Derry Township eNews - June 25, 2021
Current News
Board of Supervisors Meeting Recording Available
The Derry Township Board of Supervisors held its regular meeting Tuesday, June 22nd at 7 p.m. To listen to the recording, please click this link.
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:
Community Center Capital Campaign
Ends June 30th
The Hershey Community Center Captial Campaign will accept pledges of $5,000 or more until the end of June 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.

One-time donations of less than $5,000 will be accepted online through June 30, or via check through the end of 2021. Please send checks to this address:

Friends of Derry Township Parks & Recreation
ATTN: Hershey Community Center Capital Campaign
600 Clearwater Road
Hershey, PA 17033
To date, close to 2.8 million dollars has been pledged to the Community Center. Thank you to all the generous supporters! You can learn more about the project and see updates on construction on the Community Center website.
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
Downtown Hershey Association’s Market on Chocolate Open for The Summer
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
Open Mic in the r.g.
Friday, June 25 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Enjoy the talents of local musicians in the library's
Reading Garden. (r.g.) All performances will be family friendly and showcase the musical gifts of local artists. Bring your own lawn chair, snacks, and maybe a blanket and enjoy music as the sun goes down. Everyone is welcome. Registration is not required.
Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors Family Book Group
Saturday, June 26 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Register online for a virtual book discussion on, "This Book is Anti-Racist” by Tiffany Jewell. Books are provided to registered participants by the library.
Abe Ovadia, Jazz Guitarist
Saturday, June 26 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Join us outside the library as we enjoy listening to Abe Ovadia's Jazz. Bring your lawn chairs and a blanket just in case. This will be a wonderful hour of LIVE music outside the library. Please register online for this Friends Adult Program.
Stories for Everyone
Mondays, June 14 to July 19 - 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Ms. Rita will be on Facebook 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. Tune in on Monday mornings or a time that suits you. Suitable for children ages 3 to 5. Registration is not required.
Crafts in the r.g.
Tuesday, June 29 - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Tweens and teens, come join us. We will be working on wrapping a protective cover on your charging cords. We will have yarn, but feel free to bring your own. Bring friends, snacks, and your charging cords to hang out outside in the r.g (Reading Garden) and braid some protection for the ever-important power chords. Registration is not required.
Susquehanna Folk Music Society Presents: Cups & Crankies: Home Grown Family Fun
Wednesday, June 30 - 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This is a live streamed event by Susquehanna Folk Music Society. Box and String invite you to an interactive workshop for all ages featuring moving panoramas (crankies), games and crafts with ordinary paper cups, original and traditional songs about our animal friends, dancing, and plenty of silliness. Register here:
Longwood Gardens' Community
Read with Abra Lee
Thursday, July 1 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Register online to join Abra Lee, public horticulture leader in the making. From rural roots in Georgia, to a passion for the best contemporary Rhythm & Blues and hip-hop music, fashion style, and the carefully curated details of hairstyles and nails – Abra sees the interweaving of horticulture and our everyday lives as a path to increasing horticulture’s relevance and importance for everyone. An advocate for Planting Your Truth – she’s a member of the 2019-2020 cohort of The Longwood Fellows and she shares more about her plant life journey on Cultivating Place this week. This virtual program is sponsored by the Friends.
Virtual LEGO Club
Friday, July 2 - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join LEGO Club. A Zoom link will be provided along with the week's challenge via email prior to the club meeting. We will share related stories and videos and participants will have the opportunity to share the creations they made to meet the week's challenge. Register online.
Community News and Events
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.

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.
Snapology Summer Camps
Snapology Mining and Building – EPIC camp is starting June 28th through July 2nd at the Derry Township Administration Building, 600 Clearwater Road, Hershey.

For additional information or to register, click this link:
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.
Food Truck Friday
Spring Creek Church of the Brethren hosts Food Truck Friday on June 25, 5 - 8 p.m. in the church parking lot located at the end of Areba Avenue, Hershey (335 East Areba), rain or shine. The event is free and open to the public -- just pay as you eat! Purchase from a variety of food trucks: Forrest Feeds, Cheesy Grill, Next Level Pizza, Scoop O Dough, and Dog Treats. Plus: outdoor games and water sprinklers!  Enjoy food and fun while supporting local businesses. Save-the-dates for Food Truck Friday also on July 23 and August 27. For details: 717-533-7192 or Note: CDC, PA, and local guidelines will be followed at all times by vendors and patrons.
JavaPalooza 2021 - June 26
The community is invited for a full day of live music by some of Central PA's most legendary bands, food trucks, games, prizes and lots of "Fun Stuff" for all ages. The JavaPalooza Street Festival in Hershey has something for everyone. Come early, stay for the day.

For more information see their Eventbrite page at this link.
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