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. Info: Jack Baker firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-831-0538, www.sdpcrc.org.
Help For Homeless Pets: The Maryland SPCA and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter collect supplies and toys for homeless cats and dogs, as well as supplies for the shelters themselves. Items can be taken to the animal shelters. Needed are donations of kennel supplies (cleaning products, etc.), pet supplies (dog and cat toys, collars and leashes) and office supplies (copy paper, markers, pens, etc.). Full lists can be found on the groups’ websites. The Maryland SPCA, located at 3300 Falls Rd. in Hampden: www.mdspca.org or 410-235-8826, or the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, located on Stockholm St. in South Baltimore: www.baltimoreanimalshelter.org or 410-396-4695.
Help the Homeless: The Church of St. Leo the Great in Little Italy is collecting toiletries for the homeless. Soap, shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Drop off items at the parish office, 227 S. Exeter St.
Get Outta Town:Gambling bus trips are scheduled throughout the year to benefit the Sr. Julitta Siedlecka School for the Blind in Poland.Thursday, September 6, Sugarhouse Casino, Philadelphia; Sunday, October 7, Bally’s Casino, Atlantic City. Info:Gloria Weber, 410-276-1025.
Vacation Bible School: Ages 3-13, August 13-17. Dinner at 5:30 p.m. School runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. St. Luke’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1803 Dundalk Ave. There is no cost but donations are accepted. Info: 410-633-2526.
Food Drives: The Maryland Food Bank is trying to fill its empty shelves. Help by donating items or by going online and making a donation. $10.50 feeds a hungry person for a week. Info: Maryland Food Bank, 2200 Halethorpe Farms Rd. Baltimore, MD, 21227-4551, www.mdfoodbank.org, 410-737-8282. South Baltimore Emergency Relief, 110 E. West St., is open to receive donations of non-perishable food items, toiletries (travel size or full size, new blankets (any size) and monetary donations, Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., or by appointment. Info: 410-752-1336. Canton Baptist Church, 3302 Toone St., is trying to keep the shelves of its food pantry full. To donate, call 410-563-1177 or stop by the church. Dundalk Church of the Nazarene, 1626 Lynch Rd., has a food pantry to help families in the community. Those in need or those wishing to donate food can call 410-288-5136, or Michael Fiorenza 410-633-3696.
Adult Learning: Learning Is For Tomorrow (LIFT), 900 S. East Ave., has small-group classes in reading, writing, math, and life skills for adults (ages 16 and over). Morning, evening and afternoon classes are held in the lower level of the former St. Brigid’s School. Classes for adults with learning difficulties, learning disabilities and learning challenges. Additionally, LIFT provides English writing and grammar instruction to the deaf/hard of hearing community and literacy instruction for adults who are blind or have low vision. Info: 410-522-1705 or email@example.com.
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.
Wednesday, August 8
Weekly Walking Group: The Patterson Park area’s walking group meets at the pagoda on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 p.m.-7 p.m., for a walk around the park. All are welcome (adults, kids, babies in strollers, etc.). Info: firstname.lastname@example.org, 410-276-3676.
Happy Hour: Highlandtown’s artists and neighbors hold a happy hour on the first Wednesday of each month, 4-8 p.m, at the Laughing Pint, 3531 Gough St.
Weedin’ Wednesdays: Help the Friends of Patterson Park care for the gardens near the pagoda, fountain and white house. Meet at the fountain at 8 a.m. Info: email@example.com.
Nocturnal Animals: Join Audubon as we learn about nocturnal animals in Patterson Park. A live owl demonstration will show us how these fascinating creatures live and hunt at night. An optional owl pellet exploration–where we will find out what the owls have been eating–will take place from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Please register in advance: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Films on the Pier: Broadway and Thames St. Showing new releases at dusk at the end of Broadway on Wednesdays in August, beginning at 8:45 pm. Bring your own chair. Info: www.fellspointmainstreet.org.
August 8 – “Drive”
Thursday, August 9
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. Info: www.bsfs.org.
Family-Friendly Fun: The Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, hosts family friendly activities ( tours, crafts, movies and more for ages 2 and up) on the second Thursday of each month from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Kids are $5, accompanying parents are free. General admission is $10. The next one is Thursday, Aug. 9. Info: Gena Morris 410-727-4808 ext. 132, email@example.com.
Recovery Ministry: Dundalk Church of the Nazarene, 1626 Lynch Rd., has a recovery ministry every Thursday at 7 p.m. for those with hurts, habits or hang-ups. Info: 410-288-5136.
Highlandtown Farmers’ Market: 4-8 p.m., Eastern Ave. and Conkling St. every Thursday through October, with local produce, foods, goods, and other items.
Flicks from the Hill: Free films screened on a 30-foot-wide screen on Federal Hill at The Hughes Family Outdoor Theater at 9 p.m. American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM), 800 Key Highway. AVAM is open and free between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. on flick nights. Movie rain location: inside AVAM.
August 9 – “The Triplets of Belleville”
Lunch for Seniors: Canton Baptist Church, 3302 Toone St., hosts a free lunch for seniors age 60 and older on Thursdays from noon-2 p.m. All seniors are welcome. Info: 410-563-1177 or www.cantonbaptist.net.
Friday, August 10
Summer Social: West Shore Park concludes its Summer Socials series with the Sons of Pirates, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Beer and wine garden, food trucks and a family-friendly play area. BYO bathings suits and towels to play in the fountain. Info: www.waterfrontpartnership.org.
Food Truck Rally at the Baltimore Museum of Industry: Join us for food, drink, and live music from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Free event (food and drink must be purchased separately). Info: facebook.com/BmoreFoodTrucks.
Free Music at Harborplace: Free outdoor music every Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m., during the summer. Info/inclement weather notes: www.harborplace.com.
August 10 – Lady Resurrection (neo-soul)
August 11 – Bottle of Blues (blues)
Cinema Al Fresco: Little Italy’s Open Air Film Fest is held each Friday in August at the corner of High and Stiles streets. Live music and dancing begin at 7 p.m.; movies begin at 9 p.m. BYO lawn chair.
August 10 - “Come September”
Following Sarah: Fells Point Corner Theatre and the XXXI Baltimore Playwrights Festival present “Following Sarah,” written by Rich Espey and directed by Anne Shoemaker. The play runs through August 26. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m. Info: www.fpct.org.
Saturday, August 11
Fells Point Farmers’ Market: Farm, food, and craft vendors on Broadway Square, 7:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., every Saturday through November 17.
Charm City Roller Girls Final Interleague Doubleheader: Female Trouble kicks off the action in a bout against the Garden State Rollergirls’ all-star team, the Ironbound Maidens. In addition, this doubleheader will feature the release of a “one time only” Flying Dog ale made specifically for the Charm City Roller Girls. Join the fun at the Clarence “Du” Burns Arena, 1301 S. Ellwood Avenue. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the first whistle is at 6:30 p.m. with the second bout starting at 8:00 p.m. The event is family friendly and wheelchair accessible. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15, but it’s recommended that patrons buy online at www.missiontix.com.
Baltimore Museum of Industry Farmers’ Market: BMI holds a farmers’ market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., 1415 Key Highway.
Send Us Your Events: The Baltimore Guide is looking for your lists of community events that will be held in 2012. These can include community association meetings, church dinners, and more. Items can be mailed to The Baltimore Guide at 526 S. Conkling St., Baltimore, MD 21224, faxed to 410-732-6604, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for each week’s issue is Friday at noon of the week before. A contact name, phone number or e-mail address must be included with all submissions. Note: The Community Calendar is for non-profit use; all activities must be open to the public and any admission fee must be less than $50.