BARCS News: The Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter on Stockholm Street in South Baltimore has free adoptions through Dec. 31. BARCS is waiving the adoption fees for dogs and cats six months and older. Baltimore City residents will need to purchase a $10 pet license. Puppies and kittens, under six months old, are available for adoption at just $65. Normal adoption application and procedures apply. Info on hours, procedures and more: 410-396-4695, www.baltimoreanimalshelter.org.
Sunday, January 1
New Year’s Day Party: The Polish Home Club, 512 S. Broadway, has a New Year’s Day party on Sunday, Jan. 1, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. with a countdown, noisemakers, champagne toast and more including sit-down dinner and buffet. $30/person advance, $33/door. (Bonus: No parking meters that day in the neighborhood). Info/reservations: Theresa 410-325-2269, Barbara 410-342-2865.
Monday, January 2
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, Jan. 2. Info: 410-832-8890.
Police and Community: The SouthEast Police Community Relations Council meets on Monday, Jan. 2, 7 p.m at the Southeastern District of the Baltimore Police Department, 5710 Eastern Ave. This meeting repeats the first Monday of each month.
Tuesday, January 3
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. 2. 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.
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. 3 and Jan. 10.
Mulch Ado: DPW will have Christmas tree pickup from Tuesday, Jan. 3 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.
Sunday, January 1 is New Year’s Day. Parking meters will not be in effect that day.
Monday, January 2 is not a scheduled curbside waste or recycling collection day. There is no bulk trash collection scheduled and no mechanical street sweeping. All landfills will be closed. All city offices (except Baltimore Police headquarters) will be closed. Citizens will be unable to access city offices for bill payments or permits. Some bills can be paid online; visit www.baltimorecity.gov. Parking meters WILL be in effect.
Baltimore Guide Offices: The offices of the Baltimore Guide will be closed on Monday, January 2.
Ready-to-Wear Art: The Art Gallery of Fells Point, 1716 Thames Street, has a new show with jewelry by metalsmith Pat Baker, running from Tuesday, Jan. 3- Sunday, Jan. 29. Free artist’s reception on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2 p.m.-6 p.m. Info: 410-327-1272, www.fellspointgallery.org.
Wednesday, January 4
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 (4, 11. 18 and 25). People of all faiths and none are warmly welcomed. Info: www.salemsouthbaltimore.org.
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.
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: www.stvchurch.org.
Canton Dog Park: There’s a clean-up of the Canton Dog Park, Clinton and Toone streets on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 10 a.m. Clean-ups are held the first Saturday of each month. There’s a monthly dog park meeting at Canton Cove, 2901 Boston Street, in the conference room, on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 7 p.m. Info: www.cantondogpark.org, email@example.com.
Items of Interest…
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, firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is Jan. 31, 2012.
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. contained) 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: email@example.com.
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, LObara@pppcs.org.
Pre-GED Class: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. from Jan. 17-March 29. Testing and registration: Jan. 3/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.
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.