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 Despite the rain, summer arrives in Union Square!
SoWeBohemian Arts Festival brings “topsy-turvy” fun for all!
Adult beverages, hon!Despite cloudy skies and a few rain sprinkles, the exciting Festival drew a diverse crowd of fun-lovers with it’s varied attractions of music, art, live theatre, interactive children’s events, great food, hoopla, and more!

The area surrounding historic Hollins Market was transformed into a wonderland of sensory stimulation. The image above is only one of many to be seen in the new Festival photo gallery.

If you were there and have additional photographs you would like to share, please contact pix@union-square.us.

Soweboposter Show and Auction!
Click for more information, hon! Click the image above to get all the details!

Each year, Sowebo Arts Festival designs posters with only a decorative border and then distributes them to the art community. Artists are only asked to donate them back after they've been enhanced with original art. This year, more than 65 artists created posters shown at Angelfall Studios, the Charles Theater, and the Carriage House.

Viewing begins at 3:30 p.m. in the Corradetti Glass Studio (1111 Hollins) and the auction begins at 4:30 p.m.

Flea Market fun in the park... and kudos to Erika Brockman!
Bargain hunters congregate, hon!SoWeBo Arts, Inc. held the Flea Market in the Park on Saturday, May 3rd.

Erika planned the event for neighbors of all ages to have this fun day in the park. For her efforts with the Flea Market and the Easter Egg Hunt in April, readers of the Union Square Neighbor­hood Newsletter voted Erika as “Volunteer of the Month” and she received a $20 gift certificate. Congratulations and thank you, Erika! For more pictures of the Flea Market, go to the photo gallery.

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Monthly USA meeting
7 PM, Wednesday, June 4, 2003 at 1401 Hollins Street. Guest Speaker: Matt Gallagher from CitiStat (click for more info). If you have issues with this program, please be specific and bring documentation including tracking numbers.

June Newsletter
The new edition of the newsletter is ready! Once again, beautifully designed by Michael McPherson and skillfully edited by Rick Aronhalt, the newsletter will be showing up in neighbor­hood mailslots early in June. Click here to see the current electronic (.pdf) version. To submit a story or place an ad, contact the newsletter. For the archived May issue, click here.

Park Restoration
On Saturday May 31st, volunteers from the area came together in the park to clean, trim or remove old plants and plant new shrubs and other vegetation. The work done was based on plan from last month’s guest speakers: Vicki Frazier, Educational Specialist at OROSW (Operation ReachOut SouthWest); and Ann Lundy, Landscape Designer. More plantings are planned and additional volunteers are always welcome. For more information, please contact: Greg Grass.

“Buying into Baltimore” Home Buyer’s Fair
On Saturday May 10th, the Live Baltimore Home Center had their annual home buyer’s fair for West Baltimore. Union Square was represented by our Public Relations Committee as potential home buyers stopped by to learn about our special neighborhood. Our inviting display was unique among the booths because it was set up to represent a period living room and cookies were served as attendees chatted. The fair also included bus tours that brought people through the Union Square area. This event features a program that gives buyers a chance at $3000 towards the purchase of their new home!

Help the B&O Museum
The rebuilding process still needs your financial help. Please make checks payable to:

The Roundhouse Restoration Fund
c/o Mercantile Bank & Trust Co.
409 Washington Ave. Suite 100
Towson, MD 21204

Please send donations via U.S. mail only. Do NOT send cash or credit card information. All proceeds from your donation are tax deductible and go directly to restoration of The B&O Railroad Museum and its collection.
 Coming soon: 2-Way Traffic on West Lombard St.
At some point this summer, West Lombard will change to 2-way traffic between Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fulton. The process includes intersection widening, installing a traffic island with curb replacement at Lombard and M.L.K., Jr. and, of course, signal modifications plus re-striping of Lombard.

In April, new signs were added to northbound streets intersecting West Lombard Street. The new signs say “No Turn On Red” which appears odd in the current one-way setup... but soon, very soon, northbound traffic will be able to turn right because West Lombard Street will have both east- and westbound traffic.

This change has been in discussion and planning for the past 10 years. Depending on when you read this, it may have already happened.
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