Community Beat: Dec. 15, 2019-Feb. 15, 2020

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Babe Ruth Birthplace And Museum

The Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum is located at 216 Emory St. in Baltimore, three blocks west of Camden Yards. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military personnel and $5 for children. Visit for more information. Also consider making a tax-deductible donation. To do so, visit or call 410-727-1539, ext. 3012.

Museum Of Negro Leagues Baseball

Visit the Hubert V. Simmons Museum of Negro Leagues Baseball in the Owings Mills branch of the Baltimore County Public Library. The museum is named after Bert Simmons, who played for the Baltimore Elite Giants. The museum is open daily, and admission is free. Volunteers are always welcome. For more information, visit


Dec. 26-31: Governor’s Challenge

The 39th Governor’s Challenge Basketball Tournament will feature 120 teams in partnership with DMVelite Showcase Events. The tournament will be held at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, JM Bennett High, Wicomico High, Parkside High and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

Volo City Basketball

Volo City’s Baltimore basketball leagues run throughout the year in neighborhoods including Canton, Federal Hill, Mt. Washington and more. Men’s and coed leagues present full-court competition in a fast-paced, competitive yet social atmosphere. Volo City will provide referees and team shirts. Players can register as individuals or as part of a team. Teams require at least nine players. For more information and to register in a league, visit


Winter Golf Outing Series

Classic 5 Golf is hosting several Winter Golf Outings, including Jan. 18 (Chilly Willy Scramble at Pine Ridge), Feb. 15 (Jack Frost Scramble at Pine Ridge) and March 7 (Superintendent’s Revenge Scramble at Mount Pleasant). Each event is a 9 a.m. shotgun start. For more information and to register, visit


Crab Kickers

Register now for Crab Kickers winter programs. Crab Kickers, powered by Mighty Kicks, is a one-of-a-kind soccer program developed to provide a dynamic environment where children can develop soccer skills, social skills, coordination, confidence and self-esteem built on a solid foundation of fun. For more information or to register, visit


SquashWise provides incentives for middle school students to excel academically, athletically and socially, as well as the opportunity to compete in local and national squash tournaments. No squash experience is necessary to become a tutor. Visit to make your tax-deductible donation. To make equipment donations and/or become a volunteer tutor, email Abby Markoe at


The Baltimore-Chesapeake Rugby Football Club, the region’s only Division I men’s rugby club, is looking for experienced players or those new to the game. For more information, email or visit


Jan. 1 — New Year’s Day Resolution Run

The New Year’s Day Resolution is a way to lose some holiday pounds and help out in the community. The 5K run/walk will be held entirely in Patterson Park and begin at the Pavilion at 2 p.m. Registration costs $35 for adults and $20 for kids ages 12 and under. Proceeds benefit Earl’s Place, a transitional home for homeless men. For more information and to register, visit


Dec. 27 — Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman

North Carolina and Temple will play in the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis, Md., at noon. Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling TicketWest at 888-479-6300. Proceeds from the game benefit the United Service Organizations and Patriot Point, a 290-acre retreat for recovering service members, their families and caregivers on the Eastern Shore.

Until Jan. 5 — Rooftop Skating Rink Atop Four Seasons Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore’s outdoor fifth floor Harbor Terrace has been transformed into a 1,800-square-foot synthetic ice skating rink boasting expansive views of both the harbor and city skyline. The rink is filled with holiday sights and sounds featuring hundreds of twinkling lights, festive holiday decor and music. Guests can also warm up with holiday favorites, including European style hot chocolate topped with house made flavored marshmallows and hot toddies. Visit for full program details or call 410-576-5800.

Jan. 16 — “The Capital Of Basketball” Launch Event

The Historical Society of DC will host a launch event for John McNamara’s “The Capital Of Basketball: A History Of D.C. Area High School Hoops.” A start time will be announced later. McNamara was killed in the Capital Gazette newsroom shooting in June 2018. His book was completed by his widow, Andrea Chamblee, and D.C. sportswriter David Elfin. For more information, visit

Until Jan. 20 — Ice Rink At Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

The ice rink at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is open until Jan. 20. A skating session costs $10 for adults and $9 for seniors, children and military personnel. A skate rental is $4. Various events will take place at the rink throughout the winter, including Chanukah On Ice (Dec. 22), a New Year’s Eve celebration (Dec. 31) and Closing Glow Party at the Ice Rink (Jan. 20). For more information about events, group rates, special offers and hours, visit

Jan. 23-25: Polar Bear Plunge

Take a dip into the Chesapeake Bay to support the Special Olympics of Maryland. The Cool Schools Plunge will take place Jan. 23; Police Plunge, Jan. 24; Corporate Plunge, Jan. 24, and the Maryland Plunge, Jan. 25. For more information and to register, visit

Volleyball At Mountain Christian Church

Mountain Christian Church in Fallston, Md., will host a volleyball league on Tuesdays from 7-10 p.m. This is for players ages 16 and up with intermediate to advanced skill levels. The league is $50 per person. Free coed pickup volleyball is also available at MCC on Wednesdays from 6:30-9 p.m. until April 1. For more information, email or

B’More Fit

B’more Fit Studio, Inc., located in Windsor Mill, Md., is a nonprofit company that aims to empower families with healthy living by providing fitness and dance programs and services regarding health, wellness and nutrition that foster family and community interaction and preservation. To find out more about B’More Fit, visit, call 443-579-5805 or email

Duckpin Bowling

There are openings for youth duckpin-bowling leagues for ages 3-21 at various duckpin centers in Baltimore. Most programs run Saturday mornings and include bowling, shoe rental and coaching. For more information, visit, call Stacy Karten at 410-356-0936 or “like” duckpin bowling at

Issue 260: December 2019 / January 2020  


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