Community Calendar: Week of February 8, 2012

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LENTEN MEALS-Lent begins with Ash Wednesday on Wednesday, Fed. 22. If your church is offering Lenten meals, services or other activities, let The Baltimore Guide know for inclusion in its special Lenten Calendar. Contact information is the same as for Community Calendar. Photo by Jacqueline Watts

Thursday, February 9
Car Wars: The Motor Trend International Auto Show comes to the Baltimore Convention Center Feb. 9-12. Info:

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, Feb. 9. Info: Gena Morris 410-727-4808 ext. 132,

Hampstead Hill: Hampstead Hill Association meets on the second Thursday of each month. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 9 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,

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. 9 and Feb. 23. Info:

Friday, February 10
Cold Heart: The Mimi diPietro Ice Rink “Rocks the Red” for its Valentine’s skate on Friday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. with red ice, a candy guessing contest, cookies and passion punch. Admission $4, skate rental $2. Info: 410-396-9392,

Saturday, February 11
Boating Safety: The Coast Guard Auxiliary offers boating safety courses on Feb. 11-12, 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

Canton Branch News: The “Canton Memories Program” is held on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 p.m. and will feature author Gary Helton. The program will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church, 1025 S. Potomac Street. B.Y.O. memorabilia to share.

Flea Market Vendors: A flea market will be held to benefit 4th graders at Patterson Park Public Charter School (PPPCS)’s trip to Medieval Times. Flea market is on Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at PPPCS Cafeteria, 2726 E Baltimore Street. Info: or 410-960-0724.

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. 11. 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.

Lotsa Pasta! Little Italy offers fun sessions with ravioli-making on Saturday, Feb. 11 and 18, starting 9 a.m. in the St. Leo’s School hall, 912 Stiles Street. On Saturday, March 3, there’s meatball-making, also at 9 a.m. The Ravioli Dinner is Sunday, March 4, noon-6 p.m. Info: Lisa Portera, parish office assistant 410-675-7275.

Sunday, February 12
Valentine’s Dance: The Polish Home Club, 512 S. Broadway, hosts a dinner dance on Sunday, Feb. 12, 1 p.m.-6 p.m., $20/advance, $22 door. Tickets: Barbara 410-342-2865 or Theresa 410-325-2269.

Monday, February 13
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. 13. 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 14
Fight Crime: Highlandtown holds its Citizens On Patrol (COP) walk every Tuesday, 7 p.m.-8 p.m. from the corner of Gough and Conkling streets.

Wednesday, February 15
Where’s The Beef: Graceland United Methodist Church, 6714 Youngstown Avenue, Dundalk, has a sour beef and dumpling dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall, $13.50/person, children’s menu and pricing available. Info: 410-633-8799.

Federal Hill Happenings: Federal Hill Main Street, 42 E. Cross Street, holds its annual meeting and election of board of directors on Wenesday, Feb. 15, 6:30 p.m. Volunteer opportunities to work on festivals and committees. Info:,

South Baltimore Little League is recruiting volunteer managers, coaches and umpires. A meeting is scheduled for Feb. 15. See the notice to the left. Photo by Anna Santana

Little League! South Baltimore Little League is now accepting applications for volunteer managers, coaches  and umpires. Those interested should plan on attending the next membership meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m. at 1101 E. Fort Ave., (Coke Field). Info:, Connie 443 756-8956.

Thursday, February 16
Go, Ravens! Interested in rooting for the Ravens? Tryouts will be held for Ravens Cheerleaders with a skill clinic on Feb. 18 (registration deadline of Feb. 16). Applicants are also being sought 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.

Curtain Going Up: Fells Point Corner Theater, 251 S. Ann Street, debuts a new play, “Coastal Disturbances,” about summer romances and more. The play runs Friday, Feb. 17-Sunday, March 4, with weekend shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Admission varies. Info:

Police and Community: The Southern District Police Community Relations Council meets on the third Thursday of each month. The next will be on Thursday, Feb. 16, with buffet opening at 6:30 p.m. at the Southern District Police Station, 10 Cherry Hill Road. Sign up now to host the buffet. Info: Jack Baker, 443-831-0538,

Mark the Calendar for…
Raffle: The Knights of Columbus hold a premium raffle (cash payout prizes) for $50/ticket, with all ticket holders receiving admission to a special St. Patrick’s Day-themed dinner and performance by an Irish dance troupe on March 11, 1 p.m.-4 p.m., at St. Leo’s School Hall. Drawing at the event. Info: Fran Blattermann 410-207-7075.

Potluck Luncheon: Hands and Hearts (St. Leo’s outreach group) hosts a potluck lunch on Sunday, Feb. 19, 12:30 p.m., at St. Leo’s Parish Hall. H&H offer parishioners of all ages a variety of service opportunities to volunteer while assisting the underprivileged of Baltimore. It is also a good opportunity to meet, work, and socialize with parishioners of St. Leo’s. RSVP to Maria Jackson at

Stage Interests: The Baltimore Playwrights Festival needs volunteers to direct staged readings of new scripts by local playwrights. Readings will take place on Saturdays in February and March, at various theaters in the Baltimore area. No experience necessary. Info: Miriam Bazensky, 410-756-2762.

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, Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m., Carrollton Ridge: meet at the Samuel F. B. Morse Recreation Center, Pulaski & Ashton Sts  

Thursday, Feb. 9
Sharp Leadenhall: meet at S Sharp & W Henrietta Sts  

Tuesday, Feb. 14, Union Square: meet at W Lombard & S Stricker Sts  

Wednesday, Feb. 15, Locust Point: walk cancelled

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.

Artscape: The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts is seeking visual and performing artists for the 31st annual Artscape, America’s largest, free arts festival.  Deadlines for submissions vary.  Artscape takes place on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, July 22 from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Mount Royal Avenue and North Charles Street. Applications are online at or call 410-752-8632.

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.

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