Community Calendar: Week of February 22, 2012

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Wednesday, February 22
Charter School Notes: Patterson Park Public Charter School, 27 N. Lakewood Avenue, has its enrollment lottery on Thursday, Feb. 23 for grades PreK-8.  Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Feb. 22. Info:, 410-558-1230, ext. 301 or stop by.

The also holds a fund raiser on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 3 p.m.-close at Sticky Rice, 1634 Aliceanna Street, with 15% of all food and drink sales being donated to PPPCS.

Thursday, February 23
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 Feb. 23. Info:

Saturday, February 25
Boating Safety: The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boating safety courses on Feb. 25-26 and March 17-18, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Middle River Yacht Club, 200 Nanticoke Road, $25/person. Info: Arny Fox

Kurt Vonnegut: The Baltimore Science Fiction Society, 3310 E. Baltimore Street, hosts a talk on Saturday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Charles Shields, author of, “And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life” will be at the Baltimore Science Fiction Society to give a reading, answer questions and sign autographs. Free and open to the public. Info:

Softball Sign-Ups: Fortview Community Softball, co-ed leagues for ages 5-17, currently have sign-ups every Saturday at the Du Burns Arena. The next will be on Feb. 25. Sign-ups are held from 9 a.m.-noon now through March 31. Bring children’s birth certificate for proof of age, and be ready to pay registration fee. Info: Larry Vallerani 410-633-6672.

Sign-Up for Clean-Up
The city’s spring cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Neighbors are being asked to choose a location that needs a special cleaning and call 311 to register. Containers for debris collection will be available on a first call basis. Bags and brooms will be limited and must be signed for by the community leader.  All supplies must be returned to the Bureau of Solid Waste after the cleanup. Info: 311.

Scrapbooking: Dundalk Church of the Nazarene, 1626 Lynch Road, has a scrapbooking crop on Saturday, Feb. 25. Info: Melissa Moser 410-288-5136,

Fest-of-All: The Federal Hill Fest-of-All, the annual gala of all things local, is held on Saturday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Industry. Live music, silent auction, fashion show and more. Info/tickets/events:

Half-Price on Hand Crafts: The Potter’s Guild of Baltimore will hold its annual half-price sale Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at 3600 Clipper Mill Rd. Check for info and driving directions.

Sunday, February 26
Jewish Culture: Discover Jewish connections at local cultural institutions, connect with clergy and more. Info:

Feb. 26: The Walters Art Museum

March 11: The Sports Legend Museum

Monday, February 27
Knitting Communities Together: The Bilingual Knitting Group meets on Mondays, 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the Virginia Baker Rec Center in Patterson Park. The next is on Monday, Feb. 27. Learn to knit with Friends volunteer and local knitting guru, Nancy Newman. Meet new friends, brush up on Spanish or English. Free. Info/RSVP:

Tuesday, February 28
Seniors: The Church of St. Leo the Great holds a senior group and would like to find members. Have fun and remain young-at-heart: meet on Tuesdays and enjoy activities and food. Info: Parish office 410-675-7275.

For Art’s Sake: The Art Gallery of Fells Point, 1716 Thames Street, a non-profit artists’ cooperative, has a new exhibit with Carol Aaron’s original encaustics, running from Tuesday, Feb. 28-Sunday, March 25 with a free artist’s reception on Friday, March 2, from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Info: 410-327-1272,

Wednesday, February 29
Seeing Green: Councilman Jim Kraft will host an open community meeting for Canton residents in order to share information on the annual St. Patrick’s Day events being planned in O’Donnell Square. The meeting is on Wednesday, Feb. 29, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at St. Anthony’s Hall (next to St. Casimir Church at 2736 O’Donnell St.). Info: Councilman Kraft’s office 410-396-4821.

Italian Fare: Want to help vote for the movies Little Italy will show this summer? Send in an e-mail to vote for something family friendly (PG-13 or lower, no R ratings) and either Italian in theme, actors or film. Info:

Actors’ Workshop: Fells Point Corner Theater, 251 S. Ann St., will host a workshop on building a two-minute monologue for auditions. The workshop will be held on three consecutive Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m. starting Feb. 29 and will be directed by Barry Feinstein. Cost is $45. Info/Enrollment: Bev 410-466-6105.

Thursday, March 1
Want to Do Business? Baltimore Means Business offers networking events in Little Italy in March. On Thursday, March 1, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., there’s an 8 a.m.-9 a.m. breakfast with coffee and a sweet for $5 at Piedigrotta Italian Bakery and Sweet Shop, 1300 Bank Street. On Wednesday, March 7, there’s lunch at Ciao Bella, 236 S. High Street, noon-1:30 p.m., $20/person.Info:, Christine Richardson 410-878-2018.

Costume Jewelry: St. Leo’s is seeking gently used costume jewelry for its vendor table at the March 4 ravioli dinner. Please drop off donations at the parish office during business hours Monday through Friday.

Community Notebook
Bingo! United Evangelical Church, 3200 Dillon Street in Canton, has family fun bingo night on Friday, Feb. 24, opening 5 p.m., games at 6 p.m., $10/person for 20 games, $5 extra games. Food available. Bring a canned good for the Canton Food Bank and be entered into a special drawing.Proceeds benefit the Youth Group.

Fatima Jolly Club, 6420 E. Pratt Street, will sponsor a luncheon bingo with free parking on Wednesday, Feb. 29 (snow date: Wednesday, March 7), opening 10 a.m. with lunch at 11:15 a.m. and bingo starting 12:15 p.m. Tickets (not available at door) are on sale now for $18. Price includes paper package. Info: Pat 410-391-5627.

St Brigid’s Sodality, 900 S. East Avenue, has lunch and bingo on Thursday March 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $10/person. Info: 410-563-1717.

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, Feb. 22, Pigtown: meet at the Bath House, 904 Washington Blvd

Thursday, Feb. 23, Federal Hill/Federal Hill South: meet at Porter’s Pub, Riverside Ave & E Cross St

Monday, Feb. 27, Mt. Winans: meet at S Paca St & Hollins Ferry Rd

Tuesday, Feb. 28, Brooklyn: meet at the Hargrove District Courthouse, 700 E Patapsco Ave

Thursday, March 1, West Federal Hill: met at the post office on Ostend St

Mark the Calendar…
Big Fat Bawlmer Wedding: The Baltimore Art & Music Project holds “My Big Fat Bawlmer Wedding” on March 2, 7 p.m.-midnight at the UAW Ha11, 1010 S. Oldman Street in Greektown, $40/person. Dinner, fun wedding traditions, music, dance and more. Info:, 410-288-0610.

Tree Stump Carving: The city is seeking to commission a local professional artist for the Druid Hill Park Tree Stump Carving project. The artist will create artwork out of two existing tree stumps located at Druid Hill Park as part of the Druid Hill’s Earth Month and Arbor Day in April. The application deadline is Friday, March 15, 2012 by midnight.  Info:, 410-752-8632.

Crafters & Vendors: Sacred Heart of Mary in Dundalk hosts its spring boutique on March 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tables are $25 each. Info: 410-633-2828.

Lenten Calendar

Ash Wednesday: Church of St. Leo The Great celebrates Ash Wednesday on Feb. 22 with services at 8 a.m., 12:10 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8212 Philadelphia Road, has noon and 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday services, as well on all Wednesdays in Lent. Info: 410-866-8766,

Lenten Foods: St. Casimir School has its Lenten foods sale from Ash Wednesday (Feb. 22) through Wednesday, April 4. Place orders each Wednesday by 3 p.m. for pickup on Friday between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Codfish cakes are $2.25/unfried and $2.50/fried, and crab cakes are $6.25/unfried and $6.50/fried. Potato and macaroni salads and cole slaw are $2.50/pound. The final sale is Wednesday, April 4 (place order by Friday, March 30). Info/orders: Laureen Brunelli 410-342-4975 until 5 p.m., Carol Kramer, 443-414-6784 from 5 through 8 p.m., or the school 410-342-2681.

Lenten Services: United Evangelical Church, 3200 Dillon Street, has 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Lenten services as follows:

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 22, Communion and distribution of ashes

Feb. 29, Matthew 5:38-42 “You have heard it said…”

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8212 Philadelphia Road, has noon and 7 p.m. services as well on all Wednesday in Lent including those shown above. Info: 410-866-8766,

Fish Fry! The Knights of Columbus, 1338 Hull Street, hold a fish fry on Friday, Feb. 24, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. with a full lunch of fish, potatoes, cole slaw, corn bread, dessert and beverage, $10/person. Info: 410-244-0690, 410-336-6086.

Lenten Confessions: St. Brigid Church: Tuesdays from 3 p.m.-4 p.m. (Mass in the chapel at 4 p.m.)
Church of St. Leo The Great in Little Italy: Wednesdays at 6 p.m. (Stations of the Cross every Friday at 7 p.m.)

St. Elizabeth of Hungary: Wednesdays, 7 p.m.-8 p.m.

Our Lady of Pompei: Wednesdays, 5 p.m.-6 p.m.

St. Patrick’s: Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Sacred Heart of Jesus (Highlandtown): Wednesdays after 8 a.m. Mass

Holy Rosary: Fridays, 6 p.m.-7 p.m.

St. Casimir: Sundays, 4:15 p.m.-4:45 p.m. (Mass at 5 p.m.)

Lenten Activities?

If your church is offering Lenten meals, services or other activities, let The Baltimore Guide know.

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