19] Smithsonian Folklife Festival – July 4 to 8
20] March in the Takoma Park Parade – July 4
21] Red, White & Zoo Enrichment Day – July 4
22] Ignite Peace – July 4
23] Summer Reading Program – July 4
24] Abolish ICE – July 5
19] –Each summer, the National Mall plays host to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, a massive, kid-friendly celebration of cultures across the globe. The 2018 edition will continue from Wed., July 4 through Sun., July 8. This year's festival focuses on the cultures of Armenia and Catalonia, as well as a musical revival of the Sisterfire festivals that took place in D.C. in the 1980s. Read on to learn what activities and offerings await as you plan your excursion to this only-in-DC festival: https://festival.si.edu/visit. This free summer festival on the National Mall is a can't-miss family-friendly event in the nation's capital.
20] -- On Wed., July 4 from 9:30 to 11:30 AM, march with Tom Hucker & Atty. Gen. Brian Frosh in the 4th of July Parade, starting at Sherman & Carroll Aves., Takoma Park. Tickets are at docs.google.com. This is Takoma Park's 129th Independence Day Celebration! This year's theme is "A City of Dreamers" to celebrate the role dreamers have played in shaping Takoma Park into the progressive, diverse community we love today. Councilmember Tom Hucker & Attorney General Brian Frosh are still working to do that today and that's why I hope you'll show your support by joining their contingent in the Parade this year. RSVP to join at https://www.facebook.com/events/186953068660014/.
21] – Come to Red, White & Zoo Enrichment Day for a day of special animal enrichment! Watch as the Zoo’s animals receive special Fourth of July treats, including “fishsicles” and papier maché toys, and listen as zookeepers explain the importance of enrichment activities. This is happening on Wed., July 4 from 10 AM to 4 PM at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, 1 Safari Place, Baltimore 21217. Go to http://www.marylandzoo.org/.
22] – IGNITE PEACE on the 4th of July and “DECLARE YOUR INDEPENDENCE… from fear and war, from hate, lies, and greed...from the Trump/Pence regime. On Wed., July 4, RAISE YOUR VOICE DURING THE PHILADELPHIA INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE as it passes in front of Phila. Federal Courthouse, 601 Market St., between 6th & 7th Sts., and through Olde City Philadelphia. Gather between 10 and 11 AM. There will be large banners hanging from extended frames, signs, bubbles, drums, and other noisemakers for freedom and peace. Visit www.brandywinepeace.com or call 484-574-1148.
23] – School may be out for the summer, but don't let that stop your children from practicing their reading skills. The Summer Reading Program at the Maryland SPCA helps both children by strengthening their reading skills and the animals by giving them company, which helps to reduce stress if they are anxious in a kennel environment. The Summer Reading Program runs Wednesdays from 1 to 2 PM until the end of August at the Maryland SPCA, 3300 Falls Road, Baltimore 21211. There is no fee for the reading program, but space is limited and registration is required. Go to http://www.mdspca.org/programs/summer-reading-program/.
24] -- On Thurs., July 5 at 4:30 PM, #AbolishICE, hosted by Justice for Muslims Collective at 2675 Prosperity Ave., Fairfax, VA 22031. As the violence by ICE and CBP at the border and detention centers across the country continues to be exposed, it is imperative we do our part to end the detention and deportation pipeline! Call out the Fairfax ICE field office for the violence it inflicts on migrant families and communities daily; the criminalization of black and brown people, including the criminalization of migration which has led to the separation and incarceration of families; politicians who fund ICE, who profit from detention and deportation, and those who actively and willingly collaborate with this racist, violent agency; and those profiting from the incarceration of black and brown people and deportation of migrants. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1721716964613069/.
To be continued.
Donations can be sent to the Baltimore Nonviolence Center, 325 E. 25th St., Baltimore, MD 21218. Ph: 410-323-1607; Email: mobuszewski2001 [at] comcast.net. Go to http://baltimorenonviolencecenter.blogspot.com/.
"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs