Welcoming Our Future. Celebrating Our Past.
Volume 2, Issue 13________________________________________________Wednesday, April 6 , 2011



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Wednesday, April 6
5:00 PM Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee Hearing (Informational Hearing-Trash in the Inner Harbor RECONVENED)
*Broadcast on TV25
Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall

Monday, April 11
5:00 PM City Council Meeting
Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall

Tuesday, April 12
1:30 PM Health Committee Hearing (Baltimore City Health Department-Loss of Federal Lead Paint Abatement Funding)
Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall

Wednesday, April 13
10:30 AM Executive Appointments Committee Hearing (Ann Gearhart-Member, Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission; Jonathan Kaufman-Member, Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission; Christine Muldowney-Member, Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission; Gale Rasin-Member, Anti-Animal Abuse Advisory Commission)
Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall

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President's Cup Kicks Off With Sports Legends

Dear Baltimoreans,

On Saturday, April 2, 2011, I welcomed about 170 public and private school students and coaches to Baltimore’s Sports Legends Museum to celebrate the city’s rich baseball history and to officially kick off of the President’s Cup – a citywide baseball tournament designed to bring together the city’s public and private school students on some of Baltimore’s finest baseball diamonds.

The students and coaches toured the Sports Legends Museum’s 10 exhibits, which include galleries dedicated to the Baltimore Orioles, Ravens, Colts, amateur baseball, the Negro League and former Baltimore Colts great and NFL Hall of Fame player Johnny Unitas.

Council President Young talks to high school students from public and private schools in Baltimore City about the importance of dedication and in academics and athletics.

During the tour, students and coaches learned about the sporting history of the Baltimore Orioles from three of the team’s Hall of Fame players and World Series champions: Paul Blair, Al Bumbry and “Tippy” Martinez. Former Negro League Player Eddie Banks was also on hand to speak to the players and coaches.

Michael Gibbons, Executive Director of the Sports Legends Museum and Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, said it's important to teach high school students about the role the game of baseball played in helping to heal a nation divided along racial and class lines.

“We commend Council President Young for this important initiative,” Mr. Gibbons said. “Baseball has long been recognized as our National pastime and what better way to celebrate the game than the President’s Cup. Sports Legends is proud to participate and to share the unique legacy of Baltimore baseball with these fine young players.”

Tournament play will begin on Saturday, April 9, 2011, and continue through Saturday, April 16, 2011. During the President’s Cup, students will compete on some of the city’s best baseball fields in hopes of playing in the championship game on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

The games this Saturday, April 9 will be played at two locations: the Johns Hopkins University Baseball Diamond (at the corner of N Charles St and University Parkway) and Medfield Heights Elementary School (4300 Buchanan Ave).  Here is the schedule for this weekend:

  • Johns Hopkins
    • 12 pm – Friends vs. Public School #1
    • 3:30 pm – Boys’ Latin vs. Public School #2
  • Medfield Heights ES
    • 12 pm – Mount St. Joseph vs. St. Frances
    • 3:30 pm – Gilman vs. Public School #3

The following weekend, we will play the semifinals and the championship game (at Camden Yards!)

The President’s Cup aims to unite Baltimore’s youth by using baseball to bring together groups of high school students from different backgrounds that normally would not compete with one another. The President’s Cup also represents an exciting new addition to my ongoing P.L.A.Y. (Productive Lives, Active Youth) campaign. P.L.A.Y. provides Baltimore’s youth with a wide range of opportunities to strengthen their self-confidence, develop leadership skills, learn from positive role models, and be rewarded athletically for their academic achievements. P.L.A.Y. encourages them to thrive academically, socially and emotionally.

I look forward to getting the games started and seeing a big crowd at Camden Yards for the championship .

Bernard C. “Jack” Young
President, Baltimore City Council

Speak Out During Annual Taxpayers' Night

The Board of Estimates will hold its annual Taxpayers’ Night on Wednesday, April 13, 2011.

Taxpayers’ Night allows citizens an opportunity to voice their thoughts and concerns about the City’s proposed Fiscal Year 2012 budget. Members of the Board of Estimates will meet to listen to residents and gather feedback.

Taxpayers' Night will be held at 6 p.m. at the War Memorial Building at 101 N. Gay Street (across from city hall on Gay Street, between Fayette and Lexinton Streets).


Here is a snapshot of the many meetings, events, discussions and visits Council President Young engages in on a daily basis as he works to strengthen Baltimore's communities.

Council President Young visits the L.I.F.E. Center on April 1, 2011.

Council President Young spends time with residents of Northwest Baltimore at Tov Pizza on March 31, 2011.

8th Annual Baltimore Green Week Coming Soon

Celebrate all things green during the 8th Annual Baltimore Green Week.  The week kicks off with the EcoFest on Saturday, April 16 as over 100 vendors and exhibitors come out to offer programs and products supporting environmentally aware practices.  The EcoFest is free and will take place in Druid Hill Park from noon to 5 p.m.

Curious about growing your own garden, alternative forms of transportation, how to conserve water and energy at home, bee keeping or vermiculture?  This is your chance to explore what Baltimore has to offer.  All events are free and low cost, open to the public and offered citywide throughout the week.  For a detailed list of participants, event details, and schedule, visit

Information provided by Baltimore Green Works


Community Dance Workshop
Sundays, March 20 through April 17 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Eubie Blake Cultural Center, 847 North Howard Street
The Community Dance Workshop is an opportunity for any adult who has ever wanted to learn a specific dance style, attempt set choreography, or perform dance on stage. No experience is required; modern and jazz styles are offered. After six weeks of rehearsal, a final concert will be performed on April 30 at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Space is limited, so please register in advance.
For more information or to register, email

Transcending Integration: African American Contemporary Ceramics Exhibition
March 5 through April 16
Baltimore Clayworks, 5705 Smith Avenue
Baltimore Clayworks presents a major exhibition of contemporary African American ceramic artwork. The exhibition is the culminating event for Baltimore Clayworks' 30th anniversary and celebrates the institution's history as an artists' organization with a strong presence in the city's cultural fabric. Admission is free.
For more information, call 410-578-1919.

Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists
On display through October 26
Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 East Pratt Street
Thirty-eight three-dimensional works of art by eight black women artists will be featured in the special exhibition, Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists. Material Girls features an impressive lineup of artists at varying points in their careers.
For more information, visit

Smart Homebuying Night, Western City Neighborhoods
Wednesday, April 6 from 5:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore, 5700 Park Heights Avenue
Learn all you need to know about buying a home in Baltimore City. Meet staff from Live Baltimore, mortgage lenders, real estate agents, renovation experts and more at the exhibitor fair. You can also take the Pre-Purchase Counseling Certificate Class to begin the process of earning your Homeownership Counseling Certificate, which is required to qualify for financial homebuying incentives. Seats are limited in the Pre-Purchase Counseling Certificate Class. There is a $5 participation fee to attend this event and the first 100 people to register are guaranteed one seat in the Pre-Purchase Counseling Certificate Class.
For more information or to register, call 410-637-3750 or visit

Green by Design Series
Wednesday, April 6 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Neighborhood Design Center, 1401 Hollins Street
Are you a charter school, non-profit, or faith-based organization considering a renovation or new building project in Baltimore? Come meet with experts to learn about the City's new Green Building Standards and what they mean to your project. Learn ways to create a greener and more sustainable building. The presentation will be led by Kim Schaefer of Terralogos, who helped Baltimore City develop its Green Building Standards. Admission is free.
For more information, call 410-233-9686 ext. 101 or visit

Urban Agriculture RFQ and Pre-Submission Conference
Friday, April 8 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Department of Planning, 417 East Fayette Street, 8th Floor
The Department of Planning and the Department of Housing and Community Development invite both for-profit and non-profit farming enterprises to submit their qualifications to negotiate for five-year leases on city-owned vacant land suitable for farming. Come learn about this opportunity at the Pre-Submission Conference. Submissions are due by May 6.
For more information, call 410-396-1670 or visit

An Evening of Chamber Music
Friday, April 8 at 8:00 PM
First Unitarian Church, 514 North Charles Street
Peabody Conservatory faculty members Michael Kannen, cellist, and Maria Lambros, violist, will be joined by guest violinist Airi Yoshioka and two Peabody students performing the Mozart Viola Quintet in B-flat, K. 174. The Peabody Percussion Trio will play music by Toru Takemitsu, including Thierry de Mey. The concert is free, but all donations will benefit the restoration of the church's historic Niemann Organ. For more details call 410-685-2330, email or visit

Activate Your Inner Citizen University
Saturday, April 9 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Coppin State University, Talon Center, 2500 West North Avenue
Citizens Planning and Housing Association, Inc. will be holding another Activate Your Inner Citizen University at Coppin State University. Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will give a keynote speech. Breakfast and check-in will begin at 8 a.m., followed by the welcome and keynote address at 9 a.m. There will be two class sessions between 10 a.m. and noon. Classes will range from “How to Hold a Meeting” to “Getting the Word Out to Your Community.” 
To be involved in any way, call 410-539-1369x104 or email

A Night for Humanity
Saturday, April 9 from 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
B&O Railroad Museum, 901 W. Pratt Street
The Robert & Claire Peter Foundation hosts its annual fundraiser to provide adaptive equipment for underserved populations in the United States and in South Africa. Enjoy music, live and silent auctions, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, culinary demonstrations by Master Chef Edwin Scholly, and much more. All funds go toward shipping containers to South Africa and equipment for those in need here in the United States.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

1st-Time Homeowner Workshop
Saturday, April 16 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Oliver Community Center, 1400 East Federal Street
This workshop will teach potential homeowners about the process of buying a home. Session One is on April 9, and Session Two is on April 16.
For more information or to register, call 443-388-9809.

The Art of Caring
Sunday, April 10 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Load of Fun, 120 West North Avenue
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore presents this art auction fundraiser, featuring the work of local artists. The event will feature live music and theater, caricature artists, palm readers and more. Proceeds from the fundraiser support CASA of Baltimore, a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization committed to serving abused and neglected children in Baltimore City.
For more information or to purchase tickets, call 410-244-1465, email or visit

Baltimore CASH Campaign Financial Fitness Series
Tuesday, April 12 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Branch, 400 Cathedral Street
This workshop will provide participants with basic investment knowledge and teach about different investment options, including savings accounts, certificates of deposit, money market funds, stocks, and bonds. Participants will begin to develop their own investment strategy and learn who they should speak with regarding these financial decisions. Registration is free, but space is limited.
For more information or to register, call 410-234-2803.

Green Building Tour
Wednesday, April 13 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
BWB Watershed Center, 3545 Belair Road
Blue Water Baltimore's Watershed Center is one of the greenest buildings in Baltimore! Take a tour and learn the many tricks you can apply in your own home and office. A $5 donation is requested.
To register for the tour, call 410-254-1577 x103 or email

Transition Spring Resource Expo
Thursday, April 14 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
DuBurns Arena, 1301 S. Ellwood Avenue, Suite 2
City Schools, in conjunction with Prince George's Community College, invites students 14 and older with an Individualized Education Program to learn about options available to them after transitioning from high school. Partners from local organizations and various community service providers will be on hand to provide information about postsecondary options, applying for available adult services, finding funding sources, colleges, training programs, employment/career development, and more.
Please RSVP by April 6 at

Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium
April 14-15
National Federation of the Blind, 200 East Wells Street
The 2011 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium will present plenary sessions and workshops facilitated by distinguished law professors, practitioners, and advocates. Discussion will focus on issues such as translating civil rights movement strategies to the disability rights movement, learning to speak with one voice as a disability community while respecting its diversity, and erasing the misconception that disability rights is not a civil rights issue.
For more information or to register, call 410-659-9314 ext. 2221 or visit

JumpStart Pre-Apprenticeship Program
Recruitment Sessions: Friday, April 15 at 11:00 AM
EBDI, 1731 East Chase Street
This FREE, three-month program provides interactive, hands-on and in-class training that will prepare you for a career in construction and qualify you to enter a state-approved apprenticeship program. Applicants must pass a basic math test, be a Baltimore City resident enrolled through EBDI's Workforce Development Pipeline, and have a high school diploma or GED.
For more information or to register for a recruitment session, call 310-234-0660x205.

11th Annual 5k Victims Fund Run/Walk or 1 Mile Walk
Saturday, April 16 at 9:00 AM
Patterson Park, 2601 East Baltimore Street
Register online at
For more information, visit Victim Services in 410 Mitchell Courthouse, call 410-396-1897 or email

Privateer Day
Saturday, April 16 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Fells Point
At Privateer Day, privateers are the history and pirates come to play! Enjoy live music, reenactments, roller derby demonstrations, storytelling, privateer history in action, battles at sea, and much more at the 7th Annual Privateer day in Fells Point.
For more information, call 410-675-8900 or visit

Federal Hill Spring Block Party
Sunday, April 17 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Cross Street Market, Federal Hill
Come celebrate spring and kick off the festival season with great live music, food and drink, and arts and crafts! Featured bands include Can’t Hang, The Real Geniuses, Old Man Brown, Nelly’s Echo, Soul Island Rebels, The Reserves, School Of Rock All-Stars, and more. Admission is $5. Don’t miss out on all the fun!
For more information, call 410-727-4500, email or visit

UniverSoul Circus Discounted Rates
Wednesday, April 20 at 7:30 PM
Security Square Mall, Woodlawn MD
Baltimore City Family and Friendcs Night is April 20! City residents can get tickets for just $16.
Visit to purchase tickets.

Audubon Bird Walk
Saturday, April 30 at 8:00 AM
Fountain in Patterson Park
Exciting Spring Migrants! Open to all ages. Bird walks occur rain or shine on the last Saturday of each month. No binoculars? No problem. Just let the center know at 410-558-2473 or via email at  

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