Community Calendar: January 23 – 29, 2013

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

Wednesday, January 23
A Safe and Clean St. Paddy’s: Councilman Jim Kraft is holding a meeting to plan for St. Patrick’s Day, which is March 17. Last year’s holiday brought mayhem to Canton. The meeting is on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 5:45-6:45 p.m. at the Kolbe Center, St. Casimir’s Church, 2800 O’Donnell St. Info: 410-396-4821.
Parking Hearing: The RPP and Area 43 Work Group and possible vote has been rescheduled for Jan. 23 at 9 a.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).
Planning the Park: The Patterson Park Informal Planning Committee meets on Wednesday, January 23, 7 p.m., at the Virginia Baker Rec Center. All are welcome. Info: 396-4821.
Build an Urban Farm: POSTPONED UNTIL FEBRUARY. Visit www.southeastcdc.org for updates.
Bilingual Community Yoga: Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m. at the VIrginia Baker Rec Center, Patterson Park. Info: 410-396-9156.
Preschool Leaps: Stories, songs, and fun for preschoolers. Wednesday, Jan. 23 and 30, 11 a.m., Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Info: 410-396-1580.
Mother Goose Baby Steps: Interactive nursery rhyming with music and movement, Wednesday, Jan. 23 and Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m., Patterson Park Branch, Pratt Library, 158 N. Linwood Ave. Info: 410-396-0983.
Adventures in Engineering: If you build it, fun will come. Every Wednesday, 4 p.m. Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Info: 410-396-1580.
Kids and Addiction: George E. Leary Jr., author of “What’s Wrong With My Kid?” talks about how parents can help their kids when drugs or alcohol are involved. He answers questions such as “What are the warning signs of drug or alcohol addicition?” and “How can a parent intervene and find treatment for the child and family?” Poe Room, Central Library, 400 Cathedral St., Wednesday, Jan. 23, 6:30 p.m. Info: 410-396-5430, SLRC@prattlibrary.org.
Lunch Time Runs: Meet at 12:15 p.m., World Trade Center, Inner Harbor. Presented by Charm City Run, 410-65-8266.

Thursday, January 24
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.
Science Thursdays: Explore science with a different project or experiment every Thursday, 4 p.m., Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Info: 410-396-1580.

Friday, January 25
Tiny Tots Safari: An hour of fun and education for tots 2-5 with adults, Friday, January 25, 10-11 a.m. Learn all about birds! Meet at the northeast side of the boat lake in Patterson Park. Suggested donation, $5. Please register at least two days in advance. Info and registration: 410-558-2473 or ppaudubon@gmail.com.
Shrimp Feast: Friday, January 25 is the last day to buy ticket’s for the St. Casimir’s Home & School Association Shrimp Feast. For tickets or information, please call Denise, 443-799-1578, email denisebates04@yahoo.com, or contact the school office, 410-342-2681.
Senior Tec: Seniors communicate using a computer. Friday, January 25, 10 a.m., Pratt Center for Technology Training, Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Info: 410-396-1580.

 

EVENT OF THE WEEK: 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.

Saturday, January 26
Urban Bird Watching Walk: Meet at the fountain in the northwest corner of Patterson Park on Saturday, January 26, at 8 a.m. Free; no need to register. More than 175 species of birds visit the park every year. Info: 410-558-2473 or ppaudubon@gmail.com.
Tiny Tots Safari: An hour of fun and education for tots 2-5 with adults, Saturday, January 26, 10-11 a.m. Meet at the northeast side of the boat lake in Patterson Park. Suggested donation, $5. Please register at least two days in advance. Info and registration: 410-558-2473 or ppaudubon@gmail.com.
Vagabond Opera: Jazz, swing, tango and folk-punk come to Baltimore with this six-piece Bohemian neo-cabaret gypsy rock ensemble, mixing orginal tunes with covers of Jacques Brel, Tom Waits, Raymond Scott, and Edith Piaf. Saturday, January 26, 8 p.m. at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. $20 non-members, $15 members and students. Info and tickets: creativealliance.org., or call 410-276-1651.
Graphics Class: Insert pictures, shapes, Clipart, and SmartArt graphics into Microsoft Word documents. Saturday, January 26, 10 a.m., Pratt Center for Technology Training, Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Info: 410-396-1580.
The Dark Knight Rises: The final installment of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy will be screened on Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m., at the Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Info: 410-396-1580.
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.
Saturday Storytime: Family stories involving movement, Saturday, Jan. 26, 3 p.m., Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Info: 410-396-1580.

Sunday, January 27
Dinner Bingo: St. Casimir’s is holding bingo and dinner on Sunday, January 27, at 10 a.m. at the Kolbe Center, 2736 O’Donnell St. The $20 price includes dinner and 25 games of bingo including a progressive jackpot. Five other specials may be purchased seperately. Proceeds benefit the St. Casimir’s scholarship fund. Dinner is served at noon. To make a reservation, call Marlene at 443-242-7074.
PPPCS Open House: Envision a new direction for your child’s education. Learn about Patterson Park Public Charter School’s unique curriculum and academic programs. Sunday, January 27, 1-4 p.m., Patterson Park Public Charter School, 2627 E. Baltimore St. RSVP at pppcsopenhouse2013.eventbrite.com/#. Info: 410-558-1230 X301.
St. Casimir’s Open House: St. Casimir Catholic School, 1035 S. Kenwood Ave., is hosting an Open House on Sunday, Jan. 27, 11 a.m-noon. Guests may visit classrooms, meet the principal and faculty, and see what there is to offer for your family. Please contact the school, 410-342-2681, to arrange a personal tour at another time, or visit our Web site: www.stcasimirschool.us
Highlights of the Walters: A free tour at the Walters Art Museum. Sunday, January 27, 1-2 p.m., 600 N. Charles St. Info: 410547-9000.

Monday, January 28
Mother Goose Baby Steps: Interactive nursery rhyming with music and movement. Monday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m., Southeast Anchor Library, 3601 Eastern Ave. Info: 396-1580.
Preschool Leaps: Stories, songs, and fun for preschoolers. Monday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m., Patterson Park Branch, Pratt Library, 158 N. Linwood Ave. Info: 410-396-0983.

Save the Date
Jan. 31—State’s Attorney Gregg Bernstein: Residents of Fell’s Point and the surrounding area met with police officials and Councilman Jim Kraft late last year to talk about crime in the area. As promised at that meeting, State’s Attorney Bernstein will now meet with citizens to give an overview of his office (which is responsible for prosecuting criminals), and to take questions. The meeting is on Thursday, January 31, at 7 p.m. at the Admiral Fell Inn, 888 S. Broadway, in the Admiral’s Room on the fifth floor. Info: 410-396-4821.
Feb. 2—Shrimp Feast: The St. Casimir Home & School Association will host its annual Shrimp Feast on Saturday, February 2, 7-11 p.m. at the UAW Hall on Oldham Street.  In addition to steamed shrimp, the menu will include much more. For tickets or information, please call Denise, 443-799-1578. Ticket deadline is January 25.
Feb. 6—New and Expecting Parents: The Downtown Family Alliance is holding its New and Expecting Parent Social on Wednesday, Feb. 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. Moms, dads, babies, and parents-to-be are all welcome. More info at dbfam.org.

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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