day Festival
Aug. 8: The annual, free event features a variety of cultural performances, food, clothing and jewelry vendors. The festival takes place at HACC’s Harrisburg campus, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, visit

Volunteer Work Day
Aug. 8: Help beautify Wildwood Park by volunteering for a few hours. Meet at the Nature Center starting at 10 a.m. Snacks, tools and work gloves provided. For more information, visit

Morning Bird Walk
Aug. 8: Start off your morning with a walk with volunteer Audrey Zajac and learn about the birds of Wildwood Park. Meet at the Nature Center at 8 a.m. Bring water and sturdy shoes. Information is at

Summer Soirees
Aug. 8, 15, 27: Show your appreciation for the arts at these summer soirees held in support of the Art Association of Harrisburg. This month, the soirees take place in Lewisberry, Enola and New Cumberland, featuring food, music and art. Cost is $40 in advance, $45 at the door. For more information and tickets, visit

Chamber Mixer
Aug. 11: Join the Central Pennsylvania Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce for its monthly business networking mixer at the LGBT Center of Central PA, 1306 N. 3rd Street, Harrisburg, 6 to 8 p.m. More information is at

Healthy Spine
Aug. 11, 18: Join PinnacleHealth Spine Institute for a free, one-hour spine care class. The Aug. 11 event starts at 10 a.m. at Giant Food Store Community Center, 3301 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill. The Aug. 18 event starts at 6 p.m. at Community General Osteopathic Hospital, 4300 Londonderry Rd., Harrisburg. Visit or call 717-231-8900.

Keystone Cluster Dog Show
Aug. 12: Scamper over to the PA Farm Show Complex to see show dogs compete and participate in events, including an all-breed show and junior showmanship classes for children and their dogs. Admission is $6 and free for children 12 and under. Visit for more information.

Stress Relief Walk
Aug. 12: 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. Information is at

Tobacco Cessation
Aug. 12: Take a step to a healthier lifestyle with the help of a certified tobacco treatment specialist. This event starts at 6 p.m. at Giant Food Store Community Center, 3301 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill. For more information or to register, call 717-231-8900 or visit

Bookstock Read-In
Aug. 13: Celebrate the anniversary of Woodstock at the Fredricksen Library with this summer read-in. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and a book. The free event takes place 5 to 8 p.m. Visit

Business After Hours
Aug. 13: Mix and mingle with business professionals at this free networking event sponsored by the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC. This month, the 5 to 7 p.m. event takes place at Penn National Insurance, 2 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg. Visit

Amazing Birds
Aug. 14, 28: Experience an up-close encounter with the birds of Pennsylvania during the State Museum’s “Amazing Birds” presentation. The event runs 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; presentation is at 1 p.m. For more information, visit

Urban Roots Festival
Aug. 15: Enjoy music from local R&B and hip-hop artists during the Urban Roots Festival at the Broad Street Market in Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit

Bacon & Beer
Aug. 16: Enjoy bacon-themed dishes and local home brews while raising money for a great cause at the second annual Bacon & Brew Ha Ha at Appalachian Brewing Co., 50 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg. The event begins at noon and costs $25 a head ($10 non-alcoholic). More information is at the Facebook page: Bacon and Brew Ha Ha.

Pre-School Storytime
Aug. 20: Join the pre-school program at the State Museum for a 10 a.m. storytime. Walter Meshaka will read “What the Sun Sees, What the Moon Sees.” For more information, visit

3rd in The Burg
Aug. 21: 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

Natural History in Books
Aug. 21: Join Dr. Irene Snavely and Ellen Shenk as they dive into the history of Pennsylvania’s natural history through rare and historic books and documents. The State Museum event is free with admission, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; presentation at 12:15 p.m. Visit

Supercars on State Street
Aug. 22: The annual showcase of exotic and supercars benefits Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and the American Cancer Society. Registration takes place 8 to 11 a.m. at Faulkner Maserati in Mechanicsburg, and the event runs noon to 5 p.m. in downtown Harrisburg. Visit

Life of Milton Hershey
Aug. 22: Get to know more about the famous chocolatier, Milton Hershey, with historian and tour guide Steffan David. The event begins at the Fredricksen Library at 1:30 p.m. Visit

Blooming Art Exhibit
Aug. 22-23: View and purchase artwork courtesy of Hershey Area Art Association. The display and sale takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Hershey Gardens Educational Center. For more information, visit

Local Lunch
Aug. 23: Dine with Friends of Midtown during their Local Lunch, which this month will be held at The Kitchen, 1110 N. 3rd St. The meal and get-together run noon to 2 p.m. For more, visit

Harrisburg Mudmash
Aug. 23: Join the East Shore YMCA for the first mud run in central PA. The course includes a host of crossings, climbs and obstacles through a 160-acre property adjacent to the Harrisburg Picnic Postal Grounds. Registration closes Aug. 18. For more, visit

Transportation Briefing
Aug. 25: Join Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC for the 2015 Transportation Briefing, featuring PennDOT Deputy Secretary Toby Fauver. Event starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass. Member rate $35; general admission $60. Visit

Luminary Awards Luncheon
Aug. 26: Join the West Shore Chamber of Commerce for the 3rd annual Luminary Awards Luncheon, which will honor two female professionals. The event is 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at West Shore Country Club, 100 Brentwater Rd., Camp Hill. For more information, visit

35th Annual Central PA Jazz Festival
Aug. 26-30: Support local music and Central PA Friends of Jazz at this year’s JazzFest. The weekend includes a cruise, jazz party, picnic and jam session. More information is at

Road Runners Race
Aug. 29: Harrisburg Area Road Runners Club will host a 5K at 8 a.m. and a 10K at 9:10 a.m., starting at City Island. Registration is $25 for 5K and $30 for 10K. Prizes awarded to the top three female and male runners. Visit

Keystone State Triathlon
Aug. 30: Challenge yourself in one of several triathlon courses, including an Olympic course, at Gifford Pinchot Park in Lewisberry. The top three males and females in each group will win awards. Information is at

Kipona & the Riverfront
Aug. 30: Join the Dauphin County Historical Society to all learn about Harrisburg’s late summer celebration, including a presentation by author Erik V. Fasick and a tour of HSDC’s exhibit of historic images. The event starts at 2:30 p.m. at the Harris-Cameron Mansion, Harrisburg. Visit

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