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Community Corner: Notable July Events

July Community Corner

HBG Flea
July 1: Shop the HBG Flea for local art, vintage treasures and curated curios at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for more details.

Beginner’s Yoga
July 2: Join yoga instructor Traci Wolfe for a guided 3.1-mile walk around Wildwood Lake with stops for simple yoga exercises. The walk will begin at 10 a.m. in the front of the nature center. Visit

Independence Celebration
July 3: Enjoy an Independence Day celebration on the front lawn of the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Dr., Hershey. The event will have food and beverages for purchase, a Hershey Symphony Orchestra performance and kids’ wellness activities. Rain date is July 4. Visit

Circus Camp
July 3-7: Circus of the Kids comes to the Jewish Community Center, 3301 N. Front St., Harrisburg, for a camp for kids (age 6 to 14), with instruction in circus arts standbys like fire-eating, juggling, pyramid building and mini-trampoline acrobatics. The week culminates with performances on July 7 at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Visit

July 4 Celebration
July 4: Join Friends of the New Cumberland Public Library for its annual Independence Day Celebration, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy patriotic marches and show tunes by the New Cumberland Town Band at 10:30 a.m., purchase picnic foods and baked goods, and shop a book and vintage jewelry sale. Visit for more details.

Declaration of Independence
July 4: The Historical Society of Dauphin County will present the 7th annual public reading of the Declaration of Independence from the porch of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion at 219 S. Front St., Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with John Harris, Jr. re-enactor David Biser. Visit

Taste of Independence
July 4: Harrisburg toasts the nation’s birth with a “Taste of Independence” food truck festival with more than 30 food trucks, live music, kids’ activities and more in Riverfront Park, 3 to 9 p.m. The annual fireworks display follows at dark. Visit for more information.

Bike Rodeo
July 5: AAA Central Penn, the PA Capitol Police, the Harrisburg Senators, InGear Cycling & Fitness and other community partners are bringing the AAA Bike Rodeo back to central PA. The free event uses simulated situations and fun to teach children bicycle safety skills. For more, visit to

Blood Pressure Screenings
July 6: PinnacleHealth will offer blood pressure screenings in the Food Court Pavilion at the Harrisburg Mall, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit for details.

Story Time
July 7: Gather in the State Museum’s PA Turnpike exhibit to enjoy the story, “Roadwork,” by Sally Sutton and sing about big construction trucks. StoryTime is a read-aloud series, followed by a related play activity, for children 3 to 5 years old, at the State Museum, N. 3rd and North streets, Harrisburg. Visit

Artist Conversation
July 7: Explore the 50th annual Art of the State exhibition with PA First Lady Frances Wolf and award-winning Harrisburg artist Andrew Guth as they lead a casual tour of the exhibit at the State Museum, N. 3rd and North streets, Harrisburg, 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Visit

Central PA Blood Drive
July 7: Donate blood to support the Central Pennsylvania Blood Bank, 2 to 6 p.m., at the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St. The blood drive will be located outside of the Wells Fargo Bank entrance. Visit

Volunteer Work Day 
July 8: Head to Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, to help with continuing park and habitat enhancement projects, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Snacks, tools and work gloves will be provided. Bring along a water bottle. Refreshments will be available. Visit

Pump Primers
July 8: PA Pump Primers returns to Harrisburg starting at 10 a.m., when a parade of antique fire trucks will leave the state Farm Show building and travel to Riverfront Park, where they will be on view all day. Speak to owners, play games, grab food and listen to music. Learn more at

Library Book Sale
July 8-13: Palmyra Public Library will hold its annual used book sale at Palmyra First United Methodist Church, 520 E Birch St. The book sale opens on July 8 with an early bird preview from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for a $5 fee per person. At 9 a.m., the sale will open to the public and will run until 1 p.m. July 13 is $5 per bag day. Visit

Junior Naturalist Camp
July 10-14: Campers ages 9 to 11 will learn a variety of naturalist and outdoor skills at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Campers will use those skills to explore habitats while hiking, using binoculars and canoeing. There is a $115 fee per camper; pre-registration is required. Visit

Fill a Backpack
July 10-14: Strawberry Square and Harristown Enterprises will host The Salvation Army Harrisburg Capital City Region’s “Fill-A-Backpack” event, in the Strawberry Square Atrium, 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Visitors can purchase school supplies to fill backpacks or donate $40 for entire backpacks. Visit

4-H Days
July 12-19: The Cumberland County 4-H program invites youth ages 8 to 12 years old to experience fun-filled activities and hands-on learning each day from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Penn State Extension Office of Cumberland County, 310 Allen Rd., Carlisle. For more details, visit

Outdoor Movies
July 14 & 28: Friends of Midtown and Midtown Cinema present two free outdoor movies in July: “I Was a Teenage Werewolf” on July 14 and “Jaws” on July 28 at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg. Both films begin at dusk and, in case of rain, will be delayed until Saturday. Visit

July 15: Taste more than 30 craft brews while listening to music and sampling food from area restaurants. The Dauphin County Brewfest takes place on the front lawn of Fort Hunter Mansion, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 3 to 7 p.m. $35 advance, $50 door, $15 designated drivers. Visit

Car Show
July 15: JPM Racing will host the “Rumble of the Night” car show from 4 to 9 p.m. in the Harrisburg Mall parking lot across from Macy’s Backstage entrance. The event will include food, music and a special muffler rap contest. Rumble of the Night benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. Visit for details.

Art Soirees
July 15 & 22: The Art Association of Harrisburg will hold two fundraising soirees this month in Harrisburg. The first, on July 15, will be hosted by Wendell and Brenda Hoover at their house on Italian Lake, and the second, on July 22, will be hosted by Alex and Kristine Hartzler at their house on Front Street. The cost to attend is $45 in advance and $50 at the door. For more information, visit

Hamm Camp
July 17-21 & July 24-28: Hamm Camp, 2451 Market St., Harrisburg, offers a free, week-long camp for girls and boys that combines high-level, on-the-court skills instruction with a daily workshop focusing on essential life skills. The camp’s goal is to build higher expectations for achievement among inner city youth. Visit

Outdoor Week
July 17-21: Outdoor enthusiasts ages 12 to 14 will discover the natural world while learning skills like building a debris hut, fishing, identifying wild edibles and canoeing on the Susquehanna River, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fee is $115 per person and pre-registration is required. Visit for more details.

“Wicked” Tunes
July 19: Join Fredricksen Library for a night of music from the popular Broadway show, “Wicked!” Fans of all ages will sing along to the CD, and lyric sheets will be provided, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Visit

Harrisburg Mile
July 19: Enjoy family fun at the Harrisburg Mile along Front Street in Harrisburg, 6 to 7:45 p.m. The starting line is at Front and Maclay streets by the Governor’s Mansion. Enjoy music provided by WINK 104, grab some refreshments and check out the activities along the Susquehanna River. Visit

3rd in The Burg
July 21: 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

Exhibit Reception
July 21: The State Museum of Pennsylvania will host an evening of refreshments and a tour of the 50th anniversary Art of the State exhibition from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For more details, visit

Putt it Into the Park
July 20: Head to City Island in Harrisburg to enjoy an 18-hole mini-golf course and a Harrisburg Senators game during the West Shore Chamber of Commerce’s “Putt it Into the Park,” 4 p.m. Cost to attend is $25, ages 13 and older; $20, ages 4 to 12; and free for kids 3 and under. Visit for more information.

Blood Drive
July 22: Premier Eye Care Group will host a community blood drive from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Shipoke office, 92 Tuscarora St., Harrisburg. Premier will raffle off a pair of sunglasses for the event. Visit

Quidditch World Cup
July 26: The Quidditch World Cup comes to Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, at 6:30 p.m. with U.S. vs. Britain, featuring alumni from Hogwarts and Ilvermorny. Register a team or individual by calling the library. Visit for full details.

Pride Festival
July 29: The Foundation for Enhancing Communities hosts the 25th annual Pride Festival of Central PA in Riverfront Park, Harrisburg, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Enjoy the annual “Voices United” concert with Central PA Womyn’s Chorus, Harrisburg Gay Men’s Chorus and Voices of the Spirit at Market Square Presbyterian Church on July 28 at 8 p.m. Visit

Nature & Art Fest
July 29: The Ned Smith Center will celebrate its 24th annual Nature and Art Festival at the center, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will feature music, food, children’s activities and many nature-themed programs. Most activities are free. For more information, visit

Block Party
July 29: Transcend Church will hold a summer block party, 3 to 6 p.m., at the church at 1801 State St., Harrisburg. For more information, visit

Tea Party
July 30: The Art Association of Harrisburg, 21 N. Front St., will host a tea party in its garden from 12 to 2 p.m., with freshly baked scones, preserves, tea sandwiches, mini-pastries and individual pots of tea. Reservations are required at $25 per person. Visit

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