# Baltimore county
Summer SNAP program receives record $2.8M in funding
(Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) The program, which helps low-income families feed school-aged children in the Summer, has received a record $2.8 million in funding to increase benefits for 28,000 students.
First-time homebuyers in Baltimore may be eligible for $20,000 forgivable loan
A street in the Charles Village area in Baltimore, Maryland.(Flickr) The city is increasing first-time homebuyer assistance to $10,000 for eligible households and an additional $10,000 will go towards qualified homebuyers purchasing homes in impact investment areas.
Security Square Mall to get $20 million toward revitalization
Security Square Mall in 2006.(Flickr) The Security Square Mall is getting a $20 million infusion to help revitalize the aging shopping center. The county and state announced the funding on Tuesday, and officials plan to get input from the community about how to direct the funds, Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Towing fees can now be paid online with new system
(Michael Stuparyk/Getty Images) The Baltimore City Department of Transportation has launched a new system where customers can pay towing fees through an online portal instead of over the phone.
Station North Sips kicks off this week
Station North Arts District is hosting a happy hour, Station North Sips, on Wednesday, April 27, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participating venues will offer discounted beverages and food for one evening. They include:
Orioles extend 1992 pricing for tickets through May 8
Jorge Mateo #3 of the Baltimore Orioles on April 21 during game against Oakland Athletics.(Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) The Baltimore Orioles have extended the 1992 ticket prices for home games through May 8.
Parents may be eligible for $1K monthly payments from the city
(Tom Williams/Getty Images) Young parents living in Baltimore could be eligible for a $1,000 cash payment each month for 24 months as part of a new pilot program to reduce poverty.
Chris Rock makes stops in Baltimore this week on comedy tour
Comedian Chris Rock will be performing in Baltimore at the Lyric Opera House on April 22 and April 23. Tickets for the Ego Death World Tour start at $154, and there are a limited number of seats still available at the Lyric.
Baltimore's free live music series First Thursday back in-person after 2-year hiatus
(Shantel Mitchell Breen/WTMD) First Thursday Festival, the region's largest free festival series, returns to the Canton Waterfront Park on May 5 at 5:30 p.m. The first festival in the series will have Rough Trade Records recording artist, Parquet Courts, BMG's recording artist, The Heavy Hours, and Firefly Festival featured artist, Peach Face.
Megan Thee Stallion, Lauryn Hill set to perform at Preakness Live festival
Grammy Award-wining artists Megan Thee Stallion and Lauryn Hill headline the Preakness Live festival on May 20, at the Pimlico Race Course in Park Heights. Other artists include Toni Braxton, hip hop artist D-Nice, who will perform with Baltimore composer Darin Atwater and The Soulful Symphony and Brittney Spencer, a country singer from the Baltimore region, the entertainment company 1/ST Experience announced Tuesday, April 12.
New speed cameras operational this week on Jones Falls Expressway
(Afro American Newspapers/Getty Images) The Baltimore City Department of Transportation (BCDOT) has installed automated speed cameras along the Jones Falls Expressway (JFX) within city limits set to go into effect on April 14.
County library giving out meals to students during spring break
(John Moore/Getty Images) The Baltimore County Public Library will be distributing meals to students 18-years-old and younger during spring break. Meals began being distributed on Monday, April 11, and will also be handed out this Wednesday and Friday at 2:30 p.m. Meals can be picked up at the library's Arbutus, Essex, Lansdowne, Loch Raven, North Point, Randallstown, Rosedale, Sollers Point, White Marsh and Woodlawn branches, the library announced on Twitter.
Baltimore partners with Lyft for free rides to and from work for newly employed
(Tom Williams/Getty Images) The city launched a new program that provides free rides to and from work for newly employed residents of Baltimore City. The "Let's Ride to Work" program, in partnership with ride-share provider Lyft, offers up to 40 rides during the first four weeks of employment per each eligible resident.
Flower Mart is back at Walters Art Museum
Flower Mart, Baltimore's oldest free public festival, will take place this year April 29-30 from noon to 4 p.m. at Mount Vernon Place. Founded in 1911, it started as a way to advocate for greener living spaces in Baltimore City. The event, free to the public, now has local vendors who grow their own products, educational activities and live musical performances.
DC restaurant opens new location at Mall of Columbia
Chicken + Whiskey, a Washington D.C.-based restaurant, opened its second location at the Mall of Columbia. The restaurant's chef, culinary director Enrique Limardo, formerly worked at Baltimore's Alma Cocina Latina in Station North. Limardo now partners with Des Reilly, owner of The Walrus Oyster and Ale House, next to Chicken + Whiskey, according to Baltimore Magazine.
$6.6M Community Resource Center opening in West Baltimore
New Community Resource Center in West Baltimore.(Bon Secours Baltimore) The official ribbon cutting ceremony and open house for West Baltimore's new Community Resource Center will take place on April 26.
"Alice in Chains" founder Jerry Cantrell coming to Baltimore
(Paul Natkin/Getty Images) "Alice in Chains" founder Jerry Cantrell will be performing at Baltimore's Rams Head Live on Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m. The grunge master released his first solo album ("Brighten") in two decades last summer.
Baltimore's Artscape festival returns
Artscape, the largest free arts festival in the U.S., is back on schedule for the first time since 2019 and is set to take place in September. The festival, previously held around the Fourth of July holiday, has been pushed to September to allow organizers to "reimagine" the festival to bring it back bigger and better, according to the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts (BOPA).
UMBC names first women president
(John McDonnell/Getty Images) The University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) announced that they have appointed the first women president in its history, according to the university.
Ways to support the local Deaf community during Deaf History Month
A sign language interpreter.(Jens Kalaene/Getty Images) Governor Larry Hogan has declared April as Deaf History Month in Maryland as of Friday, April 1. National Deaf History Month was declared in 1997 and is recognized from March 13 through April 15. It honors the accomplishments of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.