Wednesday, November 30

Rally for Coal-Free Curtis Bay: Rally to hold CSX accountable for the explosion in Curtis Bay and speak out about the continued harms of living next to a coal pier. 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Curtis Bay Recreation Center, 1630 Filbert Street. For more information, go to: ilovecurtisbay.com

AIDS Action Baltimore Town Hall: November town hall meeting. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at First and Franklin Presbyterian Church, 210 West Madison Street. For more information, go to: aidsactionbaltimore.org or call: 410-837-2437.

West Wednesdays: Hear about the ongoing fight for police accountability in the Tyrone West case and for all victims of police misconduct. 7 p.m. This event happens every Wednesday. For more information, go to: facebook.com/justicefortyronewest.

Thursday, December 1

Business Breakfast hosted by Mayor’s Office and Johns Hopkins: Learn about Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System’s local initiatives, programs, and procurement opportunities. 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Vollmer Center at Cylburn Arboretum, 4915 Greenspring Avenue. For more information, go to: mwbd.baltimorecity.gov or call: 410-396-3818.

SNAP Application formerly known as Food Stamps: A SNAP representative will come to assist you with your SNAP Application. Come learn about SNAP benefits, find out how to apply, and receive assistance with the application process. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Rosie’s Recovery Center, 8109 Harford Road, Suite B, Parkville. For more information, go to: rosiesrecoverycenter.com or call: 877-500-0595.

Free HIV Testing: Free HIV testing, education, prevention tips, and, if needed, connection to HIV care. Test results will be shared in 20 minutes. Testing is completely confidential. No insurance is required. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, 800 Linden Avenue. For more information, go to: umms.org/midtown/health-services/infectious-diseases or call: 410-706-6410.

World AIDS Day, Featuring AIDS Memorial Quilt Panels: Hear stories from community members in Baltimore that will help us remember and grieve, and expand our understanding of HIV/AIDS’ impact in the city today. There will be music from the Baltimore Men’s Chorus and Mr. James Harp. Suggested donation $5-$20 will offset the cost of bringing the quilt panels to Baltimore. No one turned away for lack of funds. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 1900 Saint Paul Street. For more information, go to: stmarksbaltimore.org or call: 410-752-5804.

Saturday, December 3

Baltimore City Public Schools School Choice Fair: Learn more about Baltimore’s middle and high school choices. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt Street. For more information, go to: baltimorecityschools.org or call: 443-984-2000.

Baltimore’s Marble Hill: How A Neighborhood Shaped the Civil Rights Movement: A guided tour of Baltimore’s Marble Hill neighborhood, which was the home to an astonishing number of groundbreaking Civil Rights leaders. ($10) 10 a.m. at Lillie Carroll Jackson Civil Rights Museum, 1320 Eutaw Place. For more information, go to: baltimoreheritage.org.

Pre-Kwanzaa Cultural Celebration: Free lunch, arts and crafts, a fashion show, storytelling, and more. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Morgan State University, 1700 East Cold Spring Lane. For more information, go to: morgan.edu/communityservices or call: 443-885-2217.

New Generation Scholars Open Classroom Series: This event provides space for scholars to present their research projects and is designed to be an exchange where collective learning encourages an intellectually stimulating discussion around different elements of the African Diaspora. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at NoMüNoMü, 709 North Howard Street. For more information, go to: muse360.org or call: 443-302-9761.

Wednesday, December 7

COVID Vaccine Clinic: Village Learning Place in partnership with LifeBridge Health will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic for children and adults ages 6 months and up. 9 a.m to noon. Village Learning Place, 2521 Saint Paul Street. For more information, go to: villagelearningplace.org or call: 410-235-2210.

Baltimore City Public Schools Arts Education Town Hall: Learn about Baltimore City’s Fine Arts Strategic Plan and what access to arts education looks like across the district. Plus hear testimonies from students, parents, and BCPSS alums. 5 p.m.  to 7 p.m. at Baltimore Unity Hall, 1505 Eutaw Place. For more information, go to baltimorecityschools.org or call: 443-984-2000.

Thursday, December 8

Neighborhood Energy: The Power in All of Us to Make Baltimore Even Better: Join author Jon Alexander and special guests for an important, topical conversation with community leaders and doers. 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 at The Peale, 225 Holliday Street. For more information, go to: thepeale.org or call: 667-222-1814. 

Saturday, December 10

Latino Racial Justice Circle Meeting: A nonprofit group that supports the Latino community in the Baltimore area through programs in education, legal assistance, community dialogues, and advocacy. 10 a.m. to noon at Assisi House, 728 Bank Street. For more information, go to: lrjc.org or email: latinoracialjusticecircle@gmail.com.

Iran: A Mass Uprising … Where Could it Lead?: The death of Mahsa (Jina) Amini after her beating by Tehran’s so-called “morality police” has sparked one of the most significant and sustained protest movements in the history of the Iranian regime. What are the prospects for the movement, and what is the potential for the working class to organize a decisive breakthrough? Morad Shirin, a revolutionary socialist activist and a member of the Iranian Revolutionary Marxists’ Tendency, will be giving a presentation, followed by a discussion. 3 p.m. EST. Virtual. For more information, go to: speakoutsocialists.org

Roberta’s House 2022 Annual Candlelight Service of Remembrance: An afternoon of inspirational testimony, music, and poetry in remembrance of those who have died in 2022. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Grand Baltimore, 225 North Charles Street. For more information, go to: robertashouse.org or call: 410-235-6633.

Tuesday, December 13

December Membership Meeting of No Boundaries Coalition: 2022 Annual Report, presentations from our Fall 2022 Leadership Advisory Council, and a champagne toast to close out the year. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Baltimore Unity Hall, 1505 Eutaw Place. For more information, go to: noboundariescoalition.com or call: 410-800-2452.

Speaker Adrienne A. Jones’ Annual Toy Drive: Live music, gifts, and more. Bring new and unwrapped toys or non-perishable food. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Randallstown Community Center, 3505 Resource Drive, Randallstown, Md. For more information, call: 410-446-3855.

Wednesday, December 14

Opportunity Youth: Access to work opportunities and other resources. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Franklin Street. For more information, go to: aamebaltimore.com or call: 443-750-042.

Baltimore City Council: Public Safety and Government Operations Committee: A quarterly hearing to review crime statistics for the Baltimore City Police Department, and to monitor the progress of the Biennial Violence Prevention Plan. 1 p.m. at Baltimore City Hall, 100 North Holliday Street. For more information, go to: baltimorecitycouncil.com or call: 410-396-4804.

Stolen: Free African Americans Kidnapped and Sold into Slavery: A talk given by Richard Bell, PhD, Department of History, UMBC. 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church Lafayette Square, Main church, 1020 West Lafayette Street. For more information, call: 410-523-4588.

Thursday, December 15

Home for the Holidays: Habitat Chesapeake Welcomes a New Family: Join Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake and our community partners as they welcome a new family to the Belair-Edison neighborhood of Baltimore City. Noon to 1 p.m. at 3425 Dudley Avenue. For more information, go to: habitatchesapeake.org or call: 410-366-1250.

Parent and Community Advisory Board for Baltimore City Schools Public Meeting: PCAB serves to advise the CEO of Baltimore City Public Schools and the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners about how parents, families, the community, and educators can collaborate to help our youth succeed. 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Virtual. This event streams live on PCAB’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. For more information, go to: pcabbaltimore.org or call: 443-642-4647.

Friday, December 16

Baltimore City Public Art Commission Meeting: The Baltimore Public Art Commission is responsible for administering Baltimore’s Percent for Public Art Program as well as the review and approval of all gifts of permanent public art to the City of Baltimore. 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Virtual. For more information, go to: promotionandarts.org or email: BOPAcommunications@promotionandarts.org.

Baby Essentials Giveaway: Free diapers size 0-6, limited pull-ups, wipes, baby food, and clothing. 2 p.m. at Park Heights Academy, 2835 Virginia Avenue. For more information, go to: catherinesfamilyandyouthservices.org or call: 443-429-0215.

Saturday, December 17

Food Distribution Event: Free fruits and vegetables as well as information about other programs to benefit the community. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Iglesia de Dios de la Profecia Baltimore, 3533 4th Street. For more information, go to: mycaf.org/es/inicio or call: 301-328-3292.

Catherine’s Family and Youth Services 8th Annual Christmas Giveaway: Families will be able to receive fresh food. Bring your own bags. Children must be present in order to receive toys, coats, and cold weather gear. 1 p.m. at James D. Gross Recreational Hall, 4600 Lanier Avenue. For more information, go to: catherinesfamilyandyouthservices.org or call: 443-429-0215.

Sunday, December 18

Skylyne Foundation’s 7th Annual Christmas Dinner and Gifts: Dinner and giveaways for those in need. Noon to 4 p.m. at My Sister’s Place Women’s Center, 411 Cathedral Street. For more information, email: skylynefoundation@gmail.com.

NSAA African Creations Annual Kwanzaa Celebration: Dr. Oya Ma’at will expound on the importance of Kwanzaa. 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. St. Matthew Catholic Church, 5401 Loch Raven Boulevard. For more information, go to: nsaacreations.com or email: nsaacreation@gmail.com.

Wednesday, December 21

Diaper Dash Day: Free diapers and pull-ups. 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at Lakeland Elementary/Middle School, 2921 Stranden Road. For more information, email: lakeland.judy.center@gmail.com.

Friday, December 23

Holiday Toy Drive: Keeping Hopes Alive plans to help 300 families with gifts for the holiday. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Ames Memorial United Methodist Church, 615 Baker Street. For more information, go to: keepinghopesalive.com or call: 443-960-1088.

Lisa Snowden

Lisa Snowden is Editor-in-Chief and cofounder of Baltimore Beat. Previously, she was an editor at Baltimore City Paper, Baltimore Sun, and The Real News...