April will mark the the one-year anniversary of the Baltimore Uprising. In that moment and the months that followed, our city was in a state of turmoil, but we came together to clean up, rebuild, and reconnect our communities, though we still have a long way to go. Get involved, starting with these events.
PAUL’S PLACE SERVICE OUTING
April 2: Paul’s Place, 1118 Ward St. 8:30 a.m. Free. 410-357-6242. Participate in the Sierra Club’s Baltimore Inspiring Connections Outdoors community outreach program, which introduces urban youth to nature through exploration, lessons, and community service.
TORREY SMITH CHARITY BASKETBALL GAME
April 2: Royal Farms Arena, 201 W. Baltimore St., 3 p.m. $17-80. 410-347-2020. Meet former Raven Torrey Smith at his annual charity basketball game for the Torrey Smith Foundation, which supports Baltimore City youth.
April 3: Red Emma’s, 30 W. North Ave. 8:30 p.m. Free. 443-602-7611. Local activist, author, and Loyola professor Kaye Whitehead hosts an evening of storytelling where community members can share recollections of the Uprising.
COMMUNITY LOT CLEANUP
April 6-27: Locations vary. 9 a.m. Free. 410-366-8533. Every Wednesday throughout the month, join AmeriCorps members as they work to transform vacant lots into beautiful community gardens and green spaces in neighborhoods across Baltimore.
April 7: Locations vary. 6:30 p.m. 410-660-8343. This local community organization brings 1,000 people together at 100 dinners across Baltimore, where attendees will gather, eat, and connect to help support young people in the local community.
URBAN ALLIANCE MOCK NETWORKING EVENT
April 8: The Urban Alliance, 1500 Union Ave., Ste. 2100. 3:30 p.m. Free. 410-366-5780. All professional are welcome to this mock networking event to help under-resourced students sharpen their interpersonal skills and prepare for interviews.
BOUNDARY BLOCK PARTY
April 16: Pennsylvania Ave. & Presstman St. 12-4 p.m. Free. 410-728-1199. This large community festival will feature live entertainment, art activities, and a “Get out the vote” campaign in Upton.
BMORE THAN THE STORY
April 16-Aug. 28: Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. 1 p.m. Free. 443-263-1800. Local students have collaborated to present powerful narratives and a series of visual performing arts to show different perspectives of the Baltimore riots.
SBLC CELEBRATION GALA
April 16: Horseshoe Casino, 1525 Baltimore St. 6:30 p.m. $125. 410-625-4215. For the 25th year, this cocktail party benefits the South Baltimore Learning Center, which helps provide life-skills training and career preparation to Baltimoreans in need.
April 27: 316 S. Caroline St. 5 p.m. Free. 410-685-0295. Join kids from the POWER House Community Center and members of the Living Classrooms Foundation in this new neighborhood cleanup series, conceived last summer after the Baltimore Uprising.
QUESTION BRIDGE: BLACK MALES
April 28-Aug. 30: Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8. 443-263-1800. This video installation offers a glance into the perspective of 150 black men living in cities throughout the U.S. to deconstruct stereotypes and build a constructive dialogue.