Got blood? Time to help your community.
On Wednesday, May 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday ,May 16, from 3 to 7 p.m., the Hampden Family Center, 1104 W. 36th St., is partnering with MedStar Health, which owns Union Memorial Hospital, for a blood drive. If you have questions or wish to make an appointment, call the Hampden Family Center at 410-467-8710.
At Minás Gallery & Boutique, 815 W. 36th St., there is an ongoing silent auction to benefit the House of Ruth, and the final bids and closing reception takes place on May 17 from 7 to 10 p.m.
This auction brings together works from a number of excellent Baltimore artists, with all of the proceeds going to support one of the nation's leading domestic violence centers that helps thousands of battered women and their children every year.
Participating artists include Joyce J. Scott, Sherri Faaborg, John Metzler, Penny Bamford, Scott Philip Goergens, Matt Muirhead, Steven Bart, Mattye Hamilton, Ruth Pettus, Sarah Butcher, Nora Harrington, Randi Reiss-McCormack, Leah Cooper, Rosemary Hertsch, Soledad Salamé, Pat Dennis, Kathleen Hill, Annie Simcoe, Oletha DeVane, Ulric Joseph, Maxine Taylor, E. Liz Downing, Michelle Sanzi Kermes, Sandi Timmins, Dan Dudrow, Minás Konsolas and Daniel Van Allen.
If you like bikes or slow food, you'll want to check out Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road, on Thursday, May 9. Author Pete Jordan will discuss his new book, "In The City of Bikes: The Story Of The Amsterdam Cyclist," which combines a personal memoir with a history of the city of Amsterdam and the history of bicycles there, from the city's first cycling craze in 1890 through the Nazi occupation and the bike-friendly town it is today.
The same night, Bill Heavey will discuss his book, "It's Only Slow Food Until You Try To Eat It: Misadventures Of A Suburban Hunter-Gatherer," which recounts a project he started several years ago of eating wild (aka hunting and gathering) and details his hilarious failures and successes.
This book discussions start at 7 p.m.
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On Thursday, May 16, if you're looking for a food and beverage-themed lineup of bands, be sure to check out Broken Water, Wild Honey and Baklavaa at the Golden West Cafe, 1105 W. 36th St., at 10 p.m.. Then on Friday, May 17, you can head right back to see Bad Veins play with the Jennifers at 10 p.m.