Derry Township eNews - July 2, 2021
Current News
Holiday Schedule
The Township of Derry offices will be closed on Monday, July 5th in observance of Independence Day. We wish you a happy and safe weekend.
Community Center Capital Campaign Coming to a Close
Last Call for Naming Opportunities
As construction continues on the new Hershey Community Center, the Capital Campaign that supports it is winding down. 

The Hershey Community Center Capital Campaign will accept pledges of $5,000 or more until July 6, 2021 in order to start processing naming recognitions for donors. If you're interested in making a pledge of $5,000 or more and wish to have a naming opportunity, please complete your pledge form by visiting the Community Center website. Pledges may be paid over time through the end of 2024. Many naming opportunities are still available. 

One-time donations will still be accepted via check on an ongoing basis.  Donations made through the end of 2021 will support the Capital Campaign. Donations received after that time will support ongoing programming for the community.   Read more.
Director of Library Services
The Township of Derry is seeking a Director of Library Services for the Hershey Public Library. The Hershey Public Library is an independent library serving a population of over 24,000 in hospitable South Central Pennsylvania. It circulates over 200,000 items annually, and has a collection of 140,000 items. The 2021 operating budget is $1 million. The Library has an award-winning Friends group and a separate Endowment Trust that support the library’s mission.

More information and instructions on how to apply can be found here:
Register Today for Derry Township's New Emergency Notification System
Residents may choose one of three simple ways to register:
1.    Text your ZIPCODE to 888777 from your mobile phone
2.    Go to the Derry Township website at and sign up via the Nixle link
3.    Visit to register
If you have any difficulties, please contact the Derry Township Police Department at 717-534-2202.
Township Events
Township Meetings and Events Calendars
Stop by Downtown Hershey Association’s Market on Chocolate this Saturday
Join your friends and neighbors as the Downtown Hershey Association opened Market on Chocolate on Saturday. The market is open from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. throughout the summer.

Check out the schedule to see the vendors and activities at this link.
National Night Out
Derry Township’s Annual National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021 from 6PM-8PM in the 1st block of West Caracas Avenue. Come join us, meet your neighbors, and help celebrate community unity against crime! We have already heard from some of our past groups who are going to host a table at the event, but there are tables still available. We can always use volunteers as well. Business or Community Groups interested in hosting a table or wanting to volunteer should contact Officer Rebecca Kessler or Sergeant Darren Cotten at 717-534-2202 (extensions 3106 and 3094). You can also email them at or We are looking forward to seeing some familiar and new faces that we missed so very much with the cancellation last year!
Join Us at The Library
Stories for Everyone
Monday, July 5 - 10:00 am to 10:30 am.

Join Rita Smith, Children's Librarian, on the library's Facebook page for Stories for Everyone, live each Monday morning with a storytime suitable for families and daycares. The live recording will be available for a week, until the next fun-filled Facebook Live. Registration is not required.
Furry Tales
Wednesday, July 7 - 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Struggling readers are paired with licensed therapy dogs and their handlers from Caring Hearts Pet Therapy. A selection of suitable reading material is provided for the children to read to the dogs, or you may bring your own! Program will be held in the Reading Garden and is suitable for children in grades K-5. Please register online.
Virtual LEGO Club
Friday, July 9 - 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join LEGO Club. Please register online, A Zoom link will be provided along with the week's challenge via email prior to the club meeting. Suitable for children age 6 and older.
Community News and Events
Community Beautification
Help us protect young trees from the spotted Lanternfly! Sign up here:

On Saturday, July 10th at 9 am at the Pollinator Garden on Cocoa Ave. (across from Giant) or July 10th a 10 AM at Palmdate Park Parking lot. Please help the Derry Environmental Action Committee volunteers install spotted lanternfly mitigation netting on the trees that volunteers recently planted along the Jonathan Eshenour Memorial Bike/Ped Trail (across from Giant) and at Palmdate Park.
Snapology Summer Camps
Space Wars Robotics
July 6th to July 9th - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Ages 7-14
Robotics inspired by Star Wars and space travel! Come on an adventure, building and programming functional robots using LEGO bricks in this super-fun program. Learn about space, space travel, and of course Star Wars! Build different robots each day.

Combat Robots
July 6th to July 9th - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Ages 7-14
Do you think you can build the strongest and most agile robot? Can your robot win a head-to-head combat mission? Come learn engineering strategies for building sturdy structures using LEGO bricks and then apply that knowledge to build a robot for friendly competition. You’ll have a blast as you play robot football and complete the hoop challenge in this fun robotics program.
Registration Link:
Volleyball Fun
The Joy of Sports Foundation presents volleyball instruction and recreation offerings at the Geldar Park sand volleyball courts

Girls & boys ages 8-14 can have an introduction to the game, learn & practice skills, understand the rules, and play games.

Activities take place on Wednesday, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the following days: July 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th.

Rock of Ages is coming to the Hershey Area Playhouse
The Hershey Area Playhouse is ready to rock with its first in-person show since the pandemic. Rock of Ages takes you back to the time of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical features the hits of bands including Night Ranger, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister and more, with a rock band appearing on stage throughout the entire production. The show will run July 22, 23, and 24 at 7 pm; July 25 at 2 pm; July 29, 30, and 31 at 7 pm, and August 1 at 2 pm.

Rock of Ages is for mature audiences only and includes adult language, and references to sex, drugs, AND rock and roll! The show will take place in person on the Playhouse stage, and current CDC and local guidelines will be followed. Tickets are $23, and can be purchased at
Hershey Rotary Fundraiser Event
The community is invited to the Hershey Rotary Club's fundraising event to benefit the Club’s 2021 community grant program. The event will take place on July 11, from 2:00-6:00 p.m. at Cassel Vineyards of Hershey, 80 Shetland Drive, Hummelstown. Price is $30 for adults and $5 for children. The event is family oriented and open to the public. Admission price includes wine tasting (for ages 21 and over), live music, a food truck, and raffles. RSVP to Tracy Creer at
Kids Fit Program
Kids Fit will assist children ages 5-14 by introducing them to basic movement and exercise to show how the body works and how it can benefit through exercise, strength training and over-all self-improvement. We hope you’ll come out to join us at Shank Park. To learn further details about these youth fitness programs, please click on the link below.
Adult Gentle Yoga @ Brookside Park
July 13th to August 3rd from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Gentle Yoga class is the perfect class to begin your yoga experience. You will learn the alignment of each pose, ways to modify to suit your physical needs, and how your breath is a tool for your practice.
Drop-In registration is also available!
Girls 'Flag' Rugby
The Joy of Sports Foundations presents Girls 'Flag' Rugby for 2nd - 8th grade girls. This introduction to the game will be held at Palmdale Park and will teach the rules and promote leadership development as well as skill/confidence building.

Summer clinics take place on August 1st. The fall program runs from September 14th through October 31st.

For more information and to register, click on this link.
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