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Community Corner: Notable July Events - FlagSpin

Community Corner: Notable July Events


Summer Concert Series
June 30-July 4: Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra will play five free shows on five consecutive days over the long holiday weekend: June 30, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, 8 p.m.; July 1, Negley Park, Lemoyne, 8 p.m.; July 2, Dickinson College, Carlisle, 8 p.m.; July 3, Millerstown Park, Millerstown, 7:30 p.m.; and July 4, Reservoir Park, Harrisburg, 7:30 p.m.

Pokémon Group
July 1: Adults ages 18 and older are invited to join Dauphin County Library System’s “Pokémon Go” walking and social group, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg. Explore the world of Pokémon alongside like-minded trainers with regular walks.

HBG Flea
July 1: Shop the HBG Flea for local art, vintage treasures, curated curios and unique gifts, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Midtown Cinema, 250 Reily St., Harrisburg. The mission of the HBG Flea is to create a platform for community growth by bringing artists, small businesses and patrons together.

Book Sales
July 1, 15: New Cumberland Public Library hosts pre-owned book sales, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the Foundation House located across the shared parking lot from the library. Sales include books in fiction and non-fiction, DVDs, music CDs, puzzles, children’s books, vinyl records and more.

Coloring Contest
July 1-31: Children of all ages are invited to participate in Wildwood Park’s second annual coloring contest. Young artists may submit a nature-themed, 8.5-by-11-inch, hand-drawn, portrait-style coloring page using colored pencils, crayons or markers. Entries may be submitted to the Nature Center via mail or email throughout July.

Declaration Reading
July 4: Historical Society of Dauphin County presents the 13th annual public reading of the Declaration of Independence by John Harris Jr. with reenactor David Biser, from the porch of the John Harris-Simon Cameron Mansion, 219 S. Front St., Harrisburg. Readings will take place at 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.

 Fourth Fest
July 4: City of Harrisburg hosts the July 4 Food Truck Festival and Fireworks in Riverfront Park, 1 to 9 p.m., with more than 45 food trucks, live music, a wine/beer garden, free kids’ activities and a large fireworks display.

4th Celebration
July 4: Celebrate the Fourth of July at The Star Barn Village, Newville Rd., Elizabethtown, 3 to 8:45 p.m. Enjoy a ride through Herr’s Mill Covered Bridge, self-guided tours of The Star Barn Village attractions, visits with animals, tractor-pulled wagon and pony rides, games, art displays, demonstrations, train rides, fireworks and more.

Bird Sculptures
July 6: The Bower, 1190 Bower Rd., Shermans Dale, offers “Bird Sculptures” for kids ages 5 to 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Children will learn how to identify native birds at the Bower and in their own backyards. They will observe the “Heron” sculpture, discuss abstract art and craft their own abstract bird.

Barnyard Jazz
July 7: Hershey History Center presents “Jazz at the Barnyard” outdoor concert series at Hershey History Center, 40 Northeast Dr., Hershey. Events begin at 6 p.m. and live music is 7 to 10 p.m. Concerts are held on the first Friday of May through September. On July 7, enjoy music by Little Brother Band.

Sunset Series
July 7, 14, 21, 28: Dauphin County Parks and Recreation hosts an outdoor Sunset Music and Movie Series at Fort Hunter Park, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg. Performances start at 7 p.m., movies at 8:30 p.m. Bring a picnic or grab refreshments from the concession stand.

Shipoke Flea
July 8: The annual Shipoke Flea returns, with a wide assortment of goods available for purchase. The event, organized by the Shipoke Neighborhood Association, runs 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. along the 500 to 800 blocks of S. Front Street, Harrisburg.

Volunteer Day 
July 8: Enjoy the outdoors and help with park and habitat enhancement projects at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tools and work gloves provided, and refreshments will be available.

Creative Workshops
July 8: Stop by Wheel of Light Studio, 3738 Peters Mountain Rd., Halifax, for Second Saturday workshops and artist demonstrations, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pump Primers
July 8: PA Pump Primers’ 47th Annual Antique Fire Apparatus Show and Muster returns to Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A parade of antique fire trucks will leave the PA Farm Show Building and travel to Riverfront Park, where they will be on view all day. Speak to owners, play games, grab food and listen to music.

Book Talk
July 8: Join the National Civil War Museum, 1 to 2 p.m., 1 Lincoln Circle, Harrisburg, for its 2023 “Lessons in History” presentation with Scott L. Mingus, who will discuss his book “If We Are Striking for Pennsylvania.”

Book Sale
July 8-13: Palmyra Public Library hosts its annual used book sale at Palmyra First United Methodist Church, 520 E. Birch St. The book sale opens on July 9 with an early preview from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Admission is $5 per person. Customers should bring their own boxes or bags.

Summer Service
July 9: Salem United Church of Christ, Harrisburg, hosts an ecumenical service on the Pride of the Susquehanna at 10 a.m. Enjoy a casual service on the boat, followed by a picnic in the pavilion. All are welcome.

Lunch Muses
July 11, 25: Grace United Methodist Church, 216 State St. Harrisburg, will host a “Music for Lunch” series, 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. On July 11, enjoy “Modern Expressions for Saxophone” with Jacob McGovern and, on July 25, enjoy “Nature’s Muse,” with piano music by Shelly Moorman-Stahlman and featuring prints by her husband, Jim Whetstone.

Garden Camp
July 11, 25: Kids ages 7 to 12 are invited to the Penn State Master Gardeners of Cumberland County’s Summer Garden Camp at the Penn State Extension office, 310 Allen Rd., Carlisle. Kids will learn about seeds, soil, plants and the environment and will enjoy time in the Youth Gardens, science instruction, crafts, games and exploration.

Morning Mixer
July 12: Join West Shore Chamber of Commerce for a morning mixer at The Woods at Cedar Run, 824 Lisburn Rd., Camp Hill, 8 to 10 a.m. This free event is open to chamber members.  Potential members are welcome to attend two free chamber events.

Survival Essentials
July 12: Young explorers ages 6 to 10 are invited to Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 10 to 11:30 a.m., for a hike at Fort Hunter Conservancy and to learn about essential items needed for every adventure. A few items will be provided for explorers to take home and start their own survival pack.

Food Rally
July 13: Enjoy fresh, savory foods at the New Cumberland Food Truck & Restaurant Rally every second Thursday of the month, 5 to 8 p.m. Grab dinner from area food trucks or New Cumberland restaurants and enjoy shopping and special promotions at local businesses.

Film Fridays
July 14: Join Fredricksen Library, 100 N. 19th St., Camp Hill, at 2 p.m. for Indie & Foreign Film Friday to view a free screening of “Belfast,” a coming-of-age drama that follows a young boy’s childhood in Northern Ireland at the beginning of The Troubles conflict in 1969.

Flag Football
July 15: Capital Rebirth will host an Alumni Flag Football Tournament, 10 a.m., at Harrisburg High School 2451 Market St. A $1,000 cash prize presented by Temple Ohev Sholom will be awarded to the winning team’s high school football program. There will be a donation collection of water, Gatorade and gift cards for Harrisburg High School football program.

July 15: Sample more than 50 craft brews while listening to music and tasting food from area food trucks at the 10th Annual Dauphin County Brewfest on the front lawn of Fort Hunter Mansion, 5300 N. Front St., Harrisburg, 3 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 in advance, $50 at the door, and $15 for designated drivers.

Flower Walk
July 16: Take a walk at Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., to view joe-pye weed, pokeweed, three species of monarda and two species of jewelweed. Learn how these flowers were named and some of their early and even modern-day uses.

Harrisburg Mile
July 19: Lace up your running shoes for the Harrisburg Mile. The 42nd annual race begins at Front and Maclay streets, Harrisburg, with heats beginning at 5:30 p.m. A celebration follows in Riverfront Park.

Bee Workshop
July 20: The Bower, 1190 Bower Rd., Shermans Dale, hosts “Bees are Our Future” for children ages 5 to 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Kids will learn the difference between honeybees and native bees and facts about native bees. They will do a “bio-blitz” on native plants to count bees and will create native bee or floral art.

Planter Workshop
July 20: Join Wildwood Park, 100 Wildwood Way, Harrisburg, for a workshop to create a succulent, stone-like planter, 6 to 7:30 p.m. All materials provided. Leave with planting instructions and tips/tricks for keeping your planters looking beautiful.

Heritage Days
July 20-23: Tuscarora Valley Heritage Days will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. each day at 6201 Route 75, East Waterford, with an antique tractor show, flea market and live music. Find Tuscarora Valley Heritage Days on Facebook for details.

3rd in The Burg
July 21: Explore the best of Harrisburg during 3rd in the Burg, the monthly arts and culture event, where you can visit and enjoy galleries, restaurants and art spaces throughout downtown and Midtown, 6 to 9 p.m.

Ukrainian Dinner
July 22: Join the “Experience Ukraine Dinner Fundraiser” at Immanuel Christian Missionary Church, Mechanicsburg, 4 to 6 p.m. There will also be a presentation on Ukrainian tradition and culture and a class to create Montankas, ancient protective dolls. Proceeds will go to Ukrainian charitable organizations.

Game Day
July 23: Harrisburg Board Game Day will be held for people of all ages and skill levels to enjoy some friendly fun at Whitaker Center, 222 Market St., Harrisburg, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Board, card and roleplaying games will be available, and guests will have chances to win door prizes throughout the day. Facebook: Harrisburg Board Game Day

Dutch Days
July 26-29: Head to the 55th Annual Richfield Dutch Days, Basom Memorial Park, Richfield, for summer family fun, rides, bingo, food, fireworks and more. Enjoy a Dutch menu throughout the week. An outdoor picnic, church service and parade will be held on Sunday evening.

Nature & Art Fest
July 29: Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art hosts its Annual Nature and Art Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at MYO Park, Millersburg. The free festival includes food and craft vendors, education and art presentations, make-it-yourself bluebird boxes, live music and more.

Concert Series
July 30: Harrisburg Young Professionals hosts a free Italian Lake Concert series concert with Cass and the Bailout Crew at Italian Lake, N. 3rd and Division streets, Harrisburg, 6 to 8 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, picnic blankets and snacks.


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