Baltimore County Now
Scrap the Malls
A 12 days ‘til Christmas shopping list
Baltimore County Office of Communications
Twelve days to go, twelve ideas for unique and memorable gifts. So scrap the malls and head for the one-of-a-kind.
1. Sip local. Wine tours and tastings from Baltimore County’s vineyards
2. Spark the adventurous. Classes in rock climbing (Earth Trek Climbing Center), fencing (Baltimore Fencing Center), or flying (Middle River Aviation)
3. Get creative. Tickets to a County performance (check out Baltimore Actors Theatre, Gordon Center for Performing Arts, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Music in the Great Hall)
4. Add some class. Check out the Community College of Baltimore County.
5. Go old. Antiques
6. Go trendy. Boutiques
7. Skip the 800 numbers. Flowers from your neighborhood shop
8. I feel pretty. Salon services
9. Everybody dance now. Tickets to the Baltimore County Dance Celebration
10. Because they’ve always talked about it. Music or painting lessons from a local studio
11. Get a Big Tree. Not for Christmas, but a certificate for a native tree from your local nursery. Plant in the spring for a lifetime of beauty and shade.
12. Just Eat It. Restaurant gift card
The twelve day countdown starts today. No pressure. Really.
Director, Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences
There’s a new place to get smart in Baltimore County. Actually, it’s a place to get “smARTS,” a new Baltimore County arts television show premiering March 7 at 7:00-7:30 p.m. on BCTV, cable channel 25 in Baltimore County.
We call the program smARTS because we believe this is the smart place to find out about Baltimore County’s arts scene. The show covers music, dance, theatre, and visual arts, from Catonsville to Dundalk to Towson and Owings Mills.
We also feel the arts really do make you smarter; smarter about the world, about ideas and emotions, and smarter about how creative expression makes our lives more meaningful and just plain fun.
Carolyn Black-Sotir, chair of the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences, hosts the program, The premiere show includes an interview with Marin Alsop about the new Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestra, whose new home is the Carver Center for Arts & Technology in Towson; a preview of the 25th Baltimore Jewish Film Festival at the Gordon Center for Performing Arts in Owings Mills; and a discussion about For All the World to See, an exhibit at UMBC focusing on the impact of visual images and the civil rights movement. A “Get smARTER” segment looks at how County composer Valencio Jackson developed the show’s original theme music.
smARTS premieres March 7 and airs Thursdays and Fridays, 7:00-7:30 p.m. and Tuesdays 11:30-noon on BCTV, cable channel 25 in Baltimore County. Segments are available 24/7 on the Baltimore County government web site www.baltimorecountymd.gov
SmARTS is produced by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences, in partnership with the Baltimore County Public Schools and BCPS-TV.