Community & Holiday Calendar: Dec. 7

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Wednesday, December 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, Dec. 7.

Thursday, December 8
A Taste of Baltimore: The Baltimore Museum of Industry (BMI), 1415 Key Highway, has a beer and food tasting on Thursday, Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m. $25 BMI members, $35 others. Info/tickets: Penelope Fallon at 410-727-4808 ext. 129 or email

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

Saturday, December 10

It’s back! The Highlandtown Train Garden is open weekends through New Year’s at Engine Co. 41, 520 S. Conkling St. Check for schedule. Free admission. New this year: scale model of landmarks in Patterson Park!

Sci-Fi: The Baltimore Science Fiction Society, 3310 E. Baltimore Street, meets on Saturday, Dec. 10 and is looking for new members. BSFS holds a planning meeting for Balticon (its annual convention of all things sci-fi and fantasy) at 7 p.m. and a business meeting at 9 p.m., 443-310-4080.

Meet the author! Jay Irwin, author of “The Green Dragon,” an entertaining book for young and seasoned sailors alike, will sign copies of his book Saturday, Dec. 10, noon-4 p.m. at the Fells Point Visitors Center, 1724 Thames St. For info call 410-675-6750.

Trip to NYC: The following trip benefits Sr. Julitta’s Children’s School for the Blind in Izabellin, Poland. Saturday, Dec. 10: New York City. Info/tickets: 410-276-1025.

Monday, December 12
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, Dec 12. 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, December 13
Canton Dog Park: There’s a monthly dog park meeting at Canton Cove, 2901 Boston Street, in the conference room, on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 7 p.m. Meetings are held the second Tuesday of the month. Info:,

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.

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, Dec. 7: Camden Crossing: Meet at Washington Blvd & Scott St

Thursday, Dec. 8: Sharp Leadenhall: Meet at S Sharp & W Henrietta Sts

Monday, Dec. 12: Lakeland: Meet at the Lakeland Recreation Center, 2921 Stranden Rd at Wegworth Lane

Tuesday, Dec. 13: Union Square: Meet at W Lombard & S Stricker Sts.

Holiday Calendar

Friday, December 9
Holidays For Animals: Animal welfare activists can attend a special holiday celebration at the Iron Works Restaurant, 1036 East Fort Avenue, at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9. Comedian Dan Piraro and others to perform. Reservations required. $50/person before Dec. 8. Info/tickets:

Federal Hill by Moonlight: Federal Hill’s “Moonlight Madness” night is Friday, Dec. 9, 8 p.m.-midnight. Shopping, Gstrolling carolers, refreshments, and free gift wrapping at Main Street.

A Christmas Carol: See a musical production of “A Christmas Carol at Riverside State, 1530 Battery Avenue, Dec. 9-18, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. A freewill offering will be taken for admission. Reservations/info: 410-837-0971,

Saturday, December 10
Santa at the BMI: The Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, has Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. $20 general public, $15 kids, less for members and their kids. Free for ages two and under. Info/tickets: 410-727-4808 ext. 132, or

Bus Trips: The following trip benefits Sr. Julitta’s Children’s School for the Blind in Izabellin, Poland. Info/tickets: 410-276-1025.

Saturday, Dec. 10: New York City

Donate Toys, Clothes: The Southeastern District Police Community Relations Council is working to supply local families with all the makings of a happy holiday. Needed are donations of the following items:

Toys: New, unwrapped toys for a variety of ages. Suggestions are puzzles, games, cars, action figures, books, dolls and more. Note: The police are asking that stuffed animals and rag dolls NOT BE DONATED this year.

Clothing: New children’s winter clothing in a variety of sizes for various ages.

Food: Canned goods and other non-perishable items such as green beans, corn, peas, carrots, cans of gravy, boxes of instant potatoes, dressing, macaroni and cheese, boxes of rice, sweet potatoes and cranberries.

All donations are tax deductible.

Items can be delivered to the following locations before Monday, Dec. 19:

• Southeastern District police station at 5710 Eastern Avenue;
• Chesapeake Bank on the corner of Eastern and Patterson Park avenues;
• The Baltimore Guide, 526 S. Conkling Street
• O’Donnell Square (the Exchange club of Highlandtown/Canton will do collection) on Saturday, Dec. 10, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
• St. Casimir Catholic School in Canton (school days and hours before Dec. 10)

Arrangement can be made for pick-up by contacting the Officer Rosa Ramirez at 410-637-8848.

Monetary donations can also be mailed to the address of SEDP-CRC, P.O. Box 25795, Baltimore, Maryland 21224.

Sunday, December 11
Jingle Bell 5K: On Sunday, Dec. 11, the Jingle Bell 5K starts at the “Du” Burns Arena, beginning 9 a.m. Info:

Tinsel Sunday: United Evangelical Church, 3200 Dillon Street, has a “tinsel Sunday” with a pageant by the children on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 10:30 a.m. and crafts and singing to follow.

Lessons and Carols: The Maryland State Boychoir presents the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Sunday, Dec. 11 at 4 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. at the Cathedral Church of St. Matthew, 3400 Norman Avenue. Admission is $12 to $22.Info/tickets: 554-8644.

Toy Donation: The Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, is asking for donations of new, unwrapped toys for needy kids. Bring in between now and Dec. 18 and get free musum admission for one child and one adult. Info: 410-727-4808, ext. 132.

Mitten Tree: The city’s mitten tree needs mittens, gloves, hats and scarves through Wednesday, Dec. 14. Donations can be mailed to: The Baltimore City Department of Public Works, 600 Abel Wolman Municipal Building, 200 Holliday Street Baltimore, MD 21202. All donations will be distributed through the Salvation Army. Info: 410-545-6189.

Warm Hearts in Little Italy: St. Leo’s Church office, 227 S. Exeter Street, is collecting hats, gloves and scarves for the homeless. The staff at Colombo Bank, 224 Albermarle Street in Little Italy, is collecting new and gently used blankets for the homeless. Drop off blankets (make sure they are clean and laundered), between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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