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Choral group for older adults is seeking singers 55 and older in the Baltimore and Columbia areas; no past experience required

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The Encore Chorale of Columbia performing in a holiday concert this past December. Photo by E. David Luria.

Annapolis-based nonprofit Encore Creativity for Older Adults, the country’s largest choral organization for adults 55 and older, is looking for new singers to join their Baltimore and Columbia groups.

BPD submits new police district map to City Council for review

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Proposed redistricting map. Image courtesy of Baltimore Police Department.

After additional planning and community feedback, the Baltimore Police Department has submitted a revised police district map to the Baltimore City Council. 

Earlier this year, Mayor Brandon Scott and Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison set plans to change the boundaries of the police districts using information from service calls, population changes, crime rates, and community input.

Mayor Scott names Digital Harbor Foundation executive to Baltimore school board

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Andrew Coy Photo courtesy of LinkedIn

A former city schools teacher and current leader of a Baltimore youth technology education nonprofit has been named to fill a seat on the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners, Mayor Brandon Scott announced Wednesday. 

Andrew Coy, who has served in nonprofit, government, technology, and education positions — including currently as the executive director of the Digital Harbor Foundation — will fill the board seat of Commissioner Michelle Bondima, whose term expired in June. 

Current Space art gallery is now serving fresh cocktails in their courtyard

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Full bloom cocktail. Photo courtesy of Current Space.

Artist-run art gallery and studio Current Space has expanded thanks to a newly-granted liquor license. 

The new license, which was created through state legislation by State Sen. Antonio Hayes, brings artists hope of “subsidizing and expanding arts programming” in Baltimore City.

Mayor Brandon Scott plans to ”move Baltimore towards a better, brighter future” with second round of American Rescue Plan Act funding

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Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott, joined by city, state and federal officials Image via Facebook Live.

Mayor Brandon Scott has announced the non-profit recipients who will receive the second round of American Rescue Plan Act grant awards from the Mayor’s Office of Recovery Programs.

In response to COVID-19 and its negative economic impacts, these grants will continue to support Baltimore’s “nonprofit organizations serving families, youth and vulnerable communities,” the mayor’s office said.

Federal Hill gets a new speakeasy bar

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Champagne cocktail with smoke bubbles Photo courtesy of The Wurst Bar

The first speakeasy cocktail bar is coming to Federal Hill.

The Wurst Bar, located inside Crossbar Der Biergarten will have a separate, unique entrance accessed through a big cooler box door, offering a completely different experience from the popular beer garden. 

Howard County Library Systems revealed a new mobile classroom, ’The STEAM Machine’

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STEAM Machine Photo courtesy of Howard County Library Systems

The Howard County Library System (HCLS) revealed a new mobile classroom at the East Columbia library branch on Saturday, August 6. 

The new education resource, nicknamed the ‘STEAM Machine’ will create an interactive learning experience, making science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics available to students in grades K through 12, “especially those from disconnected communities.”

Sinai Hospital to build new 125,000 square feet cancer treatment center

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Rendering photo of new Sinai cancer center Photo courtesy of LifeBridge Health

LifeBridge Health has plans of expansion on the campus of Sinai Hospital which is developing a new outpatient cancer treatment center. 

The three-story, 125,000 square feet facility located on Greenspring Avenue will combine all outpatient cancer services, which are currently provided at different locations throughout Sinai’s campus.

Monkeypox vaccines remain limited in Maryland as U.S. declares public health emergency

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Monkeypox virus. Image courtesy of Baltimore City Health Department.

With monkeypox cases on the rise in the U.S., the Biden administration has declared the virus a public health emergency. 

In Maryland, local health departments are working to vaccinate residents, but the vaccine supply from the federal government remains limited.

Maryland education department to distribute $50M in grants for child care providers

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Photo courtesy of Maryland Public Schools.

Maryland’s state education department is now accepting applications for a grant program for child care providers that experienced financial hardships and other challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We Give Black Fest to celebrate culture, food and community from Aug. 19-21

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A chef prepares a vegan dish at a Vegan Soulfest demo table. Photo courtesy of Vegan Soulfest.

Later this month, CLLCTIVLY will host We Give Black Fest, a celebration of culture, social change, and uplifting Baltimore’s Black-led organizations through fundraising and community. 

The Baltimore social change organization has partnered with the seventh annual Vegan Soulfest to put on two events in one place to celebrate National Black Business Month and National Black Philanthropy Month. 

‘It’s bigger than us’: Black-owned vegan donut company Cloudy Donut seeks to lift up fellow Black entrepreneurs

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Photo courtesy of Cloudy Donut Co.

When Derrick Faulcon acquired vegan donut company Donut Alliance in 2019, he renamed it Cloudy Donut because he believed eating the soft pastry felt “light and airy, like biting into a cloud.”

Waterfront Partnership’s monthly ‘Baltimore by Baltimore’ festival series to celebrate Native American cultures Saturday

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Performers entertain audience members at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. Photo courtesy of Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.

Waterfront Partnership’s “Baltimore by Baltimore” waterfront music and maker series is back this Saturday, this time with a celebration of Native American cultures.

Nonprofit Back on My Feet to host 5K night run at Herring Run Park

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Photo courtesy of Back on My Feet.

National non-profit Back on My Feet, which serves homeless individuals, will host its annual 5K night run on Aug. 5 at Herring Run Park.

Starting at 6 p.m. Friday, the “Sneaks Come Out at Night” 5K run will take over the streets of Baltimore to support Back on My Feet’s work to “combat homelessness through fitness, community support, essential employment, and housing resources.”

Camden Yards celebrates its 30th anniversary season

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Oriole Park at Camden Yards during a game against the Washington Nationals. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

Baltimore beloved baseball stadium Oriole Park at Camden Yards turns the big 3-0 this season.

The iconic retro design and downtown location, which opened on April 6, 1992, has inspired the construction of ballparks around the nation for decades, which is why it earned the nickname “The Ballpark That Forever Changed Baseball.”

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