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.

Riverside Park is Off the Wall!

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The Walters Art Museum’s Off the Wall exhibit was installed Tuesday at the Covington/Heath entrance of Riverside Park.  The featured piece is called “Flowers by a Pond with Frogs” by Giuseppe Recco.  The exhibit is city wide and can be viewed at a variety of locations.  For more information on featured pieces and locations around town, visit
thewalters.org/offthewall/.

The Walters’ young members group, The Walters Enthusiasts, is sponsoring a photo contest. Tour the Off The Wall art scattered throughout Baltimore, post photos of yourself with the art and win prizes! To find out more, visit
thewalters.org/offthewall/contest.html.

Photo courtesy of Heather Chiaro. Weeded garden beds courtesy of Ann Fiocco and Jackson Fisher.

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.

Safety Alert

Please be advised that there were 3 incidents in our neighborhood between 12am and 5am this yesterday morning (Sunday, Aug 18 Saturday, Aug 17) involving assault and the robbery or attempted robbery of cell phones and other personal belongings. Suspects are targeting individuals walking on the street, as well as individuals driving cars. The two incidents on foot (1000 block of William and 1400 block of Jackson) are believed to be by the same group of 3 black males in their late teens. The third incident (a driver was waved down at Randall and Belt) involved 3 white male suspects, two identified as being in their late 20’s. Please keep your cell phone concealed, try to walk in groups, and be aware of your surroundings at all times. The police have already implemented a new deployment strategy, among other things, to try and catch these suspects.

CORRECTION AND UPDATE: These incidents occurred between 12am and 5am on Saturday, Aug 17. Please know that these robberies included violent assaults and are not to be taken and are not being taken lightly. The police department has made progress in some of these cases. They have three juveniles as persons of interest for the robberies at William and Jackson and two of them have been charged as juveniles with possession of stolen property.

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

We’re Undergoing a Facelift

Throughout the next week or two, we will be exploring various options for our website’s design, so it may have a different look each time you visit. If you have ideas for content you’d like to see on our website, let us know by completing this survey.

Traffic Advisory for Saturday, Aug 3

The Baltimore City Department of Transportation would like to advise motorists of the traffic modifications that will be in effect for the Casey Cares Foundation and Orioles 5K Run and Walk which will be held on Saturday, August 03, 2013. The 5K run starts at 8:00 a.m.

The event will begin at the warehouse at Camden Yards. Participants will head east on Conway Street, right on Light Street, and left on Key Highway where they will turn around at Cross Street. Runners will travel west on Key Highway and turn left on Battery Avenue, right on Montgomery Street and left on Hanover Street. Participants will then turn right on Hamburg Street, cross over the bridge and turn right between the two stadiums, left on Lee Street, and right on the service drive to the tunnel entrance for Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

In preparation for the event, one lane of travel will be coned off for participants wherever possible along the race route. Commuters should be advised that temporary traffic stops may be implemented during the event for the safety of participants. Motorists traveling in this vicinity should be on the watch for pedestrians and are encouraged to use alternate routes.