Check out the 2,005-pound pumpkin on display at Hunt Valley’s Valley View Farms

A 2,005 pound pumpkin is on display at Valley View Farms in Hunt Valley. Photo by Latrice Hill.

Miss Amelia, the 2,005-pound pumpkin that was named after the 13-year-old girl who grew it, is now on display at Valley View Farms. 

John Waters launching a 20-city holiday tour but likely won’t have his holiday party this year

Filmmaker and writer John Waters models a face mask with his likeness outside Atomic Books. Credit: Rachel Whang.

President Joe Biden may think the COVID-19 pandemic is over, but John Waters isn’t so sure.

The Baltimore-based writer and filmmaker said in a recent WNYC podcast with Anna Sale that he likely won’t hold his annual Christmas party for the third year in a row, because he’s not comfortable yet.

Maryland teachers quitting, larger exodus could follow 

Arianna Dastvan wanted to be a teacher since she was in elementary school. But after achieving her dreams, she left the job in 2020 after six years due to the stress from the job. She now works remotely for Realestaged, a furniture staging company for real estate agencies. (Courtesy of Arianna Dastvan).

By Shannon Clark, Capital News Service 

Arianna Dastvan remembers using her birthday money as a child to buy an overhead projector for her bedroom. There, she would emulate the teachers she admired as she instructed her stuffed animals.

Dastvan recalled how she would stay late and arrive early, so she could assist her elementary school teachers with their work. She loved being in the classroom.

So, she became a teacher, but six years into her career, Dastvan, 31, quit her job with Baltimore County Public Schools. 

The Ivy Welcomes Donna Jackson Nakazawa on October 7


On Friday, October 7, the Ivy will welcome Donna Jackson Nakazawa for a timely and engaging conversation highlighting her latest book, Girls on the Brink: Helping Our Daughters Thrive in an Era of Increased Anxiety, Depression, and Social Media. The book includes 15 revelatory strategies for raising emotionally healthy girls, based on cutting-edge science that explains the modern pressures that make it so difficult for adolescent girls to thrive. Dr. Christina D. Bethell, founding director of the National Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health, will join Donna in conversation.

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Baltimore distributing sandbag supplies as remnants of Hurricane Ian move in

Photo by Lukas Pohlreich/Flickr Creative Commons.

Baltimore City will distribute sandbag supplies Friday for residents to weatherproof their homes against flooding as the remnants of Hurricane Ian move into the Baltimore region.

School Spirit 2022: Garrison Forest



A joyful learning experience. Inspiring teachers. The space to grow authentically and with confidence. These are just some of the themes that emerge from the voices of Garrison Forest students Ella, a senior, and Sunny, a junior.   

Hot Plate: 50th Annual Baltimore Greek Festival, Beef & Beer at Roseda Farm, Doozy’s opens and more

La Cuchara is one of many Baltimore restaurants featuring new autumn-inspired dishes this week. Photo courtesy of La Cuchara.

There’s rain in the forecast this week but there are still plenty of reasons to venture out, from new menu items to food-oriented festivals. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in Baltimore:

Video of the Week: Virtual Reality Art

Artist Beatrice Glow uses virtual reality technology to create art to later 3D print. Glow’s exhibition “Once the Smoke Clears” is currently on view at the Baltimore Museum of Art through Oct. 2. Screenshot from video by Baltimore Museum of Art.

Virtual reality is providing new tools for creating art.

Look no further than the Baltimore Museum of Art, where artist Beatrice Glow’s exhibition “Once the Smoke Clears” features 3D-printed objects that she sculpted using virtual reality technology.

Lottery for $10 ‘Hamilton’ tickets at Hippodrome Theatre opens Friday

Actors perform in the musical “Hamilton.” Photo courtesy of The Hippodrome Theatre.

Theatergoers, don’t throw away your shot at winning tickets to see the Broadway musical “Hamilton” in Baltimore.

Starting Friday, the Hippodrome Theatre at the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center will open a digital lottery for $10 tickets to watch “Hamilton” performances Oct. 11-30.