Community Calendar: February 6 – 12, 2013

Email your events to dsweeney@baltimoreguide.com. Events are due at noon on the Friday before publication.

Wednesday, February 6
New and Expecting Parents: The Downtown Family Alliance is holding its New and Expecting Parent Social on Wednesday, February 6, 6-7:30 p.m., at the alliance’s new parenting center at 1118 Light St., Suite D, in Federal Hill. Wine, appetizers, and more. Seasoned parents will be there to answer your questions about strollers, schools, sleep training, daycare, playgroups, and so forth. Moms, dads, babies, and parents-to-be are all welcome. More info at dbfam.org.
Butchers Hill: The neighborhood association meets on Wednesday, February 6, at St. Andrews Church, at the corner of Lombard and S. Chester streets. The meeting includes a presentation from members of the Fire Department, information on the city-wide zoning overhaul from the Department of Planning, and free energy saver kits from Abby of Baltimore Energy Challenge.
Fell’s Point Residents Association: The association meets Wednesday, February 6, 7-8:30 p.m., at Bertha’s Mussels, second floor, 734 S. Broadway.
Highlandtown Arts: The group meets on Wednesday, February 6, from 7-8 p.m. at the Laughing Pint, 3531 Gough St.
Wednesday Walking Group: Sick of winter keeping you inside? Join us for a walk around Patterson Park. Wednesdays, 11:15 a.m. Meet at the corner of Ellwood and Eastern Ave. Info: katie@pattersonpark.com.
Bilingual Community Yoga: Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. at the VIrginia Baker Rec Center, Patterson Park. Info: 410-396-9156.
Chinese New Year: A special storytime for kids. Gung Hay Fat Choy! Wednesday, February 6, 11 a.m., Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Info: 410-396-1580.
Emily Raboteau: Her new book, Searching for Zion, takes readers around the world on an unexpected journey of faith. Wednesday, February 6, 6:30 p.m., Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Info: 410-396-5430.
Lunch Time Runs: Meet at 12:15 p.m., World Trade Center, Inner Harbor. Presented by Charm City Run, 410-65-8266.

Thursday, February 7
Free Salsa: The dance, not the condiment. Free classes every Thursday through February 7 at the Virginia Baker Recreation Center, Patterson Park. Class from 7:30-8:30 p.m., followed by open dance until 9 p.m. For adults and youth over 12. All levels welcome; to RSVP or for more information, please email katie@pattersonpark.com.

Friday, February 8
Valentine’s Ladies Night: Let everyone know your heart’s in Highlandtown! Meet at 401 S. Conkling St. at 6 p.m. Card-making, shopping specials, Sassy photo shoot, dancing, margaritas and more. Free to attend; gift bag for girls who attend! Friday, February 8, 6-9 p.m. Please RSVP to Amanda, 410-342-3234 X26, or amanda@southeastcdc.org.
Urban Bird Watching Walk: More than 180 bird species visit Patterson Park every year. Join us to find winter feathered friends. Sponsored by the Patterson Park Audubon Center and the Chesapeake Audubon Society. Binoculars available, drop an email to ppaudubon@gmail.com. Info: 410-558-2473.
Senior Tec: Communicate using the computer. For seniors. Fridays, 10 a.m., Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Info: 410-396-1580.

Saturday, February 9
Gardening: New and experienced gardeners are invited to Greening University. Learn about gardening with kids, community gardens, stormwater management, cooking, beekeeping and more. Free, but donations are welcome. Saturday, February 9, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, N. Charles St. and E. 33rd St., Levering Hall. Info and registration: www.cphabaltimore.org/ayic-greening-university.
Bingo! The Polish Home Club is holding Bingo on Saturday, February 9. Lunch is at 2 p.m.; Bingo starts at 3 p.m. Polish Home Club, 512 S. Broadway. $10 includes lunch. Cakes and prizes. Info: Call Theresa, 410-276-0527.
Ravioli Making: St. Leo’s in Little Italy is looking for volunteers to make ravioli on Saturday, February 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., St. Leo’s Church, 227 S. Exeter St. Info: Call Lisa, 410-675-7275.
Kerplunk! Family Art: A free drop in for families and kids of all ages. Visit the Creative Alliance for a tour and family art-making fun. Make a collage, drawing, or sculpture. Stop for a quick visit or stay for the whole afternoon. Youth should be accompanied by an adult; no reservations required. Saturdays through March 23, noon-3 p.m., Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. Info: rachel@creativealliance.org, 410-276-1651.
Family Skating: Saturdays 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Mimi DiPietro Ice Rink, 200 S. Linwood Ave., Patterson Park. Also Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Info: 410-396-9392.
African-American Roots: Learn how to research your family tree with Ray Lucas. Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave., 410-396-1580.
PAWS to read: Read with dog friends from Pets on Wheels. Pratt Library, Patterson Park Branch,158 N. Linwood Ave. Info: 410-396-0983.
Saturday Storytime: Family stories involving movement, Saturdays, 3 p.m., Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Info: 410-396-1580.

EVENT OF THE WEEK: All Things Italian: The Reverend Oreste Pandola Learning Center, housed in the former St. Leo School, is gearing up for the spring semester. Classes are available on everything from the Italian Language to making sausage. After Masses at St. Leo’s on Sunday, Feb. 10, staff and teachers from the school will be available at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. to answer questions about the school and classes. Info: www.pandola.baltimore.md.us

Monday, February 11
Patterson Park Neighborhood Association: The association meets on Monday, February 11, from 7-8 p.m., St. Elizabeth’s Church Hall, Baltimore and Lakewood.
Patterson Place Association: The Patterson Place Association meets February 11 at 7 p.m.at the Morning Edition restaurant on the corner of N. Patterson Park Ave. and E. Fayette St. For information call 410-276-3766.
Zumba: Mondays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Virginia S. Baker Rec Center, Patterson Park. Five dollars per class; all levels and drop-ins welcome. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Info: 410-276-3676.
Love: Make valentines for your friends and family. Monday, February 11, 3:30 p.m., Pratt Library, Patterson Park Branch,158 N. Linwood Ave. Info: 410-396-0983.
Peace Corps: Janet Schuhl, a representative of the Peace Corps, will talk about opportunities with the Peace Corps. Monday, February 11, 5:30 p.m., Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Info: 410-396-5430.
Free Computer Class: Intro to Microsoft Office and computer basics. Tuesday, February 12, 10 a.m., Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave., 410-396-1580.
Mother Goose Baby Steps: Interactive nursery rhyming with music and movement. Mondays, 11 a.m., Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Info: 396-1580.
Preschool Leaps: Stories, songs, and fun for preschoolers. Mondays, 11 a.m., Patterson Park Branch, Pratt Library, 158 N. Linwood Ave. Info: 410-396-0983.

Tuesday, February 12
Bayview Community Association: The association meets on Tuesday, February 12, 7-8:30 p.m., Our Lady of Fatima Church, Pratt and Kane streets.
Neighbors for Brewers Hill Association: The association meets on Tuesday, February 12, 7-8:30 p.m., St. Gerard’s Club, 3500 Foster Ave.
AARP Finances: Free financial classes for adults 50 and up. Tuesdays, Feb. 12, 19, 26, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Virginia Baker Rec Center, Patterson Park. Info and signup: aarp.cvent.com/d/kcqcg1
Valentine’s Cards: Make a valentine for someone special. Tuesday, February 12, 3:30 p.m., Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave., 410-396-1580.
Foodopoly: Executive director of Food and Water Watch, Wenonah Hauter, talks about her new book. Wheeler Auditorium, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St. Info: 410-396-5430.

Wednesday, February 13
Fell’s Prospect Community Association: The association meets on Wednesday, February 13, 7-8:30 p.m., Cristo Rey High School, 420 S. Chester St.
Fish Fry: Starts Ash Wednesday, February 13, and runs every Friday through Good Friday, serving from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Dundalk Knights of Columbus Hall, 2111 Eilers Ave., Dundalk. Alaskan Pollock, fries, slaw, roll, dessert, and beverages. $11 eat in, $12 carryout. Info: 410-409-8173 or 410-285-6660.

Save the Date
Feb. 14 Valentine’s Day Salsa Party: Come in pairs or solo to enjoy Patterson Park’s first Valentine’s Day Salsa Party. Beginners and experts welcome, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Info and RSVP: katie@pattersonpark.com.

Feb. 27—Bike Symposium: Bike Maryland hosts the 16th annual Bicycle Symposium. Attendees learn from experts on Bike Maryland’s legislative agenda, bike-share’s, bike-minded programs, the new Maryland Bike-Ways program and more. Wednesday, February 27, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., The Miller Senate Office Building, 11 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD. Info: Carol Sildorff at 410-960-6493.

Community Notebook

Greening University: Baltimore Green Space and the CPHA offer courses in best practices for gardening and managing open spaces. Courses include beekeeping and animal husbandry, fruit trees 101, and stormwater management for community green spaces. Info: www.cphabaltimore.org

Baltimore City Recreation and Parks and the Natural History Society of Maryland are looking for people interested in discovering more about nature in their neighborhoods and parks to participate in their A Naturalist in Every Neighborhood program. Those interested should contact representatives of the program by January 15 if interested.
Contact Charlie Davis, (410-882-5376, nhsm@verizon.net), Fran Spero (fspero@baltimorecity.gov, 410-396-7012) or Molly Gallant (Molly.Gallant@baltimorecity.gov, 443-984-4058) for more info.
Participants in the network will learn about specific animals and plants in their neighborhood and nearby park, as well as meet with other members of the network to learn animal and plant identification skills and compare nature observations among neighborhoods. Participants will be encouraged to share their discoveries with children, young adults, and other neighbors.

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.

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