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Church of the Redeemer VOICES Series: Lynne Olson, Wednesday, March 13


Lynne Olson

Wednesday, March 13, 7:00 p.m. – Lynne Olson at the Church of the Redeemer. Lynne Olson, author of Madame Fourcade’s Secret War in partnership with the Pratt Library’s Writers LIVE series. From the New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Last Hope Island comes the extraordinary, littleknown story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, who headed the largest and most influential spy network in occupied France during World War II.

Speakers begin at 7:00 p.m. each evening and do not require prior sign-up.

Church of the Redeemer is located at 5603 N. Charles Street in North Baltimore. For more information about the event, click here.

Jewish and African-American Teens Work on Social Justice Issues Impacting Baltimore


When Bella Saunders first started her junior year in high school, she didn’t realize there were urban areas where it was difficult to buy afforable, nutritious food, commonly known as a feed desert.

It wasn’t until she became a Social Justice Teen Fellow, a joint program between the Baltimore Jewish Council (BJC) and the Elijah Cummings Youth Program (ECYP), that she became more versed on the topic and determined to showcase to others how difficult it is for many city residents to eat well.

This March, Bella, a Jewish student at Atholton High School, is working with a small group of predominantly African-American and Jewish teens to develop a “food desert” simulation for an upcoming Teen Summit for the Fellowship program. They plan to encourage participants to make a food list of what their families commonly purchase; then take these lists to areas throughout the room. Each area will represent foods available at corner stores, mini-marts and liquor stores and will help the participants understand the far-reaching effects of food injustice.

The Teen Summit, keynoted by Congressman Elijah Cummings (D), is the capstone to a nine-month program that brings together 26 Jewish and African-American high school students to build greater understanding across racial and religious backgrounds. Through programming and dialogue, the hope is that it will better prepare them to talk about issues of racism, anti-Semitism and social justice with their peers.

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Calvert School Takes the Plunge and Supports Special Olympics Maryland

Calvert School Plunge
Eighth Graders at the plunge.

Three years ago, Calvert School first sent a bus full of 60 Eighth Graders to jump into the Chesapeake Bay. In the middle of January! Not even as a punishment! Since then, the school’s participation in Special Olympics Maryland’s Cool Schools Plunge has grown exponentially.

Calvert’s involvement in the Cool Schools Plunge was a natural fit. Since the inception of its middle school 16 years ago, Calvert has sought ways to instill leadership through community partnership. This concept of civic engagement is a key tenet of the school’s newly launched Institute for Leadership & Purpose at Calvert School, an initiative reaffirming Calvert’s mission to build leaders for tomorrow, today. What better way than to band middle schoolers together for a fun (but frigid!) morning to benefit a Maryland institution. In the school’s three years of participation, the community has rallied around the effort, not only plunging, but raising awareness and funds to support Special Olympic Maryland’s mission of “providing year-round training and competition to those with intellectual disabilities, so that they may develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, and experience joy.”  This year, Calvert expanded its participation by partnering with neighboring St. Elizabeth School. Together, students from Calvert and St. Elizabeth submerged themselves in the winter waters, cheered together on the beaches of Sandy Point, and made connections that went beyond the event itself. This was all inspired by a Calvert student who sought to make an impact for his older sister.

Agents For Change: Meet Elizabeth Atwood


Elizabeth considers her path to real estate and Krauss Brokerage a natural progression fusing together her professional background and her passion for people. A long time northern Baltimore county resident with roots in Harford County, Elizabeth graduated from Loyola University in 1986 with a degree in finance and marketing. From negotiation and management of defense & aviation contracts, to consulting in business development, to hands-on owner/operator of a busy downtown restaurant, the common thread woven throughout was critical thinking, multi-tasking, interpersonal skills, strong work ethic, and high energy. Desiring more family time, Elizabeth contemplated a change that would fully utilize her skills and provide a creative outlet while allowing her to connect with people on a more personal level. Her “ah hah” moment came while driving to work as she recalled an offer made by Heidi some years earlier. Timing is everything and the fit was perfect.

Seven Things to Add to Your Calendar This Spring


With Spring right around the corner, it’s time to get out and do something! Whether you’re a foodie, moviegoer or both, we’ve got something for you.

Check out these seven Spring events you won’t want to miss.

Live with Purpose: Casserole Challenge (Runs until March 31) If you’re a foodie who loves to volunteer, then you will love JVC’s March Live with Purpose program, Casserole Challenge. Last year, nearly 400 casseroles were donated to support families and individuals in need.

Charm City Tribe: Night Shtetl (March 14) Join Charm City Tribe and exeprience Purim through the lens of food, drink, learning, music and theater. Featuring a performance from the Hinenu House Klezmer band.

DBJCC Purim Party (March 15) Join us for some young family fun with a Purim theme – songs, books, crafts and snacks!

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Let’s Get Artsy This Summer at Friends


Summer at Friends Art Programs

With just over 100 days until the start of camp, it’s time to make your plans for Summer fun!  Whether creating masterpieces in Visual Arts Camp, shining on stage in Imagination Alive or Take Two, or showing off awesome moves in Dance Camp, Summer at Friends is the place to explore your interests and talents in the arts!

Before and After: An Elegant Bathroom Remodel by Sunnyfields Cabinetry


Sunnyfields Cabinetry Bathroom Remodel

This bathroom remodel boasts the Award of Excellence in 2018 from the Remodelers Council of Maryland. And rightly so!

Like the rest of the home, which was also undergoing a full-scale remodel, the original bathroom needed to be updated and personalized. Keeping this in mind, and knowing that the footprint of the bathroom would need to stay the same, Sunnyfields Cabinetry created a plan that offered elegant, yet simple, results.

Taking the Stage: How JCC Helped My Child Discover Herself


Taking the Stage with JCC

“I’m going to perform at the talent show this year.” “You are? With friends?” “Nope, by myself.” “What are you going to do?” “I’m going to dance.” 

That is essentially how the conversation with my 9-year-old daughter, Molly, went earlier this fall. For the first time, she wanted to be part of the annual K-8 talent show at The Mount Washington School.

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