MRIA Votes in Opposition of Arena Plan for State Center

State Center rendering
Rendering of the proposed State Center complex at Howard and MLK.

Governor Hogan recently proposed the building of an arena at the State Center site as an alternative to the proposed development that is currently under litigation. At the March MRIA Board meeting, the MRIA Board voted unanimously to oppose the arena plan. 

John Kyle, Bolton Hill resident and president of the State Center Neighborhood Alliance, briefed everyone on the current status of the State Center redevelopment before the vote. 

After more than a decade of unprecedented community, state, and developer engagement, Governor Hogan led the state Board of Public Works to cancel all contracts last December and then sued the developer. The developer responded to the lawsuit in kind. This litigation will probably take two to three years to resolve.

Meanwhile, the governor decided to move ahead with a $30,000 task force to study the site as the location for an arena. Another study from several years ago already concluded that it was an unfavorable arena location. Moreover, representatives from the surrounding neighborhoods are not included on the task force.

Objections from nearby residents are detailed in a front-page story in the April 1 edition of the Sun, as well as through numerous op-eds and letters to the editor. Many elected officials support State Center redevelopment, including City Council President Jack Young, Councilman Costello, and Mayor Pugh. 

John highlighted some key consequences if State Center redevelopment does not proceed:

  • State employee jobs could be transferred to other areas of the state.
  • Abandoned State Center buildings could sit unoccupied indefinitely.
  • Private-sector jobs that would be created by the new development would no longer generate state tax revenue.
  • The full-service grocery, which had been a proposed use for the Armory building, would not be developed.
  • Proposed transit-oriented development would be scuttled.

The State Center Alliance is now trying to bring the administration and developer back to the table. MRIA has been a longtime supporter of State Center redevelopment plans, and following John’s updates, the MRIA Board voted unanimously to oppose an arena at the State Center site.

On March 20, Councilman Costello sponsored a resolution supporting the State Center Development, which was unanimously adopted by the City Council.

What You Can Do to Help State Center Redevelopment

Sign the petition. After all this time, folks may have lost sight of the good things that will come from redevelopment. As a reminder, project developers have launched an online petition that will enable West Baltimore voice its need for a full-service grocery store and desire for redevelopment of the State Center site. Sign the petition here.

Write, call, or email Governor Hogan to encourage him to restart negotiations and implement the plan. Remind him that the plan has been 10 years in the making and has the full support of the surrounding communities. Showing widespread support will apply more pressure for the State to return to the table.

For more information and to get involved, like the State Center Neighborhood Alliance Facebook page, visit the developer’s State Center website or follow @StateCenterLLC on Twitter

Revamped Safety Committee Gets to Work

By Barbie Klik and David Nyweide

MRIA’s newly revamped Safety Committee, including representatives from the Midtown Benefits District, Prince Hall Grand Lodge, and the Lyric as well as Bolton Hill neighbors, has already been hard at work.

At their first meeting in late February, the committee reviewed several programs in need of support, and formed subcommittees to address these needs.

  • Court Watch, led by Carol Bickford and Jim Prost, will ensure community presence in court for serious cases.
  • Lighting and Crime Stats will be led by Ron Gray and Maria Wawer.
  • Personal Safety Seminars will be led by Rich Dunfee and Michelle Wirzberger and organized in partnership with MICA, police department, and Midtown.
  • Video Cameras, led by Linda Stirling, John Heltman and Patrick Francis, will create a camera survey and map to document which areas of the neighborhood are covered by private cameras.
Tree trimming March 18
The Lighting and Crime Stats subcommittee trimmed trees around street lights in March.

The Lighting & Crime Stats subcommittee will work with the City to improve lighting based on the lighting survey that was completed last yea. They will also launch a neighborhood lighting program with incentives for people to light the fronts of their homes.

In March, a group of neighborhood volunteers led by David Nyweide trimmed trees on selected streets throughout Bolton Hill. With support from both the Midtown Benefits District and Baltimore City, the group focused on trees identified in the lighting survey to improve nighttime lighting just in time for spring leafing.

As for Crime Stats, Major Jones reported at the March Board Meeting that there had been a total of 20 crime incidents this year in the the first two months vs 23 last year for the same period. Bolton Hill is part of the Central District, which is one of two city districts to see a reduction in overall crime recently.

The subcommittee reviewed the last 5 months of crime stats in our police post, which includes Bolton Hill and small sections of Reservoir Hill and Madison Park. Overall, they saw a dramatic decline in violent crimes over the last 8 weeks, as shown the graph below. 

Note: The information provided only includes arrests made within the month of the crime, and ancillary arrests are not always linked to all crimes committed by a single perpetrator. 

The Bulletin will continue to publish updates, including crime stat reports. from these subcommittees as each group evaluates and organizes efforts in these areas.

MRIA’s Safety Committee meets regularly on the last Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend and get involved. Meetings are held in different locations from month to month—see their event listing on the Bulletin calendar for more information.

Neighborhood News Briefs

The Bulletin Beefs Up 

Please welcome two new writers to the Bulletin volunteer staff: Gretta Brueck, who wrote the piece on Chainlines last month, and Claire Weber, who edited the Samaritan Community article in this month’s issue. We hope to see lots more of their work in upcoming issues.

The Bulletin could always use additional volunteers, including reporters, photographers, writers, and editors. If interested, please email us at bhbeditormail@gmail.com.

Changing MRIA’s Tax Status  

In order to allow tax-deductible contributions, MRIA is looking into changing the organization’s tax status from a 501(c)4 to a 501(c)3. We will keep membership informed on this effort.

Inaccurate Water Billing

At the March MRIA meeting, Larry Nunley from the Department of Public Works discussed recent changes to the city’s water bills. Being new to his post, Mr. Nunley wants to ensure that any concerns about water and other public works issues are addressed quickly. 

He encouraged everyone to reach out to him directly if they encounter a public works-related issue. You can either email him at Larry.Nunley@baltimorecity.gov or call his cell, 443-534-5074. (If it’s an emergency, always call 911.)

He explained that the DPW are installing new water meters that they are Wi-Fi-connected. As the new system comes online, it may initially create inaccurate bills.  He encouraged everyone to examine their bills to make sure it isn’t a duplicate. 

As billing switches from a quarterly to monthly cycle, consumers will find the new bills more transparent, as the fees for infrastructure, storm water, and the bay recovery are listed separately. Should you notice unusual charges, make an appointment with DPW to figure out whether your bill is higher than average.

Share Your Bolton Hill Story

At the March MRIA meeting, Single Carrot Theatre Artistic Director Genevieve de Mahy announced that they are creating a show called Promenade Baltimore. In June, Single Carrot will take the company on a bus to collect stories from the streets and neighborhoods of the city we all love.

She is looking for Bolton Hill residents to share and record stories to be played while the bus drives through our neighborhood. If you have a story to tell, contact our neighborhood liaison, Steven Skerritt-Davis, at swdavis80@gmail.com.

Terracotta detailing on Robert Street.
Terracotta detailing on Robert Street.

Terracotta Project

Don’t forget the Architectural Terracotta Residency project that will be happening at MICA from May 27 to June 17.

Bolton Hill residents are invited to submit photographs of historic architectural stones in or on their homes, along with stories or histories relevant to their home’s architecture. These will provide context for the artists’ consideration during the residency.

Please send photos and other submissions with your name to professor Mat Karas at mkaras@mica.edu with the subject heading “Bolton Hill Terracotta Project.”

You can also become a partner with MICA and the Bolton Hill ceramic residency by making a gift in support of the project at www.mica.edu/give or by calling 410-225-4259.

Eat a Chili Dinner to Send Kids to Camp This Summer

The MRIA Churches and Schools Committee will host its second annual Chili Dinner on Wednesday, April 19, 5-8 p.m. at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church, located at the corner of Park Avenue and Lafayette. 

Come and enjoy delicious homemade chili (meat and vegetarian available), cornbread, a bake sale and raffle.  

Tickets are only $10 per person, but you are always welcome to give more. Children 12 and under are admitted free.  

This fundraiser supports Mount Royal Elementary/Middle School’s weeklong outdoor educational program that every spring sends all sixth grade students to Northbay Adventure Camp, an environmental science and character education program in Cecil County. Last year’s event generated over $3,500 for the trip. The goal this year is $5,000.

With this year’s school budget crisis, such efforts are particularly needed. Join the tasty fun and lend your support.

The Commuter Chronicles: What to Do When the Wi-Fi’s Not Working

Commuter Chronicles logoBy Claudia DeCarlo

If you’re like me, you can get pretty frustrated when the Wi-Fi signal on the MARC train is too weak to satisfy your web-surfing needs. But fear not! Here’s a handy list of things you can do during these challenging times, in no particular order:

  • Casually crane your head to try and read the magazine article that the person next to you is reading. Really? I can get “Get Fit in Just Forty Days”?!
  • Obsess about how the person next to you has something to do you and you don’t.
  • Meditate.
  • Scan your eyes across the seatback in front of you and wonder when the last time it was cleaned. Then, rub copious amounts of hand sanitizer feverishly over all your exposed bodily surfaces.
  • Take out your laptop, open Word, and type up a list of things to do when there is no Wi-Fi on the MARC train so you’ll know what to do the next time this happens.
  • Try to name all 50 states in alphabetical order.
  • Write out your grocery list.
  • Hit refresh in your Internet browser at precise, 15-second intervals.
  • Listen to music you may have downloaded to your phone, since Spotify isn’t available. Reminisce about that time last summer when you downloaded that song to your phone because that cute guy (or gal) you met said you had to listen to it. What was his name anyway?!
  • Reminisce about last summer.
  • Practice the speech you’ll give your boss when you get to work and have to tell him (or her) that you didn’t get your work done because there was no Wi-Fi on the train. Be prepared to explain why you left it to the last minute instead of staying late last night to finish it.
  • Write a letter to someone you haven’t spoken to in a long time but wish you had.
  • Sleep.
  • Prepare a cost-benefit analysis to send to the President of MTA, explaining why outfitting the 409 MARC train with free or low-cost Wi-Fi could yield great profit in the form of additional happy customers.
  • Count the number of people on the train car with you without anyone noticing.
  • Imagine the life story of the person sitting next to you. Who are they? Why are they on this train? Have you met them elsewhere not on this train?
  • Pray. For Wi-Fi. And world peace.

Parties and More Parties

Patricia Rice reading to the group

MRIA’s Social Action Task Force (SATF) hosted their fifth Party with a Purpose in February. The theme honored Black History Month with guests reading selections from their favorite black authors. The group then guessed, sometimes successfully, who the author was. 

The crowd of 60-70 attendees was deeply engaged with dozens of people taking the stage to read a quote. And they were generous too, donating a total of $1,065 that was split between two youth organizations, St. Francis Neighborhood Center and the Kids Safe Zone.

The event’s discussion area on Facebook has lots of photos, a cool little movie, and the text from many of the pieces that were read.

The SATF has already started planning two more events. First, the return of the Stoop Party with a Purpose set for Saturday, May 13, 11 am to 1 pm, at the Gazebo in the 1700 block of Linden Avenue (between Sav-a-Lot and Sumpter Park). In response to the city’s school budget crisis, the donations collected at this party will be shared between three neighborhood schools, Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary, Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle, and Midtown Academy.

At the end of the party, the group will continue the fun by walking together to join the Boundary Block Party at Upton Triangle. This was a huge success at last year’s Stoop Party and will be a great chance for the whole community to enjoy a spring day together.

Boltonstock 2017 arrives a short three weeks later, on Saturday, June 3 from 5 to 10 pm in Sumpter Park. The SATF is working with organizers Chas Phillips and Jessica Wyatt to make this year’s event bigger and better. Starting earlier and ending later, they plan a real festival with a variety of musical acts.

Volunteers are need to help with both of these events. If you’d like to get involved, come to the next SATF monthly meeting on Sunday, April 2, 5-6:30 pm at the carriage house of 1500 Bolton St. See the calendar item for details.

If you can’t make the meeting, but are interested in these SATF events, please contact Peter Van Buren about the Stoop Party, ptvnbr@gmail.com or Chas Phillips regarding Boltonstock,  chas.phillips@gmail.com.

Garden Club Greening Grant Applications Due May 1

A previously funded Greening Grant project.
A previously funded project.

The deadline for Bolton Hill Garden Club greening grant applications is May 1. The club’s Green Space Grants Program funds public space greening projects within Bolton Hill.

Applications are accepted via email or by mail. Don’t forget to include a “before” picture of your project and a budget. Also, please check out the Frequently Asked Questions for information on what types of public space projects the garden club can fund.

Click here for a grant application and more information. Questions may be sent to GardenClub-Grants@boltonhill.org.

Help make Bolton Hill greener! And don’t forget the club’s Spring Plant Sale on April 29.

Samaritan Program Director Sharon Krieger Celebrates 40 Years of Service

Sharon Krieger
Sharon Krieger welcomes all who enter Samaritan’s doors.

By Emily Reichart

In 1977, Sharon Krieger started volunteering at Memorial Episcopal Church’s food cupboard, under the direction of Rev. Barney Farnham. Since then, this humble food cupboard has evolved into The Samaritan Community, with Sharon at the helm. It currently serves approximately 1,100 people annually through its food pantry, clothing shop, individual counseling, group support, emergency financial assistance, and more.

While Samaritan has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception, it is still very much a small nonprofit. Sharon is the only full-time employee, joined by five part-time staff members and a team of about 45 volunteers. With an annual budget of about $300,000, funding comes from individuals, private foundations, businesses, faith-based organizations and fundraising events. Even with a small team and a small budget, a lot gets done. In fact, the people of Samaritan have a saying— “We’re a small organization with a big impact.”

Sharon has been able to accomplish all this over the past 40 years because of her love of people and through a tremendous amount of hard work. She works with clients from the early morning well into the night. 

“She is a warrior in the local battle against loneliness, uncertainty and despair,” says Paul Silvestri,
board president of The Samaritan Community. “There is no off time for Sharon. She is always working to help our members.”

In all of her work, Sharon focuses on the individual, the member, the human being who needs a little help. As she says, “each member becomes the program.” She in turn takes the time to build true relationships with them, learning their unique circumstances and personal stories.

“I am deeply grateful for Sharon’s love and support. She had faith in me even when I didn’t. She got me back on my feet and I am so thankful,” says one Samaritan member. “She is totally devoted … I love the way she keeps us together.”

As for Sharon? She just wants one thing: “I want people to know they are loved.”

Learn more about the Samaritan Community on their website.

Construction Update—Dolphin Building, Madison Park North, John Edgar Howard RC

Over the winter, major progress was made on various construction projects around the neighborhood.

Crews demolished the old Dolphin Building near the Mt. Royal light rail stop, and a new MICA building is rising in its place.

Dolphin after
MICA’s newest building at Dolphin and Mt. Royal takes shape.
Dolphin before
The Dolphin Building disappears, as the site is readied for a new MICA building.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To our north, demolition is well underway on the large Madison Park North site, that encompasses more than 3 full blocks between Linden and Park on the north side of North Avenue.

MPN before
View in February of the Madison Park North complex, from Bolton St. north across North Ave.
MPN after
The site’s new look on March 29.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The John Edgar Howard Recreation Center site is also being redeveloped, so the area under construction is even larger. The vacated center sits in the middle of the construction-site photo below. (click to enlarge)

Looking north from North Avenue near Eutaw, you can see most of the site.

“Facing Change”: MICA Exhibit Examines Development’s Effects on East Baltimore

MICA and AlternateROOTS, an arts activism organization based in Atlanta, present “Facing Change: Portraits and Narratives of the Shifting Cultural Landscape in East Baltimore,” a special pop-up exhibition by MFA Community Arts student Ben Hamburger.

Sponsored by the college’s Office of Community Engagement and Day at the Market, a community outreach program based at the Johns Hopkins East Baltimore campus, the exhibition will be on view at the historic Northeast Market, 2101 E. Monument St., on Saturday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 5 from 10 am–2:30 pm, as well as at “Grad Show III” at MICA’s Decker Gallery, 1303 W. Mt. Royal Ave., on Friday, April 21, 5–8 pm.

The exhibition is a socially engaged art project that brings together different perspectives on the contentious issue of community development in East Baltimore, and aims to confront the difficult realities of rapid urban development and raise awareness about a range of impacts on diverse stakeholders.

Hamburger’s portraits use salvaged formstone debris and audio narratives to honor residents of the community and share their stories about the area’s past, present and future. Their stories provoke viewers to think critically about the sense of place, home and the meaning of development.

Listen online to stories from community members featured in the exhibition.

A painter, socially engaged artist and educator from Silver Spring, Ben Hamburger is currently completing his M.F.A. in Community Arts at MICA. This project is a component of his thesis work.

Local Finds: Authentic Jerk Chicken at Vibes Jamaican Restaurant

Vibes Grilled Jerk Chicken
Vibes Grilled Jerk Chicken

By Peter Van Buren

The smell of chicken roasting over charcoal drew me in. I just had to find out how I could get some of that deliciousness.

The source was a barrel grill smoking away on the sidewalk, with Vibes Jamaican Restaurant’s head chef, Stephen Levy, ensuring perfection. He cooks up authentic charcoal-flamed jerk chicken that’s to die for.

Hailing from Mandeville, Jamaica, Stephen has years of experience. In fact, he’s got the medal to prove it, as winner of the Montego Bay Jerk Chicken Championship in 2000.

This is the real deal at great prices, with traditional sides like rice and peas, cabbage and plantains. A large dinner ($10.50) was more than I could finish, but the leftovers doubled the delight when I quickly polished them off for lunch the next day.

Vibes also has Jamaican country-style fried chicken, curried goat, and delicious simmer down chicken stew, as well as fish dishes and more. Whether dining in or ordering carryout or delivery, you’ll love it if you try it.

They cater too. In fact, Stephen put the idea in my head to have him cook for an upcoming family party. That is one itch that will need to be scratched.

Vibes Jamaican Restaurant, 2101 Maryland Ave. Open 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Monday–Saturday, closed Sundays; 667-930-3530. Their menu and delivery/carry out options are available on Yelp.

The Bulletin’s Local Finds column highlights the great businesses and organizations within walking distance of our neighborhood. Please tell us what spots you think deserve coverage by leaving a comment. Even better, you could be the roving reporter who does the finding and writes the column. To volunteer, contact the editors at bhbeditormail@gmail.com. The Bulletin needs you!

Meet Belle Hardware

Mickey has emceed the Baltimore Beard and Mustache Club’s Charm City Championships.

By Mickey Fried

First off, there is no Mr. or Ms. Belle. But, there was an Isabelle, my grandmother.

In 1976, when Janice and Joel (my mom and pop) opened their first hardware store in Rosedale, Isabelle had retail experience and helped them get their new business off the ground. And, even more generously, she gave her name to the new enterprise.

From the start, my parents wanted a city location, so when the McMechen Plaza expanded in 1978, they doubled up and opened their Bolton Hill store.

Originally, Belle was on east end of the plaza, in the storefront furthest away from the grocery store. When my parents set up the shop there, I enjoyed the thrill of cruising my Big Wheel up and down the empty isles.

Back then, there was a shoe store next door, then a much smaller Rite-Aid, Wallock’s Liquor, and the laundromat. The grocery store at the far end was an A & P. When the shoe store closed a year later, the space was divided in two; Rite-Aid took most of it, and the Bolton Hill Carry Out moved into what was left. They had the best damn fried chicken in the city. REALLY!

Joel Fried and Maurice Jackson

Since my parents already owned two hardware stores, they decided a third was needed and acquired Cherry Hill Supply. While working in Cherry Hill, my mother Janice met the manager of the adjacent grocery store, Maurice Jackson, and eventually, in 1981, convinced him to join the Belle family.

Maurice had a master’s degree in loyal customer production, and had great skill for identifying just the right thingamajig for a job, complete with a lesson on how to use it. He practiced these arts at the Bolton Hill store for 32 years, until he retired in December 2013.

The Rosedale store was sold in 1982, followed by the Cherry Hill store in 1986. For a short period in ’86-’87, there was a fourth location in Roland Park on Cold Spring Lane. But they quickly decided that Roland Park wasn’t cool enough for a Belle Hardware.

 

My father Joel passed away last year. He always used to say that it wasn’t summer until you had your first sno-ball, and so to honor him, we created Sno-Ball Day on the Saturday before Father’s Day last June. I am planning to do it again this year.

Since I work in retail, I answer to nearly anything, but I prefer “Mickey,” which is my real name and not short for anything. (I hate that Toni Basil song, by the way.)

I’ve been cutting keys since I was 7 years old, but I’ve been a motorcycle enthusiast almost as long (remember my Big Wheel). I even briefly taught motorcycle safety in the early 2000’s.

So, if I wasn’t in hardware, there is a really good chance I’d be at the MVA in the Motorcycle Safety Program. Imagine if going to the MVA was like coming to Belle. You might look forward to renewing your license.

Check out the fun and like us on our Belle Hardware Face Book. And, drop by the store to say “hi.” But please, don’t sing me that song.

Each month, “Meet Our Sponsors” highlights one or two of the businesses and organizations that provide financial support for the Bulletin. We hope this will help readers learn more about the neighborhood, as well as encourage them to support the people who make this newsletter possible. See the list of our sponsors here.

Meet Jon Kaplan, Health Coach and Fitness Trainer

Jon on his around the country sabbatical last fall

Jon Adler Kaplan was voted Best Personal Trainer in 2008 by Baltimore Magazine, but he wasn’t always so passionate about health and wellness.

In fact, he first started teaching a fitness class while he was a communications major at Penn State University for a group of sorority women just to have fun.

“It was a social thing,” Kaplan said. “That’s when Jane Fonda was pretty big. They nicknamed me Jon Fonda.”

What started as a fun pastime soon became a way of life. When Kaplan moved to Baltimore for a job, he taught aerobics part-time at at the Downtown Athletic Club. A year later, he quit his job and took up fitness full-time.

In the 31 years that have passed since then, Jon has been involved in club management for a variety of facilities in Baltimore and Washington, DC. He helped to establish the employee wellness centers at Harbor, Union Memorial and Good Samaritan Hospitals.  

Jon helps organize the annual DanceWalk at Artscape, which benefits BMoreFit.

Jon received an Open Society Institute fellowship in 2008 to develop the Baltimore Fitness Academy—or BMoreFit, for short—which teaches young people to adopt healthier lifestyles. In 2009, he incorporated BMoreFit as a nonprofit and is continuing his mission to create healthier communities and reduce childhood obesity. The Board of BMoreFit merged with the Y of Central Maryland at the end of 2016.

Jon is currently building a Baltimore office for Infinity Wellness Partners. As WorkLIFE director he gets companies to embrace wellness so that employees are living healthier lifestyles. Jon also trains clients at Meadow Mill Athletic Club and at his home in Bolton Hill. 

“I had heard that women should do some weight training as they get older, as it helps build stronger bones and prolongs life, but I had always been uncomfortable in gyms where both the machines and people intimidated me,” explained client Kristine Smets,

“So, I was apprehensive when I first signed up to exercise with Jon. But after our first workout together I realized I need not fear. Jon really met me where I was—a reluctant, rather inexperienced athlete who needs lots of constant encouragement.” After two years, Smets has seen results. “I have better posture, am much stronger, and even have a little bit of muscle tone! I have not quit because Jon does not let me off the hook and once I am there, I have fun.”

Working in corporate wellness is the perfect fit for Kaplan. “It allows me to utilize skills I have learned from 31 years in the fitness industry, combined with my marketing and communications background, to promote a healthy lifestyle,” he said. “But the best part is seeing the transformations that take place. A lot of people don’t get that in their jobs. When you see someone who transforms their life, it changes yours.”

Jon is available to train you in his Bolton Hill home or is happy to coach you in your home to help you become the best you possible. You can reach Jon at 410-241-8444 or jonadlerkaplan@gmail.com.

Each month, “Meet Our Sponsors” highlights one or two of the businesses and organizations that provide financial support for the Bulletin. We hope this will help readers learn more about the neighborhood, as well as encourage them to support the people who make this newsletter possible. See the list of our sponsors here.

See Martin McDonagh’s The Pillowman at MICA

pillowmanA student production of The Pillowman, an award-winning play by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, opened Thursday, March 30 at MICA’s BBOX theater in the Gateway Building,1601 W. Mount Royal Ave.

The Pillowman tells the story of a fiction writer living in an unnamed police state who is interrogated about the gruesome content of his short stories, and their similarities to a number of bizarre child murders occurring in his town.

Mixing life and art in a way that raises important questions about censorship and the limits of artistic license, The Pillowman demands the audience reconsider how contemporary societies balance safety and freedom. The play premiered in 2003 at London’s Royal National Theatre, appeared on Broadway in 2005, and has been staged in Paris, Seoul and Hong Kong.

Performances are scheduled Thursday to Sunday, March 30 through April 9. All shows begin at 8 p.m. Tickets are available in person at the MICA Store, online at MICA Store, or at the door on the day of the performance. $12 general and $5 student admission.

April Events

Here’s a brief overview of some of the local happenings in April.

Go to the Bulletin Calendar for details and additional events, including information on regular monthly meetings. Just click on an event to see more information.

April 2 – Social Action Task Force monthly meeting. Come and help plan upcoming events.

April 4  – MRIA Board Meeting.

April 5 – Bolton Hill Tri-Church Education Series. The final session will feature guest speakers representing the Islamic community.

April 7 – Spread Light Sandtown, part of the Light City “Neighborhood Lights” program.

April 7 & 8 –  Spring Fashion Show, MICA presents Hueman, a runway-style showcase of student-designed fashions that question color in society.

April 9 – Neighborhood Palm Procession.

April 11 – St. Francis Stoop Night. Mingle with your neighbors and partake of light refreshments. BYOB.

April 15 – Neighborhood Tree Planting, tools and trees provided, you just need to help with the work. It’s fun.

April 19 – Chili Fundraiser for Mt. Royal sixth grade annual trip to an outdoor camp.

April 23 – Opening Day for JFX Framers’ Market!

April 29 – Spring Plant Sale sponsored by the Bolton Hill Garden Club.

April 30 – Social Justice Coffeehouse at Corpus Christi.