Community Calendar: Feb. 1

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Wednesday, February 1
Happy Hour: Highlandtown’s artists and neighbors hold a happy hour on the first Wednesday of each month, 4 p.m.-8 p.m at the Laughing Pint. The next is Wednesday, Feb. 1.

Thursday, February 2
Go, Ravens! Interested in rooting for the Ravens? Tryouts will be held for co-ed Ravens Cheerleaders with skill clinics starting in February. Skill clinics are held on Feb. 7 (registration deadline Feb. 2) and Feb. 18 (deadline of Feb. 16). Applicants are also being sought for Playmakers (the all-female promotional team that makes appearances in bars and on game days at the stadium). The 2012 Cheerleader Tryouts are March 3 at the Downtown Athletic Club. The Playmaker Tryouts are March 4 also at the Downtown Athletic Club. Info on both can be obtained by going to and clicking on the “People” tab.

Open House: St. Casimir Catholic School, 1035 S. Kenwood Avenue, has open houses on Thursday, Feb. 2 and Monday, Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Info: 410-342-2681,

Friday, February 3
Night at the Races: St. Francis of Assisi Athletic Association has a casino themed “Night at the Races” in the church hall, 3615 Harford Road, on Friday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., $15/person. Info: Stefan or Michelle Hoehn 410-467-1683,

Saturday, February 4
Bake Sale and Burgers! VFW #10078 Ladies Auxiliary, 425 E. Fort Avenue, will host a bake sale and Coney Island burger lunch on Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Carry-out available.  Wear your heart on your sleeve and get your game-face on!
Softball Sign-Ups: Fortview Community Softball, co-ed leagues for ages 5-17, currently have sign-ups every Saturday at the Du Burns Arena. The next will be on Feb. 4. Sign-ups are held from 9 a.m.-noon now through March 31. Bring children’s birth certificate for proof of age, and be ready to pay registration fee. Info: Larry Vallerani 410-633-6672.

BYOB (Bring Your Own Bear): The Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI), 1415 Key Highway, has its Teddy Bear Picnic on Saturday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-noon. Songs, stories, crafts and more. $8 BMI members, $10 general public. Info/reservations: Gena Morris 410-727-4808 ext. 132,,

Natural Fun: On Saturday, Feb. 4, the Patterson Park Audubon Center and the Creative Alliance team up for free fun and nature with kids. From 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., it’s Audubon’s Tricky Trees Safari. Meet at the Pagoda in Patterson Park. Have family fun learning to identify trees and their importance to birds in the park. Register in advance at or call 410-558-2473.

Afterwards, hit the Creative Alliance for “Billy B, Nature in the City” at 3 p.m. Billed as “The Natural Science Song and Dance Man,” Billy B entertains family audiences with hilarious (but scientifically correct) rock tunes and physical comedy that opens their eyes to the natural world around them.Great for ages 5-12, fun for all! Register in advance at, 410-276-1651.

Skating 101: The Mimi di Pietro Ice rink in Patterson Park has “Learn to Skate” lessons starting on Saturdays, Feb. 4 through March 3, $70 for 5 weeks, ($2 extra per session for skate rental), 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Info: 410-396-9392,

Monday, February 6
Canton Branch News: While the Canton Branch of the library is closed, the Friends of the Canton Library will continue to meet on the first Monday of the month at the South East Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Avenue, 6:30 p.m. The next meeting is Monday, Feb. 6.

The “Canton Memories Program” is held on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. and will feature author Gary Helton. The program will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1025 S. Potomac Street. B.Y.O. memorabilia to share.

Congressional Consultation: A staff representative from Congressman John Sarbanes’ office visits the Southeast Anchor Library on the first Monday of the month from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. to assist constituents with issues they are having with federal agencies, such as the IRS and Social Security. The next date is Monday, Feb. 6. Info: 410-832-8890.

Police and Community: The SouthEast Police Community Relations Council meets on Monday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m at the Southeastern District of the Baltimore Police Department, 5710 Eastern Ave. This meeting repeats the first Monday of each month.

Tuesday, February 7
Yappy Hour: There is a happy hour to benefit the Canton Dog Park on Tuesday, Feb. 7. 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Claddagh’s Pub, $2/person cover charge, 50/50 raffle. Happy hour specials and complimentary snacks. Note: Humans only at this event. Info:

Transit and Traffic: There will be a community meeting Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. to discuss parking and transportation issues in Southeast Baltimore. Councilman Jim Kraft will be there, as will representatives from the city Department of Transportation and the Parking Authority. The meeting will be held at Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. All are invited. Info: 410-396-4821.

Thursday, February 9
Car Wars: The Motor Trend International Auto Show comes to the Baltimore Convention Center Feb. 9-12. Info:

Hampstead Hill: Hampstead Hill Association meets on the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at Hampstead Hill Academy, 500 S. Linwood Avenue, in the library. Pizza will be served. Info: Jean Pula 410-370-2644,

Calling All Writers: The Baltimore Science Fiction Society holds its Writers Circle, in which writers can receive constructive criticism of their sci-fi or fantasy work. Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursdays of each month, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at BSFS, 3310 E. Baltimore Street. The next will be Feb. 9 and Feb. 23. Info:

Mark the calendar for…
Flea Market Vendors: A flea market will be held to benefit 4th graders at Patterson Park Public Charter School (PPPCS)’s trip to Medieval Times. Vendor tables available for $10. Flea market is on Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at PPPCS Cafeteria, 2726 E Baltimore Street. Info: or 410-960-0724.

Where’s The Beef: Graceland United Methodist Church, 6714 Youngstown Avenue, Dundalk, has a sour beef and dumpling dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, $13.50/person, children’s menu and pricing available. Info: 410-633-8799.

Ski Trip: St. Leo’s young adult ski trip scheduled for Jan. 28 was postponed to late March. Events planned for this group target ages 21 to 39. Info: Deacon Kevin Bagley 410-591-8889 or

Stage Interests: The Baltimore Playwrights Festival needs volunteers to direct staged readings of new scripts by local playwrights. Readings will take place on Saturdays in February and March, at various theaters in the Baltimore area. No experience necessary. Info: Miriam Bazensky, 410-756-2762.

Community Notebook
Crime Prevention: The Southern District Police Community Relations Council holds COP walks as follows. Note: Unless otherwise specified, all walks are 7 p.m. Check the website for rules and policies, and for weather-related cancellations of walks. Info: Jack Baker, 443-831-0538,

Wednesday, Feb. 1, Camden Crossing: meet at Washington Blvd & Scott St

Thursday, Feb. 2, West Federal Hill: meet at the post office on Ostend St

Monday, Feb. 6, Riverside/SBNA: meet at the Riverside Park Gazebo, E RandallSt & Riverside Ave

Tuesday, Feb. 7, New Southwest Mt. Clare: meet at the Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church, 1616 Wilkens Ave

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m., Carrollton Ridge: meet at the Samuel F. B. Morse Recreation Center, Pulaski & Ashton Sts

Thursday, Feb. 9: Sharp Leadenhall: meet at S Sharp & W Henrietta Sts

Little Italy’s Culture: The Pandola Adult Learning Center in Little Italy offers its spring classes for adults and children in Italian language, food and drink, cooking, bocce, a book club and more. Many classes start in March, but registration is taking place now.  Info:, Rosalie Ranieri, principal 410-866-8494.

Sign-Up for Clean-Up
The city’s spring cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Neighbors are being asked to choose a location that needs a special cleaning and call 311 to register. Containers for debris collection will be available on a first call basis. Bags and brooms will be limited and must be signed for by the community leader. All supplies must be returned to the Bureau of Solid Waste after the cleanup. Info: 311.

Note: The Baltimore Guide will be printing a neighborhood-by-neighborhood list of all clean-ups planned. Send your news in as soon as your plans are made.

Items for Community Calendar can be mailed (along with check or credit card information when appropriate) to The Baltimore Guide at 526 S. Conkling Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, faxed to 410-732-6604, or e-mailed to Deadline for each week’s issue is Friday at noon of the week before. A contact name, phone number or e-mail must be included with all submissions.

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