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!

Full & Fit presents EARTH WEEK in Lafayette Square

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 Continue reading Full & Fit presents EARTH WEEK in Lafayette Square

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]

Full & Fit Community Outreach Program in Lafayette Square

Services Offered: Free lunch HIV Testing + Link to Care Nutrition & Healthy Lifestyle Planning NEW! Housing Workshopon Site (local Social Workers (Legal Issues) at 1:30pm referrals +service & legal PAC Insurance Applications (bring 2 forms of ID) Where: Metropolitan UMC 1121 W. Lanvale St. Baltimore, MD 21217 When: Thursday’s March 28th and April 25th 2013 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m Also: April 7: Family & Friends & Founder’s Day at Metropolitan UMC Sponsored by: University of Maryland Nursing Students ~ Metropolitan UMC ~ Maryland Food Bank Continue reading Full & Fit Community Outreach Program in Lafayette Square

Full & Fit brings free meals to Lafayette Square on October 6

Metropolitan United Methodist Church in partnership with Church Without Walls Ministry, Metropolitan Harlem Park CDS, and the Maryland Food Bank invite all to their community outreach event, which will include a free breakfast, lunch, or dinner, health & wellness screenings, live performances by comedian Shawn Mason Spence and vocalist Marcell Russell, as well as block party DJ and amusements for the entire family. There will be official Ravens and Orioles give-a-ways between 9am and 3pm. Full & Fit Community Outreach Event Saturday, October 6, 2012, 9:00am to 6:00pm Lafayette Square Park, West Lanvale Street and North Carrollton Avenue For additional … Continue reading Full & Fit brings free meals to Lafayette Square on October 6

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!

Civil rights stories from Parren Mitchell’s home at Lafayette Square

Thanks to Baltimore Heritage intern Elise Hoffman for her research on the history of the Parren Mitchell House. Do you want to share your photos or stories of West Baltimore landmarks? Please get in touch with Eli Pousson at pousson@baltimoreheritage.org or 301-204-337. The grand brick rowhouse at 828 North Carrollton Avenue may look like many others in West Baltimore but it has a unique history all its own as the former home of Congressman Parren Mitchell, the first African American congressman from a Southern state since Reconstruction, who lived on Lafayette Square from his retirement in 1988 until shortly before … Continue reading Civil rights stories from Parren Mitchell’s home at Lafayette Square

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

Get your friends and neighbors connected with the Friends of West Baltimore Squares

Our work together over the last several months has succeeded in growing our small group from only a few dozen neighborhood leaders to over 330 West Baltimore residents, teachers, church leaders, gardeners and more. But we also know there are more people out there, including your friends and neighbors, who love their neighborhood and West Baltimore Squares. We’re asking for your help to get the word out and connect with more Friends of West Baltimore Squares. We have created five fliers welcoming people to West Baltimore parks and introducing our organization. We’ve also created a sign-up sheet so you can … Continue reading Get your friends and neighbors connected with the Friends of West Baltimore Squares