Tuesday, July 31, 2007

2-year-old hit by car at York and Overbrook

A two-year-old girl is being treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital after being struck by a car this morning in the Anneslie area of Baltimore County, police said. ... more from The Sun


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Union questions doctor on workers' comp cases

Baltimore County administrators may have violated county charter in hiring a doctor who has a history of siding with the government in workers’ compensation cases, officials alleged. ... more from The Examiner.


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Cat Productions' Annual Crab Feast, Friday

"All-you-can-eat Steamed Crab Feast, plus a lot of other good food, music, and beer, plus ash Bar and raffle prizes." Info.


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Sweet Thursday

Sculptor Herman Williams hosts dessert and art showings at his studio. Thursdays 4-9 p.m., free.
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Baltimore Improv Festival - Thursday, Aug. 2

The first ever Baltimore Improv Festival brings together a number of the East Coast's best improvisational comedy troupes. ... more info


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the latest from Miss Manners

Dear Miss Manners: My family and I have recently joined a gym. My question concerns what to do in the locker room when you encounter someone you know. If the person is naked, do you pretend not to notice them? ... more


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Monday, July 30, 2007

It's Restaurant Week

"Baltimore Restaurant Week was such a big hit last year, we're bringing it back this year. And making it even bigger. Now you have seven days — including the weekend — to enjoy a three-course dinner for just $30.07.* (Some restaurants also offer a three-course lunch for $20.07.*) So whether you're returning to a favorite restaurant or trying something new, mark July 30th through August 5th on your calendar.".... more info


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Public's help sought to find missing Cockeysville man

Baltimore County police asked Monday for the public's help in finding a missing Cockeysville man who suffers from dementia. ... more from The Sun


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Rats gone, playground at the YMCA is open again

Article in The Sun.


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Saturday, July 28, 2007

The problem of over-praising your kids

Interesting article from Parents magazine, and a more in-depth piece along those same lines from New York magazine.


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Cockeysville family makes/sells toddler shoes

.... Frustrated in their search to find shoes flexible enough for their young child to wear through the day, the Cockeysville couple decided to design their own. Now Rileyroos, as the shoes are called, are sold in stores in Maryland and beyond. ...
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Friday, July 27, 2007

openings for child care in Rodgers Forge

My neighbor runs a state-licensed in-home daycare and has openings, as many of her kids are going off to school. She's very near Rodgers Forge Elementary. Contact me at rodgers.forge@hotmail.com if you'd like info. She's seeking mainly kids over 2 years old, but might have availability for one infant.


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SALSAPOLKALOOZA - Saturday

from City Paper: Live salsa, polka, and Caribbean music accompanies an afternoon of immigrant song, dance, and crafts, with enough varieties of grub to make sure the cerveza (pivo, whatever you call it) doesn't keep you off the dance floor. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. ... more


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Zoo Mobile at Mt. Vernon on Saturday

7/28: Presentation by The Maryland Zoo including live animal ambassadors, artifacts and biofacts. Part of the Mount Vernon Children's Park 2007 Summer Saturday Fun. (Also gives you a chance to see the new Mount Vernon playground.) 10 a.m. ... details


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Fancy Heads this Saturday at the Walters

Hold your head high and replicate headdresses that protected, beautified, and identified the rich and powerful in the ancient world. Projects will include crowns, laurel wreaths, warrior helmets, and Egyptian headdresses. This was an on-going event, but it ends on July 28. 11 a.m - 3 p.m More info.


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"American Graffiti" tonight in Little Italy

At Little Italy's open-air theater. 9 p.m. ... details here


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county fairs happening this weekend

From The Sun: Jul. 28 - Aug. 3 If you love an old-fashioned country fair come visit the Carroll County 4-H and FFA Fair in Westminster. There will be live music, plenty of fair foods, kids' activities, livestock shows and an array of farming exhibits. But you'll also be able to catch a demolition derby, tractor pull, racing pigs and geese and even a chick parade. 410-876-2667

July 26-29 This year's Harford County Farm Fair features pig races, dairy and rabbit shows, tractor pulls and other farm-related events at the Bel Air Equestrian Center, 608 N. Tollgate Road in Bel Air. For more information, go to farmfair.org.


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Thursday, July 26, 2007

Contaminated dog food may be on shelves

Dog food contaminated with botulism may be on Maryland shelves, state agriculture authorities warned Thursday, asking dog owners to throw away certain types of Natural Balance dog foods. ... full article


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More changes ahead for improved Marshy Point

Baltimore County officials Wednesday dedicated a new and improved Marshy Point Nature Center, but wildlife lovers who visit the Chase facility to enjoy sightings of great blue herons, ospreys and bald eagles said they are already looking forward to another round of expansion slated for next year. ... more from The Examiner article


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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Fire at York and Regester

There was a fire today, 7/25, involving some garages behind the strip of shops that includes Uncle Wiggly's and Purdum Pharmacy, according to unofficial reports. Apparently no businesses were burned.


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Rebounders on Falls Road is now Hoppin' Tots

Ann Kotmair worked at Rebounders for 20 years and has purchased the Falls Road facility. She says it's the same concept as Rebounders and that it has all-new equipment. (The Rebounders in Timonium has not changed.) 410.337.7012 www.hoppintotsgym.com


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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Editorial: Citizens should go to transportation meetings

From the Baltimore Examiner -- If we, our children and grandchildren are stuck in traffic or packed on a decrepit train or bus some day, we won’t have anybody to blame but ourselves. ... more, including a list of meetings


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Canned goods recalled amid botulism fears

The government warned consumers and retailers yesterday to take urgent action to rid their shelves of more than 90 products, from chili sauce to corned beef hash to dog food, produced at a Georgia plant linked to a botulism outbreak. ... more here


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Monday, July 23, 2007

Baltimore County to hire firm to help with school curriculum

Baltimore County school officials plan to spend about $7.4 million for a national education firm's help in overhauling the system's curriculum - a move that has yielded mixed reviews in other states, ranging from teachers complaining that the materials were difficult to use to districts boasting of increased test scores. ... more from the Sun article


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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Judge overturns Baltimore County's sign law

7/21/07 -- A federal judge Friday shot down what she called an unconstitutional Baltimore County law limiting the lifespan of political signs on residents’ front lawns. ... Here's a Sun article, and an Examiner article.


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Saturday, July 21, 2007

free cooking class at Whole Foods on July 26

Mt. Washington -- 7:00 p.m. -- Free -- In the Cafe -- Hot summer? Cool off with Mike from the produce department. Find ways to prepare summer salads so you won't have to turn the stove on. A great spin on fruit salad will tempt your palate and for dessert a very special "cool" treat featuring some of our best summer peaches in a sorbet. Watch Mike and of course you get to taste everything he prepares. Seating is limited. Please pre-register at Customer Service. 410.532.6700


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Shakespeare Summer Camp's King Lear

Wed., July 25, 7:30 p.m. Center Stage. $6. Info here.


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Friday, July 20, 2007

Cal Ripken in Towson on Saturday, July 21

July 21, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. -- Baltimore County will host Calebr8ion, an official send-off for hometown hero Cal Ripken, Jr. as he heads to Cooperstown to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. At 1 p.m., Cal will arrive in a mini-parade around Courthouse Plaza, and take the stage for a brief ceremony. Admission is free. Food vendors and musical entertainment. Located at Courthouse Plaza.


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Harry Potter party tonight at Daedalus Books at Belvedere

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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Baltimore Improv Festival

Aug. 2 - Aug. 4 -- Improv Group brings nightly comedy shows and improv instruction to Theatre Project. Performing groups include Comedy Pigs, MacCloskey and Myers, Neutrino, Simon and Simon and Simon, Screaming Puppets and headliners the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company. Baltimore Theatre Project


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more events at Oregon Ridge

From Oregon Ridge Nature Center's website:
July 14, 15: MYSTERY OF THE MONARCH - What makes a monarch special? Find out while you help us tag them for a research study! 2:00
July 21, 22: STORY TIME WITH SYLVESTER SNAKE - Hear snake tales then meet Sylvester and his friends. 2:00
August 4, 5: WILDFLOWER WALK - Explore our meadow with a naturalist to find summer wildflowers. 2:00
August 18, 19 CANE POLE FISHING AT SPRING LAKE PARK - We provide the cane poles and bait. You catch the fish! Drop in your line for a fun morning. $3/person is due in advance. 10:00
August 25, 26 STREAM SEARCH AT SPARKS PARK - Cool off on this search for stream life. 2:00
All programs require reservations and are for individuals and families only. Groups may call to schedule a weekday hike. Call (410) 887-1815 on Tuesday through Friday. Checks must be received within a week of registration to secure your reservation.


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Baltimore Film Series at University of Baltimore

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a great amusement park -- Knoebels

We went earlier this summer and it was fantastic. They have cabins to rent and a campground, too. And lots of toddler-sized rides. It's in Elysburg, PA, about 2.5 or 3 hours from Baltimore.

From a recent City Paper article: "... you get rides that you haven't seen for 25 years, or maybe have never seen before, sometimes for 70 or 80 cents a ride. You get delicious funnel cakes bigger than your face for a couple of bucks. You get a haunted-house ride and two roller coasters that are considered among the best of their kinds in the country. And you get in without paying an admission or parking fee, so you can actually leave this place with money in your pocket." Here's their website.


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huge sale going on at Hopscotch consignment store

This is a great little kids' consignment shop in Timonium. The clothes are in good condition and they also have some new, higher-end items. Right now most summer clothes are 75% off. I got seven gorgeous, pristine dresses for $15. The shop is located a few yards north of the Nautilus Diner just off York Road. Little yellow house. 2 Oakway Road Timonium 21093 ( 410 ) 252-7801


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Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Hairspray, the movie, opens this Friday

Here's the film's schedule at The Charles. ... Based on John Waters’ 1988 cult classic about star-struck teenagers on a local Baltimore dance show, the comedy features a remarkable collection of talent including John Travolta, Queen Latifah, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Amanda Bynes, Allison Janney, Brittany Snow, Zac Efron, Elijah Kelley, producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (Chicago), and director Adam Shankman. "To judge from a 17-minute trailer New Line Cinema unspooled to Baltimore and Washington movie critics and entertainment writers yesterday, the filmmakers have succeeded in making a V-8 musical-comedy engine hit on all cylinders.But they haven't lost the freshness, sass and charm of an exuberant early-'60s period piece that views rock and civil rights as the key ingredients of the American Teenage Revolution that turned popular culture into youth culture." (Michael Sragow)


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interesting twist on a presidential debate

From youtube.com:
"This summer and fall, YouTube, CNN and a few engaged and engaging citizens will make political history by having the presidential candidates answer questions submitted via YouTube videos. The first debate will feature the Democratic candidates on July 23rd in Charleston, South Carolina. Submit your question for the Democrats between June 14 and July 22 (the earlier the better). The CNN political team will choose the most creative and compelling videos, and if yours is one of them, you may get the chance to fly to Charleston to watch the debate live and offer your reactions afterward on YouTube's political video blog, Citizentube. So if you've always wanted your voice to be heard, now's your chance -- grab a camera and get rolling."


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Have you tried Vin yet?

Bartender Chris is a gem. The decor is wonderful; you expect to turn around and see a young Frank Sinatra holding court. Not the typical Towson scene. Located behind Barnes & Noble just off the circle. Free parking in the adjacent lot (with validation). Oh, and they pronounce it "vine." Details.


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Artscape is this weekend

The region's celebration of the arts returns in 2007 with 120+ arts and craftspeople from across the country; visual art exhibits both on and off site; incredible live concerts on four outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts including dance, opera, theater, fashion, film and classical music, hands-on projects, children's entertainers, three street theater locations; and a delicious, international menu of food and beverages. July 20-22, 2007 -- Friday & Saturday noon-10 pm and Sunday noon-8 pm -- 1200 block of Mount Royal Avenue in the Bolton Hill neighborhood – festival center. More info.


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save the date ... Baltimore Book Festival

Dates: Sep. 28 - Sep. 30
The annual festival returns with a Creative Cafe, Literary Salon, author readings and signing, cooking demonstrations and a celebration of African-American literature. In Mount Vernon. Details.


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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

family-friendly events...

TUBING ADVENTURES at Oregon Ridge Cool off on a slow float down the Little Falls, a tributary of the Gunpowder River, on one of the following dates: July 21 and 22, and August 18 and 19, from 10 AM to 3 PM. $2 per person is due in advance (tube rental is an additional $5 a tube). Bring a tube and a waterproof lunch. Participants must be 8 years to adult; an adult must accompany children under 16. This activity includes some hiking. Reservations are a must. 410.887.1815

NATURE’S NIGHT LIGHT HIKE AND CAMPFIRE at Oregon Ridge. Learn the secrets of the brightest insect in the park. Then make s’mores around the campfire. $3/person is due in advance. July 27, from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. Reservations needed.410.887.1815

RED MOON NIGHT HIKE & CAMPFIRE at Oregon Ridge. August 24, from 8 to 9:30 PM. Are you hungry for s’mores? Make some over a campfire, listen to stories, sing songs, and go on a night hike. $3/person is due in advance. Reservations needed. 410.887.1815

Teen Open-Mic night at Towson Library: Share your talent (poetry, drama, comedy, music or dance). Five-minute time limit. Sign up starts at 6:30, event is at 7 p.m on August 15. 410-887-6166

MARI*FEST 2007: Maritime Heritage Festival
When: Friday, July 20 through Sunday, July 22, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Havre de Grace Maritime Museum, 100 Lafayette St., Havre de Grace, 410-939-4800, www.hdgmaritimemuseum.org.

Super Smile Summer A 90-minute program filled with fun, adventure, and health education, Take a guided tour, participate in a special activity, and take home a free oral health kit. The National Museum of Dentistry, 31 S. Greene St., Baltimore, Weds.-Fris., Through Aug. 17, Ages 5-14, for reservations: 410-706-9599, www.dentalmuseum.org.

A Garden of Gizmos Interactive and hands-on garden with a natural science theme that teaches important environmental messages, Port Discovery, 35 Market Place, Baltimore, Through Sep. 4, Call for times/ticket info, 410-727-8120, www.portdiscovery.org.

Animal Grossology Explores all the nasty, stinky, disgusting science of animals’ bodies, Maryland Science Center, Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Through Sep. 3, Call for times/ticket info, 410-685-5225, www.marylandsciencecenter.org.

Center for Jewish Education Summer Reading Program Create a fun environment for children to read books with Jewish content and create descriptive pieces about the books they read, Prizes awarded, Through Aug. 17, 5708 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, Ages 4-10, 410-735- 5000, bookclub@cjebaltimore.org, www.cjebaltimore.org.

Red Canoe bookstore & cafe:
Harry Potter Party
Friday, July 20 at 10:45 PM
Have you ever wanted to attend classes at Hogwarts School of Magic? Well this will be your opportunity. Join us for an exciting and magical evening, July 20th beginning at 10:45 pm until midnight. Be "sorted, attend Divinations, History of Magic, and Transfigurations classes--and then sit down for a feast! All available to all of you who have pre-ordered Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (pre-order discount of 10%). 10:45pm to Midnight.
Red Canoe is located at 4337 Harford Road 21214 410.444.4440


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Kids Club at Hunt Valley Towne Centre

"Freebies, specials and discounts" for kids. (Sorry, "Towne Centre"?) See details.


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What's happening at RF-area schools

For elementary school start dates, PTA info, etc., see the RFES calendar. (Dumbarton MS's calendar appears to not go past June 2007. Towson High will update its calendar in August.)



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beware of creepy man in junky blue car

The crime-alert network (see below) says that a Latino man in a "junky" blue car has been seen acting suspiciously in the Stoneleigh neighborhood. He stopped his car in front of a girl who was playing in her yard and motioned for her to get in his car. She ran in the house and her mother called 911. Police say others called 911 in another area, near Wiltondale pool, with similar reports that sound like the same person. Police say keep your eyes open and call 911 if you see anything suspicious.


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Post office at Regester and York

FYI, Purdum Pharmacy (6901 York Rd, a few doors down from Uncle Wiggly's ) has an almost-full-service U.S. Post Office. A lifesaver when you're in a rush. (410) 377-5600


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ACLU sues Balt County over sign restrictions

Baltimore County only allows political yard signs to be posted within 45 days of an election. The ACLU sued, calling the law unconstitutional.
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Monday, July 16, 2007

free cooking classes at Williams-Sonoma

On the occasional Sunday, Williams-Sonoma offers free cooking classes. They're actually more like hour-long pitches for their products, but they do offer useful information and, more importantly, inspiration. Advanced registration is required.
Cross Keys (410) 435-6020
Towson Town Center (410) 847-9021
http://www.williams-sonoma.com


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crime-alert network

From the Rodgers Forge website:
There is a new Crime Alert Network to notify residents, by email, of crimes in the area so that, hopefully, future crimes can be prevented with the heightened awareness. This is being done in conjunction with the Baltimore County Police Department and surrounding communities. Any residents wishing to be added to the crime alert list should send an email to StoneleighCOP@verizon.net.


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stay informed about District 5

Read what's going on in the area by visiting the county's District 5 (that's us) newsletter.
http://www.co.ba.md.us/Agencies/communityupdates/d5/070705d5.html


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