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Community Corner: Notable June Events

June Community Corner  

HBG Flea
June 1: Explore the HBG Summer Flea market, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg. Shop for local art, handmade gifts and vintage wares from local artists and curators.

Summer Reading
June 1: Start your summer celebrating reading at Dauphin County Library System’s Summer Reading Club Liftoff at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Become a club member and enjoy jugglers, face painting, games, music and Rita’s Italian ice.

Unity Race
June 1: Celebrate Harrisburg’s racial and cultural diversity with music, song, poetry, dance and storytelling on the theme of “Unity in Diversity” at the 41st Annual Race Unity Day at the Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy during the program. 717-232-9163

Adult Prom
June 1: Whitaker Center, 222 Market St., Harrisburg, hosts “Adult Prom—A Social Science Experiment,” with two DJs, prom pictures, swag bags and adult-friendly elements like samples from local breweries, wineries, distilleries and restaurants, 7 to 10 p.m. Vote for Prom King and Queen in an online fundraiser to raise money for its STEM scholarship program. Tickets are $40, $70 for couples and $100 for VIP couples.

Bike Weekend
June 1-2: Enjoy Bike Weekend festivities including the Bikes and Beers ride in Hershey, Bike the Burg family ride, mountain bike rides on the parkway trails, the Five Bridges Bike Tour, Tour de Belt Greenbelt ride, the “Art of the Bike” show and the Tour de Belt After Ride Party.

Free Shakespeare
June 1-15: Don’t miss the 25th annual “Free Shakespeare in the Park” event with “Much Ado About Nothing.” The Gamut Theatre production runs 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in Reservoir Park, Harrisburg. 

Tour de Belt
June 2: The Capital Area Greenbelt Association hosts its 19th annual Tour de Belt bike ride, which starts at 10 a.m. at HACC and follows the 20-mile Greenbelt trail. All participants receive a 2019 Tour de Belt T-shirt. Proceeds go to Greenbelt restoration and maintenance.

Women in Tech
June 3: The Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania presents the 2019 Women In Technology Awards Gala at Spring Gate Vineyard and Winery, 5790 Devonshire Rd., Harrisburg, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. www.

Mid-Day Getaway
June 5, 12, 19, 26: Get away from your desk and unwind over 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.

June 6: Build new relationships with local business professionals at the West Shore Chamber of Commerce’s June Evening Networking Mixer, 5 to 7 p.m., at Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course, 777 Hollywood Blvd., Grantville. The event is free and open to chamber members.

Light & Creativity
June 8: The Harrisburg Camera Club hosts its 9th Annual Light & Creativity workshop, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Central Penn College Conference Center, Valley Road and B Street, Enola. Speakers include Kevin Holliday, Paula Chamlee, Mark Bowie and Penelope Taylor.

Wellness in Nature
June 8: Learn about nature’s wellness and restorative benefits at “A Dose of Vitamin N(ature)” at Ned Smith Center, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., with a slow-pace, short-distance walk and an introduction to Shinrin-Yoku (forest bathing). Admission is $5 per person, ages 6 and older.

Bloom Festival
June 8: The Shippensburg Area Chamber of Commerce presents the 5th Annual Bloom Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in downtown Shippensburg, on West Burd Street in the borough parking lot. The children’s area is open 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with kids’ activities, music, crafts, retail and food vendors and more.

Plant Swap
June 8: Head to Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, for a Community Plant Swap, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Bring as many plants as you would like to take home. Plants should be divided into containers in advance. Penn State Extension Master Gardeners will be on hand to assist.

Cancer Benefit
June 8: Head to Bucks Valley Winery and Vineyards, 333 Meadow Grove Rd., Newport, for the 5th annual “Toasting a Cure at the Vineyard,” benefitting PA Breast Cancer Coalition, 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature Alicia Richards from ABC27 as emcee, live music, a cornhole tournament, silent auction and light fare.

Fun Fest
June 8: Slate Hill Mennonite Church, 1352 Slate Hill Rd., Camp Hill, hosts its 6th Annual Community Hilltop Fun Fest, 4 to 8 p.m., rain or shine. Bring the whole family for carnival games and foods, kids’ activities, a petting zoo, a bounce house, prizes and more. Free parking is available at the Christian Life Assembly, 2645 Lisburn Rd.

Kids Club
June 9: Head to Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., the second Saturday of each month for a free, fun-filled event for kids of all ages, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Each month’s event is hosted by a different group and may feature shows, crafts, interactive activities and more.

Reading Blastoff
June 9: Kick off a space-themed summer reading program at Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, 1 to 4 p.m., with face painting, crafts, characters and live music with Nick DiSanto at 3 p.m.

Book Celebration
June 14: New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, hosts the “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” 50th Anniversary Celebration, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., for children 4 to 7 years old. Visit the library for games, crafts and activities in honor of the well-loved children’s book by Eric Carle.

Music & Movie
June 14 & 21: Lower Paxton Township kicks off its “Free Summer Concert and Movie” lineup with the Lower Paxton Variety Band on June 14, followed by the Rob Scheps Core-tet on June 21. Following the June 21 concert, the movie “Sandlot” will be shown. Events begin at 7 p.m. at Heroes Grove Amphitheatre, 5010 Commons Dr.

Dads and Trolleys
June 15-16: Take your dad for a trolley ride at Rockhill Trolley Museum, 430 Meadow St., Rockhill Furnace, to celebrate Father’s Day. Dads with kids ride at the children’s $5 fare.

Yoga in the Park
June 15: Join Shannon Peffley of Yogi Expeditions for a peaceful morning of yoga, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at Detweiler Park. Cost is $10 per person. Meet at the park trailhead located at the Dauphin County Conservation District parking lot, 1451 Peters Mountain Rd., Dauphin.

Butterfly Workshop
June 15: Penn State Master Gardeners in Cumberland County will celebrate National Pollinator Week with a Butterfly Container Workshop at the Cumberland County Extension office, 310 Allen Rd., Carlisle, in two sessions, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 12 to 1:30 p.m.

Explore Bugs
June 15: Join Wildwood Park naturalists for an evening of bug exploration at Detweiler Park, 1451 Peters Mountain Rd., Dauphin, with a small hike to one of Detweiler’s open fields, 8:30 to 10 p.m. Kids and adults will learn about moths, butterflies and fireflies. Cost is $5 per person.

Father’s Day
June 16: Take dad to Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Rd., Hershey, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., to celebrate Father’s Day, with free admission for all dads.

Wildwood Camp
June 17-21: Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, will host Wildwood Way Day Camp for children ages 6 to 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Children will explore nature and the diverse wildlife at Wildwood Park. Registration fee is $135 per camper.

Bubble Time
June 20: Kids ages 3 to 6 are invited to explore bubbles, experimenting with various ingredients to create the best ones, at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. This Curiosity Kids event is included with general admission to the museum, but space is limited.

Business After Hours
June 20: Mingle with business professionals at Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC’s free networking event, hosted by the Country Club of Harrisburg, 401 Fishing Creek Valley Rd., 5 to 7 p.m.

Rescue Benefit
June 21: Stop by Zeroday Brewing Co., 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, for an evening of brews, art and live music while supporting Pitties.Love.Peace. dog rescue, 5 to 8 p.m. Adoptable pets will be available outside of Zeroday starting at 5 p.m., and live music will begin at 8 p.m.

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

Civil War Days
June 21-23: Immerse yourself in local history during a three-day, community-wide series of events focused on the Harrisburg area’s role in the Civil War. Go on a battlefield tour, visit a re-enactor encampment and enjoy socials, among other activities. Get more details on Facebook: Civil War Days Harrisburg.

Summer Fridays
June 21-Aug. 23: Summer Fridays at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, are “Pay as you wish,” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For general admission, the amount you pay for general admission is up to you. Art docents will be available for tours of “Art of the State,” 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Summer Soiree
June 22:  Stroll through downtown Camp Hill while enjoying refreshments, art, outdoor dining, music and more, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Visit Downtown Camp Hill on Facebook for more information.

Free Museum Day
June 22: National Civil War Museum presents its Community Free Day, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Join staff and volunteers to celebrate Civil War Days with a day of activities designed to present history in a fun and educational setting.

Summer Yoga
June 22: Observe the summer solstice and International Day of Yoga at Simply Well, 28 S. Pitt St., Carlisle, 2:30 to 4 p.m. Enjoy 90 minutes of yoga, pranayama and meditation to honor the longest day of the year. The workshop is $20 per person and is appropriate for all levels. Bring a small notebook and pen for journaling.

Summer Brunch
June 23: Get an inside look at and a taste of the best of Harrisburg’s brunch scene at three local eateries during Harrisburg Young Professionals’ Summer Brunch Tour. First stop is Home 231 at 11:30 a.m. on June 23. Enjoy good conversation, hot coffee and a variety of menu options. An RSVP is required to attend, and seating is limited.

Autoharp Gathering
June 26-29: The 29th Annual Mountain Laurel Autoharp Gathering brings together hundreds of autoharp enthusiasts from around the world to Little Buffalo State Park Campground, Newport, for five days of workshops, concerts and around-the-clock music-making. Featured performers include Bryan Bowers, Rick Fitzgerald, Tom Schroeder, Allison Guinn, Bob Lewis and Michael Poole.

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