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!

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]

Union Square Christmas Cookie Tour & Mencken House Holiday Open House this Sunday

Union Square Christmas Cookie Tour Sunday, December 9, 2012  11:30am to 5:00 pm Tickets : $20, or $15 advance ordering 1401 Hollins Street Union Square residents usher in the holiday season by inviting you to tour twenty-five of Baltimore’s splendidly restored Victorian-era homes. Holiday decorations provide a festive backdrop as you munch on freshly-baked cookies, sip a hot cider or two and get to meet the friendliest folks in Baltimore. The charm of Union Square lies not in only our homes and residents but also in the spaces we share. Tickets available on the day of the tour at 1401 … Continue reading Union Square Christmas Cookie Tour & Mencken House Holiday Open House this Sunday

Who will have the Bloomiest Block? Bloom Your Block Judging & Competition this Saturday

Union Square’s friendly neighborhood greening competition – Bloom Your Block – is back again this Saturday! Join your neighbors in southwest Baltimore for a celebration of beautification and local pride. Donated plants and pots are still available for any Union Square residents still interested in joining in the competition. Judging takes place from 10:00 am to noon followed by a party in the park. Bloom Your Block Judging & Celebration Saturday, June 9, 2012, Union Square Park at Hollins and Stricker Streets Judging and Photos – 10:00 am to 12:00 pm Celebration in the Park – 12:00 pm to 2:00 … Continue reading Who will have the Bloomiest Block? Bloom Your Block Judging & Competition this Saturday

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

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!

Cleaning litter and building community with the Union Square Streetscape Committee

As Union Square is getting ready for this weekend’s 26th Annual Christmas Cookie Tour, we wanted to share a few reflections from Andrea Leahy on a productive and successful year for the Union Square Streetscape Committee. Led by Andrea and neighbor Sal Seeley this group has organized scores of volunteers to clean the streets and have fun celebrating a greener neighborhood through their Bloom Your Block Competition. Read on for a bit of inspiration on how cleaning streets can build community in West Baltimore– A few neighbors that were tired of seeing litter on the streets got together to form … Continue reading Cleaning litter and building community with the Union Square Streetscape Committee

Buy your tickets now for Union Square’s Annual Christmas Cookie Tour

Union Square residents usher in the holiday season by inviting you to tour twenty-five of Baltimore’s splendidly restored Victorian-era homes. Holiday decorations provide a festive backdrop as you munch on freshly-baked cookies, sip a hot cider or two and get to meet the friendliest folks in Baltimore. The charm of Union Square lies not in only our homes and residents but also in the spaces we share. Sunday, December 11, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm Tickets : $20 Tickets available on the day of the tour at 1401 Hollins Street beginning 11:30 am or buy your tickets online in advance … Continue reading Buy your tickets now for Union Square’s Annual Christmas Cookie Tour

New Harlem Park/Poppleton Vision Plan from the Red Line Station Area Advisory Committee

The combined Red Line Station Area Advisory Committee for the Harlem Park and Poppleton station areas has published a new vision plan, outlining the a direction for the future of the station area with the anticipated construction of the Red Line. You can download a copy of the report here (PDF) or take a look at the other station area vision plans online. This document summarizes the SAAC’s activities regarding Vision Planning and Station Location. The Vision Plans for each SAAC summarize the first half of the SAAC efforts. The second half of the effort will focus on Station Design … Continue reading New Harlem Park/Poppleton Vision Plan from the Red Line Station Area Advisory Committee

Sowebo Landmark 5K, Union Square Clean-up, Harlem Park Garden meeting and more upcoming events

Another late Friday update from the Friends of West Baltimore Squares with volunteer events and community programs coming up this weekend! Run through Southwest Baltimore this Sunday with the Sowebo 5K Sunday, October 2, 2011, 9:00 am Union Square Park, Hollins Street and South Stricker Street The first annual Sowebo Landmark 5K will be held on Sunday, October 2, 2011 at 9:00 am. The 5K run/walk aims to unite neighbors, families, schools, and local resources to empower our youth to be active, eat well, and live healthy. A Kids Fun Run and Health Fair will be conducted at the finish … Continue reading Sowebo Landmark 5K, Union Square Clean-up, Harlem Park Garden meeting and more upcoming events