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Step OUT: Take a Dip In a "Small Pond"

Baltimore's Josh Slates is showing his first feature film once again at the Charles Theater May 7. The movie tells the story of a sarcastic slacker stagnating in a Small Pond

Jones Falls Trail Expansion Connects Communities to Green Spaces

The expansion of a 12-mile biking and hiking trail is underway. When finished, the $18 million Jones Falls Trail will offer an alternative and scenic commuting route and a new way to explore Baltimore attractions. 

Walk This Way: The Making of the Jones Falls Trail

The making of the Jones Falls Trail includes five phases, three of which are still underway. Several changes were made along the way to address concerns of neighborhood groups. 

Film Festival to Feature Foreign Flicks, Shorts and a Movie Starring Common

It's three days of nonstop movies. We talk to the Maryland Film Festival's director, a festival sponsor and three filmmakers who have ties to Baltimore. One movie, starring rapper Common and Danny Glover, was shot entirely in Greater Baltimore. 

Q&A: Fed Hill's Jane Seebold Talks About Plans for Cross Street Market

Federal Hill leaders are mulling changes to the historic Cross Street Market, including adding new vendors and incorporating new design elements. We chat with Federal Hill Main Street's Jane Seebold about what's in store. 

Step OUT: For the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

More than 250 artists will showcase their jewelry, pottery, fashion and home decor at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium, April 27-29. Held at the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium, it's one of 13 Sugarloaf craft fairs held throughout the year.

Full Circle: An Urban Garden Sprouts in Hamilton

Since it was founded four years ago, Hamilton Crop Circle has become a cornerstone of its Northeast Baltimore community. It now supplies vegetables to the Chameleon Café, Wine Market, the Brewer’s Art and other restaurants throughout the city. 

Swiss Tradition Inspires Baltimore Chocolate Makers

Recently grabbing the No. 6 spot on a national ranking of top chocolate makers, Glarus Chocolatier relies on Swiss techniques to make the confections. See what has made the husband-and-wife duo a sweet success. 

Step OUT: For a Print Fair at the BMA

Galleries from around the U.S. will sell their prints from contemporary artists at the Baltimore Museum of Art's biennial Contemporary Print Fair April 28-29. A number of local galleries will host happy hours and receptions in conjunction with the event. 

Step OUT: For a Health and Wellness Conference

Do you turn to Western medicine or holistic health? A conference organized by the University of Maryland School of Medicine's Center for Integrative Medicine discusses ways to meld the two. Respected alternative medicine guru Dr. Andrew Weil is the keynote speaker.

Nonprofit CEO Says Books Still Matter in a Digital Age

So you scanned the headlines on your iPhone and downloaded the latest issue of your favorite magazine on your iPad. But you probably still have cherished memories of your favorite books that you wouldn't trade for the latest Apple gadget, says Baltimore Reads CEO Shirley Bigley LaMotte. 

Civic Duty: Nonprofit Provides Green Jobs Training

Civic Works is making Baltimore City homes more energy efficient and training underemployed young men and women for the next wave of green careers. It plans to service 300 Baltimore homes in the next two years. 

Baltimore's Classic Restaurants Buck the Trends

Baltimore’s stalwart restaurants have to compete with modern, trendy wine bars and bistros. Few have made it through decades of roller coaster growth and recessions. But classics like the Prime Rib, Rusty Scupper, Sotto Sopra, the Black Olive and Tio Pepe are going by changing with the times -- yet staying true to what made them crowd favorites in the first place.

Step OUT: For the Launch of an Urban Culture Blog

Baltimore's emerging hip hop and urban culture scene has gotten its own voice with True Laurels. Founder Lawrence Burney is hosting a free event with live local music and visual art April 6.

Photo Essay: Baltimore's West Side Story

Fluid Movement, a Baltimore theater group known for performing water ballets, has told the story of Baltimore's retail history. This time, the actors are on skates. Bmore Media Managing Photographer Steve Ruark captured the quirky tale with his lens. Step back in time with this photo essay.  
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