Tag: good exercise

Become a Sultan of Swing: Swing Classes at Mobtown Ballroom



Tonight, take a page from Richard Gere’s book and learn some steps to impress your loved one.  Alternatively, learn some steps to make an ex-loved one regret ever letting you go.  Salsa is a great and fun way to exercise, practice balance and rhythm, and meet phenomenally talented dancers.  The few times I’ve gone to salsa lessons, they always seem to be full of awkward, self-conscious types with no concept of how to move both feet simultaneously.  Everyone hovers around until they’re forced to pair up, and once they do, they end up middle-school distance apart, staring at their feet to ensure they’re getting the steps right.  Well, I say bad dance lessons – be gone!

Every Monday night, Mobtown Ballroom offers swing lessons and a free dance session for $5.  You’ll learn the basic steps, twirls and dips, and then have the opportunity to put them into practice.   But at Mobtown, you learn from the pros.  No awkward foot shuffle, no middle-school flashbacks. After a few weeks, you’re likely to have turned pro, and will just keep showing up to show off your moves.

Mobtown Ballroom in Pigtown
859 Washington Blvd
Baltimore, MD

Every Monday night, 8:00pm – 9:00pm

To get into shape, burn some holiday calories, have fun, and bring sexy back!

$5 – less than a burrito or cup of coffee

Ciclovia, How I do Love Thee

The author on her bike at ciclovia. Photo by Anne Stuzin.


Ciclovia, (pronounced: seek-low-VEE-uh) how I do love thee! You are one of the most fun events that take place in Baltimore all year, and you take place just feet from my door.

I do not have to get in car to reach you, ciclovia. In fact, I MUST not get in a car to reach you. Cars are not allowed on your streets, ciclovia.  Feet, bikes, trikes, scooters, skates, unicycles, wagons only are allowed. No motorized vehicles of any sort for you, ciclovia. You are clean and green.

Photo by Sally Foster.

And this spring, ciclovia, you take place on a Saturday, NOT on a Sunday:  Saturday, May 5, from noon to 4 p.m.  What a civilized hour.

March for the Animals Happens April 29th — Pre-Register Tomorrow!


Join us, rain or shine, for the 17th Annual March for the Animals on Sunday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Druid Hill Park. March for the Animals is an enjoyable event for pet lovers, and it’s for a great cause. Last year, the MD SPCA helped find homes for over 3,000 pets and spayed/neutered nearly 9,000 animals. The MD SPCA needs your help to continue its lifesaving work.

You can pre-register for the March for the Animals on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or Tuesday, April 24 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Maryland SPCA (3300 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21211). Participants who raise $30 or more receive a goody bag and a Maryland SPCA dog bandana; those who raise $40 or more also receive the 2012 March for the Animals T-shirt. You can turn in cash and check donations at pre-registration. Additional donations can be turned in up to and including the day of the event.

Pack T-shirts and goody bags are available only at pre-registration. Packs should have the team leader or another team member attend one of the pre-registration sessions and pick up the Pack members’ shirts, bandanas and goody bags.

You can register for the March for the Animals up to and including the day of the event. Registration forms are available at the Maryland SPCA and local businesses. You can download a registration and pledge form. You can register online, register at pre-registration (see above) or register at the event.

For more information, please visit the March for the Animals website or contact Tami Gosheff at 410-235-8826, ext. 138 or [email protected].