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Community Corner: Notable May Events

Bike Harrisburg May 1-29: For National Bike Month, Bike Harrisburg will host a series of events, including a Capitol Rally (May 15), Ghost Bikes at the Capitol and International Ride of Silence (May 17) and the Seersucker & Lace Ride (May 21). For a complete schedule, visit

Annual Meeting May 2: The League of Women Voters of the Harrisburg Area will hold its annual meeting at Rock Bass Grill, 461 S. Front St., Wormleysburg, at 6 p.m. Visit for details.

Understanding Islam May 2: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, for an interfaith panel, the last session in the “Understanding Islam Series,” and to participate in a Q&A session, 7 to 8 p.m. Visit

Health Screenings May 4: PinnacleHealth will hold free blood pressure screenings at the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Visit

Cinco de Mayo Mixer May 4: West Shore Chamber of Commerce will hold its 9th annual Cinco de Mayo Regional Mixer at the Conference Center at Shippensburg University, 500 Newburg Rd., 4:30 to 7 p.m. Enjoy food, drinks, networking and free admission. Visit

Kids’ Clothing Sale May 4-6: Closet Connection will sell gently used kids’ clothing, furniture, toys and maternity items at the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., during mall hours. Visit

Spring Festival May 5-7: The Rites of Spring Festival in Gettysburg will feature 11 bands over three days during the first weekend in May. The festival features progressive acts from around the world. Visit

Derby Day May 6: Break out the seersuckers and floppy hats for Jump Street’s 16th annual Derby Day, 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. The annual fundraiser will be held this year at a private residence just outside of Harrisburg. Visit or the Facebook page.

CPR Training May 6: The Peyton Walker Foundation will host a free community CPR/AED Training at Post Acute Medical, 1828 Good Hope Rd., Enola, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., for ages 16 and older. Learn how to perform adult and child CPR, use an AED and relieve choking. Visit

Spring HBG Flea May 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. Visit

Run for Pets May 6: Run for a good cause at the 20th annual 5K Run/Walk for the Animals, with proceeds benefitting homeless pets at the Humane Society of Harrisburg. Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the event is at 10 a.m. at Wildwood Park, Harrisburg. Visit

Flowers for Mom May 6: Kids can create a flowering container for mom with Cumberland County Master Gardeners at the Cumberland County Penn State Extension office, 310 Allen Rd., Carlisle, at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Cost is $10, including supplies. Visit

Symphony Fundraiser May 6: The Central PA Symphony will host its annual fundraising gala at the Sheraton Harrisburg-Hershey at 6:30 p.m. Enjoy a light buffet and dessert bar, followed by a musical show. Visit

Frog Walk May 6: Take a walk in the twilight on the boardwalks at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Fee is $5 per person; pre-registration is required. Visit

English Tea May 7: The Art Association of Harrisburg, 21 N. Front St., will host a traditional tea party in its garden, 12 to 2 p.m., with freshly baked scones, preserves, tea sandwiches, mini-pastries and individual pots of tea. Reservations are required at $25 per person. Visit

Wine and Jazz May 7: The Civic Club of Harrisburg will host an evening of jazz, wine and chocolate, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., featuring music by the Katie Rudolph Trio and tastings by Macris Chocolates. Tickets are $45 each. To reserve your tickets, please email or by May 3.

PA Railway Photos May 9: National Railway Historical Society Harrisburg Chapter will host “Continuing a Legacy: Photographing the Pennsylvania Railroad,” with Michael Froio at Hoss’s Restaurant, 743 Wertzville Rd., Enola. Business meeting and speaker begin at 7 p.m., meal available as early as 5 p.m. Call 717-439-9744 or email

Green Renovations May 10: Join USGBC Central PA for a Green Home Renovations Seminar, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at Cornerstone Coffeehouse, 2133 Market St., Camp Hill. Learn about product labels and certifications and environmental and health benefits of specific materials. Pre-registration is required. Visit

Fungal Fortunes May 11: Learn how fungi and mushrooms can be incorporated into whole system home and farm designs and into the community for food, medicine and remediation at Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, 176 Water Company Rd., Millersburg, 7p.m. Visit

Gardens Day May 12: Celebrate National Public Gardens Day at Hershey Gardens, 170 Hotel Rd., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and receive half-price admission with a voucher, available at

Home Tour May 13: Experience the best of Bellevue Park during HYP’s 19th annual home tour, 12 to 5 p.m. The tour of this urban enclave in Harrisburg will feature historic homes and lovely gardens. Tickets are $30 or $35 day of the event. Visit

Plant & Bake Sale May 13:  The 8th annual Great American Plant and Bake sale will be held, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 3407 N. 2nd St, Harrisburg, to benefit local rescues and shelters, including Nobody’s Cats Foundation, Loving Care Cat Rescue and Castaway Critters. Visit The Great American Plant and Bake Sale Facebook page for details.

Hunger Run May 13: Support the Hummelstown Food Pantry at the 3rd Annual 5K Hummelstown Hunger Run, beginning at 10 a.m. in Schaffner Park. Bring a non-perishable food item and be entered to win one of many gift certificates. Visit

Volunteer Work Day May 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. To reduce plastic usage, bring along a water bottle. Refreshments will be available. Visit

Yoga & Spirits May 13: Join Midstate Distillery, 1817 N. Cameron St., Harrisburg, at 10:30 a.m. for yoga with Sangha Yoga PA, followed by cocktails and snacks. Each ticket includes a guided, one-hour Vinyasa yoga class, complimentary cocktail and light brunch. Tickets are $20 before May 10, $25 after. Visit

Spring Gala May 13: The Circle School, 210 Oakleigh Ave., Harrisburg, invites the public to its annual Spring Gala, 12 to 4 p.m. The free event includes student entertainment, refreshments, a silent auction and basket raffle. Visit

Victory Garden Tea May 13: The Historical Society of Dauphin County will host a Victory Garden Tea at 2:30 p.m. in the Victorian Parlor of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 S. Front St., Harrisburg. The tea is held in conjunction with the new exhibit “Uncle Sam Calls: Dauphin County in World War I.” Visit

Midtown May Market May 14: Friends of Midtown will host a Midtown community yard sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. A waffle brunch will be held at Second City Church, 251 Verbeke St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Brunch is $5 per person; one child admitted free per adult. Proceeds benefit Ecumenical Food Pantry. Visit

Governor’s Breakfast May 15: Gov. Tom Wolf will address the area’s business community during the annual Governor’s Breakfast, 8 to 10 a.m., Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill. Visit

Business Women’s Forum May 17: The Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC, the Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce and West Shore Chamber of Commerce will host the Business Women’s Forum at the High Center, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The daylong conference is designed to create opportunities for women to network and build leadership skills. Visit

Relations with Iran May 18: Princeton University Research Scholar Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former Iranian official once accused of espionage by his government, will speak at the Radisson Hotel, Camp Hill, 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be held prior, and reservations are required. Visit

3rd in The Burg May 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. Check out all the action at

Harrisburg ComicCon May 19-21: The Harrisburg ComicCon will be held at the Harrisburg Mall, 3501 Paxton St., and will feature video games, board games, anime, cosplay, movies, comics and more. Visit

Plant Fest May 20: Join Penn State Extension Cumberland County Master Gardeners at its 13th annual Plant Fest at the Cumberland County Service Center, 310 Allen Rd., Carlisle, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Shop for native plants from area growers and plants from Master Gardeners’ gardens. Visit

Odd Ones Bizarre May 20: The Odd Ones Bizarre art and craft show will be held at the Millworks, 340 Verbeke St., Harrisburg, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Browse the wares of 25 artists, in addition to the Millworks’ studios, galleries and gift shop. Visit

Local Lunch May 20: Join Friends of Midtown at its monthly community lunch, which will be held at the Millworks, 340 Verbeke St., Harrisburg, 12 to 2 p.m. Contact or visit

Civil War Treasures May 20: The National Civil War Museum will unveil new artifacts to the public, 1 to 2 p.m., with its 2017 version of “Treasures of the NCWM: The Newest Acquisitions.” Curator Brett Kelley will discuss the significance of the items and how they complement existing artifacts. Visit

Preakness Soiree May 20: Join the Art Association of Harrisburg for its Preakness Soiree, 4 to 8 p.m., at the home of Don Weaver of Lewisberry. Reservations are $45 in advance, $50 at the door. Enjoy a collection of artwork, beverages and refreshments and the Preakness horse race. For details, visit

Strength Training Through May 24: Penn State Extension will offer StrongWomen strength training classes at Trinity United Methodist Church, 415 Bridge St., New Cumberland, Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. This program is geared for middle-aged women and men or seniors. Visit

Plant Sale May 27: Perry County Master Gardeners will host its 9th annual plant sale at the Perry County Extension office, 8 South Carlisle St., New Bloomfield, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Shop for a variety of plants, including herbs, vegetables, pollinator-friendly plants and native perennials. Visit

50th Annual Artsfest May 27-29: Celebrate the 50th annual Artsfest in Riverfront Park. The free event features more than 250 juried artists and craftsmen in a variety of mediums. The festival also features live music, Kidsfest and FilmFest. Visit

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