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The Marshy Point Nature Center is enshrouded in nearly 3,000 acres of natural terrain from the combined Marshy Point Park and neighboring federal land. In this emerald oasis, a variety of wildlife including Barred Owls, Bald Eagles, and Red Fox make their home amongst the three miles of wooded trails and ponds. Hikers and birdwatchers can gather to see these creatures in their natural habitats or take a canoe out to the middle of the Dundee Creek and practice walking back to shore. Throughout the year, the Marshy Point Nature Center also runs activities including a spring festival with a muddy obstacle course and the Popsicle Plunge, which immerses swimmers into the Chesapeake Bay for the sake of charity or really sweaty tendencies.

7130 Marshy Point Road
Middle River,
MD
US

The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 5 or 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.

5900 York Rd
Baltimore,
MD
US

The Global Pathways Project is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization that aims to educate Americans about the benefits of an adventure overseas. Swap stories with other worldly residents, host an Epcot Center buffet in your mouth, or dance away your workweek worries. Complimentary parking is available to guests in the Landmark Parking lot adjacent to the museum, on Thames Street.

1417 Thames Street
Baltimore,
MD
US

The center assembles peace-curriculum kits for teachers to borrow and use in their classes. Eight themed kits address topics such as bullying and conflict resolution, homelessness, and the environment. Each kit includes two weeks’ worth of lesson plans and materials, including books, games, puzzles, DVDs, and other multimedia learning tools. The Peace Study Center requires funding to assemble the kits and help teach children to respect others and build a sustainable world.

5828 York Road
Baltimore,
MD
US

The Franciscan Center's lunch program has served food for more than four decades and is open to all members of the community, with a special focus on those experiencing homelessness, poverty, or mental illness. Partnerships with local farmers markets fortify the center's lunches with seasonal organic vegetables. Hot, protein-infused main courses ensure nutritious balance to sustain clients. The lunch program currently serves 6,000 meals each month.

101 W 23rd St
Baltimore,
MD
US

The CAC program provides each family it serves with two years of housing in either a three-bedroom, single family residence or a two-bedroom duplex apartment in an established neighborhood. When a family first arrives at a CAC residence, they come home to a place filled with household and kitchen supplies such as utensils, linens, dishes, furniture, and appliances. Upon completing the program, individuals move into permanent housing and bring along the items and furnishings from their CAC homes, which then undergoes general repairs and is re-stocked with the very same items for the next residents. Last year, the CAC program aided 68 individuals, 65% of whom were children under the age of 18.

2601 Ulman Ave
Baltimore,
MD
US