Monthly Archives: April 2012

Can You Walk to School? A Panel Discussion

Please join us for a panel discussion featuring parents from Federal Hill Prep, Roland Park and Mt. Washington who worked to transform their neighborhood public schools into attractive options for all neighborhood families. Panelists include Downtown Baltimore Family Alliance’s Judy O’Brien, Johns Hopkins director of community affairs Salem Reiner, and others.

When: April 25, refreshments at 7pm, panel at 7:30

Where: Village Learning Place, 2521 St. Paul (tentative)

Who: All parents/caregivers who are considering school options for their kids. We think this will be an extremely beneficial discussion and we encourage both parents to attend if possible. Childcare may be provided for a small fee. Please email if you are attending and are interested in childcare.

Survey: In order for us to tailor the discussion to the particular concerns and desires of our community, we ask that everyone who plans to attend (and those who can’t attend but have an opinion on Charles Village education options) to please fill out a short survey at Your response by Friday, April 20, is appreciated.

It’s Back! Support families in Greater Charles Village by participating in The Village Parents’ Second Annual Greater Charles Village “Junk” Hunt!

  • Saturday, May 12 (Rain date: May 19)

  • Sale begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 12:00 p.m.

It’s back! Charles Village’s best sidewalk sale event is gearing up for a second year of cheap goods for a good cause. For a flat $15 fee, you can unload your basement build-up during this highly publicized, neighborhood-wide event, and at the same time raise money for the Village Parents (, an organization of Charles Villagers working hard to make this neighborhood a great place to raise a family.*

To Register: Please visit the Eventbrite Page.


What is the Greater Charles Village Junk Hunt?

It’s a neighborhood-wide sidewalk sale, coordinated across Greater Charles Village with great publicity.

What do I have to do to sell items in the sale?

  1. Sign up here and pay a $15 registration fee per address (a portion of your $15 will be tax deductible). Your address will be marked on our exclusive Junk Hunt map.
  2. On the day of the sale, set your items out for sale in front of your house/apartment.  You operate your sale like you normally would. We will provide you with maps to hand out to your customers to cross-promote sales with other neighbors.
  3. Sell lots of stuff!

Why should I participate in this sale instead of having my own sale?

Village Parents is providing all of the coordination to attract a larger buying audience.  The more sellers that participate, the more buyers will be attracted.  ‘

Village Parents will take care of all the advertising (Sun, City Paper, Craigslist).

Village Parents will make maps that will be distributed to each participant to cross-promote our sidewalk sale.

The more people that participate, the more bargain hunters we attract, the more stuff we sell.

We’ll arrange for a charity (most likely Disabled American Veterans) to pick up your unsold/unwanted items so you don’t have to worry about arranging that yourself.  You may opt out of charity pickup if you’d like.

It’s a win-win!  You are donating to an organization that is working to make Greater Charles Village a more family-friendly neighborhood AND you benefit from the marketing boost and extra foot traffic that comes with a HUGE neighborhood-wide sale!

How is Village Parents going to use the $15 participation fee?

The participation fee will first cover the cost of advertising and printing signs for the event.  The remainder of the fee will be used to toward Village Parents events that support families and our local public schools.

Hold on a minute.  I’ve never heard of Village Parents.  Who are you people?

Village Parents is a group of parents in the Greater Charles Village area are who are dedicated to making our neighborhood more family-friendly.  We want to see the neighborhood have great activities for kids, great open spaces, and great schools.  Check out our website at  You can also follow us on Facebook – Village Parents page or Twitter @CVPARENTS.

More questions?

Contact Laura Scott at or 410-889-1530.

*Additional details are available on our website and our Facebook page.  Village Parents is sponsored by the Greater Homewood Community Corporation, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. A portion of your $15 registration fee will be tax deductible.  Proceeds go to support the Village Parent social activities.