Activist, Community, and Government Events: Jan. 10-17

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2nd Annual Baltimore Scarf Abandonment

Jan. 13

When temperatures dip the way they have, it’s even more important to check on the people in our community who are most vulnerable. Mary England, author and founder of Uncustomary, which integrates “self-love and creativity” through street art and more, is doing just that by collecting and distributing scarves for people in Baltimore experiencing homelessness. For the second year in a row for what she wants to become an ongoing tradition, England along with volunteers will be leaving scarves on the fence that surrounds the corner of Guilford Avenue and Madison Street under the 83 overpass—free for anyone who needs one. She began collecting the scarves before the holidays, but says anyone can bring more to donate today. It’s important to be on time, she says, because the scarves go quick. Hats and gloves are also welcome. 2-3 p.m., Guilford Avenue and E. Madison Street, facebook.com/events/504184126583868. (Lisa Snowden-McCray)

The Martin Luther King Jr. Parade. Photo courtesy Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

MLK Day Celebration 2018

Jan. 15

Consider this your yearly reminder from me that when he was alive, Martin Luther King, Jr. wasn’t seen as the big friendly grandpa-teddy bear that he’s often made out to be today. Instead, he was at times deeply unpopular in both black and white communities and was hounded by the FBI: You pay a high price when you stand up for what’s right. Mark the civil rights activist’s birthday at the Reginald F. Lewis museum’s annual celebration. There will be a performance from the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women step team, a musical concert featuring chamber music and spoken texts from MLK, a quilting party to honor King and other freedom fighters, and more. The museum is also offering a special discounted ticket price—$5 instead of the usual $8. Noon, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, 830 E. Pratt St., (443) 263-1800, lewismuseum.org, $5. (Lisa Snowden-McCray)

Activist, Community, and Government Events: Jan. 10 -17

West Wednesday. Tawanda Jones, the sister of Tyrone West, a man killed in police custody in July 2013, has been gathering every Wednesday with other activists in the city to call attention to West’s death and police brutality in Baltimore. Jan. 10 and 17. Usually held at the intersection of 33rd Street and Greenmount Avenue, check facebook.com/justicefortyronewest for details.

Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Committee Meeting. Committee members discuss a resolution requesting that the police department provide the City Council with a full accounting of all seized guns, drugs, dirt bikes, and cash over the last five years, along with a thorough explanation of how this material was disposed of, how long the disposal process typically takes, and the best ways to include community representatives in that process. Jan. 10, 5 p.m., Du Burns Council Chamber, City Hall, 100 N. Holliday St. baltimore.legistar.com.

Monthly Meeting Sandtown South Neighborhood Alliance. Monthly community meeting hosted by the Sandtown South Neighborhood Alliance on the second Thursday of each month. Jan. 11, 6:30-8 p.m., 1121 W. Lanvale St., sandtownsouth.com.

Baltimore Ceasefire Public Meeting – NORTH. Find out how to support the February ceasefire, make community connections, and learn more about the Baltimore Ceasefire. Jan. 13, noon-2 p.m., 430 E. Belvedere Ave., baltimoreceasefire.com.

Make Your Voice Heard District 8. Meet with Councilman Kristofer Burnett, along with other city representatives. Information about other city resources will also be available. Jan. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Edmondson-Westside High School, 501 N. Athol Ave., facebook.com/events/140580543394568.

Prepare/Package Meals for Those in Need – Moveable Feast. Work in the kitchen at Moveable Feast to prepare and package meals for delivery to individuals living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. Registration required. Jan. 13, noon-3 p.m., 901 North Milton Ave., eventbrite.com/e/preparepackage-meals-for-those-in-need-moveable-feast-tickets-41522604227?aff=es2.

Workforce Development Job Club: Online Applications. Learn how to fill out a job applications, then take part in a follow-up discussion that will cover behavioral/personality assessments that often accompany online applications. Jan. 16, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.,  Enoch Pratt Free Library, Waverly Branch, Adult Study Room, 400 E. 33rd St., calendar.prattlibrary.org.

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