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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

Harrisburg saw snow on Thursday and Friday.

With the cold and snowy days spent at home that we had this week, there’s no excuse for not being caught up on the local news. But, if you are behind, we forgive you. Here’s a look at what happened this week in the Harrisburg area.

Bob’s Art Blog previewed the Civic Club of Harrisburg’s art showcase for 3rd in the Burg this Friday. Visitors can observe the art of local painters, photographers and sculptors, organized by Reina “R76” Wooden.

TheBurg Podcast debuted a special Valentine’s Day edition entitled, “To Harrisburg…Love, TheBurg.” Podcast guests from the past year shared their favorite things about Harrisburg and what makes the city so lovable.

Deborah Sibbering is Harrisburg’s new equal employment opportunity and diversity officer. When she’s not cuddling with her Chihuahuas, she’s providing diversity training to city employees and addressing complaints of workplace discrimination. Read more about her in this month’s magazine article.

Evictions in Harrisburg have been banned for another month, through mid-March, our online story reported. The city found it important to continue the moratorium for health and safety reasons.

Friends of Midtown launched their “One Midtown: Shop Black Owned” campaign to encourage patronage of Black-owned businesses in the city. Residents can send the organization a picture of any purchase they make at a Midtown business, along with the receipt, for a chance to win a prize, our online story reported.

Harrisburg opened the Locust Street Garage to extend free parking for residents during the snowstorm. The service ran from Wednesday night to Friday night, our online story reported.

Harrisburg School District officials announced that they expect to bring some students back into the classroom in April, our reporting found. As long as they meet certain benchmarks related to the decline of COVID, they will start by returning special education and elementary students.

Historic Harrisburg Association will host a webinar on Monday to discuss the Underground Railroad’s history in Harrisburg. Three local historians will share stories from their research, our reporting found.

“Lasagna Love” volunteers in the Harrisburg area are helping their neighbors by cooking up and delivering a favorite comfort food dish, our online story reported. The national organization has a central PA branch that includes over 100 volunteers.

Messiah University launched “Thriving Together: Congregations for Racial Justice,” which will involve 12 Harrisburg-area churches in a two-year cultural education experience, our online story reported. Participants will learn about the history of race and religion in the capital area.

Open Stage theater presents their own take on the haunting “Tales from Sleepy Hollow.” If you like haunted local folklore and scary stories to tell in the dark, then don’t miss this play, our theater reviewer said.

Parks—community, state and national—are reporting surges in attendance amid a worldwide pandemic, our magazine story reported. Pennsylvania, with one of the largest state park systems in the country, shattered recreation records in 2020.

Sara Bozich has your list of virtual and socially distanced activites for the weekend! Check it out, here.

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