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Show Your Support For Bmore Local
July 18, 2010, 8:03 pm
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Show Your Support For Bmore Local

Bmore Local Happy Hour

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Windup Space
10 W. North Ave

Support Bmore Local and smart development in Baltimore. Join them for a happy hour event at the Windup Space on Tuesday 7/20. Learn what Bmore Local is doing about the 25th Street Station development. Find out what you can do to help and raise funds for the group simply by enjoying delicious happy hour cocktails!

A $5 donation will get you 5 $1 off coupons for cocktails!


Handcrafted Bike Frames Expo/Bike Building Demo At Artscape

Handcrafted Bike Frames Expo/Bike Building Demo At Artscape

Join Baltimore Bicycle Works on July 17th and 18th during Artscape for their 2nd Annual Bicycle Builders Show and Expo.

Local frame builders Chris Bishop, John Hollands, Tommy Nash, and Tom Palermo will be on hand to show off their artisan hand-crafted bicycle frames and provide a brazing demonstration at 3pm Saturday.

Baltimore Bicycle Works
1813 Falls Road
Baltimore, MD 21201

Artscape Is Taking Steps To Go Green
July 14, 2010, 12:34 am
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Artscape Is Taking Steps To Be A More Environmentally Friendly Festival

Artscape, America’s largest free arts festival, is happening in Baltimore this weekend.  This year the organizers have created the Artscape 2010 Green Plan, an initiative to make the festival more environmentally friendly.  Below are some endeavors that will be employed in an effort to make this year’s festival green:

10 stations will be located around the festival:

• Each station will contain 4 single stream recycling containers and 2 food waste (composting) containers provided by Waste Neutral and each station will have volunteers to assist festival goers with waste placement.

Food Vendors
• All Artscape food vendors must dispose of their grease in large drums.  The grease is taken daily to be turned into biofuel.
• Grey water is also collected in drums and disposed of properly.
• Artscape’s food vendors and beverage service is advised to use recyclable and compostable service ware.
• The sale of healthy alternatives to traditional festival fare is encouraged.

Charm City Circulator
The Circulator will have a dedicated festival bus/route for the Artscape weekend.

• This air-conditioned and accessible shuttle will run 30 minutes prior and one hour past Artscape’s hours of operation.
• The Charm City Circulator’s purple route will still be running with a detour at Biddle Street.

Bike Parking
• After a very successful introductory year, Bike Parking is back and bigger than before.  We are adding 10 bike racks, which will accommodate 50-70 additional bikes.
• Location: Maryland Ave. at Mt. Royal Ave.
• Bikers will receive the souvenir button as a thank you for their green efforts.

Festival Merchandise
• The 2010 official Artscape T-shirt will be made from recyclable material.  The shirt costs $20.  All sales help keep the festival FREE and open to the public.
• Also for sale is a reusable Artscape water bottle.  Cost: $5.

Greening Of Baltimore Featured On

Greening Of Baltimore Featured On

There is a great article out today on, a CBS site dedicated to people who realize the need to make our world a better place to live, that features Baltimore and its effort to create sustainable transportation, energy, building, and food.

From SmartPlanet:

If Baltimore’s planning director has his way, the city’s east and west sides–known for blocks of abandoned and boarded up buildings–will be getting light rail and produce stands. Yes, produce stands.

Tom Stosur, director of the Baltimore City Department of Planning, has worked in Charm City planning roles for more than two decades. Today, he is counting on a new light rail line, new zoning codes and a new food czar to help transform the blighted sections infamously portrayed in HBO’s The Wire. Stosur talked to me Friday about the new Baltimore.

For the full article, CLICK HERE.

The Future Of Food And The Dying Fields Screenings
July 11, 2010, 8:57 pm
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The Future Of Food & The Dying Fields Screenings

-and locally grown popcorn!

The Baltimore Food and Faith Project, a program of the Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future, will be showing two short documentaries on Thursday 7/15:

The Future of Food offers an in-depth look into the unlabeled, patented, genetically engineered foods that have quietly filled grocery store shelves (Excerpts will be shown).

The Dying Fields explores how GE cotton developed in the U.S. and grown in India have caused an economic crisis for thousands of farmers in India, resulting in frequent suicides when they are unable to pay their debts.

Thursday, July 15th at 7:00 PM
Episcopal Cathedral of the Incarnation (4 East University Pkwy, Baltimore 21218)
PARKING: The church has its own parking lot directly adjacent to the building. Enter the lot from Charles Street just north of the intersection with E. University Parkway.

Save The Planet, Don’t Blog Today
July 7, 2010, 12:28 am
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Save The Planet, Don’t Blog Today

In an effort to conserve energy and relieve stress from the Northeast power grid, Baltidome will stop blogging for the next few days.

From the U.S. Department of Energy:

Many appliances continue to draw a small amount of power when they are switched “off.” These “phantom loads” occur in most appliances that use electricity, such as VCRs, televisions, stereos, computers, and kitchen appliances. Most phantom loads will increase the appliance’s energy consumption a few watt-hours. These loads can be avoided by unplugging the appliance or using a power strip and using the switch on the power strip to cut all power to the appliance.