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What's happening in York this week
Celebrate York's most famous export with York Bike Week, which runs through Sunday, in conjunction with the Harley-Davidson York Vehicle Assembly Plant Open House. The free open house runs 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday through Saturday at the Springettsbury Township plant, with demo rides and tours. The 24th Annual Bike Night, organized by York City and sponsored by Harley-Davidson, runs 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, around Continental Square, with a parade at 4:30 p.m. from the York Expo Center, vendors, food and music. Information: yorkbikeweek.com.
Take the Big Park Challenge to get to know the York County Parks this weekend. The challenge runs dawn to dusk, Friday through Sunday, Sept. 21-23, at all 10 county parks. Participants are challenged to walk specially marked 1-mile trails. You can walk one, the Core Four (Rocky Ridge, Nixon, rail trail and Rudy) or try to do all 10. Free, no registration. Check out the specifics at yorkcountyparks.org, and post photos using the hashtag #bigparkchallenge.
The Eli Young Band comes to Hanover's Eichelberger Performing Arts Center on Friday, Sept. 21. The group has had many hits on country and Billboard Top 200 charts and an Academy of Country Music Song of the Year. Showtime: 7 p.m. at the Eichelberger, 195 Stock St., Hanover. Tickets: $30-$35. Information: TheEich.org or 717-637-7086.
Saturday, Sept. 22, is Museum Day, sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine, with 1,500 museums around the country offering free entry with a ticket. In York County, participating sites are The York County History Center properties, 250 E. Market St.; Wrightsville Historical Museum, 309 Locust St., Wrightsville; Burning of the Bridge Diorama, 124 Hellam St., Wrightsville; Warehime-Myers Mansion, 305 Baltimore St., Hanover; and Neas House, 113 W. Chestnut St., Hanover. Go to www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday to download a ticket good for two admissions.
The Ma & Pa Railroad Heritage Village will hold its annual Railroad Heritage Day on Saturday, Sept. 22. The village will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. with free admission to special exhibits, demonstrations, activities for children and food. The railroad tracks were damaged by flooding on Aug. 31, and there will be free 1.2-mile train trips every half hour, with passengers asked to consider a donation for restoration efforts. Information: www.MaAnPaRailroad.com.
The York Symphony Orchestra opens its 2018-19 season at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at the Appell Center for the Performing Arts, 50 N. George St., with "Heroes and Superheroes." The selections include "Superman March" by John Williams, "Ride of the Valkyries" by Wagner and theme songs from such TV shows as "Dragnet," "Hill Street Blues" and "The Untouchables." Audience members are encouraged to dress in costume. Tickets start at $9 adults, $5 students. Information: www.YorkSymphony.org or 717-846-1111.