Community Calendar: April 4 – April 11, 2012

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City Service Notice
Good Friday: Friday, April 6 is Good
Friday, and Baltimore City has announced there will be no curbside trash or recycling pickup. Communities where pickup is normally on Friday will have pickup on Saturday, April 7. No bulk trash is scheduled. City offices and buildings will be closed on Friday, but parking meters do need to be fed, and all parking restrictions need to be honored. Info:, 311.

Wednesday, April 4
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, April 4.

Classical Music: At 8 p.m. on April 4, at Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 233 N. Charles Street, hear a free violin concert of music ranging from the 16th to the 21st century. A reception will follow the concert. Parking is available in the lot behind the church; parking can be validated in the church. Info: 410-685-3404.

Friday, April 6
New Moms: New mothers with infants are invited to meet Sara Groves, R.N., faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and an experienced practitioner in child-bearing, mothering, and infant care. She will facilitate weekly session for new moms beginning 10 a.m., Friday, April 6 at Messiah Lutheran Church, Potomac and O’Donnell Streets in Canton. Sessions are five weeks long, for an hour and a half each week. Cost is $10 a week. Info/Registration:, 410-935-3696.

Saturday, April 7
Dog Park: The Canton Dog Park holds a regular clean-up on the first Saturday of every month starting 10 a.m. The next will be held on April 7. Info:

Brighten Up the Park: On Saturday, April 7, Patterson Park needs volunteers to help improve two areas. Park leaders will sign off on forms for volunteer service hours. Info:

8 a.m. Boat Lake Clean-Up: It’s time to make the water sparkle in advance of the first fishing rodeo of the year.

9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Garden Work Day. Meet at the pollinator garden just west of the Boat Lake.

Monday, April 9
Clean-up Deadlines: Deadline to apply for the Clean Communities Challenge, offered by the mayor’s office, and worth $5,000 for the first-place neighborhood, is April 9. Info: 311 or visit

Deadline to sign up for Clean Your Files Day (on April 24) is April 10. Sign up in advance and Baltimore City Office of Recycling will come collect your paper materials. Info: 410-396-4511.

Tuesday, April 10
Dog Park: The Canton Dog Park meetings are held eight times per year at 7 p.m. in Canton Cove’s conference room, 2901 Boston Street. The next is on Tuesday, April 10. Info:

Local Preschool Openings: United Evangelical’s PACT program (Parents and Children Together) has openings for preschoolers to learn through art, projects, and play. Info/classroom visits: Concetta Clark 410-995-0118.

HeadStart, a free pre-school programs with meals for ages 3, 4 and 5, has openings at the Our Lay of Fatima site, 6400 E. Pratt Street. Info: 410-558-0919.

Wednesday, April 11
Bocce Gets Rolling: Action starts on April 11 at the Stiles Street bocce courts in Little Italy with the Little Italy Bocce League on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Spectators are welcome. The Thursday 7 p.m. doubleheader league begins in May and ends in September. 3 teams open now. Info/registration: Dino Basso 410-536-0886 to register a team.

Thursday, April 12
Family-Friendly Fun: The Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, has Family Friendly 2nd Thursdays of each month from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. for tours, crafts, movies and more for ages 2 and up. Kids are $5, accompanying parents are free, general public is $10. The next one is Thursday, April 12. Info: Gena Morris 410-727-4808 ext. 132,

Hampstead Hill: Hampstead Hill Association meets on the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, April 12 at 6 p.m. at Hampstead Hill Academy, 500 S. Linwood Avenue, in the library. 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 April 12 and April 26. Info:

Community Notebook
Get Outta Town: There are gambling bus trips throughout the year to benefit the Sr. Julitta Siedlecka School for the Blind in Poland. Prices vary; call Gloria Weber, 410-276-1025 for details.

Thursday, April 5: Ocean Downs Casino, Ocean City

Wednesday, May 9: Delaware Park slots

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 4, Camden Crossing, meet at Washington Blvd and Scott St

Thursday, April 5, West Federal Hill, meet at the post Office on Ostend St

Monday, April 9, Lakeland, meet at the Lakeland Recreation Center, 2921 Stranden Rd at Wegworth Lane

Tuesday, April 10, Union Square, meet at W Lombard and S Stricker Sts

Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m., Carrollton Ridge, meet at the Samuel F. B. Morse Recreation Center, Pulaski and Ashton Sts

Thursday, April 12, Sharp Leadenhall, meet at Sts Stephan and James, W Hamburg and S Hanover Sts

Planes: The Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum, 701 Wilson Point Road in Middle River, launches its Open Cockpit Season on Saturday, April 14. Visitors can sit in the pilot’s seat of a Vietnam era fighter jet and board a 1952 passenger airliner. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for children. Parking is free. Info: 410-682-6122,

Mark the Calendar for…
Doughnut Dance: St. Casimir’s Holy name Society and the Polish American Heritage Committee host their Paczki (Doughnut) Dinner and Dance on Sunday, April 15, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. in the Kolbe Upper Hall with live music, buffet, soda, beer and more, $25/person, to benefit the school’s tuition assistance fund. Info: Bernardine Kordaz 410-675-0415.

Roasts and Feasts: The Knights of Fatima Council is hosting a bull and shrimp roast on Sunday, April 15, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Church Hall, 6400 E. Pratt Street. Games, full menu and more, including wine, beer and sodas. Advance tickets $35. Info: or 443-559-1538. Follow us at

United Evangelical Church has a bull and shrimp roast on Saturday, May 12, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at the UAW Hall, 1010 S. Oldham Street, $38/person. Tickets/Info: 410-276-0393,,

Auditions! The Baltimore Playwrights Festival ( announces general auditions for its upcoming season to be held at The Vagabond Players (, 806 South Broadway, on Monday, April 16, 7 p.m. Come prepared with a memorized two-minute monologue, and should bring six copies of their headshot and resume.

Coming Up: A Confirmation Reunion: United Evangelical Church, UCC, 3200 Dillon Street, holds its 50th class reunion for the UEC Confirmation Class of 1962. Reunion is on Sunday, May 27 with a celebration luncheon following the 10:30 a.m. worship. Class members are now being sought. Info: 410-276-0393,,

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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