Charity & Grassroots in Colonial Park

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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.

122 Geary Ave
New Cumberland,
PA
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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.

400 North St
Harrisburg,
PA
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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.

1500 Riderwood Dr
Lutherville,
MD
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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.

11201 Garrison Forest Road
Owings Mills,
MD
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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.

8000 York Rd
Towson,
MD
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New York Bagel Café & Deli bakes fresh New York–style bagels smothered in Philadelphia cream cheese, and lunchtime sandwiches packed with Boar’s Head deli meats. The menu’s numerous sandwiches arrive on bagels, inside wraps, or between the UN sanctioned borders of eight different types of bread with classic fixings including the chicken salad layered in lettuce and tomato, served with a pickle and choice of side. The turkey club fills its bready pouch with turkey, american cheese, and bacon, and the grilled-chicken pesto features grilled chicken breast loaded with fresh mozzarella, roasted red pepper, and pesto. A rotating schedule of soups accompanies sandwiches, delivering scintillating scents from draughts such as Maryland crab and italian wedding. Patrons can take provisions home with a dozen assorted bagels such as cinnamon raisin, blueberry, and the all-encompassing everything.

1810 Wilmington Pike
Glen Mills,
PA
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