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By Liz F. Kay and Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2010
A 29-year-old man was fatally shot early Monday a few blocks south of Druid Hill Park, according to Baltimore police. An officer responded about 2:49 a.m. to the 2700 block of Parkwood Ave. for a report of gunshots and found the man suffering from gunshot wounds. The victim, identified as Louis Scott of the 2700 block of Parkwood Ave., was taken to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he was pronounced dead at 3:29 a.m., police said. Homicide detectives were investigating, and anyone with information was asked to call 410-396-2100.
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By Sarah Richards and For The Baltimore Sun | September 24, 2014
It's shortly after 1 p.m. on a Saturday in Druid Hill Park. Several dozen young people, many decked out in trim-fitting athletic gear, gather under a pavilion. A plastic storage bin is stocked with cans of Miller Lite and Bud Light. Two grills are smoking burgers and hot dogs. Justin Timberlake's song "Mirrors" mixes with picnic table chatter as a Frisbee zings back and forth during a game of Polish horseshoes. These people have all volunteered to have a good time. Since last February, Volunteering Untapped has held a volunteering event every month with a nonprofit, immediately followed by drinks and networking.
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NEWS
September 8, 2010
Rob Kasper wrote a heartfelt editorial on Saturday about the beauty and charm of Baltimore's largest and most vital public park, Druid Hill ("Heart of a city," Sept. 4). Unfortunately, Druid Hill Park's heart, and greatest asset, was hardly mentioned. The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore , formerly known as the Baltimore Zoo, is literally in the center of the park, encompassing 135 acres of the park's 745. It employs 240 people and cares for more than 1,200 animals representing more than 175 species.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | August 14, 2014
Breathe Bookstore and Cafe   in Hampden is closing. The cafe and bookstore will remain open until late September or early October, its owner says, until she can find someone to take over her lease.   Owner Susan Weis-Bohlen announced the closing in an email newsletter. "[Breathe] bookstore cafe is for sale," the message said. "My lease can be taken over at any time. If you have a dream to run a vegetarian cafe or want to create your own concept, let me know.
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By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | April 26, 2014
LaMikgo Biega arranged mulch around the base of a small oak tree in Druid Hill Park as her son Xavier, 9, helped with the task. "You gotta move it away from the tree," Biega, 47, told her son, spreading the mulch to ensure that thick piles don't inhibit the growth of the tree, planted in 2010 to celebrate the park's 150th anniversary. She asked Xavier for a rake, and the boy leapt up and ran off to find one. Biega, who moved to the Baltimore area from Florida to start a new job in sales at Comcast this month, brought Xavier and her other son, Kingston, 6, with her Saturday for Comcast Cares Day. The event, co-sponsored by the city's Public Works Department and Baltimore Green Works, drew hundreds of the company's employees and their friends and families to Druid Hill Park for tree maintenance, landscaping, fence building, litter pickup and other service activities.
FEATURES
By Kristine Henry
The Baltimore Sun
| September 24, 2013
Adventure and fresh air? Sounds like a winner to me. Here's what organizers have to say about Hike & Seek: "National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America's largest conservation organization, is pleased to announce the Hike & Seek event at Druid Hill Park on October 26 in Baltimore.  Hike & Seek is a family outing that inspires a child's sense of adventure by combining a nature hike and scavenger hunt. The event brings families together for a few hours in the great outdoors for some fresh fall air and fun and provides an opportunity to rediscover nature.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | December 20, 2012
He has used a chain saw to carve intricate wooden sculptures for years, but when Mark Acton won a commission to hew two big new statues by the reservoir in Druid Hill Park, he wasn't sure he could pull it off. His material would be two tree stumps, each more than 12 feet tall and 20 feet around. Both were red oaks, which have especially tough wood. And when he first inspected them, he saw that each had lots of termite damage - the reason the city had cut them down. "'I thought, 'What in the world have I gotten myself into?
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By Allison Brickell
For The Baltimore Sun
| September 16, 2013
This Saturday hundreds of people are expected to converge on Druid Hill Park - some pushing strollers, some toddling alongside their moms - to raise awareness about prenatal health. The second annual Baby Buggy Walk in the Park is an attempt to promote healthy lifestyles for women who are pregnant or people - of either gender - who are considering becoming parents. Part health fair and part party, the event will feature music from station 92Q, and radio personality Sonjay DeCaires will emcee.
NEWS
By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 29, 2010
WJZ sports director Mark Viviano was assaulted by teens as he jogged through Druid Hill Park on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Viviano was wearing headphones as he ran through the park and past three teens when one struck him in the head from behind, said Agent Donny Moses, a spokesman with city department. Viviano said he did not hear the teens come up behind him about 1 p.m. He said a second teen tried to hit him but missed. He said they exchanged words, but Viviano continued to run, while the teens ran the other way. Viviano said he was not injured.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | October 16, 2010
She's a regal 70-something these days, and among her other accomplishments, she was named the first African-American director in the history of the Enoch Pratt Free Library . But ask Anna Curry to name the most wonderful experience of her life, and she doesn't hesitate. It came when she was 6 and had her birthday party at Druid Hill Park. She wore patent-leather shoes and a dress hand-sewn by her mother. Her father somehow got hold of a car and took all her best friends. She recalls rolling through the magnificent front gate as though she were a princess and the afternoon of somersaults down Mansion House hill.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2014
The life of an artist takes you places far and wide. For 31-year-old Graham Coreil-Allen, it has taken him from Galveston, Texas, to New Orleans and Brooklyn, N.Y., before he ended up in Baltimore. Coreil-Allen has been focused on his ongoing art series entitled New Public Spaces. His goal is to develop projects that push pedestrian agencies to redesign and find use for under-recognized public spaces within cities and suburbs. Along with these projects, Coreil-Allen designs public art pieces, such as large-scale hopscotch courts and interactive neighborhood maps.
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By Jacques Kelly, The Baltimore Sun | June 20, 2014
Carlton H. Dotson, a retired spokesman for the Maryland State Lottery and a tennis player who helped integrate the Druid Hill Park tennis courts in the late 1940s, died of complications from a stroke Wednesday at Union Memorial Hospital. A resident of Eutaw Place in Reservoir Hill, he was 82. Born in Baltimore and known as "Yummy," he was raised on Madison Avenue near Druid Hill Park. He was the son of Charles Edward "Blue" Dotson, a maitre d'hotel and Miller Bros. Restaurant bartender, and Lucille Harde, a homemaker.
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Jacques Kelly | June 6, 2014
If you want to learn the history and habits of a Baltimore neighborhood, just spend part of a weekend on a community walking tour. Residents open their homes and gardens for a peek at what is normally locked and bolted. I am often startled by the sophistication and variety of what people cultivate in tight garden spaces. I also like the relativity I encounter here. These are personality gardens designed by people who tailor spaces for comfort and privacy. They understand the demands a Baltimore summer makes on city living and come up with some amazing responses.
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Dan Rodricks | June 3, 2014
It was one of those rare June days in Baltimore - warm and sunny, not yet hot and humid - so you could take a good, long walk through the city without shvitzing or getting terribly distressed. I mean, you could actually feel good about the place. There was a cooling breeze along North Charles, so nice you didn't even feel the after-burn from the buses and delivery trucks in the street. People were strolling, walking dogs, riding bikes, pushing skateboards or waiting for the Charm City Circulator to take them to the Inner Harbor.
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By Yvonne Wenger and Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | May 30, 2014
About 50 youngsters poured into Druid Hill Park and stole four dozen bicycles Monday evening that city workers had put out for a popular bike-sharing program, authorities said. City officials said Friday that the Ride Around the Reservoir program is suspended indefinitely while they hope for the return of the bikes, which the Recreation and Parks Department will accept with no questions asked. Chris Merriam, director of Bikemore, a group that works to promote bicycling in Baltimore, said the thefts were "incredibly shocking" and a big setback for the program.
NEWS
May 21, 2014
Thank you for your coverage of this past weekend's Art Outside festival - a real gem of an event for everyone in Baltimore ("Art Outside returns to Druid Hill Park," May 16). My wholehearted congratulations to Barbara Shapiro and her team who succeeded (for the second year in a row) to bring together a true cross section of the community through a festival that not only celebrated visual and performing arts but also another gem of ours, Druid Hill Park. It was not lost on me, however, that many of the patrons of this event probably have not set foot in the park in many years - other than to come to this now-annual event or to visit The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore . Perhaps we can use the energy surrounding Art Outside to begin a region-wide discussion on how the park (and other beautiful spaces in the city)
FEATURES
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2010
On a partly sunny and breezy Saturday, a crowd gathered in Druid Hill Park to learn about solar panels and wind energy. They also heard about rain barrels, public transportation and saving the Chesapeake Bay at the seventh annual EcoFest, a day to share the latest green information and products. It's hosted by Baltimore Green Works, a nonprofit that promotes sustainable ways of living. The festival kicks off a week of environment-themed events throughout the city. A few thousand people from across the city and surrounding area were expected to peruse the tables set up by environmental groups and companies interested in hooking more people.
NEWS
February 27, 1995
Consultants are right to underscore that the city's parks and recreation department should capitalize on Druid Hill Park's relationship with the non-profit Baltimore Zoo. Not only has the zoo been located in the park for nearly 120 years but its exhibits today account for a hefty share of the park's year-round visitors.The recommendation is just one of many suggestions that aim to spruce up the 740-acre oasis.Since Druid Hill Park was created in 1858, the open-air greenery has had its ups and downs.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Donna Owens and For the Baltimore Sun | May 16, 2014
Maryland visual artists, craft artisans, designers and other creative types who live, work or study in the region will be spotlighted at Sunday's Art Outside. Festival-goers should expect entertainment, food trucks and other vendors, as well as family-oriented activities, including a performance by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's youth musicians, OrchKids. "I wanted to bring people together and have some place for the new, up-and-coming artists at Station North and artists from all over the state to show their stuff," said Barbara Shapiro, 79, a retired educator who is the founder of Art Outside.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Cassidy Sterling | May 13, 2014
At Sunday's Art Outside event, local artists and crafters will gather at Druid Hill Park in a revival of sorts of the city's free al-fresco community art festivals of the 1950s and 1960s. Among the artists will be 28-year-old Brian Behm, also a designer and musician, who returns for the second year to Art Outside (11 a.m.-5 p.m.; artoutsidemd.org ). Behm, who lives in Windsor Hills, said he will showcase some of his large-scale paintings at Art Outside, but will also have for sale some pieces he has been working on recently - sunset scenery and city skyline paintings (go to briancbehm.com for more information)
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