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 18, 25 and 27  from 6 - 9 p.m. Call 410-866-9656 or 410-935-0857 for complete details.

February

Intermediate Microsoft Word
Feb. 28, 7 - 8:30 p.m. at the Rosedale Library, 6105 Kenwood Ave. Take the next step and learn more about Microsoft Word in a classroom setting. Registration required; begins Feb. 21. Register online at http://bit.ly/2g2O8co or call 410-887-0512.

March

EMRCC Meeting
The next general meeting of the Essex-Middle River Civic Council will be held on Wednesday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in the Victory Villa Community Center, 404 Compass Road in Middle River. The guest speaker will be Athan Sunderland to give an update on the "43 Fields" project. There are also many other issues to discuss and attempt to resolve. Plan to attend and become well informed. All are welcome.

White Marsh Book Club
March 1, 7 - 8 p.m. Join us for a lively discussion of "Hero of the Empire" by Candice Millard.
White Marsh Branch BCPL
8133 Sandpiper Circle
Baltimore, MD 21236
410-887-5097

Creative Writers Club
March 1, 7 - 8 p.m. Monthly discussions and practice exercises in a participant-designed workshop setting that fosters support.
North Point Branch BCPL
1716 Merritt Blvd.
Dundalk, MD 21222
410-887-7255

Computer Know-How
March 2, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Learn basic computer skills. Attendee must be 13 years old or older. Registration required. Registration begins Feb. 23. Register online at http://bit.ly/2ihcMY2
Rosedale Branch BCPL
6105 Kenwood Ave.
Rosedale, Maryland 21237
410-887-0512

Books, Coffee and Conversation
March 3, 10 - 11 a.m. Join us for coffee and engaging conversation. Share thoughts and ideas about your favorite books. Sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library.
Perry Hall Branch BCPL
9685 Honeygo Blvd.
Perry Hall, Maryland 21128
410-887-5195

Starting a Vegetable Garden
March 4, 2 - 4 p.m. Master Gardeners teach beginners how to start a vegetable garden, including site selection, soil preparation and how to grow some of the easiest and most popular vegetables. No experience necessary. Registration required. Registration begins Feb. 25. Register online at http://bit.ly/2jaKlwx
White Marsh Branch BCPL
8133 Sandpiper Circle
Baltimore, MD 21236
410-887-5097

AARP Tax Aide
March 6, 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Tax preparation and electronic filing services for both federal and state income taxes are provided by AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers. AARP membership is not required. Tax preparation is available to all ages, having a combined income of $62,500 or less with emphasis on seniors 50 and above. Registration required. Contact branch to register.
Perry Hall Branch BCPL
9685 Honeygo Blvd.
Perry Hall, Maryland 21128
410-887-5195

Xbox Video Gaming for Teens
March 8, 3:30 - 5 p.m. Play Just Dance, Madden NFL and other fun Xbox and Xbox Kinect games.
Sollers Point Branch BCPL
323 Sollers Point Road
Dundalk, MD 21222
410-887-2485

Small Business Counseling
March 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bring your questions to an individual one-hour appointment with an adviser from the Small Business Resource Center. The adviser can assist with business plan development, marketing, loan preparation and minority business enterprise. Appointment times are 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon or 1 p.m. Contact branch to register.
Rosedale Branch BCPL
6105 Kenwood Ave.
Rosedale, Maryland 21237
410-887-0512

Introduction to the Internet
March 9, 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Learn basic internet skills. Registration required. Registration begins March 2. Register online at http://bit.ly/2ihlHc0
Rosedale Branch BCPL
6105 Kenwood Ave.
Rosedale, Maryland 21237
410-887-0512

Learning Party: Learn About Numbers
March 11, 10 - 11:30 a.m. Make learning fun! Explore different ways to improve your young child's math skills through play. Learn fun tips and take home activities to help your child be ready for kindergarten. Ideal for children ages 2 to 4 years old, younger and older siblings are welcome to attend. Registration required. Registration begins March 4. Register online at http://bit.ly/2jF4IWr
Rosedale Branch BCPL
6105 Kenwood Ave.
Rosedale, Maryland 21237
410-887-0512

Teen Tech Week: Stop Motion Animation
March 11, 2 - 4 p.m. Celebrate Teen Tech Week with the theme Be the Source of Change. Learn how to use your smartphone or tablet to create fun DIY films. Please have the free LEGO Movie Maker app installed prior to the program. All other supplies provided. Attendee must be between the ages of 8 and 14 years old. Registration required. Registration begins March 4. Register online at http://bit.ly/2ie1qJj
White Marsh Branch BCPL
8133 Sandpiper Circle
Baltimore, MD 21236
410-887-5097

Animal Heroes with Ann Gearhart and Pearl
March 11, 2 - 3 p.m. Ann Gearhart discusses the roles dogs play, as well as other animals, as both friends and historical heroes.
North Point Branch BCPL
1716 Merritt Blvd.
Dundalk, MD 21222
410-887-7255

Lawyers in the Library
March 13 4 - 6 p.m. Do you need legal advice? Lawyers are on hand to offer free legal advice. Please bring all relevant documents. Assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Essex Branch BCPL
1110 Eastern Blvd.
Essex, MD 21221
410-887-0295

Throwback Tuesday
March 14, 4 - 6 p.m. Play a variety of board games. For ages 6 to 16. Children under 8 with an adult.
Sollers Point Library
323 Sollers Point Road
Dundalk, MD 21222
410-887-2485

North Point Cooking Club
March 15, 7 - 8 p.m. Looking for a good recipe to beat the winter blues? A discussion of March favorites that best celebrate St. Patrick's Day and Easter.
North Point Branch BCPL
1716 Merritt Blvd.
Dundalk, MD 21222
410-887-7255

Perry Hall Book Club
March 16, 7 - 8:30 p.m. Join us for a lively discussion of "The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion" by Fannie Flagg. Sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library.
Perry Hall Branch BCPL
9685 Honeygo Blvd.
Perry Hall, Maryland 21128
410-887-5195

Cartooning 101
March 18, 2 - 3 p.m. Be fun, dynamic, dramatic, silly and even educational while learning various characteristics of cartoons and the impressions they create. Registration required. Children under 8 with adult.
Essex Branch BCPL
1110 Eastern Blvd.
Essex, MD 21221
410-887-0295

Airbrush Tattoos
March 20, 7 - 8 p.m. Learn about airbrush tattoos and get your own realistic, nontoxic airbrush tattoo that can last up to a week or more. Registration required. Registration begins March 13. Register online at http://bit.ly/2iwQrqf
North Point Branch BCPL
1716 Merritt Blvd.
Dundalk, MD 21222
410-887-7255

Feminine Touch: Women in Baltimore History
March 22, 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 Branch BCPL
9685 Honeygo Blvd.
Perry Hall, Maryland 21128
410-887-5195

Meet the Author: Susan Muaddi Darraj
March 25, 2 - 3:30 p.m. Author Susan Muaddi Darraj reads and discusses her 2016 American Book Award-winning short story collection A Curious Land. Sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library.
Perry Hall Branch BCPL
9685 Honeygo Blvd.
Perry Hall, Maryland 21128
410-887-5195

3D Printer Social Hour
March 27, 7 - 8 p.m. Curious about 3D printing? Learn, tinker and socialize with other interested adults.
White Marsh Branch BCPL
8133 Sandpiper Circle
Baltimore, MD 21236
410-887-5097

Crafterwork: Etched Glass Candle Holders
March 30, 6 - 7 p.m. Stressed? Relax and socialize with an easy craft each month. Adults only, please. All supplies provided.
White Marsh Branch BCPL
8133 Sandpiper Circle
Baltimore, MD 21236
410-887-5097

Knit and Stitch
March 30, 6 - 8:30 p.m. Led by volunteer Paula Dixon, bring your latest knitting, crocheting or needlecraft project and learn from each other. All levels of experience welcome. North Point Branch BCPL, 1716 Merritt Blvd. in Dundalk. 410-887-7255

LEGO Fun
March 31, 3 - 4 p.m., create with LEGO blocks! All supplies provided. School age.
Essex Branch BCPL
1110 Eastern Boulevard
Essex, MD 21221
410-887-0295

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).

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 a 12-step program of people encouraging each other to achieve their goals. There are a lot of 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.