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Community Corner: Notable November Events

November Community Corner

Autos & Ales
Nov. 1: Join the AACA Museum, 161 Museum Dr., Hershey, for the 10th Anniversary of Autos & Ales, with regional breweries, dozens of craft brew beers for sampling, live music, a wing competition, and this year’s featured brewer, Mad Chef, 6 to 10 p.m. Expanded food offerings included with admission.

Organ Concert
Nov. 1: Market Square Church, 20 S. 2nd St., Harrisburg, presents “Organ Spooktacular,” with three of the area’s finest organists performing eerie music, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Community Arts
Nov. 2: Christ Church, United Church of Christ, 200 S. White Oak St., Annville, hosts Community Arts Day, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This free event is a celebration of the arts in the community with live performances, art exhibits, free kids’ art activities and free refreshments.

HBG Flea
Nov. 2: Shop the HBG Flea for local art, vintage treasures and curated curios, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Strawberry Square, Harrisburg.

Election Lunch
Nov. 5: New Cumberland Public Library, 1 Benjamin Plaza, New Cumberland, will offer an Election Day lunch in Foundation Hall, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop in before or after you vote for homemade baked goods and lunch.

Fashion Event
Nov. 5: The 22nd annual Chic PHantastique fashion event will be held at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Rd., Harrisburg, at 10:30 a.m., with proceeds benefitting the UPMC Pinnacle Harrisburg Women and Babies Center. Guests can enjoy a boutique, basket raffles, silent auction and lunch with a runway fashion show with designer Arti Shah.

Mid-Day Getaway
Nov. 6, 13, 20, 27: Unwind over lunch break at the McCormick Riverfront Library, 101 Walnut St., Harrisburg. Bring your lunch to the library, 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., for coloring, card games, board games or low-stress activities.

Curiosity Kids
Nov. 7: Young visitors, ages 3 to 6, and families can enjoy “Curiosity Kids—Build It!” at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, 11:30 a.m. Explore building using everyday items and see if you can solve the building challenges.

Dinner for a Cause
Nov. 7: Vision Resources of Central PA will host the 8th annual “Evening in the Shadows” at The 903, 903 Spring Garden Dr., Middletown, for a multi-course dinner and blindness awareness event, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $80.

Campout Fundraiser
Nov. 8-9: Central Penn College’s Armed Forces Association club will host an all-night campout to highlight the issue of homelessness among military veterans from Friday, Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. to Saturday, Nov. 9 at 9 a.m. The organization will sell T-shirts and will collect donations. All proceeds benefit JFT Recovery & Veterans Support Services in Lemoyne.

Craft Show
Nov. 8-9: Winters Heritage House Museum, 47 E. High St., Elizabethtown, hosts the 29th annual Elizabethtown Heritage Craft Show, Nov. 8, 4 to 8 p.m., and Nov. 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lunch and baked goods will be available. A $2 admission fee or food bank donation is requested. Admission is free after noon on Nov. 9. Museum members and students are free.

Foreign Film
Nov. 8, 22: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, for “The Pool,” a film from India, on Nov. 8, and “The Last Resort,” from the United States, on Nov. 22. Showings are at 2 and 7 p.m.

Volunteer Work Day 
Nov. 9: 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 a water bottle. Refreshments will be available.

Gluten Free Expo
Nov. 9: The 7th annual Central PA Gluten Free Expo will be held at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass, Camp Hill, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with more than 50 local and national vendor booths, educational presentations and demonstrations, door prizes, gluten-free samples and keynote speaker Jules Shepard.

Night Walk
Nov. 9: Soak up the spirit of the night with a guided walk at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 6 to 8 p.m. Begin at the Olewine Pavilion by the nature center with a short program to discover night-time experiments and games. All ages are welcome to attend this flat, easy, one-mile walk. Cost is $5 per child; chaperones are free.

Guitars & Gratitude
Nov. 10: Help Homeland Hospice mark its 10th anniversary with “Guitars, Gifts and Gratitude” featuring musical artist Ben Gallaher at Scottish Rite Theatre, 2701 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Performances start at 2 p.m.

20 in Their 20s
Nov. 14: Join Harrisburg Young Professionals in honoring “20 in Their 20s,” a group of young people who are already doing amazing things. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at Scottish Rite Cathedral, 2701 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. Tickets cover cocktail hour, a buffet meal and the awards ceremony.

Land Preservation
Nov. 14: Join Manada Conservancy at East Hanover Township Building, 8848 Jonestown Rd., Grantville, at 7 p.m. to celebrate a successful land preservation year. The program is free and open to the public.

3rd in The Burg
Nov. 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.

Wildlife Ornaments
Nov. 16: Penn State Master Gardeners in Cumberland County hosts a Wildlife Tree Ornaments Workshop for youth ages 4 to 12, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Cumberland County Extension Office, 310 Allen Rd., Carlisle. Make and take home feeders and natural ornaments to decorate outdoor trees and feed wildlife. Cost is $10 per child, which covers the cost of all supplies.

New Member Social
Nov. 19: Join Harrisburg Young Professionals for its new member social at Café 1500, 1500 N. 6th St., Harrisburg, 6 to 8 p.m. This event is for new and prospective members who would like to learn more about HYP. Please RSVP to attend. A cash bar and full menu will be available.

Nov. 20: West Shore Chamber of Commerce, 4211 Trindle Rd., Camp Hill, will host a member benefits luncheon, 12 to 1:30 p.m. Chamber members and non-members are invited for a complimentary lunch to learn more about the chamber and to network. Reservations are required.

Climate Call
Nov. 20: PennFuture hosts “A Call for Climate Action,” 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Dixon University Center, 2986 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg. Learn about environmental organizations and how to make a difference in your community.

Networking Breakfast
Nov. 21: Messiah College networking breakfast with Rob Parker is slated for 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The event takes place in Martin Commons, One College Ave., Mechanicsburg. Contact 717-796-5252 or

Books on Tap
Nov. 21: Dauphin County Library System hosts Books on Tap at the Sturges Speakeasy, 400 Forster St., Harrisburg, 5 to 6 p.m. The book club meets to dive into new genres and forms while getting to know other readers in a social setting, This month’s book is Beatriz Williams’ “The Golden Hour.”

Business After Hours
Nov. 21: Mingle with business professionals from 5 to 7 p.m. at AACA Museum, 161 Museum Dr., Hershey, for the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC’s free networking event, hosted by Classic Drycleaners and Laundromats.

Middle East Strategy
Nov. 21: The Foreign Policy Association of Harrisburg hosts Michael S. Bell, a retired Army colonel now with the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., in a talk on U.S. strategy for the Middle East at the West Shore Country Club in Camp Hill, 7:30 p.m. The free talk is open to the public. A dinner precedes the talk.

Holiday Marketplace
Nov. 21-22: Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission hosts the Holiday Marketplace in Village Square of the State Museum, 300 North St., Harrisburg, Nov. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Nov. 22, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Shop for unique gifts from a variety of PHMC’s historic sites and museums from throughout PA.

Holiday Parade
Nov. 23: Head downtown for Harrisburg’s annual holiday parade with marching bands, giant parade balloons, floats, dance and step team performances and more, at 12 p.m. There will be food trucks and carnival games, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. An awards ceremony, visits with Santa and complimentary cookies and hot chocolate will be held at Strawberry Square, 3 p.m.

Holiday Bazaar
Nov. 24: Kick-start your seasonal shopping at The Circle School, 727 Wilhelm Rd., Harrisburg, for their annual Holiday Bazaar, 1 to 5 p.m. Members of the school community offer handcrafted and gift-quality items for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the school. Soup, bread and hot beverages will be provided.

Polar Bear Express
Nov. 29-Dec. 14: Ride trolleys and enjoy decorations and lights along the track at Rockhill Trolley Museum, 430 Meadow St., Rockhill Furnace, 6:30 to 9 p.m. Get warm by a campfire and sing carols. Hot chocolate and cookies are included in the fare. Cost is $6 for kids and $8 for adults.

Odd Ones Bizarre
Nov. 30: The Millworks, 340 Verbeke St., Harrisburg, hosts The Odd Ones Holiday Bizarre, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shop for unique, handcrafted items for the holiday season at this annual alternative arts and crafts event.

Festival of Trees
Nov. 30-Dec. 22: View Christmas trees decorated with handmade ornaments and trimmed by local garden clubs at the Fort Hunter Tavern House, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Trees are available for raffle, and a selection of ornaments are for sale.

Toy Train Exhibit
Nov. 30-Dec. 22: Keystone Model Railroad Historical Society returns to Fort Hunter Centennial Barn, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, with a display of HO gauge trains that travel over a large layout representing communities in central PA, Saturdays and Sundays, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

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