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Go! Give Back! Get Going!

February 15, 2017
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Your guide to making the most of spring semester.

Spring is in the air!  Well … kinda … okay, not really (thanks a lot, Punxsutawney Phil); but doesn’t that random 65 degree day really make you want to get out and do something!?

It’s time to thaw out after a chilly couple weeks and take advantage of all the city’s events, volunteer opportunities, and free fitness.  I’ve put together a plan of attack to do just that – everything is broken into three categories: Go! Give Back! and Get Moving! – the 3 G’s, if you will. Check it out: 


The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is the perfect place to get your culture fix, and on Friday, March 3 they are hosting a College Night that has your name all over it!  Tickets are only $10 and include a phenomenal concert, a PIZZA party (with $2 beers for those 21 and over), and a chance to hang with BSO musicians. 

WHEN: Friday, March 3, 2017 8:00pm
WHERE: Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD 21201

Time to don your best green-on-green outfit and celebrate St. Paddy’s Day!  Kick off your day with live music, food trucks, and strolling entertainment at the Waterfront Partnership's Shamrock Shindig at Pierce’s Park then go stake out your spot at the 62nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade!  Rain or shine, the parade kicks off from the Washington Monument at 2:00pm and heads down toward the Inner Harbor.
WHEN: Sunday March 12, 2017 10:00am-2:00pm (Shamrock Shindig); 2:00pm (parade)
WHERE: Shamrock Shindig will take place at Pierce’s Park (behind the Columbus Center 716 Eastern Blvd Baltimore, MD 21202).  The parade starts at the Washington Monument, heads south on Charles Street, then east on Pratt Street to Market Place.

Back and better the second time ‘round, Light City is sure to be lit this year!  Artists from around the world will journey to Baltimore to install their glowing masterpieces throughout the city. 
As you’re walking around enjoying the display –

why not join the fun? Be a part of Light City.  Illuminated costumes – think glow in the dark paint, glow sticks, LEDs – are highly encouraged.  But remember, only whip out the stilts if you’re a trained professional, like these ladies! --->

Music is a huge part of the week-long festival, and this year Biz Markie is headlining.  He will hit the “Light Up The Night!” Stage on Friday, April 7 at 10:30pm.

Throughout the week there will also be innovation conferences called Labs@LightCity; and we are very excited to present about Collegetown LeaderShape during the EDU LAB on Wednesday, April 5 at the IMET Columbus Center.  Light City and BOPA are offering community members the chance to attend one of the Labs@Light City as a Light City Luminary (free of charge) – fill out the application to be considered for the opportunity.   

WHEN: Friday, March 31 – Saturday, April 8, 2017
WHERE: Throughout the Inner Harbor, plus Coldstream Homestead Montebello, Hampden, Greater Mondawmin, Little Italy, and Station North

Bawlmer’s best time; here’s your chance to whip out that beehive hairdo and feather boa, hon! Head to Hampden for a weekend full of live music, food and craft vendors, and Baltimore pride.

WHEN: Saturday June 10 – Sunday June 11, 2017
WHERE: The Avenue, Hampden Baltimore, MD 21211

The largest free arts festival in the country – yeah, that’s right – not just the biggest in Maryland, the biggest in America!  There you can enjoy live music, marvel at huge art installations, peruse the works hundreds of vendors (I know it’s a summertime festival, but never too early to start stockpiling gifts for the holidays!), and maybe try your hand at one of the many DIY/craft stations.

WHEN: Friday, July 21- Sunday July 23, 2017
WHERE: Mount Royal Avenue & Cathedral Street, Charles Street, Bolton Hill, and Station North neighborhoods 

Calling all bookworms!  Mark your calendar for the annual Baltimore Book Festival in the Inner Harbor.  The celebration will feature hundreds of author appearances, booksellers and exhibits, cooking demonstrations, poetry readings, storytellers, and more!

WHEN: Friday, September 22 – Sunday, September 24, 2017
WHERE: Inner Harbor 


A four-day immersive civic engagement opportunity for students who want to intimately connect with Baltimore on a personal level – you’ll learn the city’s history, how to best address systemic issues, volunteer with local organizations, all while making new friends and connections.  Applications close Wednesday, February 15.

WHEN: program dates – June 1 – June 4, 2017  
WHERE: East Baltimore
(Artwork, featured right, by Cynthia Cheng, 2016 Underground participant) 

Our signature year-long civic leadership program will give you the inspiration and resources you need to create real social change.  This is the perfect opportunity to hone your leadership skills, connect with students from different institutions, and strengthen your connection with the inspiring community where you live and study.  Applications close Friday, March 17.

WHEN: program dates – Monday, August 7 – Saturday, August 12, 2017
WHERE: Notre Dame of Maryland University, 4701 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD. 21210

The Baltimore Collegetown Student Ambassador Program is brand new and we need you!  If you enjoy creative writing, are a social media aficionado, or are interested in marketing/communications you should apply.   This is your chance to bolster your writing portfolio, gain experience, learn more about Charm City, and connect with Collegetown on a personal level. 

WHEN: Fall 2017

Public Service Scholars programs provide paid fellowships for Maryland's "best and brightest" college students.  Fellows are placed in full-time summer internships in government agencies or nonprofit organizations across the state, and are mentored by senior-level professionals.  Fellows attend seminars, trips, and events with their cohort, have the opportunity to learn from and network with state leaders and program alumni, and work on substantive projects culminating in presentations to Maryland's leaders.

Priority Application Deadline: March 1, 2017

This April, GBMC is hosting its second annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes Walk in an effort to shatter stigmas around sexual violence and domestic abuse.  There’s a pre-party with food and prizes, a wonderful sense of community, and proceeds go to a great cause – what could be better? 

WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 2017 8:00am
WHERE: GBMC Campus, 6701 N. Charles Street Towson, MD 21204

Price: $30 registration fee; $15 for students


Getting in shape doesn’t have to break the bank!  In fact, it should come nowhere close –that’s why GiveFit has created an up-to-date, comprehensive calendar of the free workout classes throughout the region.   Check it out to sweat it out!

A community of workout enthusiasts meets every Wednesday and Friday morning (bright and early!) to get fit together.  Get your cardio, strength training, and new friends all in oneplace with the November Project at Rash Field Park and/or Patterson Park. 

WHEN: Wednesdays at 5:30am and 6:30am; Fridays at 6:30am
WHERE: Federal Hill/ Rash Field Park (Wednesdays); Patterson Park (Fridays)

This community-based, free yoga series empowers you to get on the mat without the expensive fees of most studios. There are two free classes a week – check out the schedule here

WHEN: Tuesdays at 6:00pm; Thursdays at 6:30pm
WHERE: Patterson Park (Tuesdays); Parks & People (Thursdays).  Click here for more location information

Continuing with our free theme, be sure to keep an eye out for the Waterfront Partnership’s FREE summer workout classes.   Last year there were barre, yoga, dancing, Total Body Sculpt, and boot camp classes.  Stay tuned for what classes will be featured this summer!

WHEN: June – August, specific details are to be released
WHERE: Pierce’s Park on Pier V and at West Shore Park in the Inner Harbor

Now that you have the 3G breakdown – it’s time to get moving, go explore off-campus, and give back to our charming community.  If you have anything you think should be added to the list, or you want to tell us about your Baltimore experiences, tweet us @baltcollegetown.

Photo by Jay Moore Photography - hopefully it gets you excited for spring!

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