Submit notices via email:
email@example.com; fax: 410-332-6336; or mail: Baltimore Messenger, 501 N. Calvert St., Third Floor, Baltimore, MD 21278. Include sponsor or host, date, time, address of event, contact name and phone number. Deadline is noon the Thursday before publication.
Arts and Museums
The Walters Art Museum — 600 N. Charles St. 410-547-9000, http://www.thewalters.org.
• The Art of the Writing Instrument from Paris to Persia, through Sept. 25.
• Setting Sail: Drawings of the Sea from the Walters' Collection featuring drawings, paintings, and prints of ships, sailors and the sea from the permanent collection of the Walters. Runs through Sept. 11. Free.
• Walk-In Gallery Tours. On Sundays and selected Saturdays, the Walters offers docent-led tours of a different part of the collection. No reservations are required. Nineteenth Century Art, July 31, 1 p.m. Free.
Baltimore Clayworks — 5707 Smith Ave., hosts Aisha Harrison, July 21, 6:30 p.m. She will discuss the creative process when designing her figurative sculptures and the relationship of bi-racial identity themes in her work. Her exhibit runs through Aug. 6. Free. Call 410-578-1919 or go to http://www.baltimoreclayworks.org
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture — 830 E. Pratt St.
• Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists Special Exhibition on view until Oct.16.
• Lines Connect Book Club: "Money Can't Buy Love" by Connie Briscoe, author appearance and book signing, July 28, 6:30 p.m. $5. 443-263-1827.
The Baltimore Museum of Art — 10 Art Museum Drive, presents
• Drop-In Art Activities, Family Art Center, every Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. 443-573-1870 or artbma.org. General admission is free.
• Free Family Sundays, Workshops: 2–5 p.m. Tours: 2–2:45 p.m. the last Sunday of the month.
The Great Prostate Cancer Challenge — 5k/1 Mile Fun Walk to benefit Zero (The Project to End Prostate Cancer), Sept. 25, 8:30 a.m., Towson University, Johnny Unitas Stadium. $30 in advance, $35 race day. http://www.gpccbaltimore.com.
Eat-A-Peach Challenge Bike Ride — sponsored by the Brain Injury Association of Maryland, Aug. 13. Routes start and end at the Peach Festival, Carroll County Agricultural Center, Westminster, and wind their way through Carroll and Frederick counties. http://www.charmcityrun.com, 410-448-2924, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.biamd.org to download a registration brochure.
Walk for Lupus Now — to benefit the chapter's many free services for people with lupus, Druid Hill Park, 900 Druid Park Lake Drive, Sept. 24, 3-5 p.m. 888-349-1167 or email@example.com. To register, http://tinyurl.com/BaltLupusWalk2011.
St. Gabriel Italian Festival — to benefit St. Leo's Italian-Catholic parish, a street festival held along Stiles and Exeter streets, Little Italy, Aug. 20-21, noon- 8 p.m. Live music, dancing, game wheels, wine, beer, Italian food, cannoli, Italian cookies, fried dough, vendors, crafters, kids' activities, bingo, bocce tournament and more. $1 admission. 410-675-7275 or LittleItalyMD.com.
Second Saturdays in Station North — Eleven venues, all within four blocks of Charles Street and North Avenue, will feature free events throughout the day including art exhibitions, live music performances, a theatrical performance, a theater class, an improv performance, open mic and more. 410-962-7075, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.stationnorth.org.
Summer Sounds at the Square — Weekly outdoor concert series featuring live music by local bands, Belvedere Square, corner of York Road and Belvedere avenues, Fridays, 6-9 p.m. through Sept. 16. Free.
• July 29: Mambo Combo, soca and samba sounds.
• Aug. 5: The New Romance, 80s tribute http://www.thenewromance.com.
• Aug. 12: The Remainders, classic and alternative rock.
Farmers Market — Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway, Saturdays through Oct. 8, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. 410-727-4808 or: http://www.thebmi.org.
Baltimore Restaurant Week — presented by Visit Baltimore and Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, held at various restaurants in the region, Aug. 5-14. Participating restaurants will offer a choice of pre-selected three-course dinner menus for $35.11 and three-course lunch menus for $20.11. http://www.baltimorerestaurantweek.com.
The National Aquarium 30th Anniversary Festival — 501 E. Pratt St. features live entertainment and activities for all ages, Aug. 5, noon-7 p.m., Aug, 6, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Aug. 7, 10 a.m. -3 p.m. Free. 410-576-3800 or http://www.aqua.org.
Concerts and Theater
Minas — 815 W. 36th St., Hampden presents Minas Konsolas Interactions. Show runs through Aug. 28.
410-732-4258 or http://www.minasgalleryandboutique.com..
Creative Alliance at the Patterson — 3134 Eastern Ave. 410-276-1651 or http://www.creativealliance.org.
• Steve Hefter and St. Even with Fancy Face and Leonard Mynx, July 29, 8 p.m. $12, $7 members and students.
• Cyro Baptista and Beat The Donkey with Telesma, July 30, 8 p.m. $20, $15 members.
• Bluestone Bluegrass and Charm City Limits, Aug. 5, 8 p.m. $15, $10 members.
Arceci/McKean & Friends — presented by the Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Aug. 11, 7 p.m. In advance, $15 general, $12 seniors and students. At the door $20 general, $15 seniors and students. 410-385-2638.
Strand Theater — 1823 N. Charles St. Strand along with Unruly Women present an adaptation by Francesca Chilcote and Laurie Wolf of William Shakespeare's "Taming of the Shrew," July 29, 8 p.m., July 30, 2 and 8 p.m., and July 31, 2 p.m. http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/185490 or email@example.com or 703-622-6526.
Fells Point Corner Theatre — 251 S. Ann St. along with the Baltimore Playwrights Festival presents the following. Thursdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m. and Sundays, 7 p.m. http://www.fpct.org.
• "The Sculptress," a Baltimore Playwrights production July 28-31. $12.
• Asking Questions, Aug. 12- 28. (no show Aug.19) $12.
Pumpkin Theatre — for young audiences, held at St. Timothy's School for Girls, 8400 Greenspring Ave., Stevenson, opens with "Charlotte's Web," Sept. 17-25. Five-play subscription, $44. http://www.pumpkintheatre.com or 410-828-1814.
Loyola University Maryland — 4501 N. Charles St., 410-617-2412 or http://www.loyola.edu, presents Graduate Programs in Kodaly Music Education Workshops, Saturdays, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. A day of music making, food, networking and teaching ideas. Free. 410-617-5020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health and Support
One Day At A Time Al-Anon meetings — Monday evenings, 7-8 p.m., second floor of the Hampden Family Center, 1104 W. 36th St. 202-488-5629 or email@example.com.
Lupus Support Group — Good Samaritan Hospital, 5601 Loch Raven Blvd., second Saturdays, 10 a.m. http://www.tinyurl.com/lupusgrps, 1-888-349-1167 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Caring Hearts Camp — sponsored by Heartland Hospice Bereavement Program, held at Patapsco State Park, Glen Artney area Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. for ages 5-15 and their caregivers. Free. 410-719-8670 to register.
Central Library — 400 Cathedral St., 410-396-5402.
• Preschool Leaps, program of stories, songs and fun for ages 3-5, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m.
• Mother Goose Baby Steps, for up to age 3, Fridays, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m. and Saturdays, 10:15 a.m.
• Toddler Jumps, for 2-year olds, Thursdays, 11:15 a.m.
• Free Family Flick: "Gnomeo and Juliet," July 30, 2 p.m.
Govans Library — 5714 Bellona Ave. 410-396-6098.
• Mother Goose Baby Steps, for up to age 3, Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.
• Preschool Leaps, ages 3-5, stories, songs, and fun, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.
• Pajama Story Time, for ages 3-5, Aug. 4, 7 p.m.
• Book Discussion: "The Thirteenth Tale" by Diane Setterfield, July 28, 6:45 p.m.
• Pirate Storytime, ages 6-12, July 28, 3 p.m.
• Ice Cream Around the World: make and eat a frozen treat and learn how ice cream is loved the world over, Aug. 2, 6:30 p.m.
Hampden Library — 3641 Falls Road. 410-396-6043.
• Mother Goose Baby Steps, for up to age 3, Wednesdays, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m., and Saturdays, 10:15 a.m.
• Preschool Leaps, program of stories, songs, and fun for ages 3-5, Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 11 a.m.
Northwood Library — 4420 Loch Raven Blvd. 410-396-6076.
• Preschool Leaps, stories, songs and fun for ages 3-5, Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.
• Mother Goose Baby Steps, for up to age 3, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
• Chapter by Chapter — Cover to Cover, ages 6-12. Wednesdays, 4 p.m. Listen to others reading aloud or take a turn reading aloud.
Roland Park Library — 5108 Roland Ave. 410-396-6099.
• Mother Goose Baby Steps, interactive nursery rhyme program with music and movement for up to 3 years with caregivers, Mondays, 1:30 p.m.
• Toddler Jumps, storytime program with books, rhymes and bouncing balls for 2-year-olds and their caregivers, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
• Preschool Leaps, program of stories, songs, and fun for ages 3-5, Thursdays, 11 a.m.
• Uncle Pete with Kids, for up to age 5, July 28, 10:15 a.m.
Waverly Library — 400 E. 33rd St., 410-396-6053.
• Preschool Leaps, stories, songs and fun for ages 3-5, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.
• Mother Goose Baby Steps, interactive nursery rhyme program with music and movement for up to 3 years with caregivers, Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.
• Get Fit at Your Library, Mondays, noon. A weekly workout to popular line dances, hip-hop, Caribbean and African rhythms.
• Hip Hop Dance, learn the latest dance moves from a professional dance instructor, Aug. 3, 4 p.m.
Eastern High School — Class of 1961, 50-year reunion, Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys, Sept. 24, 1 p.m. Lois Krupinsky, 410-833-8269 or email@example.com.
Oblate Sisters of Providence — Homecoming, Aug. 7, noon, Mount Providence, 701 Gun Road, Arbutus for anyone who attended Oblate schools or programs. Guests welcome. Dinner $10. 410-536-5687 or http://www.oblatesisters.com.
Tai Chi for Seniors — Senior Network of North Baltimore, 5828 York Road. To improve health, fitness and balance. Mondays, 12:45 p.m. 410 323-7131.
The Renaissance Institute — at College of Notre Dame of Maryland, 4701 N. Charles St. is holding an open house for prospective students age 50 and older, Aug. 9, 10-11:30 a.m. Bob Fanto, 410-252-8531 or http://www.ndm.edu/renaissance.
Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland — needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound in Baltimore City and County. 443-573-0940, firstname.lastname@example.org or http://www.mealsonwheelsmd.org.
Evergreen Museum and Library — seeking volunteer museum guides. 410-516-0341 or email@example.com or http://www.museums.jhu.edu.