Community Calendar: April 18 – April 24, 2012

Wednesday, April 18
Downtown Events: On Wednesday, April 18, noon-1:30 p.m., Sandy Asirvatham gives a free concert in Center Plaza, located between Charles Street, Liberty Street, and Fayette Street.
On Wednesday, April 25, 5 p.m.-7 p.m., there’s “Cycle Plaza in Center Plaza” featuring bike tune-ups from Race Pace Bicycles, info from Bike Baltimore and Bikemore, commuter workshops with Bike Maryland, and short bike tours of Downtown bike lanes.
Info on all events:

GPIA meeting: Graceland Park Improvement Association will meet Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. at Graceland United Methodist Church 6714 Youngstown Ave. For info call Babe Grabowski, 410-288-4046.

Thursday, April 19
Spring Social: Little Italy holds a networking event/spring social on Thursday, April 19, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at La Scala Ristorante Italiano, 1012 Eastern Avenue in Little Italy, $5/person. Info:

Police and Community: The Southern District Police Community Relations Council meets on the third Thursday of each month. The next will be on Thursday, April 19, with buffet opening at 6:30 p.m. at the Southern District Police Station, 10 Cherry Hill Road. Sign up now to host the buffet. Info: Jack Baker, 443-831-0538,

Friday, April 20
Smarter than a 5th Grader? Baltimore Curriculum Project’s fundraising gala, “Are You Smarter than a BCP 5th Grader?,” is presented on Friday, April 20, 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. at Hampstead Hill Academy, Eastern Avenue and Linwood Avenue. Watch students compete against guests including Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, city schools CEO Andres Alonso and Houston Texans player Bryant Johnson. Info:

Movie at the Church: United Evangeliecal Church, 3200 Dillon Street, has “Chick Flick Movie Night” to see “The Help” on Friday, April 20. Doors open 6 p.m., movie starts 7 p.m. Food available. Admission: 1 can of food for the Canton Food Bank.

Feeling green? Discover fun, family-friendly ways to live a green lifestyle at the Maryland Science Center’s annual Earth Day celebration, Saturday April 21, from noon until 4 p.m. Eco experts from the area’s greenest groups will show visitors how they can help conserve our planet’s resources. (Photo courtesy Maryland Science Center)

Saturday, April 21
Scouting for Food; The Boy Scouts of America, Baltimore Area Council (BAC, BSA) will collect food for the hungry and homeless by picking up collection bags with non-perishable food items residents leave outside their doors on Saturday, April 21. Info:

Movie Time: Baltimore Science Fiction Society, 3310 E. Baltimore Street, shows the director’s cut of the original “Highlander” movie, followed by the anime inspired by it. It all takes place on April 21, 2 p.m. Info:

Pinball Wizards: The new National Pinball Museum, 608 Water Street, has a course  to teach pinball lovers how to service machines, $25/person. “Pinball Maintenance 101” is offered Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.-noon. Info/registration:, 443-438-1241.

Sunday, April 22
To Benefit Kids: Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Baltimore, Inc., which helps support and advocate for kids in foster care, holds a benefit art auction and reception on Sunday, April 22, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. at Loads of Fun in Station Arts District, 120 W. North Avenue, $25/person for art, light fare, beer/wine and music. Info:

Tuesday, April 24
Greektown: The Greater Greektown Neighborhood Association meets at 7 p.m. at John Ruhrah Elementary on the last Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is April 24. Info:

Thursday, April 26
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 April 26. Info:

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, April 18, Locust Point, meet at the Himalayan House Restaurant, E Fort Ave and Cooksie St.
Monday, April 23, Mt. Winans, meet at S Paca St and Hollins Ferry Rd
Tuesday, April 24, Brooklyn, meet at the Hargrove District Courthouse, 700 E Patapsco Ave.
Wednesday, April 25, Pigtown, meet at the Bath House, 904 Washington Blvd
Thursday, April 26, Federal Hill/Federal Hill South, meet at Porter’s Pub, Riverside Ave and E Cross St.

Flea Markets: Our Lady Queen of Peace, 10001 Bird River Road, has a flea market  Saturday, April 21 (rain date April 28), 7 a.m.-noon, $10 for two parking spots, BYO tables. Info: 410-686-3085.
Hampstead Hill, 500 S. Linwood Avenue, holds a flea market on Saturday, May 5, rain or shine, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Spaces $10, tables $5 extra. Also accepting donations of goods to be sold. Info/reservations: Ms. Swann 410-369-9146,
Butchers Hill Flea Market and Craft Fair comes to Patterson Park on May 12, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Reserve space by May 5. There is no rain date. Info:
Blockenstein, the monster community yard sale of Highlandtown, takes place June 2, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. in the 3100 and 3200 blocks of Bank Street between S. East Avenue and S. Ellwood Avenue. BYO table and chair. Info/reservations: Agnes Arnold, 410-209-7995.

RUN AROUND-Take your pick of footraces this weekend: Sole of the City at McHenry Row or Victims’ Fund Run in Patterson Park. (Photo by Bill Lear)

Run! Run! The following races will be held in the area. Info on all races, including rates, registraition and more, is available at
Saturday, April 21: Sole of the City 10K, starts and ends from 1713 McHenry Row in Locust Point.
Saturday, April 21: Victim’s Fund Run in Patterson Park, 9 a.m. to raise money to support victims of crime in the city.
Saturday, April 29: Port to Fort 6K Family Run/Walk to and from the Baltimore Museum of Industry, 9 a.m., to support Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation.

Mark the Calendar for…
FHMS Needs Volunteers: Federal Hill Main Street’s (FHMS) Spring Block Party, to be held on Sunday, April 29, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The festival will need volunteers to help take admission and sell beer. Info:

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