Community Calendar: Feb. 15

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Wednesday, February 15
Where’s The Beef: Graceland United Methodist Church, 6714 Youngstown Avenue, Dundalk, has a sour beef and dumpling dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, $13.50/person, children’s menu and pricing available. Info: 410-633-8799.

Federal Hill Happenings: Federal Hill Main Street, 42 E. Cross Street, holds its annual meeting and election of board of directors on Wenesday, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m. Volunteer opportunities to work on festivals and committees. Info:,

Little League! South Baltimore Little League is now accepting applications for volunteer managers, coaches  and umpires. Those interested should plan on attending the next membership meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at 1101 E. Fort Ave., (Coke Field). Info:, Connie 443 756-8956.

Thursday, February 16
Go, Ravens! Interested in rooting for the Ravens? Tryouts will be held for Ravens Cheerleaders with a skill clinic on Feb. 18 (registration deadline of Feb. 16). Applicants are also being sought for Playmakers (the all-female promotional team that makes appearances in bars and on game days at the stadium). The 2012 Cheerleader Tryouts are March 3 at the Downtown Athletic Club. The Playmaker Tryouts are March 4 also at the Downtown Athletic Club. Info on both can be obtained by going to and clicking on the “People” tab.

Police and Community: The Southern District Police Community Relations Council meets on the third Thursday of each month. The next will be on Thursday, Feb. 16, with buffet opening at 6:30 p.m. at the Southern District Police Station, 10 Cherry Hill Road. Sign up now to host the buffet. Info: Jack Baker, 443-831-0538,

Friday, February 17
Curtain Going Up: Fells Point Corner Theater, 251 S. Ann Street, debuts a new play, “Coastal Disturbances,” about summer romances and more. The play runs Friday, Feb. 17-Sunday, March 4, with weekend shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Admission varies. Info:

Blood Drive: Patterson Park Public Charter School is hosting a Red Cross blood drive on Friday, Feb. 17, noon-6 p.m. Info/registration: Greg Heid 410.941.9395,

Saturday, February 18
Softball Sign-Ups: Fortview Community Softball, co-ed leagues for ages 5-17, currently have sign-ups every Saturday at the Du Burns Arena. The next will be on Feb. 18. Sign-ups are held from 9 a.m.-noon now through March 31. Bring children’s birth certificate for proof of age, and be ready to pay registration fee. Info: Larry Vallerani 410-633-6672.

SnoBall: the First Annual Snoball, to benefit the Scholarship Fund of the Associated Italian American Charities of Maryland, is held on Feb. 18, starting 5:30 p.m. at Nick’s Fish House and Grill, 2600 Insulator Drive. Info: Tom Iacoboni, 410-686-2100.

Lotsa Pasta! Little Italy offers fun sessions with ravioli-making on Saturday, Feb. 18, starting 9 a.m. in the St. Leo’s School hall, 912 Stiles Street. No experience necessary. On Saturday, March 3, there’s meatball-making, also at 9 a.m. The Ravioli Dinner is Sunday, March 4, noon-6 p.m. Info: Lisa Portera, parish office assistant 410-675-7275.

Sunday, February 19
Cookin’ With Diversity: On Sunday, Feb. 19, the Jewish Museum of Maryland (JMM), 15 Lloyd Street, hosts culinary historian Michael W. Twitty to give a cooking demonstrationof heritage, culture, faith, and community from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. in conjunction with the Jewish Museum of Maryland’s newest exhibition, Chosen Food: Cuisine, Culture and American Jewish Identity. RSVP to Rachel Cylus 410-732-6400 ext. 215,

Bingo! St. Elizabeth of Hungary has bingo and spaghetti dinner on Sunday, Feb. 19 at noon. Cost $20/person.

Fatima Jolly Club, 6420 E. Pratt Street, will sponsor a luncheon bingo with free parking on Wednesday, Feb. 29 (snow date: Wednesday, March 7), opening 10 a.m. with lunch at 11:15 a.m. and bingo starting 12:15 p.m. Tickets (not available at door) are on sale now for $18. Price includes paper package. Info: Pat 410-391-5627.

Potluck Luncheon: Hands and Hearts (St. Leo’s outreach group) hosts a potluck lunch on Sunday, Feb. 19, 12:30 p.m., at St. Leo’s Parish Hall. H&H offer parishioners of all ages a variety of service opportunities to volunteer while assisting the underprivileged of Baltimore. It is also a good opportunity to meet, work, and socialize with parishioners of St. Leo’s. RSVP to Maria Jackson at

Monday, February 20
Open House: St. Casimir Catholic School, 1035 S. Kenwood Avenue, has open house on Monday, Feb. 20, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Info: 410-342-2681,

School’s Out Skate: There’s a “School’s Out Skate” at the Mimi diPietro Family Skating Center on Monday, Feb. 20, with $4 admission and $2 skate rental, from noon-2 p.m. info: 410-396-9293.

Knitting Communities Together: The Bilingual Knitting Group meets on Mondays, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Virginia Baker Rec Center in Patterson Park. The next is on Monday,Feb. 20. Learn to knit with Friends volunteer and local knitting guru, Nancy Newman. Meet new friends, brush up on Spanish or English. Free. Info/RSVP:

Tuesday, February 21
Blood Drive: There’s a blood drive on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Stratford University (the former Baltimore International Culinary College building). Info/scheduling: Georgia Willis 410-752-4710, ext. 189.

Thursday, February 23
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 Feb. 23. Info:

Mark the Calendar for…
Raffle: The Knights of Columbus hold a premium raffle (cash payout prizes) for $50/ticket, with all ticket holders receiving admission to a special St. Patrick’s Day-themed dinner and performance by an Irish dance troupe on March 11, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., at St. Leo’s School Hall. Drawing at the event. Info: Fran Blattermann 410-207-7075.

Stage Interests: The Baltimore Playwrights Festival needs volunteers to direct staged readings of new scripts by local playwrights. Readings will take place on Saturdays in February and March, at various theaters in the Baltimore area. No experience necessary. Info: Miriam Bazensky, 410-756-2762.

Crafters and Vendors: Sacred Heart of Mary in Dundalk hosts its spring boutique on March 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tables are $25 each. Info: 410-633-2828.

Community Notebook
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, Feb. 15, Locust Point: walk cancelled

Monday, Feb. 20, Hollins Roundhouse: meet at the Black Cherry Puppet Theater, 1115 Hollins St 

Wednesday, Feb. 22, Pigtown: meet at the Bath House, 904 Washington Blvd 
Thursday, Feb. 23, Federal Hill/Federal Hill South: meet at Porter’s Pub, Riverside Ave & E Cross St  

Little Italy’s Culture: The Pandola Adult Learning Center in Little Italy offers its spring classes for adults and children in Italian language, food and drink, cooking, bocce, a book club and more. Many classes start in March, but registration is taking place now.  Info:, Rosalie Ranieri, principal 410-866-8494.

Tree Stump Carving: The city is seeking to commission a local professional artist for the Druid Hill Park Tree Stump Carving project. The artist will create artwork out of two existing tree stumps located at Druid Hill Park. The application deadline is Friday, March 15, 2012 by midnight.  Applications are online at, or call 410-752-8632.

Lenten Calendar
Shrove Tuesday Supper: Salem Lutheran Church, 1530 Battery Avenue, has a pancake and waffle dinner on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m.-7 p.m., $8/adults, $4/children under 6. Children under 3 are free.Includes choice of pancakes or waffles with fruit toppings, sausage and beverage. Carry out available for $8.25. Info:, 410-576-0487. Free parking available with permit obtainable at the door.

Shrove Tuesday dinner: St. Peter Lutheran Church will host a Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner Tuesday, Feb. 21, 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $6 adults. $3 children ages 4-1, children younger than 4 free. Pancakes are all-you-can-eat. Buy tickets at the door or at the Fellowship Hall before and after church, or call Phyllis Schmitt, 410-284-8387.

Lenten Foods: St. Casimir School has its Lenten foods sale from Ash Wednesday (Feb. 22) through Wednesday, April 4. Place orders each Wednesday by 3 p.m. for pickup on Friday between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Codfish cakes are $2.25/unfried and $2.50/fried, and crab cakes are $6.25/unfried and $6.50/fried. Potato and macaroni salads and cole slaw are $2.50/pound. The final sale is Wednesday, April 4 (place order by Friday, March 30). Info/orders: Laureen Brunelli 410-342-4975 until 5 p.m., Carol Kramer, 443-414-6784 from 5 through 8 p.m. , or the school 410-342-2681.

Note: If your church is offering Lenten meals, services or other activities, let The Baltimore Guide know. Use the contact info shown on page 6.

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