Civil War Archeology, CGRN Plant Giveaway Day, and more coming up in July

We have more fun events in July starting with Civil War Archeology in Lafayette Square on Saturday, July 9 and the West Baltimore Squares CGRN Plant Giveaway Day on Tuesday, July 19. We’re also holding a West Baltimore Squares Planning Meeting on July 5 to share ideas and get organized for future projects. Don’t forget to join us this weekend for the Alternate ROOTS Festival and our West Baltimore Walks!

Civil War Archeology in Lafayette Square with Baltimore Heritage

Saturday, July 9, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, Lafayette Square Park

Join a group of volunteer archeologists in Lafayette Square as we dig into the history of Civil War-era Baltimore. Baltimore Heritage is partnering with the Archaeological Society of Maryland, the Maryland Historical Trust, and the Lafayette Square Association to conduct an archaeological investigation of Lafayette Barracks, a Union military camp and hospital located in Lafayette Square during the Civil War. We will be offering walking tours of the neighborhood, exhibits from the Baltimore Civil War Museum, and grilled hotdogs for visitors and volunteers. Learn more and RSVP at Baltimore Heritage.

CGRN Plant Giveaway Day with the Friends of West Baltimore Squares

Mount Clare Community Garden, West Lombard Street & Mt. Clare Street
Tuesday, July 19, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Come on by the Mt. Clare Community Garden on Tuesday, July 19 for a plant Give-Away Day with the Parks & People Foundation’s Community Greening Resource Network. Pick up free plants, seeds, buckets donated by businesses around the region, and compost donated by the Carlton Street Arabbers Stable. Additional donations are welcome, contact Katie Dix, the CGRN Coordinator at 410-448-5663 x 128 or community.greening@parksandpeople.org for more information.

This giveaway day is for CGRN members only but local gardeners are welcome to sign-up for membership on site. Membership is a bargain at only $10 a year for community gardeners and $15 for gardeners with private/family gardens for benefits including several Give-Away Days each year, access to five community tool libraries across the city, free gardening workshops, and support to organize volunteer work days at your garden.

Growing opportunities for youth at the Charm City Community Garden

Charm City Community Garden Volunteer Day, South Payson & Lemmon Streets
Wednesday, June 29, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Working with the Metrokidz program at Charm City Church, Michael Dorsey has led an effort to transform a vacant lot at South Payson & Lemmon Streets into a community garden offering access to a safe natural green space to young people in West Baltimore. Enjoy Mike’s story of the new Charm City Community Garden then join Metrokidz on June 29 for a volunteer day! Contact Mike Dorsey at mdorse11@gmail.com for more information and to RSVP for the volunteer day.

West Baltimore Squares Planning Meeting

Bon Secours Community Support Center, 26 North Fulton Avenue
Tuesday, July 5, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Join us as we work to plan new programs for the Friends of West Baltimore Squares and find ways to continue to connect with our neighbors and friends in West Baltimore. RSVP to let us know you’re coming or just drop by if you can.

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Growing opportunities for West Baltimore youth at the Charm City Community Garden

Working with the Metrokidz program at Charm City Church, Michael Dorsey has led an effort to transform a vacant lot at South Payson & Lemmon Streets into a community garden offering access to safe natural green space to young people in West Baltimore. Enjoy Michael’s story of the new Charm City Community Garden– Members of the Payson and Lemmon Community in Restivo Square have endured the presence of a vacant lot filled with garbage and unkempt chest high grasses and weeds for the last 10 years. Supporters including the neighboring Charm City Church, the Metrokidz youth outreach program, the Bon … Continue reading Growing opportunities for West Baltimore youth at the Charm City Community Garden

Video: Parks as preservation in West Baltimore from the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Two colleagues from the National Trust for Historic Preservation–which helps support the Friends of West Baltimore Squares through their funding for Baltimore Heritage–came up to Baltimore back in early June for our West Baltimore Walks on the opening day of the West Baltimore Farmer’s Market. After our tour of Harlem Park and Lafayette Square with the Parks & People Foundation, we sat down for lunch at Hollins Market and discussed the relationship between West Baltimore’s parks and the future of historic preservation. Enjoy this quick four-minute video as an introduction to the Friends of West Baltimore Squares and our efforts … Continue reading Video: Parks as preservation in West Baltimore from the National Trust for Historic Preservation

West Baltimore Walks at the Alternate ROOTS Festival next weekend

We’re all looking forward to next weekend’s 2011 ROOTS Festival— a music, arts and community festival taking place outdoors over the “Highway to Nowhere,” starting at Franklin and North Gilmor Streets with five stages for music, art, dancing and more. We’ll be there both Saturday & Sunday, June 25-26 sharing information on our partnerships and upcoming programs.

More partners & neighbors at the Festival include Baltimore Heritage, the Parks & People Foundation, Franklin Square, Lafayette Square, Harlem Park, West Baltimore MARC TOD Transportation, Inc., the West Baltimore Coalition, Culture Works, and the Neighborhood Design Center. Alternate ROOTS is also partnering with Baltimore Green Works to organize the EcoFestival at Franklin & Calhoun Streets with a nature play space and a long list of green exhibitors and vendors.

West Baltimore Walks at the Alternate ROOTS Festival | Saturday & Sunday, June 25-26, Tours at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, & 3:00 pm

Baltimore Heritage is leading tours of historic West Baltimore parks & neighborhoods, starting from the “Community Bridge” at the corner of Franklin & Carey Streets. These one-hour walking tours will take you through Harlem Park & Lafayette Square exploring schoolyard gardens and soaring historic churches and Franklin Square & Union Square stopping by the H.L. Mencken House and innovative vacant lot projects on Brice and Carey Streets. Save a spot today or just drop by for a tour during the festival! Questions? Contact Eli Pousson at pousson@baltimoreheritage.org or 301-204-3337.

Walking through an Inner Block Park on the West Baltimore Squares Spring Walk

Harlem Park School Community Garden Brunch | Saturday, July 2, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Join Parks & People along with the students, families and teachers building the Harlem Park School Community Garden for a Saturday morning brunch & community meeting at West Lafayette Avenue & Whatcoat Street. Residents from Sandtown Winchester, Harlem Park, and anyone with an interest in urban agriculture is welcome to learn more about the project and sign up for future volunteer opportunities. Contact Bryant Smith at bryant.smith@parksandpeople.org for more information.
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Franklin Square is asking “What can we do about all these vacant lots?”

Franklin Square residents, volunteers, and Civic Works have been hard at work the last several months digging, planting and landscaping to improve a vacant lot on Carey Street, now known as the Blank Lot Project. Scott Kashnow with the Franklin Square Association shares the story– It all started at a community meeting in July 2010 when someone said, “What can we do about all these vacant lots?” Brent Flickinger, city planner, said adopt one and clean it up. So we did! Actually we adopted three lots: 216, 220, & 224 North Carey Street. These three lots, plus two privately owned … Continue reading Franklin Square is asking “What can we do about all these vacant lots?”