Dollars Days and Craft Fair
Saturday, December 7th and 8th, 10:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Downtown Dollar Days at the Baltimore Museum of Industry, admission for everyone is just $1.00. Plus, visit the BMI on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. for our 2nd Annual Craft Fair. Tour the museum, and thereafter shop our local vendors for the perfect holiday gifts! For more information call 410-727-4808 ext. 132.
Breakfast with Santa
Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Santa is coming to BMI! Enjoy continental breakfast, a holiday movie and craft, then take your picture with Santa (remember to bring your camera!). Tickets: adult $12, kid $7, under 1 FREE. BMI Members: adult $10, kid $5, under 1 FREE. For details and reservations, contact Kelley at email@example.com or 410.727.4808 x132.
If you’re raising young children in our neighborhood, surely you’ve come to know many of the kid-friendly offerings around town. We’ve recently come to learn about Wee Workers at the Baltimore Museum of Industry and Charm City Carousel Birthday Parties (to keep in mind for next year— the carousel has been closed for the winter and will reopen in April). If you haven’t heard about them yet, you’ll want to keep reading!
Toddler fun at the museum!
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – Bring your toddler to the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to participate in Wee Workers.
Recommended for children 2 to 5 years of age with parental supervision, Wee Workers explores Maryland history and technology through gallery tours, stories, songs and craft projects for your child.
Wee Workers activities support the Maryland Model for School Readiness and Countdown to Kindergarten, a statewide project that assists young children starting school. Programs are $5.00 for adults. Kids 5 and under are free. Museum admission is included. For a complete list of 2014 programs or to register your child contact Kelly Edelmann at 410-727-4808 ext. 132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Baltimore Museum of Industry
Founded in 1977 as a project of the Mayor’s Office, the Baltimore Museum of Industry is a private, nonprofit organization established to celebrate the past, present and future innovations of Maryland industry and its people through dynamic educational experiences. The Museum is a leader in innovative education about Maryland industry and a major attraction for Baltimore, MD, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Monday museum is closed. The Museum is located at 1415 Key Highway, Inner Harbor South, Baltimore. Parking is FREE.
Nothing says fun quite like a carousel, and nothing says being a kid like riding the “horsies” as much as you like. On October 5, Charm City Carousel hosted their first children’s birthday.
“We already host birthdays at the other three carousels we operate on the Eastern Seaboard, so it was only natural that we would bring them to Baltimore too,” said Mark Rosenzweig, Vice President of Charm City Carousel. “Childhood birthdays are some of those memories you hold onto for a lifetime, and our goal is to ensure that every child that spends their special day here has a great time,” he noted.
The parents who hosted the first birthday party at the carousel, Tom and Heidi Geyer, said, “Ava Lee said her 3rd birthday was magical at the carousel! It was fun for the toddlers as well as the adults! [It was] Well organized by the staff and literally stress free! I highly recommend the carousel for birthday parties. Priced right, pizza can be delivered, kids entertained, friendly and helpful staff, great ambience, tables and chairs provided with covered area, clean up was easy, parents and children’s dreams united at Charm City Carousel! Cheers to next year’s birthday party. We are coming back and with our army of toddler friends!”
The cost for one party is $249. This provides the birthday child and 15 invited guests 2 hours of unlimited rides on the carousel and a private seating area adjacent to the ride. Families are welcome to bring any outside cake, drinks, plates, cups, etc., to the site for their use.
“It has been a good first few months,” said Rosenzweig. “We had a lot of support from the local communities, especially families in Federal Hill, Otterbein, Riverside and Locust Point. Our goal next year is to work to bring tourists down to our side of the harbor. We have found that many do not go past the Baltimore Visitor’s Center and we are looking at ways to change that. In addition, we plan to be adding some food and beverage offerings to the site so families that stop by on a hot summer’s day can get some refreshment. We did want to thank the city and Waterfront Partnership, as they worked together to ring the ride with benches for parents and grandparents in the fall.”
Charm City Carousel will be winterized until the spring of 2014, when it will reopen for weekends in April.
About Charm City Carousel Entertainment
Charm City Carousel Entertainment, LLC, is a private company that runs the carousel in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and part of a family of companies that own and operate amusement rides around the world. It consists of staff with decades of amusement park experience and a passion for providing great experiences for Baltimore’s families and visitors. Follow them at https://www.facebook.com/CharmCityCarousel to see all of the exciting things going on this summer at the Charm City Carousel.
A note from Dr. Jill Shook of CityPets Veterinary Care and Wellness for pet owners to keep in mind this holiday season:
The cold weather is upon us and the holiday season is quickly approaching. Amid this busy season of shopping, baking, decorating, and visiting family and friends, there are some things to keep in mind concerning your pets. There are certain hazards, injuries, and poisonings seen in animals more commonly this time of year. Simply being aware of potential problems and doing a little “pet proofing” around the house will go a long way toward heading off any problems.
There are several plants that can be harmful or poisonous to pets. Below are some of the more common ones encountered this time of year.
Poinsettia: Low toxicity, chewing or ingesting the leaves and stems can result in vomiting and/or diarrhea, and increased salivation.
Christmas greens: All parts of these plants are low toxicity, but can cause vomiting and diarrhea after ingestion.
Holly: The leaves and berries have moderate to severe toxicity. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and central nervous system (CNS) depression.
Mistletoe: All parts of this plant are very toxic, but especially the berries. Vomiting and diarrhea are common, but other symptoms include changes in heart rate, trouble breathing, seizures, and coma. Death can occur in severe intoxication. (I would recommend using fake mistletoe.) If your pet has ingested any of these plants, and you notice symptoms, please make sure to seek veterinary assistance.
The Holiday Kitchen:
There are many hazards in the holiday kitchen, and most pets keep a watchful eye during holiday baking and cooking, in hopes that a tasty morsel might drop on the floor. Many foods can cause serious illness for our four legged friends. Baked goods, ham, turkey, and other rich food are among many of the culprits which cause problems. Chocolate of all kinds, but especially semisweet and baking chocolate, is toxic to pets. Symptoms of chocolate toxicity can range from vomiting and diarrhea, to high blood pressure, tremors, heart arrhythmias, seizures, and death. Bones from turkey, chicken, ham, etc. can cause gastrointestinal (GI) upset, choking, or intestinal obstruction, and should not be given to pets. Table scraps, or any food that is not your pet’s normal diet, can cause GI upset. Be careful about treats and table scraps and caution any guests to not feed your pet any of these “special treats”.
If you are traveling with your pet for the holidays, make sure to have proper identification on your pet, including a local phone number or your cell phone. Microchipping your pet is always the best way to ensure its safe return. If you are traveling a long distance, make sure to bring plenty fresh food and water for your pet. Holiday traffic jams can keep you in the car much longer than expected and it is always a good idea to have emergency needs for your pet readily available.
Giving Pets As Gifts
Remember that there are thousands of animals in shelters each year in the months following the holidays. Many of these animals were impulsive purchases, and once the recipients realized the impact of training a puppy, or the daily routine of changing the litter box, they decided to turn in their animals. If you do plan to give a pet to loved one for Christmas, don’t forget to stop by the local animal shelters and rescue groups. There are hundreds of wonderful animals for adoption in need of loving homes.
Helping Pets in Need
In the spirit of giving during the holiday season, keep your local shelter and rescue group in mind for a holiday donation. Food, litter, towels and other items are always needed.
Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy holiday season. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office with any questions. The following websites offer accurate information on several pet health issues including the topics discussed above.by admin
The Southern District is collecting toddler, youth, and adult sized jackets to keep local families warm this winter. Please consider supporting their efforts. In case you didn’t see our post earlier this month, they are also requesting support for their toy drive.by admin
Reading Partners is a nonprofit organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to provide one-on-one literacy tutoring to students who are struggling with reading. Tutors use a research-based curriculum, and program staff regularly assess students to benchmark and monitor student progress.
Devoting just one hour each week to a student can make a tremendous impact. Last year, 94% of Reading Partners’ Baltimore students improved their rate of learning in reading, and three out of four narrowed their achievement gap. This year, Reading Partners will serve at least 250 Baltimore students, so we need your help!
To sign up to be a Reading Partner, please fill out the form found here http://info.
Show off your Riverside pride and your holiday spirit with a red or green long-sleeved tee! The front of the tee puts a holiday twist on our RNA logo, while the back will show off local businesses… Hersh’s, Barfly’s, Studio 921, The Wine Market, Kickball League of Baltimore, and Langermann’s on Light!
Kids sizes S-L and adult sizes S-XL are $15 each; Adult size XXL is $20.
Order shirts for you and your family here. After ordering, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail within 24 hours verifying that we have the sizes and colors you want. At that time, we’ll ask you to send your payment to us no later than December 1st.
Shirts may be picked up during the Gazebo Lighting on Saturday, December 7th from 5:30-6:30pm, or at the start of the RNA Meeting/Holiday Cookie Contest on Monday, December 9th from 6:30-7:15pm. If you are not able to pick up your shirts, we can make other arrangements.
Remaining shirts will be available for purchase at both the Gazebo Lighting and the RNA Meeting/Holiday Cookie Contest.by admin
Do you like pumpkin pie? If so, this sounds like a fun community event surrounding the favorite fall dessert:
What does Pie mean to you? 3.14 or Pumpkin pie with whipped cream?
If you chose Pumpkin Pie with whipped cream, why don’t you put your best pie together and see how it stands up to the best pies in the neighborhood?
When: Tuesday November 26, 2013
Where: Little Havana Restaurant, 1325 Key Highway
Time: 7:00 until the end
If you think you’ve got what it takes and want to enter your pumpkin pie, please RSVP to email@example.com. Otherwise, just show up and root for your favorites. Come create some wonderful memories to get you through your Thanksgiving holiday!
Whether you’re ready or not, the holidays are getting closer by the minute! RNA has planned a few events we think you’ll enjoy!
The First (Hopefully) Annual Gazebo Lighting-
Saturday, December 7th @ 5:30 pm
Please join us at the gazebo to enjoy mac-n-cheese (courtesy Langermann’s on Light), cookies (courtesy Harris Teeter), and hot cocoa (courtesy Pfefferkorn’s), plus Christmas carols sung by the TJEMS choir. Santa is scheduled to arrive at 5:45 and he will be lighting the gazebo at 6:00. ‘Snowball’ fights and ‘sleigh’ rides (for the smaller elves) to follow. If you would like to help out with this event, please visit http://vols.pt/X2o9Ko or email FriendsOfRiversidePark@
RNA Holiday Cookie Contest, sponsored by Domino Sugars-
Monday, December 9th @ 6:30 pm
Riverside residents are invited to show off their cookie baking skills before our next neighborhood meeting at Salem Lutheran Church. Domino Sugars will be providing gift baskets for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Click here to read all the finer details and register by December 1st. Not a baker, but like cookies? The first 24 willing tasters will sample and score cookies from 6:45-7:15.
Southern District Police Explorers Toy Drive- Drop off donations at our next meeting!
New, unused, unwrapped toys (no stuffed toys) may be dropped off at our next meeting on Monday, December 9th at Salem Lutheran Church. We’ll be there from 6:30 until 8:00 pm. Otherwise, donations may be dropped off at the Southern District Station at 10 Cherry Hill Road, Baltimore, MD 21225 (across from Harbor Hospital). See flyer for more information.by admin
The local VFW is sponsoring a Veterans Day Ceremony on November 9th at 10am, beginning at the Memorial on Key Highway, culminating in an open house at the Post, 425 E. Fort Avenue. What a great way to celebrate those who have served our country!by admin
If you’ve traveled southbound on Johnson St in the past day, you may have noticed a new stop sign as you approached Heath St. Please be mindful of this stop sign and all others throughout our community. We have many residents, young and old, two-legged and four-legged, some who are pushed along on 3 or 4 wheels, who walk our streets every day. They depend on drivers to approach stop signs with caution and follow the direction of the white word on the red octagon: STOP. Let’s continue to do our best to keep one another safe.by admin