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Since 1976 our country has recognized February as Black History Month. You can learn about and celebrate the accomplishments of African Americans throughout our nation’s history by attending any of the great events and activities celebrating Black History Month in Baltimore County.
The Hampton National Historic Site has posted a full schedule of inspiring and significant programs to be presented during Black History Month.
A commemorative exhibit, From Banneker to Douglass: the Quests for Freedom and Equality, will be on display through February 28 at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum. Come see original works of art that commemorate the early efforts of Maryland’s African Americans and their allies in their pursuit of freedom and equality for all.
At UMBC, a film screening of “Slavery by Another Name” will be shown on February 2 and 4, and pianist JoyAnne Amani will celebrate the contributions of African Americans with her concert on February 15. A Stirring Song Sung Heroic, an exhibition of 80 black and white photographs by Williams Earle Williams, will be on display in the Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery until March 25.
On February 11, acclaimed public intellectual, best-selling author, and radio host, Michael Eric Dyson will lecture at Towson University as part of their Diversity Speaker Series. Dyson was named by Ebony as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Americans.
Freeman Hrabowski III, the president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County since 1992, will speak at Goucher College as part of the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Visiting Professorship Series on February 26. Hrabowski is a prominent educator, advocate, and mathematician who recently was named by President Obama to chair the new Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. Earlier that day CCBC will welcome social justice advocate and attorney Bryan Stevenson as a guest lecturer for the 2015 President’s Distinguished African-American Lecture Series.
On February 28, the Randallstown Community Center is hosting a free event, “In Celebration of Black History Month,” which offers an evening of music and poetry.
Intern, Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences
Summer is here, and here with it are beach vacations, sleep-away camps, and Fourth of July picnics. The season is busy, but somehow an abundance of free time always wedges its way in between the events marked on the calendar. Students with eight weeks off from school sometimes find themselves glued to the television with nothing else to do all day. The warm weather and longer days make it so even adults who are still occupied from nine to five find some extra time on their hands. If you are trying to find a way to wile away your spare summer hours, look no further. There are tons of art, music and theatre performances here in Baltimore County all summer long.
Arts and sciences organizations in Baltimore County offer a diverse group of programs that will help make the most of your child’s summer. Summertime Crickets, a program by the Children’s Chorus of Maryland, introduces children ages four and five to the world of music. Kaleidoscope! Arts Camp in Catonsville channels another area of creativity, focusing on visual arts. This two-week day camp offers programs for elementary, middle, and high school-aged students looking to be creative and have fun!
Another great family outing is a night at the theatre with Cockpit in Court’s summer season, presented at CCBC Essex. The company will celebrate forty years of theatre with five diverse shows: Gypsy, A Murder is Announced, Me and My Girl, Social Security, and Seussical Jr. Whether you’re looking to see a musical or a play or whether you are bringing the kids or having a grown-up night, Cockpit in Court is a summer treat for any occasion.
If you are looking for more theatre, the annual Summer Playwright’s Festival presented by Open Space Arts is a Baltimore County tradition that you will not want to miss. Open Space Arts is stationed in Reisterstown and holds their big summer show the first two weekends in August. The festival features several short plays written by inspired members of the community. Local actors bring these original pieces to life on Open Space Arts’ charming outdoor stage. The Summer Playwright’s Festival is an entertaining and unique theatre experience that the whole family can enjoy.
The Lurman Woodland Theatre in Catonsville hosts a free concert series with performances every Saturday and Sunday from June 1-August 25. This is a great way to spend a summer evening with the family and experience all different kinds of music. Spread out your blanket and enjoy concerts from a variety of bands, ranging from the Catonsville High School Steel Band to 1940s swing by the Bayside Big Band to old school blues. Download the concert schedule at http://www.lurman.com and you will be sure to find a concert that suits your style.
These are just a few of the many arts events happening in our area this summer season. For a complete list of summer events and attractions in Baltimore County, please visit www.enjoybaltimorecounty.com.
Owings Mills Branch Manager
Baltimore County Public Library
Come check out the Owings Mills Branch of Baltimore County Public Library! We are so excited to be open and serving the community. The Owings Mills Branch is housed in a 54,333 square foot space with a current collection of 120,000 items. From books and audiobooks, to magazines, to DVDs, to music CDs, we have something that is bound to pique your interest. We also have 70 computers available for public use, including 58 for adults and 12 for teens and children.
The Owings Mills Branch will be sharing the building with the Community College of Baltimore County, which is scheduled to open in early summer. The branch occupies the building’s first three floors. In addition to our floor areas with materials, we also feature a children’s area, quiet study area, group study rooms, and community meeting rooms.
We have a parking garage next to our building that offers free parking. While there aren’t always spaces available on the first floor, we’ve never had a problem with the garage being full. And another garage is scheduled to be constructed soon
The Owings Mills Branch is located at the County Campus Metro Centre at Owings Mills, 10302 Grand Central Avenue, Owings Mills, Maryland 21117,
Our phone number is 410-887-2092. We are open Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. year round.
Visit us and you’ll see why we’re so excited to be here!
Driving Directions: From I-695, take exit 19 (I-795N/Northwest Expressway toward Reisterstown/Owings Mills). Take exit 4 (Owings Mills Boulevard). Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Owings Mills Boulevard N/MD-140 Reisterstown Road and merge onto Owings Mills Boulevard. Turn right onto S. Dolfield Road. Turn right onto Painters Mills Road. Turn right onto Grand Central Avenue and enter the parking ramp. Library is on your left as you enter the garage.