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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

Absolute Pilates is a B Corps organization in the Harrisburg area.

Harrisburg is turning up the volume this weekend with back-to-back concerts on Friday and Saturday in Riverfront Park. But first, to start off your weekend, catch up on this past week’s local news, listed and linked, below. Then, rock out.

The Certified B Corporation movement started in Pennsylvania, which is home to over 60 certified B Corps—businesses positively impacting the community. In our magazine story, read about a few located in the Harrisburg area, including Absolute Pilates, Stroopies and Triple Bottom Brewing.

A chili cook-off will take place in October by The Alex W. Smith Foundation, our reporting found. They hope to carry on the legacy of a young chef, Alex Smith, who passed away in 2018, as well as to raise scholarship money for central Pennsylvania students.

Friends of Midtown’s Community Dog Park is set to close at the end of September, our online story reported. However, the neighborhood group hopes to find a new home for the park, where pups can run free.

The Great Harrisburg Litter Cleanup will return this year to Allison Hill, Midtown and Uptown Harrisburg, our online story reported. Volunteers will spend the day working to beautify the city.

Harrisburg Superintendent Eric Turman spelled out his plans for the upcoming school year at a meet and greet event this week, our online story reported. His priorities include increasing safety, graduation rates, test scores and relationships.

The Harrisburg Symphony is gearing up for a new, in person, season, our online story reported. The symphony’s 2021-22 season will be held in the Scottish Rite Cathedral on 3rd Street in Uptown Harrisburg.

Joe Mama’s, on Derry Street in Harrisburg, serves up popular items like cheesesteak omelets, shrimp and grits and their fish and fries special. In our magazine story, read about the mother-daughter duo behind the restaurant and their made-from-scratch fare.

Salem United Church of Christ is the oldest place of worship in Harrisburg. In our magazine story, read about how the church, steeped in history, is finding new ways to serve and remain a presence in the community.

Sarah Bozich has the Riverfront Park concerts on her radar for this weekend, as well as plenty of other fun ideas. Check out her list, here.

State forests may be less popular than state parks, but they provide a uniquely peaceful and solitary getaway, our magazine story reported. If you’re looking to get off the grid for a bit, consider a trip into the forest.

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