Community Calendar: March 28 through April 4, 2012

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Thursday, March 29

Open House: There is an open house at The Martin Pollak Project, 3701 Eastern Avenue on Thursday, March 29, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Join us to learn how we can be a resource to families and children in Highlandtown. Refreshments provided. Info/RSVP: Blanca Tapahuasco at 443-540-4360. Se habla Español.

Friday, March 30

Lotsa Pasta! Light Street Presbyterian Church, 809 Light Street, will host its first-ever pasta dinner fundraiser on Friday, March 30, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.  Pasta with choice of sauce, tossed salad, bread, beverages, and dessert.  $8 adults, $5 children (ages 3-12), dine-in or carry-out. Info: 410-539-0125,

Saturday, March 31

Bird Walk: Patterson Park holds a free bird walk on Saturday, March 31, 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. for all ages. Meet at the fountain in Patterson Park. Need binos? Drop an e-mail. No RSVP for the walk. Info:

Clean-Up Canton! On Saturday, March 31, 9 a.m., join Canton residents on O’Donnell Square for the spring clean-up. Bring gloves and rakes. Sponsored by the Canton Community Association and ODS Business Association.

Softball Sign-Ups: Fortview Community Softball, co-ed leagues for ages 5-17, currently have its last day of sign-ups on Saturday, March 31 at the Du Burns Arena, 9 a.m.-noon. Bring children’s birth certificate for proof of age, and be ready to pay registration fee. Info: Larry Vallerani 410-633-6672.

Last Day to Skate: The Mimi diPietro Family Ice Skating Center in Patterson Park will hold its last skating session of the season on Saturday, March 31, 3 p.m.-5 p.m.. Remember the spring season in the park starts on April 7 at the fishing festival, where registration opens 9:30 a.m.

Pow Wow: The Baltimore American Indian Center, 113 S. Broadway, has a traditional mini Pow Wow on Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. with grand entry at 11;30 a.m. Adults $3, Children $2. All are welcome. Info:

SBLC Gala: The South Baltimore Learning Center Gala, with its “cabaret” theme, is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m. with a live band and dancing, refreshments and silent auction, at Montgomery Park. Info: 410-625-4215,,

Tiny Tots: On Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m.-11 a.m., ages 2-5 can meet at the Pagoda to learn how “Reptiles Rule” in a Tiny Tot Safari. $5 suggested donation per child, with an adult. Kids can  make a craft, play a game, and read a story. Register in advance: The Audubon Society is looking for volunteers, too. Info: Kate Creamer, Volunteer Coordinator,at, 443-623-0717.

Tree Planting: On Saturday, March 31, there is a McElderry Park tree planting. Meet at 400 N. Luzerne Avenue, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free gloves and T-shirts for volunteers.Info/RSVP: Beth 410-585-8810.

Sunday, April 1

Church Dinner: The Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality of Sacred Heart of Mary Church, 6736 Youngstown Avenue, Dundalk, is sponsoring a chicken dinner and bazaar on Palm Sunday, April 1 in the Msgr. Parks School Hall at 6736 Youngstown Ave., noon-5 p.m. with baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, Harvard beets, sauerkraut, dessert and beverage. $12.00 adults, $4 children, carry outs are $1 extra. Info:

Farm-Fresh: The Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar opens on Sunday, April 1, 7 a.m. Located on Saratoga Street between Holliday and Gay streets under the Jones Falls Expressway, the Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar is open Sundays through December 23, 7 a.m. until sell-out, usually noon. Info:,

Monday, April 2

Congressional Consultation: A staff representative from Congressman John Sarbanes’ office visits the Southeast Anchor Library on the first Monday of the month from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. to assist constituents with issues they are having with federal agencies, such as the IRS and Social Security. The next date is Monday, April 2. Info: 410-832-8890.

Police and Community: The SouthEast Police Community Relations Council meets on Monday, April 2, 7 p.m at the Southeastern District of the Baltimore Police Department, 5710 Eastern Ave. This meeting repeats the first Monday of each month.

Wanna Play Soccer? Team registrations are being accepted for the Central Maryland Soccer Association’s 15th Annual Old Line State Classic, to be held April 13-15 in the Dundalk/North Point areas. Registration deadline is Monday, April 2. Info/forms:, Skip 410-363-8610 or

Wednesday, April 3

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.

HeadStart, a free pre-school programs 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

Happy Hour: Highlandtown’s artists and neighbors hold a happy hour on the first Wednesday of each month, 4 p.m.-8 p.m at the Laughing Pint. The next is Wednesday, April 4.

Mark the Calendar…

Auditions! The Baltimore Playwrights Festival ( announces general guditions for its upcoming season to be held at The Vagabond Players (, 806 South Broadway, on Monday, April 16, 7 p.m. Come prepared with a memorized two-minute monologue, and should bring six copies of their headshot and resume.

Class Reunion: United Evangelical Church, UCC, 3200 Dillon Street, holds its 50th class reunion for the UEC Confirmation Class of 1962. Reunion is on Sunday, May 27 with a celebration luncheon following the 10:30 a.m. worship. Class members are now being sought. Info: 410-276-0393,,

Community Notebook

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, 443-831-0538,

Wednesday, March 28, Pigtown, meet at the Bath House, 904 Washington Blvd

Monday, April 2, Riverside/SBNA, meet at the Riverside Park gazebo, Riverside Ave and E Randall St

Tuesday, April 3, New Southwest Mt. Clare, meet at the Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church, 1616 Wilkens Ave

Wednesday, April 4, Camden Crossing, meet at Washington Blvd and Scott St

Thursday, April 5, West Federal Hill, meet at the post Office on Ostend St.

Get Outta Town: There are gambling bus trips throughout the year to benefit the Sr. Julitta Siedlecka School for the Blind in Poland. Prices vary; call Gloria Weber, 410-276-1025 for details.

Thursday, April 5: Ocean Downs Casino, Ocean City

Wednesday, May 9: Delaware Park slots

Items for Community Calendar can be mailed to The Baltimore Guide at 526 S. Conkling Street, Baltimore, MD 21224, faxed to 410-732-6604, or e-mailed to 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.

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