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July | August 2010

Longs Park Summer 2010 Sammy Figueroa • CJ Chenier

Dauphin County Summer 2010 76 Degrees West Band • Leela James

5th Annual Summer Fest

HBCU’s Return to Clipper Stadium

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Limitless Rewards Parenting comes with limitless rewards – whether it’s the hugs, the sense of accomplishment or the opportunity to influence the lives of children. Milton Hershey School, a pre-K–12th grade residential school in Hershey, offers those who love parenting a chance to make it a career. The 1,800 students enrolled at MHS live in student homes with 8 to 12 children of the same gender and similar age. A fulltime, married couple who holds the position of “houseparents” supervises the daily activities in each home, including meals, daily chores, homework and recreational time. They also play an important role in mentoring and guiding the students in their care to prepare them for future success. Houseparents live on the MHS campus in an apartment connected to the student home. They receive weekends off and vacation. When the houseparents are off, relief houseparents (part-time position) care for the students in the home. To learn more and apply on-line, go to today. UC

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Reaching Out To All Nations Pastor Joseph Green Matthew 28: 18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, all power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you; and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. The great commandment of Jesus to His followers was to go out to all the nations of the world and spread the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The word “nations” come from the word meaning different ethnicities. The expectation is that we realize God wants you to reach out to people different than you. We all must consciously come out of our comfort zone and meet people outside our immediate circle. There is a true power in diversity especially in the Kingdom of God. When the Lord returns, His expectation is that we will live in harmony with all races. I strongly believe that, until then, we are to make an intentional effort to tear down racial and cultural barriers that hinder unity. God’s true followers are unified; the question is, will you be a part of making that happen? Jesus prayed “That they all may be one” (John 17:21) UC

ArtScape Friday July 16 - Sunday July 18 Baltimore Street theatre, jazz, the visual arts, fashion shows and more. The following is a brief snapshot. For more detailed information, go to Street Theater Entertainment on the hour for all ages as the sidewalk comes to life with street theater, jugglers, dancers, storytellers, comedy acts and music. Billie Holiday Tribute Concert Baltimore salutes one of the premier jazz voices of the 20th century with the Billie Holiday Tribute Concert. For 20 years, they have held the Billie Holiday Vocal Competition and invited talented singers from the region to compete for top honors. This year, they are bringing together a group of previous winners for a Billie Holiday Tribute Concert on the stage of the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The Billie Holiday Tribute Concert is free and open to the public.  Festival-goers may reserve tickets the day of the show.  Tickets can be picked up at the Guests Services Tent in front of the Lyric Opera House.  Limit four free tickets per guest. Urbanite Stage Local and regional artists perform, with an emphasis on the blues and jazz. UC

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Dauphin County Commissioners to Host Annual Cultural Festival in Downtown Harrisburg The public is welcome to attend a free open-air street festival celebrating cultural diversity from 4:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, August, 6 in the area surrounding the Dauphin County Courthouse, in the first block of Market and Front streets in Harrisburg. The third annual Cultural Fest, which is sponsored by Dauphin County Commissioners Jeff Haste, Nick DiFrancesco, George P. Hartwick and their Cultural Celebration Task Force, features an outstanding line-up of live music and entertainment, ethnic food vendors, special children’s activities and much more. The festival will feature live entertainment throughout the evening. Entertainment will begin at 5 p.m. on the main stage with the following acts: • La Nueva Potencia (The New Power) will perform merengue, bachata and salsa music. • 76 Degrees West Band will take center stage at 6:30 p.m. The Washington, DC-based group performs “Nu Jazz-Funk,” which has been lighting up stages across the U.S. since 2001, swiftly evolving into one of the funkiest sounding groups to hit the music industry. • Leela James has woven the soul tradition into and around every corner of her creative identity since her childhood in LA’s eclectic urban culture. Deep within her rich and powerful voice are the echoes of Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples, Gladys Knight and other iconic divas of generations past. Her new

release My Soul, which came out on June 1, 2010, is moving up on the charts each day. Leela called the album “My Soul” because the music is a more accurate reflection of who she is than anything else she has ever recorded. Children’s activities will include Universal Steps for all Cultures to Live Drug Free; Play-doh; paper flowers; coloring; beaded necklaces; ring and bean bag toss; face painting; and much more. Popular Harrisburg Senators mascots Rascal and Grrrrounder will be greeting children and fans. Educational activities, such as drug and alcohol prevention, will also be available. Activities will be provided by the Dauphin County Department of Drug and Alcohol. The festival will also feature ethnic food from around the world, including American, European, Indian, Asian, Greek and African, prepared by area businesses. Bring your chairs, family and friends to the free event. The event will be held rain or shine. Save the Dates – Dauphin County Performing Arts Series: August 8, Diane Wilson & Vinyl Groov, Fort Hunter Park 7:30 p.m. August 15, Movie Night – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Fort Hunter 8:30 p.m. September 11 & 12, 4:30p.m. Dauphin County Jazz Festival Homecoming Show. Saturday: Tiffany Purnell Francisco (Makeda) & Greg Bufford Band, Extremity featuring Tonya Drayton and Danny Stuber Band. UC

Discover Foster Parenting … And “Be the Difference” in a child’s life! Every child needs a family, but not all children are so lucky. Sometimes, parents are unable to take care of their children.  That’s where you come in. Keystone Human Services is seeking individuals and families who will open their home and their heart to foster a child… for a short time or even a lifetime.  With skilled support and fair compensation, you can “be the difference” in a child’s life.    Where do these children come from? Ranging in age from birth to 18 years, many foster children come from families that are struggling with substance abuse and addiction.  Sometimes, parents are incarcerated or lacking in basic parenting skills.  Other times, there’s been physical or sexual abuse. Because these circumstances can affect a child’s development, Keystone’s foster care program is dedicated to serving children with challenges. Some of the boys and girls in Keystone’s program struggle with Attention Deficit Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress, physical challenges, learning disabilities and other issues. What matters most is that Keystone is known for providing excellent training and the support necessary for you to create a world where your foster child can feel safe and loved.   How does foster care differ from adoption? Foster Care placement can be made almost immediately after Family Education is completed. Children may stay a few days, months or years. Children usually have regular visits with birth family members. Birth parents retain some

rights to authorize certain aspects of the child’s care. The first goal of foster care is reunification with the family. However, planning for permanent placement and adoption is ongoing.   Benefits for the family • The government provides financial support.  This income is not taxable. • Medical, dental, mental health services and prescriptions are covered in full. • An established per diem is designed to cover food, clothing and other basic needs. Specialized nursing care, respite and child care may also be provided to support severe challenges. • The family is enriched and strengthened by “being the difference” in the life of a vulnerable child.    Basic qualifications All adult parties must complete Keystone’s family education workshop and must pass child abuse and criminal history clearances.  FBI clearance is also required in some cases, references must be provided and candidates must qualify under ACT 160 rulings regarding bankruptcy, family court maters and protection from abuse orders.    Should you feel inspired to open your heart and home to a child, we urge you to “be the difference” through foster care by visiting or calling Ann Moffitt at (717) 232-7509, ext. 133.  UC July | August 2010 Urban Connection 5

The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg By Joyce M. Davis The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg has been founded on a simple mission of helping people in our region better understand world affairs. But while the Councils scattered throughout the nation are prestigious organizations known for attracting intellectual elites and international business people to delve into the most pressing international issues of the day, something else is happening in Harrisburg. The World Affairs Council of Harrisburg is bringing together people in our region from a wide variety of professions who want to enrich our community. Headquartered in Harrisburg University, the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg has organized under the umbrella of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. It has united teachers, students, business people, lawyers, doctors, journalists and other professionals who care about international affairs, but who might not otherwise have reason to work together. The Council’s founding officers are a diverse group, ethnically as well as professionally. I am serving as President, and I bring a passion for international affairs after having spent the better part of the past two decades working and living abroad. The Council’s leadership team also includes Gladys Canizares, who brings significant experience in banking and organizational leadership; Bradley Jones, Vice President of Harristown Development

Corporation; Dr. Mehdi Noorbaksh, Associate Professor of International Affairs, Coordinator of General Education of Harrisburg University; Micaiah Smith Morris of Messiah College’s Harrisburg Institute; and Attorney Harry L. Witte, law professor at Widener Law School. Each member brings their own expertise, insights, interests and perspectives to the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg, creating a complementary and dedicated team. A series of Understanding the World forums have already been planned for the spring and fall as a partnership of the World Affairs Council, Harrisburg University and International House. Two high school interns, one from The Milton Hershey School and another from Harrisburg Academy, are already helping to establish the Council office at 304 Market Street. And committees are working to organize luncheons and dinners featuring worldclass speakers. What has really galvanized the Council’s founding officers, as well as its founding board, is the mission to include students in our events, ensuring that they also have opportunities to learn about the world, and to travel to broaden their minds and enrich their lives. We envision holding an annual youth summit on international affairs that will encourage and stimulate interest in the world within our schools, providing teachers with additional resources to teach about world history, traditions and culture. For more information about the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg and to learn how you can become an associate, go to or email UC

Voices For America Produced By Heartsongs Ministries, Inc, Saturday, July 10th, Location: DaySpring Ministries Heart-stirring music, narration, drama, multimedia presentations and tributes to our troops and veterans will be the theme for a faith-based patriotic concert known as VOICES FOR AMERICA. This electrifying concert is one Harrisburg event you will not want to miss, and you can attend because admission to this star spangled concert is free. Karen Knight, a former lead actress with Sight & Sound theaters in Lancaster, Pa. and CEO of Heartsongs Ministries, Inc., a non-profit ministry, is producing the event to be held at Dayspring Ministries in Middletown, Pa. on July 10th. Karen’s greatest desire is to show support, share her faith and honor those around the world who are currently serving and those who have sacrificed their lives to keep America free. Karen understands military families, being an Air Force kid, whose father was a career member of the Air Force. When Karen met Mrs. Cherriney Knodor, a Gold Star Mother and founder of Veteran’s Memorial Gold Star Peace Garden, a non-

profit organization, located in York, Pa., Karen’s soul was stirred and motivated to use her talents to raise funds to assist in constructing a thoughtfully designed commemorative Memorial Garden. VOICES FOR AMERICA was born through the efforts of two ordinary woman whose desire is to honor all families whose sons and daughters have been killed in combat serving our country, especially those fighting in the war on terror. Come and hear Mrs. Knodor’s story. In the midst of suffering, grief and during the loss of her son, Mrs. Knodor demonstrated an unfailing faith and patriotism that will encourage you to support our men and women in the military and say “thank you” to all the Gold Star Mothers who have made the supreme sacrifice of giving their sons and daughters so that we may be free. The program will also feature tenor Troy Winemiller; Gospel and Concert Pianist Rod Horner; and The Dayspring Unity Singers, Spirit! Choir from Stewartstown, Pa. Prior to the program, the audience will be able to walk through a fascinating display of military memorabilia dating back to the Civil War by Mr. Peter Koeleman of Harrisburg. Admission will be free with a love offering to be taken to benefit the Veteran’s Memorial Gold Star Healing and Peace Garden. Pre-concert display: 5:15 p.m. Concert: 6:15 p.m. Doors open for concert seating: 5:45 p.m. Dayspring Ministries is located at 1600 Spring Garden Drive, Middletown, Pa. (adjacent to the Historic Old Barn and HIA). Check out the websites at or UC

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

Hershey Lodge and Convention Center 325 University Dr. • Hershey, PA 17033 • 7am - 4 pm Become “Fit for Life!” by participating in engaging workshops such as: Live discussions with our resident physicians • Lessons on how to reduce your chance of having a heart attack or stroke Opportunities to find emotional balance within your busy life • Instruction on Middle Eastern Afro Caribbean dance And much more!

Fun, Fit & Fabulous! Featured Speaker Kelli Calabrese Kelli Calabrese is an international and award winning fitness and exercise specialist as well as a nutrition and lifestyle expert. For more than two decades, Kelli has been serving both wellness-craving customers, as well as fitness professionals through her seminars, products and programs to help them go from where they are to where they dream to be. Kelli has provided consultations and has served as a spokeswoman for companies and products such as Kellogg’s, Smucker’s, Quaker, Trident, Crest, Centrum, Bumble Bee and Calvin Klein. She has appeared on NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX. As the author of Feminine, Firm & Fit – Building a Lean Strong Body in 12 Weeks, Kelli has a heart for women’s wellness.

Presented by Highmark Blue Shield, Fun, Fit & Fabulous! is a one-day women’s health conference designed to help women have a greater hand in their health. We are looking forward to you joining us as we get “Fit for Life!” Free health screenings will be available throughout the day as well as local health and wellness exhibitors on site to offer you more resources about staying connected to your health. A continental breakfast and a gourmet lunch will be served.


Cost is $20 per person (includes breakfast, lunch, workshops, health screenings and more). To register online, request a brochure or for more information about the conference, please visit or call toll-free, 1-800-236-9091.

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Contractors Appreciation Night-Metro Bank Park Local M/WBEs Recognized To show appreciation for the outstanding renovations to Metro Bank Park, the Harrisburg Senators, the Quandel Group and  Business  Builders Worldwide, Inc. hosted a Contractors Appreciation Night.  Because of the $45 Mil  project’s mentor/protégé program local minority and women  owned businesses’ participation  was unprecedented. Procurement Resources CEO Reginald T. Williams, the country’s leading supplier diversity expert, declared the program a model to be followed by other communities nationwide. M/WBEs Recognized Included: Jose Salazar, Santo Santiago Demolition; Bobby Jones, B. J. Drywall; James White, White Painting Co.; James Hatcher, Hatcher Flooring Co.; Shariah Brown, Personal Touch Cleaning; Gary Chisholm, Mighty Oak  Carpentry; Hubert Wilson, Wilson Plumbing; Vinny Laporte, Laporte Painting; Bryant Jefferson, Central Penn Welding & Ironworks; Mussie Tilahun, Mussie Tilahun Trucking; Jane Sharrar, Labor Finders; Norman Carter, N. C. Masonry; Samara Scott, A Personnel Connection; Jessica Myers, JEM  Construction  Corp.; Martin Gross, The Art  I Do  Painting; Eric Dowling, Washington & Dowling  Construction; Mary Kelly, MEF Cleaning Co.      “Kevin Kulp, president Harrisburg Senators, Quandel executives, including project manager  Cameron Readnour and project executive John Koury, quickly grasped the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s  mentoring methodology. This is an extension of Jackie Robinson’s legacy,”  said the mentoring program’s manager, Reginald Guy of Business Builders Worldwide, Inc.   The Harrisburg Senators, Quandel  and  BBW  have  committed to  working, in partnership with KPMG and local law enforcement to launch the Reviving Baseball in the Inner City program. UC

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Classic Drycleaners congratulates Paula Kostick as she celebrates being one of Harrisburg’s Forty Under 40! “Working with and learning from my father, who built this business from scratch with my mother, has been most meaningful in my career.” PAULA KOSTICK General Manager/Owner Classic Drycleaners Paula Kostick with Father/Founder, Paul Kostick

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Long’s Park Summer Music Series July 25, 7:30 p.m. Sammy Figueroa and his Latin Jazz Explosion Double Latin Jazz Grammy-nominee and Drum! Magazine’s Best Jazz/Fusion Percussionist August 29, 7:30 p.m. C. J. Chenier “The best living Zydeco singer and accordionist” (Living Blues Magazine), and his Red Hot Louisiana Band will close the Long’s Park 2010 Summer Music Season on a sizzling high note. This music tradition is laden with funk, blues and the foot-stomping, dance-inducing music of the bayou. Longs Park Amphitheater, 1441 Harrisburg Pike at Route 30, Lancaster. Free admission and free parking. For more information, call (717) 735-8883 or visit UC

IGNITING A COMMUNITY TO TRANSFORM A COMMUNITY! August 14: 7:00a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Join Reclaim The Streets Ministries For CIA Day 2010, Saturday August 14, 2010, Reservoir Park and Various Locations Around City of Harrisburg (7:00 am until 7:00 pm.). Where All The Communities Within The Community Of Harrisburg Meet To Enjoy The Last Fun Days Of The Summer. For more information, call 717.238.0586.

Secrets to Social Media Success By Alana Moira Cornish Ask yourself, how visible is my business? Social media is a great tool to bring high visibility to your company. Facebook, Lindken, Twitter and blogs are all familiar words. However, these popular sites can be used to build your brand identity, generate new customers and build client relationships. For some, social media can be overwhelming. These strategies can assist you in leveraging your business. • Create a brand and marketing strategy • Know your audience • Keep your audience aware • Build a relationship • Provide utility • Give your audience a voice • Keep it simple • Be authentic • Bring value • Be unique Alana Moira Cornish is the owner of Connected & InTouch, a company that provides marketing and coaching services. She is dedicated to keeping you Connected & InTouch, call (717) 602-7598 or email UC

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Breast Health Basics: Coping With An Abnormal Result More women than ever are following the recommended screening guidelines – including annual mammography – for good breast health and cancer detection. While these tests are proven to help detect cancer early, they are just the first step in the process. The next is learning the results. In most cases, women receive the welcomed news of a normal result. When there is an abnormal result, however, her physician may recommend a diagnostic mammogram to carefully study the area of concern. “Most patients are anxious upon hearing that more information is needed, “says Lori Oettting, M.D., FACS. “It’s a common reaction. Up to 30 percent of women who have a mammogram will need more tests, but most will only need additional views of the breast. In almost 90 percent of cases, that second look rules out cancer.” Depending on the radiologist’s reports and other data, the breast specialist may recommend a biopsy. “Eighty percent of women

who are asked to have a biopsy will learn that they do not have cancer. It’s important test to get decisive results,” says Dr. Oetting. Since most cases do not turn out to be cancer, some women may feel frustrated by the journey that they had to take to get good results. But mammograms, despite their limitations, are the most effective and valuable tool for detecting breast cancer early. According to Dr. Oetting, “Early detection and treatment are still the most effective means for decreasing the risk of death from breast cancer. Statistics, from 1990 to present, show that breast cancer death rates have declined in every age and racial group in large part because of screening mammography. UC

Bright Side’s 5th Annual Summerfest


July 17, 11 am-6pm 515 Hershey Avenue, Lancaster, Pa

The Housing Authority of the County of Dauphin will accept application for its Section 8 & Rental Assistance Program from Monday, July 12, 2010 at 9:00 AM through Friday July 23, 2010 at 4:00 PM. No applications will be accepted before or after those dates and times.

Fun, family and friendship are the hallmarks of our SummerFest celebrations. You are invited to join us for a fun-filled family day. The vendors at SummerFest offer a variety of cuisine from various cultures and ethnicities. These delights are sure to please. Also featured is an array of unique merchandise. SummerFest is filled with talented artists ranging from a worldclass juggler to poets and dancers, as well as great musicians with music to suit the tastes of many. Also included are activities for the young people and the young at heart. We extend a special thank-you to Turkey Hill Dairy; our Signature Sponsor from the inception of SummerFest. You are invited to visit the Bright Side Opportunities Center at any time. We offer programs for the entire family to enrich and promote a better community. “Building Community One Family at a Time” 

RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: The Housing Choice Voucher Program, commonly known as Section 8, is a rental assistance program for lower income families and individuals living in privately owned rental housing with subsidies provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. ON-LINE APPLICATION: Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply on-line at the Authority’s website Click on the “Applications” tab at the top of the page and then “Application for Housing Assistance”. Indicated that you are applying for the Section 8 Program. PAPER APPLICATIONS: Paper applications will also be available and completed applications will be accepted for this TWO WEEK PERIOD ONLY at the Prince of Peace Parish Center, 815 S. 2nd Street, Steelton, PA (behind the Family Dollar Store) from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday. During this two week period, Section 8 applications will NOT be available at the Authority’s main office at 501 Mohn Street, Steelton, PA. Applications will also be available and completed applications will be accepted at the Authority’s northern Regional office at 1 Autumn Drive, Laurel Hill development, Williamstown, PA (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, M and W) and the Elizabethville Human Services Center, 295 State Drive, Elizabethville, PA across from Wal-Mart (9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, M-F). Of course, completed applications can also be sent by mail to the main office, provided that they are received no later than 4:00 PM on July 23, 2010. APPLICATION PROCESS: All applications received, whether through the website or on paper between July 12, 2010 and July 23, 2010 have the same opportunity to gain a favorable position on the waiting list since positions will be determined by lottery within preference categories. Therefore, there is no advantage to being the first in line on any day.

Save the Date July 8, Islands of the Susquehanna Canoe Trip On this canoe trip from Fort Hunter to West Fairview, stop and see Wade Island, a nesting site for egrets and black-crowned night herons. For more information, call (717) 599-5188. July 12 to 16, Outdoor Week Participants, ages 12 and 13, will gain an understanding of outdoor skills and primitive technologies. Wildwood Park. For more information, call (717) 599-5188. continued on pg. 14 12 Urban Connection July | August 2010

For More Information PinnacleHealth Breast Care Center (717) 545-5000

ELIGIBILITY: The following are the current household income limits to be eligible for the Section 8 Program: 1 Person - $24,850, 2 Persons - $28,400, 3 Persons - $31,950, 4 Persons - $35,500, 5 Persons - $38,350, 6 Persons - $41,200, 7 Persons - $44,050, and 8 Persons $46,900. The Authority also checks to determine whether the applicant or any member of the applicant’s family has engaged in any drug related or other criminal activity or owes any money to any Housing Authority. BRING WITH YOU: If you want to fill out the application at any location where they are available during the two week application period, please bring with you the full names, social security numbers, birth dates and income of all household members. Also, you will need to indicate when and where you received any prior subsidized housing (Public Housing or Section 8). PUBLIC HOUSING: This announcement only concerns the Section 8 Program. Applications for the Public Housing Program will continue to be accepted until further notice.

Legacy of Hope Tanya Williams-Bell, President, CEO Today, many awake to a feeling of hopelessness and some render to what I call the “I can’t, never will, wasn’t supposed to” beliefs. These thoughts and feelings are not limited to the under privileged, economically challenged or the spiritually hostage, but to all. Les Brown has challenged many of us to move beyond the stifling thoughts and beliefs to achieve our dreams. Brown challenges crowds Les Brown all over the world to press beyond feelings and to shift into readiness for all that we hope for, all that we can’t see and everything we can’t believe. I have personally applied this to my life without hesitation. I, too, have hit the stand-still wall in my life. Each person has a wall that will challenge him or her throughout life’s journey, but these challenges make us stronger. Yes, I have received many blessings such as being able to parent many children, travel outside of the country, start a non-profit, worship freely and fully, give to those in need and serve the dying. Brown has given me the tools to move past these walls and to stay hungry for more. I have learned to keep my eyes focused on the goal and remember who I will impact in my life. I will not close my eyes and leave this world without giving my all. Media scare, social trends, rejection or fear of failing will not stop me. I may have delays in meeting my goal, but I am determined to leave a legacy of trying. It is now my delight to share my mentor, Les Brown, with you on November 19th at our 7th Annual Earth Angel Celebration, so that you can create your own goals and achieve them. UC

Caring for Our Youth: Concerned Black Men Thirty-one years ago, concern about the plight of Black children in Philadelphia’s toughest neighborhoods pushed five African American police officers to come together and plan after school activities for local youth. Other African American men from around the city joined them in “caring for our youth,’’ and thus Concerned Black Men was born. Concerned Black Men Inc., Lancaster Chapter will present the 2nd Annual African-American Marching Band Event at the Clipper Magazine Stadium in Lancaster. Invited to take the field  are six HBCU marching bands, which include Bowie State, Cheyney University, Delaware State, Lincoln University, Morgan State and Howard University. This event  is designed to create awareness of and to promote higher education. The participation of the  marching bands provides a demonstrable opportunity of showcasing academic achievement and the rich cultural heritage of HBCU colleges. Concerned Black Men, Inc. is a 30-year national volunteer organization that provides educational, sports, cultural, mentoring and motivational programs for youth. The African-American Marching Band event supports this philosophy and mission to offer positive role models to children in the Central Pa. Region. continued on pg. 14


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Save the Date July 7, 5:30 p.m., The Creative Energy of Positive Thinking Book signing with Dr. Hector R. Ortiz. HACC – Rose Lehrman Arts Center, Harrisburg. For more information, call (717) 599-5188. July 17th, Garden Art Show and Sale Presented by “Designs By SDL.” (Rain Date July 18th) 4732 Chatham Way, Harrisburg. Call for directions. 717-443-5186 August 27 to 29, Yorkfest Arts Festival York’s premier fine arts festival weekend featuring over 100 fine artists from all around the country, free entertainment, hands-on arts activities and a community concert presented by Susquehanna Real Estate. Surrounding the Colonial Courthouse on Market Street in Downtown York. Streets closed: Market St. between Newberry St. and Pershing Ave.

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JULY 10, GRAND OPENING: LATINO HISPANIC AMERICAN COMMUNITY CENTER (LHACC) Celebrating New Beginnings 11 am -2pm *Rain date July 17th * 1319 Derry Street, Harrisburg, Pa. For more information call: (717) 233-7611 www.LHACC.ORG July 25, 2010 Multicultural Latino Picnic Emeric Cybort Park in Steelton at Center and Penn Streets. July 31, Sunset Movie Series: Monsters vs. Aliens Dauphin County offers a variety of free evening movies and musical performances ranging from folk to pop at various venues through out Dauphin County. Wiconisco Park.

Investment Audit Specialist The Commonwealth of PA State Employees’ Retirement System is seeking an Investment Audit Specialist. Position requires thorough knowledge of investment accounting and auditing practices for a portfolio of complex investments and strategies. Position is responsible for analysis of accounting standards, operating procedures, systems and controls over recording, reporting and safeguarding portfolio investments. Salary range is $60,969 $92,675, commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package provided. For application materials and further information, visit the State Civil Service Commision’s website at www.scsc. and select Job Seekers link. PA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer supporting workforce diversity.

The 94th Annual Grand Session of Deborah Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star Prince Hall Affiliation, Commonweatlh of Pa., will convene July 17 to 21, 2010, at the Radisson Penn Harris Hotel and Convention Center, Camp Hill, Pa. This organization celebrated its 100th birthday in November 2009. The group was founded in Harrisburg.

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The 2nd Annual African-American Marching Band Event is open to the public. Location: Clipper Magazine Stadium Saturday, August 28, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $12, and may be purchased online at For more information, contact Jason Thompson at (717) 394-9503, (717) 598-9508 or jt.cbmlancaster@

Summer Fun In Baltimore Google “Pier Six Pavilion” for ticket information. July 10, 6 p.m., Frankie Beverly & MAZE Tickets are $27 to $77. July 30, 6 p.m., Dave Koz and Jonathan Butler Tickets are $30 to $65. 14 Urban Connection July | August 2010

Governor’s Keystone Society For Tourism Alice Sanders Receives Lifetime Achievement Award Created in 2008 this society honors Pennsylvania visionaries in destination leadership and community development. This is the highest honor our state can confer on leaders in the tourism industry. This is the second class of the Society. Each Keystone laureate received a personalized medallion cast by Wendell August Forge, Grove City, Pa, and a unique original work of art created by a Pennsylvania artist. Additionally, their names have been inscribed on a plaque on permanent display at the offices of the Department of Community and Economic Development (4th fl. Commonwealth Keystone Building). Lifetime Achievement: Individuals who have reached the zenith of their achievement. It recognizes those who provided the building blocks for economic development while enriching a premier tourism destination. “The Keystone Society for Tourism is the highest honor our Commonwealth confers on leaders of the tourism industry,” said Mickey Rowley, the commonwealth’s deputy secretary for tourism. “We are honoring the trailblazers, industry captains, and the no job too small visionaries who through hard work and dedication have enriched our tourism landscape while inspiring the masses to visit.” “Their efforts are essential to ensuring the Commonwealth remains the fifth most visited state in the nation.”


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