Community Calendar: December 19 – December 25, 2012

Please send all calendar items to dsweeney@baltimoreguide.com. Events are due at noon on the Friday before publication.

Wednesday, December 19
How the Grinch Stole Storytime: Come to Whoville for a morning of stories and a special snack on Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. at the Southeast Anchor Library at 3601 Eastern Ave.

Saturday, December 22
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.

Rafael Alvarez’s Sixth Annual Highlandtown Literary Extravaganza: Prominent Baltimore journalist and writer Rafael Alvarez comes to the Southeast Anchor Library to read from his work “An Alley Most Narrow.” Other readings by Jill Yesko (“Murder in the Dog Park”), humorist Michele Wojciechowski, and Rosalia Scalia (“An Uncle Harry Christmas”). Moderated by poet Dean Bartoli Smith. Saturday, Dec. 22, at 2 p.m. at the Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Info: 410-396-1580

Sunday, December 23
Christmas Pink: The Ann Street Players are proud to announce the debut of “Christmas Pink,” a musical adapted from the story “Pink Polish” by Kathleen Barber. There will only be one performance of the special production on Sunday, Dec. 23, at Fell’s Point Corner Theater, 251 S. Ann St., at 5 p.m. Admission is free, but donations for the program are much appreciated.

EVENT OF THE WEEK: JFX Farmers’ Market: On Sunday, Dec. 23, from 7 a.m. until sell out, market-goers can shop for produce, a variety of meats, and holiday gifts and decorations. The 35th annual Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar is located on Saratoga St. between Holliday and Gay streets. Seasonal and holiday decorations will be available, including Christmas trees, garlands, gourds, ornaments, and wreaths. Shoppers can also pick up breakfast or a snack from one of the many vendors selling crepes, falafels, kettle corn, omelets, pit beef sandwiches, pizza, and other prepared foods.

Save the Date
Jan. 4  Agatha Christie’s ”The Mousetrap”: Directed by Eric C. Stein, at the Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway. In the dead of winter, a suspicious group of travelers is stranded in a remote guest house. Dame Agatha plays a grueling cat-and-mouse game that leaves no alibi unturned, no person safe from blame as the murders start to mount. Info:www.vagabondplayers.org
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.
Jan. 16 Parking: The RPP and Area 43 Work Group and possible vote has been rescheduled for Jan. 16 at 1:15 p.m. at City Hall.  This is the Work Session for: Bill 12-0125 (which addresses RPP Area 43, including whether it should be approved, discontinued, and/or extended) and Bill 12-0102 (which rewrites the Residential Permit Parking Area statute).

Community Notebook
Muscular Elves Needed: The Little Italy maps are now at the printer. The Promotion Center for Little Italy is a one-person volunteer office that needs a handful of volunteers to assist in getting the cases of maps delivered around Baltimore. Want to help? Contact info@littleitalymd.com.
Muralists Wanted: The S. Durham St. Billie Holliday 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 Holliday grew up here; murals should tie into her life, music, and lyrics. The Billie Holliday 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 Holliday,” says project leader Steve Schwei. Proposals are due Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. Complete requirements can be obtained through Schwei at 262-784-4022, or steveschwei@yahoo.com.
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 www.baltimorefilm.com.
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 mmullins@cbtrust.org 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 joanne@liftbaltimore.org.

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