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Community Corner: Notable October Events

October Community Corner

Concert & Cooking
Oct. 1: Bethel AME Church, 1721 N. 5th St., Harrisburg, will host the 2nd annual “Men of Gospel Concert & Brothers That Cook” at 4 p.m. Men from Harrisburg area churches will sing in a gospel concert and treat the audience to a meal. Tickets are $15. Call 717-234-6505.

Archaeology at Fort Hunter
Oct. 2-6: The State Museum’s Section of Archaeology will finish its annual excavation at Fort Hunter, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg. The public is welcome to visit and archaeologists will be on site, weekdays, 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visit

Fall Story Times
Oct. 2-22: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, in the Pollock Children’s Library for young children’s programs that promote literacy and provide a fun library experience. Age groups range from babies to kindergarteners. Visit

The King Years
Oct. 3: The 2017 American Democracy Lecture “King’s Dream for Justice: Then and Now” features Taylor Branch at Messiah College, 1 College Ave., Mechanicsburg, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Branch is an author and historian best known for his narrative history of the civil rights era, “America in the King Years.” Visit

WWI Talk
Oct. 3 & 10: Join John Maietta at Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, as he honors the centennial of American troops mobilizing to join the Allied cause in World War I. This program covers the causes of the war, its course on the battlefields of Europe and its impact on ordinary people. Each program begins at 7 p.m. Visit

Fall Meet Week
Oct. 4-7: High-performance cars are in focus during the Eastern Regional Fall Meet, Hershey’s annual antique car show and festival. View period automobiles, see racecar demonstrations and visit a daily flea market. On Oct. 4, attend the annual “Night at the Museum” dinner and reception, 6 to 9 p.m. Visit for more details.

Business and Industry Night
Oct. 5: West Shore Chamber of Commerce hosts its 67th annual Business and Industry Night, 2 to 6 p.m., at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, Camp Hill, showcasing members’ products and services. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, prizes, giveaways and networking. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 after 12 p.m. on Oct. 3. Visit

Mediterranean Diet
Oct. 5-26: “Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to PA” will be held on Thursdays, 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the Penn State Extension office, 310 Allen Rd., Carlisle, with tastings of olive oils, greens, cheeses and PA products, and cooking and health presentations on implementing a Mediterranean lifestyle with fresh, local foods. Visit

HBG Flea
Oct. 7: 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.

Day of Service
Oct. 9: Join Friends of Midtown for its Columbus Day of Service with two projects: building and decorating its Halloween Haunted House and doing a litter cleanup and flower barrel preparation. Volunteers meet at 8:30 a.m. at Historic Harrisburg Association, 1419 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. Visit

Streetcar Talk
Oct. 10: Chris McNally will present an illustrated talk on “Baltimore Streetcar Museum, History and Achievements” to the Harrisburg Chapter, National Railway Historical Society, at Hoss’s Restaurant, 743 Wertzville Rd., Enola. Business meeting and speaker begin at 7 p.m., with dinner served as early as 5 p.m. Call 717-439-9744 or email

National Fossil Day
Oct. 11: Join The State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, to celebrate National Fossil Day in the Paleontology Gallery, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This year’s theme is “Who’s that Lurking in the Paleozoic?” To learn more, visit

Art and Brew Crawl
Oct. 11: Explore artwork on three floors of The Millworks, 340 Verbeke St., Harrisburg, 6 to 9 p.m., and meet Millworks artists pouring beer and demonstrating their crafts. Sample Millworks Brewery beers, meet the executive chef and leave with spice samples and artist-made items. Tickets are $30. Visit

Night of the Great Pumpkin
Oct. 13: Celebrate Halloween at the State Museum of Pennsylvania with educational activities, crafts, games and more, 6 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $4 per child (with treat bag) and $3 per adult. Receive a discount on tickets before 4 p.m. on Oct. 11. Museum members are free, but should pre-register. Feel free to dress in costume. Visit

Zombie Bash
Oct. 13: River City Blues Club & Dart Room, 819 S. Cameron St., Harrisburg, hosts “Outbreak: The Blacklight Zombie Bash” costume glow party with live music by Clark’s Secret Identity and Nefarious Godz, live painting, face painting and projections. Doors open at 8 p.m., show starts at 9 p.m. Tickets are $7 in advance, $10 at the door. Visit for details.

Theater Photos
Oct. 14: Hershey Theatre offers Public Photo Day in its Grand Lobby, Mosaic Lobby, Swan Lobby, orchestra and loge seating areas, staircases and stage. Cost is $50 per person. Participants need their own photographer. Contact Debbie DiNunzio at 717-508-5958 or to reserve a time slot. Visit

5 Miler
Oct. 14: Harrisburg Young Professionals’ 4th Annual HYP 5 Miler for 5 Charities will kick off at 7:30 a.m. on City Island, 1 Championship Way, Harrisburg, featuring an exciting course through the city of Harrisburg and ending back on City Island. In addition to the 5 Miler, there is a 5K walk option and the kids fun run. For details, visit

Volunteer Work Day 
Oct. 14: 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. Visit

Pumpkin Painting
Oct. 14: Join Friends of Midtown for a free pumpkin painting event for kids at the Broad Street Market, 1233 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pumpkins and paint supplies will be provided. Visit

Family Fun Day
Oct. 14: Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, hosts a Fall Family Fun Day, 12 to 4 p.m. This annual event increases awareness of the natural world with a live animal presentation, visits to the pumpkin patch, fall crafts and pumpkin bowling. Details are at

CPR Training
Oct. 14: The Peyton Walker Foundation will host free CPR/AED training for anyone over age 16 at Post Acute Medical, 1828 Good Hope Rd., Enola. To register, contact or call 717-580-7697.

Music Fest
Oct. 14: Harrisburg University hosts Music Fest 2017 between 3rd and 4th on Market Street, Harrisburg, 4 to 11 p.m., with a lineup of local and national bands, a glow party and a variety of Harrisburg food trucks and breweries. Guests must be 21 and older to purchase alcohol. Visit the Facebook page, HU Music Fest, to learn more.

Oct. 14-21: UPNEXT Fest is eight days of celebrating Central PA tech companies and the organizations and meetups that support them. Attend morning coffees, conferences, meetups, happy hours and more. Visit for a full lineup of events.

TEDx Harrisburg
Oct. 15: The second annual TEDx Harrisburg will be held at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, 1110 N. 3rd St., 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Take in a day of dialogue centered on the theme “Evolve,” featuring a diverse lineup of 12 speakers presenting a wide range of topics. Visit for details.

Heart Walk
Oct. 15: Take steps to be healthy by supporting the 2017 Capital Region Heart Walk, sponsored by VibraLife and Vibra HealthCare, on City Island, Harrisburg, 2 to 5 p.m. Registration begins at 2 p.m. with the walk stepping off at 3 p.m. For more information, visit

Fall Social
Oct. 17: Mingle with neighbors, meet the Friends of Midtown board and learn about opportunities to get involved in your community at FOM’s Fall Social at Historic Harrisburg Association, 1230 N. 3rd St., 6 to 8 p.m. Wine and snacks will be served. Free and open to the public. Visit

CEO Roundtable
Oct. 20: Harrisburg Young Professionals hosts its CEO Roundtable Series, 7:30 to 9:30 a.m., at Ad Lib Craft Kitchen & Bar, Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. 2nd St. Sue Pera, owner of Cornerstone Coffeehouse, will speak about her professional journey and provide insight to young professionals. For details, visit

3rd in The Burg
Oct. 20: 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

Child Seat Check
Oct. 20-21: Have your child’s car seat installed properly or adjusted on Oct. 20 at AAA in Camp Hill and Oct. 21 at AAA in Lebanon, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The child does not have to be present. This event is free for everyone, not just AAA members. For more information visit

Local Lunch
Oct. 21: Join Friends of Midtown at its monthly community lunch, held this month at Dalicia Bakery, 1419 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, 12 to 2 p.m. Contact or visit for more details.

Buddhist Workshop
Oct. 21: Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center, 251 Wiconisco St., Harrisburg, will host “Creating a Beautiful World: A Buddhist Practice of Making Offerings,” 1 to 4 p.m. This $25 course will be taught by resident teacher Julie Francisco. Visit

Halloween Concert
Oct. 21: Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, 1110 N. 3rd St., hosts “Halloween is DEAD!” a tribute concert featuring DEAD as My Chemical Romance, Enema as Blink 182, Madison Ryan & Kids Get Scared as No Doubt, and more. Doors open at 6 p.m.; show runs from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. The event includes a costume contest. Get more details at

Murder Mystery
Oct. 21-22: Join Sundae Best Variety Show for Veiled Threats, an interactive murder mystery. Journey through downtown Harrisburg with a vaudevillian cast of characters to assist Det. Clark Finnegan in interrogating suspects and searching for hidden clues, 7-10 p.m. $15 tickets available at

Trunk or Treat
Oct. 22: The AACA Museum, 161 Museum Dr., Hershey, will host an afternoon of Halloween fun with a “Trunk or Treat” hunt that includes an inflatable haunted house, a treat bag and holiday craft, 12 to 3 p.m. Admission is $7 and free for children 3 and under. For more event details, visit

Haunted House
Oct. 26: Friends of Midtown will host a haunted house at 1419 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, 6 to 8 p.m., on Harrisburg trick-or-treat night. Free and open to the public. Visit for more details.

Oct. 27: DJs His and Hers Music are hosting a “Halloween Spooktacular” at Zeroday Brewing Co., 250 Reily St., Harrisburg. The costume bash run 8 to 11 p.m. and includes music, specialty drinks, food and costume contests. For more information, visit the Facebook event page.

Grand Re-opening
Oct. 28: Join Absolute Pilates East for its grand reopening at 3940 Linglestown Rd., Harrisburg, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Catch free classes, lectures, vendors, truck shows, deals, prizes and more. There will be special deals and classes during the week leading up to the event. Visit for more information.

Nature at Night
Oct. 28: Take an after-hours walk in the Olewine Nature Center at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, where exhibit hall critters come to life. Tour times are 6, 6:30, 7 and 7:30 p.m. Then, make s’mores around a campfire and sip apple cider. Kids can dress as their favorite animal or in a costume. Bring a trick-or-treat bag. Visit

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