West Baltimore Squares ‘Film Friday’ series a success!

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 … Continue reading West Baltimore Squares ‘Film Friday’ series a success!

SOWEBO Family Field Day in Franklin Square Park

    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 … Continue reading SOWEBO Family Field Day in Franklin Square Park

AFSIVA Students in Harlem Park reached new heights during stilt walking workshop!

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 … Continue reading AFSIVA Students in Harlem Park reached new heights during stilt walking workshop!

First “Film Friday” was a success, despite the rain!

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 … Continue reading First “Film Friday” was a success, despite the rain!

Franklin Square Movie Night TONIGHT!

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 stack@baltimoreheritage.org for more information. Continue reading Franklin Square Movie Night TONIGHT!

3rd Annual West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration, begins April 19th! [UPDATE]

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 … Continue reading 3rd Annual West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration, begins April 19th! [UPDATE]

Friends of West Baltimore Squares Meeting Minutes

Friends of West Baltimore Squares Meeting Minutes March 7, 2013 at 7pm Neighborhood Design Center   Introductions Baltimore Energy Challenge discussed their community outreach project to engage residents with tips on how to lower their energy bills. They are interested in setting up an info. table at upcoming events. West Baltimore Spring Celebration Parade/Kick-off celebration April 12th (date selected) Meet at 6pm at Lafayette Square, parade begins at 6:30pm and will end roughly 7:30pm at Franklin Square for the first Film Friday movie in the park. Edith & Tara to follow up about possibility of shuttle (UMB, local church vans) … Continue reading Friends of West Baltimore Squares Meeting Minutes

Celebrate National Trails Day with a fun ride through West Baltimore Parks

West Baltimore’s unique landscape of parks and gardens feature everything from a monument to Francis Scott Key to innovative bioswales for sustainable stormwater management. The best way to get to know all these local treasures? Hop on your bike and join us for a free National Trails Day ride through West Baltimore parks! West Baltimore Parks by Bike Saturday, June 2, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm RSVP today! Meet at the Francis Scott Key Monument – Eutaw Place and Lanvale Street. Parking – Street parking available in surrounding area. Transit – UB/Mt. Royal Light Rail Station, the State Center Metro … Continue reading Celebrate National Trails Day with a fun ride through West Baltimore Parks

“Docs in the Parks” coming to Franklin Square Park on April 21

The main event in our West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration is Docs in the Parks in Franklin Square! This is a great chance for young people and families from all across West Baltimore to come together and celebration our West Baltimore Squares. This is also a birthday celebration for Franklin Square first established on April 23, 1839  and Lafayette Square on April 28, 1857. Come out and wish all of our West Baltimore Parks many more years of health and fun! For more information on Docs in the Parks, contact Michael Dorsey at (410) 448-5663 or michael.dorsey@parksandpeople.org. If you are interested in volunteering, please … Continue reading “Docs in the Parks” coming to Franklin Square Park on April 21

Get ready for the West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration!

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 have five fun free events coming up from April through June with everything from free vaccines for pitbulls, a chance to help a local garden, to a community bike ride and much more! Come out and enjoy the spring with your West Baltimore neighbors or get involved as a volunteer by calling Eli Pousson at 301-204-3337 or e-mail info@westbaltimoresquares.org. West Baltimore Community Pitbull Day at Franklin Square E/MS Saturday, April 7, … Continue reading Get ready for the West Baltimore Squares Spring Celebration!