Ah, Mother’s Day. We all know to avoid giving dusters and dishcloths, as well as that heartfelt stuffed animal holding an I-Wuv-U flag. But there is a lot more to give and do for Mom.
For those still trying to make up their minds, here is a sampling of community events. Some take place this weekend, and some are deeper into the calendar, so take your pick.
Mother’s Day Shopping
Need a unique last-minute gift? Historic Federal Hill Main Street has May Madness shopping on Friday, May 11, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Shops will be open late for this sidewalk sale, and FHMS is offering refreshments and free gift wrapping. Pick up the May Madness Passport at the Main Street office at 42 E. Cross Street, get it stamped at 10 participating businesses and be entered to win a goody bag. Information is available at www.historicfederalhill.org.
The Optimist Club of Dundalk, Inc., 4528 North Point Blvd., will hold its annual Mother’s Day Flower Sale, as follows:
Friday, May 11, noon-7 p.m.
Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
A large variety of flowers and plants will be available for purchase. Proceeds benefit area youth programs sponsored by the Optimist Club. In the event of inclement weather, the flower sale will be held inside the clubhouse. Info: 410-388-0320.
Feats of Clay
If Mom likes unique pieces of pottery, there’s a show for you. The Potters’ Guild of Baltimore will host a Spring & Garden Show starting Saturday, May 12, through the end of June. Opening reception is noon-5 p.m. Saturday at 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Meadow Mill complex. Info: pottersguildofbaltimore.com or call 410-235-4884.
St. Leo’s Parish in Little Italy presents a time-honored Mother’s Day tradition: the crowning of the Blessed Mother statue on Sunday, May 13, during the 9:30 a.m. Mass. A street procession follows.
A Day of Art
The Dundalk Art Show and Sale will take place on Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in Veterans Park in front of Dundalk Village Shopping Center with various forms of art, live music, puppet shows, puppet-making workshops, face-painting, clowns and more. Entry forms are now available. Info: Jean Walker 410-284-2331.
Is Mom a Foodie?
If she is, you might want to make tracks for the Jewish Museum of Maryland, 15 Lloyd Street, on Sunday, May 20, 5 p.m. for “Knish 101: The Life and Times of the Knish.” Regular museum admission gets participants into this talk (which includes a tasting) as well as a stroll through the exhibit, “Chosen Food: Cuisine, Culture and the American Jewish Identity,” about Jewish food and its place in history. Info: 410-732-6400, www.jewishmuseummd.org.
Wining and Dining
The Highlandtown Wine Festival will be held on Sunday, May 20, 1p.m.-6 p.m. at Our Lady of Pompei Church, 3600 Claremont St. For advance tickets visit DiPasquale’s, 3700 Gough St., or check http://highlandtownwinefestival2012.eventbrite.com/.
Patterson Park holds “Wine Tasting at Sunset” near the pagoda on Thursday, May 24, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., $50/person. Info: http://pattersonpark.com.
Take Mom to the Prom
Give Mom a second prom. On Saturday, June 30, 7 p.m.-11 p.m., there’s a grown-up prom and shrimp feast at UAW Hall Local #239, 1010 S. Oldham Street, to raise money for a new playground at the school. $35/person, $40 after June 1. Dress code: Smart casual to formal. Info/tickets: Kim 410-396-9125 or 410-396-9126. Maria 410-713-7076.