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An artist at a 3rd in the Burg exhibit at the Civic Club of Harrisburg.

Get outside, enjoy the weather and pick up a copy of the new March issue of TheBurg Magazine! This month, we feature the hard work of local nonprofits. In the meantime, don’t forget to catch up on this past week’s news, listed and linked, below.

“The Black is Beautiful Expo” will take place, for the second time, at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Harrisburg this weekend. Around 30 local Black-owned businesses will be in attendance, our online story reported.

Bob’s Art Blog spotlighted the diverse art exhibit at the Civic Club of Harrisburg for 3rd in the Burg. The event was hosted by Reina Wooden, “R76” and featured an array of other local artists.

Christine Titih, a local author and entrepreneur, founded the Oaks of Central PA, an organization that advocates for and supports African immigrants in the area. Our magazine article tells Titih’s story, including why she recently released a book on finding faith and purpose during uncertain times.

COVID-19 hit, with the resulting lockdown and ensuing job loss, and was a perfect storm to upend those in recovery. But organizations continue the work to help those struggling, blunting the seclusion and stress. Read more in our magazine story.

The COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP), a grant program that offers financial help for hotels, restaurants and bars, will kick off on March 15. The program provides grants of up to $50,000 to businesses with fewer than 300 employees and a tangible net worth less than $15 million, our online story reported.

Dauphin County awarded gaming grants to over 80 local organizations this past week. Many Harrisburg organizations received money for building renovation and improvement projects. See the list of recipients in our online story.

Development projects in Midtown Harrisburg received zoning approvals on Monday night, moving them closer to construction, our reporting found. The city’s Zoning Hearing Board approved variances for an apartment building/community center and townhouses in the Capitol Heights neighborhood; an apartment building and parking garage on Reily Street; and the conversion of a dilapidated commercial structure to a small apartment building.

Our editor reflects on a year of COVID and the impact it has had on Harrisburg. He hopes TheBurg Magazine has provided an element of normalcy in very abnormal times.

HACC partnered with Dauphin County to offer its parking lot as a mass vaccination site, our reporting found. According to the county commissioners, the site will be used when more doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are available.

Sara Bozich has a list of fun activities for your weekend, just as the weather gets warmer. Check out her weekend recommendations, here.

Team Scott Inspire founders, James “Scottie” Scott and wife Rachelle, know that being an adolescent is hard, but being an adolescent who’s disadvantaged can be even harder. Five years ago, they started their nonprofit to assist these youth in need, our magazine story reported.

Todd Phillips won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the Harrisburg Regional Chamber & CREDC in October. The Chamber recognized him for his business and for his dedication to mentoring youth. Our magazine article highlights Phillips and his barbershop, True Legends.

UPMC is offering the COVID-19 vaccinations to all elderly residents of Jackson Tower and Lick Tower, public housing buildings in Harrisburg. UPMC sees this as a way to assist an underserved community, our online story reported.

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