Mayor Papenfuse to Lead Live Discussion on COVID-19 Vaccinations & Interview on #StopAsianHate movement to follow live segment

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will lead a discussion on COVID-19 vaccinations on the next Facebook Live Community Conversation.

WHO: Mayor Eric Papenfuse; Commissioner Mike Pries, Dauphin County; Chief Brian Enterline, Harrisburg Bureau of Fire; Lou Baverso, COO UPMC Pinnacle, President Central Region 

WHAT: Facebook Live Discussion on COVID-19 Vaccinations and Other Updates  

WHERE: facebook.com/thecityofhbg, simulcast on WHBG-TV Channel 20  

WHEN: Friday, April 9th at 12:00 p.m  

Following the discussion, city resident Zachary Huynh shares his experience as an Asian American and describes the #StopAsianHate movement [pre-recorded interview due to scheduling conflict]. 

Mayor Papenfuse is hosting community conversations live on Facebook and Channel 20 each Friday at noon during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster emergency. The weekly program provides local updates on the pandemic and other news in Harrisburg. Recordings of past sessions can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPqv06hKy5aD5_Sluet-AAQnie_KQUn7W and https://soundcloud.com/thecityofhbg/sets/community-conversations-with-mayor-papenfuse  

For health-related information and other general inquiries about coronavirus (COVID-19), residents are encouraged to visit the websites of the PA Department of Health https://www.health.pa.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/ 

Modified Artsfest to Provide Hybrid Experience on City Island

HARRISBURG  The 53rd annual Artsfest, slated for May 29-31, has been re-imagined for our times and will offer a hybrid guest experience that combines in-person juried artisans and food trucks, along with virtual presentations and an online artisan market. Hand-crafted works will be available for sale in sixteen different categories, including ceramics, digital, drawing, fiber (decorative and wearable), furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood. 

The festival layout will look different this year with all activities held on City Island to provide a larger area for social distancing, slightly reduced number of vendors, and designated entry and exit points. Additional health and safety modifications will be in place including one-direction pedestrian traffic, capacity monitoring, handwashing stations, vendors spaced 10 feet apart and social distancing markers. Masks will be required. 

“While the traditional festival will be different this year, we look forward to welcoming back the talented artisans in a safe and modified way,” said Mayor Papenfuse. 

Jazzfest will be paused for the 2021 event. Kidsfest will offer free, take-home kits filled with educational, artistic and playful activities for families to safely pick up at Artsfest and enjoy at home. FilmFest will offer a live stream of short films in a virtual platform. 

The HBG Flea, featuring local artisans, will return. “We’re so excited that Artsfest is coming back. Our collaboration introduces dozens of local artists to a wider audience and emphasizes the importance of shopping locally to the lives of the incredible artists and artisans living in Central PA,” said Mary Imgrund, HBG Flea Co-Founder. 

The City does not plan to keep this format for the 2022 event and looks forward to welcoming residents, visitors and vendors back to Riverfront Park. Artsfest is sponsored by Visit Hershey & Harrisburg, ExploreHBG, and Capital BlueCross. 

Follow our Artsfest event on Facebook.

 

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City Council to Hold Public Hearing and Work Session Tuesday

HARRISBURG – City Council is holding a Public Hearing on Tuesday, April 6th at 5:30 p.m. on Bills 17-2020 and 3-2021. The public is invited to attend the virtual hearing and provide comment via zoom. The hearing will be live-streamed at youtube.com/whbg20 

 

WHAT: Public Hearing on Bills 17-2020 and 3-2021 & City Council Work Session 

 

WHEN: Tuesday, April 6th at 5:30 p.m. 

 

WHERE: virtually via Zoom platform, live stream at youtube.com/whbg20  

 

The City Council Work Session will follow the Public Hearing. Residents may submit comments during the public comment portion of the hearing and work session.  Comments/questions are limited to one per resident and must include name and address to be considered. 

 

The public can attend the hearing and session by using the Zoom app:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84694509930, Passcode 20214321.  

 

To enter the meeting by phone (dial-in method), call 301-715-8592. When prompted, enter the Webinar ID (846 9450 9930 #) and Passcode (20214321 #) . During public comment, press *9 to “raise hand”, and when prompted, *6 to toggle unmute/mute.  

 

 City Council session agendas, calendar, and other materials are available at harrisburgpa.gov/city-council. 

 

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‘Community Conversation’ on Faith and the Pandemic Friday

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse is joined by members of the Mayor’s Interfaith Advisory Council to discuss faith and the impact of the pandemic on this week’s Community Conversation show.  

  

WHO: Mayor Eric Papenfuse and faith leaders throughout Harrisburg 

 

WHAT: Community Conversation on Faith and the Impact of the Pandemic  

  

WHERE: facebook.com/thecityofhbg, WHBG-TV Channel 20, youtube.com/whbg20 

  

WHEN: Friday, April 2nd at 12:00 p.m.  

 

Note: This week’s segment was pre-recorded, as City offices are closed Friday due to the holiday. 

  

Mayor Papenfuse is hosting community conversations live on Facebook and Channel 20 each Friday at noon during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster emergency. The weekly program provides local updates on the pandemic and other news in Harrisburg. Recordings of past sessions can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPqv06hKy5aD5_Sluet-AAQnie_KQUn7W and https://soundcloud.com/thecityofhbg/sets/community-conversations-with-mayor-papenfuse  

 

For health-related information and other general inquiries about coronavirus (COVID-19), residents are encouraged to visit the websites of the PA Department of Health https://www.health.pa.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/ 

 

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‘Community Conversation’ to Highlight Old 8th Ward in Women’s History Special

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will lead a discussion highlighting the impact of Frances Harper and other African American women of the Old 8th Ward on the next Facebook Live Community Conversation.

WHO: Mayor Eric Papenfuse; Coalition of the Commonwealth Monument Project and other special guests 

WHAT: Special Facebook Live Discussion on African American Women of the Old 8th Ward  

WHERE: facebook.com/thecityofhbg, simulcast on WHBG-TV Channel 20  

WHEN: Friday, March 26th at 12:00 p.m.  

Mayor Papenfuse is hosting community conversations live on Facebook and Channel 20 each Friday at noon during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster emergency. The weekly program provides local updates on the pandemic and other news in Harrisburg. Recordings of past sessions can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPqv06hKy5aD5_Sluet-AAQnie_KQUn7W and https://soundcloud.com/thecityofhbg/sets/community-conversations-with-mayor-papenfuse  

For health-related information and other general inquiries about coronavirus (COVID-19), residents are encouraged to visit the websites of the PA Department of Health https://www.health.pa.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/ 

 

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Save the Date: April 6th, 2021 – Summit to Focus on Environmental Justice Issues in Pennsylvania

HARRISBURG – The City of Harrisburg is co-hosting a one-day virtual symposium on environmental justice in collaboration with the PA DEP Office of Environmental Justice, Harrisburg University, The Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium (PERC), and several other partners. 

WHAT: “EJ in PA” Environmental Justice Symposium 

WHEN: Tuesday April 6, 2021, from 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

WHERE: Virtual Event, via registration at https://summits.harrisburgu.edu/ejp/registration/ 

The event aims to create regional environmental justice hubs throughout the commonwealth in order to build an active and enduring environmental justice network in Pennsylvania. More information, including event schedule and registration details, is available at https://summits.harrisburgu.edu/ejp/   

 

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City Council to Hold Legislative Session Tuesday

HARRISBURG – Harrisburg City Council will hold its upcoming Legislative Session as a live streamed videoconference.  

WHAT: City Council Legislative Session 

WHEN: Tuesday, March 23rd at 6:00 p.m. 

WHERE: virtually via Zoom platform, live stream at youtube.com/whbg20  

Residents may submit comments during the public comment portion of the session. Comments/questions are limited to one per resident and must include name and address to be considered. 

The public can attend the session by using the Zoom app:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84694509930, Passcode 20214321.  

To enter the meeting by phone (dial-in method), call 301-715-8592. When prompted, enter the Webinar ID (846 9450 9930 #) and Passcode (20214321 #). During the public comment portion, attendees can use the ‘raise hand’ feature by pressing *9, and then when prompted, press *6 to toggle mute/unmute. 

The live stream will begin with Caucus at 5:45 p.m. City Council session agendas, calendar, and other materials are available at harrisburgpa.gov/city-council. The direct link to the agenda can be viewed at this here: https://www.ecode360.com/documents/HA1391/public/593417083.pdf  

Mayor Papenfuse to Lead Live Discussion on the Career of Retiring Public Works Director Aaron Johnson

HARRISBURG – Mayor Eric Papenfuse will lead a discussion about the career and service of Public Works Director Aaron Johnson on the next Facebook Live Community Conversation.

WHO: Mayor Eric Papenfuse; Aaron Johnson, Director of Public Works; staff and colleagues 

WHAT: Special Facebook Live Discussion on Public Works Director 

WHERE: facebook.com/thecityofhbg, simulcast on WHBG-TV Channel 20  

WHEN: Friday, March 19th at 12:00 p.m  

Mayor Papenfuse is hosting community conversations live on Facebook and Channel 20 each Friday at noon during the coronavirus (COVID-19) disaster emergency. The weekly program provides local updates on the pandemic and other news in Harrisburg. Recordings of past sessions can be accessed at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLPqv06hKy5aD5_Sluet-AAQnie_KQUn7W and https://soundcloud.com/thecityofhbg/sets/community-conversations-with-mayor-papenfuse  

For health-related information and other general inquiries about coronavirus (COVID-19), residents are encouraged to visit the websites of the PA Department of Health https://www.health.pa.gov/ and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/ 

 

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City Council to Hold Work Session Tuesday

HARRISBURG – Harrisburg City Council will hold its upcoming Work Session as a live streamed video-conference. 

WHAT: City Council Work Session 

WHEN: Tuesday, March 16th at 5:30 p.m. 

WHERE: virtually via Zoom platform, live stream at youtube.com/whbg20  

Residents may submit comments during the public comment portion of the session.  Comments/questions are limited to one per resident and must include name and address to be considered. 

The public can attend the session by using the Zoom app:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84694509930, Passcode 20214321.  

To enter the meeting by phone (dial-in method), call 301-715-8592. When prompted, enter the Webinar ID (846 9450 9930 #) and Passcode (20214321 #) . During public comment, press *9 to “raise hand”, and when prompted, *6 to toggle unmute/mute.  

The agenda can be viewed at this link: https://www.ecode360.com/documents/HA1391/public/592424258.pdf . City Council session agendas, calendar, and other materials are available at harrisburgpa.gov/city-council.