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Outdoor Film Series Fully Funded!


Last summer, Friends of Midtown worked with the Midtown Cinema to bring a series of six free outdoor films to Midtown. Thousands of neighbors and visitors took advantage of this offer, which was made possible only through the generous sponsorship of several individuals and businesses.

Now we’re working to bring it back. From June through August, neighbors may view a mix of such classics and family-friendly films as Grease (singalong), Guardians of the GalaxyGodzilla vs. Megalon (featuring Down in Front! comedy riffing), Back to the FutureHook, and The Goonies.

The entire project will cost about $6500, but we won’t charge admission to the events,so we sought sponsors to offset the expected costs.

So far, we’ve raised or received pledges for $6642:

$1000 from the Auchincloss Family Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities
$1000 from the Form Foundation Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communitys on behalf of Seward and Debra Ryan
$500 from the Carter Family Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities
$500 from Yellow Bird Cafe
$500 from Aangan Express
$500 from Friends of Patty Kim
$500 from Ted’s Bar & Grill Midtown
$500 from GK Visual
$500 from WCI Partners
$500 from TheBurg
$150 donation
$100 donation
$100 donation
$100 donation
$50 donation
$25 donation
$20 donation
$20 donation
$20 donation
$10 donation
$47 in small-bill donations

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Any additional donations we receive will improve this year’s event, cover unexpected costs, or be saved for next year’s event.

Help distribute our winter newsletter

Each season, Friends of Midtown distributes more than 3000 paper newsletters throughout Midtown. It’s our most ambitious method of spreading word about our upcoming events, like the MLK Day of Service, our Winter Social and Annual Meeting, or Board Game Day. To accomplish this, we need the help of about a dozen volunteers for one or two weekends. If you’re able to help share our January, February, and March events with neighbors for an hour or more between now and January 10, please contact us.

2016 #ShopMidtown coupon book available

In case you haven’t heard, our new #ShopMidtown coupon books have arrived. The book is bigger this year, with 56 coupons from 50 businesses, but the price is the same: just $10 per book, with Friends of Midtown members paying only $8. Plus, for as long as they remain, we’ll give you a complimentary 2015 #ShopMidtown coupon book, which contains 41 coupons from 32 businesses still valid through the end of December, when you purchase a new book. They make a great gift for anyone who lives in, works in, or visits Harrisburg.

November 28 is a great opportunity to buy a book. As part of Small Business Saturday, we’ll be selling books near the courtyard entrance in the brick building of the Broad Street Market. We’ll try to be there all day, volunteer depending, but we’ll definitely be present from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

You could even take advantage of our #ShopMidtown special, two #ShopMidtown reusable shopping bags and a #ShopMidtown coupon book for only $20 ($15 for current FOM members), available only November 28 at the Market.

Can’t make it tomorrow? You can buy them online, too, and arrange to pick them up at a future event or have them shipped to you. We just established a cart-based checkout system, so let us know if you have any difficulties or recommendations for improvement.

The #ShopMidtown coupon book isn’t the only way you can shop to support Friends of Midtown this weekend. You could use AmazonSmile for those things you can’t find nearby and Amazon will donation a portion of your purchase to Friends of Midtown.

Midtown Person of 2015 Nominations Sought

A nominee should demonstrate the core goals of the Friends of Midtown: Strengthen the intrinsic physical structures of community by promoting a pedestrian-scaled streetscape that is safe and clean; Stimulate Midtown’s economic revitalization by encouraging small business growth that contributes to a more livable community and quality of life for all; Spark public participation through events and activities that celebrate Midtown’s diverse culture and contribute to community well-being. To nominate someone, please send us your name and address, the nominee’s name and address, and a paragraph about the nominee.

Halloween Haunted House

Our free Halloween Haunted House returns to Midtown on October 29, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We’re working with youth from the Neighborhood Center’s TECH program to develop a frightening, but fun theme of the dangers of radiation. Those trick-or-treaters too young for this scary attraction may still have candy.

We could still use some volunteers, so if you can help, please contact our Events Committee.

Whether you’re participating in the haunted house, taking your children out for candy, or not distributing treats for any reason, please ensure safety by keeping your porch lights on and post this flyer on your door to redirect youth to the Haunted House.

Seeking Input for Wayfinding Maps

in 2012, Urban 3D developed wayfinding maps listing businesses and other attractions n Midtown. The maps are being updated, but we’re seeking your input to assure we didn’t miss anything. Please take a moment to look at the map and let us know if any new businesses were excluded, any included businesses have closed, or anything is misspelled or misplaced.

Fall 2015 Newsletter

Each season, Friends of Midtown distributes more than 3000 paper newsletters throughout Midtown. It’s our most ambitious method of spreading word about our upcoming events. To accomplish this, we need the help of about a dozen volunteers for one or two weekends. If you’re able to help share our October, November, and December events with neighbors for an hour or more September 26 or 27 or October 3 or 4, please let us know when you’re available.

If you don’t life in Midtown or we missed your home, here’s a copy of the newsletter for your viewing.

Midtown May Market

Friends of Midtown’s third annual Midtown May Market brings together a community yard sale and fundraiser waffle brunch on May 16 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The yard sale is a partnership with other community organizations–Midtown Square Action Council, Olde Uptown Neighborhood Association, Market Place Town Homes HOA, and New Fox Ridge HOA–and will be located at residents’ homes throughout the Midtown area:

The all-you-can-eat waffle brunch will be held at Second City Church from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Admission is only $5 per person, and one child under 10 eats free per accompanying adult.

All admission from the waffle brunch will benefit the Ecumenical Food Pantry–an organization that has served the City of Harrisburg for four decades from the nearby Messiah Lutheran Church. In the 2013 fiscal year, the Pantry served an average of 2735 per month.

Both events are rain or shine. Free parking is available at Second City Church or two-hour parking at the Broad Street Market.