Wednesday, January 18
Free Classes for Adults: Patterson Park Public Charter School, 27 N. Lakewood Avenue, has free classes for adults. Info: Dr. Liz Obara 410-558-1230, ext. 374, LObara@pppcs.org.
Pre-GED Class: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. now through March 29.
Spanish Beginner: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., now through June 4.
Spanish Intermediate: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., now through May 29.
Computer Class: Mondays, Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Jan. 18-March 28.
Meditation: Salem Lutheran Church, 1530 Battery Avenue, invites the community to join for silent prayer and meditation, followed by tea and cookies, at 7 p.m. every Wednesday in January (18 and 25). People of all faiths and none are warmly welcomed. Info: www.salemsouthbaltimore.org.
Mulch Ado: DPW will have Christmas tree pickup now through Tuesday, Jan. 31. Residents should set out trees on their regularly scheduled trash collection day at the same location where their trash is collected. All tinsel and ornaments must be removed from trees before they are set out for curbside collection. Want your tree mulched and want the mulch back? DPW will provide Christmas tree mulching Monday through Saturday during the entire month of January from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Reedbird Avenue Citizen Drop-off Center, 701 Reedbird Avenue. Residents may bring their own bags or containers if they wish to collect mulch for their own use. Community groups are also encouraged to bring bags or containers and collect free mulch for neighborhood gardens while supplies last.
Religious Interests: The Center for Downtown Judaism at B’nai Israel, 27 Lloyd St, has free classes meeting on Thursdays, now through May 31. Come to one or all. contained) On Tuesdays from 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., learn about the development of Jewish thought in the modern period. On Thursdays from 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., enjoy close readings of the Gospel of Mark and an interfaith dialogue. On Thursdays, from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., there’s “Yoreh Deah” (prerequisites required). Info: email@example.com.
Thursday, January 19
Police and Community: The Southern District Police Community Relations Council meets on the third Thursday of each month. The next will be on Thursday, Jan. 19, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-831-0538, www.sdpcrc.org.
Feed your Head: Avant-garde poet Alan Kaufman will read from his new memoir “Drunken Angel” at Acropolis Restaurant, corner of Eastern Ave. and Oldham St., on Thursday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. Writer Rafael Alvarez will read from his work on rock ‘n’roll to open the show. Free appetizers and live music. This is the first of a year-long literary series in Greektown. Info: email@example.com.
Sing! A cappella Open House on Thursdays, Jan. 19 and 26 at 7 p.m. at the North Point Government Center, Wise Ave. & Merritt Blvd. sponsored by the Star Spangled Chorus. Free voice lessons, in an ensemble setting, for women
of all ages and all voice parts are available. Info: Doris 410-747-8032 or Bev 410-866-2288.
Saturday, January 21
War of 1812: The War of 1812 will be recapped in two 90-minute illustrated lectures by Jack Trautwein on Saturdays, Jan. 21 and Jan. 28, each at 1 p.m. Lectures are $10 each, free to Preservation Society members. Info: 410-675-6750, ext. 16.
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 Jan. 21. 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.
Sunday, January 22
Eco Conference: The American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, hosts its “State of the Earth 2012” Eco Conference on Sunday, Jan. 22, 10 a.m. Free and open to the public. Info: 410-244-1900, www.avam.org.
Bingo! St. Casimir Church Hall (Kolbe Center), 2736 O’Donnell Street, will have a non-smoking, handicap-accessible dinner bingo on Sunday, Jan. 22, opening 10 a.m., $20/person. Proceeds benefit the building fund. Info/reservations: 410-276-4412.
Monday, January 23
Wannabe Screenwriters: Write a new screenplay or dust off that timeless script and submit it for the 2012 Baltimore Screenwriters Competition. Deadline with $50 fee is Monday, Jan. 23. Info: www.baltimorefilm.com.
Knitting Community 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, Jan. 23. Learn to knit with Friends volunteer and local knitting guru, Nancy Newman. Meet new friends, brush up on Spanish or English. Free. Info/RSVP: Katie@pattersonpark.com.
Tuesday, January 24
Fight Crime: Highlandtown holds its Citizens On Patrol (COP) walk every Tuesday, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. from the corner of Gough and Conkling streets. The next walks are on Tuesday, Jan. 24 and Tuesday, Feb. 7.
Bus Trip: The Senior Steelworkers of Local 9477 have a bus trip to Atlantic City on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., $23/person with $25 rebate. Info/tickets: Lena 410-633-7115.
Wednesday, January 25
Bicycle 101: Bike Maryland teaches bicycle safety to adults at its “Become a Bike Ambassador” program on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Port Discovery, 35 Market Place. Two Sessions are offered: 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.Learn how to teach youth bike safety and adult commuter workshops. A meal will be served. Space is limited. You can also have a Bike Maryland rep come to schools, offies, etc. to discuss bicycle transportation. Info: www.bikemd.org.
Mark the Calendar…
Go, Ravens! Interested in rooting for the Ravens? Tryouts will be held for Ravens co-ed cheerleaders with skill clinics on Feb. 7 (registration deadline Feb. 2) and Feb. 18 (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 www.baltimoreravens.com and clicking on the “People” tab.
Southside Grants: The Southside Marketplace Grant offers an annual total of $10,000 to help fund the projects and services of community organizations that provide benefits to the residents of the South Baltimore peninsula. Grant applications are now being accepted for the 2012 year. These funds will be distributed in March of 2012. Info/application materials: Dave Hirst 410-986-0371, firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is Jan. 31, 2012.
Tax Time: The IRS has announced the due date for filing this year: Tuesday, April 17. (If a tax due date falls on a weekend or a holiday, the next business day becomes the due date. This year April 15 is a Sunday and Monday, April 16 is a federal holiday so the due date falls on Tuesday, April 17). Info: www.irs.gov.
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 email@example.com, 443-831-0538, www.sdpcrc.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 25, Pigtown: meet at the Bath House, 904 Washington Blvd.
Thursday, Jan. 26, Federal Hill/Federal Hill South: meet at Porter’s Pub, Riverside Ave & E Cross St
Wednesday, Feb. 1, Camden Crossing: meet at Washington Blvd & Scott St.
Items for Community Calendar can be mailed (along with check or credit card information when appropriate) to The Baltimore Guide at 526 S. Conkling Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, faxed to 410-732-6604, or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for each week’s issue is Friday at noon of the week before. A contact name, phone number or e-mail must be included with all submissions.