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Date: Jun 1, 2017

by Michael Schneider, Baltimore County Recreation & Parks

Check out these weekend goings on, sure to make June a “no bored, no excuses” month.  The fun starts at Baltimore County Recreation and Parks, from the Great Grapes Winefest to an insect safari, jazz concert and summer campouts.

Friday, June 2

- Lax Splash Lacrosse Tournament (through Sunday, June 4) Carroll Manor Recreation Council

- Bookworm Story Time – Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Saturday, June 3

- Baseball All Star Day  Lutherville Timonium  

- 2nd Annual Sgt. Marvin T. Haw IV Boating Safety Day  Middle River  

- “The First Americans Were Africans” Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

- Great Grapes Winefest   Oregon Ridge Park

- Music in the Woods Oregon Ridge Nature Center

- Habitat Restoration Team – Weed Warriors Days   Cromwell Valley Park

- Tree Bark Baskets   Cromwell Valley Park

- Canoe Lake Roland Lake Roland

- Yoga in the Park Lake Roland

Sunday, June 4

- Great Grapes Winefest   Oregon Ridge Park

- Forest Animals and Their Tracks   Cromwell Valley Park

- Eastwood Dance Recital   Berkshire - Eastwood

Friday, June 9

- Textured Wall Pocket (workshop concludes Friday, June 23) Holt park

- Morning Bird Walk   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Saturday, June 10

- Colonial Market Fair Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

- Habitat Restoration Team – Weed Warriors Days   Cromwell Valley Park

- Three Sisters Garden   Cromwell Valley Park

- Fishing Fun Day Lake Roland

- Habitat and Trail Team Lake Roland

- Insect Safari  Holt park

- Bonfire and Hike Night   Holt park

- Dance Recital   Gray Charles

- Nature Quest Scavenger Hunt (Countywide Park Quest)   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Sunday, June 11

- Colonial Market Fair Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

- The Little Red Hen and Friends Cromwell Valley Park

- Starry Night  Holt Park

- Dance Recital   Gray Charles

- Flea Market at Southeast Regional Recreation Center    North Point Village

- Nature Quest Scavenger Hunt (Countywide Park Quest)   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Thursday, June 15 through Sunday, June 18

- 7-8 Baseball Tournament   North Point Village

Friday, June 16

- Time Keepers:  Planets and Stars Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

- Essex Baseball Tournament at Eastern Regional Park (through Saturday, June 17) Essex Stembridge

- A Night Under the Stars   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Saturday, June 17

- 10th Annual Juneteenth Celebration   Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

- Geocaching in the Park   Cromwell Valley Park

- White Marsh All Star Game at Honeygo Regional Park   White Marsh Recreation Council  

- Composting – Brown Gold!   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

- Summer Solstice Campout (through Sunday morning June 18)    Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Sunday, June 18

- Father’s Day Cookout & Cornhole     Cromwell Valley Park

- Composting – Brown Gold!   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Friday, June 23

- Summer Solstice Bonfire & S’mores   Cromwell Valley Park

- Great American Campout (continues through Saturday, June 24)   Lake Roland

- Under 17 Softball Tournament   Berkshire - Eastwood

Saturday, June 24

- Jazz Concert   Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

- Habitat Restoration Team – Weed Warriors Days    Cromwell Valley Park

- Pollinator Party   Cromwell Valley Park

- Fairies & Dragons   Lake Roland

- Acorn Hill Nature Drop-In  Lake Roland

- Jam n’ Bread   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

- Edgestock Music Festival  Edgemere - Sparrows Point

Sunday, June 25

- Just For Kids – Insects   Cromwell Valley Park

- Jam n’ Bread   Oregon Ridge Nature Center

Programs are run by Baltimore County Recreation and Parks and Nature Council volunteers. Many programs are free, but some ask for a donation or have a small fee. Be sure to check the websites to confirm times and locations.  

What better way to start off your summer then spending it with your friends at Baltimore County Recreation and Parks.  There are more than 200 beautiful parks in Baltimore County. Get out and enjoy!


Encourages Residents and Businesses to Plan and Follow County Updates Online

On the first day of the Atlantic hurricane season, Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and his top public safety officials gathered at the Bowleys Quarters Volunteer Fire Department to outline the County’s emergency preparedness and to remind residents and businesses to plan ahead in case of severe storms.

Kamenetz and his top public safety and public health professionals outlined the County’s year-round storm preparations. “We provide our first responders with the best equipment and training available and work together with neighboring jurisdictions,” said Kamenetz. “We are prepared and now is the time for residents and businesses to make sure they are prepared as well.”

County officials encouraged people to have an emergency plan and to prepare to get through three days without power and to stock up on water, non-perishable foods, flashlights, batteries and back-up sources for electronic devices like cell phones. They suggested that residents check to see if they need flood insurance and to prepare in advance for medical and prescription needs and for pet care. More information about storm preparedness can be found on the County website at baltimorecountymd.gov/emergency.

Real-time storm updates available on the County’s website and social media platforms

Kamenetz encouraged people to go to the County’s Emergency Management Twitter feed, @BACOemergency, for updates on storm response, sheltering operations and more.

In addition, the County’s new Stormfighter web page allows people to self-report storm-related issues. The system integrates with the County’s GIS mapping technology and provides real-time visual data to assist DPW and emergency managers in responding to severe storms or other localized or regional emergencies. Stormfighter now provides a link to live traffic camera feeds from the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Coordinated Highways Action Response Team (CHART). It also offers a link to the County’s list of road closures, which names  roads that are currently closed due to repairs, accidents, weather or other hazards. This list is updated frequently, so people are advised to check back often for the latest status. State roads and interstates are not included. Information on those roads can be found on the Maryland Department of Transportation’s travel advisories and road closures web page at http://www.chart.state.md.us/incidents/index.php.   

“We have flood-prone areas around the County, and it is very important for people to keep up with storm forecasts and connect online with our County emergency managers for storm response updates,” said County Council Chair Tom Quirk.


 
 
Revised September 11, 2017