SATF and NBC Updates: Parties, Cleanups, and Reopening of Fresh at the Avenue

Stoop Party for the Schools

Although May’s Stoop Party with a Purpose organized by MRIA’s Social Action Task Force (SATF) was cancelled due to weather, donations continued to be collected for three neighborhood schools. A total of $732 was donated by many generous neighbors and will be distributed to our neighborhood schools, Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary, Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle, and Midtown Academy.

Along with a check for $244, each school received 5 reams of copier paper. Ms. Elliot at Eutaw-Marshburn summed up the sentiment for all the schools saying, “The SATF is the best!”

This dumpster was empty before the start of the June 3rd Cleanup

My Block My Hood Cleanups

As always, No Boundary Coalition‘s (NBC) 10th annual Boundary Block Party on June 3 was a huge success. Before the party started, NBC’s safety committee kicked off the summer’s My Block My Hood program by partnering with the Nehemiah Homeowners to clean up the 1300 block of N. Stockton St. at Presstman St.

Members of the SATF joined the work crew, and together they rapidly filled a large dumpster with debris, satisfying everyone with the results.

More My Block My Hood cleanups are planned for Saturday, July 22 at Parrish & Riggs Sts., Saturday, August 5 at Druid Hill Ave., and Tuesday, August 8 at Legends Park, located at Laurens and Fremont. All volunteers are welcome. Tools, work gloves, and refreshments are provided.

The SATF plans to join the August 5 cleanup as a group, while the August 8 event will be a focus for Memorial Episcopal Church, as the site is close to a store run by some of their members.

Please consider joining in this effort. Many hands make light work.

Fresh staff and volunteers

Grand Reopening for Fresh at the Avenue

For the past few months, Fresh at The Avenue in the Pennsylvania Ave. marketplace has been closed for renovations, which include new display tables and much more.

NBC announced that the stall will have a soft reopening on Saturday, July 22 with the grand reopening celebration set for Saturday, July 29. The celebration will spill outdoors into the parking lot surrounding the market, with a jazz band, food vendors and more.

The store is open every Saturday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, and volunteers are always needed. If interested, contact Rebecca Nagle at freshatnoboundaries@gmail.com.

Meet ArtsCentric

Chicago The MusicalThe Bulletin proudly welcomes our newest sponsor, theater company ArtsCentric. Founded in April 2003 by twelve young Morgan State University graduates, the company has become a great provider of both enlightenment and entertainment for audiences across the city.

They perform at Motor House, the cool art incubator space at 120 W. North Avenue, an easy walk from Bolton Hill.

Upcoming shows include the musical Chicago (July 21–August 6), and Memphis (August 18–September 10), with four performances weekly, Fridays at 7:30 pm, Saturdays at 2 pm and 7:30 pm, and Sundays at 5 pm.

Last year’s revival of the musical Dreamgirls garnered rave reviews, including in the Baltimore Sun.

The company’s talented group of artists, musicians, educators, composers and playwrights bring quality artistic works and creative services to the entire community. They mount a wide array of productions, including traditional, contemporary and original musicals, plays, and concert works. In partnership with schools, churches, and community-based businesses, they provide entertainment and educational shows that enhance many programs and events.

As a color-conscious organization, they are committed to strengthening the community through the power of theater as they re-examine traditional roles in the arts, advance original stories of specific cultures, and foster educational advancement.​

Purchase tickets online and find out more on their website, ArtsCentric.net, and follow them on Facebook.

Boltonstock 2017

Boltonstock 2017
Concept & Design by John Hathaway; illustrated by Peter Fox

After the Boundary Block Party, come on over to Sumpter Park for the official after-party, Boltonstock 2017, from 5 to 10 pm. This annual summer festival celebrates its third year, with an expanded lineup of music and fun for the whole family.

Grilled food will be available for purchase, including burgers and hotdogs, plus a nice selection of wine & craft beers, and the famous Memorial Episcopal Bake Sale. Find many more details in this related article.

Save the date, spread the word, and bring lots of friends. RSVP and follow the event on Facebook to show your support.

Boundary Block Party

Boundary Block Party
Lively entertainment guaranteed

Celebrate the community that unites us, rather than the boundaries that separate us, by joining the fun at the 10th Annual Boundary Block Party, Saturday June 3, from 1 to 4 pm at the Upton Triangle, the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Presstman Street.

There will be music to dance to, grilled food to eat, fresh produce to purchase, a community resource fair, and art activities for families. See more details in this related article.

Organized by the No Boundaries Coalition and Jubilee Arts, please follow the event and RSVP on Facebook to show your support. Plan to make a whole day of it as Boltonstock 2017 starts afterward at 5 pm – the official After Party.

Boltonstock 2017 Arrives on June 3

Merdalf opens the evening

After the Boundary Block Party, come on over to Sumpter Park for the official after-party, Boltonstock 2017, Saturday, June 3, 5–10 pm. This annual summer festival celebrates its third year, thanks to organizers Chas Phillips and Jessica Wyatt.

The musical lineup opens with street musician Merdalf, who has delighted the crowds at the Waverly and JFX farmers’ markets. He’s promised to bring his balloons!

Things will kick up a notch with Baltimore blues band The Cleanse, featuring the distinctive growling vocals and wailing guitar work of Quinton Randall. “I want audiences to feel a sense of hope, clarity, and freedom,” says Quinton of his music.

The evening wraps up with DJ Uncle Quincy, whose grooves will have everyone dancing in the park.

The Cleanse
The Cleanse headlines Boltonstock

During the break in the music, representatives from the Holistic Life Foundation will help recenter the crowd by introducing their mindfulness techniques, providing a moment of calm for festival-goers.

Grilled food will be available for purchase, including burgers and hotdogs, plus—back by popular demand—Catoctin Mountain Farm bratwurst. Quench your party thirst with a nice selection of wine and craft beers. And the famous Memorial Episcopal Bake Sale will be back, with proceeds going to the church.

Plenty of kids’ activities will be available, including some game-ready sports equipment. As with last year’s event, local non-profit organizations will have tables surrounding the park to explain their work and how folks can get involved.

Help spread the word, and bring lots of friends. RSVP and follow the event on Facebook to show your support.

Real Food Farm Comes to Bolton Hill

Mobile Framers Market
Real Food Farm on Bolton Street.

With little fanfare, Bolton Hill’s Mobile Farmers Market quietly appeared on Bolton Street on May 2, in front of Memorial Episcopal Church. What a delightful surprise!

Operated by Civic Works’ Real Food Farm, the stand will set up every Tuesday from 12:30–1:30 pm during the growing season.

The farm itself is located in Clifton Park, and it provides much of the produce offered at the mobile market. However, as their Mobile Farmer Market program has expanded, RFF alone can’t satisfy all the demand for fresh local vegetables. But fortunately, the number of city-based farms has grown to meet that demand.

By partnering with the Farm Alliance of Baltimore and their twelve member farms, almost everything the Mobile Market offers is Baltimore-grown. Now that’s buying local! And the prices are great too.

Recent offerings included, eggs for $3 a dozen, head lettuce for $1-$2 a head, strawberries for $4 per quart, arugula and spinach at $4 a 1/2 pound, and kale or collards for $2 a bunch.

The seeds for Real Food Farm were planted in 2008 by a volunteer group called the Urban Agriculture Task Force, that included Civic Works. A determined group of visionaries, they set out to create a fully operational demonstration farm in Baltimore City.

After a great deal of research, they developed a business plan focusing on high tunnel “hoophouses”—basically, low-cost, easy-to-build greenhouses. Then they already had the perfect managing organization in Civic Works, a well-established non-profit with access to six acres in Clifton Park. Civic Works also had strong community relationships in city neighborhoods that needed increased food access, and a long history of training youth in job skills and establishing community gardens.

With help from many agencies, organizations and individuals, the partnership constructed seven hoophouses in 2009, and then harvested the first produce at Real Food Farm in December of 2010. They’ve been growing ever since—and their proven success has spurred many new farmers to start similar operations in the city.

This is exactly what the Urban Agriculture Task Force hoped for. If you grow it, they will come.

Real Food Farm uses their Mobile Farmers Market as the primary tool for bringing food into city neighborhoods that lack easy access to fresh, healthy produce. During the market season from May through December, their Mobile Farmers Market team hosts neighborhood markets and makes home deliveries of fresh, local, seasonal fruits and vegetables throughout the city.

This online schedule lists all 21 stops serviced each week by the Mobile Framers Market.

Whitelock Farm Stand opening day
Whitelock Farm Stand on opening day in mid-May.

If you can’t make Real Food Farm’s Tuesday market in Bolton Hill, here’s a list of the other nearby farmers markets open every week during the growing season.

Tenth Annual Boundary Block Party on June 3

2016's Boundary Block PartyCelebrate the community that unites us, rather than the boundaries that separate us, by joining the fun at the 10th Annual Boundary Block Party, Saturday June 3, from 1 to 4 pm at the Upton Triangle, the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Presstman Street.

Organized by No Boundaries Coalition and Jubilee Arts, you can follow the event and RSVP on Facebook to show your support.

The Boundary Block Party brings together residents of Central West Baltimore as one community, including the neighborhoods of Bolton Hill, Marble Hill, Reservoir Hill, Upton, Sandtown, and Madison Park, and Druid Heights.

Started in 2008, the first Block Party was held on the Eutaw St. median south of McMechen, the unofficial but generally accepted boundary separating Bolton Hill from Madison Park and Marble Hill. From the start, the block party set out to encourage more open involvement between the whole 21217 community.

Boundary Block Party
Lively entertainment is guaranteed

Over the years, it has grown bigger and moved just a few blocks west to the Upton Triangle at the boundary of the Upton, Druid Heights and Sandtown-Winchester neighborhoods.

And the fun has grown too, with live entertainment, music to dance to, grilled food to eat, a community resource fair, and art activities for families. The live entertainment will include Twilighters Marching Band, Brown Memorial Choir, Soulful Sisters, and Dynamic Force, along with others.

Fresh on the Avenue will even be moving their store’s stalls to the park to setup a full outdoor produce market with a large selection of locally grown and organic items.

As they did last year, MRIA’s Social Action Task Force will be organizing a group walk from Bolton Hill over to the Party. This year, they’re meeting at Linden Gazebo at 9:45 am for a morning walk to join the clean up of Upton Park in preparation for the Block Party. Kids and adults welcome – just bring work gloves if you have them.

Plan to make a whole day of it, as Boltonstock 2017 starts afterward at 5 pm—the official after party.

SATF June Activities

MRIA’s Social Action Task Force encourage you to join them at several events in June.

On Friday, June 2 from 4–7 pm, a Stop Gun Violence Rally will be held at the Mondawmin Mall parking lot . This is part of the National Gun Violence Awareness Day, and organizers encourage everyone to show their support by wearing orange.

Then on Saturday morning, June 3, join the SATF for a park cleanup and a party.

They’ll be meeting at 9:45 am near the Linden gazebo (1700 block of Linden Ave.) and will make the 10-block stroll to Upton Triangle Park at Presstman St. and Pennsylvania Ave. There, they’ll join other volunteers for the first My Block My Hood cleanup of the summer in preparation for the Boundary Block Party. See the Facebook event for more information and to RSVP.

After the cleanup, stay for the fun at the Boundary Block Party from 1–4 pm, and then walk back to Bolton Hill’s Sumpter Park for Boltonstock from 5–10 pm.

At Boltonstock, remember to stop by the SATF table to donate money and/or copier paper for distribution to three neighborhood schools, Eutaw-Marshburn, Midtown Academy and Mt. Royal. This is the makeup for May’s Stoop Party, which was cancelled due to bad weather. Cash, credit card and check donations can be accepted at the booth. Please make checks payable to MRIA and put “SATF School Fund” in the memo.

Fall Play Auditions for A Christmas Carol

A Christmas CarolMemorial Players is pleased to announce auditions for the Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, adapted for the stage by Romulus Linney, co-directed by Rina Steinhauer and Darren McGregor and produced by Kristine Smets.

Auditions will be held on the following dates:

  • Friday, June 9th, 6–9 pm
  • Saturday, June 10th, 10 am–1 pm
  • Sunday, June 11, 1–4 pm

Where: Memorial Episcopal Church, 1407 Bolton St, Baltimore, in the second-floor Parish Hall (entrance on W. Lafayette Street).

Callbacks (if needed) will be announced by email.

Who: We are looking to cast 25 to 30 people. All roles are open and unpaid. Actors of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to audition. A list of characters is available here.

Specifics: 

  • Actors will be auditioned in half-hour blocks. 
  • Please sign up for an audition slot at SignUpGenius.Com. Please indicate if you have an interest in a specific role.
  • Walk-ins are welcome, but come early.
  • Actors interested in the role of Scrooge, Cratchit, Fred, Marley, Fezziwig, or one of the three Spirits should come prepared with a one- to two-minute monologue. 
  • Those auditioning for other roles are welcome to prepare a monologue, but it is not required.
  • Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.
  • You will be given a projected rehearsal schedule to review. 

Rehearsals will be held three times per week (Wednesday evening, Saturday morning, and Sunday afternoon) and will begin on September 6th. Please be prepared with dates of major conflicts during the rehearsal period.

Show dates are December 1–3 and 9–11 at Memorial Episcopal Church. Friday and Saturday performances are at 7:30 pm and Sunday performances at 3:30 pm.

Questions? Email falldrama1407@gmail.com.

Single Carrot’s Promenade: Baltimore Stops in Bolton Hill

Grab your bus pass and get ready to ride!

During the month of June, Single Carrot Theatre and STEREO Akt present Promenade: Baltimore, a boundary-breaking production that invites its audience to board a bus and traverse the city, passing through neighborhoods both familiar and unknown. Including Bolton Hill!

Promenade BaltimoreAudience members watch through the windows as actors on the street present poetic expressions of everyday life in Baltimore, complemented by a live-mixed soundscape of music, narration, and stories based on and told by neighborhood residents. 

Promenade: Baltimore celebrates and explores all that is Baltimore: highlighting its complexity, struggles, treasures, and, ultimately, its undeniable beauty.

So get on the bus, because you don’t want to miss the show as it passes though Bolton Hill this June.

Performances will be held June 2–June 25, Thursdays and Fridays at 6:30 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm. Purchase tickets and find more information online. For best selection and best price, book early.

Register for Summer Classes at Jubilee Arts

In the Studio at Jubilee Arts
Studio at Jubilee Arts

Since 2009, Jubilee Arts has been providing arts classes and more to the residents of the Sandtown-Winchester, Upton and surrounding neighborhoods in Baltimore, Maryland. Located on Pennsylvania Avenue, an area with a rich history of African-American culture, the organization is bringing the arts back to life in this west Baltimore community.

Through partnerships with area artists, writers, and dancers, including the Maryland Institute College of Art and Baltimore Clayworks, Jubilee Arts offers children’s, adult and multi-generational classes in dance, visual arts, creative writing and ceramics.

This year, Jubilee Arts offers the following summer classes. Click the links for more details. Register for classes here, and find specific schedule, dates, cost, class details here.

Youth age 6–11, 3:30–5:00 pm
Mondays: Ballet
Tuesdays: Fashion/Sewing
Wednesdays: Capoeira
Thursdays: Ceramics
Plus: Weekly Explore Bmore Field Trips Wednesday mornings

Youth age 13–18, 3–4:30 pm
Wednesdays: Portfolio Drawing

Adults, 6–7:30 pm
Mondays: Line Dance
Tuesdays: Sewing
Thursdays: Hand Dance

Seniors, 10 am–12:00 pm
Tuesdays: Creative Crafts
Wednesdays: Ceramics

Volunteers Needed

As Jubilee ramps up for summer classes, they are also looking for teaching assistants. Please consider volunteering for one of the Youth (age 6–11) classes, or to serve food from 4:30–5:30 pm Monday through Friday.

Plus for the Youth in Business program, they are looking for volunteers to accompany students to sales events on evenings and weekends, including support transporting inventory and supervision while they sell their art products around the city.

If interested, email volunteer coordinator Xanthe Key at volunteercoordinator@intersectionofchange.org.

Jubilee Arts is part of the larger community development work of Intersection Of Change (formerly Newborn Holistic Ministries).

June & July Events

Go to the Bulletin Calendar for details on lots of local events, including art openings, the big June 3rd parties, Baltimore Heritage’s Preservation Awards, and Reservoir Hill’s 22nd Annual Garden & Home Tour, and more.

Plus, there’s also find information on regular monthly meetings. Just click on an event to see more information.

Remember the next MRIA Board meeting (the last one until September) is June 6, and Camp Artscape arrives the weekend of July 21-23. 

MRIA Safety Committee Meeting

MRIA’s Safety Committee meets regularly on the last Thursday of each month at 7 pm. Meeting locations change, but recently they have been at Prince Hall Grand Lodge, 1307 Eutaw Place. Confirm with organizers if interested.

For more information, email organizers Barbie Klik, barbie.Klik [at] gmail.com or Richard Dunfee, dunfeer [at] verizon.net

Stoop Party CANCELLED

Linden Gazebo
Linden Gazebo

5/12/17 – Due to the prediction of really lousy weather on Saturday, the Social Action Task Force has sadly decided to cancel this year’s Stoop Party with a Purpose. Please help us spread the word so that our friends do not brave the rain for nothing.

We encourage neighbors to bring donations to Boltonstock on June 3, and drop them off at the SATF table. Cash, credit card and check donations can be accepted at the booth. Please make checks payable to “MRIA”, and put “SATF School Fund” in the memo.

Support our neighborhood schools while having fun by coming out for this year’s first Stoop Party with a Purpose on 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). RSVP on Facebook.

Mingle with your neighbors while enjoying wine, beer, soft drinks, and the ever-popular Bloody Mary Bar. The event is free, but donations are encouraged. 100% of all donations go to support our neighborhood schools as they face a critical budget deficit.

Donations will be shared among three schools: Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary, Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle, and Midtown Academy. Each school has selected a special program that will be supported by the donations. Midtown, for example, will use the funds to support their CREW morning sharing and learning activity for students in grades 6-8.

Organizers suggest a donation of at least $10/person or a ream of paper. (Or both!) Believe it or not, paper supplies cost each school about $10,000 per year. The goal is to build a paper tower by the gazebo.

For additional information, see this related article in May’s Bulletin.

MRIA Annual Meeting

Members are encouraged to attend, and all neighbors are invited to, the MRIA’s Annual Meeting. This yearly meeting replaces the regular monthly Board Meeting every May on the first Tuesday of the month, May 2.

Held in the Upper Parish Hall of Memorial Episcopal Church, come early for the social hour starting at 7:00 pm. The main meeting starts at 8 pm. Please enter the Parish Hall on the Lafayette St. side.

See this related article in May’s Bulletin for more details.

Secret Garden Opens May 5

Secret Graden Poster, Memorial PlayersMark your calendars for Memorial Players’ spring musical, The Secret Garden, based on the 1911 novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Set in the early years of the 20th century, this haunting and delightful tale centers on Mary Lennox, a young English girl born and raised in British India. After a cholera outbreak leaves Mary an orphan, relatives whom she has never met take her in to live with them in Yorkshire, England.

As she and a young gardener bring new life to a neglected garden, her personality blossoms, and her sickly cousin and uncle find new life.

Bill Kamberger, who directed the Memorial Players’ fantastic production of Ragtime in 2016, returns for The Secret Garden. Bill was named Baltimore’s Best Stage Director by City Paper in 2003 and by Baltimore Broadway World in 2015.

The show opens on Friday, May 5 at 7:30 pm. The Players will transform the altar of Memorial Episcopal Church into Yorkshire in the early 1900’s. The cast of just over 50 comes from across the Baltimore region, including seasoned actors who have returned year after year as well as many new faces.

Performances will be held for two weekends, with Friday and Saturday evening shows at 7:30 pm, and Sunday matinees at 3:30 pm. Doors open at 7 pm evenings and 3 pm Sundays. As always, admission is free for all performances, but donations are graciously accepted.

Make a night of it by attending one of the pre-show receptions, hosted at a neighborhood home. It’s a wonderful way to support Memorial Players and the only way to get reserved seating. Purchase your tickets online for these receptions. 

Friday, May 5, 5:30–7 pm, $50/person
Home of Michael Booth and Kristine Smets
1308 Bolton Street

Saturday, May 6, 5:30–7 pm, $50/person
Home of Kristen & Bill Schmitz
219 W. Lanvale St.

Sunday, May 7, 1:30-3 pm, $25/person
Sponsored by the Rev. Grey Maggiano
Memorial Episcopal Church, 1409 Bolton Street

Friday, May 12, 5:30–7 pm, $50/person
Home of Barbara and Patrick Francis
1312 Bolton Street

Saturday, May 13, 5:30–7 pm, $50/person
Home of Terry O’Hara and Molly Rath
1419 Bolton Street

Sunday, May 14, After Party following 3:30 performance, $15/person
Party with the cast after their final bows!

Stoop Party for the Schools on May 13

Stoop Party for schools5/12/17 – Due to the prediction of really lousy weather on Saturday, the Social Action Task Force has sadly decided to cancel this year’s Stoop Party with a Purpose. Please help us spread the word so that our friends do not brave the rain for nothing.

We encourage neighbors to bring donations to Boltonstock on June 3, and drop them off at the SATF table. Cash, credit card and check donations can be accepted at the booth. Please make checks payable to “MRIA”, and put “SATF School Fund” in the memo.

We all like a good party. And we all like to do good. The SATF’s Parties with a Purpose combine these to double the fun.

Get your share of double delight by coming out for this year’s first Stoop Party with a Purpose on 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). RSVP on Facebook.

Mingle with your neighbors while enjoying wine, beer, soft drinks, and the ever-popular Bloody Mary Bar. The event is free, but donations are encouraged. 100% of all donations go to support our neighborhood schools as they face a critical budget deficit.

Linden Gazebo
Linden St. gazebo.

Donations will be shared among three schools: Eutaw-Marshburn Elementary, Mt. Royal Elementary/Middle, and Midtown Academy. Each school has selected a special program that will be supported by the donations. Midtown, for example, will use the funds to support their CREW morning sharing and learning activity for students in grades 6-8.

Organizers suggest a donation of at least $10/person or a ream of paper. (Or both!) Believe it or not, paper supplies cost each school about $10,000 per year. The goal is to build a paper tower by the gazebo.

Representatives from all three schools will be on hand to talk about their programs, along with Karen DeCamp, Baltimore Education Coalition’s Director of Neighborhood Programs. She will update partygoers on BEC’s efforts to find longterm solutions for school funding.

Save the Date: 10th Annual Boundary Block Party June 3

Boundary Block Party
Dancing at the Boundary Block Party

The Boundary Block Party for residents of Bolton Hill, Marble Hill, Reservoir Hill, Upton, Sandtown, and Madison Park, and Druid Heights, celebrates its tenth anniversary this year on Saturday June 3, from 1 to 4 pm.

Celebrate the community that unites us, rather than the boundaries that separate us, and plan to join the fun at the Upton Triangle, the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Presstman Street.

The event is organized by No Boundaries Coalition and Jubilee Arts, and volunteers are needed to help with the event. Working together with others to make the party successful breaks down boundaries more quickly than just about anything else you can do. Find out more and show your interest by filling out this form.

As they did last year, MRIA’s Social Action Task Force will be organizing a group walk from Bolton Hill over to the Party. You can plan to make a whole day of it as Boltonstock 2017— the official after party— starts afterward at 5 pm.

But most of all, mark the Boundary Block Party on your calendar and come celebrate community across neighborhoods with music, food and fun! Follow the event and RSVP on Facebook.

Boltonstock 2017 on June 3

Save the date of Saturday, June 3 for the best party day of the summer. It’ll start midday with the Boundary Block Party at Upton Triangle from 11 am to 4 pm. Then come on over to Sumpter Park for the after-party, Boltonstock 2017, from 5 to 10 pm. This annual summer festival celebrates its third year, thanks to organizers Chas Phillips and Jessica Wyatt.

 Photos of Boltonstock 2016 courtesy of Kellie Wellborn

 

Lots of volunteers are needed for jobs like serving beer and wine, grilling and preparing food, selling drink and food tickets, and cleanup. Email organizer Chas Phillips at chas.phillips [at] gmail.com if you can help out.

The musical lineup has expanded this year, including street musician Merdalf to open the evening, followed by Baltimore blues band The Cleanse, and DJ Uncle Quincy.

They’ll be plenty of kids’ activities available, along with grilled food, baked goods, and a nice selection of wine and craft beers for purchase. Look for plenty of involvement from local non-profit organizations, whose tables will surround the park.

The organizers seek sponsors to support Boltonstock 2017. Sponsorship starts at $100, and can be purchased by businesses, organizations or individuals. If you or someone you know is interested in being a sponsor, please contact Chas Phillips at chas.phillips [at] gmail.com.

Please help make Boltonstock a success. Save the date, spread the word, and bring lots of friends. Let’s see the whole neighborhood come out for what should be a fine evening of entertainment.

Don’t forget to follow the event on Facebook.

Sheng Zhen Class at Memorial Church Moves to Thursdays

Peter Van Buren teaching Sheng Zhen GongStarting May 18, Peter Van Buren’s popular weekly Sheng Zhen Gong classes held in the Upper Parish Hall of Memorial Church will switch from Wednesday to Thursday evenings. The time will stay the same: 5:30-6:30 pm.

The suggested donation is $10 per class or $50 for a 6-class package. 100% of the proceeds go to the Memorial Church. Open to all, beginners and drop-ins are always welcome.

This creative fundraiser for the church’s building & grounds fund has already generated over $600 for the church since classes started in January.

Peter also teaches weekly Sheng Zhen Gong classes in the same Parish Hall space for the Samaritan Community every Tuesday from 11am–noon. These sessions are free to Samaritan Community members, but others are welcome to join the group anytime, with the same suggested donations as for Memorial Church. For these sessions, all donations will directly support the Samaritan Community.

On Wednesday evenings beginning May 17, Peter will teach classes at Ruscombe Mansion, a holistic community health center in Coldspring Newtown near Cylburn Arboretum. Classes take place every Wednesday from 6–7 pm. Donations will go into the Mansion’s roof replacement fund.

In addition to these open classes, Peter holds weekly Sheng Zhen Gong sessions at the Man Alive Treatment Center on Maryland Avenue. In June and July, he will teach 3rd through 5th graders in the summer program at St. Francis Neighborhood Center in Reservoir Hill. 

Through its comprehensive system of moving forms, meditations, philosophy, and contemplations, Sheng Zhen Gong taps into the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Visit the Baltimore Sheng Zhen Gong website for more information on this practice and to see the full weekly schedule of local classes.