Community Calendar: June 20 – June 26, 2012

Wednesday, June 20
Hearing on Fee Hike: The Baltimore City Department of Public Works will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, June 27 to review a recommended increase of 9.0% for water/sewer rates and fees for Baltimore City customers. This rate increase, if approved by the Board of Estimates, will raise the annual water and sewer bill for a family of four by approximately $97. More information will be available shortly.
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.
Art Exhibit: School 33 Art Center, 1427 Light Street, has a new art exhibit, “Magically Suspicious,” now through Saturday, Aug. 18. An opening reception will take place on Saturday, July 7, 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Info: www.school33.org or call 443-263-4350.
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.
Summer Peace Camp: The Julie Community Center has slots for 35 campers ages 6 to 14 at its Summer Peace Camp, from July 2-27, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., at 100 S Washington St. First come, first served. Registration and info: 410-675-6300.
The 4th In 21222: The 78th Annual Dundalk Heritage Parade will be held on Wednesday, July 4 beginning 8:15 a.m., stepping off at the Logan Village Shopping Center on Dundalk Avenue. The theme for the parade this year is “Welcome Home Our Troops.” Entries must be decorated to reflect this theme in order to be considered for an award in one of 13 categories and/or the Theme Award. Another award is given will be given to the entry that best exhibits Youth Spirit and Participation. Applications for the parade are available at the North Point Public Library on Merritt Blvd and at the Dundalk Patapsco Neck Historical Society on Center Place across from the Dundalk Post Office. Application deadline is June 15. Info: Patricia Herman 410-285-4550, DundalkParade@comcast.net.
Parish Carnival: The annual Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish Carnival takes place on the parish grounds, 600 South Conkling St., Monday, June 18, to Saturday, June 23. The event includes food, rides, games, and a flea market. Schedule: Monday through Thursday 7-10 p.m., Saturday 6-10 p.m. Info: 410-342-4336.
Adult Learning: Learning Is For Tomorrow (LIFT), 900 South East Avenue, has small-group classes in reading, writing, math, and life skills for adults (ages 16 and over). Morning, evening and afternoon classes are held in the lower level of the former St. Brigid’s School. Classes for adults with learning difficulties, learning disabilities and learning challenges. Additionally, LIFT provides English writing and grammar instruction to the deaf/hard of hearing community and literacy instruction for adults who are blind or have low vision. Info: 410-522-1705 or email joanne@liftbaltimore.org.
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 jackbaker@sdpcrc.org, 443-831-0538, www.sdpcrc.org.
Wednesday, June 20: Locust Point: meet at the Himalayan House Restaurant, E Fort Ave & Cooksie St
Monday, June 25: Mt. Winans: meet at S Paca St & Hollins Ferry Rd
Tuesday, June 26: Brooklyn: meet at the Hargrove District Courthouse, 700 E Patapsco Ave
Wednesday, June 27: Pigtown: meet at the Bath House, 904 Washington Blvd
Thursday, June 28: Federal Hill/Federal Hill South: meet at Porter’s Pub, Riverside Ave & E Cross St
Monday, July 2: Riverside/SBNA: meet at the Riverside Park gazebo, Riverside Ave & E Randall St
Tuesday, July 3: New Southwest Mt. Clare: meet at the Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church, 1616 Wilkens Ave
Wednesday, July 4: Camden Crossing: meet at Washington Blvd & Scott St
Thursday, July 5: West Federal Hill: meet at the post Office on Ostend St
Monday, July 9: Lakeland:  suspended until September
Tuesday, July 10: Union Square: meet at W Lombard & S Stricker Sts
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
Rides: WWII veterans are looking for convertibles, open Jeeps and other appropriate transportation so that they can take part in Dundalk’s parade on Wednesday, July 4, starting at 8:15 a.m. from the Logan Village Shopping Center on Dundalk Avenue. Info/to volunteer a ride: Don Mason 410-284-6835 or 410-215-0814.
Lunch for seniors: Canton Baptist Church hosts a free lunch for seniors age 60 and up Thursdays from noon-2 p.m. All seniors are welcome. For info call 410-563-1177 or check www.cantonbaptist.net.
Food Drive: The Maryland Food Bank is trying to fill its empty shelves in order to help hungry residents find food. Help by donating items, or by going online and making a donation. $10.50 feeds a hungry person for a whole week. Info: Maryland Food Bank, 2200 Halethorpe Farms Rd. Baltimore, MD 21227-4551, www.mdfoodbank.org, 410-737-8282.
South Baltimore Emergency Relief, 110 E. West St., is open to receive donations of non-perishable food items, toiletires (travel size or full size, new blankets (any size) and monetary donations, from Mondays through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., or by appointment by calling 410-752-1336.
Food needed: Canton Baptist Church, 3302 Toone St., is trying to keep the shelves of its food pantry full. To donate, call 410-563-1177 or stop by the church. Canned vegetables, fruit and meats, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, bread, crackers, pasta sauce, condensed, evaporated and powdered milk, bottled water and juices are all needed and welcome, as are cash and checks.
Dundalk Church of the Nazarene, 1626 Lynch Road, has a food pantry to held families in the community. Those in need, or those wishing to donate food, call: 410-288-5136, Michael Fiorenza 410-633-3696.
Old Shoes? Want to donate old shoes to someone in need? Drop them off at the donation bin at Holabird Sports, 9220 Pulaski Hwy. (410-687-6400).
HeadStart Openings: HeadStart, a free pre-school program with meals for ages 3, 4 and 5, has openings at the Our Lay of Fatima site, 6400 E. Pratt Street. Info: 410-558-0919
Weekly Walking Group: Patterson Park area’s walking group meets at the Pagoda on Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. for a walk around the park. All welcome (adults, kids, babies in strollers, etc.) Info: katie@pattersonpark.com, 410-276-3676.
Local Preschool Openings: United Evangelical’s PACT program (Parents and Children Together) has openings for preschoolers to learn through art, projects, and play. Info/classroom visits: Concetta Clark 410-995-0118.

Thursday, June 21
Recovery Ministry: Dundalk Church of the Nazarene has a Recovery Ministry every Thursday at 7 p.m. for those with hurts, habits or hang-ups. All welcome. Info: 410-288-5136.
Help For Homeless Pets: The Maryland SPCA and the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter are teaming up with the Baltimore Guide to collect supplies and toys for homeless cats and dogs, as well as supplies for the shelters themselves. Items  may be taken directly to the animal shelters (addresses below). Needed are donations of kennel supplies (cleaning products, etc.), pet supplies (dog and cat toys, collars and leashes) and office supplies (copy paper, markers, pens, etc.). Full lists can be found on the groups’ websites. The Maryland SPCA, located at 3300 Falls Rd. in Hampden: www.mdspca.org or 410-235-8826, or the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, located on Stockholm St. in South Baltimore:  www.baltimoreanimalshelter.org or 410-396-4695.
Little Italy Bus Trip: The Little Italy Lodge #2286 has a trip to Bronx Little Italy, NY on Thursday, June 21, 7:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., $35/person.Info: Sue Spinnato-Walmsley 443-691-3046, John Kutz 410-952-2794.
Police and Community: The Southern District Police Community Relations Council meets on the third Thursday of each month. The next will be on Thursday, June 21, 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 jackbaker@sdpcrc.org, 443-831-0538, www.sdpcrc.org.
Soccer in Patterson Park: Patterson Park’s Panteras could use some volunteer coaches for the next session, starting Thursdays, 6 p.m.-7 p.m. on June 21. Info/to volunteer: katie@pattersonpark.com.
Feral Cats: The Spay/Neuter Coalition sponsors workshops on the TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) program, including how to humanely trap feral cats and find organizations that provide spay/neuter programs. Meetings are held at the Maryland SPCA, 3300 Falls Rd. in Hampden on the first Wednesday of each month, 7 p.m.-9 p.m, and at the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, 301 Stockholm St. in South Baltimore, every third Thursday of the month, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Info: www.alleycat.org/baltimore/index.html. RSVP to alleycat@alleycat.org.

Friday, June 22
Bingo at the Church: United Evangelical Church, 3200 Dillon Street, has a family fun bingo night at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 22.
Free Music: Harborplace and the Gallery host free outdoor music every Friday and Saturday during the summer, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.  On Friday, June 22, hear Tom Principato Blues/Roots and on Saturday, June 23, hear Groove Stu R&B/Neo-Soul. Info/inclement weather notes: www.harborplace.com.
Live Music: West Shore Park continues its Summer Socials series with the Crawdaddies on Friday, June 22, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. with a beer and wine garden, food trucks and a family-friendly play area. BYO bathings suits and towels to play in the fountain. info: www.waterfrontpartnership.org.
Bingo! United Evangelical Church, UCC, 3200 Dillon Street, has family bingo on Friday, June 22, opening 5:15 p.m. Food available, along with prizes and fun.

Saturday, June 23
Federal Hill Clean-Up: Federal Hill South holds a community clean-up on Saturday, June 23, 9 a.m.-noon. A dumpster will be delivered that morning to the corner of Battery & Gittings. Bags, rakes, brooms and shovels will be available starting at 9 a.m. Please don’t bring trash to dump until after 10 a.m. when the dumpster arrives. Info/to volunteer: Mary Concannon  maryfitness@yahoo.com.
LatinoFest: LatinoFest starts in Patterson Park on Saturday, June 23, noon-10 p.m. and also runs noon-9 p.m. on Sunday, June 24. Info: www.latinofest.org, 410-563-3160.
Sci-Fi Reading: The Baltimore Science Fiction Society, 3310 E. Baltimore Street,  is pleased to announce its book discussion reading list. The book group meets the fourth Saturday of the month at 6:30 p.m. All book lovers are welcome. On June 23, there’s Paolo Bacigalupi’s “The Windup Girl.” On July 28, it’s Brandon Sanderson’s “The Way of Kings.” On Aug. 25, it’s “Parable of the Sower.” On Sept. 22, it’s Nnedi Okorafor’s “Who Fears Death.” Info: /www.bsfs.org.
Lotsa Pasta! Salem Baltimore Hispanic UMC, 3405 Gough Street, holds a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, June 23, 5 p.m.-8 p.m., $10 adults, $10 children, free for ages 4 and under. Info/tickets: Vicky or Al 410-477-2558.

Sunday, June 24
Jewish Baltimore: The Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, has a presentation, “Glimpses of Jewish Baltimore,” on Sunday, June 24, 2 p.m., by Gil Sandler.  Free with museum admission. Info: 410-732-6400.

Monday, June 25
Vacation Bible School: Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8212 Philadelphia Road in Rosedale, has vacation bible school for ages 3 (must be potty trained) through middle school, on Monday, June 25-Friday, June 29, 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Bible stories, crafts, games and snacks. Info: Susan 410-391-3774, church 410-866-8766, www.poplutheranbaltimore.org.
Vacation Bible School: There’s vacation bible school from Monday, June 25-Friday, June 29 in St. Brigid’s Hall.
Music on the Hill: There’s “Music on Pagoda Hill” throughout the summer, with free concerts in Patterson Park, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. BYO lawn chair or picnic blanket. Info: 410-276-3676.
Tuesday, June 26 (rain date Wednesday, June 27): Strykers Posse with dancehall and roots-and-culture reggae.

Tuesday, June 26
Greektown: The Greater Greektown Neighborhood Association meets at 7 p.m. at John Rurah Elementary on the last Tuesday of each month. The next meeting is June 26. Info: ggna.baltimore@gmail.com.
New Mom 101: New moms can come meet other new moms (adoptive and biological) and talk over those first weeks of life with Sara Groves, R.N. every Tuesday, now through July 3, at 10:30 a.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1025 South Potomac Street (on O’Donnell Square) in Canton. Info: Sara 443-750-1636, church410-935-3696.
Atlantic City Trip: A bus organized by the Senior Steelworkers of Local 9477 departs for Atlantic City on Tuesday, June 26, at 10 a.m., returning at 10 p.m., $23/person. Info: Lena 410-633-7115.

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