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.

More Upcoming Events

Union Square Streetscape Committee- Hollins Street Clean Up | Saturday, June 18 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

  • Volunteers will meet in Union Square park then clean Hollins Street. Contact Salvatore Seely at 302-270-5503 or Andrea Leahy at 571-264-3885 for more information.

West Baltimore Farmer’s Market | Saturday, June 18 – November 19 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Union Square Streetscape Committee- Bloom Your Block Judging | Saturday, June 25 | 11:00 am

  • Judging in the Union Square Bloom Your Block project begins at 11:00 am with awards and games followed by food and fun at 12:00 pm. Donations of pots, plants, and soil for neighbors who wish to participate are still being accepted at 1338 or 1404 W. Lombard St. through June 21, 2011.

Mount Clare Mansion- Encampment of the First Maryland Infantry | Saturday, July 9, 2011 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

  • Join our neighbors down at the northwest corner of Carroll Park for a one-day encampment demonstrating Civil War camp life in 1861 including Company drill and field music by the Fort McHenry Fife and Drum Corps Guard in Civil War attire.

Lafayette Square Block Party | Saturday, July 30 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

  • Join the Church Without Walls Ministry and the residents of Lafayette Square for an afternoon of food, fun and fellowship, including a moon bounce, arts & crafts activities, and presentations on pediatric health and emergency care. Contact Allison Robinson, St. James’ Episcopal Church at 410-523-4588 for more information.

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