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Hershey is swimming in sweetness with the kickoff for Chocolate-Covered February this weekend.

The whole month is packed with events, from fun activities for the little ones to alcohol-and-chocolate pairings strictly for adults. Create truffles, bathe in chocolate, watch a chef's demonstration or kick back and sip hot chocolate with the kids.

Get the whole rundown of events at www.chocolatecoveredfebruary.com.

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The 12th annual Taste of York City is just around the corner, and tickets are extremely limited.

The tradition celebrating the diversity of York City's culinary scene with a cocktail reception, dinner, and silent and live auctions begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in the Valencia Ballroom, 142 N. George St., York.

Proceeds benefit York City Special Events.

Tickets will go on sale through yorkcity.org in early February, so check there or on the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/atasteofyorkcity.

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Good cooking begins with good ingredients.

For those interested in controlling the process from start to finish, "All About Dirt" might be the answer.

Jon Darby of the Horn Farm Center for Agricultural Education will discuss soil and composting techniques for home gardens from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Kreutz Creek Valley Library, 66 Walnut Springs Road, Hellam Township.


Call 252-4080 to register for the free program.