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Community Corner: Notable Events in February


Lake Walk

Feb. 2: Take a moderately paced, 3-mile walk around the lake at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, while enjoying the trees and animals at the park, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. You can choose to walk a portion of the trail, then turn around at any point if you would like to customize the length of your walk.

Craft Valentines

Feb. 5: Create your own unique handmade valentine using pressed flowers and other items from nature at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The cost of the workshop is $10 per person. All ages are welcome; children must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration required.

HBG Flea
Feb. 5: Shop the HBG Flea for local art, vintage treasures, curated curios and unique gifts, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Strawberry Square, Harrisburg. The mission of the HBG Flea is to create a platform for growth in the community by bringing artists, small businesses and patrons together in one place.

Book Sale
Feb. 5, 19: Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, will hold pre-owned book sales on the first and third Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Foundation House, across the shared parking lot from the library. Find books, vintage items, jewelry, music, puzzles, kids’ books, vinyl records and more.

Susquehanna Series

Feb. 8, 22: Join Wildwood Park for virtual presentations about the ecology and recreation of the Susquehanna River 7 to 8:30 p.m. On Feb. 8, Aaron Henning, from the Susquehanna River Basin Commission, will discuss species of ecological importance, and on Feb. 22, a variety of speakers will discuss fishing, kayaking, boating and more.

Nature Lab
Feb. 11: Explore wildlife photography and filmmaking in a virtual Nature Lab with the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Tracy Graziano, an award-winning wildlife photographer and filmmaker with the Pennsylvania Game Commission, will discuss her experiences documenting animals in their habitats.

Love of Art
Feb. 11-13: Hershey Art Association presents “For the Love of Art” exhibit of paintings, prints, photographs, 3D art, handmade jewelry and more in the Milton & Catherine Conservatory at Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Rd. The show is Included with admission and free for members.

Film Fridays
Feb. 11, 25: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, for Film Fridays. On Feb. 11, view “Jessica,” about an aspiring playwright getting over a break-up when she meets Boone, who is also recovering from a recent split. On Feb. 25, view “Rabbit-Proof Fence,” about girls forcibly taken from their families, under an Australian government policy, to be trained as domestic servants. Showings are at 2 and 7 p.m.

Birds & Coffee
Feb. 12: Stop by the Nature Center at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, for a cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa, 10 to 11 a.m. Join a naturalist and Appalachian Audubon to observe and count common feeder birds as part of Project FeederWatch. Appalachian Audubon members will also sell bird-friendly coffee.

Dinner & Dance

Feb. 12: Valley of Harrisburg, A.A.S.R. presents its St. Valentine’s Day Dinner and Dance at the Scottish Rite Theatre, 2701 N. 3rd St. Harrisburg, beginning at 6 p.m. The Italian-themed dinner includes appetizers, dessert, chocolates, treats, flowers and a cash bar. Reservations are $45 per person.

Book Sale
Feb. 12-13: Joseph T. Simpson Public Library, 16 N. Walnut St. Mechanicsburg, will host a book sale. Shop the regular book sale on Feb. 12, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or the bag sale on Feb. 13, 1 to 3 p.m., when you can pack as many books that fit in a level bag for $10.

Truffles for Couples
Feb. 12, 19: Take your Valentine to the Hershey Story’s Chocolate Lab, 63 W. Chocolate Ave., for an evening of truffle-making for Valentine’s Day, 5:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Guests can enjoy drinking chocolates from around the world and making hand-rolled ganache. Tickets are $25 per person.

Wild Cooking

Feb. 15: Join naturalists at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, to learn about winter wild edibles and how to make shagbark hickory syrup and a variety of teas, 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost of this workshop is $10 per person.

Climate Change
Feb. 17: Foreign Policy Association of Harrisburg hosts a talk on “The U.S. and International Climate Change Leadership” with David Titley, Penn State professor of practice in meteorology and a professor of international affairs, at West Shore Country Club, 100 Brentwater Rd., Camp Hill, 7:30 p.m. Dinner precedes the talk.

3rd in The Burg
Feb. 18: Check out the best of Harrisburg during 3rd in the Burg, the monthly arts and culture event, where you can explore and enjoy galleries, restaurants and art spaces throughout downtown and Midtown, 6 to 9 p.m.

Musical Showcase
Feb. 18: Joseph T. Simpson Public Library will host a spring musical showcase with local high schools presenting a sampling of songs from their upcoming musicals at Mechanicsburg Brethren in Christ Church, 1050 S. York St., Mechanicsburg, 7 p.m.

Free Museum Day 

Feb. 19: The National Civil War Museum welcomes the public to its Community Free Day, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join NCWM staff and volunteers to celebrate Black History Month and Presidents’ Day, with historians, speakers and the newest exhibit, “Above and Beyond: Medal of Honor Recipients of the Civil War.”

Heart Ball
Feb. 19: American Heart Association hosts the 2022 Capital Region Heart Ball at Hershey Lodge, 325 University Dr., Hershey, 6 to 11 p.m. Feel like an A-list celebrity at Hollywood’s hottest party while supporting a good cause.

Book Events

Feb. 19, 26: Celebrate the written word at Cupboard Maker Books, 157 N. Enola Rd., at its upcoming book events, 1 to 3 p.m. Visit with author Carrie Jacob at the book release of her latest work, “Cat Burglar,” on Feb. 19, and with author Mona Shroff at the book signing for her new book, “The Five-Day Reunion,” on Feb. 26.

Cultural Series

Feb. 20: “Black Pioneers Beyond the Susquehanna,” with Dr. Cory Young, University of Nebraska, will be held at New Cumberland Library’s Foundation House, 1 Benjamin Plaza, at 3 p.m. Young will share stories of Black pioneers whose lives and labors transformed the Susquehanna River Valley during the 18th century.

Education Mixer
Feb. 23: Socialize with local business professionals at Central Penn College/Education Foundation evening mixer, 5 to 7 p.m., at the Conference Center at Central Penn College, 600 Valley St., Summerdale. The event is free and open to West Shore Chamber members.

Legislators’ Forum II
Feb. 24: Join the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and the West Shore Chamber of Commerce for the 2022 Legislators’ Forum II, with area members of the PA Senate serving Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties at the Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. 2nd St., from 8 to 10 a.m. Cost to attend is $70 or $45 for members.

Curious Kids
Feb. 24: State Museum of PA, 300 North St., Harrisburg, invites kids ages 3 to 6 and their families to “Curiosity Kids” to learn about sleds and sleighs and how people have travelled and had fun in winter, 11:30 a.m.

Decisions 2022
Feb. 24: World Affairs Council of Harrisburg hosts “Great Decisions,” a program on world affairs organized by the Foreign Policy Association. Sessions will be held every Thursday from Feb. 24 to April 21 from 6 to 7 p.m. at, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill.

Fight Cancer

Feb. 26: Central Pennsylvania Coalition United to Fight Cancer hosts the 26th Annual Loving Souls and Sweethearts Cancer Education and Chronic Disease virtual conference, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Topics include breast and prostate cancer, hair restoration, hypertension, COVID-19, loss and grief and anxiety. Registration is $10.

Beautiful Burg

Feb. 28: Ryan Unger, CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber, historian and a longtime historic district resident will present “How Mira Lloyd Dock and the Board of Trade Made Harrisburg ‘The City Beautiful’” at Historic Harrisburg Resource Center, 1230 N. 3rd St., 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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