Friday, September 28
The 29th Annual Kunta Kinte Heritage Festival returns to the Annapolis City Dock on Saturday, September 29, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Over 90 vendors from food to arts and crafts to education and other community categories will be at the cultural celebration commemorating Kunta Kinte’s arrival in Annapolis from the Gambia and the perseverance, education, and cultural heritage of Africans, African-Americans and Caribbean people of African descent. Clones Of Funk will headline the main stage during the festival. New adult acts, a Generation Z Power Hour, featuring the child rapper, Young Dylan and other youth, in addition to young entrepreneurs will also be part of the scheduled festival entertainment and participants.
Chosen from across Anne Arundel County, six trailblazing women will be honored during the 23rd annual Fannie Lou Hamer Awards Reception, held Sunday, Oct. 7, at 4 p.m. at the Frances Scott Key Auditorium at St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md.
The sultry, American classic “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” kicked-off Baltimore Center Stage’s 56th season. Penned by Tennessee Williams, the production opened Thursday, September 13, 2018, and runs through Sunday, October 14, 2018.
We need more initiatives that will encourage young people to learn and understand the past for the future of democracy in this nation. Alarming statistics show we are a nation of “amnesiacs” when it comes to American history. Without knowledge of the past, among kids as well as well as adults, the ideal of good citizenship will be unattainable.
“Both the Democrats and the Republicans are notorious in saying that financial contributions, do not affect their decisions. But all Americans know that once you take the money, at some point, they will start calling.”
“When We All Vote,” a non-partisan organization inspiring voter turnout in the run up to Election Day in November, is working on a National Week of Action. Former First Lady Michelle Obama is serving as a co-chair.
Registration at early bird rates opens October 1, 2018, for the 2019 Bay to Ocean Writers Conference, a popular annual event that sells out quickly every year.
Governor’s Office On Service And Volunteerism Announces Opening Of AmeriCorps State Grant Application
Grants Fund Community Service Programs in Maryland
The Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism has announced the opening of the AmeriCorps State Grant application process for the 2019 – 2020 service year.
A 2014 Mergenthalar Vocational Technical High School graduate and Baltimore native, is one of 1,200 sailors who recently returned to Naval Station Mayport after a six-month deployment aboard USS Iwo Jima.
There are few rivalries better than the one between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. The two teams genuinely dislike each other, which leads to some intense matchups regardless of their records.
The Walters Art Museum opens a trio of exhibitions on Sunday, September 30, 2018 that celebrate the wonders of its collection of East Asian art, which is one of the most expansive in North America.
The highly anticipated Senior Symposium hosted by Baltimore City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young appears to be gaining more leverage every time it convenes.
Thursday, September 27
Comcast partnered with Weinberg Place to hold an Internet Essentials enrollment event on Wednesday, September 19, 2018, where the company offered eligible residents the opportunity to sign up for its Internet Essentials program.
Friday, September 21
Special people, special places, special things to do!
Terrie Alexander was honored this month by the nonprofit, Institutes for Behavior Resources, Inc. not only as an individual in long-term recovery but as manager of the REACH Intensive Outpatient Program for Addiction Recovery, which the organization has named in her honor.
For people between the ages of 25 and 64 without a high school diploma, the unemployment rate is 21.9 percent, according to SBLC officials who also note that a chronic lack of education and literacy skills perpetuates Baltimore's poverty problem.
Rianna’s summer was full of memorable opportunities that could easily last a lifetime. She spent her time away from schoolbooks raising her voice as a young writer who appeared at Enoch Pratt Free Library’s Forest Park Branch in Baltimore City for an author talk. She also traveled to Chicago and Nashville to promote her book, “The Cat That Wouldn’t Go Away.”
Chickie & Co., one of Baltimore’s newest fashion boutiques will host its second 4th Thursdays’ event on Thursday, September 27, 2018 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 801 N. Howard on Antique Row in the Mt. Vernon neighborhood in Baltimore City.
The seventh annual Baltimore STEM Day Extravaganza at Morgan State University (MSU) on Saturday, September 8, 2018, turned out favorably— attracting hundreds from Baltimore City and the surrounding areas to participate in a fun-filled day of interactive and educational STEM-related activities.
‘Awake. Arise. Advance’
“Awake. Arise. Advance” is the call of the rally, which includes a dynamic line-up of women who have overcome incredible odds. The goal of the event is to bring awareness to human slavery and forced child prostitution.
Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center, Governor’s Office on Crime Control and Prevention want you to know, “Before It’s Too Late”
Daphne Maxwell-Reid, the wife of acting icon Tim Reid, started her career as a model and became the first African American to appear on the cover of Vogue magazine in 1969. She has also published several books on photography and now, her latest is a cookbook titled, “Grace, Soul and Mother Wit: A Cookbook Spiced with Personal Memories.”
It’s evident when you hear the new album, “Higher,” by The Braxton Brothers that they were born to complement each other— being twins help also. Nelson plays the bass (and lead guitar) and brother Wayne plays the saxophone.
Small businesses in Maryland that provide paid sick and safe leave to their employees will soon be able to apply for a refundable tax credit administered by the Maryland Department of Commerce. The Small Business Relief Tax Credit offers businesses that meet certain criteria a state income tax credit of up to $500 per employee and $7,000 per small business for every year in which they qualify.
Applications for grants up to $500 for in-classroom innovation projects due by October 31, 2018
The Girl Scout Cookie Sale is the largest girl-led business in the nation.
Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the third year in a row. The award comes from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education.
Waiting at the doctor's office could soon become a national pastime. One-third of America's doctors are on the verge of retirement. Yet the number of students graduating from U.S. medical schools is growing at an anemic rate— less than 1.5 percent a year, on average, over the last five years.
"Is it the successes and triumphs versus the losses, measured in a wins-and-losses format? Is it the total distance traveled past the life obstacles one has overcome? Or is it the amount of people one has connected with and inspired to help them maximize themselves and their potential?"
Friday, September 14
On Saturday, September 15, 2018, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) will present a dazzling program of Broadway hits and orchestral favorites for its 2018 Gala Concert.
I can’t express enough the importance of using your words wisely. Your words have the power to either create positive change or to be extremely damaging. Think before you speak and if you have nothing of substance to say it’s probably better to keep your thoughts to yourself. How will you use your words?
Dating abuse, as defined by the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and their project “loveisrespect,” is a pattern of destructive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. That pattern usually involves a series of abusive behaviors over a course of time.
Comcast Spotlight teamed up Kids In Need Foundation to provide more than 2,600 children across the nation with school supplies to start school year.
In August, Advancing Cancer Treatment (ACT) launched an effort, which seeks to change this disparaging statistic. ACT is raising awareness among newly-diagnosed African American cancer patients that clinical trials may be the first-line option, and not the last resort.
Donte Wylie, who worked as a volunteer with an AmeriCorps development initiative in Waverly, is the newest Special Education Math Teacher at Sudbrook Magnet Middle School in Pikesville. He has been assigned to work with the school’s special needs students in 6th through 8th grade.
BGE says the safety of its customers and communities is always their top priority.
Damage May Be Extensive After Hurricane Florence
Hurricane Florence is heading toward the Mid-Atlantic and while we hope that all Marylanders are safe and that any damage to personal property is minimal, there will likely be many individuals impacted by the severe weather. Unfortunately, fraudulent and unscrupulous individuals often use natural disasters as an opportunity to prey upon those impacted by the weather.
Back by popular demand, it’s Target’s car seat trade-in event! Guests can bring any expired or unwanted car seats in to most Target stores (excluding small-format stores) for recycling and receive a 20 percent off coupon valid for the purchase of a new car seat, car seat base, travel system or stroller until Saturday, September 22, 2018.
As someone who served as a sergeant in Afghanistan, only to take a civilian job helping veterans upon returning home, I fully understand patriotism.
"Is there a more despised word among Republicans than "environmentalist?" For many GOP voters, the term conjures up a mental image of tree-hugging socialists hell-bent on regulating our country back to the Stone Age."
John C. Dove Jr. and his wife Rhonda Caldwell Dove of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, are proud to share their recipe to success while raising three black boys to the ranks of successful, young college men and their youngest child, Riley, 12. Riley, who is the “baby sister” in the family and like her older siblings is also an academic high-achiever. The Doves stress the importance of a two-parent home and a faith-based environment.
Tuesday, September 11
Another Black Girl Rocks!
“I grew up at a predominately Caucasian school and there was only five percent minority, and I felt out of place so much because of the color of my skin,” Franklin said. “But growing up, I found my love of arts, and through music that helped me to feel positive about myself and about who I was.”
Friday, September 7
“The persistent normalcy of lower achievement among certain disadvantaged student populations is deeply troubling. Closing those gaps should be as important— if not more— than simply raising overall graduation rates.”
"I have developed strong relationships with my Girl Scout mentors through the years and learned many skills from them. Because of all of these experiences, I can say that Girl Scouts is the best leadership organization for girls."
Down Home Blues are on the Menu this Week!
The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) and the National Kidney Foundation Serving Maryland & Delaware (NKF-MDDE) will partner to educate and raise awareness about living kidney donation and transplantation.
Retirement planning ranks low as a priority for many young people in the early stages of their careers. About two-thirds of Millennials have nothing saved for retirement, according to a report by the National Institute on Retirement Security, and financial specialists say waiting to save could end up significantly delaying their retirement.
“Since I was nine when I fried chicken for my brothers and sisters and I watched them eat it and the smiles on their faces, this is what I knew I wanted to do,” Jackson said.
Now in its 15th year, National Preparedness Month, held annually in September, encourages families, businesses, and communities to prepare and plan for emergencies.
Prostate cancer is the most common form of cancer in men, striking approximately 165,000 men each year with about 30,000 dying of the disease— making it second only to lung cancer as the deadliest cancer in men.
The Together We Serve initiative brings the Maryland community together to commemorate the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks with a day of service and action.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that every 11 seconds, an older adult goes to an Emergency Department after having a fall. The CDC’s research has also found that on average, an older adult dies every 19 minutes after having difficulty recovering after a fall.
The early literacy nonprofit looks for more community tutors in 2018-19.
The national nonprofit “Reading Partners” has been empowering students to succeed in reading and in life by engaging community volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring for 20 years. Since the organization was founded, it has mobilized nearly 55,000 community volunteers to provide proven, individualized literacy tutoring to more than 50,000 elementary school students in under-resourced schools in 10 states and the District of Columbia.
Thursday, September 6
The Common Man Project, a Baltimore-based nonprofit musical group is set to premiere their debut single, “Celebrate the Common Man,” on Friday, Sept. 7.
Wednesday, September 5
With all the stress of a new school year, it can be difficult for students to readjust to a healthy routine, but many experts agree that sleep is among the most important parts of that routine. Numerous studies demonstrate that children who sleep better learn better.
Tuesday, September 4
How to prevent caregiver burnout
While caring for an older family member – whether it be a spouse, parent or grandparent – can be a rewarding experience, it can also be a difficult and overwhelming task. This is especially true if your loved one lives with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia-related illnesses.