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Community Corner: Notable August Events

August Community Corner

Young Leaders Conference
Aug. 1: The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg will hold its 5th Annual International Young Leaders Conference at Harrisburg University, 326 Market St., 9 a.m. Students will learn about global polarization and conflict resolution through panel discussions, simulations and breakout activities and will have the opportunity to network with local businesses and universities. Visit

Refresh Harrisburg
Aug. 1: Four teams from Harrisburg Young Professionals and Salvation Army summer camp will compete in locations throughout downtown Harrisburg to see who can sell the most refreshing beverage, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Part of the proceeds will go to charities chosen by the students. Visit for more details.

National Night Out
Aug. 1: Celebrate community at one of many National Night Out events throughout Harrisburg. Friends of Midtown will celebrate with refreshments, music and fun activities at Broad Street Market, 6 to 9 p.m. Visit

Blood Pressure Screenings
Aug. 3: Pinnacle Health will be offering free blood pressure screenings in the Food Court Pavilion at the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Stop by when you are available. Free and open to the public. Visit for more information.

Business After Hours
Aug. 3: Mingle with business professionals at Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC’s free networking event at Penn National Insurance, 2 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, 5 to 7 p.m. Visit

Cultural Fest
Aug. 4: Dauphin County commissioners and the Cultural Task Force will host the annual Cultural Fest in downtown Harrisburg at Market and 2nd streets, 5 to 10 p.m. This free, open-air street festival celebrates cultural diversity with live music, ethnic foods, crafts, kids’ activities and more. Visit for more details.

Garden Preschool
Aug. 4, 11: Preschoolers ages 4 to 6 will spend time learning in the garden with Mom or Dad and Penn State Master Gardeners at the Cumberland County Penn State Extension office, 310 Allen Rd., Carlisle. The same program will be offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and from 1 to 2:30 p.m. each day. Registration fee of $5 per child covers program materials and take-home items. For details, visit 

HBG Flea
Aug. 5: 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.

Walking Tour
Aug. 5: Enjoy a glimpse into the architecture and style of Mt. Gretna’s iconic homes with a self-guided walking tour through the town, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance tickets are $20; day-of tickets are $25. Kids 12 and under are $5. Proceeds benefit Gretna Music. For tickets and more details, visit

Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament
Aug. 5: OooWee Art & Gaming Café will host a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament next to their store on the upper level of the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., 12 to 12:30 p.m. Join the fun with video games, anime, COSPLAY, comic and more. Visit for more details.

Book Sale
Aug. 5-10: The Friends of the Hershey Public Library will host its 35th Annual Book Sale during normal hours at the library, 701 Cocoa Ave. Members can shop a preview night on Friday, Aug. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m. Book sale offerings include DVDs, CDs, audio books, music, maps, magazines and books for all ages. Visit

Yoga Walk
Aug. 6: Join yoga instructor Traci Wolfe for a guided 3.1-mile walk around Wildwood Lake at a pace that will warm the body, with stops along the way for simple yoga exercises. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. in front of the nature center. Appropriate for guests 12 years and older. Visit

Marvelous Mondays
Aug. 7, 14: Visit Hershey Gardens to enjoy children’s activities and crafts from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. On Aug. 7, create a caterpillar and enjoy a puppet show, and on Aug. 14, make a paper flower pot and take in some storytelling. Both days, check out the Touch-a-Bug Cart. For more details, visit

Stress Relief Walk
Aug. 9: Walk off the stress of the workday at Wildwood Park with a 3-mile self-guided hike at your own pace, with easy trails and short climbs. Meet at the Nature Center at 6 p.m. Bring water and sturdy shoes. More information is available at

Nature Design Camp”
Aug. 10-11: Ned Smith Center, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, will host a nature design camp for ages 10-16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Inspired by sculptor, photographer and environmentalist Andy Goldsworthy, campers will build artwork out of natural materials and photograph their final pieces. Visit

Jazz Festival
Aug. 10-13: Central PA Friends of Jazz will host the 37th Annual Central PA Jazz Festival, featuring concerts, riverboat cruise on the Pride of the Susquehanna, a jam session, a jazz party, JazzMobile, workshop and picnic. For a complete listing of events, visit

Sunset Hike
Aug. 11: Enjoy a beautiful Friday sunset hike, beginning at Kings Gap Environmental Education and Training Center in Carlisle at 6 p.m. This hike will last for two hours and cover about two miles of uneven terrain. Bring sturdy shoes and water and dress for the weather. For more details, visit

Foreign Film Friday
Aug. 11 & 25: Join Fredricksen Library on Aug. 11 for “Sweet Bean,” (not rated) a film from Japan about a lonely baker who hires a 76-year-old assistant with a recipe for sweet red bean paste. On Aug. 25, view “The African Doctor” (PG), a French film about a Congolese doctor who escapes a dictatorship, moving his family to a small French village. Showings are at 2 and 7 p.m. Visit

Outdoor Movies
Aug. 11 & 25: Friends of Midtown and Midtown Cinema presents two free outdoor movies in August: “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on Aug. 11 and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” on Aug. 25 at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg. Both films begin at dusk and, in case of rain, will be delayed until Saturday. Visit

Pain Relief Talk
Aug. 12: Learn natural solutions to relieve neck pain without drugs or surgery at Zang Physical Therapy, 836 Market St., Harrisburg, at 10 a.m. Learn what can be done to ease pain and resuming activity. For more information, visit

Volunteer Work Day 
Aug. 12: 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 will be available. Visit

India Day
Aug. 12: The India Day Community Fair will be held at HACC, 1 HACC Dr., Harrisburg, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. India Day features a variety of Indian food; live stage performances; Indian jewelry, apparel, artwork, ornaments, and more; and kids’ activities. Visit for more details.

Italian Lake Concert
Aug. 13: Mark DeRose & the Dreadnought Brigade will stop by for the final HYP Italian Lake Concerts of the season. The music begins at 6 p.m. at the park at N. 3rd and Division streets. For more information, visit

Live Puppet Shows
Aug. 13: Sadecky’s Puppets is back at the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., with two free live shows: “Heidi” and “The New Kid,” with show times at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Each show lasts about 40 minutes and is recommended for young kids of all ages and families. Visit for more details.

Film Screening
Aug. 15, 22, 29: Take in a 7 p.m. screening of “Pandora’s Promise” at Nuclear Night at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, while enjoying Zeroday Brewing’s Atom’s Porter beer. Directed by Robert Stone, the 2013 documentary film centers on the debate of nuclear power as a clean energy source. Tickets are $10, with proceeds benefitting the Lower Dauphin STEM Program. Visit

Get in Shape
Aug. 17: Enjoy a self-guided 3-mile walk at Wildwood Park from 6 to 7 p.m. to get in shape. Meet at the Nature Center at 6 p.m. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. For more information, visit

Memorial Golf Outing
Aug. 18: The Harrisburg Parks Foundation will host the Jack Crago Memorial Golf Outing in partnership with the Harrisburg mayor’s office at Sportsman’s Golf Course, 3800 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, 12 p.m. The event includes, lunch, range use, beverages, a team photo, swag bag, dinner and awards. Visit

Local Lunch
Aug. 18: Join Friends of Midtown at its monthly community lunch, which will be held at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, from 12 to 2 p.m. Contact or visit

3rd in The Burg
Aug. 18: 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

Symphony Fundraiser
Aug. 18: The Lords of 52nd Street, Billy Joel’s original backing band, will play at the Scottish Rite Theater, 2701 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced at $29 and $39 for this the fundraiser for the Hershey Symphony Orchestra. Visit

Goodbye 2205 Market Street
Aug. 19: Meeka Fine Jewelry will host a final event from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Meeka Fine Jewelry, 2205 Market St., Camp Hill. Come celebrate the original storefront and new beginnings as they move up the street. Visit

Cuban Soiree
Aug. 20: The Art Association of Harrisburg will host a Cuban Soiree from 4 to 7 p.m. at Los Tres Cubanos, 530 Race St., Harrisburg. Enjoy Cuban food, art by Alberto Hernadez and music by Sergio Figueroa. Reservations are $45 in advance or $50 at the door. Visit for more details.

Bird Walk
Aug. 20: Come on this evening walk at Wildwood Park with volunteer Audrey Zajac to learn about the birds that can be found at Wildwood, 6 to 8 p.m. The walk will be along Wildwood Way and the Towpath. Meet at the Nature Center at 6 p.m. 

Crab Fest
Aug. 26: The first Central Pennsylvania Crab, Beer and Wine Festival will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. at Trinity High School, 3601 Simpson Ferry Rd., Camp Hill, with beer and wine from central PA craft breweries and wineries, steamed Harbor House crabs, Redd’s BBQ, live music by the Jewett Brothers Band and a local DJ. Visit

Veterans Expo
Aug. 29: The free Veterans’ Expo & Job Fair connects active and retired military members of all ages and their families with the benefits and resources available to them through workshops, seminars and a job fair. Presented by OLP Events, the expo will be held at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, Camp Hill, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For details, visit

Call for Artists
Aug. 31: Perry County Council of the Arts seeks artists for its 2017 Annual Juried Exhibition to be held Nov. 10 to Jan. 19. 2018 at Landis House, 67 N. 4th St., Newport. Artists of all media should submit entries by Aug. 31. The juried exhibition includes $2,000 in cash prizes. Complete contest rules can be found at


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