The week that was: news and features around Harrisburg


Owners Bryanna and Anthony Graham of Midtown Juice Lab, which is set to open in Harrisburg next week

After the downpour on Thursday evening, warm and sunny days are forecast for the weekend. Be sure to celebrate Juneteenth, share some love with your dad on Father’s Day, and catch all the local news of the week, below.

Bob’s art blog has plenty to share about upcoming local arts events, including the relighting of a Broad Street Market sign and the Metropolis Collective gallery’s anniversary party.

The big street market will solemnly relight its emblematic sign on Friday, for 3rd in the Burg, reported our online story. The panel was refurbished and reinstalled in April, after suffering severe wind damage.

The Capital Region Greenbelt Association held its 2022 Tour de Belt on June 5 and raised $59,425 to support its beautification efforts, our story online reported. Nearly 1,200 people walked the 20-mile loop around the Greenbelt.

Cordier auctions and appraisals will hold another in a series of auctions of artifacts acquired by longtime Harrisburg Mayor Steve Reed, according to our information. The auction, featuring many items related to the historic American West and the US military, will open next week.

Eniola African Food Store recently opened at Allison Hill in Harrisburg, our online story reported. The shop offers a wide range of African products, which the city previously lacked, according to owner Eniola Iruaregbon.

Midtown Friends announced the schedule for its summer free outdoor movie series, our story online reported. Throughout the season, animated, action and cult films will be shown on the big screen in front of the Midtown Cinema in Harrisburg.

Harrisburg City Council voted to approve the use of approximately $15.6 million in federal COVID relief dollars, our story online reported. The city will use these funds to fund an HVAC upgrade for its public safety building and for employee benefits for the fire and police bureaus.

The Harrisburg School District appears likely to remain in receivership as the Pennsylvania Department of Education filed a petition for a three-year extension, according to our information. If the extension is approved by the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, catcher Dr. Lori Suski would stay on until mid-2025.

The Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra announced that it will offer free concerts during July 4e weekend, our story online reported. The tour will visit five local venues from June 30 to July 4 and conclude at Reservoir Park in Harrisburg.

Immigrant Heritage Month was celebrated in Harrisburg this week as Dauphin County commissioners recognized several immigrant-owned businesses, our online article reported. Business owners also participated in a roundtable.

The Jewish Federation of Harrisburg moves into the old Dixon Center with big plans for the space. In our magazine feature, learn about the organization’s goals for its future and how it hopes to impact Central AP.

Jubilee Day returned to Mechanicsburg this week with vendors, music, food and carnival rides. Read more about the meaning and history of the day, in our magazine article.

June 19 will be celebrated by Harrisburg and Dauphin County on June 18 with food trucks, vendors and music, our Story Online reported. According to Mayor Wanda Williams, this is the first time the city has held a festival for the holidays.

Loe Badget, a Harrisburg rapper, has released a new song in partnership with the city to promote gun violence, our online story reported. Harrisburg Police Commissioner Thomas Carter hopes the song “Break the Cycle” will inspire young people in the area.

Lofts officially opened the former Salvation Army building at Green and Cumberland streets in Midtown Harrisburg, our story online reported. The project, developed by Wormleysburg-based Integrated Development Partners, will include 16 apartments.

Midtown Juice Lab will open in Harrisburg on June 25, offering juices, smoothies and acai bowls, according to our information. Owners Bryanna and Anthony Graham hope to inspire people to eat healthy.

Sara Bozic has a long list of events this weekend, including ways to spend Juneteenth and Father’s Day. Find out what’s happening in the Harrisburg area here.

Rhubarb compote with red fruits is on the June menu in the cooking section of Rosemary. Find out how to make the simple dessert, here.

Harrisburg Theater the season ends with “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”, which depicts the family dynamics of three disgruntled middle-aged siblings. The show runs until June 19. To learn more, see our online article.

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