March 1: Centric Bank will host a free first-time homebuyer workshop at Harrisburg Regional Chamber, 3211 N Front St., 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Learn how to purchase a home with little money down, repair your credit, qualify for a loan and more.
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 717-657-7727.
World War II Talk
March 2: Hear the story of Don Greenbaum and Ernie Gross, a World War II soldier and the prisoner he helped free from the Dachau concentration camp, at the monthly meeting of the Central Pennsylvania WWII Roundtable. The free event takes place at 7 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church, 433 E. Main St., Hummelstown. For more information, visit www.centralpaww2roundtable.org.
Community Health Fair
March 2: Holy Spirit—A Geisinger Affiliate will be at Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. offering free services, including blood pressure screenings, bone density scans, cardiovascular risk assessments, nutrition information and sleep assessments. Visit fredricksenlibrary.org or hsh.org.
Blood Pressure Screenings
March 2: PinnacleHealth will offer free blood pressure screenings from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Food Court Pavilion at the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St. Visit shopharrisburgmall.com.
March 3: Enjoy First Friday in Hummelstown, 6 to 9 p.m., with shopping, dining, raffle prizes, music and dancing. First Fridays are free. Organizers encourage attendees to bring donations for Morning Star Pregnancy Services. For more details, call 717-991-5105 or email email@example.com.
March 4: PinnacleHealth will host the Colorectal Cancer Awareness Fitness Fair at Capital Blue Store, Hampden Marketplace, 4500 Marketplace Way, Enola, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Talk with surgeons and gastroenterologists about cancer screenings. Ask questions and learn about colonoscopy. Visit pinnaclehealth.org.
Winter HBG Flea
March 4: Shop the HBG Flea for local art, vintage treasures and curated curios at Strawberry Square, 320 Market St., Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit hbgflea.com.
March 4: Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, will host TEDx Fredricksen Library, a series of local viewings that bring people together to share a TED-like experience and to spark deep discussion. The talk will focus on the concept of happiness and will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Visit fredricksenlibary.org.
Maple Sugar Festival
March 5: Head to Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, for the Maple Sugar Festival, 12 to 4 p.m. Kids and adults can have hands-on fun with tree tapping, eating real maple syrup on ice cream and shopping for PA maple products. Visit forthunter.org.
March 6, 20: The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg will host “Great Decisions,” a world affairs program organized by the Foreign Policy Association. Sessions are held every other Monday at 1 p.m. at Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, through May 15. Cost is $10 per session. Visit fredricksenlibrary.org.
Crazy for Coloring
March 6-26: Dauphin County Library System will host “Crazy for Coloring,” two-hour social, adult coloring sessions at Madeline L. Olewine Memorial Library, March 6, 6 to 8 p.m.; William H. & Marion C. Alexander Family Library, March 22, 6 to 8 p.m.; and East Shore Area Library, March 26, 2 to 4 p.m. Visit dcls.org.
Understanding Islam Series
March 7: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, for Islam 101 to learn the basics of the faith, its many denominations and its widespread diversity. Come prepared with questions for the Q&A session that follows. Other sessions in the series will be held on April 7 and May 2 at 7 p.m. Visit fredricksenlibrary.org.
Taste of the Chamber
March 8: West Shore Chamber of Commerce will host “Taste of the Chamber” at Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, Camp Hill, 4 to 7 p.m. Enjoy culinary masterpieces from the area’s best restaurants, hotels and caterers. Tickets are $25. Visit wschamber.org.
Well Water Talk
March 9: Join Penn State Extension, Perry County Master Gardeners and Perry County Conservation District for a free presentation on “How Healthy is Your Well Water?” from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Perry County Penn State Extension office, 8 S. Carlisle St., New Bloomfield. Visit extension.psu.edu.
Indie Film Friday
March 10: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, for “The Commitments,” a movie from Ireland featuring ’60s soul classics and centering on a soul band popular in local clubs, hoping to make the big time. Showings are 2 and 7 p.m. Visit fredricksenlibrary.org.
March 11: National Railway Historical Society Harrisburg Chapter will host the 31st annual Railroad Show & Collectors Market at First Church of God, 245 W. High St., Middletown, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Donation at the door is $5; kids under 12 are free. Call 717-439-9744 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Work Day
March 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. To reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle. Refreshments will be available. Visit wildwoodlake.org.
Board Game Day
March 11: Join Friends of Midtown at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center, 1110 N. 3rd St., and get to know your neighbors with friendly rounds of board games from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m. Games will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Food and drinks can be purchased from The Kitchen at H*MAC. Visit friendsofmidtown.org.
Meditation & Happiness
March 11: Kalpa Bhadra Kadampa Buddhist Center, Harrisburg, will host “Meditation and the Art of Happiness,” 1 to 2 p.m. at Kline Library, 530 S. 29th St., Harrisburg. Learn basic meditation techniques and receive guidance for healthy and positive thinking. Visit meditationpa.org.
Free Community Day
March 12: Hershey Gardens will offer free admission from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Browse the gardens, the Milton & Catherine Hershey Conservatory and the indoor butterfly atrium. Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., enjoy presentations from local gardening and horticultural organizations. Visit hersheygardens.org.
March 12: Celebrate the commonwealth’s 336th birthday with free admission to the State Museum of Pennsylvania, 300 North St., Harrisburg, 12 to 4 p.m. Through March 17, view the original 1681 charter that granted the land of Pennsylvania to William Penn. Visit statemuseumpa.org.
Ducks and Geese
March 13: The Ned Smith Center, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, will host its annual “Ducks and Geese of the Susquehanna River,” 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn about waterfowl and seasonal migration patterns with Scott Bills, retired land management group supervisor at the PA Game Commission. Stay for the Annual Waterfowl Watch. Visit nedsmithcenter.org.
Soup & a Bowl
March 13: The 24rd annual Soup & a Bowl, Harrisburg, will be held at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy soups, breads, desserts, live music, pottery throwing and a raffle. Locally crafted commemorative Central Pennsylvania Food Bank bowls can be ordered in advance. Visit centralpafoodbank.org.
March 14: National Railway Historical Society Harrisburg Chapter will host “Continuing a Legacy: Photographing the Pennsylvania Railroad,” a presentation by Michael Froio at Hoss’s Restaurant, 743 Wertzville Rd., Enola. Business meeting and speaker begin at 7 p.m., with a meal available as early as 5 p.m. Call 717-439-9744 or email email@example.com.
March 16: GreenCon, Central PA’s annual Green Building Conference & Expo, will be held at Millersville University, Gordinier Hall, 30 S. George St., 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event features a keynote presentation, breakout sessions, a walking tour of MU sustainability initiatives and an expo hall of 30 exhibitors. Visit usgbc-centralpa.org.
3rd in The Burg
March 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. Check out all the action at thirdintheburg.org.
Job and Resource Fair
March 18: The Dauphin County Commissioners will host the 6th annual free “One Stop Shop” Job and Resource Day at the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event includes free health screenings, family resources, services and programs. Visit shopharrisburgmall.com.
St. Patrick’s Day Parade
March 18: Presented by The Harrisburg Downtown Improvement District, the 17th Annual Harrisburg St. Patrick’s Day Parade will step off at 1 p.m. The Lucky Charm 5K and 10K race precedes the parade. For details and parade route, visit harrisburgstpatricksdayparade.com.
New Member Social
March 21: Join Harrisburg Young Professionals for its New Member Social at 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. An RSVP is required to attend. A cash bar and full menu will be available. Visit hyp.org.
Women of Excellence
March 23: YWCA Greater Harrisburg will host the 28th Annual Tribute to Women of Excellence awards dinner at the Hershey Lodge, 325 University Dr., Hershey, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The tribute will honor 31 outstanding women who dedicate time and talent to making a difference in Central Pennsylvania. Cost is $100 per seat. Visit ywcahbg.org.
Russia and the West
March 23: Brig. Gen. Peter B. Zwack (Ret.), former U.S. senior defense official and attaché to the Russian Federation, will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg, Camp Hill. The talk is free and open to the public. There is a preceding reception and dinner for which reservations are required. Visit fpa-harrisburg.org.
March 25: Join Friends of Midtown at its monthly community lunch, which will be held at Pastorante, 1012 N. 3rd St., Harrisburg, 12 to 2 p.m. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit friendsofmidtown.org.
Painting at the Park
March 26: Take your creativity to Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, for guided painting for all experience levels, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Create a Wildwood Lake-inspired scene to take home with instruction from Jenn’s Craft Parties. Fee is $30; all materials are provided. Visit wildwoodlake.org.
March 27: Harrisburg Parks Foundation, the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay and Capital Region Water will host the screening of “Hometown Habitat, Stories of Bringing Nature Home,” at Appalachian Brewing Co., 50 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, 6 to 9 p.m.
March 29: St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, 215 N. Front St., Harrisburg, will host an Academic Open House from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Take a tour, ask questions and meet school faculty, staff and families. A pizza dinner will be served. Please RSVP to the school office at 717-238-8590. Visit sseschool.org.