All Posts Tagged With: "charles village"

Baltimore Eco Hotspot

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Go for Change and Jana Murrell, Miss Earth US 2008, interviewed Cheryl Wade, Ilya Goldberg and Mick the Pirate at the Mill Valley Garden Center and Farmers Market to get caught up on some exciting developments in local food production and how you can fill up at Baltimore Biodiesel.

One World Cafe

photo by: Gordon

One World Cafe┬áis Baltimore’s only organic vegetarian restaurant and all those cakes believe it or not are vegan. Located off W University Parkway you can come in and enjoy a healthy full-course meal, relax at the bar or have a smoothie on the couch while you read the paper. You can check out there menu online.

The Book Thing of Baltimore

photo by: gordon In the 1990s, Baltimore was "The City That Reads." This optimistic statement, found mostly on bus stops and benches, was replaced about ten years later by "The Greatest City In America." Big talk, yet Baltimore’s greatness lies arguably in its quirkiness, a truly fine example of what is The Book Thing of Baltimore . Its mission is "to put unwanted books into the hands of those who want them." How do they do it? The books are free! Donations from libraries, publishers, reviewers, authors, illustrators, and everyday people have given The Book Thing a collection of some 200,000 books on average. Aside from volunteers, who are always welcome to show up unannounced during store hours, The Book Thing is managed by Russell Wattenberg, a 29-year-old Brooklyn native and former bartender who used to hear schoolteachers complain that students didn’t have enough books. When Wattenberg started buying them books with tip money, people started to take notice and donated their own books. At some point it became apparent that the operation, which started in his basement, needed to expand. The store hands out about 10,000 books a week to a wide range of customers, from university professors to homeless people. The Book Thing accepts all books, regardless of age or subject matter. Wattenberg believes that if there’s a book, there’s someone who wants it. The Book Thing is open 9 am to 6 pm Saturdays and Sundays. Donations can be made any day of the week via two drop off bins that sit outside.

Normals Books and Records

photo by: gordon

Normals is one of Baltimore’s oldest and well respected and collectively run used music and bookstores. You could spend hours locked between the stacks. It’s like an archaeological dig, you never know what you’ll find. Although, if you do need something specific they’ll know where to find it. Check out the Redroom, the adjoining music venue, for some of the best in experimental and improv music.

Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center

photo by: alyssa“The Baltimore Shambhala Meditation Center is a place where people can learn mindfulness awareness meditation in order to conduct the activities of their everyday life with wisdom, compassion, and a sense of humor.” Located in charles village the center offers classes at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.