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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.