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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, January 25
Bicycle 101: Bike Maryland teaches bicycle safety to adults at its “Become a Bike Ambassador” program on Jan. 25 at Port Discovery, 35 Market Place. Two Sessions are offered: 12:30 p.m.-4 p.m. or 5:30 p.m.-9 p.m.Learn how to teach youth bike safety and adult commuter workshops. A meal will be served. Space is limited. You can also have a Bike Maryland rep come to schools, offies, etc. to discuss bicycle transportation. Info: www.bikemd.org.
Meditation: Salem Lutheran Church, 1530 Battery Avenue, invites the community to join for silent prayer and meditation, followed by tea and cookies, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25). People of all faiths and none are warmly welcomed. Info: www.salemsouthbaltimore.org.
Thursday, January 26
Sing! A cappella Open House on Thursday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the North Point Government Center, Wise Ave. & Merritt Blvd. sponsored by the Star Spangled Chorus. Free voice lessons, in an ensemble setting, for women of all ages and all voice parts are available. Info: Doris 410-747-8032 or Bev 410-866-2288.
Friday, January 27
Shabbat Dinner: B’nai Israel Synagogue, 27 Lloyd Street (next to historic Little Italy), has a Shabbat dinner with Arthur Magida on Friday, Jan. 27, with 5 p.m. shabbat services, 6:15 p.m. dinner. $12 vegetarian, $18 chicken. Magida will talk about his new book, “The Nazi Seance.” Copies will be sold for $17. Info: 410-732-5454 www.BnaiIsraelCongregation.org
Saturday, January 28
Roasts and Feasts: Baltimore Litho Club has a bull and oyster roast on Saturday, Jan. 28, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. at the Fifth Regiment Armory, 219 29th Street, $35/person, Bob 410-893-2942, Jay 410-652-9121.
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 Jan. 28. 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.
Ski Trip: St. Leo’s Parish sponsors a ski trip to Liberty Mountain Resort on Saturday, Jan. 28, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., $30/person includes bus transportation and snacks/beverages on bus. Departs from the church, 227 S. Exeter Street. All welcome. Info: Deacon Kevin Bagley, 410-591-8889, email@example.com.
War of 1812: The War of 1812 will be recapped in two 90-minute illustrated lectures by Jack Trautwein on two Saturdays. The last will be on Jan. 28 at 1 p.m. Lectures are $10 each, free to Preservation Society members. Info: 410-675-6750, ext. 16.
Sunday, January 29
School Open House: Patterson Park Public Charter School, 27 N. Lakewood Avenue, hosts an open house for grades 1-8 on Sunday, Jan. 29, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Special tours can be made by appointment with the principal at 410-558-1230, ext. 355. Info, applications and more: www.pppcs.org/
Buffet Breakfast: St. Athanasius Church, 4708 Prudence Street in Curtis Bay, has a Sunday breakfast buffet at the church on Sunday, Jan. 29, 8:30 a.m.-noon with pancakes, syrup, eggs, bacon, toast and more. Adults $8, under 12 $4, under three free, family special (two adults and children $20). Games, raffles, wheels and more. Advance tickets requested: Eleanore 410-360-1318.
Chili Cookoff! Federal Hill South Neighborhood Association holds a chili cookoff at the Catholic Community School on Sunday, Jan. 29, 4 p.m.-7 p.m. $5 for participants and attendees. BYO chili in a crock pot (enough for 20 people), serving utensils, condiments and your recipe (if you want to share it). FHSNA will supply bowls and spoons, chips and salsa, cups and ice, soft drinks, signage and trash bags. Contestants can come as early as 3 p.m. to start setting up, but be ready to start serving at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at Federal Hill Main Street, 42 E. Cross Street, or directly from Cathy Strodel firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bingo! Sacred Heart of Jesus/Sagrado Corazon de Jesus, 600 S. Conkling Street, has bingo and dinner on Sunday, Jan. 29, noon. Dinner at intermission. $20/person. Info: Rectory 410-342-4336.
Monday, January 30
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, Jan. 30. Learn to knit with Friends volunteer and local knitting guru, Nancy Newman. Meet new friends, brush up on Spanish or English. Free. Info/RSVP: Katie@pattersonpark.com.
Tuesday, January 31
Open Art: The Art Gallery of Fells Point, 1716 Thames Street, has a new exhibit for February with the digital artwork of George Edwards. The show runs from Tuesday, Jan. 31-Sunday, Feb. 26. Free artist’s reception on Friday, Feb. 3, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Info: Bill Jaeger 410-327-1272, www.fellspointgallery.org
Southside Grants: The Southside Marketplace Grant offers an annual total of $10,000 to help fund the projects and services of community organizations that provide benefits to the residents of the South Baltimore peninsula. Grant applications are now being accepted for the 2012 year. These funds will be distributed in March of 2012. Info/application materials: Dave Hirst 410-986-0371, email@example.com. Deadline is Jan. 31, 2012.
Ellwood Park: The Ellwood Park Community Association meets regularly at 454 N. Robinson Street (use side entrance) at 7:30 p.m. The next meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 31. Info: 410-522-4006 , firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mulch Ado: Citywide Christmas tree pickup ends after Tuesday, Jan. 31. Residents should set out trees on their regularly scheduled trash collection day at the same location where their trash is collected. All tinsel and ornaments must be removed from trees before they are set out for curbside collection. Want your tree mulched and want the mulch back? DPW will provide Christmas tree mulching Monday through Saturday during the entire month of January from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Reedbird Avenue Citizen Drop-off Center, 701 Reedbird Avenue. Residents may bring their own bags or containers if they wish to collect mulch for their own use. Community groups are also encouraged to bring bags or containers and collect free mulch for neighborhood gardens while supplies last.
Wednesday, February 1
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, Feb. 1.
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: www.pandola.baltimore.md.us, Rosalie Ranieri, principal 410-866-8494.
Thursday, February 2
Go, Ravens! Interested in rooting for the Ravens? Tryouts will be held for co-ed Ravens Cheerleaders with skill clinics starting in February. Skill clinics are held on Feb. 7 (registration deadline Feb. 2) and Feb. 18 (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 www.baltimoreravens.com and clicking on the “People” tab.
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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. Vendor tables available for $10. Flea market is on Saturday, Feb. 11, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at PPPCS Cafeteria, 2726 E Baltimore Street. Info: JennineA@aol.com or 410-960-0724.
SnoBall: the First Annual Snoball, to benefit the Scholarship Fund of the Associated Italian American Charities of Maryland, is held on Feb. 18, starting 5:30 p.m. at Nick’s Fish House and Grill, 2600 Insulator Drive. Info: Tom Iacoboni, TIacoboni@iacoboni.com, 410-686-2100.
SBLC Gala: The South Baltimore Learning Center Gala, with its “cabaret” theme, is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, 7 p.m.-11:30 p.m. with a live band and dancing, refreshments and silent auction, at Montgomery Park. Info: 410-625-4215, email@example.com, www.southbaltimorelearns.org.
Tax Time: The IRS has announced the due date for filing this year: Tuesday, April 17. (If a tax due date falls on a weekend or a holiday, the next business day becomes the due date. This year April 15 is a Sunday and Monday, April 16 is a federal holiday so the due date falls on Tuesday, April 17). Info: www.irs.gov.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 443-831-0538, www.sdpcrc.org.
Wednesday, Jan. 25, Pigtown: meet at the Bath House, 904 Washington Blvd
Thursday, Jan. 26, Federal Hill/Federal Hill South: meet at Porter’s Pub, Riverside Ave & E Cross St
Wednesday, Feb. 1, Camden Crossing: meet at Washington Blvd & Scott St
Thursday, Feb. 2, West Federal Hill: meet at the post office on Ostend St.
Send notices of your community events and meetings to email@example.com or fax to 410-732-6604.