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Community Corner: Notable events in May


Garden Faire

May 1: Kick off the gardening season and celebrate the opening of Fort Hunter Mansion, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Purchase plants, visit craft vendors, enjoy lunch, experience Victorian dancing and music, and visit the Paxtang Art Association’s show and sale.

Flower Walk

May 3: Take a walk at Detweiler Park, 1451 Peters Mountain Rd., Dauphin, during Wildwood Park’s Spring Flower Walk, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon walk within meadows and forests.

Gala Cabaret

May 6: Cantate Carlisle hosts its 30th anniversary Gala Cabaret Night at Farm 1840, 101 State Rd., Mechanicsburg, 7 to 10 p.m., for ages 16 and older. Enjoy live music, heavy hors d’oeuvres, adult and nonalcoholic beverages, entertainment and a silent auction.

Get That Job

May 6-27: Attend “Get that Job!” workshops virtually or in-person at Fredericksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, on Fridays, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Learn how to present your best self with a strong resume, concise cover letter, targeted interview, good communication and more.

Garden Faire

May 7: Lebanon County Master Gardeners will hold its Plant Sale & Garden Faire at Lebanon Expo Center, 80 Rocherty Rd., Lebanon, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. More than 3,000 plants will be available for purchase, including natives, perennials, herbs, tomatoes and peppers.


May 7: POWER (Professional Women and Women Entrepreneurs) hosts a fundraising 5K/3K Run & Walk event at Adventure Park, 1775 Lambs Gap Rd., Mechanicsburg, 9 a.m.

Proceeds go to cancer research and awareness. Participants can also enjoy a friendly volleyball match, warm-up Zumba and a raffle.

Cherry Blossom Fest
May 7: The 33rd annual Millersburg Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on the square in Millersburg, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with family activities and live entertainment, food and craft vendors and a car show.

Community Day
May 7: Head to New Cumberland Community Day on 3rd, 4th and Market streets in downtown New Cumberland, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Artists, food vendors, beverage trucks and area businesses will fill downtown streets with fun, food and festivities.

Hershey Artfest
May 7: Enjoy an artistic day with the whole family at Hershey Artfest at the Cocoa Beanery and the Englewood Barn Complex, 1215 Research Blvd., Hummelstown, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features a large juried art display, entertainment, food, local beer and wine and kids’ activities.

Park Painting

May 7: Join Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, for its fifth annual “Painting at the Park” with Jenn’s Craft Parties to create a painting of a lotus flower, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All experience levels are welcome; materials will be provided. Proceeds benefit Friends of Wildwood.

Native Plant Sale
May 7: Manada Conservancy hosts its 22nd annual Native Plant Sale at East Hanover Township Nature Park, 328 N. Crawford Road, Grantville, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with native plant vendors, art vendors and food trucks. Proceeds benefit Manada Conservancy’s mission of local land preservation and education. 

HBG Flea
May 7: 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.

Rhododendron Display

May 8: The Mason-Dixon Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society presents a rhododendron and azalea display in the Education Center at Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Rd, Hershey, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tree Book Club

May 10, 13: Book clubs are invited to Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Rd, Hershey, for a group discussion on the book “The Songs of Trees: Stories from Nature’s Great Connectors” by David George Haskell. Refreshments will be served. Groups should register in advance.

Go Red for Women
May 12: Join the American Heart Association at the 2022 Capital Region “Go Red for Women” event at West Shore Country Club, 100 Brentwater Rd., Camp Hill, 4 to 7 p.m. Hear educational and inspirational speakers, enjoy a heart-healthy meal, shop the silent auction and more.

Food Rally

May 12: 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.

Backyard Gardens
May 13: State Museum of PA hosts Andrew Rohrbaugh, ecologist for the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Bureau of Forestry, for virtual “Learn at Lunchtime” about backyard gardening, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. He will discuss native plants, ecosystems and the importance of using our land for food.

Anniversary Concerts
May 13, 15: The Susquehanna Chorale will celebrate its 40th anniversary with two concerts titled “A Celebration in Song!” The first takes place May 13 at 8 p.m. at Derry Presbyterian Church in Hershey and the second May 15 at 4 p.m. at the High Center at Messiah University. A reception follows each concert.

Moviate Festival
May 13-15: Enjoy over 70 films from 12 countries at the 23rd annual Moviate Underground Film Festival at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg. Many filmmakers will attend and talk about their films, including a 40th anniversary showing of “Basket Case” with the director.

Film Fridays
May 13, 27: Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, will show “War Witch” from sub-Saharan Africa on May 13 and “In the Mood for Love” from China on May 27. Showings are at 2 and 7 p.m.

Hunger Run
May 14: Support the Hummelstown Food Pantry at the 7th Annual 5K Hummelstown Hunger Run/Walk in Schaffner Park. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the race kicks off at 10 a.m.

Plant Sale

May 14: Penn-Cumberland Garden Club hosts its Plant Sale at Frankenberger Tavern, 217 E. Main St., Mechanicsburg, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with proceeds benefitting its community projects. A variety of plants, garden treasures and baked goods will be available. Consultants will be on hand to answer questions.

Volunteer Day 
May 14: 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 provided, and refreshments available.

Civil War Presentation
May 14: National Civil War Museum, 1 Lincoln Circle, Harrisburg, hosts the next presentation in its “Lessons in History” series, “Forgotten Fighters—Asians and Pacific Islanders and the Civil War,” with Steve T. Phan, 1 to 2 p.m.

Anti-Racism Race
May 14: YWCA Carlisle & Cumberland Count hosts the annual Race Against Racism 5K run/walk at Dickinson Park, Carlisle. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the race starts at 10 a.m. Stick around afterward for a community party with music and food trucks.

Boat Race

May 15: Pride of the Susquehanna riverboat will host the first-ever 5K Float the Boat Race. The fundraising run/walk will be held on City Island and along the streets of historic Harrisburg. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the race kicks off at 9 a.m. All proceeds from the run benefit riverboat operations.

Summer Bulbs

May 15: Join Penn State Extension Master Gardener Kevin Kelly at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, or virtually, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., to learn how to add summer bulbs to your landscape and containers to create eye-catching vignettes. Cost is $5, and pre-registration is required.

Business Women’s Forum
May 18: Carlisle Area Chamber and the West Shore Chamber of Commerce will host the Business Women’s Forum at Messiah University, 1 University Ave, Mechanicsburg, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference is designed to create opportunities for women to network and build leadership skills.

3rd in The Burg
May 20: 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.

AAPI Festival
May 20-21: Join the Harrisburg Asian American Pacific Islander (HAAPI) group in a celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month at events at various Harrisburg locations. For more information, see the story in this issue, visit Instagram @AAPIHBG or contact HAAPI at

Plant Fest
May 21: Join Penn State Extension Cumberland County Master Gardeners for Plant Fest at the Cumberland County Service Center, 310 Allen Rd., Carlisle, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shop for native plants, browse a yard sale, and take home some educational resources for your own garden.

Restoration 5K

May 21: Join Greenlight Operation for its 2nd annual 5K at City Island, Carousel Pavilion, 25 Station Rd., Harrisburg, to help support human trafficking survivors, at 9 a.m. Participants can also register for the fun run.

Sunflower Gala
May 21: Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties (DVSCP) hosts its Sunflower Gala at the West Shore Country Club, 100 Brentwater Rd, Camp Hill, 5 to 10 p.m. Enjoy an evening of cocktails, a formal dinner and dancing in support of DVSCP’s work.

Night of Comedy
May 21: Join JFT Recovery and Veterans Support Services and Hero In the Fight for a Night of Comedy.  Doors open at 7 p.m. at Fishing Creek Community Assoc., 520 Locust St., New Cumberland. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Food and beverages provided prior to the show. For tickets and information, contact JFT at 717-695-6253.

Organ Concert
May 22: Harrisburg Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (AGO) presents concert organist Michael Hey of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York on the four-manual, 83-rank Skinner-Möller organ at Pine Street Presbyterian Church, 310 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, 4 p.m. Parking provided by the church in the South Street Parking Garage.

Tea Luncheon

May 22: Join Fort Hunter Mansion, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, for a luncheon tea, an illustrated talk about PA Capitol muralist Violet Oakley and a tour of the mansion at Fort Hunter, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy scones, chicken salad, rolls, appetizers, fruit, cake, ice cream parfaits and endless cups of tea.

Celebration & Toast

May 22: Historic Harrisburg Association hosts the 2022 Preservation Celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Set sail on the Pride of the Susquehanna Riverboat to toast Harrisburg’s West Shore and the places and people that make it special.

Apollo Awards
May 22: Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Way, recognizes local students and high schools for outstanding achievement in musical and play productions at the Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards, 7 p.m. Monetary awards given to further students’ education and encourage involvement in the performing arts.

State of Arms
May 26: Dr. Bratton, an associate professor of National Security and Strategy Studies at the U.S. Army War College, will discuss India’s foreign and security policy at West Shore Country Club, 100 Brentwater Rd, Camp Hill, 7:30 p.m.

Garden Fest
May 28: Perry County Master Gardeners hosts a spring celebration at the Perry County Extension office, 8 S. Carlisle St., New Bloomfield, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit the demonstration garden and educational booths, talk with master gardeners, and enjoy family activities. A limited number of plants will be available for purchase.

Iris Show

May 28: The Susquehanna Iris Society’s annual Iris Show returns to the Garden Cottage at Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Rd, Hershey, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Irises will be on exhibit for judging and awards. Tall, intermediate and miniature-tall bearded varieties will be featured.

Discover Songbirds

May 28: Young explorers ages 5 to 10 are invited to Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, for the “Kids Discover” series to learn about local songbirds and characteristics that make them easy to identify. There are two sessions: ages 4-6 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and ages 7-10 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.

May 28-30: Celebrate the 54th annual Artsfest in Riverfront Park. The free event features juried artists and crafts people in a variety of mediums, live entertainment, Jazzfest, Kidsfest, HBGFest by The HBG Flea, food trucks, a community glass mural project, and more.


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