Elections, gardens and street fairs. It must be spring!

The other signs of Spring: Candidate signs popping up around the neighborhood ahead of the May primary

Tuesday, April 16: Will the mayor show up? BHCA is cohosting with Mt. Vernon and other neighborhood associations a mayoral and city council president candidates forum, beginning at 6 p.m. at Emanuel Episcopal Church, 811 Cathedral St. As we write, all of those candidates except the mayor had accepted. The facility seats 500 and may be crowded. It also will be available for streaming on Zoom and/or YouTube. Watch BHCA’s website for late developments.

Thursday, April 18: Each year Midtown Community Benefits District holds a Town Hall meeting to update constituents on organization projects and goals. This year it is on Zoom: Meeting ID: 851 2707 4147.

Saturday, April 20: The Bolton Hill Garden Club hosts its annual spring plant and shed sale at Fitzgerald Park (Bolton Ave. and Wilson St.) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Saturday, April 20: The West North Avenue Development Authority rolls out its comprehensive revitalization plan for improvements along North Ave. from Bolton Hill to Coppin Heights. 10 a.m. to noon at Baltimore Unity Hall. Additional sessions are set for June 8 and July 13.

Tuesday, April 23: Eric Costello and Zac Blanchard. Candidates for city council from districts 11 (which now only includes half of Bolton Hill) and 12 will discuss city and neighborhood issues. Costello is the district 11 incumbent and Blanchard is his challenger: 6 p.m., First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, 210 W. Madison St. It also will be available on Zoom and/or YouTube.

Saturday, April 27: Bolton Hill Annual Tree Planting, 9 a.m. to noon, meet at Fitzgerald Park. No experience necessary, tools provided. Just bring gloves and shoes that can get dirty.

Wednesday, May 1: Flower lovers of the world, unite! It’s the first-ever May Day baskets celebration in Bolton Hill, hosted by BHCA and the Bolton Hill Garden Club. To participate, simply assemble a basket or vase of spring flowers in front of your home, business or place of worship. After 10 a.m., judges will take a look and declare winners and runners-up (no losers in this neighborhood).

Thursday, May 2: Early voting begins. There are eight designated locations, which the city persists in calling 2024 Presidential Primary Early Voting Centers. Perhaps you’ve heard both major party presidential candidates have sufficient delegates to be their party’s nominee in the general election, but there are still presidential choices on the ballot. More contested, you can vote for Democratic and Republican candidates seeking nomination for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives, mayor, city council president and council members for (depending on where in Bolton Hill you live) districts 7 and 11. There also are 7 unopposed judges on the ballot. Early vote locations, none especially convenient to Bolton Hill, are listed here.  They are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. through May 9.

Saturday, May 4: Boundary Block Party, noon to 4 p.m. on the Eutaw Place median, 1505 Eutaw Place. Hosted by the No Boundaries Coalition.

Tuesday, May 7: BHCA’s annual membership meeting – open to all. Light food and beverages as members vote on a new slate of officers and board members. Unity Hall, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 11: The inaugural and free Green Street Arts Festival; Bringing Neighborhoods Together will serve as an opportunity to connect Bolton Hill and neighboring communities for music, food, art exhibitions and other fun at the Eutaw Place Median and at nearby Mounds Park. It also kicks off the summer-long Arts in the Parks concert series.

Tuesday, May 14: Vote early and often (it’s a tongue-in-cheek phrase). It’s election day, in which you can in-person cast a ballot for candidates of the party of your choosing. Because Baltimore voter registration tilts heavily toward Democrats, that’s where the excitement will be. Not sure where to vote?  Go to https://voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/PollingPlaceSearch.

Sunday, May 19: BHCA has reserved a group of seats in the Grand Tier (1st balcony) at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra for a 3 p.m. matinee performance, with Chinese conductor Tan Duc leading a Stravinsky concerto and more. Discounted tickets are available here.