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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

Artist Amie Bantz’s new exhibit “Lunchbox Moments” will soon open at the Carlisle Arts Learning Center.

Our August issue of TheBurg Magazine is being distributed today. Make sure you grab a copy and read about some talented kids and educators in the Harrisburg area—as featured in our Youth & Schools special section. In the meantime, catch up on this week’s local news, listed and linked, below.

Artist Amie Bantz tackles the culture clashes that can often happen in the school cafeteria in her upcoming art exhibit, “Lunchbox Moments,” our online story reported. The exhibit features around 90 lunchboxes painted by her and other Asian Americans with stories and phrases related to how they’ve felt when peers reacted to their traditional Asian lunches.

In his art blog, Bob assembles an elite group of Harrisburg artists that he refers to as “The Justice League of Art.” View the work of these painters, photographers and designers, here.

Our editor gets nostalgic thinking about Harrisburg’s young people, bringing him back to his own days of youth in his August Editor’s Note. He also pays tribute to TheBurg’s office pet, a lovable dog named Bernie who recently passed away.

Grandparents Involved from the Start (GIFTS) is a Harrisburg organization that seeks to support grandparents who are raising their grandchildren. In our magazine story, read about the women behind the organization and how they help others like them overcome challenges of self-care, guardianship and finances.

The Harrisburg Police Bureau hired seven new community service aides in an attempt to bridge the gap between police and the community, our reporting found. The full-time civilian positions were approved as part of the city’s 2021 budget.

Jamaican food is coming to Uptown Harrisburg, our online story reported. A popular Broad Street Market vendor, Porters House, is expanding and adding a standalone restaurant on N. 6th Street.

LCSWMA recently launched a virtual tour of its Susquehanna Resource Management Facility, also known as the Harrisburg incinerator, our online story reported. Through the resource, community members can learn about where their trash goes and how it is turned into clean energy.

Moran Logistics, a major Harrisburg company, acquired a large industrial site off Cameron and Herr streets, our reporting found. Moran did not specify how they would use the site, but the company does already operate at the adjoining World Trade Center Harrisburg.

National Night Out will be celebrated next week at the Camp Curtin School Athletic Field to help connect neighbors and further relationships with the community, our online story reported. The Harrisburg Police Bureau will host the event, which will include fireworks, food and games.

Street parking rates will increase next week in much of downtown Harrisburg from $3 to $4 per hour, our online story reported. This is the first such rate hike since Park Harrisburg assumed responsibility for much of the city’s parking system in 2013.

Wolf Brewing Co. recently opened in Mechanicsburg, our magazine story reported. With a total of 24 selections on tap, ranging from lagers to pilsners to sours, saisons and IPAs, there’s plenty to choose from.

Our writer Karen Hendricks shares the story of her friendship with Jeff, a homeless man who lived at a Harrisburg truck stop before recently passing away. Karen attended Jeff’s memorial service, and in her story, reflects on his life.

Sankofa African American Theatre Company presents “Pretty Fire,” which takes audience members on a journey through the Jim Crow South. The show has traumatic, drama-filled moments, but also finds a way to elicit laughter and cozy memories, says our theater reviewer.

Sara Bozich has weekend recommendations including concerts, outdoor movie nights and farmers markets. Take a look and plan your weekend, here.

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