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Community Corner: Notable March Events

March Community Corner

Community Bazaar
March 2: Paxton Presbyterian Church, 3500 Sharon St., Harrisburg, is hosting a community clothing and jewelry bazaar, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Women’s, men’s and children’s all-season clothing, shoes, accessories and jewelry will be available for purchase at low prices. Proceeds benefit local charities and mission work.

HBG Flea
March 2: Explore the HBG Flea, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Strawberry Square, 320 Market St., Harrisburg. Shop for local art, handmade gifts and vintage wares.

Maple Sugar Festival
March 3: Head to Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, for the annual Maple Sugar Festival, 12 to 4 p.m. Kids and adults can have hands-on fun with tree tapping, eating real maple syrup on ice cream, and shopping for PA maple products.

Blood Pressure Screenings
March 4: Stop by the food court pavilion at Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., for free blood pressure screenings offered by UPMC Pinnacle.

Decisions 2019
March 4, 18: The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg will host “Great Decisions,” a program on world affairs organized by the Foreign Policy Association. Sessions are held every other Monday at 1 p.m. at Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, through May 13. Cost is $10 per session.

Résumé Workshop
March 6: Kline Library, 530 S. 29th St., Harrisburg, hosts the second part of its “Résumé Writing Series” at 1 p.m. Attendees can bring their newly created résumé to this session for review by library staff and to receive feedback on improvements needed. This program is designed for adults.

KIDZ Wednesday
March 6, 20: 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, Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg.

Nature Lab
March 7: Learn about rocks at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, at 11:30 a.m. Discover different types of Pennsylvania rocks and the surprising places we find them in our daily lives. This presentation is designed for general audiences, ages 7 and up, and is included with admission to the museum.

Open House
March 7: Drop in at the Circle School of Harrisburg, 727 Wilhelm Rd., between 6 and 8 p.m. for an Open House to learn about the school. Bring the whole family to see and hear about self-directed democratic education. There will be a student Q&A panel at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Volunteer Work Day 
March 9: Enjoy the outdoors and help with continuing park and habitat enhancement projects at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Snacks, tools and work gloves provided. To reduce plastic usage, bring a water bottle. Refreshments will be available.

Kids Club Event
March 9: Head to the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., for Kids Club on the second Saturday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for a free, fun-filled event. Each month may feature shows, crafts, interactive activities and more. All kids and families are welcome to attend.

Trivia After Hours
March 9: Join Fredricksen Library, 100. N. 19th St., Camp Hill, at trivia night—”Must See TV”—7 to 9 p.m. Popcorn, corkscrews, bottle openers and prizes are provided. Ages 21 and older, BYOB. Cost is $5 per team.

Soup Cook-Off
March 10: The AKT Foundation will host the 10th Annual Soup Cook-Off for children with cystic fibrosis. Held 12 to 4 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill, the soup cook-off gathers about 40 local chefs, professional and amateur, to showcase homemade soups, with attendees voting for their favorites.

Charter Day
March 10: Celebrate the commonwealth’s 338th birthday on the 19th Annual Charter Day with free admission to the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, 12 to 5 p.m. View the original 1681 charter that granted the land of Pennsylvania to William Penn.

Book Club
March 10: Join the Harrisburg Young Professionals book club to discuss James Baldwin’s “If Beale Street Could Talk,” 2 to 5 p.m., Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg.

Native Culture
March 10: New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, hosts PennDOT archaeologist Joe Baker in a talk on “Native American Culture: Lower Susquehanna Valley” in Foundation Hall, 3 to 4 p.m. Baker will discuss Susquehanna Valley Native American history up to the 1763 Conestoga Massacre. Light snacks served.

Homeschool Day
March 13: Join the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, for Homeschool Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with hands-on objects and crafts and presentations from curators, archivists and educators. Cost is $10 per person; members are free.

3rd in The Burg
March 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.

Art Auction
March 15: Join Harrisburg Habitat for Humanity for the 14th Annual Art Auction at the Hershey Country Club, 1000 E. Derry Rd., 6 p.m. Reception includes two free drinks, heavy hors d’oeuvres, Troegs beer tasting, Dead Lightning Distillery spirits tasting, silent auction and a dessert buffet.

Bike Summit
March 16: Bicycle South Central PA’s Regional Bike Summit will be held at Dickinson College, 28 N. College St., Carlisle, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The focus is on successful programs designed to serve the disadvantaged and those that attract young riders.

Job Fair
March 17: Spend the day at the annual One Stop Shop Job and Resources Fair at the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit a variety of vendor tables to get connected with employment opportunities, resources and programs. Free admission.

New Member Social
March 19: Join Harrisburg Young Professionals for its new member social at 6 p.m. at Café 1500, 1500 N. 6th St., Harrisburg. This event is for new and prospective members who would like to learn more about HYP. RSVP to attend.

Food Safety
March 19 and 26: Penn State Extension will hold a two-day ServSafe Food Safety Manager Course at the Penn State Extension, Perry County office, 8 S. Carlisle St., New Bloomfield, to help food establishments meet an upcoming requirement that people working in food service be certified food protection managers.

Curiosity Kids
March 21: Kids ages 3 to 6 and their families are invited to “Feed the Birds” at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, 11:30 a.m., during its monthly Curiosity Kids program. Learn about birds and make your own bird feeder to hang in your yard.

Women of Excellence 
March 21: YWCA Greater Harrisburg will host the 30th annual “Tribute to Women of Excellence” awards dinner at the Hershey Lodge, 325 University Dr., Hershey, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The tribute will honor 29 outstanding women who dedicate time and talent to making a difference in central Pennsylvania. Cost is $100 per seat.

March 21: Harrisburg Young Professionals will host Rubina Azizdin, director of STEP UP Network at Harrisburg University, at its March professional development workshop on networking, at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, 326 Market St., 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Chili Cook-Off
March 22: Cracked Pot Coffee Shop hosts a chili cook-off fundraiser at Daybreak Church, 321 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Kids programs will be held, and there will be an update on the shop’s mission and ministry needs for youth aging out of foster care.

Seed Swap
March 23: Winters Heritage House Museum, 47 E. High St., Elizabethtown, hosts its third annual Heirloom Seed Swap, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Vegetable, herb and flower seeds, collected from the museum’s 2018 garden, will be on hand for this community-sharing event. Bring seeds to swap or make a donation to select seeds.

St. Patrick’s Parade
March 23: Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District will host this year’s parade, which steps off at 2 p.m. and features pipe and drum bands, marching bands, Irish dance groups and more. The “Lucky Charm” 5K/10K precedes the parade and begins at noon.

Bal Masque
March 23: The Art Association of Harrisburg will host a “Saints and Sinners” Bal Basque, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Hershey Country Club, 1000 East Derry Road, with proceeds supporting Art Association exhibits, education and programming. Sponsors can attend a special reception with Graham and Esmeralda Hetrick.

Books on Tap
March 28: Dauphin County Library System hosts “Books on Tap” book club at J.B. Lovedrafts, 225 N. 2nd Street, 5 to 6 p.m. Dive into new genres and forms while getting to know other readers in a social setting. The club will discuss Lisa Jewell’s “Then She Was Gone.”

National Defense
March 28: David Ochmanek, former U.S. Defense Department official and now a researcher with the RAND Corp., will discuss current national defense strategy at the Foreign Policy Association of Harrisburg’s monthly meeting. The free event will be held at the West Shore Country Club, Camp Hill, 7:30 p.m.  A dinner precedes the talk.

Spring Fling
March 30:  Stroll through over 20 shops in downtown Camp Hill offering refreshments, specials and activities, to renew and refresh everything from home to health, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit Downtown Camp Hill on Facebook for more information.

Employment Fair
March 30: Dauphin County hosts its employment, internship and resource fair at Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. More than 60 employers, colleges, training programs, government agencies and organizations will be on hand to talk to job, internship and volunteer opportunity seekers.

Ducks and Geese
March 31: Ned Smith Center, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, will host its annual “Ducks and Geese of the Susquehanna River,” 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn about waterfowl and seasonal migration patterns with Scott Bills, retired land management group supervisor at the PA Game Commission.


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