Despite the unusually rainy weather hitting Baltimore this summer, the Friends of West Baltimore Squares ‘Film Friday’ series has been a total success- and it’s only just begun!
After our first movie event in May (hosted graciously inside at the Franklin Square Boys and Girls Club, following one re-schedule due to rain & more rain on the rain date!), we hopped on over the Hollins Market for the next in the ‘Film Friday’ series on Friday, June 14, 2013. The vacant lot a couple plots down from CUPS Coffeehouse was the perfect venue for a movie night. Thanks to CUPS Coffeehouse for supplying power and for all of your hard work in cleaning up the lot. Also, thanks to Hollins Roundhouse for providing refreshments and support for the event!
As the theme of rainy summer nights continued, we rescheduled the July ‘Film Friday’ in Union Square to Friday, August 2, 2013. The first week of August was especially busy one for Union Square, as we had had a SUPER fun “Music Monday’ event earlier in the week. (Click here to read about this event). Over at the Union Square Association and the Friends of West Baltimore Squares, we were ready to keep the momentum going with the movie night.
The rain held off and we had a gorgeous Summer evening for a viewing of ‘Washington Square’, the 1997 film that had our very own Union Square as the set for the film.
This “Film Friday’ was extra special, too, as this was the very first movie night we were able to host in one of our beloved historic West Baltimore Squares!
Please save the date for this month’s movie night in Lafayette Square (Lafayette Ave & N. Arlington St) on Friday, August 30, 2013.
Interested in hosting or volunteering at a movie night in the West Baltimore Squares? Contact Tara (email@example.com) or Eli (Pousson@baltimoreheritage.org). Hurry, before it’s Winter again!
Baltimore Heritage & The Friends of West Baltimore Squares shared a booth with Union Square Assn, Hollins Roundhouse, Franklin Square Neighborhood Assn, the Sunflower Village, and the SOWBEO Landmark 5k at the SOWEBO Art & Music Festival on May 26, 2013. The weather was absolutely perfect & we were able to act as a one-stop-shop for all West Baltimore neighborhood information! Click any of links above to get more involved or for more information about any of these wonderful groups!
The Friends of West Baltimore Squares, in partnership with the SOWEBO Landmark 5k, Chesapeake Youth Development and the Franklin Square Neighborhood Association, hosted the SOWEBO Family Field Day in Franklin Square Park on May 18, 2013 with a dual focus on health and exercise, as well as promoting resident engagement in the neighborhood and community and to encourage the greater use of Baltimore’s parks as a place to interact with friends, families, and neighbors!
We invited our friends at DOCS in the Park to come back to provide prescriptions to get outside and be active more often to local residents- both young & old! We offered many structured and unstructured sports activities for participants to “fill” their prescription, which include basketball and lacrosse drills, hula hoops, pogo sticks, soccer, football, and more! Additionally, we provided healthy snacks and drinks for people to enjoy throughout the event.
Although it seemed like a storm could approach at any moment, the weather held out and kept it cool throughout the day for people to enjoy the activities. During our 4 hours in the park, we constantly had neighborhood kids and adults enjoying the activities and playing sports games together. This included students from the Boys & Girls Club, lacrosse players from Franklin Square Elementary/Middle School, local residents and passers-by.
It was a wonderful time for participants and volunteers alike to engage in healthy, active pastimes and to meet, re-meet, and mingle with their neighbors and friends.
As special thanks to all of our volunteers from Franklin Square Neighborhood Association, Union Square Association, SOWEBO Landmark 5k, Parks & People Foundation, Baltimore City Recreation & Parks, as well as to Habitat for Humanity for donating the basketball hoop.
The Friends of West Baltimore Squares joined Augusta Fells Savage Institute for Visionary Arts staff and students for their AFSIVAscape art show and community food drop off on Thursday May 2, 2013. [AFSIVAscape is a play on the widely known and popular music and art festival in Baltimore called Artscape.]
The Friends donated a Nana Projects stilt walking workshop for 25 students, as well as offered students service learning hours to help clean-up Harlem Park before the event. Many of the students volunteered their time without accepting service learning hours and residents passing by also joined in to help gather trash and debris in Harlem Park. After over an hour of clean-up, both the park and the trash/debris that had collected underneath the school’s stadium bleachers were clear of all trash and ready for AFSIVAscape!
The students then returned to the school to put the finishing touches on the art show, to dance to the 92Q DJ who came out to support the school event, and to enjoy the food supplied by the Food Bank before coming back out for the two-hour Nana Project stilt walking workshop.
The majority of the students, teachers, and administrators came out to look-on and support their fellow classmates as they learned how to stilt walk. The students were complete naturals and were up and running around on stilts within minutes. As some students felt uneasy and their legs trembled, their classmates shouted out words of encouragements and offered a helping hand until all were up and moving around! It is safe to say that all enjoyed themselves in Harlem Park on this sunny, Spring day!
To see the full photo set of the event, click here.
After having to push our West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration Kick-off Parade and first FILM FRIDAY” back a week due to rain, April decided to stay true to “April showers” and we ultimately had to move the first Film Friday inside. Luckily, our friends over at the Franklin Square Boys and Girls Club agreed to host us in their gym.
The Boys and Girls Club after-school club, the Torch Club, which focuses on social justice issues, assisted us in carrying the outdoor movie equipment up the stairs to the gym. While the rain pounded outside and lightening light up the windows, neighborhood children and residents enjoyed Madagascar 3 on the big screen.
We were happy to test out our new outdoor movie equipment at last– The popcorn machine created movie theater popcorn and the movie screen sealed the deal in creating a theater environment! We look forward to the continuation of the series Film Friday and to the promise of May flowers and less rain! Please “like” us on Facebook for updated information on our events, or check back into our blog.
Our upcoming movie events
May- Lafayette Square
June- Hollins Market
July- Union Square
Thanks again to the Franklin Square Boys & Girls Club, the Baltimore Community Tool Bank, & Franklin Square Neighborhood Association!
Are you a community organization in West Baltimore and are interested in hosting a movie night? Contact us for information on using our movie equipment!
Full & Fit Presents EARTH WEEK
April 25, 2013
Community Clean-up 9:30am to 10:30am
Full & Fit Community Event 1:00-4:00pm
includes free lunch, HIV testing & linkage to care, blood pressure screening, social workers to assist with PAC insurance application, legal referrals, nutrition & healthy lifestyle planning, and fitness on-site.
at Metropolitan United Methodist Church 1121 W. Lanvale Street
Brought you to by Metropolitan UMC University of Maryland Nursing Students Maryland Food Bank
We will be hosting tonight’s movie event inside at the Franklin Square Boys & Girls Club. Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel the Parade due to calls for thunder and lightening this evening. The movie starts at 7:30pm! Free popcorn! See you there!
Please visit our Facebook event or contact Tara Stack at (410)929-6786 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Spring is here and we’re celebrating in West Baltimore Squares – Franklin Square, Harlem Park, Lafayette Square, and Union Square – and in many of our historic neighborhoods!
We are putting on a series of free, fun events running from April through July. We decided that this year we wanted to offer a couple of series events to provide more opportunities to have fun in the West Baltimore Squares! Plus, we have been dying to test out our new outdoor movie equipment and popcorn machine!
These series include a “Film Friday”, “Music Monday”, a Park Cleanup series, as well as other fun events. Come out and enjoy the spring with your West Baltimore neighbors! Read on for more information.
Friends of West Baltimore Squares Meeting
Thursday March 28, 2013, 7:00pm at the Neighborhood Design Center
Please join us as we work on finishing up the final details for the upcoming events.
West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration Kick-off Parade
Friday April 12, 2013, 6:00pm
Meet at Lafayette Square Park at 6:00pm, Parade from 6:30-7:30pm, Movie starts at 8:00
Join us for a walking parade of the Historic Squares of West Baltimore, starting at Lafayette Square and ending in Franklin Square. Dress in spring colors and bring whistles and other noisemakers! Open to the entire community! Once we arrive in Franklin Square park, the first of the ‘Film Friday’ series will begin at 8pm.
UPDATE: So much for those warm, sunny days! We have decided to move the Kick-off Parade and Movie in Franklin Square event to the rain date next Friday April 19th. If it rains next week, we will have the movie inside at the Franklin Square Boys and Girls Club at 215 N. Calhoun St. Contact us if you are interested in volunteering or for more information
West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration: Film Friday Series
Every 2nd Friday, beginning April 12 and ending July 12
Bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the movie. Free refreshments, including popcorn. Please check back for movie title announcements and specific locations for dates currently unspecified.
April 12, 2013: Franklin Square Park at 8:00pm
May 10, 2013: To be announced
June 14, 2013: Hollins Market
July 12, 2013: Union Square Park
West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration: Music Monday Series
Every 4th Monday, begining April 22 and ending June 24.
April 22, 2013: Hollins Market
UPDATE: Jazz Musician and Gospel Choir @ 7PM in the Park at Schroeder & Lombard Street rescheduled TBA
May 27, 2013: To be announced
June 24, 2013: Union Square
Please check back for musical talent announcement.
West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration: Park cleanup Series
Mayor’s Spring Cleanup: Saturday April 20, 2012
Join with your neighbors to cleanup Baltimore Street for the Mayor’s Spring Cleanup. For more information on how to get involved, contact Tim Bridges at Timothy_Bridges@bshsi.org or (410)362-3045.
Union Square Monthly Cleanups:
Join Union Square Association every 3rd Saturday for park and neighborhood clean ups, starting at 10:00am. For more information, contact Andrea Leahy at email@example.com.
Harlem Park Cleanup
Thursday May 2, 2013, Noon to 2pm, in Harlem Park
AFSIVA-Scape Art Show
Thursday May 2, 2013 3:00-7:00pm at Augusta Fells Savage Insitute for Visionary Arts in Harlem Park
As 20 students from Augusta Fells enjoy a stilt walking workshop by Nana Projects in the Park, Augusta Fells Savage Institute for Visionary Arts requests your attendance for their students Spring art show. This event will include a Food Bank food pick-up, DJ entertainment, and more!
SOWEBO Family Field Day at Franklin Square
Saturday May 18, 2013, 11:00-3:00pm
Bring your whole family for a chance to be healthy and have fun with free food, games, outdoor activities, giveaways, and more with all of your West Baltimore neighbors.
Interested in getting involved? Contact Tara Stack at (410)929-6786 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
HIV Testing + Link to Care
Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyle Planning
NEW! Housing Workshopon Site (local Social Workers
(Legal Issues) at 1:30pm referrals +service & legal
PAC Insurance Applications
(bring 2 forms of ID)
Where: Metropolitan UMC 1121 W. Lanvale St. Baltimore, MD 21217
When: Thursday’s March 28th and April 25th 2013 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m
Also: April 7: Family & Friends & Founder’s Day at Metropolitan UMC
University of Maryland Nursing Students ~ Metropolitan UMC ~ Maryland Food Bank