Neighborhood & Community Night at the Baltimore Museum of Industry

BMI PhotoOn Wednesday, September 11 from 4:30-7:00pm, you and your family can visit the Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI) for free! Enjoy a guided tour, or take an Ipod tour featuring more than 50 audio and visual tracks that bring the BMI to life.  The kids will love touch boxes filled with puzzles, toys and games all related to BMI exhibits. Plus, view Big Bob’s Adventure in the BMI’s movie theater.  Be sure to visit Maryland Lottery: 40 Years 40 Stories. The exhibit highlights the rich history of the Maryland Lottery and features historic news articles, creative marketing and advertising concepts, unique game artifacts and more. Be sure to mark your calendar!  For more information contact Kelly Edelmann at 410-727-4808 ext. 132 or kedelmann@thebmi.org.

Football is Back in Baltimore… sort of

Front-Face-Logo-1024x768Councilman Bill Cole has compiled information that may be helpful to you in the next few days as football season officially begins in Baltimore:

There are three significant events surrounding the NFL opener this Thursday.  Even though the Ravens are playing in Denver, the NFL is still coming to town this week as if we were hosting a home game to start the season.  The three events are:

1) the NFL Back to Football 5k on Wednesday, September 4th at 7:00PM
— The DOT press release says 6PM because there are some kid runs starting earlier.  The real disruption is the 5K and that starts at 7PM.
— The route starts and finishes at Ravens Stadium and it looks like they will have somewhere between 3500 and 5000 runners.  In other words, this is a rather large event.  Neighborhoods directly impacted are Sharp-Leadenhall, South Baltimore and Pigtown.  Everybody else may be impacted by the temporary closures of both the Hamburg Street and Ostend Street bridges.
— Any cars on that race route (detailed in press release) will not be permitted to leave until the police reopen those streets.
— All normal traffic should resume by around 8:15PM.

2) the NFL kickoff show from the Inner Harbor featuring a free concert by Keith Urban on Thursday, September 5th at 6:00PM
— There are no tickets and the event is first come, first admitted until they reach the pre-set capacity.  After that, guests will be turned away from the official viewing areas.
— We have no way of knowing how many people are going to show up for this event.

3) the actual NFL game coming to every bar, restaurant, and living room near you

All three impact our neighborhoods.  Parking enforcement is prepared for the increased volume of possible visitors, and they will tow on Thursday in Residential Parking Permit areas since there is an Orioles home game.

Annual End of Summer Dog Swim

Everyone loves the smell of a wet dog, right?! Well, maybe not, but don’t deny your water-loving pup a chance to splash around in the Riverside Park Pool! Bring your four-legged friend for a quick dip on Labor Day between 5-6pm to close out the season. $5/dog to enter.

Grand Prix Traffic Advisory and “Cars on Cross” Event

For your convenience, Baltimore City has created a website to help you navigate the downtown area during Labor Day weekend and the days before the race.  While the main website, http://www.gptraffic.com, contains a wealth of information, you may find the Downtown Access Maps page most helpful.  The Grand Prix has created their own Getting Around page as well.

We also want to mention that on Saturday, August 31st from 6-11pm, Federal Hill Main Street, the Federal Hill Business Association, and the Federal Hill Hospitality Association are hosting “Cars on Cross.”  The event will feature live music from 6-8pm, free hot dogs for kids under 12 from 6-8pm, beer and wine tents, and a car showcase valued at over $4 million. This event is sponsored by The Grand Prix of Baltimore, Patron Racing, Budweiser, and McLaren Autosports.

Don’t Miss Out! Final Concert Sept 8th!

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Mark your calendars! The final installment of the Riverside Park Summer Music Series will take place on Sunday, September 8 at 5 pm. Sac au Lait will be providing the tunes, and RNA will again provide a bake sale table and 50/50 raffle. If you’d like to donate items for the bake sale, please bring them to the bake sale table, bagged and priced.

To see a few photos from previous concerts, visit our facebook page.

Thanks again to Domino Sugar for sponsoring this great series of events!

Aqua Bootcamp Updates

Due to scheduling conflicts, Aqua Bootcamp will no longer be held on Tuesdays, and there has been a time change for Wednesday classes. It will now be held Wednesdays 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm and Saturdays 11:00 am – 12:00 noon throughout the rest of the 2013 season (thru Sept 2). $7/class.

Digital Harbor Swim Club Growing, Register Now

As the Digital Harbor Swim Club (DHSC) begins its third year of operation, improvements and expansion are underway. Management and ownership of the DHSC are transferring to Life Saving Instruction (LSI) and its owner, Robert Buhner, with Navah Langmeyer continuing as DHSC community liaison. LSI has been involved with the DHHS pool and the DHSC for the last year. They help maintain the pool, conduct lifeguard training, and run swim lessons there on Sundays. While the DHSC is no longer non-profit, a percentage of the income will go to the DHHS Alliance scholarship fund. The primary DHSC goal will continue to be providing affordable community lap swimming.

This change benefits the club, the community, and the school. Robert has some excellent ideas for improving the pool facility and increasing community access. LSI will create a real DHSC online presence with a domain and a website, making the club easier to find. They will take care of staffing and facility opening, so the schedule will be more robust. Membership and punch card fees are now payable by credit card, and in monthly installments. Both the lap swim and swim lesson schedules will expand, with early-morning lap sessions back in place, and lessons offered during the week. Finally, LSI and the DHSC offer increasing employment and training opportunities to DHHS students.

Registration is now open for the 2013-2014 DHSC year. The pool facility is in really great shape, thanks to Robert and his crew. The club will restart on 9 September, 2013, and membership will run through August 2014. The DHSC offers five adult lap swimming sessions/week, plus a Sunday open swim for members/punch card holders/swim students and their families and guests, with plans to increase sessions over the year. The initial swim schedule is:

Monday 6:30 – 8:00 am
Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30 pm (pool shared with Team Fight)
Wednesday 6:30 – 8:00 am
Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 – 10:30 am
Sunday Open Swim TBD

Full membership for the year costs $275 paid up front, or $35/month paid in installments. Registration and payment can be done with a credit card on-line at http://store.lifesavinginstruction.com/swimclub.aspx. Punch cards are available, but not yet on-line. To purchase a $55, 10-swim punch card, or pay for membership via check, please contact LSI at info@lifesavinginstruction.com, or call 1-877-608-4565.

Robert is working on a website for the club. In the meantime, you can get information about LSI, including swim lessons, at http://www.lifesavinginstruction.com.

Please sign up, enjoy the pool, and help us make the DHSC an enduring fixture in our community! For any questions, contact Robert Buhner at info@lifesavinginstruction.com, or Navah Langmeyer at dhhswim@gmail.com.

Navah Langmeyer

New Inner Harbor Attraction: Charm City Carousel

The Charm City Carousel, located in the southwest corner of the Inner Harbor’s promenade, opened Friday, August 2nd. The 36′ wide and 28′ tall carousel includes 30 horses and 2 chariots. Guests will need 1 ticket to ride and prices are: $3 for 1, $10 for 4, and $20 for 10 tickets. Parents of children 42″ and below do not need to pay to ride if they stand next to their child.
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The Charm City Carousel will be open:
Through Labor Day: Open Daily 11AM
September & October: Open Weekends and School Holidays 11AM

Follow them on facebook: facebook.com/CharmCityCarousel

Neighborhood Social – Sept 15

In lieu of our August and September meetings, we will be holding a Riverside Neighborhood Association BBQ Social on September 15. Bring the family and some beverages, enjoy some burgers and hot dogs, and meet your neighbors! Volunteers with grills, grilling skills, and paying the bills are needed. More details to follow.