BMI’s Annual Bull & Oyster Roast: A Virtual Evening of History on the Half Shell


This year, the BMI’s Bull & Oyster Roast is going virtual. On Saturday, March 6, join emcee Tom Hall, host of WYPR’s Midday, for an evening of all things oyster, including trivia, cooking demonstrations, an oyster farm tour, and an action-packed tale of the Chesapeake Bay oyster wars. Party-goers can also show their support for the BMI’s educational programs by purchasing raffle tickets and bidding in a silent auction featuring jewelry, art, and sports tickets.

Hungry Harvest – The Start of Your Next Great Meal… Delivered


After months of home cooking, it’s easy to get stuck in a routine. Purchasing the same ingredients can often lead to making the same recipes week after week. If you feel like your dinnertime playlist could use a reboot, try refreshing your meal plan with fresh produce from Hungry Harvest. Sign up for home delivery of farm fresh produce and pantry staples, starting at only $15!

John Waters goes on the auction block

Artwork: ©Esteban del Valle, 2020 / courtesy Albert Merola Gallery

For this week only, John Waters is available to the highest bidder.

The Provincetown Film Society is having a virtual winter auction to raise funds to support its programs in Massachusetts, including the Provincetown International Film Festival. As a strong supporter of the film society and longtime summer resident of the beach town on Cape Cod, Waters offered himself as an auction item.

A Maryland Tradition – the Polar Bear Plunge goes Virtual in 2021


The Polar Bear Plunge is part of Maryland’s history. For the past 25 years, thousands of plungers have jumped into the icy waters of the Chesapeake Bay all in support of Special Olympics Maryland. Your dedication to our 8,716 athletes is impactful and has created countless inclusion experiences across the state of Maryland. While we originally had a different vision for celebrating our 25th anniversary, the health and safety of our community is our top priority. We are excited to say that the 2021 Polar Bear Plunge will go on, virtually! Help us reach our goal of $3 million this year and register for the 2021 Virtual Plunge!

As Baltimore food insecurity heightens amid pandemic, volunteers step up to meet needs

The nutrition team at Henderson-Hopkins School in East Baltimore helps distribute food at the school every week since March 2020. Photo by Kamisha Walker for Capital News Service.

Capital News Service – Outside Henderson-Hopkins School in East Baltimore cars line up every Friday for blocks and people pushing carts walk up to get fresh food — more than 10,000 pounds of food every week, all gone in a few hours.

In West Baltimore, First Mount Calvary Baptist Church’s fellowship hall has been transformed into a food pantry, crammed with boxes of fruit, vegetables and fresh bread. By the church’s count, it fed more than 18,000 people between May and October.

Volunteers at Govans Presbyterian Church in North Baltimore spend several days a week at Soul Kitchen, preparing 50 to 100 hot meals to distribute outdoors on Sundays.

CLLCTIVLY receives $200K to support Black-led businesses

Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Bigmanclay04, used under a Creative Commons license.

CLLCTIVLY has received $200K in donations for its work providing microgrants to Black-led businesses, thanks to pledges from Baltimore Ravens star Calais Campbell and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Baltimore-area firm distributes essentials to public housing residents

Commercial Group distributed masks and other essentials to the residents of Perkins Homes on Saturday.

Bianca Thompson is raising four children – three of her own and a nephew in her custody. When COVID-19 hit, Thompson, who works 12-hour days at H&S Bakery, had to figure out how to juggle breadwinning with overseeing virtual learning for her 15-, 10-, 7- and 6-year-old children. And since she didn’t have the luxury of working from home, Thompson said she routinely relies on the help of others because she has no other choice.

Homeless organization and hotel team up to provide rooms for veterans

The lobby of the Crowne Plaza Baltimore-Inner Harbor.

The Baltimore Station, a residential and community-based therapy program for the homeless and those with substance use disorder, has created a partnership with the Crowne Plaza Baltimore-Inner Harbor Hotel managed by Crescent Hotels & Resorts in downtown Baltimore, to move its resident housing, counseling and alternative therapeutic programming to the 380-room hotel.

Baltimore Homecoming to host conversation with the creative community, Dec. 16

Art with a Heart is one of the non-profit organizations that will participate in the conversation with Baltimore Homecoming, which hopes to raise $1 million for 40 arts organizations.

Baltimore Homecoming, the nonprofit organization that pulls together Baltimore natives to drive investment in Baltimore, will host next week a creative community roundtable featuring leaders from culture organizations including Art with a Heart, Made in Baltimore, Creative Nomads, Baltimore Center Stage, Station North Tool Library, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Wide Angle Youth Media, Reginald F. Lewis Museum and more. The event is virtual, free, and open to the public.

Shop Small, Give Big Challenge with The Shops at Kenilworth


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 for details.