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Community Corner: Notable Events in October

October Community Corner

Oct. 1-2: Enjoy the fall season at a two-day craft festival of fall and winter décor, food, entertainment and activities at Mifflin County Youth Park, 110 W. Logan St., Reedsville.

Pumpkin Festival
Oct. 1-31: Every weekend in October, the Rockhill Trolley Museum and East Broad Top Railroad, 421 Meadow St., Rockhill, will run scenic train ride through Aughwick Valley. Board a vintage trolley, pick out a pumpkin, enjoy some fun activities, shop with vendors and more.

Gardening Event
Oct. 2: Harrisburg Young Professionals will host a gardening event at the Peffer Street Edible Forest Garden, 2002 Walter Alley, Harrisburg, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Volunteers are needed to weed and mulch the garden and help expose the buried sidewalk. Gloves and water bottles provided.

HBG Flea
Oct. 2: Explore the HBG Flea on first Saturdays for art, handmade gifts and vintage wares from local artists and curators, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Outdoor markets are held from May to October at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, and indoor markets are held from November to April at Strawberry Square, 320 Market St., Harrisburg.

Harrisburg Hoopla
Oct. 2: Harrisburg Young Professionals and the Foundation for Enhancing Communities will host the fourth annual Harrisburg Hoopla at City Island, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Enjoy a friendly track-and-field day for adults, organized to build community, boost the economy and raise money for local nonprofits. Visit

Book Fest
Oct. 2: The Chocolate Town Book Festival will be held at the Hershey Public Library, 701 Cocoa Ave., Hershey, 2 to 5 p.m., followed by a piano night in the Reading Garden featuring pianists ages 9 or older, 7 to 9 p.m. The event will be held outdoors at the library, allowing attendees to meet and talk with local authors. In case of rain, the rescheduled date is Oct. 3. Attendees should bring lawn chairs.

Fall Meet Week
Oct. 5-9: High-performance cars are in focus during the Eastern Regional Fall Meet, Hershey’s annual antique car show and festival. View period automobiles, see racecar demonstrations and visit the flea market. On Oct. 9, attend the annual “Night at the Museum” dinner and reception at the AACA Museum, 161 Museum Drive, Hershey, 6 to 10 p.m.

Fall Storytime
Oct. 6: Kids ages 2 to 5 are invited to Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, for a story session, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Stories, songs, rhymes, play and an activity will introduce Wildwood critters and share the joy of reading with young attendees.

Book Festival
Oct. 6-10: Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, hosts the ninth annual Harrisburg Book Festival with in-person bookstore hours, an outdoor tent sale and virtual author events with award-winning and bestselling authors.

Networking Mixers
Oct. 6, 21: Join the West Shore Chamber of Commerce for networking mixers, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., on Oct. 6 at Good Hope Fire Station, 1200 Good Hope Rd., Mechanicsburg, and Oct. 21 at Duke’s Bar & Grille Riverside, 313 S. Front St., Wormleysburg.

Curiosity Kids
Oct. 7: Visitors, ages 3 to 6, and families can enjoy “Curiosity Kids—SHAPES!” at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Discover two-dimensional shapes and learn what makes each one unique, while exploring the 2021 “Art of the State” exhibit in search of these shapes. Participants will use their artistic and creative skills to create artwork of their own.

Bird Walk
Oct. 8: Join volunteers Rick and Peggy Price for a morning walk at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, to look for fall warblers and other songbirds heading south, raptors including broad-winged and sharp-shinned hawks, and year-round resident birds. Meet in front of the Nature Center at 7:30 am. Pre-registration required.

Foreign Film
Oct. 8, 22: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, for “Another Round,” a film from Denmark, on Oct. 8, and “The Mole Agent,” a film from Chile, on Oct. 25. Showings are at 2 and 7 p.m. Registration is required, and film nights will be held at 50% capacity.

Golf Fundraiser
Oct 9: Daystar Center for Recovery will host a golf tournament fundraiser at Armitage Golf Course, 800 Orrs Bridge Rd., Mechanicsburg, 6 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. In addition to the four-person scramble, there will be contests with prizes, a lunch buffet and more.

Space Day
Oct. 9: Celebrate “Space Day” at Whitaker Center, 222 Market St, Harrisburg, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s theme is “Women in Space,” with keynote speaker Dr. Jan Davis, NASA astronaut, a viewing of “Apollo 11: First Steps Edition,” hands-on activities and more.

Volunteer Day
Oct. 9: Head to Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, to enjoy the outdoors and help with continuing park and habitat enhancement projects, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tools and work gloves will be provided. Assume the workday is cancelled if it is raining. Pre-registration required.

Odd Ones Bizarre
Oct. 9: The Millworks, 340 Verbeke St., Harrisburg, hosts the Odd Ones Holiday Bizarre, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the corner of Verbeke and 3rd streets. Shop for unique, handcrafted items for the holiday season at this alternative arts and crafts event.

Homeschool Event
Oct. 12: Homeschool students are invited to Hershey Gardens, 63 West Chocolate Ave., to discover soil, worms and other creatures that live in the soil, to learn about the environment that exists beneath trees and shrubs, to visit the Bonsai exhibit, and to enjoy a garden story time, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Art Show
Oct. 15: The Civic Club of Harrisburg will host an art show at the Overlook Mansion, 612 N Front St., Harrisburg, 5 to 9 p.m., with about 15 local artists with work for sale.

3rd in The Burg
Oct. 15: 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, 6 to 9 p.m.

Harvest Fest
Oct. 16: Central Penn College, 600 Valley Rd., Summerdale, hosts its annual Fall Harvest Festival, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The festival will feature live music, food trucks, vendors, kid games and more.

Wild Game Chef
Oct. 16: Join Rick Calla, the “Wild Game Chef,” for an afternoon of delectable dishes at Ned Smith Center, 176 Water Company Rd, Millersburg, 1 to 3 p.m. Admission is $20 per person or $35 per couple. Each guest will be able to taste the dishes the chef creates, learn about techniques involved, and how to pair with beer and wine. www.nedsmithcenter

Art Tour
Oct. 16-17: The third annual Hershey Hummelstown Art Studio Tour features 10 Hershey/Hummelstown artists who will open their studios to the public. Visitors can tour the studios, watch demonstrations, and purchase art. Studios will be open on Oct. 16, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Oct. 17, 12 to 5 p.m. Visit “Hershey Hummelstown Art Studio Tour” on Facebook.

Book Giveaway
Oct 23: Friends of Kline Library will hold a Halloween book giveaway for children, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Kline Library, 530 S. 29th St., Harrisburg.  Costumes welcome.

Nature at Night
Oct. 23: Take an after-hours walk at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and watch the exhibit critters come to life. Then make s’mores around a campfire and sip apple cider, while taking in a Halloween story. Kids can dress as their favorite animal or in a costume. Bring a trick-or-treat bag. Cost is $5.

Trunk or Treat
Oct. 24: AACA Museum, 161 Museum Dr., Hershey, will host “Trunk or Treat,” 12 to 3 p.m. Kids are invited to dress in Halloween costumes, decorate their own goodie bags and hunt for treats in the museum. Watch Halloween-themed videos in the indoor drive-in theater and see a hearse vehicle display.

 Over the Edge
Oct. 29: Rappel from the rooftop of 200 N. 3rd St. in downtown Harrisburg between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Raise funds and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region’s one-to-one youth mentoring programs. Register for this rooftop rappelling adventure at CAPBIGS.ORG.

Fall Garden Fun
Oct. 30: Join Penn State Extension Master Gardeners at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, to take care of your garden and support the birds in preparation for the upcoming winter months, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Workshops include indoor and outdoor components. Preregistration required. 

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