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Community Corner: Notable May Events

May Community Corner

Art & Beer Crawl
May 1: Grab your friends and head to the Millworks, 340 Verbeke St., Harrisburg, for an evening of sampling beer, food and art, 6 to 9 p.m. Sample six different beers, try some hors d’oeuvres, make art with five Millworks artists.

Mid-Day Getaway
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29: Unwind over your 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.

Bike Month
May 1-31: For Bike Month, Bike Harrisburg has some great events planned, including Learn to Bike opportunities and Bike to Work Week contests. There are also family rides, tours of the Harrisburg area, the Spoke’n Gear Expo, the Seersucker and Lace Ride, social gatherings and more.

Go Red for Women
May 2: Join the American Heart Association at its 2019 Capital Region Go Red for Women Luncheon at West Shore Country Club, 100 Brentwater Rd., Camp Hill, 4 to 7 p.m. Hear educational and inspirational speakers, enjoy a heart-healthy meal, shop the silent auction and more.

Pilates Day
May 4: Absolute Pilates invites the public to free outdoor community mat classes at its two Mechanicsburg locations to celebrate Pilates Day, an international community event to foster appreciation and awareness of the Pilates method.

Run for Pets 2018
May 4: Get moving for a good cause at the Humane Society of Harrisburg’s 23rd annual 5K Run/Walk for the Animals at Wildwood Park, Harrisburg, with proceeds benefitting homeless pets. Registration begins at 8 a.m.; the event is at 10 a.m.

Cherry Blossom Fest
May 4: The 30th Annual Millersburg Cherry Blossom Festival will be held on the square in Millersburg, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy family activities, live music and entertainment.

Community Day
May 4: Head to New Cumberland Community Day, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Artists, food vendors and beverage trucks and area businesses will fill downtown streets with fun, food and festivities.

Flowers for Mom
May 4: Kids can create a colorful 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.

Ready Set Explore!
May 4: Join WITF at the next “Ready, Set, Explore,” 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., Harrisburg. Enjoy educational activities and play together as a family at this free event for kids 3 to 8. RSVP at

Native Plant Sale
May 4: Manada Conservancy hosts its 19th annual Native Plant Sale at Boro (Schaffner) Park, Hummelstown, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with native plant vendors, art vendors, live music and refreshments. Proceeds benefit Manada Conservancy’s mission of local land preservation and education.

HBG Flea
May 4: Explore the HBG Flea, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg. Shop for local art, handmade gifts and vintage wares from local artists and curators.

Colonial Festival
May 4: Friends of Fort Halifax Park presents the 16th Annual Colonial Festival celebrating the establishment of Fort Halifax 263 years ago, at Fort Halifax Park, 570 N. River Rd., Halifax The festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Makeup Tips
May 4: Learn makeup tips from international celebrity makeup artist Bebe J at The Learn & Sip Makeup Tips master class at La Cultura, 214 Verbeke St., Harrisburg, 4 p.m. Sip complimentary champagne while learning proper application.

Trail Hall of Famers
May 4: The late M. Jean Van Gilder Cashin, the late Paul M. Fink, Donald T. King, and the late Robert D. Proudman will be honored at the Appalachian Trail Hall of Fame Banquet at the Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle. Reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Cost is $50, $40 for members.

Trail Festival
May 5: Appalachian Trail Museum, 1100 Pine Grove Rd., Pine Grove Furnace State Park, Gardners, hosts a free Hall of Fame Festival, with five new exhibits dedicated, beginning at 10 a.m. Stay for a picnic lunch, tour the exhibits, chat with speakers, enjoy live music and participate in an open mic.

Hair Culture
May 5: ARTCAN and La Cultura collaborative present “Don’t Touch my Hair” event at 214 Verbeke St., Harrisburg, where attendees can learn and celebrate hair culture, at 1 p.m. Hear from hair experts and specialists, shop locally made products, enjoy live art and more.

Plant & Bake Sale
May 11: 10th 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 Facebook page: The Great American Plant and Bake Sale.

Hunger Run 2018
May 11: Support the Hummelstown Food Pantry at the 5th Annual 5K Hummelstown Hunger Run, beginning with registration at 8:30 a.m. in Schaffner Park. Race kicks off at 10 a.m.

Hershey Artfest
May 11: Enjoy an artistic day with the whole family at Hershey Artfest at The Cocoa Beanery, 1215 Research Blvd., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features a large, juried art display, flowers, entertainment, food, local beer and wine and kids’ activities.

Multicultural Fest
May 11: Tri County Community Action hosts the 17th Annual South Allison Hill Multicultural Festival on Derry Street, 12 to 4 p.m. Guests can enjoy local talent, kids’ activities and food vendors and local organizations.

Home Tour
May 11: Experience the best of historic downtown Harrisburg during Harrisburg Young Professional’s 21st Annual Home Tour, 2 to 6 p.m. A SoMa Block Party with Sara Bozich will follow, 5 to 9 p.m. Registration runs 1 to 2 p.m. at Strawberry Square, 320 Market St., Harrisburg.

Mother’s Day Brunch
May 12: Harrisburg Consistory Scottish Rite hosts its annual Mother’s Day Brunch Buffet in two seatings, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., at Harrisburg Arts Alive—The Theatre at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 2701 N. 3rd St. Adult price is $27.95 and child admission (ages 3 to 12) is $12.95.

Decisions 2019
May 13: World Affairs Council of Harrisburg will host the last session of “Great Decisions,” a program organized by the Foreign Policy Association, at Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, 1 to 2:30 p.m. Cost is $10.

Food Preservation
May 16: Penn State Extension in Cumberland County hosts “Home Food Preservation: Freezing & Drying Foods,” 1 to 3 p.m., at Cumberland County Service Center, 310 Allen Rd., Carlisle. Learn methods of freezing and drying fruits, vegetables, herbs and meats. Fee is $15.

Japan and East Asia
May 16:  Frederick Dickinson, professor of Japanese history, will discuss Japan and East Asia at a gathering of the Foreign Policy Association of Harrisburg at West Shore Country Club, Camp Hill, 7:30 p.m. A dinner precedes the free talk.

3rd in The Burg
May 17: 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.

We Rise Concerts
May 17-19: Central Pennsylvania Womyn’s Chorus and Pennsylvania Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Network offer a series of spring concerts, “We Rise Again,” presenting the voices of those finding refuge and building a better life in America. Concert dates and locations are found online.

Plant Fest
May 18: Join Penn State Extension Cumberland County Master Gardeners at its 15th 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.

Library ComiCon
May 18: Joseph T. Simpson Public Library hosts its fifth annual ComiCon at the First Church of God Community Center, 201 E. Green St., Mechanicsburg, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Guests can take part in a cosplay contest, geeky trivia, DD gameplay, Magic the Gathering tournament, photo booth and more.

Run with Heart
May 19: Join the American Heart Association for the first Capital Region Run with Heart 5K/10K at Milton Hershey School, 635 Brook Dr., Hershey, 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., run starts at 9 a.m.

Apollo Awards
May 19: 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 given to further students’ education and encourage involvement in the performing arts.

New Member Social
May 21: Join Harrisburg Young Professionals for its new member social, 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.

Business Women’s Forum
May 22: Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, 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.

Annual Meeting
May 22: Neighborhood Dispute Settlement (NDS) hosts it annual meeting at Historic Harrisburg Association, 1230 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, 5:30 to 7 p.m. NDS will recognize several community partners, and guests can enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and a wine bar.

Plant Sale
May 25: Perry County Master Gardeners will host its 11th annual plant sale at the Perry County Extension office, 8 S. 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.

May 25-27: Celebrate the 52nd annual Artsfest in Riverfront Park. The free event features juried artists and crafts people in a variety of mediums, live music, Kidsfest and FilmFest.

Walk of Solidarity
May 27: Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland & Perry Counties (DVSCP) asks men of all ages to join during the Camp Hill 100th Memorial Day Parade for a “Walk of Solidarity,” offering positive, proactive solutions by engaging men as allies to end violence against women, 8 to 11 a.m.

Built in the Burg
May 29: Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP), St@rtup and TheBurg host Gary Huether Jr. of Arooga’s in “How It’s Built in the Burg,” at St@rtup, 922 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Hear about Gary’s triumphs, failures and insight in starting a company. Tickets are $15, free for HYP members.

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