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Summer 2017 Newsletter

Like to plan ahead? All events and meetings through September are included in Friends of Midtown’s Summer Newsletter, which was mailed to everyone in the 17102 ZIP code in early July. A copy is linked if you don’t receive one.

If you live in 17102 and didn’t receive one, please contact our Communications Committee at so we can address this problem with the USPS. If your business would like to reach this same audience with an advertisement, please contact our Communications Committee. 

2017 City Council Candidate Night

Do you know who you’re going to vote for to represent your interests on City Council? Four positions are open and all six active candidates have been invited to this event to share with you their ideas to improve Harrisburg. Five have confirmed attendance: Ben Allatt, Jeremiah Chamberlin, Dave Madsen, Shamaine Daniels, and Ausha Green. Anglea Kirkland has since withdrawn from the race. Here is some brief biographical information about the candidates: 2017 Candidate Bios.

The event starts at 6:00 p.m. on April 26 at Harrisburg Midtown Arts Center (1110 N. 3rd St.), but be there as early as 5:30 p.m. for the best seats. An engaged citizenry is necessary for the advancement of our City, so be sure to invite your neighbors.

We’ve received questions from the public and created a pool of questions that could be asked of the candidates: 2017 Candidate Questions. Each candidate will have one minute to answer a random question from each category: Financial Recovery and Economic Development; Public Safety and Quality of Life; Personal Background and Governance. Then each candidate will have two minutes to answer a question unknown to them, but based on their personal experience or statements. If time permits, all candidates will be asked up to five yes or no questions.

We let the candidates know the potential questions ahead of time because we want to educate voters based on thoughtful responses. Our goal is not to trip up the candidates or embarrass them. But they don’t know which question they’ll receive, so each must be well rounded.

Can’t make it? We’ll be streaming live on Facebook and posting regularly on Twitter. We’ll also permit candidates to provide written responses to all questions, which we will share here.

Wanted: Communications Co-Chair

The Friends of Midtown Board will have a vacancy for a communications co-chair that we will need to fill by the end of the April.

We’re looking for a Board member with the primary role of managing FOM’s social media accounts and update certain aspects of its Web site. A bonus would be willingness to take photographs at FOM events.

Expected commitment: 1-2 hours per week, plus one monthly meeting,

If you have the education or experience to fill this position, please contact us at by April 10.

Spring 2017 Newsletter

Like to plan ahead? All events and meetings through June are included in Friends of Midtown’s Spring Newsletter, which will be mailed to everyone in the 17102 ZIP code in the next couple days. A copy is linked if you don’t receive one.

If you live in 17102 and don’t receive one by April 7, please contact our Communications Committee at so we can address this problem with the USPS. If your business would like to reach this same audience with an advertisement, please contact our Communications Committee. 

2017 Outdoor Film Series Fully Funded

For the third consecutive summer, Friends of Midtown is partnering with the Midtown Cinema to bring a series of six free outdoor films to Midtown. Thousands of neighbors and visitors have taken advantage of these events, which were made possible only through the generous sponsorship of several individuals and businesses.

This year’s slate:

6/9: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1988, PG, 104 min
6/23: Superman, 1978, PG, 143 min
7/14: I Was a Teenage Werewolf (featuring Down in Front! comedy riffing), 1957, UR, 76 min
7/28: Jaws, 1975, PG, 124 min
8/11: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 2001, PG, 152 min
8/25: Star Wars: The Force Awakens, 2015, PG-13, 136 min

The entire project will cost about $8000, but we won’t charge admission to the events, so we sought sponsors to offset the expected costs.

If all the pledges come through, we’ve exceeded our fundraising total with
So far, we’ve raised or received pledges for $8745:

$2000 sponsorship from Metro PCS
$1000 sponsorship from the Auchincloss Family Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities
$1000 sponsorship from Audry & Andy Carter
$1000 sponsorship from the Form Foundation Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities on behalf of Seward and Debra Ryan.
$700 sponsorship from Engleton neighbors
$500 sponsorship from GK Visual
$500 sponsorship from WCI Partners, LP
$500 sponsorship from Heinly Homes, LLC
$500 sponsorship from Tom Santanna Strategic Consulting
$500 sponsorship from Harrisburg Young Professionals
$500 sponsorship from TheBurg
$100 donation
$25 donation
$20 donation

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Excess funds will be used to improve this year’s event or saved for next year.

You may also support us generally with a membership or purchase.

Midtown Person of 2016

Friends of Midtown is seeking nominees for Midtown Person of 2016.

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 before January 15. The winner will be announced on February 6 at our Winter Social and Annual Meeting.

Small Business Saturday and 2017 #ShopMidtown Coupon Books

As you plan to get up early to hit the major stores for Black Friday discounts, be sure to save some shopping energy for Small Business Saturday, which is this Saturday, November 26. Small Business Saturday is a day to recognize the benefits small businesses have brought to our community, so take some time to stop by your favorite Midtown restaurants and shops or visit a new location.

To celebrate Small Business Saturday, Friends of Midtown will be introducing the 2017 #ShopMidtown coupon book. Find us at the Broad Street Market from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. Friends of Midtown will also be hosting a Local Lunch at the Market from 12 to 2.

For just $10, or $8 for FOM members, you’ll find a variety of deals from local vendors. See to find out which businesses are participating. Plus, while supplies last, everyone who purchases a 2017 #ShopMidtown coupon book will also receive a complimentary copy of the 2016 book, with deals still valid through the end of the year. And you can give the gift of shopping Midtown, too – pick up a couple extra coupon books to give to friends and family members.

Also Saturday is the Odd Ones Bizarre, an alternative arts and crafts show at The Millworks.

We hope to see you supporting Midtown businesses on Small Business Saturday!

Seeking Board and Committee Members

As we proceed through 2016, we must plan for 2017 and the need to fill existing and expected voids in leadership and volunteer positions. Remember that  volunteering just two hours per week can improve your health. If you’re interested in filling one or more of the following positions, please contact us:

Manages Friends of Midtown’s budget, handles deposits, pays expenses, and creates monthly treasury reports. This is a Board position and requires monthly Board meeting attendance. [tentatively filled]

Records minutes at Friends of Midtown Board meetings, so this is a Board position and requires monthly meeting attendance. [tentatively filled]

Runs monthly committee meetings and organizes community service projects, including community cleanups, MLK Day of Service, and planting and maintenance of flower barrels. Representation of Friends of Midtown with Clean & Green Harrisburg preferred, but not required. This could be one or two Board positions and requires monthly Board meeting attendance. [one spot filled]

Looking to fill two positions: one to complete small graphic design projects, including advertisements, posters, and event flyers, on a monthly schedule. The other would maintain our social media presence on Facebook and Twitter and update our Web site. One is a Board position requiring monthly meeting attendance. The other requires coordination with the Communications cochairs, but presently does not require meetings. Which of these two positions is a Board position and which is a Committee position does not matter. [filled]

Runs monthly committee meetings and organizes fun events, including the Outdoor Film Series partnership with Midtown Cinema, National Night Out, Halloween Haunted House, and Santa in Midtown. One position definitely open, with a second potentially. This is a Board position and requires monthly Board meeting attendance. [filled]

Maintains membership database, issues welcome packets to new members and new homeowners, notifies members of lapsed memberships. This is a Board position and requires monthly Board meeting attendance, but certain tasks may be delegated to a Committee volunteer, so non-Board volunteers are also welcome. [filled]

Improvement District
This ad hoc committee is looking for up to fifteen interested individuals from broad economic, geographical, and racial demographics: homeowners, renters, non-resident property owners, business owners. and nonprofit representatives. The purpose of this committee is to explore the idea of creating a Midtown Improvement District, as has been proposed in different incarnations in the past. Minimum of two or three hours expected per month.