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  1. Baltimore County’s Sounds of Summer

    Julian Baker
    Intern, Baltimore County Office of Communications

    Thinking about going somewhere for live music this summer? No need to fly to Nashville for country or bluegrass. The Good Life Festival at Boordy Vineyards provides good food, great music and an excellent atmosphere for just $10. Feel free to bring the kids as all guests under 16 have free admission. Come back to the Vineyards all summer, as the Summer Evening Concerts rock every Friday night from May to August.

    Booking a trip to Cleveland to check out some classic rock? First, head on over to Parkville any Friday in the summer to see the PCBA Spring Concert Series. The event is free in the backyard of Racer’s Cafe, one of the best craft beer bars in town.     

    Shakespeare isn’t only performed in the Globe Theatre. Join Stephanie and Saar at the Gordon Center for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, where the work of famed composer Felix Mendelssohn will be paired with selections from Shakespeare’s beloved comedy performed by actor Stanley Morstein. Tickets for the June 14th event are free, but must be reserved.

    If the fun atmosphere of New Orleans is your thing, swing by Feet on the Street Block Party on Friday nights to experience Towson’s local music scene. There will be beer, wine and cocktails for the adults, and moon bounces and face painting for the kids. It might even start to look like Mardi Gras. Admission is free, and it goes from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. every night through September 25th.

    Even the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is coming up to the County on July 3 and 4 for their Star-Spangled Spectacular at Oregon Ridge. Tickets at the gate will be $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under, or you can buy your tickets in advance. Guests get to see the BSO perform classic American music with a spectacular fireworks show after the performance.

    The Lurman Summer Concert Series, free every Saturday and Sunday from May to August, has all of the above; blues, funk, country, R&B, and classic jazz are on tap all summer long. The Lurman Woodland Theatre in Catonsville is your one stop shop for all things music this summer.

    Baltimore County’s more than 80 summer concerts have everything you’re looking for; from Reggae in White Marsh to Folk in Catonsville, all you need for a summer of music is right here in the County.  

    Review a complete list of concerts and events this summer.

    Thu, 21 May 2015 20:58:00 GMT
  2. Baltimore County Businesses Honored for Impact in Commercial Revitalization Districts

    39 Locally Owned Businesses to be Recognized

    Thirty nine locally owned businesses will be recognized for their contributions to the well-being of Baltimore County’s traditional commercial districts.

    “Our local business districts and their retail entrepreneurs add to the quality of life we enjoy. These unique shops, restaurants and services are central to the communities they serve,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.    

    The Baltimore County Department of Planning invited chambers of commerce and business associations to nominate outstanding individuals, institutions and locally owned businesses that have made an impact in economic vitality, design, promotion, sustainability and leadership.  

    The following nominees will be recognized at a reception and awards ceremony June 3 at the UMBC University Center Ballroom.   

    Best Neighborhood Service/Retailer/Restaurant

    Calico Cat (Security/Woodlawn)
    EarthTouch Healing Arts (Dundalk)
    Caton Auto Clinic (Catonsville)
    State Farm (Liberty Road)
    Colin’s Seafood & Grill (Liberty Road)
    Dunkin’ Donuts (Liberty Road)
    Herb & Soul (Loch Raven)
    Gourmet Again (Pikesville)
    The Grill at Harryman House (Reisterstown)

    Best New Construction using Architect on Call and/or Business Improvement Loan

    Ristorante Firenze (Reisterstown)

    Best Small-Scale Façade Improvement
    Dugan’s Liquors (Pikesville)
    Main Street Grill (Reisterstown)
    Fractured Prune (Towson)
    Bob Davidson Ford (Loch Raven)

    Outstanding Community Event
    Catonsville Arts and Crafts Festival (Catonsville)
    Dundalk Heritage Fair (Dundalk)
    Concerts in the Park (Dundalk)
    Holiday Event and National Night Out (Liberty Road)
    Overlea Community Tree Lighting (Overlea)
    Spring Concert Series (Parkville)

    Best Marketing Campaign
    Ristorante Firenze (Reisterstown)
    Towson Tipster App (Towson)
    Shop the ‘Ville (Catonsville)
    Member Spotlight Mondays (Parkville)

    Best Business/Organization Website
    Liberty Road Community Calendar (Liberty Road)
    Parkville Carney Business Association (Parkville)
    The Grill at Harryman House (Reisterstown)

    Best Clean-up or Greening Project 
    Paradise Community Association (Catonsville)
    Randallstown Gateway Park (Liberty Road)

    Best Advocate

    Dundalk Renaissance Corporation (Dundalk)
    Coldwell Banker (Catonsville)
    Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Department (Liberty Road)
    Jason Plotkin, President Parkville Carney Business Association (Parkville)
    Carin Smith, Reisterstown Improvement Association (Reisterstown)

    Best Community Institution
    The Children’s Home (Catonsville)
    Dundalk Chamber of Commerce (Dundalk)
    Northwest Hospital (Liberty Road)

    Young Entrepreneur 
    Erin Travis, Trails & Tails Pet Care (Catonsville)
    Tim Bojanowski, Zest Social Media (Towson)

    “Keeping our older commercial areas strong is a priority for Baltimore County. The Commercial Revitalization Program offers tools to support small businesses in 17 older commercial areas throughout the County,” said Andrea Van Arsdale, Director of the Baltimore County Department of Planning. "We encourage businesses and commercial property owners to work with our revitalization representatives to access district tax credits, architectural design services to improve the exterior of buildings, loans to help implement improvements and other technical assistance.”

    More information about the Baltimore County Commercial Revitalization Program is available on line or by calling 410-887-3480.

    Thu, 21 May 2015 18:59:00 GMT
  3. Save a Loved One from Dying: Overdose Help

    The Baltimore County Department of Health is offering free, two-hour trainings on how to recognize, prevent and respond to an opioid overdose by using intranasal naloxone, a prescription medication that is used to reverse an overdose.

    Training Dates

    Two trainings are scheduled for the following dates:

    • Tuesday, June 2, from 6 to 8 p.m.
      Cockeysville Community Center
      9836 Greenside Drive
      Cockeysville, Maryland 21030
    • Tuesday, June 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.
      Owings Mills Volunteer Fire Hall
      10401 Owings Mills Boulevard
      Owings Mills, Maryland 21117

    The training is aimed to reach those who are concerned about loved ones or friends who may be at risk for overdosing on heroin or prescription pain medication. In addition to learning about opioids, participants will be taught how to recognize, respond to and prevent an opioid overdose.

    The session will teach registrants how to administer intranasal naloxone to reverse an overdose. Participants will receive a certificate of completion, prescription for naloxone and a kit containing the medication.

    Register Now

    Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Register online at or call 410-887-3828.

    Thu, 21 May 2015 16:20:00 GMT
  4. County Offices and Most Facilities Closed for Memorial Day

    Animal Services Shelter Open on the Holiday

    Baltimore County government offices and the district and circuit courts, will be closed on Monday, May 25 in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday. Health department clinics, libraries, senior centers and trash and recycling drop-off centers will be closed. CountyRide vans will not operate. Parking meters are free on Monday.

    The County’s Animal Services shelter will be open on Monday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The special Memorial Day Deep Discount Days pet adoptions incentive runs from May 17 to May 25 and offers 50 percent off of adoption and spay or neuter fees. The shelter is also open normal hours on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    In addition to the promotions available to the general public, the County waives animal adoption and spay/neuter fees for veterans who are Baltimore County residents during the Veterans Day and Memorial Day holidays. During the remainder of the year, veterans living in Baltimore County will receive a 50% discount on animal adoptions and spay/neuter services.

    View adoptable pets at the Baltimore County Animal Shelter. For more information visit the County Animal Services website, Facebook, or call 410-887-PAWS (7297).

    No Trash, Recycling, or Yard Materials Collection; Drop-Off Centers Closed

    Baltimore County residents whose trash or yard materials would normally have been collected on Monday, May 25 should set these materials out on Monday night for collection on Tuesday, May 26. Residents whose single stream recyclables would normally have been collected on Monday, May 25 are asked to hold these recyclables until the next scheduled recycling collection day (Monday, June 1).

    Collections of all types may occur later than usual during the week following Memorial Day. If a collection does not occur on the scheduled day during this period of time, materials should be left out until collection occurs.

    Trash and recycling drop-off centers, as well as County offices, will be closed on Monday, May 25.  Drop-off centers will be open with normal hours on Friday, May 22, and Saturday, May 23. County offices and drop-off facilities will reopen on Tuesday, May 26.

    For more information, residents should visit the County’s web site at or call 410-887-2000.

    Tue, 19 May 2015 17:35:00 GMT
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