Community Calendar: Week of February 29, 2012

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Items for Community Calendar can be mailed (along with check or credit card information when appropriate) 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.

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.

Little Italy’s Culture: The Pandola Adult Learning Center in Little Italy offers its spring classes for adults and children in Italian language, food and drink, cooking, bocce, a book club and more. Many classes start in March, but registration is taking place now.  Info:, Rosalie Ranieri, principal 410-866-8494.

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.

Friday, March 2

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 now through Sunday, March 25 with a free artist’s reception on Friday, March 2, from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Info: 410-327-1272,

Shrimp dinner: Church of the Redemption, 1401 Towson St., will host a shrimp dinner Friday, March 2, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. in the church hall. Tickets are $12. Delivery available to Locust Point, Federal Hill and the diocesan center. For info call 410-539-8270.

Saturday, March 3

wDog Park: The Canton Dog Park holds a regular clean-up on the first Saturday of every month starting 10 a.m. The next will be held on March 3. 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 March 3. 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.

Go, Ravens! Interested in rooting for the Ravens? Tryouts will be held for Ravens Cheerleaders (co-ed) as well as for Playmakers (the all-female promotional team that makes appearances in bars and on game days at the stadium). The 2012 Cheerleader Tryouts are March 3 at the Downtown Athletic Club. The Playmaker Tryouts are March 4 also at the Downtown Athletic Club. Info on both can be obtained by going to and clicking on the “People” tab.

Lotsa Pasta! Little Italy offers fun sessions withmeatball-making on Saturday, March 3, starting 9 a.m. in the St. Leo’s School hall, 912 Stiles Street. No experience necessary. The Ravioli Dinner is Sunday, March 4, noon-6 p.m. Info: Lisa Portera, parish office assistant 410-675-7275.

Sunday, March 4

Free Bach! The Bach Concert Series will present the Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, first movement, and the Prelude & Fugue in E minor (“The Wedge”) on Sunday, March 4, at 4 p.m. at Christ Lutheran Church, 701 S. Charles St. Alto Bailey Whiteman, tenor JJ Hebert, bass William Schaller and organist Jonathan Dimmock will perform with guest choir HaZamir Baltimore, directed by Erika Pardes Schon. Free; donations gratefully accepted. Info:

All Bottled Up: The Baltimore Antique Bottle Club’s 28th Show and Sale will take place on Sunday, March 4 at CCBC-Essex from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is the largest antique bottle show in the world. Admission $3. Free bottle appraisal service. Note: The Baltimore Glassworks, once located in Federal Hill, was a leading manufacturer of glass during the 19th Century. Info:

Home Cooked Dinner: The Ladies Auxiliary VFW Dundalk Memorial Post #6694, 6712 Pine Avenue, has an all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner on March 4, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. for $7 in advance, $8 door (adults), $5 for ages 10 and under. Info/tickets: Dianna 410-409-4242.

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.

Monday, March 5

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, March 5. Info: 410-832-8890.

Police and Community: The SouthEast Police Community Relations Council meets on Monday, March 5, 7 p.m at the Southeastern District of the Baltimore Police Department, 5710 Eastern Ave. This meeting repeats the first Monday of each month.

Wednesday, March 7

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, March 7.

Thursday, March 8

Family-Friendly Fun: The Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, has Family Friendly 2nd Thursdays of each month from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. for tours, crafts, movies and more for ages 2 and up. Kids are $5, accompanying parents are free, general public is $10. The next one is Thursday, March 8. Info: Gena Morris 410-727-4808 ext. 132,

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 March 8 and March 22. Info:

Hampstead Hill: Hampstead Hill Association meets on the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 8 at 6 p.m. at Hampstead Hill Academy, 500 S. Linwood Avenue, in the library. Pizza will be served. Info: Jean Pula 410-370-2644,

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, March 8: Harrington Casino, Harrington, Del.

Sunday-Tuesday, March 18-20: Foxwoods Casino; lodging at Great Cedar Tower.

Thursday, April 5: Ocean Downs Casino, Ocean City

Mark the Calendar…

Harbor Masquerade Ball: Save the date for the Harbor Ball, to be held on Saturday, March 24, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at the Polish Home Club.

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,

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

Monday, March  5, Riverside/SBNA: meet at the Riverside Park Gazebo, E Randall St & Riverside Ave

Tuesday, March  6, New Southwest Mt. Clare: meet at the Wilkens Avenue Mennonite Church, 1616 Wilkens Ave

Wednesday, March 7, Camden Crossing: meet at Washington Blvd & Scott St

Thursday, March  8, Sharp Leadenhall: meet at S Sharp & W Henrietta Sts

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