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Baltimore Civil War History by Bike
October 31, 2011, 5:15 pm
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Baltimore Civil War History by Bike

West Baltimore’s Civil War History by Bike
Saturday, November 5, 10:00 am.

Organized by Baltimore Heritage
$10, RSVP today!

From Baltimore Heritage:

This 90-minute bicycle tour starts and ends at the Mt. Clare Museum House rolling past rowhouses, parks, stables, and shops, scores of historic places grand and modest, where people lived and worked during the Civil War and its aftermath. We’ll learn about Confederate spies at Waverly Terrace in Franklin Square, take a look at the historic artifacts we recently dug up from the site of Lafayette Barracks, and trace the lives of immigrant workers who built the trains, bridges, and more that the Union military depended on at the Irish Shrine at Lemmon Street and the B&O Railroad Roundhouse. Please join us as we pedal through the history of the Civil War in West Baltimore and commemorate this nation-shaping event of 150 years ago.

To learn more, visit

Food And Sustainability Lecture, Food Tasting and Book Signing
October 31, 2011, 4:12 pm
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Food And Sustainability Lecture, Food Tasting and Book Signing

November 9, 2011

Chef Barton Seaver
Lecture, Food Tasting, and Book Signing

Chef, author, and National Geographic Fellow Barton Seaver uses the common lens of dinner to translate some of the big issues affecting our oceans into everyday cultural concerns such as health, jobs, and community. He explains how a sustainable approach to seafood goes beyond red lists and green lists. It’s not just about what products we use, but just as importantly, how we use them.

Seaver’s thought-provoking and inspiring stories teach us about innovative ways everyone can glean more economic and social value out of the products we use every day. His mission is to help us restore our relationships with the natural world and, in doing so, achieve our common goals for well-being, prosperity, and sustainability.

The evening includes a food tasting and a book signing of Seaver’s book, For Cod and Country.

6:309 p.m.
National Aquarium’s Meyerhoff Auditorium
Cost: $10 for members, $15 for non-members
Reservations are required; call 410-727-FISH (3474) to reserve.

FREE Sundance Prize Winning Film Screening
October 26, 2011, 2:29 pm
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Sundance Prize Winning Film Screening In Baltimore

Gasland Movie Screening & Discussion
Tuesday, November 1, 2011  6 – 9 p.m.

Enoch Pratt Free Library
400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore
Wheeler Auditorium – 3rd floor

Did you know that you are standing on top of the Saudi Arabia of natural gas and natural gas drillers want to start hydrofracturing (fracking) Maryland’s shale today.

But is fracking safe? Could fracking chemicals find their way into the Susquehanna and Potomac rivers and poison the Baltimore and Washington D.C. area’s water supply? Gasland chronicles a controversial topic about your family’s drinking water right here in Baltimore. 

When filmmaker Josh Fox is asked to lease his land for drilling, he embarks on a cross-country odyssey uncovering a trail of secrets, lies and contamination through our country’s natural gas drilling world, now dubbed Gasland. Josh Fox will lead a lively post-movie discussion sharing his experiences and news of the Gasland 2 sequel.

Why does this matter to you?

Hydrofracturing, a.k.a fracking, has been on fire in Pennsylvania and other states. Oil companies are knocking on Maryland’s door to drill for natural gas in Western Maryland. Fracking is a way to release the impossible-to-find gas buried miles down in the Marcellus shale.  Oil companies shoot water and toxic chemicals into the shale and bring the natural gas and the fracking water and chemicals back to the surface.  

Coming to a faucet near you?

Knowing the facts about fracking is important because the Susquehanna River, which runs through Pennsylvania’s fracking fields (5,000+ wells), is the Baltimore-area’s back-up water source. Because Baltimore’s water source and watershed are good, our local water treatment plant is not designed to clean out chemicals if the Susquehanna is tarnished.  What happens in Pennsylvania, may not stay in PA?

Also, if Maryland eliminates the current fracking moratorium, Western Maryland is part of the Potomac river’s watershed which feeds the D.C. area’s drinking water supply. Given the drilling method and chemicals used in fracking, the lack of regulation and the possible upsides, fracking is a highly controversial topic that concerns your drinking water, politics, economic policy and the U.S. energy policy. 

 Free and open to the public.

Help Green Baltimore Saturday, November 5th
October 26, 2011, 8:18 am
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James W. Rouse Community Service Day

James W. Rouse Community Service Day
November 5, 2011 — 9:00am – 4:00pm

Join American Communities Trust and the Parks & People Foundation for the 9th Annual James W. Rouse Community Service Day!

Be part of an east or west side volunteer team that will spruce up parks, gardens and vacant lots. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt will be provided. Volunteers will gather to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments over refreshments at the end of the day.

Choose your project location:

East Side Project
Dr. Rayner Browne Elementary School
2333 E. Chase Street
Baltimore, MD 21205

Volunteers will beautify the grounds of the school and work across the street at the community built Faith and Chess Park. We will create a vegetable garden for the school, repair chess tables and seats, prune,seed, and mulch the grounds and expand existing flower beds.


West Side Project
Little Lithuanian Park
850 Hollins Street
Baltimore, MD 21223

Parking on Hollins Street will be tight.  We are working to identify additional  parking for your convenience.

Volunteers will work in three area parks, a community garden and vacant lot as well as beautifying Lombard Street. Tasks will include repairing benches, painting fences, removing invasive vegetation, pruning trees, planting  flowers and shrubs, cleaning out tree pits and planting lots of new trees!

To register to volunteer at a location, CLICK HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT WAS ORIGINALLY SCHEDULED FOR 10/29, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

Free Market, Saturday, Oct 29th
October 24, 2011, 5:56 am
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Baltimore Free Market

Free Market
Saturday October 29th
Donate between 10am – 11:45am
Shop between 12:15pm – 3pm

St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church Hall
5502 York Road
Baltimore, MD 21212
Baltimore Free Store will be accepting donations of gently used non-furniture items, then redisributing them to the community free of charge.  Anyone and everyone is encouraged to donate, shop, and volunteer!  As always, all donations are tax-deductible, and everything is completely free!  If you are able to support us financially, click here (and thank you!)

Did you know BFS is an all volunteer organization?  If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please email

Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation (GEDCO) provides affordable housing with supportive services.

 Baltimore Free Store promotes recycling and reuse to help alleviate the traumas of poverty, and to involve communities in working together to meet their needs.

Celebrate Food Day 2011
October 18, 2011, 11:11 am
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Celebrate Food Day 2011

Food Day Teach-In

Monday, October 24 at 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
East Baltimore Campus, Anna Baetjer Room W1030
615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21218

Center for a Livable Future is hosting a series of presentations and discussions by School of Public Health faculty, staff and students in honor of the inaugural Food Day, a project of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Drop by for an hour or spend the day at the event.

Topics include food production, diet, food security, ending hunger, and the famine in the horn of Africa. Refreshments will be served.