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Community Corner: Notable October Events

October Community Corner

Archaeology at Fort Hunter
Oct. 1-5: The State Museum of Pennsylvania Section of Archaeology will conduct its annual excavation at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg. The public is welcome to visit. Archaeologists will be on site weekdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit

Fall Story Times
Oct. 1-26: 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 kindergarten students. Visit

Food Preservation
Oct. 4: Penn State Extension in Cumberland County hosts “Home Food Preservation: Tomatoes & Salsa,” 1 to 3 p.m., at Cumberland County Service Center, 310 Allen Rd., Carlisle. This workshop will explain the scientific reasoning behind today’s recommended methods for making and processing tomatoes and salsa. Registration is $15. Visit

Open House
Oct. 4: The Circle School of Harrisburg will hold an open house so students and parents can learn about self-directed, democratic education. The event runs 6 to 8 p.m. at the school, located at 727 Wilhelm Rd., Susquehanna Township. To register, visit or call 717-564-6700.

Business & Industry Night
Oct. 4: West Shore Chamber of Commerce hosts its 68th 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 noon on Oct. 2. Visit

Oct. 5: Join Harrisburg Young Professionals at Whitaker Center, 222 Market St., Harrisburg, for “Brewology Happy Hour, the Social Science Experiment,” 5 to 7:30 p.m. Explore the science behind beer and enjoy light appetizers and beer samples from local breweries. Tickets are $12. Visit

Coin Show
Oct. 6: The Harrisburg Coin Club will host the 56th Annual Coin Show at Robert H. Hoke American Legion Post 272, 505 N. Mountain Rd., Harrisburg, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Collectors can get a look at rare money, medals, tokens and more. Admission and parking are free. Visit

HBG Flea
Oct. 6: 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. For more details and a lineup of artists and makers, visit

Symphony Party
Oct. 6: Join the Harrisburg Symphony Society for “Paint the Town: Opening Night,” in the atrium at Strawberry Square, 320 Market St., Harrisburg, to celebrate HSO’s 89th season opening, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person and include hors d’oeuvres, wine and live music. Email or call 717-763-4616.

FAB 2018
Oct. 6: LGBT Center of Central PA is “Bringing Back the Glitz” to Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square, 25 S. Queen St., Lancaster, at FAB 2018, 6 to 10 p.m. Celebrate the accomplishments of the past year, honor those who have made an impact, connect with old and new friends and support the LGBT Center. Visit

Teen Read Week
Oct. 7-13: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, for a celebration of teens and teen literature with this year’s “Teen Read Week—It’s Written in the Stars.” Visit the library for a teen book giveaway contest, daily trivia contests and sneak peaks at what’s coming. No Registration necessary. For teens ages 12-18. Visit

Ned Smith Celebration
Oct. 9: Head to Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, 6 to 8 p.m., on what would be the artist’s 99th birthday, to celebrate his life and legacy. Hear stories from people who knew him and watch the recent WITF-produced documentary. Visit

Fall Meet Week
Oct. 10-13: 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 the flea market. On Oct. 10, attend the annual “Night at the Museum” dinner and reception, 5 to 9 p.m. Details are at

Chamber Luncheon
Oct. 11: 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 network with members. Visit

Book Festival
Oct. 11-14:Midtown Scholar Bookstore, 1302 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, hosts the sixth annual 2018 Harrisburg Book Festival. With more than 12 visiting authors, the festival will showcase a diverse, award-winning lineup with panel discussions, keynote presentations, book signings, blind-date-with-a-book, story times, arts and crafts and more. Visit

Foreign Film
Oct. 12, 26: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, for “A Fantastic Woman,” a film from Chile, on Oct. 12, and “Jasper Jones,” a film from Australia, on Oct. 26. Showings are at 2 and 7 p.m. For descriptions, visit

Volunteer Work Day 
Oct. 13: 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 available. Learn more at

Family Fun Day
Oct. 13: Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, hosts a Fall Family Fun Day, 12 to 4 p.m. Kids can enjoy crafts and activities that teach how animals prepare for winter. Take a ZooAmerica wagon ride and attend a dedication of the Nature’s Discovery play area. Details are at

Oct. 13-20: 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 lineup of events.

TEDx Harrisburg
Oct. 14: The third annual TEDx Harrisburg will be held at the House of Music, Arts & Culture (HMAC), 1110 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, 1 to 4 p.m. Take in a day of dialogue centered on the theme “Innovators,” featuring a diverse lineup of speakers presenting a wide range of topics. Visit

New Member Social
Oct. 16: 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. Visit

National Fossil Day
Oct. 17: Enjoy National Fossil Day with “Giants of the Late Cretaceous” in the Paleontology Gallery at The State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, with general admission, 12:15 p.m. National Fossil Day is hosted by the National Park Service and the American Geosciences Institute. Visit

Business After Hours
Oct. 18: Mingle with business professionals at Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC’s free networking event at PSECU, 1500 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, 5 to 7 p.m. Check out the details at

Happy Campers
Oct. 18: Appalachian Audubon Society will host summer camp scholarship winners in a presentation to share their favorite experiences and what they learned, at Christ Presbyterian Church, 421 Deerfield Rd., Camp Hill. Refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m., and the program starts at 7 p.m. Visit

3rd in The Burg
Oct. 19: 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. Find out what’s happening at

Anniversary Party
Oct. 20: St. Barnabas Center for Ministry celebrates 25 years of serving Harrisburg-area children in its summer camp at its anniversary party, 1 to 4 p.m., at the Goodwin Life Center, 2430 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg. Enjoy a program of song, dance and poetic storytelling presented by children and community leaders, followed by refreshments. Visit

Kids Yoga
Oct. 20: Join Yoga at Simply Well, 28 S. Pitt St., Carlisle, for a night out with a creative and engaging approach to kids’ yoga, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Celebrate fall with relaxing yoga and activities, breathing exercises, cooperative games, art activity, snacks, guided relaxation and more. Cost is $20 per child; $15 for each additional child. Pre-registration is required. Visit

Trunk or Treat
Oct. 20-21: The AACA Museum, 161 Museum Dr., Hershey, will host “Trunk or Treat,” 12 to 3 p.m. Kids can decorate their own goodie bags and hunt for Hershey treats at various spots in the museum. Watch Halloween-themed videos in the indoor drive-in theater and see a hearse vehicle display. Admission is $9.50. Visit

Halloween Party
Oct. 21: Adults and children are invited to “Night of the Great Pumpkin” at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, 12:30 to 3 p.m. Try your hand at holiday games, make a craft, grab a snack, and participate in the Cupcake Walk and Costume Parade. Tickets are $5 and parking is free for the day. Visit

Fall Storytime
Oct. 24: Kids ages 2 to 5 are invited to Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, for a fun story session with a Dauphin County Library System librarian and Wildwood Environmental Educator, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Stories, songs, rhymes, play and a take-home craft will introduce children to the joy of books and language. Register at

Curiosity Kids
Oct. 25: Young visitors, ages 3 to 6, and families can enjoy “Curiosity Kids—Dinosaurs!” at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, 11:30 a.m. The event will feature hands-on experiments in science and art. Visit

U.S-Mexico Relations
Oct. 25: The Foreign Policy Association hosts a free talk at the West Shore Country Club, 100 Brentwater Rd., Camp Hill, with Alicia Kerber, head of the Mexican Consulate in Philadelphia, about current relations between Mexico and the United States, 7:30 p.m. A dinner precedes the talk. Learn more at

Nature at Night
Oct. 27: Take an after-hours walk in the Olewine Nature Center at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg. 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. Cost is $5. Details are at

Rocky Horror
Oct. 27: Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg, will show “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” at 8 and 10:30 p.m. Tickets include a prop bag. Head to Zeroday Brewing Co., 250 Reily St., for a pregame party starting at 6 p.m. Compete in a costume contest and enjoy a special beer infusion and cocktails. Visit and

Halloween Fundraiser
Oct. 27: Harrisburg Gay Men’s Chorus presents its annual Halloween POP fundraising cabaret dance party at Lounge 704, 704 N. 3rd St, Harrisburg, 8 to 11 p.m., featuring local drag personalities. Wear a costume to enter to win a cash prize. Admission is $10. Visit

Oct. 28: Celebrate pets at “Howl-O’Ween: Pets at Fort Hunter,” 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 12 to 4 p.m. The event includes small dog races, pet and owner costume parade, photo ops, kids’ activities, product vendors, a Humane Society appearance, and hot dogs and beverages for sale. Get more details at

Spooky STEM
Oct. 29, 30: Children ages 6 to 10 are invited to the Kunkel Creation Station at Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, to celebrate the seasons by participating in Halloween and fall-themed STEM activities, 5 to 6 p.m. Registration begins on Oct. 8. Visit

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