Adopt-A-Lot: Those whose communities have adopted a vacant lot from the city can apply to get a $500 Home Depot gift card to help you revitalize your vacant lot. Supplies are limited. Apply at www.parksandpeople.org. Want to adopt a vacant lot? Go to www.powerindirt.com.
Call for artists: Harbor East is looking for artists to create window displays in the Harbor East shopping district. The theme is “Winter Wonderland: A Dickens Holiday.” Application deadline is Wednesday, Aug. 1. Info: www.promotionandarts.com, 410-752-8632.
Help the Homeless: The Church of St. Leo the Great in Little Italy is collecting toiletries for the homeless. Soap, shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Drop off items at parish office, 227 S. Exeter Street.
School Supplies: Breath of God Lutheran Church, 141 S. Clinton St., hosts Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 1, 6:30-8 p.m. In addition to getting school supplies, students and parents will have the opportunity to learn about various community services and enjoy some entertainment. The event is for students in grades K-8. Register by Friday, July 20. Info: 443-834-3144 or 410-675-5616 (English), or 443-683-2582 (Spanish).
Wednesday, July 11
Lethal Injection: The Vagabond Players, 806 S. Broadway, celebrates the Baltimore Playwrights Festival with the play Lethal Injection, July 20-Aug. 5. The play will be shown on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and on Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or can be purchased online at www.vagabondplayers.org. Info: 410-563-9135.
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, July 11, 6:30 p.m., Carrollton Ridge: meet at the Samuel F. B. Morse Recreation Center, Pulaski & Ashton Sts
Thursday, July 12, Sharp Leadenhall: meet at Sts Stephan & James, W Hamburg & S Hanover Sts
Monday, July 16, Hollins Roundhouse: meet at the Black Cherry Puppet Theater, 1115 Hollins St
Tuesday, July 17, Curtis Bay: meet at the Curtis Bay Recreation Center, Curtis Ave & Filbert St
Wednesday, July 18, Locust Point: meet at the Himalayan House Restaurant, E Fort Ave & Cooksie St
Thursday, July 12
Highlandtown Farmers’ Market: The market is on Thursday, July 12, 4-8 p.m., Eastern Ave. and Conkling St. It runs every Thursday into October, with local food goods and other items.
Family-Friendly Fun: The Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, has Family Friendly 2nd Thursdays of each month from 4-6 p.m., for tours, crafts, movies and more for ages 2 and up. Kids are $5, accompanying parents are free, general public is $10. The next one is Thursday, July 12. Info: Gena Morris 410-727-4808 ext. 132, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get Outta Town: There are gambling bus trips throughout the year to benefit the Sr. Julietta Siedlecka School for the Blind in Poland. Prices vary; call Gloria Weber, 410-276-1025 for details.
Thursday, July 12: Hollywood Casino, Charlestown, W.Va.
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 July 12 and July 26. Info: www.bsfs.org.
Friday, July 13
Cinema Al Fresco: Little Italy’s Open Air Film Fest is held each Friday in July and August at the corner of High and Stiles streets. Live music and dancing begins at 7 p.m.; movies begin at 9 p.m. BYO lawn chair. The schedule is as follows:
July 13 The Godfather
July 20 From Here To Eternity
Free Music: Harborplace and the Gallery host free outdoor music every Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., during the summer. On Friday, July 13, hear Gregg Hatza Organization Jazz, and on Saturday, July 14, hear Nadine Rae & The All-Stars Blues/R&B. Info/inclement weather notes: www.harborplace.com.
Wine & Wag Happy Hour: The Maryland SPCA is hosting its second Wine and Wag Happy Hour of the summer on Friday, July 13, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 3300 Falls Road, Hampden. There will be beer, wine, and complimentary appetizers, as well as dog activities. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Info: www.mdspca.org, www.mdspca.kintera.org/wag, 410-235-8826 X138.
Saturday, July 14
Bus Trip! United Evangelical Church of Christ, 3200 Dillon Street, has a bus trip on Saturday, July 14 to Lancaster, Pennsylvania for lunch, a show and shopping. Lunch at Bird-In-Hand Restaurant, see musical (“The Confession”) and shopping at Rockvale Square. Bus leaves from Golden Ring Co-op 9:15 a.m., returns 6:30 p.m., $80.00/person. Info/tickets: Darlene Waters 410-574-6021.
Town Fair: The annual Town Fair of White Marsh and Perry Hall is Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event includes family-friendly activities, musicians, a Kids Adventure Zone, petting zoo, over 180 vendors, and athletic demonstration. Info: www.thetownfair.net
Sunday, July 15
Dead Sea Scrolls: B’nai Israel Congregation, 27 Lloyd Street, hosts a free lecture, “The Latest Developments on the Dead Sea Scrolls,” in honor of Rabbi Alan and Linda Yuter, on Sunday, July 15, 11 a.m. Services are at 9:30 a.m., with a light breakfast at 10:30 a.m. RSVP required. Info: email@example.com, www.bnaiisraelcongregation.org
Tuesday, July 17
Music on the Hill: There’s “Music on Pagoda Hill” throughout the summer, with free concerts in Patterson Park.
Tuesday, July 17 (rain date Wednesday, July 18): Sac Au Lait with traditional and not-so-traditional Dixieland jazz.
Send Us Your Events: The Baltimore Guide is looking for your lists of community events that will be held in 2012. This can include community association meetings, church dinners and more. Items can be mailed 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. Note: The Community Calendar is for non-profit use; all activities must be open to the public and any admission fee must be less than $50.