Wednesday, January 11

Fiscal 2024 Budget Process Information Session: Through these information sessions and the launch of an online budget simulation tool, Baltimore officials will gather input from residents on their priorities for the upcoming budget and work to incorporate them into the Fiscal Year 2024 budget. This session will be conducted over the telephone. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to: or call: 410-396-5944.

West Wednesdays: Hear about the ongoing fight for police accountability in the Tyrone West case and for all victims of police misconduct. This event happens every Wednesday. For more information, go to:

Thursday, January 12

Liberation Libations: An event series designed to cultivate community amongst educators and other youth-focused people in Baltimore. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Impact Hub Baltimore, 10 East North Avenue. For more information, go to:

Black Wall Street MLK: A celebration organized by BMORENews and its partners to recognize Black entrepreneurs and professionals, as well as the people who support them, regardless of race. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Terra Cafe, 101 East 25th Street. For more information, go to:

Friday, January 13

Cherry Hill Food Co-Op Presents Screening of “Baltimore’s Strange Fruit”: “Baltimore’s Strange Fruit” is a documentary film produced by Black Yield Institute, directed by Eric Jackson and Maddie Hardy, exploring the intersections of food, land, and race and class politics through personal narrative and social commentary. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Cherry Hill Food Co-Op, 638 Cherry Hill Road. For more information, go to: or email:

Saturday, January 14

Volunteering Untapped at The Loading Dock: Help prepare salvaged materials for use in creating a better Baltimore. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The Loading Dock, Inc., 2 North Kresson Street. For more information, go to:

Monday, January 16

Chili Bowl Monday MLK Day of Service: An opportunity to provide food and clothes to people who need them. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fallsway Avenue bridge underpass. For more information, call: 410-466-8686.

Tuesday, January 17

January Membership Meeting – Baltimoreans for Educational Equity: Attendees will get an update on policy priorities. Also, members will be equipped to facilitate a house meeting to build relationships and gather information on issues to be addressed in their school or community. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Millers Court Office Building, 2601 North Howard Street. For more information, go to:

Kaiser Permanente and Black Mental Health Alliance Present Mind Health: Shop Talks: The Black Mental Health Alliance for Education & Consultation, Inc. is pleased to work with Kaiser Permanente’s Good Health and Great Hair Barber Shop and Beauty Salon Network outreach initiatives through four beauty salons and barbershops in West Baltimore. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Spiritual Hands Barber Shop, 4007 Eastern Avenue. For more information, go to: or call: 410-338-2642. 

Wednesday, January 18

Affirming Black Families: Monthly Meeting: The series will feature a monthly virtual workshop to equip Black parents with the community, knowledge and resources to build safe, loving, affirming, and celebratory homes for Black queer and trans youth in Baltimore City. Virtual. 6:30 p.m. For more information, go to: or call: 443-814-9395.

Thursday, January 19

Parent and Community Advisory Board (PCAB) Meeting: PCAB serves to advise the CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools and the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners about how parents, families, the community, and educators can collaborate to help our youth succeed. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please check PCAB’s Facebook page at for up-to-date virtual or in-person location information. 

Saturday, January 21

Backyard Basecamp Community Volunteer Day: Volunteers will help BLISS Meadows maintain and beautify their space. Activities may vary based on the season and what the land requires. 10 a.m. to noon at BLISS Meadows, 5105 Plainfield Avenue. For more information, email:

Step for Sarcoidosis: Step for Sarcoidosis is an annual workout event that brings together community, health, and wellness. ($10) 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at FastForward U, Johns Hopkins University, 320 West 29th Street. For more information, go to: or call: 443-990-1254.

Food Distribution Event: Free fruits and vegetables, as well as information about other programs that benefit the community. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Iglesia de Dios de la Profecia Baltimore, 3533 4th Street. For more information, go to:

Baltimore: In Recovery (What if the city got therapy?): This performance, originally produced by the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, focuses on the mental health journeys of three characters from different neighborhoods in Baltimore. It will also feature spoken word and creative performances from three local youth artists. This event is appropriate for ages 13 and up. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Idlewylde Community Hall, 6301 Sherwood Road. For more information, go to: or call: 410-800-2169.

Sunday, January 22

2023 Baltimore City Homeless Point-in-Time Count: The Point-in-Time count is a mandatory assessment that provides a snapshot of how many people are experiencing sheltered and unsheltered homelessness in a community on a given night in January. Volunteers are needed to canvass Baltimore City and administer surveys to individuals experiencing homelessness. Jan 22-23, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Our Daily Bread, 725 Fallsway. For more information, go to: or call: 410-396-7543.

Monday, January 23

Baltimore City Council Meeting: Meeting of the Baltimore City Council. 5 p.m. at Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street. For more information, go to: or call: 410-396-4804.

​​Virtual Yoga for Everyone with Civonnia: Join BYFree instructor, Civonnia, for virtual deep breathing, relaxation, basic yoga poses and stretching — these mixed-level classes are open to those brand new to yoga. Wear comfortable clothes that allow a full range of motion and don’t forget to put down your yoga mat. Registration is not required, but encouraged. Virtual. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to: or call: 410-396‑5430.

Be Your Own Landlord: Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore invites renters to learn more about local resources available to remove barriers to homeownership. Dinner provided. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Center for Urban Families, 2201 North Monroe Street. Register and learn more at: For more information, go to:

The Peale Museum Community Advisory Team Meeting: This group will help ensure that the programs and exhibitions hosted by The Peale online and in its historic building continue to be driven grassroots-up, by Baltimore’s storytellers and creators. Online and in-person. 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at The Peale Museum, 225 Holliday Street. For more information, go to: or call: 667-222-1814. 

Tuesday, January 24

Baltimore City Schools Public Board Meeting:  Meeting of Baltimore City School Commissioners. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Virtual. See Baltimore City Schools website for login information. For more information, go to: or call: 443-984-2000.

Lisa Snowden is Editor-in-Chief and cofounder of Baltimore Beat. Previously, she was an editor at Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore Sun, and The Real News...