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We Are An Uncommon City, Baltimore October 2011 Events
September 29, 2011, 10:04 am
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We Are An Uncommon City, Baltimore October 2011 Events

Baltidome loves to celebrate Baltimore’s small and independent businesses, non-profits, community organizations, neighborhood groups, parks, galleries and all that makes Baltimore a great place to live.

A select line-up of October events in Baltimore City speaks for itself:

Art Cart Derby
Oyster Benefit
Free Late Night at the BMA
Community Yard Sales
Dueling Local Firkins
ChiliBrew IV
Tour Du Port
Skee Ball Competition
Russian Festival
Free Store Market
Natty Boh Car Show
Karaoke/Rock n Bowl

To get more information about these events and others including site links, dates and times, visit the Baltidome Calendar.

World Vegetarian Day 2011
September 27, 2011, 5:24 pm
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World Vegetarian Day: October 1st 2011

World Vegetarian Day 2011, on Saturday October 1, is the annual kick-off of Vegetarian Awareness Month.  Make a difference this October by informing others about the benefits of vegetarianism. You will be helping to create a better world because vegetarian diets have proven health benefits, save animals’ lives and help to preserve the Earth.

Baltimore Events:

In observance of Vegetarian Awareness Month, the 1st Annual Baltimore Vegtoberfest will occur October 9th, 2011 at Riverside Park in Federal Hill.

The Vegetarian Resource Group will celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month on October 23rd at Mr. Chan’s in Baltimore.  Reservations are Required. Cost is $20.  Event starts at 5pm.  For more information, CLICK HERE.

For more information about World Vegetarian Day, CLICK HERE.

1st Annual Baltimore Vegtoberfest With Chili Cook-Off
September 27, 2011, 5:20 pm
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1st Annual Baltimore Vegtoberfest

1st Annual Baltimore Vegtoberfest
Sunday, October 9th, 2011, 12 – 5pm
Riverside Park, Baltimore

The 1st Annual Vegtoberfest is a FREE fall festival to celebrate healthy, sustainable and compassionate vegan food choices and lifestyles. Vegtoberfest will be held at Riverside Park in south Baltimore on Sunday, October 9, 2011. Fun for all ages! Companion animals welcome!*

• Live Music & Performers • Speakers • Delicious Vegan Food • Exhibitors • 1st Mid-Atlantic Vegan Chili Cook-off • Children’s Activities • Leashed Companion Animals Welcome!

Vegan Chili Cook-off!
Do you make the best vegan chili? Do all your friends and family tell you so?! Enter the 1st ever Vegan Chili Cook-off in the Mid-Atlantic region at Vegtoberfest! The judges will be the attendees of Vegtoberfest (who will taste and anonymously vote during the festival). Chefs will be stationed with their chili at our cook-off tent from 12:00-2:00pm, so be sure you can attend and proudly promote your chili during that time. Festival attendees will sample and anonymously vote for the tastiest chili!  To enter the cook-off, CLICK HERE.

Vegtoberfest will be held at Riverside Park in south Baltimore on Sunday, October 9, 2011. Riverside Park is located at 1800 Covington Street, Baltimore, MD. To get to the park: Go south on Light Street and make a left on Randall Street. Riverside Park is on the right after Johnson Street.

To learn more about Vegtoberfest, CLICK HERE.

Join Greater Baltimore Sierra Club For A Evening of Hiking
September 20, 2011, 2:04 pm
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Join Baltimore Sierra Club For A Evening of Hiking at Cylburn Arboretum *Rescheduled*

Saturday, October 8th, 1:00 PM
Friday, September 23, 2011, 6:00 PM

From the Greater Baltimore Sierra Club:

Cylburn Arboretum Evening Hike (children and dogs welcome). 
2 miles.  Celebrate the first day of fall.  Cylburn is a “well-kept secret” with rare trees, wildflowers, spacious lawns and gardens surrounding a Victorian Mansion.  Meet at 6:00 PM in front of the new Vollmer Center at end of entrance driveway.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by parent or other adult.  Dogs must be friendly and leashed.  Located at 4915 Greenspring Ave., Baltimore, on the east side of road, between Northern Parkway and Cold Spring Lane, both accessible via western exits off I-83.  The entrance is marked by stone pillars.  Cancelled for steady rain or storms.

For more information, CLICK HERE to connect to the Greater Baltimore Sierra Meetup site.

Councilwoman Who Brought Forth Proposed Baltimore Wal-Mart Development Has Been Unseated
September 15, 2011, 1:30 am
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Councilwoman Who Brought Forth Proposed Baltimore Wal-Mart Development Has Been Unseated

From the Baltimore Sun September 14, 2011 (excerpts):

In an election with few surprises, Baltimore City Councilwoman Belinda M. Conaway, the daughter of a storied political family, was soundly defeated in Tuesday’s Democratic primary.

Conaway, 43, who had been dogged in recent months over residency issues and filed a $20 million lawsuit against a blogger she claimed had defamed her, said in a brief interview Wednesday morning that she looked forward to spending more time with her family. She ultimately dropped the suit.

The defeat is a blow to the Conaway political dynasty, which includes the councilwoman’s father, Frank M. Conaway, Sr., the clerk of the city’s Circuit Court who made an unsuccessful primary challenge to Rawlings-Blake. Belinda Conaway’s mother, Mary Conaway is the city’s register of wills and her brother, Frank M. Conaway Jr. represents the city in the House of Delegates.

While the Baltimore Sun cites her residency issue as the reason for Conaway’s defeat, residents who live in the 7th District of Baltimore City knew that her controversial introduction of the proposed 25th Street Station Wal-Mart development was likely to spur a challenger.

From the Mobtown Shank:

There’s no doubt this contributed to her defeat. But Conaway’s troubles began awhile before that when she introduced PUD legislation for the controversial 25th Street Station Wal-Mart/Lowes retail complex in Remington.

The way the PUD was handled, the way Conaway conducted herself (at some community meetings she was defensive and hostile), her lack of support for community concerns like Bmore Local’s 13 Points all not only immediately guaranteed she would get a primary challenge, it motivated a number of area residents who then ended up actively supporting Mosby’s council seat bid.

Belinda Conaway’s defeat should come as a warning to other city council representatives: When you bring a Wal-Mart into a community that doesn’t need or want one, there may be a price to be paid – and that price could be your political career.

Belinda Conaway was, in fact, presented with multiple petitions containing hundreds of signatures from residents who did not support the PUD for the 25th Street Station -and apparently they voted.

Mayor Rawlings-Blake Just Doesn’t Care
September 12, 2011, 10:04 pm
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Mayor Rawlings-Blake Just Doesn’t Care

From the Baltidome inbox:

Two weeks ago, I sent Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake a letter, asking that she add provisions to the city’s agreement with Baltimore Racing Development which would hold them fiscally accountable for the planting and maintenance of 139 trees.

What did I hear back from her office? Nothing.

We took the time to work with attorneys to fix the toothless agreement which the city had drafted – to add performance bonds which would ensure that BRD would fulfill its obligations.

But we heard nothing about whether the City would be following our recommendations – even though we drafted them in conjunction with the City’s Office of Sustainability, which is also concerned with BRD financial’s health and their ability to perform.

This Mayor sees everything politically. Can’t communicate with a constituent – it might get used against us. Can’t negotiate a contract that protects Baltimore taxpayers – a fatcat crony might get hurt.

Enough. I’m voting for Otis Rolley tomorrow; and you should consider voting for him too. But mostly, I’d ask you vote AGAINST Mayor Rawlings-Blake. She’s an anachronism, and she’s showing again and again that she’s just not interested in open government, or the environment.

A car race, in the 21st century? Cutting down trees so folks can see a bunch of cars? Insanity. The Grand Prix brought some flash to Baltimore, but at what cost? Wouldn’t it be better if we could come up with ideas together? Talk things through? Collaborate?

But Stephanie Rawlings-Blake just doesn’t want your input.

Please share with others tomorrow by forwarding this email, and via Facebook and Twitter. Vote AGAINST the Mayor. We need new leadership that listens. I’ll be updating you more on this after the election. In the meantime, I wanted everyone to know what I’ve learned, which is that the current administration cares more about itself than it does about you.


David and Jennifer Troy
Trees Before Prix
Baltimore, Maryland