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Visit Carpe Librum Bookstore and Art Gallery for the Literature – But Stay for the Bookstore Cat, Stan Lee

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Some bookstores boast having a cat on the premises, but a new bookstore in Parkville has dedicated a Twitter account and part-ownership to its domestic, short-haired black beauty.

Carpe Librum Bookstore and Art Gallery, which opened Jan. 21 at 7221 Harford Road, counts 361 Twitter fans for its bookstore cat Stan Lee. And bookstore owner Melissa Eisenmeier even jests that her cat is her business partner.

“It’s something I started half joking about after seeing an article about a bookstore cat in New York City, who apparently said he was the co-owner, and Stan Lee acted like he was in charge. Some might have a bookstore cat, but the bookstore cat being part owner is something of a novelty.”

Rahne Alexander and Harry Carpenter spending some time with the co-owner, Stan Lee.

The bookstore specializes in both new and used books from small press publishers, including Philadelphia’s Lanternfish Press, Lethe Press of New Jersey, Oregon’s Ashland Creek Press and Baltimore’s own Mason Jar Press. The shop also stocks fun non-book items, including dog bandanas, bookmarks and notecards made by locals. The gallery also features local artists and emphasizes abstract art. Eventually she would like to stock more locally made arts and crafts.

Mercy High School President Selected for Columbia University Fellowship Program

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Mary Beth Lennon, president of Mercy High School, is one of just 20 school leaders from around the world selected for this year’s Klingenstein Heads of Schools Program at Columbia University’s Teachers College. This fully funded fellowship brings together 20 school heads from independent schools in the United States together with international school leaders from Colombia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Tunisia, India, Japan, and Honduras to consider educational philosophy, leadership, and strategic innovation.

“This prestigious fellowship affirms the remarkable momentum that Mercy High School has experienced under Mary Beth Lennon’s leadership,” said Kevin Burke, chair of Mercy’s Board of Trustees. “The Board is delighted that Mary Beth will have the opportunity to join with other accomplished independent school leaders from around the world for intensive professional study, collaboration and reflection. The experience will prove invaluable as Mercy continues to be an innovative leader in girls education and a top choice for area families.”

Jennifer Berk Paintings at Monument Sotheby’s Office in Ruxton – Opening This Thursday

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As part of the ongoing commitment to the community, the Monument Sotheby’s International Realty office located in Roland Park has began hosting gallery shows for local artists. The Ruxton office is following their lead. Opening this Thursday, January 30, 2020 and running until March 18, we will be featuring the paintings of Jennifer Berk.

Jennifer is an expressionist painter and works primarily in acrylic and mixed medium on canvas and paper. After a 25-year career in marketing, Jennifer began studying abstract, landscape and figurative painting under a variety of accomplished, nationally known painters. Never having attended a school of art, Jennifer is otherwise self-taught. Her work has been exhibited in a variety of juried and non-juried shows and can be found in regional and local corporate offices, as well as in private collections from Florence, Italy to Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Rising Women at NDP

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NDP’s entrepreneurs-in-training at Stanley Black & Decker

At Notre Dame Prep (NDP), the mission of “educating girls to transform the world” is lived every day, in and out of the classroom.  What better way to accomplish this than to send students out into the business world, giving them the opportunity to both work with and learn from women executives.  This was part of the inspiration behind NDP’s most recent on-campus club, Rising Women.  Co-sponsored by Junior Achievement, Rising Women partners NDP students with female mentors from Stanley Black and Decker.  With a Shark Tank-like format, the 17-week program challenges a selective group of high schoolers to develop, pitch and produce a product to a group of businesswomen mentors.

The expectations are high and JA Rising Women underlines the importance of commitment.  In its literature, it claims, “The program is great experience, but relies on the effort of the students involved to make it successful.”

BMA Hosts Art After Hours On Friday, January 31

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The Baltimore Museum of Art’s popular evening event, Art After Hours, returns on Friday, January 31 from 8pm – 11pm. Spend an evening celebrating radical self-expression through art and fashion inspired by the new exhibition, Ellen Lesperance: Velvet Fist, and the BMA’s retro-cool lobby installation, Mickalene Thomas: A Moment’s Pleasure. Tickets are $25 general admission and $20 for BMA Members, include a free ticket for food or drink. Tickets can be purchased in person at the BMA Box Office, online, or at the door the evening of the event if tickets are still available.

Looking for more? On Sunday, February 2, join Ellen Lesperance for a free knitting workshop from 12pm – 3pm. Open to all ages and skill levels, participants can create squares or strips, culminating an un-patterned or anarchist sweater created by the group. Whether you attend one or both events, it will be a weekend for the arts!

Exciting New Science Documentary is coming to Baltimore – You can be Involved

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An exciting new science documentary is coming to Baltimore, MD and we’d love you to be involved!

Created by Emmy award-winning Pioneer Productions, In The Womb plans to capture the incredible moments of human development in pregnancy in the most dynamic, cutting edge way ever visualized. You may already be familiar with the earlier series we produced back in 2005, Life Before Birth: In The Womb and the award-winning In The Womb – Extreme Animals.

For this series, we’re looking for women who are newly pregnant (up to 8 weeks) or actively trying for a child to feature. We’re also keen to speak to those expecting twins or multiples (up to 12 weeks along) for a special episode. We’re welcoming applications from people of all backgrounds.

Celebrate Groundhog Day with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation at a Party & Fundraiser

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Join Us at the Baltimore Food Hub on Saturday, February 1 to celebrate Groundhog Day with the Baltimore Architecture Foundation – A One-Of-A-Kind Party and Fundraiser in a Building Typically Not Open to the Public.

This is the BAF’s biggest party of the year. Begin the night with a cocktail reception and open bar, or come later when the party kicks off with dancing and music. Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow? Purchase your tickets today and find out!

Roland Park Country School Gifted $1.75 Million to Support STEAM/STEM Education

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Alumna gift will establish three separate endowments at the all-girls school

Roland Park Country School (RPCS) has received a $1,750,000 pledge from alumna Holliday “Holly” Cross Heine, 1962 and her husband John “Jack” C. Heine of Santa Barbara, California. The pledge will be split to create three separate endowments that will fund in perpetuity a new K-8 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Director role, the existing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Director role and the School’s signature STEM Institute.

“I am profoundly grateful to Holly and Jack for their generosity and enthusiastic support of our comprehensive STEM and STEAM curricula, which span every grade level and department,” said Caroline Blatti, Head of School. “I am also so honored that as an alumna who has built such a successful career in this field, Holly shares our purpose of intentionally harnessing our students’ boundless imaginations and curiosity to give them the confidence, knowledge and tools they need to build a solid foundation and deep understanding of these concepts.”

Featured Hot Listing: Rockland. Luxe Living Simplified in Coveted Locale

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2428 STILL FOREST RD BALTIMORE, MD 21208

2428 STILL FOREST RDBALTIMORE, MD 21208

4 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, 1 half bathroom

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Enjoy Winter Restaurant Week In Harbor East – Running through 1/19

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Shake off those winter blues and make a date (or two) in Harbor East for the Baltimore Winter Restaurant Week. Baltimore Restaurant Week runs January 10 – 19, featuring specially priced 2-course lunches and brunches ($15, $20) and 3-course dinners ($25, $35, $45) at participating restaurants. Reserve your table in Harbor East and take advantage of the most delicious week of winter.

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