10 Things to Do in Baltimore This Weekend: Turkey Day Trot, Holiday Shopping, Streaming Jazz

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Keystone Korner has a weekend of concerts with Johnny O’Neal.

Thanksgiving may not be as big or close-knit this year, but there’s still a whole weekend in front of us to kick off the holiday season. So here are a few things to do, from home or at a distance. Black Friday and Small Business Saturday look a bit different this year, but there’s still a chance to support local entrepreneurs and grab a gift for relatives. Plus, check out some intriguing local jazz options, virtually.

Shop Small, Give Big Challenge with The Shops at Kenilworth

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This season, shop small and give big with The Shops at Kenilworth. On Small Business Saturday, November 28, from 11am – 2pm, shop online or in person at The Shops at Kenilworth. For each purchase at the local retailers*, $5 will be donated to the Kennedy Krieger Institute – up to $3, 000!

Check off your holiday list while shopping small – and for a good cause! Check in with individual businesses for hours and curbside pickup policy. Joining in-person? Stop by Ashley’s Sweet Beginnings and grab a free small coffee as a gift. After you check off your list, kick back and relax with the Kennedy Krieger Institute’s Virtual Festival of Trees. This year, Festival of Trees is virtual and FREE for everyone. Visit https://festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org/ for details.

COVID app may help contact-tracing challenges this holiday

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Maryland businesses prepare for the holiday season in the midst of a pandemic surge in November 2020. Photo by Philip Van Slooten, Capital News Service.

Capital News Service – “Answer the call” and “download the COVID Alert app” have joined the growing list of pandemic precautions, such as wearing a mask and social distancing, as the Maryland Health Department battles a pandemic surge during this holiday season.

“Of course everyone wants to be with family and loved ones, but we are in the midst of a pandemic and cases are skyrocketing,” Dr. Katherine Feldman, director of the Maryland Department of Health’s contact tracing unit, told Capital News Service on Thursday.

BMA, Walters Art Museum to close until January due to coronavirus surge

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Baltimore Museum of Art
Baltimore Museum of Art Photo by Ethan McLeod

The Baltimore Museum of Art and the Walters Art Museum on Wednesday will temporarily close most of their galleries to the public due to rising numbers of coronavirus cases in Maryland and across the United States.

The BMA plans to reopen on Jan. 6 “in accordance with health and safety requirements,” while the Walters said it will reopen “mid-January after the holiday season,” museum officials said in statements.

Shop Small Business WEEKEND at Green Spring Station

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Small Business Saturday has turned into
Small Business Weekend at Green Spring Station.

Amazon and Target are doing just fine! If there is any year to support small businesses it’s this one and what better place to do so than Baltimore’s largest hub of locally owned boutiques, restaurants, and cafés located at Green Spring Station.

With COVID protocols in place for safe and sanitized browsing, Green Spring Station offers something for everyone on your list–from the trendsetter to the home chef to the tiny tyke.

And, we are offering our shoppers a $25 gift certificate all weekend long!
Shoppers who spend $250 or more in same day receipts on Friday, November 27-Sunday, November 29, 2020 will receive a $25 gift certificate to the GSS shop or restaurant of their choice for a future visit.

Three Black leaders seek to break fundraising barriers for Black-led organizations with Baltimore Legacy Builders Collective

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Participants in B360, a program founded by Brittany Young, one of the founders of The Collective. Photo by Javon Roye.

Three Black-led Baltimore nonprofit organizations — B360, I am MENtality and The Be.org — launched last week the Baltimore Legacy Builders Collective to fundraise and share a joint development team to increase organizational capacity, sustainability, and better serve the Baltimore community.

Considering a Private School Education for Your Child?

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If you’re exploring local private schools, consider attending an upcoming virtual information session with Garrison Forest School! Located on 110 acres in Owings Mills, Md., with bus transportation available to Anne Arundel County, Howard County, Meadowood and near Roland Avenue, Garrison Forest offers a co-ed Pre-K, all-girls K-12, and national and international boarding. Join Garrison Forest School virtually to learn more about the school and programs!

Maryland reports most new deaths since June, largest amount of current hospitalizations since May

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This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), depicts the exterior structure of the coronavirus disease 2019, or COVID-19. Image courtesy of CDC.

Maryland reported 32 additional deaths on Tuesday, the largest single-day increase of deaths since the state reported 34 deaths on June 16, state data show.