After a few days over 90 degrees, I think summer has arrived in Maryland! My May was filled with community meetings and discussions of session, and June started off with an incredibly memorable day at Federal Hill Park for my third annual free Community Picnic in the Park. Breaking down invisible barriers between neighborhoods is a job I take seriously – my Community Picnic invites residents from all over the district (and City) to come together for an opportunity to learn about some great non-profits, meet elected officials, and enjoy some great food and good fun. This year’s picnic was hugely successful and very sunny! We held it across the harbor this year at Federal Hill Park, and welcomed nearly 350 adults and dozens of children for BBQ, ice cream, face painting, games, and camaraderie. We had numerous community organizations, like Creative Alliance, Downtown Sailing, League of Conservation Voters, and Civic Works, bring volunteers and information to share. And, we were joined by a variety of public servants – local and federal – including Rep. Sarbanes, Council President Jack Young, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, Team 46, other delegates from around the state, and three democratic gubernatorial hopefuls!
Do you or someone you know need help with food this summer? Check out this link for information on where you and your children or others can find access to summer meals: http://www.baltimorehousing.org/food/
There are a number of community events in South Baltimore this weekend - hope to see you at one of them!
- Mt Winans Block Party: Sat, June 17, 12:00pm – 4:00pm, 2500 Block S. Paca St
- Curtis Bay Summer Festival: Sat, June 17, 12:00pm – 3:00pm at the Rec Center
- Westport Movie Night: Sat, June 17, 7:00pm, Florence Park
- Cherry Hill Father’s Day Cookout: Sat, June 17, all afternoon!
I'll be walking in the Pride parade with my great colleague (and co-Grand Marshal) Del. Mary Washington this Saturday! For more information about Baltimore Pride, visit http://baltimorepride.org/
There are also a number of options for kids and students to take advantage of summer reading opportunities:
- Free books for kids under 5 - http://bmoregetabook.org/
- The summer reading challenge at the Enoch Pratt Library - http://www.prattlibrary.org/summerchallenge/
And two ongoing concert series are worth checking out. Eben, Teddy, and I were at the first concert in Patterson Park on Sunday, and we'll be at the next one at Riverside next month.
- Patterson Park Concerts in the Park: http://pattersonpark.com/concert-series/
- Riverside Park Concerts: http://www.riversideneighborhoodassociation.com/riverside-park/summer-activities/
At the end of the day, I am here to serve the residents of District 46! That means, if you live in District 46 and you have a problem – I’d like to do all I can to help. You can email me at email@example.com and my legislative director, Kim Shiloh, and I will help figure out how to solve the issues you’re confronting. I continue to be grateful to all of you for your work in making our City, State, and Country a better place. These are challenging times, and all around the City and State, people are rising to the occasion. I look forward to continue to be your advocate as I continue to try to do my best each and every day to build a better Baltimore, and a better Maryland.
Keep in touch!