April

Can You Spare an Hour? Donate Blood.
Giving blood is one of the best ways to help others, and all it takes is an hour of your time! You can save up to three lives by participating in Johns Hopkins Bayview’s blood drive, scheduled for April 25 - 26, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Knott Conference Center. All participants will receive a meal coupon, parking pass and special gift from the Medical Center.

Eligible donors can make twice the difference by scheduling a “power red” donation. During this type of donation, a machine separates the red blood cells from other blood components and returns the remaining components back to the donor. By doing this, the machine is able to double the amount of red cells it would normally collect in a standard blood donation. Donors are actually donating two units of blood, instead of one, and saving twice the number of lives. For more information or to schedule a life-saving donation, call 410-550-0289.

Boating Safety Course
The Rosedale American Legion Post 180, 1331 Seling Ave., is offering a Boating Safety Course through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Dates are April 25 and 27 from 6 - 9 p.m. Call 410-866-9656 or 410-935-0857 for complete details.

Meet Keith Mills
April 25, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Sportscaster Keith Mills shares his personal experiences covering the Orioles and Ravens for WBAL. Sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library.
Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd. in Perry Hall.
410-887-5195

Baltimore's Good Old Days
The Victory Villa Senior Center, 403 Compass Road in Middle River, will host historian Wayne Schaumburg at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 26, to present "Baltimore During the Good Old Days," an illustrated presentation. No Fee. RSVP at 410-887-0235.

NPVCA Meeting
The North Point Village Civic Association will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, April 27, at 7 p.m. in the Southeast Regional Recreation Center (SERRC), 4021 North Point Blvd. in Dundalk. The guest speaker will be James Petry of Security Group One.

Volunteers Needed
The Back River Restoration Committee will hold a cleanup of Grays Road in Dundalk on Saturday, April 29, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by Key Brewing Co., and participants will gather at the brewery at 2500 Grays Road. This road needs serious cleaning up in storm drains due to tires, bottles, toilets and much more trash. For more information, contact Karen at 443-983-2945 or savebackriver@gmail.com.

Health and Fellowship Fair
St. Michael Lutheran Church, 9534 Belair Road in Perry Hall, will hold a Health and Fellowship fair on Sunday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to noon in their Fellowship Hall. Information will be available on senior concerns, smoking cessation, organ donations, Maryland Kids in Safety Seats (KISS) and spiritual counseling. There will also be a visit from the Perry Hall Fire Department, free vision and hearing screenings by the Lions Club, free blood pressure screening and an opportunity to speak with a representative of the Department of Aging. For a private consultation with a pharmacist on the most effective way to take medications, bring a detailed list of your prescriptions and over-the-counter medications and dosages. There will be something for everyone -young and old alike. Contact Parish Nurse Carolyn Kelly at kellycarol2@msn.com or 410-256-8921 for more information.

May

High-Performance Resume and Interview Skills
May 1, 3 - 5 p.m. Learn proven methods for interviewing and developing a resume that will get you the attention of employers. Bring your current resume for an expert critique.
Essex Library
1110 Eastern Boulevard
Essex, MD 21221
410-887-0295

Delegate Metzgar To Host Town Hall Meeting
Delegate Ric Metzgar, of the 6th Legislative District in eastern Baltimore County, will host his annual Legislative Wrap-Up Town Hall meeting at the North Point Library, 1716 Merritt Blvd. in Dundalk, on May 3, at 7 p.m. Delegate Metzgar says this will be a time to share with the community the progresses as well as the defeats regarding the 2017 Maryland General Assembly.  All are invited.  For more information, call Delegate Metzgar’s District Office at 410-622-5323 or email him at www.ric.metzgar@house.state.md.us.

Hawthorne Street Sweeping
Baltimore County is accommodating parking within Hawthorne’s row home community. Street sweepers will sweep the odd side of streets on Wednesday, May 3, and even side of streets on Thursday, May 4. Please remind neighbors of dates to have vehicles moved by 8 a.m. Help keep Hawthorne clean and green.

Prevent Identity Theft
May 3, 7 - 8 p.m. An instructor from Guidewell Financial Solutions teaches you how to prevent identify theft and what steps to take if your identity is stolen.
Perry Hall Library
9685 Honeygo Bouelvard
Perry Hall, MD 21128
410-887-5195

Chase ES Pre-K Screening
Chase Elementary School will hold screening for prekindergarten on Friday, May 5, for children within the school’s boundaries who will be 3 years old by Sept. 1. Call 410-887-5940 for a registration packet. Children who will be 5 years old by Sept. 1 must be enrolled in a kindergarten program. Must provide child’s birth certificate and immunization records, as well as parent’s photo ID; lease, deed or property tax bill in parent’s name; and three pieces of current mail.

Free Comic Book Day
Visit any BCPL branch on Saturday, May 6, and get a free comic book. While you’re here, check out our wide selection of graphic novels and comics. One free comic per school age customers, while supplies last. Sponsored by Collectors Corner.

Ask a Master Gardener
May 6, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Need a green thumb? Baltimore County Master Gardener Educators are available to answer questions about your plants and gardens, including turf, shrubs, trees, annuals, perennials, house plants and vegetable gardening.
White Marsh Library
8133 Sandpiper Circle
Baltimore, MD 21236
410-887-5097

Quit Smoking Program
The Essex Library, 1110 Eastern Blvd., is hosting a free “Up in Smoke” quit smoking program from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday evenings through May 9. Free nicotine patches, gum or lozenges will be part of the many options for people who want to quit smoking. To sign up, call Greta Brand at 410-399-2001.

Meet the Author: Ed Norris
May 9, 6 - 7:30 p.m. Former Baltimore Police commissioner, current radio personality and author Ed Norris visits to discuss his new autobiography, "Way Down in the Hole." Book sales and signings available.
North Point Library
1716 Merritt Boulevard
Dundalk, MD 21222
410-887-7255

Feminine Touch: Women in Baltimore’s History
May 10, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Baltimore historian and educator Wayne Schaumburg presents an illustrated program about the roles women played in our city's history from 1776 to 1960. Sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library.
Perry Hall Library
9685 Honeygo Boulevard
​Perry Hall, MD 21128
410-887-5195

Caregivers’ Café
Victory Villa Senior Center, 403 Compass Road in Middle River, in partnership with Johns Hopkins Bayview, will offer information and support for caregivers on May 11 from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. This will be a confidential group open to the community. Chat with fellow caregivers, meet health care providers and learn about community resources. Pre-registration is required, but there is no fee. Register by May 4 by calling 410-887-0235.

Meet the Author: John Thomas Everett
May 16, 7 - 8 p.m. John Thomas Everett discusses his novel Plug Ugly Ball: A Mobtown Tale of Bullies and Baseball and the history underlying it. This includes Baltimore's notorious firehouse street gangs of the 1850s and their counterpart of the 1890s - the World Champion Baltimore Orioles' John McGraw and Willie Keeler. Book sales are available; cash or check only. Sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library.
Perry Hall Library
9685 Honeygo Boulevard
Perry Hall, MD 21128
410-887-5195

Storyville Open House
Explore one of BCPL's two Storyville locations at the Rosedale Library, 6105 Kenwood Ave. Rosedale, on Wednesday, May 17, from 7:30 - 9 a.m. Talk with members of our youth services team and nosh on breakfast treats from LaCakerie. Kids up to five years old are welcome to join you; we will have kids' crafts in the main library for those who are 6 and older.

Storyville is an interactive early literacy and learning center for children ages birth to five and their caregivers. Each location is specifically designed for parents and caregivers to help their young children enter Kindergarten ready to succeed. For more information, visit www.bcpl.info/storyville or contact Erica Palmisano at epalmisano@bcpl.net or 410-887-3860.

Professor Mike’s Magic and Science Show
May 20, 2 - 3 p.m. Enjoy a fun combination of science demonstrations with magic, juggling and comedy.
Essex Library
1110 Eastern Boulevard
Essex, Maryland 21221
410-887-0295

John French: CSI
May 23, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Have you ever wanted to be a crime scene investigator? John French, of the Baltimore Police Department, presents a hands-on class about crime scene investigation, DNA, fingerprinting and firearms identification.
Essex Library
1110 Eastern Boulevard
Essex, Maryland 21221
410-887-0295

Help for the Homeless
May 30, 1 - 3 p.m. Are you or do you know someone facing homelessness in Baltimore County? Prologue, Inc. presents a discussion and refers customers to available services. All community members welcome.
Essex Library
1110 Eastern Boulevard
Essex, Maryland 21221
410-887-0295

June

Free Narcan Training
The Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services will provide free training to use Narcan to prevent an opioid overdose death. The session will teach participants how to recognize, respond to and prevent an opioid overdose and how to administer intra-nasal naloxone to reverse an overdose. Participants receive a completion certificate and a kit containing the medication. Sessions will be held from 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, at the Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center, 323 Sollers Point Road in Dundalk. Registration required via www.baltimorecountymd.gov/odresponse or 410-887-3828.

Ongoing

Angels Sugar Up Your Troops
Chocolate is in demand for our military troops overseas! Please help by filling our care packages with any chocolate or hard candy until April. Only unopened candy can be sent. Also in demand are pop tarts, beef jerky/Slim Jims, popcorn, peanut butter and jelly jars, crackers, Old Bay, potato chips, Cheez-Its, hot chocolate, tuna pouches/cans, ramen noodles, Cup Noodles, tea bags, coffee, powdered drink mixes, hot sauce and other snacks. We also need cough drops, dental floss, men’s and women’s deodorant, baby wipes, feminine products, socks, music CDs, DVDs and any other morale builders. To donate or for more information, contact Irene Spatafore at 410-284-5275 or drop off items on the picnic table at 7914 Diehlwood Road in Dundalk (off Wise Avenue and Lynch Road).

Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed
Are you looking for an easy and rewarding way to serve your community? Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland is seeking caring, reliable people to help deliver meals to your homebound neighbors. Give us about one hour of your time to deliver nutritious meals on any weekday (Monday - Friday) beginning at 11 a.m. Volunteers are needed at our local distribution site in Dundalk. In sharing a smile along with a little of your time you will make a lasting difference in the life of a homebound senior. To get started please call Volunteer Services at 443-573-0925 or email us at volunteer@mowcm.org.

Maryland Senior Citizens HOF seeking nominations
Maryland residents, 65 years of age or older, who as active volunteers (since age 65) have made outstanding contributions to improve the lives of others in the community are eligible for nomination to the Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Nominations will be reviewed and up to 50 qualified nominees will be selected for induction into the 2017 Maryland Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. Nomination forms and specific details for eligibility are available at mschf.org or by contacting Tom Kline at mschf1@verizon.net or 410-322-5193. All nomination forms must be received by April 10.

Senior Steelworkers 9477
Senior Steelworkers United, the country's largest steelworker retiree group, meets the third Wednesday of each month at Local 2609 Hall, 550 Dundalk Avenue., beginning at noon. Coffee, donuts and lunch are provided, with a brief business meeting between the meals to discuss matters like pensions, medical insurance, Social Security and more. All Sparrows Point retirees are invited. Dues are $30 per year. For more information, call Don Kellner at 410-227-8462.

SOAR Meetings
Chapter 8-1 of Steelworkers Organization of Active Retirees (SOAR) are held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the UAW Hall 1010 S. Oldham Street in Baltimore. Meetings feature lunch and updates on current issues facing retirees. Retirees from any organization are welcome to join; yearly dues are $12 for retirees and $3 for spouses. For more information, call Don Kellner at 410-227-8462.

Self-Esteem Anonymous
Self-Esteem Anonymous™ is an organized support group with a 12-step program. Its purpose is to give emotional support to people who need help achieving their goals. There are many people who feel the way you do, who want to feel more confident about themselves and who want to have more control over their own lives. This group meets Mondays, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., in the parish hall at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1131 Mace Ave. in Essex. Call 410-687-5531 for more information.

Aviation Volunteer Search
Volunteers are needed at the Glenn L. Martin Maryland Aviation Museum as it prepares for the opening of the 2016 school year. Qualifications for education volunteers include experience working with children and a minimum availability of two days per month, three hours per day. There is also an opening for someone with web design experience to manage its website at www.mdairmuseum.org. The museum, located at Martin State Airport has been operated by a group of dedicated volunteers for over 25 years serving the community as a cultural and educational resource. To apply for a volunteer position, contact Volunteer Coordinator Peggy Smith at 410-682-6122.

Humane Society Volunteers
The Humane Society of Harford County has volunteer opportunities at the PetSmart at 1559 Merritt Blvd. in Dundalk, and you can make an impact helping the animals up for adoption there. Our volunteers commit to just one shift per week for one or two hours each time. You will provide as much love as you can while cleaning their cages, washing bedding, mopping the floor and other light duties. If you think you’re the purr-fect person, emailRebecca@HarfordShelter.org to get started!

Food Pantry
Peninsula Baptist Church, 222 Carroll Island Road in Middle River, provides a monthly food pantry on the third Thursday of the month from 10 a.m. to noon. Emergency food baskets provided by appointment. In order to receive a food pantry basket, you must be on public assistance (SNAP, medical assistance, TCANF, EUSP, energy assistance), on unemployment or have a household income below 150 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Limit of one basket every 30 days. For more information or to arrange an emergency basket, contact Donald Eder at 410-812-5255 orederdonald@yahoo.com.

Cooties Collecting for Comrades
The Military Order of the Cootie Pup Tent 4 is collecting toiletries for male and female hospitalized veterans at the Loch Raven VA Community Living and Rehabilitation Center in Baltimore to be distributed during the monthly visit with the veterans. Items requested include one-gallon zip-lock bags, liquid hand soap, shampoo, disposable razors, shave gel, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, denture cleaner, non-alcoholic mouthwash, nail clippers, combs, socks, feminine sanitary products and wordsearch/crossword puzzles. Items can be brought to the Essex-Holly Neck Memorial VFW Post 2621, 206 Riverside Road, between the hours of 2 - 10 p.m.

Brightview Volunteers Needed
Brightview White Marsh assisted living, 8100 Rossville Blvd., is in need of volunteers to help with things like Rosary, cooking, short stories, games, discussions and visiting for their residents. For more information, contact Diane Gibson at 410-668-1588.

Free Mammograms
Baltimore County Womens Cancer Protection is currently offering free mammograms to those who wish to be screened. Call 410-887-3432 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Bluegrass, Country Music Jamboree
Victory Villa Community Center, 404 Compass Road in Middle River, hosts a Bluegrass and Country Music Jamboree, at 6 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month. The event has been run by the Cogar Family since 1972. Come enjoy bluegrass and country music to sing and dance to. Refreshments are available. Come join the fun!

Food Pantry
Dundalk Church of the Nazarene, 1626 Lynch Road, has a food pantry with non-perishable food items. If you are in need or are interested in donating, please call the church at 410-288-5136.

County Looking For Volunteers
The Baltimore County Department of Aging Home Team Program is looking for volunteers willing to assist elderly Baltimore County residents with shopping, running errands and doctor appointments. Volunteers are needed for four hours per month. For more information, call the Home Team Office at 410-887-4141.

Volunteer for Hospice
Amedisys Hospice of Greater Chesapeake is looking for volunteers to provide companionship to home hospice patients and their families.  Presently we are in need of volunteers to help our patients in the Essex, Rosedale and White Marsh areas. We are planning a class to prepare you to become a volunteer. To learn more about this rewarding volunteer opportunity, please call Richard Parron at 410-686-5635 or e-mail richard.parron@amedisys.com.