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Community Corner: Notable January Events

January Community Corner

Penguin Plunge
Jan. 1: Welcome the New Year by taking a plunge into the Susquehanna River with hundreds of other supporters of the Humane Society of Harrisburg. The 22nd annual event begins at 10 a.m. on City Island beach in Harrisburg with the actual plunge at noon. 

Photo Display
Jan. 1-29: Visit Olewine Nature Center at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, during regular business hours to view photographs entered in the Friends of Wildwood annual photography contest.

Mid-Day Getaway
Jan. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Unwind over your lunch break at the McCormick Riverfront Library, 101 Walnut St., Harrisburg. Bring your lunch to the library between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for coloring, card games, board games or low-stress activities.

KIDZ Wednesday
Jan. 2, 16: Toddlers and young children who are not in school, and their families, are invited to have fun learning with educational, hands-on activities at free KIDZ Wednesdays, at Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg.

Teens Animating
Jan. 3: Teens, ages 12 to 17, are invited to bring their friends and explore different activities, arts and crafts, tech toys and more at William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library, 200 W. Second St., Hummelstown, 6 to 7 p.m. Participants will use their phone or tablet to learn how to make short, stop-motion animation films.

Fitness Opening
Jan. 5: Join Zang Physical Therapy and Absolute Pilates, 3514 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill, for a soft opening celebration and free consultations, 9 to 11 a.m. or

HBG Flea
Jan. 5: HBG Flea hosts its monthly market of local art, vintage treasures and curated curios at Strawberry Square, 320 Market St., Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

2019 Farm Show
Jan. 5-12: Attend the annual PA Farm Show, the largest indoor agriculture show in the nation, at the PA Farm Show Complex and Expo Center, N. Cameron and Maclay streets, Harrisburg. Milk a cow, enjoy a famous Farm Show milkshake or learn first-hand the science and skills used in agriculture.

Book Sales
Jan. 5, 19: Friends of New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, will hold pre-owned book sales, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Foundation House, across the shared parking lot from the library. Shop for books, vintage items, jewelry, DVDs, CDs, puzzles, kids’ books and more.

Job Resources
Jan. 8, 22: Olewine Memorial Library, 2410 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, hosts Job Seekers Resources, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Get access to computers and experienced staff, who can assist with formatting resumes, searching for jobs and filling out applications.

Nature Lab
Jan. 10: Join Museum Educators at 11:30 a.m. in the Nature Lab of the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, to explore snow. This presentation is designed for general audiences, ages 7 and up, and is included with general admission to the museum.

Fandom Friday
Jan. 10, 25: Enjoy fan favorite and cult classic movies at East Shore Area Library, 4501 Ethel St., Harrisburg. Two events, intended for adults, are scheduled for Jan. 10, 1 to 2:30 p.m., and Jan. 25, 6 to 8 p.m. Snacks provided.

Snowman Storytime
Jan. 11: New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, hosts Snowman Storytime and Craft for children ages 3 to 6 (with an adult), 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Listen to snowman stories, rhymes and songs, followed by a snowman craft.

Foreign Film Friday
Jan. 11: Join Fredricksen Library, 100. N. 19th St., Camp Hill, for “Hotel Salvation,” a film from India about 77-year-old Daya, who has a dream that convinces him his end could be near. Two showings are scheduled: 2 and 7 p.m.

Winter Insects
Jan. 12: Head to Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 10 to 11:30 a.m., for “Kids Discover—Winter Insects,” to learn how insects survive frigid temperatures, then head outside to search for them. This program is for kids, ages 5 to 10, and their families. Fee is $5 per participant.

Families Explore
Jan. 12: Find out what animals do in winter at WITF’s free “Ready, Set, Explore!” family play date at the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Kids 3 to 8 years old and their families can meet Curious George and enjoy educational and creative activities.

Trivia After Hours
Jan. 12: Join Fredricksen Library, 100. N. 19th St., Camp Hill, for monthly trivia night—“The Office”—7 to 9 p.m. Popcorn, corkscrews, bottle openers and prizes provided. Ages 21 and up, BYOB.

Strength Training
Jan. 14-March 20: Penn State Extension offers “StrongWomen” strength training classes for middle-aged women and men and seniors at Trinity United Methodist Church, New Cumberland, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Legislators’ Forum
Jan. 16: Join the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and the West Shore Chamber of Commerce for the 2019 Legislators’ Forum, featuring area members of the state House of Representatives, at the Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. 2nd St., 8 to 10 a.m. Cost is $70 or $45 for members.

Curiosity Kids
Jan. 17: Kids ages 3 to 6 and their families can enjoy a Nature Lab at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, 11:30 a.m., learning how to make slime. Find out how to make slime fluffy and watch chemical reactions. 

3rd in The Burg
Jan. 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, 6 to 9 p.m.

Geek Out
Jan. 18: Whitaker Center, 222 Market St., Harrisburg, hosts “Social Science Experiment” with games, LEGO design and engineering challenges, pop culture trivia, samples from local breweries and wineries, live music and more, 5 to 7:30 p.m. This is a 21 and older event. Cost is $20 per person.

Heroes Concert
Jan. 19: York Symphony Orchestra presents “National Heroes” at Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., York, 7:30 p.m., with a performance from award-winning pianist Natasha Paremski, music inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. and remembrances of national heroes. Tickets start at $9 for adults, $5 for students.

Game Day
Jan. 20: Drop by Fredricksen Library, 100. N. 19th St., Camp Hill, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., for board game fun. The library will have some games available, but feel free to bring your own. All ages welcome; kids ages 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

MLK Service Day
Jan. 21: The 10th Annual Central PA MLK Day of Service opening ceremony will be held at Susquehanna Township High School, 3500 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Service projects take place throughout the Harrisburg area.

Neighbor Meet-up
Jan. 21: Meet with neighbors and share conversation and snacks at Fredericksen Library, 100. N. 19th St., Camp Hill, in celebration of MLK Day, 9:30 to 11 a.m.

MLK Talk
Jan. 21: Joseph Robinson, president of the MLK Leadership Development Institute, will discuss Dr. King’s life and work at Fredricksen Library, 100. N. 19th St., Camp Hill, 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. This presentation is for all ages.

CapCOG Annual Dinner
Jan. 21: Join the Capital Region Council of Governments at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, for its annual dinner, reorganization meeting and presentation of the Perry Albert Award. Reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner starting at 6:30 p.m.

Poetry & Storytelling
Jan. 21: Join the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg for a cultural event with international cuisine, guest speakers and student poetry readings on the theme of peace and social justice at Temple University Harrisburg, 234 Strawberry Square, 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for members, $30 for the general public.

Networking Mixer
Jan. 23: Join the West Shore Chamber of Commerce and other local business professionals at the January Networking Mixer, 5 to 7 p.m., at Healthy You Café, 4500 Marketplace Way, Enola. The event is free and open to chamber members.

2019 Auto Show
Jan. 24-27: Roll into the annual PA Auto Show, featuring what’s new and exciting in the world of automobiles. The four-day show takes place at the PA Farm Show Complex, N. Cameron and Maclay streets, Harrisburg.

Winter Blues
Jan. 26: Learn about the causes and how to reverse the effects of seasonal affective disorder at “Battle the Winter Blahs,” hosted at William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library, 200 W. Second St., Hummelstown, 12 to 2 p.m.

Adult “Crafternoon”
Jan. 27: Join the Ladies of DIY, professional crafters, at Fredricksen Library, 100. N. 19th St., Camp Hill, who will lead you through book page crafts, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Basic supplies provided by the library. Cost is $7.50 per person, ages 16 and older.

Books on Tap
Jan. 31: Dauphin County Library System hosts a special book club at J.B. Lovedraft’s, 225 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg, 5 to 6 p.m., to dive into new genres and forms while getting to know other readers in a social setting. Join the discussion about Rebecca Serle’s “The Dinner List.”

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