Community Calendar: October 17 – 23, 2012

Date Correction: Oktoberfest
The United Evangelical Church, 3200 Dillon St., is having its Oktoberfest on Sunday, Oct. 28, NOT Oct. 21 as previously noted in the Community Calendar. The event runs from noon-5 p.m., and marks the 140th anniversary of UEC. Info: Abby Markowitz, 410-276-0393.

 

Russian Festival: October 19-21, Fri. Noon - 9 p.m., Sat., Noon -9 p.m., Sun. Noon- 5 p.m. Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, 1723 East Fairmount Ave. Enjoy traditional and delectable foods, live bands, imported crafts, and more. Plenty of free parking. Info: 410-276-6171 or visit www.russfest.org.

Friday, October 19
A Beheading in Spokane: The play opens at the Fells Point Corner Theater on Friday, Oct. 19. Info: info@fpct.org.

Fish Fry Next to the Firehouse: On Friday, Oct. 19, the Dundalk Knights of Columbus holds its annual Fish Fry at 2111 Eilers Ave., from noon – 6 p.m. Dinner includes pollack, steak fries, cole slaw, rolls, dessert, and coffee. $11 per platter. Info: 410-409-8173.

Saturday, October 20
St. Leo’s Needs Ravioli Makers: Volunteers are needed to make ravioli on Saturday, Oct. 20, starting at 9 a.m. in the school hall on Stiles St. This is in preparation for the ravioli dinner on Nov. 4. Novices are welcome.
Kerplunk! Free Family Art: Open to families and kids of all ages. Stop in for a quick visit or stay for the entire afternoon to make a collage, drawing, or sculpture. Youths must be accompanied by an adult—to enhance that special bond between adult and child. Kerplunk runs every Saturday through Dec. 1, 12-3 p.m., at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave. Info: 410-276-1651.
Harbor Harvest: The Annual Harbor Harvest will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at West Shore Park on Saturday, Oct. 20. This free, family-friendly event will feature live music by Recess Monkey, an IKEA urban pumpkin patch, a hay maze, pony rides, a petting zoo, pumpkin decorating, face painting, games, arts and crafts, food trucks, drinks, and more. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 21. Info: Beth@WaterfrontPartnership.org.
Fall Fling: The Fall Fling will take place on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 2:30 – 8 p.m. at West Shore Park. This free event will feature some of the city’s best food trucks, beer, wine, mixed drinks, live music by the 8 Ohms Band and the Kelly Bell Band, cornhole, and a Waterfront Kids play area. The rain date is Sunday, Oct. 21. Info: Beth@WaterfrontPartnership.org.
BARCStober Fest: BARC’s annual BARCStober Fest, featuring the “Ready, Set, Sniff” 5K run. The fun begins at 11 a.m. in Patterson Park near the Pagoda. BARCStober Fest includes pet contests (including costume), pet health and welfare specialists, pet blessings, pet micro-chipping, stage entertainment, food vendors, local artists, silent auction, raffle, and more. Info: http://baltimoreanimalshelter.org.

Sunday, October 21
Bingo and Lunch: St. Elizabeth of Hungary hosts a luncheon bingo on Sunday, Oct. 21. Doors open at 11 a.m., Lunch (meat loaf) is served at noon, and games begin at 1 p.m. Cost is $20. Info: 410-675-8260.
Lantern-making Workshops: Get ready for the Halloween Lantern Parade. Make your lantern on Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Creative Alliance, 3134 Eastern Ave.,  at 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m., or 3 p.m. Advanced registration required. Info: 410-276-1651.

Monday, October 22
Just Polka: Monday evenings from 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Fatima Hall, 6400 E. Pratt St. at Kane. Classes run through Nov. 12. Reservations are required. Info: 443-969-4361.

Save the Date
Oct. 24 Sip, Savor, and Stroll:  From 6-10 p.m., guests will visit a total of five Harbor East restaurants and bars throughout the evening, including BIN 604, Bond Street Social, Kozmo’s Lounge at the Marriott Waterfront, Lebanese Taverna, PABU, Taco Fiesta, Roy’s Hawaiian Fusion, Talara and Wit & Wisdom, A Tavern by Michael Mina. Each $45 ticket includes one drink and an array of appetizers at each destination, plus a complimentary welcome cocktail at registration.  Info:  http://harboreastsipsavorstroll.eventbrite.com.
Oct. 25 Race for Education: The St. Casimir School will sponsor their annual Race for Education (rain date October 26) in the circle park adjacent to St. Casimir Church from 8:15 a.m. to noon. Students, faculty, and staff will run, jog, sprint and walk laps to help raise funds for essential educational needs and new after school care programs. Info: Jennifer Anderson, 443-570-0705.
Oct. 27 Howl-O-Ween: The Can Company brings back this popular dog costume competition and festival to benefit the Baltimore Humane Society, 1 -5 p.m., The Can Company, 2400 Boston St. More than 100 imaginatively dressed dogs and their owners compete for prizes. The registration fee is $20. Proceeds from the event assist the Baltimore Humane Society in providing temporary homes and care for homeless animals. Info: www.crossstpartners.com/Howl_0_Ween.html.
Oct. 27 Halloween Dance: The American Legion Post and Auxiliary at 3300 Dundalk Ave. hosts a dance and costume contest with games, music and prizes. This is an over-21 event with beer, finger food, and soda. Bring your carved pumpkin. You may win a prize. 3300 Dundalk Ave. 8 p.m. – midnight. Tickets are $15. Info: 410-285-6414.
Oct. 27 Trick or Trot: Grab your running shoes and maybe a costume and get ready for a spirited time at the Third Annual KidsPeace Trick-or-Trot 5K/1-Mile Walk. All proceeds from the race benefit KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs of Maryland and Washington, D.C.  The race begins and ends in O’Donnell Square. Race-day registration begins at 7:30 a.m.; the race kicks off at 9 a.m.; and the fun walk starts at 9:05 a.m. It’s $40 to register for the race, and $20 per family to walk. Info: Gina Seyfried at 410-964-9329 or gina.seyfried@kidspeace.org.
Oct. 28 Cornhole Tournament to Benefit Special Olympics: The Northern Baltimore County Junior Chamber hosts its 2nd Annual Cornhole (bean bag toss) tournament to benefit Special Olympics of Maryland is on Sunday, Oct. 28, at the Hard Yacht Café in Dundalk. Registration begins at 1 p.m., with play starting at 2 p.m. Registration for the social tournament is $30 in advance, $40 the day of the event. Entrants must be at least age 18. To reserve a tournament spot or to get more information, email nbcjayceecornhole@gmail.com or call 410-236-5753.
Oct. 28 Oktoberfest: The United Evangelical Church (UEC), at 3200 Dillon St., has its Oktoberfest from noon-5 p.m., to mark the 140th anniversary of UEC. Food, beer, live music, raffles, and prize wheels.

Community Notebook

Hearings on Residential Permit Parking:  A series of City Council hearing dates have been scheduled for two Council bills related to residential permit parking. See story, “Permit parking up for debate.”
The hearing dates are Monday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., at the Kolbe Center at St. Casimir Church, 2800 O’Donnell St., and Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m., at United Evangelical Church on 3200 Dillon St. The last hearing is on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2 p.m., at City Hall.
Classes in Italian Language, Culture, and Cooking: The Rev. Oreste Pandola Adult Learning Center at St. Leo’s Church, located at 914 Stiles St., offers more than two dozen courses. Info: 410-866-8494 or www.pandola.baltimore.md.us.
2012 Lantern Parade Call for Volunteers: The Creative Alliance invites the community to volunteer as parade marshalls, float makers, lantern workshop assistants, and plastic bottle collectors. Please drop off clean plastic bottles (which will be made into lanterns) at 3134 Eastern Ave. Info: maria@creativealliance.org or 410-276-1651.
Public Meetings About Baltimore’s Pools: Baltimore City Recreation and Parks is working on a long-term plan for its pool system. “Dive In, Baltimore!” will hold public meetings to discuss the conditions of the pool system, examine the aquatics facilities and programming of other comparable cities, and determine priorities for a long-range aquatics program for Baltimore residents.  Info: www.diveinbaltimore.com or facebook.com/bcrpaquatics.
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.
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
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.

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