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Alex Cooper Expands with Second Location in Baltimore


For more than 90 years, Alex Cooper Auctioneers has concentrated its time and talents on conducting successful auctions of residential and commercial real estate, fine and decorative arts. In those ensuing years, the company has grown to include three more generations, who are now actively involved in the day to day business. As the business continued to grow and expand, Alex Cooper moved to larger quarters with unified operations at their 908 York Road location, which includes a real estate division, large antique gallery as well as a rug gallery.

Due to the large demand in consignors need to auction items and Discovery sales becoming a huge success for Alex Cooper Auctioneers over the years, the team is thrilled to announce a new second location in Baltimore for these online auctions that offer a varied range of auction categories. With the best team to handle all aspects of selling items whether part of downsizing or liquidation of an estate, this second location will allow the team to handle more items in a timely manner. The 9,000 plus additional square footage will allow easier drop off and pick up of items being consigned and purchased, including customer drop off items, by appointment only.

Program Spotlight 2021: The Highlands School



Students at The Highlands School are bright and creative children with dyslexia, ADHD, and other language-based learning differences. Since 1996, The Highlands School has grown to include kindergarten through 12th grade in full-day and homeschool extension programs. The school also offers the Tutoring and Mind Jump Summer Academic Program, allowing the school to help students from other institutes as well.

Unified Community Connections to Hold Hoodstock XVIII Fundraiser on 10/23


Unified Community Connections, a nonprofit agency supporting people with disabilities, will hold its signature concert fundraiser, Hoodstock XVIII, in person with live streaming available on YouTube. Hoodstock will be held for the first time at The Winslow, a new venue in Baltimore, on Saturday, October 23 from 6-10pm. For tickets, sponsorships, donations and merchandise, please click here.

Notre Dame Prep’s Middle School Allows Girls to Become the Best Version of Themselves


Girls entering middle school encounter a period of intense growth and development as they begin the journey toward adulthood. Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP), a Catholic, all-girls, 6th-12th college preparatory school in Towson, helps girls meet these challenges with a dedicated counselor and academic specialist, and unique programs that enrich their middle school years.

From foreign languages to hands-on coding, engineering and robotics classes, and a multi-faceted performing arts program, the school taps into their students’ many talents, says NDP’s new Middle Level Director Jo Marie Tolj. “It is an incredible opportunity to be part of a school where the focus is on educating girls to become the best versions of themselves, so they can positively impact our world.”

Join Garrison Forest this Fall to Experience the Campus, Community and Collective GFS Spirit


Located on 110 wooded acres in Owings Mills, Garrison Forest School provides an exceptional educational experience for girls in K-12, plus a national and international boarding option for grades 8-12 and a co-ed Preschool. Students thrive in a supportive environment that helps them find their unique path to success. Please join Garrison Forest this fall to learn more about what makes it a place where students lead, create and innovate with confidence. There are different visit options to fit your schedule and preference:

Official Farewell to Summer with Sunset Concert at Star Bright Farm


With the Baltimore Marathon this weekend, take a break from the hectic city life and head down to the farm. On Saturday, October 9th, Star Bright Farm will raise a glass of Diamondback Brewing’s newly-released seasonal blueberry beer and say farewell to summer with a Sunset Concert featuring local Baltimore favorite Caleb Stine and band. After purchasing several hundred pounds of blueberries from Star Bright Farm, Diamondback Brewing will be releasing their new seasonal beer, in collaboration with the farm. Come hungry as Baltimore chefs, Denny Dingus and Jeffrey Schultz, will be welcomed back on the grill cooking up some favorites using Star Bright Farm and One Straw Farm produce. Gates open at 2:30pm, with music from 3pm – 6pm.

Purchase your tickets today.

Building Blocks For Your Dream Life


“Your dream life won’t build itself.”

How many times have you heard a catchphrase like this? Probably too many. But when you take a moment to consider this adage in the context of a year that has felt very out of our own control, a little intentionally planned growth & change doesn’t seem like the worst thing in the world.

Building a life that you love can start by prioritizing a few key areas: Friends/Family, Food, Exercise, & Time Outside. Vow to:

  • spend more time with your loved ones (as you’re able) in a cozy space;
  • cook healthy and delicious meals in a gourmet kitchen;
  • care for your body by exercising regularly
  • spend time outside, a little sunlight always helps

Program Spotlight 2021: Grace United Methodist Preschool



Kindergarten at Grace Preschool is pretty special! It provides a year of growth, maturity, and development before children enter an independent school setting or local public school. This small, intimate program offers individual attention and personalized learning; it promotes confidence and a love of learning while strengthening classroom skills and early academics. A perfect balance of academic instruction and learning through play is what makes this program unique.

Grace Preschool recognizes that language arts in kindergarten is quite important. The program offers a balanced literacy approach that meets learners where they are. Visual, kinesthetic, auditory, and visual teaching strategies are incorporated into each lesson, and teachers use multi-sensory techniques to teach letter sounds and symbols.

Forest Kindergarten at the Waldorf School of Baltimore


It’s the first day of school and a brand new class of kindergarteners are seeing the Waldorf School of Baltimore’s newest classroom for the first time. Fourteen sets of wide, wonder-filled eyes take in the newly constructed space as they are warmly welcomed by their teachers, Ms. Lida Lawrence and Ms. Haley Snyder. In this classroom, students find a beautiful play kitchen (built by a loving grandparent), open ended play materials, child-sized stools, and new wooden tables ready for snack time and art projects. No one can deny this is a beautiful space to learn. There is, however, one thing noticeably missing: this classroom has no walls.

In an era where early academic pressures are being put onto younger and younger learners, the Waldorf School of Baltimore is seeing the pendulum swing back towards a more developmentally appropriate entry into education. In fact, their Waldorf Kindergarten program has become so popular that this year, as the school celebrates its fiftieth birthday, they found need to open a second class and an opportunity was born: to create an outdoor classroom called Chestnut Woods to house their first ever Forest Kindergarten.

Program Spotlight 2021: Glenelg Country School



As a college preparatory institute, Glenelg Country School engages students in learning opportunities that shape their minds for higher education. In the upper school, students experience a variety of courses in humanities, science, math, world languages, civic leadership, and more. The stimulating academic curriculum keeps students motivated and engaged toward their collegiate goals.

The school’s Scholars Program provides students with the opportunity to pursue their passions, further develop skills, and graduate with distinction in one of five interdisciplinary areas of study: aesthetics and culture, convergent science, entrepreneurship, global leadership, or technology, engineering, and design. Students apply to the program and graduate with distinction.