Transforming a City Neighborhood With Art


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Two and a half years ago, the Mondawmin Neighborhood Association and New Auchentoroly Terrace Community Association, together with a large group of local residents and area youth, gathered to talk about the problematic intersection of Gwynns Falls Parkway and McCullough Street and how they could make it a safe, beautiful and inviting space. Their “big” idea was to create a large sculpture that would slow down traffic and beautify the area, resulting in the fabrication of five life-size elephant sculptures designed and created by local artist, Barbara Thompson.

Local Food and Design Leaders Host Lunch to Benefit Hunger NonProfit

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Restaurateur Tony Foreman, Chef Cindy Wolf, Interior Designer Rita St. Clair and Brian Thim have joined forces with No Kid Hungry to help eliminate childhood hunger in Maryland with an original fundraiser, created especially for the foodie and design lover in you. “No Kid Hungry: Share our Strength” is a non-profit organization whose mission is to end childhood hunger in America.

The team will host a luncheon on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 beginning at 11:30 at Petit Louis in Columbia, where they will engage in a brief discussion about the elements of design. The cost is $125/person and includes a special, multi-course menu with wine pairings. Proceeds from the lunch with benefit No Kid Hungry.

Therapeutic Equestrian NonProfit Raises Awareness With Motorcycle Ride


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Rose of Sharon Equestrian School (ROSES), a therapeutic horsemanship program for people with disabilities – primarily children on the Autism spectrum and/or who have learning delays and emotional disorders, has announced plans for its first benefit motorcycle ride to coincide with the Kentucky Derby.

The inaugural Iron Horse Ride for the ROSES will take place this coming Saturday, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., departing Cromwell Valley Park-Willow Grove Farm in Parkville.  

MDSPCA Weekly Pet Adoption: Snowball, Shiba Inu mix


Snowball Shiba Inu mix

Please say hello to…

Snowball, 1 year old, neutered male, Shiba Inu mix

Hi, hi, hi! I’m an energetic and fun loving dog looking for a new home this spring. I’m active enough to jog, if you’re into that, and I’m small enough to keep your lap warm without squishing you. If you think I’m a good fit, please visit me at the Maryland SPCA pet adoption center and take me home with you today?


Adoption Center Visitation Hours

Monday & Tuesday: 2:30pm – 6:15pm

Wednesday – Friday: 12:00pm – 4:45pm

Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 3:45pm

Register now for the 2014 March for the Animals on Sunday, April 27, and help us save lives! Don’t miss this exciting day of contests, demonstrations, vendors, entertainment and a 1.5-mile walk around the lake at Druid Hill Park to benefit the MD SPCA.  It’s our biggest, most important fundraiser of the year.  Register at

No national organization supports our operations, and we receive no government funds. We depend upon local donations to make a difference in the lives of animals.


Easter Eggstravaganza at Baltimore Humane Society This Coming Saturday, April 19


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This isn’t your typical Easter Egg Hunt event — it’s for both kids and pets, and includes some very unusual amusements!

One Week Left to Buy Tickets to The Creative Alliance Marquee Ball!



Inspired by the wacky road trip movie Road to Rio, the Creative Alliance’s Marquee Ball Saturday April 26 features a fab samba dance party, sultry cocktail gathering, and a glam dinner honoring two of Baltimore’s most vibrant cultural leaders: Gary Vikan, former Director of The Walters Art Museum and Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen.


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The night starts with the Rio Preview Dinner at 5:30,

honoring Gary Vikan, Baltimore cultural icon who led  the Walters for many years, and Superstar Chef Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen, a national leader in the locavore movement and winner of the Martha Stewart 2013 Tastemaker Award. The seated dinner will feature food farm sourced in collaboration with Woodberry Kitchen!  Click here for tickets & info.

Honorees Gary Vikan and Spike Gjerde
Honorees Gary Vikan and Spike Gjerde

“Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” to End Domestic Violence

Ready to walk a mile in her shoes?
Ready to walk a mile in her shoes?

It’s National Sexual Assault Awareness month, and to bring attention to the issue Harford County non-profit SARC will host its sixth annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men’s March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence” event on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in downtown Bel Air.

Marching for the Love of Animals…and the Memory of a Good Friend

Baltimore Bark Brigade at the March for the Animals, sponsored by the Maryland SPCA.
Tracy’s Bark Brigade

Sometimes life challenges us to redefine our adversities.

On June 17, 2011, Romeo Santos turned his greatest loss into a gift that continues to inspire others.  For Romeo, it was the day his best friend from high school and wife of six years, Tracy Santos, succumbed to cancer.

In her honor, Romeo heads Tracy’s Bark Brigade, one of the leading supporters of the Maryland SPCA’s March for the Animals.  A pack originally formed in 2006 by Tracy and her co-workers at Eastern Animal Hospital, the Bark Brigade has consistently increased its annual fundraising efforts, hitting its $50,000 fundraising milestone last March. The event, this year on Sunday, April 27, features a 1.5 mile walk (for two and four legged participants) as well as a showcase of adoptable dogs, training tips, vendors and a pet costume contest.

JHU Frat & Sororities Get Dirty in the Dell


IMG_1191Last weekend JHU community volunteers dug in to a large planting project sponsored by the Friends of Wyman Park Dell.  It was is part of the implementation of a master plan prepared by Mahan Rykiel, a Wyman Park landscape architect. Many others who care about wildlife and landscaping contributed to the effort. Duncan Stuart, a certified arborist, contributed many volunteer hours removing invasive species, in order to prepare the way for Saturday’s massive planting.  Brenton Landscape Architecture prepared the detailed landscape plan. A highlight of the landscape plan? Seventeen dogwood trees that now edge the southern rim of the dell.  Eighty-seven native shrubs and trees were planted on the forested slopes of the dell.  IMG_1192

Plant materials included spicebush, arrowood, winterberry, low bush blueberry, chokeberry, shadbush, and the previously mentioned dogwood.  The planting of some of the specified woody shrubs and trees has been deferred until later in the season.  Brenton Landscape Architecture’s design for the dell also includes 2,000 perennials and ferns.  The landscapers anticipate that the perennials and ferns will be installed in the fall of 2014.

Replacing exotic invasive plant species with natives, greatly enhances habitat value for birds and other charismatic wildlife, which is especially important at this time of radical climate change and loss of wildlife diversity.  Approximately 50 fraternity and sorority members from Johns Hopkins showed up in good spirits on the rainy Saturday morning to assist with the planting.  Given the weekend weather, watering of the plant materials, at time of installation was not of great concern.  Friends of Wyman Park Dell will be looking for volunteers for the summer and fall to maintain the new plantings, and for future installations.  Please contact them at  if you’d like to lend a hand.


Girl Scouts to Honor Local Ladies With Distinguished Women Awards


Girl Scout cookiesThe Girl Scouts of Central Maryland will honor business leaders, academics and a former Ravens cheerleader, among others, on Thursday, April 24 when it holds its Distinguished Women’s Award Reception at the Baltimore County Club from 5:30 to 8:30.  The award honors five local women for their outstanding professional and civic accomplishments.