Community Calendar: December 12 -18, 2012

Wednesday, December 12
Graceland Park Association Meeting: The Graceland Park Community Association will hold its monthly meeting on Dec. 12 at Graceland United Methodist Church, 6714 Youngstown Ave. The guest speakers will include a representative from the Ecologic Group, Inc., who will give a presentation about the proposed Coke Point Dredged Material Containment Facility. Info: 410-228-4046.
Patterson Park Working Group: The group, designated by the Mayor and City Councilman Jim Kraft, will be meeting on a monthly basis; the next meeting is Dec. 12,  from 7-9 p.m., at the Virginia Baker Rec Center.
Parking Decision Time: The City Council takes up Bills 12-0102 and 12-0125 in a work session, vote to follow. One of the bills is about the future of Residential Permit Parking Area 43 in Canton; the other is a general rewrite of the city’s permit parking statutes. City Hall, 4th floor, 1:10 p.m., Wed., Dec. 12.
Fair Housing Discussion: Antero Pietila’s 2010 book Not in My Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City, tells the story of how discrimination molded housing patterns in the Baltimore area. Join Pietila; moderator Carol Payne, director of the Baltimore field office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. executive director Robert Strupp, and Baltimore Housing’s Amy Wilkinson to discuss the roots of residential segregation in the Baltimore metropolitan area and efforts to overcome present-day barriers to fair housing choice. Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Wed., Dec. 12, 6:30 p.mInfo: Dan Pontious, or 410-732-0500 x1055.
Yoga at Virginia Baker: Bilingual community yoga is held on Wednesdays from 7-8 p.m. at the Virginia Baker Rec Center. A $5 donation per class is requested. Pre-registration is required. Info: 410-396-9156.

Thursday, December 13
Transform Baltimore Hearings: The Planning Commission will hold its second public hearing on Baltimore City’s newly proposed zoning code (TransForm Baltimore), City Council Bill 12-0152/Comprehensive Rezoning. This hearing will be held on Dec. 13  on the campus of the Baltimore City Community College (BCCC), at 2901 Liberty Heights Ave. The doors will open at 5 p.m. and staff will be available to answer questions from the public, from 5 -5:55 p.m. At 6 p.m. staff will give a 20- to 30-minute presentation; afterwards, the commission will take public testimony.  Info:, or 410-396-5173.
Community Christmas Concert: The Julie Community Center is having a community Christmas concert at St. Patrick’s Church on the corner of Broadway and Bank St. on Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. Donations support the work of the center.

Friday, December 14
A Christmas Carol, The Musical: South Baltimore’s favorite holiday show continues its tradition by offering free admission to all performances. Performances are December 7-16,  Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. The theater is located in Federal Hill adjacent to Riverside Park at 1530 Battery Ave. Free parking with permit obtainable at the door. Donations gratefully accepted.  Reservations are strongly recommended. Call 410-837-0971 or email Visit for information, directions and a video preview.
Moonlight Madness and Tree Lighting: Tree is lit, with caroling, hot chocolate and cookies, at 7 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 14, at the South Baltimore Rec Center. Santa will visit. Locally-owned Federal Hill shops and galleries are staying open late with specials, discounts, and refreshments, 8 p.m. to midnight. Get your Moonlight Madness Passport stamped at five local businesses, turn it in by midnight to Federal Hill Main Street, 42 E. Cross St., and be entered to win a goodie bag of Federal Hill items. Free gift wrapping, refreshments, and a chance to vote in the Fest-of-All Signature Drink Contest, also at Federal Hill Main St. For more info, call 410-727-4500, or visit


EVENT OF THE WEEK: Grand Opening of Patterson Dog Park: The new dog park opens to the public Dec. 15 at 11 a.m., at Linwood Ave. near the tennis courts. Info:

Saturday, December 15
Christmas Concert and Carole Sing: United Evangelical Church, 3200 Dillon St., Sun., Dec. 16, 1 p.m. Also, join the congregation for a potluck lunch at the Friendship Hall at 12 p.m., prior to the concert. Info: 410-276-0393.
Skating with Santa: Skate with Santa on Sat., Dec. 15, 3-5 p.m., at the Ice Rink in Patterson Park on Dec. 15. Admission is $4, and skate rental is $2. Info: 410-396-9392. The Family Skating Center’s hours for public skating are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Fridays from 7-9 p.m., and Saturdays from 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Highlandtown Train Garden and Santa House: The Highlandtown Community Train Garden and Santa House are open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Christmas season.

Sunday, December 16
Christmas Concert: The United Evangelical Church, at 3200 Dillon St., hosts a concert and caroling on Dec. 16, at 1:00 p.m. A potluck luncheon will be held in the Friendship Hall at 12 p.m. before the concert. Info: 410-276-0393
Highlandtown Train Garden and Santa House: The Highlandtown Community Train Garden and Santa House are open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the Christmas season.

Save the Date
Jan. 9 Fell’s Prospect Community Association Meeting: The association meets at 7:30 p.m. at Cristo Rey High School, 420 S. Chester St.
Jan. 10 Hampstead Hill Association Meeting: The meetings begin at 6 p.m. in the library (now located on the first floor) of the Hampstead Hill Academy, located at Linwood and Eastern avenues.  A representative from the City’s Office of Recycling will speak at the meeting.

Community Notebook
Muralists Wanted: The S. Durham St. Billie Holiday Project is seeking muralists to design and paint on one of the five walls of buildings on the 200 block of S. Durham St. Billie Holiday grew up here; murals should tie into her life, music, and lyrics. The Billie Holiday Project is a community arts project dedicated to building connections on the street and improving the appearance of the block. “We are really hoping to transform this block and highlight the historical connection with Billie Holiday,” says project leader Steve Schwei. Proposals are due Jan. 10, 5 p.m. Complete requirements can be obtained through Schwei at 262-784-4022, or
Lights! Camera! Action!: The Baltimore Film Office at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is now accepting entries for the eighth annual Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. Winners receive cash prizes, all-access passes to the 2013 Maryland Film Festival, and passes to local movie theaters. Eligible screenplays are given valuable coverage and critique. The deadline for submission is January 30, 2013. An application form is online at
Chesapeake Bay Trust Awards: The Chesapeake Bay Trust is now accepting applications for its 2013 awards program. These awards honor students, teachers, individuals, communities, and organizations for their work to promote education, improve local communities, and help restore the Chesapeake Bay.  All nominations and applications are due December 20. For questions about the awards program, please contact Molly Alton Mullins at or at 410-974-2941, ext. 107.
Eastpoint Soup Kitchen: St. Peter Lutheran Church, at 7834 Eastern Ave. offers a free soup kitchen on the last Saturday of every month, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. It is open to everyone who needs food or warm clothing.
Soup Kitchen at Our Lady of Pompei: A soup kitchen is offered every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Pompei cafeteria, 201 S. Conkling St. For more information or to volunteer, please call Steve Potorti at 443-831-0362.
St. Leo Helps the Homeless: St. Leo the Great in Little Italy is collecting toiletries for the homeless. Items such as soap, shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Drop off items at the parish office, 227 S. Exeter St.
Bagged Leaf Collection: Leaf collection continues through Jan. 14. Up to 20 bags of leaves will be collected from every address every Monday. Residents must call 311 before Sunday at 10 p.m. for the next day collection to schedule a pickup. Solid Waste will also continue to collect bagged leaves on citizens’ regularly scheduled trash collection day—up to five bags of leaves from each address every week. Leaves must be in clear or labeled bags and placed at regular refuse collection locations, not in the public right-of-way.
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.
Canton Baptist Food Drive: Canton Baptist, 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 Food Pantry: The 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. Info: 410-522-1705 or email

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