Welcoming Our Future. Celebrating Our Past.
Volume 2, Issue 34_____________________________________________Wednesday, September 7, 2011



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Monday, September 19
10:00 AM Highways and Franchises Subcommittee Hearing (City Streets Opening: Certain Streets and Alleys Bounded by Reisterstown Road, Rogers Avenue, Gist Avenue and Hayward Avenue)
10:05 AM Highways and Franchises Subcommittee Hearing (City Streets Closing: Certain Streets and Alleys Bounded by Reisterstown Road, Rogers Avenue, Gist Avenue and Hayward Avenue)
10:10 AM Highways and Franchises Subcommittee Hearing (City Streets Closing: Air Rights over Orleans Street, 189.30 Feet West of Wolfe Street)
10:15 AM Highways and Franchises Subcommittee Hearing (City Streets Closing: A 10-Foot Portion of Foster Avenue and a 7-Foot Portion of Fait Avenue)
5:00 PM City Council Meeting
All hearings in Du Burns Council Chamber, 4th floor, City Hall

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Baltimore Kids Get a Kick Out of Free Clinic

Dear Baltimoreans,

I always say that giving back to your native community is what makes a city great. This week, Baltimore native Santino Quaranta, who grew up in Highlandtown and is now a star on Major League Soccer's D.C. United, came home to spend some time with about 150 Baltimore youth. I brought together six players from D.C. United, along with Baltimore city children ages 6 to 13 and the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks for a soccer clinic and autograph session in Du Burns Arena on Tuesday, Sept. 6 .

Council President Young, D.C. United players, local college soccer players and about 150 Baltimore kids wrap up a soccer clinic on Tuesday, September 6.

The children participated in scrimmages and drills as part of the D.C. United Community Soccer Series. Professional players as well as stars from the men's and women's soccer teams at Loyola University Maryland and Notre Dame of Maryland University led the children in activities to refine their soccer and teamwork skills and allow them to interact in a positive environment.

The soccer clinic was the latest event in my P.L.A.Y. (Productive Lives, Active Youth) campaign, which aims to keep children involved in constructive programs and allow them to grow mentally, socially and emotionally. 

I was very excited to partner with members from D.C. United and our local universities to provide Baltimore’s youth with an opportunity to strengthen their teamwork, patience and perseverance – three qualities that will serve them well into adulthood.

Council President Young watches the D.C. United Community Soccer Series alongside team president Kevin Payne, Councilman Jim Kraft, William Nelson, director of the Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Highlandtown native Santino Quaranta.

D.C. United stars who participated included Brandon Barklage, Joseph Ngwenya, Perry Kitchen, Clyde Simms, Brandon McDonald and Quaranta.

For Quaranta, who grew up playing soccer in Baltimore, and attended Archbishop Curley High School, the clinic was a chance to come home and give back to the community that raised him.

"I am excited to bring the Community Soccer Series to Patterson Park in Baltimore because this is the same place I learned the basic soccer skills that made me the player I am today," Quaranta said. "I enjoyed showing the kids in attendance that they can achieve their goals, whatever they may be, coming from the same community as I did."

Quaranta was the youngest player ever to be drafted into MLS when he joined the league as a 16-year-old in 2001. He has also played on both the Under-17 and Under-20 United States national soccer teams.

The players wore the team’s red jerseys, sales of which benefit Red Card Cancer, a program supporting the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center.

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

BCCC Scholarships Available

Baltimore City Community College is currently offering scholarship opportunities that can make a world of difference to Baltimore City residents. Thanks to a generous donation from the University of Maryland Baltimore with funds from the U.S. Department of Labor, scores of students with an interest in biotechnology, environmental science or related sciences can receive up to $4,000 per academic year (up to $2,000 per semester) to pursue a degree or certificate at the BCCC Life Science Institute.

The BCCC Life Sciences Institute (LSI) is located at the University of Maryland BioPark in the heart of West Baltimore's Poppleton community. LSI students study in close proximity to researchers with the University of Maryland or the private biotech businesses also housed at the BioPark. Students not only receive excellent instruction from BCCC faculty, but also take advantage of internships and laboratory work experiences with neighboring entities.

LSI training prepares students for work in high-demand biotechnology-related career positions such as laboratory technicians and assistance in academic and research laboratories or biopharmaceutical production facilities. BCCC students have already been hired for full-time laboratory positions right at the BioPark. Attending LSI is also a great way to get started on a bachelor's degree. Students can transfer their LSI credits to local and national four-year colleges and universities. At a time when biotechnology is one of Maryland's fastest-growing industries – and when employer demand is high, especially for minority employees – this scholarship opportunity can have a huge impact on citizens.

To be eligible for the scholarships, residents must have:

  • U.S. citizenship and Maryland residency,
  • A high school diploma or equivalency,
  • Ability to test into college-level courses, and
  • Eligibility for financial aid.

For more information about this great opportunity, contact Ms. Vera Brooks in the Office of Financial Aid at Baltimore City Community College at 410-462-8500 or


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 talks to Councilwoman Sharon Green Middleton (District 6) and other community leaders at the announcement of the recipients of the final round of the Department of General Services' Community Energy Savers Grants on Thursday, September 1.
Council President Young looks on as a vacant building in Park Heights is demolished as part of the city's Vacants to Value initiative on Tuesday, August 30.

Resources for Doing Business with Baltimore City

Click HERE for a list of helpful contacts and information that will help companies and individuals do business with the city. City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young has a fond appreciation for the importance of small businesses, how they fuel our economy and how they facilitate jobs and a better quality of life for our residents.


Druid Hill Farmers Market
Every Wednesday, June 1 through September 28 from 3:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Druid Hill Park near the Howard P. Rawlings Conservatory and Botanical Garden
For more information, call 410-396-7012 or visit

Second Sundays in the Park
Second Sunday of each month from May to November from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Gwynns Falls/Leakin Park, 1920 Eagle Drive
Come spend an enjoyable afternoon in the park with activities for many interests and ages, including miniature steam train rides, guided tours of the historic orianda house, a labyrinth, hikes and live music.

Fell's Point Farmers' Market
Every Saturday from June 4 through November 12 from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Broadway Square in Fell's Point
After more than 200 years, the farmer's market is returning to historic Fell's Point! Come shop a great selection of local farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, flowers and other homemade items.

West Baltimore Farmers' Market
Saturdays through November from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
West Baltimore MARC, 400 N. Smallwood Street
The West Baltimore Farmers' Market presents its seconds season, bringing locally grown foods to the communities in West Baltimore. Farmers from around the region will have an array of seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, meat, and more.
For more information, visit

Totally Tremendous Tot Days
Fridays in September from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Port Discovery Children's Museum, 35 Market Place
Join Port Discovery for interactive story times designed for infants and toddlers (ages 5 and younger) in Tot Trails. Play at The Farm, the Royal Farms Convenience Store and Fill'er Up Station, Tiny's Diner, Wonders of Water, and more. School groups are welcome. Group and individual prices run from $3.75 to $7.50 per person.
To register for these special prices call 410-864-2664. For more information, visit

Community Health and Wellness Fair
Saturday, September 10 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
John Ruhrah School, 701 Rappolla Street
The Greater Greektown Neighborhood Alliance presents this free fair with services for the whole family. Come for free blood pressure screenings and to talk with representatives from dozens of health-related organizations and groups. Prizes will be raffled, so don't miss out.
For more information or to volunteer, call 410-562-5521 or email

Butcher's Hill Flea Market and Craft Fair
Saturday, September 10 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Patterson Park
The event is located in the northwest part of Patterson Park near familiar landmarks the Pagoda, the Marble Fountain, and the White House. Vendors and buyers will enjoy a great outdoor setting, live band music, and picnic food and beverages offered by Butchers Hill. We hope that you'll join us in this 20-year-plus flea-market tradition, either as a vendor selling fleas both old and new, or crafts, creations, and other valuables, or by kicking back for a day of fun and bargain-hunting.
For more information, visit

5th Annual Back to School Jam
Saturday, September 10 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Coppin State University, 2500 W. North Avenue
The West Baltimore Clergy United hosts this massive outreach taking place on the campus of Coppin State University. Food and supply distribution will take place promptly at 9:00 a.m. All families must arrive no later than 9:45 a.m. to ensure that they will receive food and supplies. Since this is a family event, we even have something for the children. The Kid's Cove will be located in the Coppin Center. It will be complete with fun and games and a host of fun activities for children of all ages. Coppin's Tawes Center will host HIV/AIDS testing and other pertinent health screenings. Stage entertainment will include a host of local ministry performances to include comedy, rap, Christian hip hop dance, mime and much more.
For more information, visit

Ukrainian Festival
Saturday and Sunday, September 10 and 11, from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Patterson Park
The Ukrainian Festival is a free celebration featuring traditional crafts, a Ukrainian beer garden, children's activities and storytelling, and more.

Financial Fitness Series: Car Buying Tips and Advice
Tuesday, September 13, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Enoch Pratt Library, 400 Cathedral Street
Join Vehicles for Change for a free and informative workshop about the car-buying process. Vehicles for Change is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to refurbish and provide donated cars to working families for employment purposes. Learn how to avoid common pitfalls.
For more information, visit

Adopt-A-Stream Workshop
Tuesday, September 13 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
BWB Watershed Center, 3545 Belair Road
Calling all citizen watchdogs! We are looking for a few good stewards to participate in our new Adopt-a-Stream program. Workshop participants will learn about Baltimore watersheds, the challenges they face, and how we can help City and County agencies protect and improve our local streams. Topics will include how to properly identify problems such as sewer breaks and illicit discharges, who to contact to report such problems, and how to plan and promote community events such as stream clean-ups and tree plantings. After the training, stream stewards will walk their section of stream at least once per month to keep an eye out for any problems and to identify restoration and cleanup opportunities.
To register, call 410-254-1577 x100 or email

Riverside Park Summer Concert Series
Sunday, September 15 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Riverside Park
Pack a picnic, bring a chair or blanket, and enjoy a relaxing summer evening with music and friends. Bring a few dollars for the bake sale and raffle. September's concert will feature Baltimore School of Rock Show Team.

Active Your Inner Citizen: University
Saturday, September 17 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sojourner Douglass College, 500 North Caroline Street
CPHA is holding its semi-annual AYIC: University on September 17th at Sojourner-Douglass College. The AYIC: University courses teach Baltimore City residents the leadership skills they need to advocate on behalf of their community and to organize their neighborhoods for positive change.  
Register for this free series of leadership classes sponsored by Citizens Planning and Housing Association, Inc. (CPHA) at

Westport Block Party
Saturday, September 17 from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Westport Academy Field on Waterview Avenue
Come for live music, food and drink, a moon bounce and giant slide, contests and prizes, a bake sale, a flea market and more. Enjoy the party, clean out the attic, and earn a little money all at the same time!
For more information, call 410-370-6224 or

10th Annual Pigtown Festival
Saturday, September 17 from 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM
700 block of Washington Boulevard
Join us for amazing national, regional and local music, food and artists, plus incredible beer from our friends at Heineken. All the shops in Pigtown will be open, and there will be lots of activities for the kids too. Call for sponsors, artists and vendors. We're still accepting sponsors at all levels and we'd love to have you take part. And if you'd like to have space as an artist or vendor, we want you too!
For more information, call 443-494-9744 or visit

ManiFESTo: A Declaration of Free Expression
Saturday, September 17, from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Eastern Avenue and Conkling Street
Celebrate the commemoration of Frank Zappa Day with a full day of live music and a wide array of arts and entertainment attractions presented by Clearpath Entertainment and the Southeast Community Development Corporation. The event will celebrate the unique legacy of Frank Zappa, both in his creative genius, and in his staunch defense of the First Amendment and freedoms of expression across all art forms.
For more information, visit

Street Beat Festival
Sunday, September 18 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM
Charles Street and Cross Street, Federal Hill
This FREE event features live music all day on three stages, arts and crafts, food and drink, new carnival games, Kids’ Kross Street with lots of activities for children, and much more! Among the many bands playing will be a Baltimore favorite Nelly's Echo; Psycho Killers, the Talking Heads tribute band back by popular demand, Pietasters, Benny Marchant, Jamie McLean Band, The Congress, Federal Hill's own Jenny Leigh Band, and many more! More than 60 vendors will be on hand with a wide assortment of arts & crafts, and of course, no festival is complete without funnel cake!
For more information, visit

Abell Community Street Fair
Sunday, September 18 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
3100 Abell Avenue
Each September, the Abell Improvement Association hosts the Abell Community Street Fair. The AIA's biggest fundraiser, the Street Fair is an annual celebration of what makes this community unique, and what makes urban living great. With Abell Avenue's brightly-painted rowhouses as a backdrop, the Street Fair features live entertainment, great food, local artists and vendors, and Baltimore's Best Silent Auction. At a far more manageable scale than the oversized festivals in neighboring communities, Abell's Street Fair retains the authenticity and intimacy that defines our community. Our annual Street Fair is an opportunity for our community to reconnect, relax and be reminded of what makes Abell one of Charm City's most charming spots.
For more information, visit

Community Gardens for the Community Professional
Wednesday, September 21 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
3355 Keswick Road, Suite 200
Are you interested in helping neighborhood groups and community associations plan a garden?  Do you believe that if you build it, they will come? They might not! Learn how to help residents choose a site, and how to provide the help that is needed while empowering people to take ownership of the project. Community gardening can provide substantial improvements to people and neighborhoods!   Join us to hear from the experts how to build a community garden that is sustainable for years to come.
Register for this free workshop sponsored by Citizens Planning and Housing Association, Inc. (CPHA), and presented by Baltimore Green Space at

3rd Annual Cancer Fair
Thursday, September 22 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Francis Scott Key Pavilion, 4940 Eastern Avenue
The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center will be hosting this free event. Join medical professionals, the Baltimore City and Baltimore County Health Departments, the American Cancer Society and the Breast Cancer Foundation for a free information fair to learn about cancer resources and cancer treatment at Johns Hopkins Bayview.
For more information, call 410-550-0100.

Civil War Lecture
Thursday, September 22 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Druid Hill Park
Join local historian Wayne Schaumburg for a fascinating look at the history of Druid Hill Park during the Civil War era. See historic images and slides, hear engaging stories, and explore much of the local park lore. Mr. Schaumburg will trace the history of the park’s development in the 1860s and what life was like during the Civil War in the local neighborhoods that surround the Zoo.
Advance tickets are required. Space is very limited and this event is expected to sell out. Zoo members will save $5 dollars off the cost of tickets.
For more information or for tickets, visit or call 443-552-5277.

The Impact of Poverty on Education
Thursday, September 22 from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Loyola University Maryland, 4501 N. Charles Street
How does poverty impact education? How can schools mitigate this impact? Join The Baltimore Curriculum Project, Loyola University Maryland, and Urbanite Magazine to explore these questions and more with Peter C. Murrell, Jr., Ph.D. (Professor of Urban Education, Loyola University Maryland School of Education); Jane Quinn (Vice President and Director of National Center for Community Schools, Children's Aid Society); and Heather B. Weiss, Ph.D. (Founder and Director of the Harvard Family Research Project). Marc Steiner, host of The Marc Steiner Show on WEAA 88.9 FM, will moderate the discussion.
For more information or to register, visit

Baltimore Book Festival
Friday to Sunday, September 23 to 25 at 12:00 PM
600 Block North Charles Street
Hundreds of bestselling authors and book lovers come together for the 16th annual Baltimore Book Festival, the mid-Atlantic's premier celebration of the literary arts. More than 100 nationally renowned, celebrity, and local authors will be featured. The Baltimore Book Festival is also packed with an assortment of fascinating activities centered on literature.
For more information, call 1-877-BALTIMORE or visit

Druid Hill Park Walking Tour
Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Druid Hill Park
Learn about the Boat Lake where generations of Baltimoreans skated and boated, walk  
the Grand Promenade and see the location of the Moorish Bandstand, hear about the Mansion House, the last original remaining structure in the park and the Maryland House, built for the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia and moved here. Visit Druid Lake's National Engineering Landmark earthen dam, and the formerly segregated swimming pool and tennis courts. Visit the many statues, monuments and springs. Learn how William Wallace, Christopher Columbus, George Washington and Richard Wagner found their way to the park. Tours are $5/person and pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  Limited Tickets Available.This tour includes significant walking.
For more information or to reserve tickets, visit

Fells Prospect Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, September 24 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Rain date is Sunday, September 25)
How well do you know your neighborhood? Grab your friends for a fun filled adventure! Tickets will be $6 per person in advance until Sept. 17.
From Sept. 18-24 tickets will be $8 per person. Teams can be two, three or four people.
For tickets, email Laura Irwin at

Sowebo Landmark 5k
Sunday, October 2 at 9:00 AM
Around Southwest Baltimore
The first annual Sowebo Landmark 5k will be held to encourage our community to become actively involved in tackling childhood obesity. What can we do to tackle childhood obesity? By building on the strengths of Southwest Baltimore, the Sowebo Landmark 5k run/walk aims to unite neighbors, families, schools, and local resources to empower our youth to be active, eat well, and lead healthy lives.
For more information or to register, visit

Wide Angle Youth Media: Baltimore Speaks Out
Mondays and Wednesdays from September 12 to December 7 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Enoch Pratt Free Library, Herring Run Branch, 3801 Erdman Avenue
Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 13 to December 15 from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Enoch Pratt Free Library, Orleans Street Branch, 1303 Orleans Street
This program is a free media production program that trains young people, ages 10-15, to make media about their lives and communities. Youth are eligible to earn service-learning hours through participation.
To register visit the library branch for an application or go to

The Ultimate Block Party
Sunday, October 2 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Rash Field
Come celebrate the art and science of play with Baltimore City Public Schools. Free admission.
For more information, visit

Can You Dig It, Baltimore?
Thursday, October 6 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 pM
Waterfront Hotel, 1710 Thames Street
Join the Parks & People Foundation for a meet & greet happy hour in Fells Point. Tickets are $20, $50 or $100 in advance and include a free drink, appetizers and more. The event is being organized by our new Young Friends group – a terrific group of supporters working to get the word out about Parks & People. Guests will have a chance to mix and mingle and get to know Parks & People plus have chances to win some amazing raffle prizes donated by local businesses.
For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit

Family to Family Education Program
Monday, September 26 to Monday, December 19 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 MM
Villa Maria Continuum, 2300 Dulaney Valley Road, Timonium, MD 21903
Tuesday, October 4 to Tuesday, December 20 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 MM

Govans Boundary United Methodist Church, 5210 York Road
NAMI Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc. presents this free 12-week course for close relatives of individuals with severe brain disorders (mental illnesses).  Trained family members teach the course.  All course materials are furnished to participants at no cost. The curriculum discusses the clinical treatment of major mental illnesses and teaches the knowledge and skills that family members need to cope more effectively. The commitment is two and one half hours per week for twelve weeks. It is essential that participants attend all 12 classes because each class builds on the prior class.  Registration is required. 
To register or for more information, call 410-435-2600.

Saturday, October 15 from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
The Maryland Naturalist Center, 6908 Belair Road
Join the Natural History Society of Maryland for this wild event. Activities include hands-on-nature activities, live animal displays, a costume contest, critter crafts and games, a raffle and bake sale, and much more.
For more information, visit

Office of the City Council President
100 N. Holliday St., Suite 400
Baltimore, MD 21202
410-396-4804 (p) 410-539-0647 (f)
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