Community Calendar: December 5 – 11, 2012

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Wednesday, December 5
Patterson Park Planning Committee Meeting: The committee is open to anyone who wishes to participate in developing the Master Plan for Patterson Park. The first meeting will be held Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Virginia Baker Rec Center.
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.

Friday, December 7
Bombs Away: Jake Smith’s Baltimore Boxing Promotions in association with Baltimore Boxing & Fitness hits the Du Burns Arena Friday, December 7 with “Bombs Away on Pearl Harbor Day,” a special tribute card loaded with matches featuring the best local boxers. Taking place on the 71st anniversary of Pearl Harbor, Baltimore Boxing will honor the late Mike “The American Dream” Dietrich, a beloved local star who tragically passed away in March 2010 at the age of 26. In his honor, the first-ever “Mike Dietrich Award” is being presented to legendary boxing trainer Frank Gilbert, and a canned food drive will take place throughout the evening for the church Dietrich attended. Tickets start at $20 and are available at The Du Burns Arena is at 1301 South Ellwood Ave.
Audubon Tiny Tots: Tiny Tots is an early childhood environmental education program where kids ages 2-5 make a craft, play games, and read a story. Please register at least two days before the program. Suggested donation is $5. Meet at the picnic tables on the northeastern shore of the Boat Lake, Patterson Park, at 10:30 a.m. on  Dec. 7 and Dec. 8. Info: 410-558-2473 or
Little Italy Tree Lighting: Sponsored by the Original Little Italy Restaurant Association, the tree lighting will take place on Friday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., in the parking lot at the corner Stiles and High streets. This is a free family event. Christmas carols will be performed by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, and Santa Claus will visit with treats for the children. Complimentary hot apple cider, hot chocolate, Italian cookies, and roasted chestnuts (while supplies last). Info:


EVENT OF THE WEEK: Audubon’s Youth Bird Monitoring: Meet at the Patterson Park fountain, Lombard St. and Patterson Park Ave., on Sat., Dec. 8, at 8 a.m. Look for, identify, and catalogue migratory birds. Free for students in grades 6-12, but please pre-register. Binoculars available. Info: 410-558-2473,

Saturday, December 8
Skating at the Ice Rink: 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. Info: 410-396-9392.
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 9
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.

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 Wednesday, Dec. 12,  from 7-9 p.m., at the Virginia Baker Rec Center.

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 December 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, and afterwards, the commission will take public testimony.  Info: or obtain information by phone by calling 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. at 7 p.m. Donations support the work of the center.

Save the Date
Dec. 15 Skating with Santa: Skate with Santa 3-5 p.m., at the Ice Rink in Patterson Park. Admission is $4, and skate rental is $2. Info: 410-396-9392.
Jan. 23 Fell’s Prospect COP: Fells Prospect’s Citizens on Patrol (COP) walk will resume after the holidays on Jan. 23, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Meet at the corner of S. Chester and Pratt streets just before 7:30.p.m. COP walks are a chance to talk one-on-one with law enforcement, and often a State’s Attorneys Office representative will join, too. Contact COP organizer, Debbie Ritter, to get involved: or 410-675-0273.

Community Notebook
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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One Comment on "Community Calendar: December 5 – 11, 2012"

  1. Krys Renzi December 6, 2012 at 8:34 am · Reply

    Hi I would like to submit community events. Can you please direct me.
    I have an event coming up next week – Here are the links

    Thanks for your assistance

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