January

Grocery Assistance Volunteers Needed
The Meals on Wheels Grocery Assistance Program is looking for volunteers! Do you have three hours a month to help a home bound individual? Do you like to shop? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity with flexible hours? Then we need your help! Our Grocery Assistance Program pairs volunteers with a client in need, and with their shopping list in hand the volunteer goes to the store on the client’s behalf. You don’t spend any of your own money and may make a friend for life! If interested, contact Meals on Wheels at 443-573-0933 or jones@mowcm.org.
Lawyers in the Library
On Jan. 17 from 5 - 7 p.m., lawyers will be on hand at the North Point Library, 1716 Merritt Blvd. in Dundalk, to offer free legal advice. Please bring all relevant documents. Assistance is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 410-887-7255.
BCGS Research Day
The Baltimore County Genealogical Society (BCGS) will hold a research day on Sunday, Jan. 28, at the Parkville Senior Center, 8601 Harford Road, in Room 308. Everyone is invited to use all of the research assets of our Library from noon until 4 p.m. For more details visit http://www.baltimoregenealogysociety.org/BCGShome/library or call 410-665-8769.

February

NPC Meeting
The North Point Peninsula Council (NPC) will hold their monthly general meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. in the library at Edgemere Elementary School. Scheduled speakers are the Back River Restoration Committee. For more information, find the North Point Peninsula Council on Facebook.
AARP Tax-Aide
Schedule an appointment at the Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd., for free tax preparation and filing service from AARP Feb. 5 from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Tax returns are prepared by IRS-certified tax preparers. The service is aimed at low- to moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to those aged 50+, but there is no age/income threshold. Registration required. Contact branch at 410-887-5195 to register.
Backstage at the Lincoln Assassination
From 2 - 3 p.m. Feb. 10, theater historian Thomas A. Bogar discusses how he utilized previously unpublished sources to tell the story of Lincoln's assassination from the point of view of the theater personnel closely connected to John Wilkes Booth. Sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library at the Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd.
Valentine’s Day Crafternoon
Spend an afternoon creating special Valentine's Day crafts to take home from 2 - 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at the White Marsh Library, 8133 Sandpiper Circle. All supplies provided.
Science Spectacular
Be transformed into a mad scientist from 2 - 3 p.m. Feb. 10 at the North Point Library (1716 Merritt Blvd. in Dundalk)! The Puppet Lady uses innovative puppets to have fun with science. Accompanied by original music, magic and more.
Creative Writing Workshop
Hone your writing skills and polish your stories Feb. 12 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Essex Library, 1110 Eastern Blvd. Local author Dale E. Lehman presents an exploration of fiction writing principles and techniques. Bring your stories and ideas along to this hands-on workshop.
Crafting, Coloring and Conversation for Adults
Drop in to the Rosedale Library, 6105 Kenwood Ave., from 2 - 4 p.m. Feb. 18 and make a craft or bring one you've already started. Adult coloring and handmade greeting card making also available. Supplies, good music, coffee, tea and snacks provided. You bring the conversation.
The Underground Railroad in Baltimore County
From 2 - 3 p.m. on Feb. 25, multiple award-winning author Scott Mingus presents a PowerPoint slide discussion at the Perry Hall Library, 9685 Honeygo Blvd., on the Underground Railroad in Baltimore County and York County, Pa., with a focus on the people and places involved in the activity to help freedom seekers reach safety in the North. Sponsored by the Friends of the Perry Hall Library.

Ongoing

Fly the Flag for our Troops!
The Angels Supporting Your Troops Inc. are in their eighth year of bringing a "touch of home" to our military troops in the war zone.

Therefore, we are asking for supplies to fill the care packages such as: Beef Jerky, Freeze Pops, Nuts, Trail Mix, Cookies, Jelly, Crackers, Tuna or Chicken in pouches, Drink mixes, Little Debbie Cakes, Nutella, Slim Jims, Dental floss, bars of soap, Deodorant, Foot powder, Chap stick, Baby wipes, Feminine products,  Wrapped Hard Candy, Gum, Mints, Razors, Shave cream (no aerosols) Frisbees, Basketballs, Footballs, Seek a wood books, Water balloons, Toothpaste, Tooth Brush, Wash clothes, Microwave popcorn, Pop Tarts, Aspirin, Bandaids, Cough drops, Pringles, Granola bars, Any Size Zip-Loc Bags.

To donate, or for more information, contact Irene Spatafore at 410-284-5275 or drop items off on the picnic table at 7914 Diehlwood Road (off Wise Avenue & Lynch Road)

The “Angels” packing location is the Sonshine Fellowship Church, 7201 Sollers Point Road in Dundalk, across from CCBC Dundalk.
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.