The Ned Smith Center is proud to announce its 23rd annual Youth Art Contest. Students from across the country are invited to participate in the annual youth art contest designed to inspire the next generation of wildlife artists. Winning entries are exhibited at the Center during the Nature and Arts Festival, as well as at the Gratz Fair in Gratz, PA. This year’s theme is Threatened and Endangered Species of the World. Submission deadline is June 1, 2016 (must be post marked June 1, 2016 or hand delivered to the Center). Entry forms and details can be found on the Ned Smith Center website at www.nedsmithcenter.org/youthartcontest/
Purchase season pool passes beginning January 4, 2016 at the Parks and Rec Department, 415 Franklin St. in Carlisle. Membership Discounts: $15 off January-February, $10 off March-April, $5 off May. Effective July 18 passes will be 50% off. Take advantage of the pool member benefits including free lounge chair rentals, discounted guest rate, discounted pool rental rates, members only pool party, and early registration for swim lessons.
Wednesday, May 4 The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art is proud to partner with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra to present "Stuart and Friends". This event will be presented in the Ned Smith Gallery at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art on Wednesday, May 4 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.00. For additional information and to purchase tickets in advance, please call the Center at 717-692-3699 or visit www.nedsmithcenter.org.
Saturday May 7 The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art will be hosting a Spring Bird Walk, on Saturday May 7, from 7:30 a.m.–12 p.m. Spring is an exceptional season for viewing migrating birds. Join our experienced leaders to learn about identifying birds in the field. Not an early bird? Don't worry. You will find us in the parking lot for the first 30 minutes observing birds and getting accustomed to using our optics. Novice birders and families are welcome! Binoculars provided. This event is FREE! Registration is suggested, but not required. Call the Center at 717-692-3699.
Sunday, May 14 Amp up: Move to end bladder cancer walk sponsored by Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network on Saturday, May 14. Registration is at 9:00am and the walk will begin at 9:45am at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park, 1 Memorial Park Dr Mechanicsburg. This a 5k walk to raise awareness and to advance bladder cancer research and educate on behalf of BCAN. Register at: http://tiny.cc/bcan There will be a 22 caliber Youth Shoot at the Millersburg gun & Conservation Club on Saturday, May 14 for ages 8-16. Registration will be at noon and the shoot starts at 1:00pm.
Sunday, May 15 Gospel Bond, a southern gospel style of religious music, will perform at the Millerstown Area Community Park Amphi-theater stage on Sunday, May 15 at 6:00 p.m. It is an outdoor event and visitors should bring along their own chairs, blankets, etc. In case of rain, the event will be held inside at the Millerstown United Methodist Church, High Street in Millerstown Borough. Attendance is free, but there will be a free will offering which will go to the group. Refreshments will be sold prior to the show at the Community Building at the park. For more information about Gospel Bond, you can go to their web site: Gospel Bond.com. A Morning Bird Walk with Elaine Howe will be held at Little Buffalo State Park on Sunday May 15 from 8:00-9:30 am. Meet at the intersection of Little Buffalo Road and Swimming Pool Road. She has identified 144 species of birds at Little Buffalo State Park over the years. This excursion will take you to some of the best birding spots in the West side of the park. Bring binoculars or borrow a pair from their limited supply. Meet at the intersection of Little Buffalo Road and Swimming Pool Road. Please park along the wide shoulders of Little Buffalo Road. Call 717-567-9255 for information.
May 17,18,19,20 & 21 The Friends of Elizabethville Library will be having a Book Sale at the Salem United Methodist Church of Christ, 143 Main Street in Elizabethville. All proceeds benefit the Library. Hours; May 17, 18, 19 are from 10am to 8pm, May 20 from 10am to 4pm and May 21 from 9am to 1pm. Friday and Saturday Special fill two bags for $10.00. For more info call 362-3148.
May 20, 21 & 22
Dauphin County’s semi-annual consignment sales event for those who want to get rid of gently used children’s items to those who want to purchase items at a fraction of the retail price. The sale will be at The Harrisburg Mall and open to the public May 20,21 & 22. Also, several pre-sales for volunteers, consignors, first time parents, first responders, and active/retired military Thursday, May 19 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. The sale will be open 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. May 20 and 21, and 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. May 22. Many items will be marked 50% off on the last day. This event has partnered with Lifeline Pregnancy Center in Millersburg, many unsold items will be donated to their facility. Admission is free and children are welcome to attend with their parents. For more information about the sale go to www.kidscloset.biz/dauphin.
Saturday, May 21 The 5th Annual Schuylkill County ALS Fundraiser Music & Vendor Festival will be held on Saturday, May 21 from 12 noon – 6 pm at the Porter Tower Lions Club, Rt. 209 – 517 W. Grand Avenue – Tower City. There will be live music, chinese & live auctions, vendors, caricaturist, children’s games, food, homemade baked goods, 50/50 tickets, Klinger/Koch Family Presentation and LIVE Auction 3:00pm. Some of the Musicians scheduled to appear: Make Mine Country with Shelby Nestler, Tom & Randy from Shannon, Dawn & Jimmy of Firemost, Christa Snyder, Doug Koch and others. To volunteer, new items for auctions, sponsor, monetary donations, or more information call: 717 – 439 – 1405 There will be a Chicken BBQ on Saturday, May 21 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Faith United Methodist Church, Main Street in East Waterford. Cost will be $4.50 per half. Also available will be homemade ice cream for $4.00 per quart, chocolate and vanilla only. Advance tickets are available by calling 734-3120.
Sunday, May 22 Presenting ROBIN MARK, International Dove Award Winner, Singer, Composer, Musician for a CONCERT OF WORSHIP at Fawn UMC, 67 S. Market Street, Fawn Grove, PA on Sunday, May 22 at 6:00 pm. Tickets $12.00. For more info go to www.fawnumc.org. Join them for an Evening of Worship.
June 24,25 & 26 The LEEK 8th Annual Open House Fundraiser & Benefit Motorcycle Run will be held on Friday, June 24, Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26. All proceeds benefit wounded veterans. Visit www.leekpreserve.org for tickets, info or directions.
July 15-17, 2016
The 1st Annual Summer Music Festival to benefit the American Red Cross will be held July 15-17, 2016 at Millerstown Community Park just off 322. All 3 days will feature live bands on stage all day, silent auction, food court, kids zone, direct sale and craft vendors, pet picture contest and more. There will also be a collection of used clothing to go to CommunityAid that you will get your name put in for a drawing of prizes worth over $200. Each bag of clothing will get you once chance in the drawing. We are currently n need of vendors and businesses and organizations willing to sell tickets for this event. Tickets can be purchased at www.mkt.com/rcmf for 3 day passes $25 general admission, or $50 for VIP which includes early admission, access to the VIP food and beverage tent , and a free festival gift. . Please follow us on twitter @ RCmusicfestival and on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/RedCrossFestival/ for up to date information on the festival.