Community Calendar: Week of Jan. 4, 2012

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Wednesday, January 4
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, Jan. 4.

Free Classes for Adults: Patterson Park Public Charter School, 27 N. Lakewood Avenue, has free classes for adults. Info: Dr. Liz Obara 410-558-1230, ext. 374,

Pre-GED Class: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. from Jan. 17-March 29. Testing and registration: Jan. 5, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Spanish Beginner: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Jan. 4-June 4.

Spanish Intermediate: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Jan. 5-May 29.

Computer Class: Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Jan. 18-March 28, Orientation: Jan. 5, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 7
Church Event: Taizé: A Quiet Time for Prayer is presented on Jan. 7, 5:30 p.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Fayette and President streets. Candlelight service with choir, silent meditation and chanting. Monthly on second Sundays. Info:

Handmade jewelry is on exhibit at the Art Gallery of Fells Point, now through the last weekend in January. The gallery , located at 1716 Thames Street, has a new show with jewelry by metalsmith Pat Baker, running through Sunday, Jan. 29. Free artist’s reception on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Info: 410-327-1272,

Ready-to-Wear Art: The Art Gallery of Fells Point, 1716 Thames Street, has a new show with jewelry by metalsmith Pat Baker, running through Sunday, Jan. 29.  Free artist’s reception on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Info: 410-327-1272,

Sunday, January 8
Polish Christmas Carols: Holy Rosary Church, 408 S. Chester Street, has “Koledy” (Polish Christmas carols) on Sunday, Jan. 8 after the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Sing along with well-known Polish artists and musicians and the Holy Rosary Choir. Refreshments will follow.

News from the Knights: The St. Vincent Pallotti Council #14535 of the Knights of Columbus is requesting nominees for “Family of the Year.” If you would like to nominate parishioners of St. Leo’s who exemplify Catholic family traditions, contact Dominic Pompa: 410-765-7321. 

Oplatek: St. Casimir’s Holy Name Society and the Polish American Heritage Committee host their annual Oplatek dinner and dance on Sunday, Jan. 8, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. at Kolbe Hall, O’Donnell Street and Kenwood Avenue, $25/person. According to Polish tradition, the Oplatek (wafer) is broken and shared with others for good luck in the new year. Info: Bernardine Kordaz 410-675-0415.

Tuesday, January 10
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. The next walks are on Tuesday, Jan. 10 and Jan. 17.

Here Comes the Bridal Show: The Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, has its annual Bridal and Event Show on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. with free admission. Vendors, caterers, services and more. Info: 410-727-4808 ext. 119,

Wednesday, January 11
Fells Prospect: Fells Prospect Community Association meets on Wednesday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, 420 Chester Street. Info:

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. every Wednesday in January (11, 18 and 25). People of all faiths and none are warmly welcomed. Info:

Thursday, January 12
Bingo! St Brigid’s Sodality, 900 S. East Avenue, has lunch and bingo on Thursday, Jan. 12 11 a.m.-4 p.m., $10 for lunch and package. Info: 410-563-1717.

Sing! A cappella Open House  on Thursdays, Jan. 12, 19 and 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.

Religious Interests: The Center for Downtown Judaism at B’nai Israel, 27 Lloyd St, has free classes meeting on Thursdays, now through May 31. (Come to one or all). On Tuesdays from 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., learn about the development of Jewish thought in the modern period. On Thursdays from 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m., enjoy close readings of the Gospel of Mark and an interfaith dialogue. On Thursdays, from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m., there’s “Yoreh Deah” (prerequisites required). Info:

Jewish Culture: Discover Jewish connections at local cultural institutions, connect with clergy and more. Info:
Jan. 8: The B&O Railroad Museum
Feb. 26: The Walters Art Museum
March 11: The Sports Legend Museum
April 29: Irvine Nature Center
June 3: Spirit Cruises

Mulch Ado: DPW will have Christmas tree pickup now through 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. Residents are also reminded that cardboard boxes, tissue paper and wrapping paper can all be recycled. Styrofoam must be taken to a drop-off center.

Mark the Calendar…
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, Deadline is Jan. 31, 2012.

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,,

Toll Hikes: Vehicles with three or more axles are now subject to higher tolls throughout Maryland. These include harbor crossings, the Intercounty Connector, Key Bridge, Bay Bridge and more. Changes are extensive and vary by area and vehicle. A full listing is available on

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.

Calendar Items: The Baltimore Guide is seeking information on community meetings to be held in 2012. 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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