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Community Corner: Notable Events in November

Bonsai Exhibit

Nov. 1-6: Explore “Bonsai: Living Art of the Susquehanna Bonsai Club,” at Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Rd, Hershey, in the Hoop House, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The annual exhibit features a variety of uniquely shaped trees, in addition to information on bonsai, what they are and how they are cultivated.

Native History
Nov. 4: Join a naturalist for a walk along the Susquehanna River at Fort Hunter, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, to discover the vast history of the Susquehanna River Valley and the native tribes that lived in the area, 1 to 3 p.m.

Dinner for a Cause
Nov. 4: Vision Resources of Central PA will host the 10th annual “Evening in the Shadows” at The Manor at Mountain View, 2201 Fishing Creek Valley Rd., Harrisburg, for a multi-course dinner and blindness awareness event, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $80.

Curiosity Kids
Nov. 4, 18: Young visitors in grades K-2 and families are invited to “Curiosity Kids” at the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, 11:30 a.m. Kids can learn about lines and how artists use them to create art on Nov. 4, and they can explore pottery, while creating their own pinch pot, on Nov. 18.

Nov. 4, 18: Build new relationships with local business professionals at the West Shore Chamber of Commerce’s November evening networking mixers, 5 to 7 p.m., at Interiors Home, 3415 Simpson Ferry Rd., Camp Hill, on Nov. 4, and M & Z Carpets and Flooring 6029 Carlisle Pike, Mechanicsburg, on Nov. 18. The event is free and open to chamber members.

Autos & Ales
Nov. 5: Join the AACA Museum, 161 Museum Dr., Hershey, for Autos & Ales, with regional breweries, dozens of craft beers for sampling, live music, a catered dinner, and the event’s signature beer brewed by Snitz Creek Brewery, 6 to 10 p.m. Expanded food offerings included with admission.

Ladies’ Night
Nov. 5: Get together with friends for Ladies’ Night Out to have some fun exploring Newport’s downtown businesses and local eateries, while getting some holiday shopping done, 6 to 9 p.m. This year’s theme is “Black and White.” Dress in the theme colors to receive discounts at select locations.

Art Show
Nov. 5, 6, 7: Paxtang Art Association will feature more than 2,000 pieces of original art in a variety of media created by artists of all ages at the Paxtang Firehouse, 3423 Derry St. A free reception will be held on Dec. 5, 6 to 8 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

HBG Flea
Nov. 6: Shop the HBG Flea for local art, vintage treasures and curated curios, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Strawberry Square, 320 Market St., Harrisburg.

Job Expo
Nov. 9-10 & 16-17: The Commonwealth of PA hosts “Government That Works! PA Procurement Expo & Forum” at the PA Farm Show Complex, 2300 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, with speaker Ron Jaworski, exhibits, demonstrations, educational sessions, networking opportunities, a job fair and more.

20 in Their 20s
Nov. 10: Join Harrisburg Young Professionals in honoring “20 in Their 20s,” a group of young people who already are doing amazing things. The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. at Hilton Harrisburg, 1 N. 2nd St., Harrisburg. The celebration will include food and drink stations along with a presentation to honor the nominees.

Volunteer Work Day 
Nov. 11: 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. Assume the workday is cancelled if it’s raining.

Craft Show
Nov. 12-13: Winters Heritage House Museum, 47 E. High St., Elizabethtown, hosts its annual Heritage Craft Show, featuring local artisans selling handmade gifts, jewelry, décor, apparel, foods and more.

World Cinema
Nov. 12, 26: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, for “Smoke Signals,” a film from the United States, on Nov. 12, and “LAMB,” from Ethiopia, on Nov. 26. Showings are at 2 and 7 p.m.

Potato Drop
Nov. 13: Grace United Methodist Church, 309 Herman Avenue, Lemoyne, will host a free potato drop, when volunteers will bag donated potatoes and give them to food banks, pantries, soup kitchens, and other hunger ministry organizations. Families in need of food are encouraged to stop by from 8 to 10 a.m. for free potatoes.

Harrisburg Marathon
Nov. 13-14: Take the long run, make it shorter or just watch during the two-day Enders Insurance Harrisburg Marathon. On Nov. 13, the four-person relay serves as the warm-up for the full marathon on Nov. 14. Both runs take off from City Island, Harrisburg, and feature a course that includes city streets and paths along the Susquehanna River.

Take a Hike

Nov. 17: Grab your hiking boots, family and friends for National Take a Hike Day at Detweiler Park or Fort Hunter Conservancy, 1 to 3 p.m. Take a hike with a naturalist or at your own pace on various terrain exploring the trails and wildlife. All ages are welcome.

3rd in The Burg
Nov. 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.

Holiday Parade
Nov. 20: Enjoy Harrisburg’s annual holiday parade with marching bands, giant parade balloons, dance performances, decorated floats, characters, Santa Claus, and more, at 12 p.m. After the parade, head to Strawberry Square to meet Santa and enjoy hot chocolate and cookies.

Odd Ones Bizarre
Nov. 27: The Millworks, 340 Verbeke St., Harrisburg, hosts its annual 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. 27-Dec. 19: 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 will be up for raffle, and a selection of ornaments will be available for purchase.

Toy Train Exhibit
Nov. 27-Dec. 19: 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.

Light Show
Nov. 27-Jan. 1: Experience the Christmas Spirit Light Show at Clipper Magazine Stadium, 650 N. Prince St., Lancaster, for a festive drive-through light show, with hundreds of thousands of color-changing lights, synchronized to Christmas music.


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