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Community Corner: Notable May Events

May Community Corner

Health Forum
May 1: UPMC Pinnacle, Hamilton Health Center and Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute will conduct a community health needs assessment to identify health issues and concerns of area residents. The community is invited to a forum at Hamilton Health Center, 110 S. 17th St., Harrisburg, 12 to 2:30 p.m. Visit for details.

100-Year Celebration
May 3: Brightwood Career Institute, 5650 Derry St., Harrisburg, will host a 100th Anniversary Celebration, 3 to 7 p.m. Guests can enjoy a tailgate-style meal with music, kids’ activities, giveaways and more. The celebration is free and open to the public, but guests are encouraged to call 717-564-4112 to RSVP. Visit

Cinco de Mayo Mixer
May 3: West Shore Chamber of Commerce will hold its 10th annual Cinco de Mayo Regional Mixer at the Volvo CE, 304 Volvo Way, Shippensburg, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Enjoy food, drinks, networking and free admission. Visit

Book Sale
May 3-5: Friends of Newport Public Library will host a used book sale downstairs at the library, 316 N. 4th St., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friends member preview night is May 2, 6 to 8 p.m. Thousands of used books, CDs, DVDs and more will be for sale, most for $1 or less. Proceeds support the library. Visit

Trail Hall of Famers
May 4: William Kemsley, Jr., the late Elizabeth Levers, the late George Masa and Robert Peoples will be honored at the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet at the Allenberry Resort in Boiling Springs. Reception begins at 6 p.m.; dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Visit

Spring Festival
May 4-6: The Rites of Spring Festival in Gettysburg will feature 11 bands over three days during the first weekend in May. The festival features progressive acts from around the world. Visit for more.

Run for Pets
May 5: Run for a good cause at the 21st annual 5K Run/Walk for the Animals, with proceeds benefitting homeless pets, at the Humane Society of Harrisburg. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the event is at 10 a.m. at Wildwood Park, Harrisburg. For more information visit

Spring HBG Flea
May 5: 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 details. 

Flowers for Mom
May 5: Kids can create a flowering container for mom with Cumberland County Master Gardeners at the Cumberland County Penn State Extension office, 310 Allen Rd., Carlisle, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Cost is $10, including a container and plants. Visit

Derby Day
May 5: Break out the seersuckers and floppy hats for Jump Street’s 17th annual Derby Day, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. The annual fundraiser will be held this year at a private residence just outside of Harrisburg. For more, visit or the Facebook page.

Frog Walk
May 5: Take a walk in the twilight on the boardwalks at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Fee is $5 per person; pre-registration is required. Visit 

Symphony Gala
May 6: The Central PA Symphony will host its annual fundraising gala at Lebanon Country Club, 3375 Oak St., Lebanon, 6 to 9 p.m. Enjoy a light buffet and dessert bar, followed by live music by Colebrook Road. Visit for details.

Bike Harrisburg
May 6-27: For National Bike Month, Bike Harrisburg will host a series of events, including a Capitol Rally (May 14), Friday Night Social Ride (May 18) and the Seersucker & Lace Ride (May 20). For a complete schedule, visit

Health Screenings
May 7: PinnacleHealth will hold free blood pressure screenings at the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Visit for details.

PA Railway Photos
May 8: National Railway Historical Society Harrisburg Chapter will host “Time Line With Tunes: The Illinois Terminal Railroad” and a tribute to the photography of the late Jim Boyd. Business meeting begins at 7 p.m. at Hoss’s Restaurant, 743 Wertzville Rd., Enola, with a meal as early as 5 p.m. Call 717-439-9744 or email

Bike to School
May 9: Derry Township’s police department and school district will host National Bike to School Day. Hershey Bears mascot Coco will cheer on children at the Memorial Field parking lot, 8:15 to 8:45 a.m. Recycle Bicycle and InGear Cycling & Fitness will offer bike safety checks. Visit for more details.

Happy Hour
May 10: YWCA Harrisburg Junior Board hosts its annual “Spring into Summer” happy hour at Capital Gastropub, 310 N. 2nd St., 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include a drink voucher and appetizers. Enjoy live music and a silent auction at the event that benefits the YWCA’s Camp Reily, an outdoor summer day camp for kids. Visit

Pilates Day
May 12: Absolute Pilates invites the public to a free community mat class at its Mechanicsburg and Harrisburg locations to celebrate Pilates Day, an annual, international community event to foster the public’s appreciation and awareness of the Pilates Method through a network of grassroots events. Visit for locations and times.

Plant & Bake Sale
May 12: The 9th annual Great American Plant and Bake sale will be held, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 3407 N. 2nd St, Harrisburg, to benefit Castaway Critters. Visit The Great American Plant and Bake Sale Facebook page for details.

Hunger Run
May 12: Support the Hummelstown Food Pantry at the 4th Annual 5K Hummelstown Hunger Run, beginning at 10 a.m. in Schaffner Park. Bring a non-perishable food item and be entered to win one of many gift certificates. Visit

Volunteer Work Day
May 12: 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. To reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle. Refreshments will be available. Visit

Kids Club Event
May 12: Take the family to Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., to watch Dauphin County Technical School’s Robotics Team perform a demonstration of robots built by a team of students and to learn how to build robots. 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

Spring Gala
May 12: The Circle School, 727 Wilhelm Rd., Harrisburg, invites the public to its annual Spring Gala, 12 to 4:30 p.m. The free event includes student entertainment, refreshments, a silent auction and basket raffle. Visit

Two Koreas
May 17: Foreign Policy Association of Harrisburg hosts James F. Person, professor of Korean studies at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, who will speak about North and South Korea and the nuclear arms crisis at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, Camp Hill, 7 p.m. A dinner precedes the talk. Visit

3rd in The Burg
May 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. Check out all the action at

Golf Charity
May 19: The Caring Cupboard will hold its 12th annual charity golf outing at Deer Valley Golf Course, Hummelstown, for the Palmyra-based food pantry, beginning at 8 a.m. Tickets cost $75 and include breakfast, lunch, drinks, snacks and prizes. Tiered sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses. Get more details at

Plant Fest
May 19: Join Penn State Extension Cumberland County Master Gardeners at its 14th annual Plant Fest at the Cumberland County Service Center, 310 Allen Rd., Carlisle, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shop for native plants from area growers and plants from Master Gardeners’ gardens. For more information, visit

Library ComiCon
May 19: Joseph T. Simpson Public Library will host its fourth annual ComiCon, with video games, Dungeons & Dragons, live action role play and more, at the First Church of God Community Center, 201 E. Green St., Mechanicsburg, 10 a.m. Prizes are given to winners of Geek Trivia, Cosplay contest and SuperSmash Bros. tournament. Visit

Home Tour
May 19: Experience the best of Historic Midtown during HYP’s 20th annual home tour, 12 to 5 p.m. The tour will feature historic homes and lovely gardens in the Harrisburg neighborhood. Tickets are $35 after May 1. Head to WebpageFX, 1705 N. Front St., for the after-party, 4 to 7 p.m. Visit for more event details.

Yoga & Spirits
May 20: Join Midstate Distillery, 1817 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, at 10:30 a.m. for yoga with Sangha Yoga PA, followed by cocktails and snacks. Each ticket includes a guided, one-hour Vinyasa yoga class, complimentary cocktail and light brunch. Tickets are $20 before May 10, $25 after. Visit

Taste of Jazz
May 20: Enjoy a great mix of world music and cuisine at the 4th Annual Taste of Jazz, which takes place 2 to 5 p.m. at Whitaker Center, 222 Market St., Harrisburg. The multicultural event will feature the jazz ensemble Pieces of a Dream, along with a musical revue by the choral group, CAMA on Broadway, all to benefit the ministries of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Harrisburg. For information, call 717-461-2036 and purchase tickets at

Apollo Awards
May 20: Hershey Theatre, 15 E. Caracas Way, recognizes local students and high schools for outstanding achievement in musical and play productions at the Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards, 7 p.m. Monetary awards are given to further students’ education and encourage continued involvement in the performing arts. Visit

Caring Concert
May 20: The Caring Cupboard and Voices of the Valley will host a concert with Palmyra Church of the Brethren, St. Mark Lutheran Church, Palmyra First United Methodist Church and Church of the Holy Spirit choirs at Lebanon Valley College, 7 p.m. A goodwill offering and food drive will benefit The Caring Cupboard. Visit

Business Women’s Forum
May 23: The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, the Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce and West Shore Chamber of Commerce will host the Business Women’s Forum at Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference is designed to create opportunities for women to network and build leadership skills. Visit

Plant Sale
May 26: Perry County Master Gardeners will host its 10th annual plant sale at the Perry County Extension office, 8 South Carlisle St., New Bloomfield, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Shop for a variety of plants, including herbs, vegetables, pollinator-friendly plants and native perennials. Visit for details.

May 26-28: Celebrate the 51th annual Artsfest in Riverfront Park. The free event features more than 250 juried artists and crafts people in a variety of mediums. The festival also features live music, Kidsfest and FilmFest. Visit

Walk of Solidarity
May 28: Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties (DVSCP) asks men of all ages to join the agency during the Camp Hill 99th Memorial Day Parade for a Walk of Solidarity, offering positive, proactive solutions by engaging men as allies to end violence against women. Visit for details.

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