Tag: fundraisers

Eat, Paint, Love … And Party On At Cylburn


Ok, there’s no real bar scene here, but everything else is in place for Cylburn Arboretum (you know, the tree place) to be the next Baltimore social hot spot. Looking way beyond the trees, Cylburn Arboretum has planned a spring and summer of nature-based art events – including a kid’s camp.

Starting on Friday, March 2nd from 6-8pm, there will be an exhibition of nature-inspired quilts, kicked-off with an opening reception underwritten by LifeBridge Health at the new Vollmer Center. Members of the Baltimore Heritage Quilters’ Guild will present the quilts and they will be on display from March 2-29, Tuesdays thru Sundays from 10-4pm.

On April 18th at 7pm, Paul Espinosa of the George Peabody Library will lecture on the history of botanical illustrations from 15th and 16th century woodcuts and more, with works taken from the Rare Books Collection of the Johns Hopkins University.

Then, party on at Cylburn, June 21st from 6-9 pm, at the “Summer Solstice In The City” party, featuring the Cylburn gardens lit by candlelight, live music, and dancing under the stars and wine from Boordy Vineyards, Heavy Seas beer and light fare.

Painters are invited to Garden Paint Outs on three Sundays this summer. Mark your calendar for June 24, July 15 and September 16, when artists will be painting “en plein air” throughout the beautiful grounds of the arboretum. To reserve a space for the September Paint Out Plus, go to mapapa.shuttlepod.org (click on events).

And for children ages 6-11, the Cylburn Nature Science Camp will be back with four one-week nature-oriented sessions beginning the week of June 28. Campers will learn about small mammals, salamanders, birds flowers, pollinators and trees. A new session for 10-11 year olds will explore biodiversity using technology, mapping and the scientific method For more information, check out the Cylburn website or e-mail [email protected].

For information on all the programs, you can call the office at 410-367-2217.


Your Pet Wants You to Buy These Things


Now that your dog’s hogging the TV, watching commercials broadcasted in frequencies that you can’t even hear, how are you supposed to spend your spare time?

We humbly suggest a peek at the online “Shop-a-Paw-Looza” auction, a fundraiser for the Maryland SPCA. They’ve got everything from club-level Ravens tickets to custom Charm City Cakes confectioneries to wine tasting tours to spa gift certificates to dolphin breakfasts (that is, breakfast WITH, not OF, dolphins). If you really want to make your animals feel appreciated (or guilty), consider bidding on a pet photo shoot, or a “luxury getaway at the Perfect Pet Resort!”

And, of course, the best part is that the auction funds go to the homeless dogs and cats at the Maryland SPCA. Bidding opens today, October 4, at noon, and runs through October 25 at 9 PM… and there are special prizes for early bidders.

Julie Bowen Auction Item Raises Record Bid at Local Fundraiser


At Saturday night’s “Pumpkins on the Green” event to benefit the Irvine Nature Center, organizers auctioned off an item featuring Julie Bowen that scored a winning bid of $21,000. “There was a bidding war going on,” said one man in attendance.  “But once it hit $20,000 the other guy said ‘that’s enough.'”  The auction item includes lunch with the Emmy-winning star, a tour of the Modern Family set, DVDs, a script and cast photo all signed by the stars of the show.

The nonprofit is understandably thrilled: “We’re so proud and lucky to count Julie among our many amazing friends! She is truly lovely, and we can’t thank her enough for being our honorary chair,”  said Beth Lacey Gill, marketing and communications director at the Irvine Nature Center.


Art Show, Pumpkins, a Fashion Show and Wes Moore


More dates to add to your calendar! We’re expanding this week and including events beyond the weekend…

Art for Land’s Sake: The Valleys Planning Council hosts its annual art show tonight featuring pieces from over 40 local and national artists. Thiry-five percent of sales goes to the VPC. When: Preview Party, tonight, September 30, 5 – 9 p.m.  Weekend art show and sale, Saturday and Sunday, October 1 & 2, from noon – 4 p.m. Where:  Halcyon Farm, 11245 Greenspring Avenue, Lutherville. Attire: Business casual. Admission: Preview Party tickets, $125 and may be purchased at the door. Art show only, $5, purchased at the door.

Pumpkins on the Green: The Irvine Nature Center is putting on their annual “blue jean” fundraiser featuring live music, live and silent auctions, and seasonal tastes from a local “green” caterer.  Adding to the fun, the event’s honorary chair, recent Emmy-winner Julie Bowen is hosting in a meet-and-greet VIP cocktail reception before the event.  When: Fundraiser: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 7-11 p.m. VIP Cocktail Reception: Saturday, October 1, 2011, 6 p.m.  Where: The Irvine Nature Center. Attire: Blue jean casual. Admission: $95 per ticket for the fundraiser, $500 for two tickets to the VIP reception and fundraiser. Tickets available through MissionTix

The Art of Giving: Ruth Shaw and Renaissance Fine Arts host a fashion show to benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute & The Baltimore School for the Arts. When: Tuesday, October 4 at 11:30 a.m. Where: Renaissance Fine Arts, 1848 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. Attire: Invitation doesn’t say, but we’re guessing it will be a pretty fashionable crowd…it’s a fashion show after all. Admission: $150 and includes light lunch. Tickets available online through Kennedy Krieger. 

Distinguished Speaker Luncheon Featuring Wes Moore: Advocates for Children and Youth hosts its eighth annual luncheon with bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore, Rhodes Scholar and Baltimore native Wes Moore. When: Wednesday, October 5, from 11:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m. Where: Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 Pratt Street, Baltimore. Attire: Invitation doesn’t indicate but we’re guessing business? Then again, lots of teachers and non-profit types will be in attendance, so clean, cute and comfy is probably fine too. Admission: $150. Purchase tickets online at www.acy.org.

Have a good weekend!