Hoofers need no prior experience to participate in ballroom veteran Susan Strahosky’s friendly and informal classes, which lead a diverse group of students though the distinctive, elastic movements of West Coast swing. The 45-minute basics class encourages participants to dance with each other, giving students the opportunity to make new friends and surreptitiously stick post-it notes on everyone's back. Afterward, dancers can munch on provided snacks while watching the advanced swing students perform dapper improvisations during the follow-up Beyond Basics class. From 8 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., open dancing gives participants a chance to perfect newly minted skills while benefiting from more experienced dancers’ advice on how to step through a hole in the universe.
The Pennsylvania Heritage Society helps preserve the Keystone State's history, art, and culture through its coalition of museums and historical sites, as well as professional development programs for classroom teachers. Pennsylvania Heritage Society family-level members are bolstered with benefits, including free admission to Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission historical sites and museums for two adults and any offspring and grandchildren under 18. Browse the farmland at Daniel Boone Homestead in Birdsboro, learn about the French and Indian War at the Fort Pitt Museum in Pittsburgh, or walk in the steps of William Penn at his recreated country estate, Pennsbury Manor in Morrisville.
Charm City Kids Club envelops kids in worlds of imagination and education where they can play and party in a tiny, tot-size town replete with a theater, restaurant, market, and firehouse. Classes, held Tuesday–Saturday, include classes such as art, yoga, and drama as well as music and pre-preschool prep sessions to stimulate rapidly expanding brains. The facility also hosts camps, giving kids the chance to doll-up as princesses or get crafty with art supplies. Providing children with a space to develop social, motor, and thinking skills is the staff’s main focus, but they also organize social groups for moms and moms-to-be to get together.
Surrounded by more than 1,200 acres of protected land, Irvine Nature Center grants kids and parents access to 116 acres of open wetlands, forest, and meadows, affording families the opportunity to explore multiple ecosystems all in one afternoon. Dedicated to protecting nature and fostering respect of the outdoors, the center educates families with everything from field trips into the woods to hands-on lessons on specialized topics, from "Good Bugs for the Garden" to "Nature's Sweets: Maple Syrup & Honey." An indoor gallery sweeps adventurers through a collection of exhibits highlighting Maryland's local biomes, guiding visitors through an interactive box-turtle habitat and a darkened room echoing with the sounds of nocturnal animals such as owls and infomercial hosts.
WTMD constructs a sounding board for local artists and blasts the airwaves with a variety of engaging playlists. These public broadcasters secure annual funding for programming and events though private contributions and memberships. Annual members are secured with a complimentary new-music CD sampler, and can bask in the knowledge of continued community events, such as First Thursdays Concerts in the Park. These free music fests bathe historic West Mt. Vernon Park in the sights and sounds of homegrown musical maestros and sentient powdered wigs. In addition to live events, listeners can tune in to weekly programming mainstays such as Baltimore Unsigned, which exposes listeners to the quadrophonic delights of local talent. The boogie-inducing grooves of Dirty Soul Party incite hips to uncontrolled swivel fits, and Reggae Rhythms jams out island tunes for music-loving archipelagos. Memberships activated by June 27 will be entered in a sweepstakes to win a Cannondale Hooligan 3 Urban Solution bicycle, courtesy of Light Street Cycles, or a year's supply of coffee from Zeke's.
Since their founding in 2002, The Red Devils have raised more than $1.8 million to support more than 4,000 families affected by breast cancer throughout Maryland. Seeking to improve these families' quality of life as well as their economic and emotional situation, the team routinely hosts fundraising events such as The Red Devils Bull and Oyster Roast. They also offer a variety of support-related services, such as treatment transportation, family support, and medical services for eligible patients who are referred by their partner hospitals and breast centers.