Community Calendar: November 21-27, 2012

EVENT OF THE WEEK: Ice Skating: The Dominic “Mimi” DiPietro Family Skating Center’s 2012-2013 season has begun. Public sessions are Tuesday 11 a.m..-2 p.m.; Thursday 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Friday 7-9 p.m.; Saturday 3-5 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; and Sunday 3-5 p.m. Learn to skate classes available. Admission is $4, and skate rental is $2. Info: 410-398-9392.

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Wednesday, November 21
Thanksgiving Eve Bull Roast at the Power Plant: Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and include open bar access to all the bars and clubs from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., in addition to a bull roast featuring pit beef and ham at 7 p.m. and live music all night long. Info: www.waterfrontpartnership.org.

Thursday, November 22
Thanksgiving Family Day Polka Mass: Mass is at 10 a.m. Everyone is welcome to help celebrate this year’s theme “The Year of Faith”  in memory of Msgr. Richard E. Parks. Sacred Heart of Mary Church, 6726 Youngstown Ave.

Gobble, Cobble Turkey Trot: You can still register for the Turkey Trot, which starts at 8 a.m. The course starts just outside of the MAC Harbor East, runs down Lancaster St. into Fell’s Point, and tours the waterfront on the old cobblestone roads filled with trolley tracks, missing cobblestones, and sunken portions of roadway. No strollers. There is walk-up registration for $30 on Wednesday at MAC Harbor East from 12-7 p.m. There is race day registration at the MAC for $30, also. Info: http://www.baltimorerunning.com.

Friday, November 23
Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees: Festival of Trees will once again feature a fairyland forest of more than 600 decorated trees, wreaths, and gingerbread houses. New this year: a Harry Potter castle. Additional highlights include the popular train garden, more than 100 gift boutiques, silent auction, raffle, hourly live entertainment and crafts, and carnival games for children ages 1 to 92.  The festival runs from Nov. 23- Nov. 25 and is held at the Cow Palace, Maryland State Fairgrounds. Admission is $13 for adults and $7 for seniors and children ages 5-12. Children 4 years old and younger are free. Info: www.festivaloftrees.kennedykrieger.org.

Festival of Trains and Toys: The B&O Railroad Museum tributes past holiday collections and traditions at its annual event. To kick off the celebration, America’s oldest operating Civil War steam engine arrives with Civil War Santa and Mrs. Claus on Friday, Nov. 23, 10:30 a.m. Debuting opening weekend November 23-25 on the Roundhouse’s 60-foot wooden turntable is a LEGO toy train layout. Admission is $16 for adults and $10 for children. The B&O Railroad Museum is located at 901 West Pratt St. Info: http://www.borail.org/

Saturday, November 24
Saturday Storytime: 3 p.m. at the Southeast Anchor branch of the Enoch Pratt Library, 3601 Eastern Ave.

Bird Watching: More than 180 bird species visit Patterson Park each year, and migration season is the time to meet them. Meet at the fountain in the northwest corner of the park at 8 a.m. No need to register. We have binoculars to lend you–just drop us an e-mail Info: ppaudubon@gmail.com  

Sunday, November 25
Dinner Bingo: St. Casimir Church at 2736 O’Donnell St. (Kolbe Center) will host a non-smoking, handicap-accessible dinner bingo starting at 10 a.m. The cost is $20 per person. Proceeds benefit the scholarship fund. Call Marlene for reservations: 443-242-7074.

Monday, November 26
Crime in Fell’s Point: Councilman Kraft’s office has scheduled a community meeting with Major Davis and Captain Hyatt of the Southeast Police Department to discuss the recent crimes throughout greater Fell’s Point. This meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at Max’s Taphouse (737 S. Broadway)

Tuesday, November 27
Living With Lung Cancer:  An educational event to learn about the latest innovations and future directions in the fight against lung cancer, including prevention, comprehensive treatment, cancer support services, and patient leadership. The event takes place at 6 p.m. (a light dinner precedes the program) at the Asthma & Allergy Center, Johns Hopkins Bayview Campus, 5501 Hopkins Bayview Circle. Parking is available in the mid-campus lot across from the Asthma & Allergy Center. RSVP: 410-955-LUNG (5864).Info: visit www.hopkinsmedicine.org/lungcancerprogram.

Bus Trip to Atlantic City: The Senior Steelworkers Local 9477 is sponsoring a bus trip to Atlantic City. Bus leaves 550 Dundalk Ave. at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and returns at 10 p.m. Tickets are $23. Info: 410-633-7115.

Help Teddy Get Ready: Dress Teddy for a day of fun, school, or bed. Orleans St. branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, 1303 Orleans St. at 3:45 p.m.

“The Hunger Games”: The movie will be shown at the Orleans St. branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library at 5:30 p.m.

Kindergarten Visiting Day at PPPCS: Parents who are interested in sending their children to Patterson Park Public Charter School this coming fall will have an opportunity to see the kindergarten classrooms, meet teachers, and meet the principal. Parents may visit on Nov. 27 at 9 a.m. The school is located at 27 N. Lakewood Ave. Please visit www.pppcs.org to learn more. Hablamos español. Info: Enrollment@pppcs.org

Wednesday, November 28
Residential Permit Parking Work Session: A City Council Work Session has been scheduled for two Council bills related to residential permit parking. The two bills are: Bill 12-0125 (this bill addresses RPP Area 43, including whether it should be approved, discontinued, and/or extended.) and Bill 12-0102 (this bill rewrites the residential permit parking area statute.) The Work Session will be held at 5 p.m. at City Hall in the Council Chambers on the fourth floor.

Happy Hour with the Friends of Patterson Park: 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Sharky’s Bar and Grill (2819 Eastern Ave, across from the Pulaski Monument). Become a member/bring a new member to the Friends and get a free drink and the latest Friends treasure.

Save the Date
Nov. 29 Help the Mayor with the Budget: The Citizen Budget Workshops provide an opportunity for citizens to roll up their sleeves and help Mayor Rawlings-Blake with the tough decisions she faces in the upcoming fiscal year. Participants will  be able to prepare their own budget recommendations. Digital Harbor High School,1100 Covington St., 6-8 p.m.

Nov. 30 Holidays in Highlandtown: The festivities begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, with the lighting of the holiday tree near the Southeast Anchor Library at the corner of Eastern Ave. and Conkling St.  A certain Jolly Old Elf will appear, and the Highlandtown Merchants’ Association Santa House will be open for wish lists and pictures. Then everyone will stroll across Conkling for the grand opening of the Highlandtown Train Garden, at Engine Company 41, 520 S. Conkling St. After the trains start moving, head back across the street because the Southeast Anchor Library is staying open late for “Arthur Christmas.” Curtain time is 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Dec. 1 Fells Point Egg Nog Contest: This year’s contest will be held from noon to 5 p.m. This free event is part of Fell’s Point Main Street’s Olde Tyme Christmas Holiday weekend. Restaurants and retailers offer a taste of their very best eggnog to visitors and residents. Visitors will again pick up their ballots at the Fell’s Point Main Street booth on Broadway Square and head out to sample special eggnog recipes.

Dec. 1 Holiday Hoopla in Historic Dundalk: Free for the whole family at Center Place, Shipping Place, and Heritage Park. A free holiday parade, Santa in the park, a cookie tour, and train garden, from 4 -7 p.m. Info: dundalkusa.org or call 410-282-0261.

Dec. 1 No Pain, No Spain 5K and Fun Run: Over Spring Break of 2013, middle school students from the Patterson Park Public Charter School will be traveling to Spain in order to experience a new culture and meet students from their buddy classroom in Toledo, Spain. The race is a fundraiser. Info: www.pppcs.org.

Dec. 1 The 29th Annual Merry Tuba Christmas: Over 200 festively-dressed tuba and euphonium players will capture the spirit of the holiday as they blend their unique styles, rhythms, and progressions for all to enjoy. Free at the Harborplace Amphitheater at 3 p.m.

Dec. 1 Flea Market: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, at 3131 E. Baltimore St. will have a flea market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be held in the lower level of the church. Christmas items, baked goods, and other items will be for sale.

Dec. 2 Merry Mart: Merry Mart is an annual juried holiday craft show that showcases high-quality handmade arts and crafts from indie crafters, including members of the Charm City Craft Mafia, the Baltimore Etsy Street Team, and fine artists and crafts people from Highlandtown and across the region. The event will be held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Creative Alliance, at 3134 Eastern Ave.

Dec. 3 Southeastern District Community Relations Council Meeting: This meeting is open to all residents and business owners of the Southeastern District. The Council serves as a multi-functional liaison for the community’s residents and business owners and the Southeastern police. The meeting will be held at 5710 Eastern Ave. at 7 p.m.

Dec. 5 Patterson Park Planning Committee Meeting: This committee will be open to anyone who wishes to participate in developing the updated Master Plan for Patterson Park. The first meeting of the planning committee will be held  at 7 p.m. in the Virginia Baker Rec Center. At this meeting, the role and structure of the committee will be discussed and a schedule of regular meetings will be developed.

Dec. 7 Little Italy Tree Lighting: The Little Italy Christmas Tree Lighting is sponsored by the Original Little Italy Restaurant Association and will take place at 7 p.m. in the parking lot at the corner Stiles and High streets. This is a free family event. Christmas carols will be performed by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Santa Claus will visit with treats for the children. Complimentary hot apple cider, hot chocolate, Italian cookies, and roasted chestnuts (while supplies last). Info: Info@LittleItalyMD.com.

Community Notebook
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.

Eastpoint Soup Kitchen: St. Peter Lutheran Church, at 7834 Eastern Ave. offers a free soup kitchen on the last Saturday of every month, from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. It is open to everyone who needs food or warm clothing.

Soup Kitchen at Our Lady of Pompei: Soup Kitchen, every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Pompei cafeteria, 201 S. Conkling St. For more information or to volunteer, please call Steve Potorti at 443-831-0362.

St. Leo Helps the Homeless: St. Leo the Great in Little Italy is collecting toiletries for the homeless. Soap, shaving cream, deodorant, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. Drop off items at the parish office, 227 S. Exeter St.

Bagged Leaf Collection: Leaf collection continues through Jan. 14. Up to 20 bags of leaves will be collected from every address every Monday. Residents must call 311 before Sunday at 10 p.m. for the next day collection to schedule a pickup. Solid Waste will also continue to collect bagged leaves on citizens’ regularly scheduled trash collection day—up to five bags of leaves from each address every week. Leaves must be in clear or labeled bags and placed at regular refuse collection locations, not in the public right-of-way.

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.

Canton Baptist Food Drive: Canton Baptist, 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.

Dundalk Food Pantry: The Dundalk Church of the Nazarene, 1626 Lynch Rd., has a food pantry to help families in the community. Those in need or those wishing to donate food can call 410-288-5136, or Michael Fiorenza 410-633-3696.

Adult Learning: Learning Is For Tomorrow (LIFT), 900 S. East Ave., 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. Info: 410-522-1705 or email joanne@liftbaltimore.org.

Please send all calendar items to dsweeney@baltimoreguide.com. Events are due at noon on the Friday before publication.

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