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Community Corner: Notable July Events

July Community Corner

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 its annual public reading of the Declaration of Independence from the porch of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion at 219 S. Front St., Harrisburg, with readings at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Visit for more details. 

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.

Jazz Festival
July 5-8: Central PA Friends of Jazz will host the 38th Annual Central PA Jazz Festival, featuring concerts, a riverboat cruise on the Pride of the Susquehanna, a jam session, a jazz party, picnic and more. For a complete listing, visit

Outdoor Movies
July 6 & 27: Friends of Midtown and Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, present two free outdoor movies: “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” on July 6 and “Ghostbusters” on July 27. Both films begin at dusk and, in case of rain, will be delayed until Saturday. Visit

Discover Newport
July 7: Explore downtown Newport at the 2nd annual Food Truck Festival, Community Yard Sale and Sidewalk Sale, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Take a wagon tour to see Newport architecture and a historical marker walking tour. Enjoy live music and a beer garden with River Bend Hop Farm & Brewery, The Winery at Hunter’s Valley and Hazard’s Distillery. Visit “Discover Newport, PA” on Facebook.

HBG Flea
July 7: Shop the HBG Flea for local art, vintage treasures and curated curios in the parking lot of Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for more details.

Voiceover Workshop
July 7-8: Leonard Dozier, leading voice actor and coach, will host a voiceover workshop at the Green Room Studio, 2833 N. Front St., Harrisburg. Students will get a close look at the voiceover business and will have a chance to put their voice and skills to the test. Cost of the two-day workshop is $300 and $150 for either day alone. Visit for more details.

Concert Series
July 8, 22: Harrisburg Young Professionals continues its free Italian Lake Concert series at Italian Lake, N. 3rd and Division streets, Harrisburg, with Sub-Radio on July 8 and Run the Willow on July 22. Concerts run 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, some picnic blankets and snacks. Visit for more details.

Golf Tournament
July 9: Bethesda Mission will host its 28th Annual Mission Open Golf Tournament at Colonial Golf & Tennis Club, 4901 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, to raise funds for its long-term recovery program. Light refreshments will be available at 7 a.m., and the four-ball scramble starts at 8 a.m. A luncheon and awards ceremony will conclude the day. Visit

Community Carnival
July 10-14: The Middle Paxton Lions Club will hold its annual carnival at the Lions Club Carnival Grounds on Allegheny Street, Dauphin Borough, beginning 6:30 p.m. each night. Enjoy live music, children’s rides, games and a variety of carnival foods. Visit Middle Paxton Lions Club on Facebook.

Family Fun
July 10, 24: Over the summer, the New Cumberland Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, will host free picnic dinners followed by family movies in Foundation Hall on select Tuesday evenings beginning at 5:30 p.m., with the movie starting at 6:30 p.m. Movie titles are available in the library or by calling the children’s desk at 717-774-7822. Visit

Women’s Social
July 11: The Chamber Business Women’s Summer Social will be held 8 to 10 a.m. at Athleta, 2563 Brindle Dr., Harrisburg, with a restorative yoga class, followed by a light breakfast and networking. Athletic clothing suggested; changing rooms available. The event is free and open to chamber members, $20 for non-members. Get more details at

Networking Social
July 11: Join Harrisburg Young Professionals for a networking social at the rooftop biergarten at The Millworks, 340 Verbeke St., 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and enjoy food and drink from a happy hour menu. HYP members receive a complimentary drink ticket. Non-members are welcome to join. Visit 

Dessert Tea
July 11: Historical Society of Dauphin County and Lavender Ladies Herb Society will host a Mid-Summer’s Eve Dessert Tea at John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20, and doors open at 5:45 p.m. Enjoy herbal desserts and teas, learn about flowers and herbs, see floral design demos, win door prizes and shop for herbal products. Visit

Summer Social
July 12: Friends of Midtown will host its summer social at Startup Harrisburg, 922 N. 3rd St., 6 to 8 p.m. Mingle with neighbors, meet the Friends of Midtown board and learn about opportunities to get involved in your community. Refreshments will be served. The event is free and open to all. Visit 

Volunteer Work Day 
July 14: 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 14: PA Pump Primers’ 43rd Annual Antique Fire Apparatus Show and Muster returns to Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A parade of antique fire trucks will leave the PA 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

Kids Club Event
July 14: Take the kids to Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., for a frolic through dinosaur history with “Mr. Mike” Sgrignoli. Kids Club events are free and are held on the second Saturday of each month, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Visit

Mural Unveiling
July 14: Cupboard Maker Books, 157 N. Enola Rd., will host an unveiling of its completed book spine mural, painted by artist Kristian Beverly and featuring local authors’ books, 1 to 3 p.m. Each of the 46 spines is nearly 18 feet tall and includes various books genres. Meet and celebrate with some of the authors whose books will decorate the building. Visit

Art Soirees
July 14: Art Association of Harrisburg will host a summer soiree at the home of Audry and Andy Carter in Harrisburg, 5 to 8 p.m. Artists featured will include Pennsylvania College of Art & Design graduates Karin Wengenroth, Seth Crider and Eddie Berkoski; watercolorist Bob McCormick; and abstract painter Linda Sommer. Cost is $45 in advance, $50 at the door. Visit

Kid Art
July 14, 28: Take the family to The Millworks, 340 Verbeke St., Harrisburg, for a free kids’ art workshop on the roof, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy lunch while some of The Millworks artists teach children about different art techniques. Details are at

Book Sale
July 14-19: Palmyra Public Library will hold its annual used book sale at Palmyra First United Methodist Church, 520 E. Birch St. The sale will open with an early bird preview, 7:30 to 9 a.m., on July 14. Customers should bring boxes or bags for purchases. For details, visit 

Art & Brew Crawl
July 18: Enjoy the outdoors on the rooftop biergarten at The Millworks, 340 Verbeke St., at its Rooftop Mini Art & Brew Crawl, 5 to 8 p.m. Taste three Millworks craft beers and make three pieces of art with in-house artists Rexmake, Susan Bailey and Three Ring Circus. Cost is $20 per person. Get the details at

July 19-21: The National Chrysler Products Club will host its 40th annual national meet at the Holiday Inn, 604 Station Rd., Grantville. The three-day meet will include activities like driving tours, a judged car show and a banquet. Call 717-545-9574 or visit

3rd in The Burg
July 20: 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, organized by TheBurg. Check out all the action at 

Exhibit Reception
July 20: The State Museum of Pennsylvania will host an evening of refreshments and a tour of the 51st annual “Art of the State” exhibition, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Visit

July 21: Taste more than 30 craft brews while listening to music and sampling food from area restaurants at the 7th Annual Dauphin County Brewfest on the front lawn of Fort Hunter Mansion, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 3 to 7 p.m. Cost is $35 advance, $50 door, $15 designated drivers. Visit for all the details.

Hamm Camp
July 23-27 & July 30-Aug. 3: Hamm Camp, 2451 Market St., Harrisburg, offers a free, weeklong 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. Get more information at 

Built in the Burg
July 25: Harrisburg Young Professionals hosts “How It’s Built in the ‘Burg” at Appalachian Brewing Company, 50 N. Cameron St., 6 to 8 p.m. Lawrance Binda, TheBurg’s editor-in-chief, will interview Adam Porter, co-founder of Startup Harrisburg and Provisions. Guests can enjoy a cash bar, appetizers and networking starting at 6 p.m. RSVP is required. HYP Members are free with promo code HYPMem; general admission is $20. Visit

Hiking Weekend
July 27-29: Keystone Trails Association hosts the 15th annual “Prowl The Sproul” hiking weekend in Sproul State Forest, Clinton County. Experienced leaders from DCNR and KTA will guide hikes on their favorite trails. Other activities include swimming, building campfires , picnicking and more. Find the full activity schedule at

Nature & Art Fest
July 28: Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, will host the 25th Annual Nature and Art Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free festival includes food and craft vendors, education and art presentations, make-it-yourself bluebird boxes, live animal demonstrations and fish print T-shirts. A concert will be held at 5:30 p.m. Visit

Pride Festival
July 28: The Foundation for Enhancing Communities hosts the 26th annual Pride Festival of Central PA in Riverfront Park, Harrisburg, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Attend 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 27 at 8 p.m. For event details, visit

Folk Fest
July 28-29: Susquehanna Folk Music Society hosts the Susquehanna Folk Festival at Roundtop Mountain Resort, 925 Roundtop Rd., Lewisberry. Enjoy live music, dancing, workshops, storytelling, crafts, kids’ activities, food and more. Get more information and tickets at

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