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A big night of poetry, the Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards are back and a chance to rock out to Springsteen music. More on those events and another look at what’s happening around the area.

Enjoy a big night of poetry at MJ’s Coffeehouse at The Allen Theater. The event is Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m. The night features poets Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and G. Emil Reutter in their 2016 poetry tour. The reading is free and an open mic will follow a reading by Sahms-Guarnieri and Reutter. Copies of "Night Sweat" by Sahms-Guarnieri and "From the Valley" by Reutter will be available for purchase. The coffeehouse at the theater is located at 36 E. Main St., which is Route 422. For more information, contact sahmsguarnieriandreutter@gmail.com.

If you enjoy watching the Tony Awards every year, you’ll want to go to the Hershey Theatre to enjoy a similar experience. The eighth annual Hershey Theatre Apollo Awards are Sunday, May 22 at 7 p.m. It will honor high schools and their students in Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon and Perry counties, and the Elizabethtown area for their memorable efforts in musical and play productions. Awards will be presented in 17 categories. Tickets are $10, $15, $25 and $30. For tickets and more information, go to http://www.hersheyentertainment.com/hershey-theatre/.

A Jersey Shore musical group is coming to the Sunoco Performance Theater at Whitaker Center. Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes will perform Friday, May 20, from 8 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $35, $45 and $55. Hear the band perform several Springsteen songs, including “The Fever” and “Fade Away.” For tickets and more information, visit www.whitakercenter.org.

Your next chance to see The Lebanon Big Swing Band is coming up next month. They’ll be part of the Well Lebanon Hospital Street Fair Entertainment Saturday, June 4 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. The event will be located on South Eighth Street in front of the municipal building.

There’s something to do for both the young and the old at Governor Dick Environmental Center next weekend. On Saturday, May 21 at 2 p.m., it's “Junior Naturalists: Beaks, Teeth and Claws.” The program is for children ages four and up and will focus on animal defenses. Then on Sunday, May 22 at 1:30 p.m., it's “Senior Walkabout,” a two-to-three mile hike for anyone over the age of 50. Remember to pre-register for all events by leaving a name and phone number in case a program cancels. For more information, call 9764-3808 or email governordick@hotmail.com.

Join the Blue Mountain Eagle Climbing Club on the Appalachian Trail. They’ll be meeting at 8:30 a.m. at Bethel Library, located at Interstate 78 and Route 501. Be sure to bring lunch and something to drink. For more information, call George at 933-4858.

Enjoy an “Afternoon Garden Tea on the Farm” at Historic Schaefferstown. The event is Saturday, May 21 at 2 p.m. There is a $5 donation. The event includes a house tour and dry house demonstration, as well as a presentation on the use of natural dyes, organic gardening and heirloom seeds. Light refreshments will be served. For more details, call 949-2244.

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