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Community Corner: Notable Events in February


Great Decisions 2016
Feb. 1, 15, 29: The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg will host “Great Decisions,” a discussion program on world affairs organized by the Foreign Policy Association. Sessions are held every other Monday at 1 p.m. at Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, through May 9. Cost is $10 per session or $40 for all eight. Visit

Leads Over Lunch
Feb. 2: Mix and mingle with business leaders at this free lunch hosted by Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, at Mission Central, 5 Pleasant View Dr., Mechanicsburg, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit

City Beautiful H2O
Feb. 2: Join Capital Region Water in finding opportunities for green projects to reduce street flooding, sewer backups and combined sewer overflows, at Lincoln School, 1601 State St., 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will include presentations, kids’ activities, free food, music and door prizes. For more information, visit

Heart Healthy Shopping
Feb. 3: PinnacleHealth will host “Heart Healthy Grocery Shopping Tour” at Giant Food Store, 4510 Marketplace Way, Enola, 6 p.m. Learn how to purchase heart-healthy groceries and comparison shop for nutritional content and value per dollar. Interpret nutrition labels for calorie, fat, sodium and carbohydrate content. Visit for more details.

Cardiologist Cooking
Feb. 3: PinnacleHealth will host “Cooking with a Cardiologist” at Giant Food Store, 3301 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill, 6 p.m. Join PinnacleHealth cardiologists Michael Bosak and Atizaz Mansoor for a fun, interactive event. The physicians will share heart-healthy Mediterranean and South Asian dishes. Cost is $10 per person. Visit

First Friday
Feb. 5: Enjoy First Friday in Hummelstown from 6 to 9 p.m., with shopping, dining, raffle prizes, music and dancing. First Fridays are free, but organizers encourage attendees to bring donations for Morning Star Pregnancy Services. Spots are available for dancers, performers, musicians, DJs, vendors, sponsors, etc. For more details, call 717-991-5105 or email

HBG Flea
Feb. 6: The HBG Flea is back with local artists, artisans and vintage shops offering unique items for everyone, in the Capitol Room @ HMAC, 1110 N. 3rd St., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit for more information.

Have a Heart
Feb 6: Caitlin’s Smiles’ “Have a Heart Volunteer Day and Craft Fair” will be held at New Hope Church, 584 Colonial Club Dr., Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteers will make craft kits and cards for children with chronic or life-threatening conditions. The event includes a craft fair, soup/baked goods sale and a blood drive. Visit

Piano Concert
Feb. 6: Maestro Stuart Malina will join Messiah College faculty members Ya-Ting Chang, Patrice Ewoldt and Richard Roberson in an evening of two-piano masterpieces at the college’s Calvin and Janet High Center for Worship and Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit

PPFF Photo Display
Feb. 8-26: Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation will display winning photographs from its 2015 “Through the Seasons” photo contest in the state Capitol, East Wing Rotunda, open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. All photos are taken in a Pennsylvania state park or forest. Visit for more information.

Steam Engine Presentation
Feb. 9: Harrisburg Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society will host Dr. Joseph Winberry for a presentation on “Return of Milwaukee Road’s Steam Engine #261 to the Rails,” at Hoss’s Restaurant, 743 Wertzville Rd., Enola. Business meeting and speaker begin at 7 p.m., with a meal available as early as 5 p.m. For more details, call 717-238-2131.

Economic Forecast Breakfast
Feb. 11: Start your day with some coffee and macroeconomics at the annual Harrisburg Regional Economic Forecast Breakfast. The event begins at 8 a.m. at the Sheraton Harrisburg/Hershey, 4650 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg. Speaker will be Jay Bryson, managing director and global economist for Wells Fargo. General admission is $65 for members and $90 for nonmembers. Information is at

Community Free Day
Feb. 13: Join the National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle at Reservoir Park, on its free admission day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in honor of Black History Month. Visit

Service Dogs
Feb. 13: Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd St., will host Susquehanna Service Dogs at the Little Scholar, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Learn how the dogs are trained and watch how they help people with all sorts of tasks. Visit

Truffles for Couples
Feb. 13 & 14: Hershey Story’s Chocolate Lab, 63 W. Chocolate Ave., will offer an evening of decadence for Valentine’s Day, 6 to 8 p.m. Participants will hand roll and coat rich, dark chocolate ganache in milk and white chocolate, finishing with sweet toppings. Tickets are $18.75; participants must pre-register. Visit

Talking Turkey 
Feb. 18: Foreign Policy Association of Harrisburg will present Aydogan Vatandas, a New York-based Turkish journalist, in a free talk on “Turkey as a Pivotal State between East and West” at 7:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, Camp Hill. A reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner starting at 6:30. Cost is $27 or $24 for FPA members. Visit

Music Conference
Feb. 18-20: The 20th annual Millennium Music Conference will showcase more than 300 artists at 30 Harrisburg-area venues, with additional programs at the Best Western Premier, 800 E. Park Dr., Harrisburg. Admission to shows is free and several are all-ages. The conference includes a trade show, music industry panels and workshops, one-on-one mentoring and demo listening opportunities. Visit

3rd in The Burg
Feb. 19: 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

Free Photo Workshop
Feb. 20: Charlie Smith of Canon Professional Services will teach “Getting Started with Digital Photography” at Wildwood Park, Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. This introductory workshop is for adults ages 18 and older. Pre-registration is required. For more details, visit

Cabin Fever Walk
Feb. 20: Enjoy a 3-mile walk on Wildwood Way and the Towpath Trail to defeat your winter cabin fever, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Along the way, learn how to prepare for a day on the trail. Visit for more details.

One Hit Wonders
Feb 20: “One Hit Wonders,” an annual silent auction fundraiser featuring some of central PA’s best musicians, will be held at H*MAC, 1110 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, starting at 8 p.m. Relive 15 minutes of fame from some of pop music’s most unforgettable forgotten people, while supporting the Susan Giblin Foundation’s work with central PA’s animal community. Visit

Local Lunch
Feb. 21: Join Friends of Midtown at their monthly community lunch, which will be held at Sturges Speakeasy, 400 Forster St., 12 to 2 p.m. Contact or visit

Legislators’ Forum
Feb. 25: Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, in cooperation with the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, will host a Legislative Forum Breakfast at the Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. 2nd St., 8 to 10 a.m., with state Senate members from Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties, who will speak about issues that affect the business community. Cost is $65 or $40 for chamber members. Visit

Bird Carving
Feb. 26-28: The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, will host a three-day shorebird carving workshop in its Seraph Education Room, taught by carver Jack Miller. Both carving and painting techniques will be taught. Cost of the three-day workshop is $125. For more information, visit

Oscar Nominated Shorts
Feb. 26-27: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, to view this year’s Oscar-nominated short films before the awards are given. The five nominees from the following categories will be shown: documentary short films, live action short films and animated short films. Not recommended for ages 17 and under without parental permission. Visit

Wedding Show
Feb. 28: The AACA Museum will hold its annual wedding show at its building at 161 Museum Dr., Hershey. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door for the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. event. For more, visit

Oscar Party
Feb. 28: Slip into your tux or gown and stroll over to Midtown Cinema’s annual Oscar-watching party. The red carpet fun begins at 7 p.m., with the ceremony at 8 p.m. at the cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg. There also will be Oscar-themed refreshments and winner predictions. Cost is $25 until Jan. 31 and $35 after. For more, visit or their Facebook page.

FOM Winter Social
Feb. 29: Friends of Midtown will host its Winter Social and Annual Meeting at Cafe 1500, 1500 N. 6th St., 6 to 8 p.m. Enjoy appetizers, a cash bar and raffle auctions of Midtown goods and services. Free admission for members, $5 for non-members (or join at the event). Socialize with neighbors, and learn about FOM’s 2015 accomplishments and goals for 2016. Visit


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