Community Calendar

Blood donations sought ahead of Memorial Day

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center is urgently seeking blood donations prior to Memorial Day. The hospital is hosting a blood drive, May 19, 20 and 21, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Francis X. Knott Conference Center. Every participant receives a free meal coupon, parking pass and special gift.

Make twice the difference by scheduling a double red cell blood donation, in which a machine separates the red blood cells from the other blood components and returns the other components back to the donor. Through this mechanism, the donor may donate twice the amount of red cells as in a standard donation.

For more information or to schedule a donation, call 410-550-0289.


Wednesday, May 14
Mother Goose Baby Steps: Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. An interactive nursery rhyme program with music and movement. For children up to 36 months of age with their caregivers. Patterson Park Branch, Enoch Pratt Library, 158 N. Linwood Ave. Info:410-396-0983.

Thursday, May 15
Buena Casa, Buena Brasa: Todos los jueves. Canciones, rimas, cuentos, y juegos, para los niños (0-3 años) y los padres o cuidadores. 11 a.m. at the Southeast Anchor Branch, Enoch Pratt Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Info: 410-396-1580.
Can Company Concert: The Can Company expands its free Thursday night outdoor concert series in 2014, with double the number of live performances. Bring your chairs and celebrate the summer while enjoying live music, festival food, happy hour specials, and family activities. Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., through September 11, with the exception of the first Thursday of every month, when WTMD First Thursdays shows are held at Canton Waterfront Park. The Can Company participants include: Langermann’s, Chesapeake Wine Company, Cold Stone Creamery, Outback Steakhouse, Soyombo Grille, Pasticcio’s, Vircity, and more. Info: or  visit the Can Company’s Facebook page. Cool Hand & the Swagger (Folk/Blues) plays May 15.
Hampstead Hill Nights: Free live music in your community May 15 at Hampstead Hill Academy. Sac au Lait, a swinging Dixieland jazz band, performs. Gates will open at 5:30 p.m. rain or shine. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. Donations are welcome. No alcoholic beverages or pets permitted, due to Baltimore City Police policy. Hampstead Hill Academy, 500 S. Linwood Ave. (at Fleet and Linwood), 410-396-9146.

Saturday, May 17
“Botanical Baltimore” Opens at Highlandtown Gallery: “Botanical Baltimore” show opening, 5-7:30 p.m. The gallery is located at 248 S. Conkling St. Find the gallery on Facebook for more information.
Dundalk Art Show: The Dundalk-Patapsco Neck Historical Society and the Dundalk-Eastfield Recreation Council are sponsoring the 48th annual Art Show and Sale on Saturday, May 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., in Veterans Park at the Dundalk Shopping Center. The show is open to all in the Baltimore-metro area. No admission charge for viewing the works of local artists and enjoying local music. Info: 410-284-2331.

Sunday, May 18
Kidz Day: Kids’ Day at United Evangelical Church, May 18, 12-2:30 p.m. Open to all kids under the age of ten. The theme is stop bullying. Food, fun, games, activities, and a puppet show. Call or email Cissy Funk, so the church knows how many children you will be bringing, their ages, and if they have any food allergies or other issues staff should be aware of. The event is limited to 25 children and one adult per child.
Dinner Bingo: St. Casimir Church Hall, 2736 O’Donnell St., is hosting a non-smoking, handicap-accessible dinner bingo event this Sunday, May 18, starting at 10 a.m. Dinner is at noon, Bingo is at 1 p.m. Cost is $20 per person, and benefits the scholarship fund. Call Marlene for reservations: 410-477-2959.
Old -Time Jam Session: Featuring Ken Kolodner and Brad Kolodner. Local musicians are invited to join in this old-time jam session in the waterfront pavilion at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Ken and Brad will accompany a dance caller who will lead old-time communal dances for audience participation. No experience necessary. Ticket includes museum admission to see  “Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore & Beyond.” Bring the whole family and enjoy refreshments from food, dessert, and beer trucks. $12 per person, $10 for BMI members. Info:
Music Festival: St. Peter Lutheran Church, at 7834 Eastern Ave., holds its annual music festival on May 18, from 3-5 p.m. The festival combines musicians from churches in the Dundalk, Essex/Middle River, and Rosedale areas, performing traditional, contemporary, and jazz church music. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. A free will offering will be taken to benefit the ELCA World Malaria Campaign. Info: 410-288-0537.

Monday, May 19
Mother Goose Baby Steps: Mondays, 11 a.m. An interactive nursery rhyme program with music and movement. For children up to 36 months of age with their caregivers. Southeast Anchor Branch, Enoch Pratt Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Info: call  410-396-1580.
Baltimore Highlands Community Association: Baltimore Highlands Community Association meets May 19, 7– 8:30 p.m., at Lord Baltimore Cleaners, 3710 E. Baltimore St.

Tuesday,  May 20
Upper Fells Point Improvement  Association Meeting: The Upper Fell’s Point Improvement Association meeting will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. at Wolfe Street Academy, 245 S. Wolfe St.

Wednesday, May 21
Graceland Park Association: The Graceland Park Improvement Association will meet on May 21, at 7 p.m., at Graceland United Methodist Church, 6714 Youngstown Ave. After a brief meeting, the association will have a 2013-2014 season-ending party. Residents of both Graceland Park and the Medford community are invited to enjoy food, refreshments, and desserts. Please R.S.V.P. to Celestine “Babe” Grabowski, 410-288-4046 or, by May 14.

Save the Date:
May 24, Bird Watching: Two-hundred bird species have been to Patterson Park. Middle and high school students can join Audubon as citizen scientists, collect data on urban bird species, and share their findings with the greater scientific community. No experience necessary. May 24, 8-10 a.m. Registration is required.  For directions or or   410-558-2473
May 24, Big Trucks Day: The Baltimore City DPW is holding its annual free Big Trucks Day on Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., on the grounds of the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Hwy. Big trucks and vehicles, giveaways, games and more are the highlights of this annual event for kids big and small. Limited free parking available. Info: 410-545-6541.
May 31, Flea Mart: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 3131 E Baltimore St. will have a flea mart on Saturday, May 31, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
June 7, Flea Market: St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church is hosting its annual outdoor flea market at the corner of Lakewood Ave. and Baltimore St. on  June 7, 8 a.m. -1 p.m. Rain date June 14. $10 per space outside (bring your own table). Proceeds support one-year-old Giovanna who has been hospitalized from birth. Questions?  Call or email Curtisha Charles 443- 226- 5029 or

Community Notebook
Free Program for 2-year-olds: United Evangelical Church, at 3200 Dillon St., is offering a program for 2-year-olds and their parents. Info: Concetta Clark at  410-995-0118.
Volunteer With Audubon: Time to spare? Audubon would love your help making environmental education programs in Patterson Park successful. Please contact Kate Creamer, volunteer coordinator, at   443-623-0717.

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