Brooklyn Park: Church heats up February with chili cook-off

Want to taste some of your neighbor's best chili dishes?

Join the members of St. John's Lutheran Church, 226 Washburn Ave., for its chili cook-off from noon to 3 p.m. Feb. 9.

"Last year was the first, and was very successful so we are going to try again," event co-chairwoman Claudia Hickman said.

The contestants will cook their best recipes for customers to taste before voting for their favorites.

"I have 10 people that are making chili," Hickman said. "They are all excited to see where their dish will place."

Judging will be done by the customers who pay $5 to get a ballot and a chance to sample of each recipe.

"The rest is up to the taste buds of the voter," Hickman said.

The event is eat-in only, but for an additional $5, people can get a bowl of their favorite chili along with a serving of corn bread and a drink.

Prizes and ribbon will be given out to the first-, second- and third-place winners.

A special basket raffle also will be held. Ticket's cost $1. There also will be a chance to win gift cards to local store and many other great gifts.

"It's a fun day with lots of great chili dishes," Hickman said.

For details, call Hickman at 410-437-0639 or co-chairwoman Kathy Taliaferro at 410-859-1040.

Bingo's back at St. A's

Bingo returns to


, 4708 Prudence St., for the new year on Feb. 1. The doors will open at 5:45 p.m., and regular bingo will start at 7 p.m.

The jackpot will be worth $500. If no one wins, the jackpot grows each week.


Other games are available, of course.

The cost for the package at the door is $10, and includes the jackpot game. Food also will be sold.

For details, call

Gina Bujanowski

at 410-355-5740 or 410-792-2481.

Books and taxes

, 1 East 11th Ave., will offer low-income residents and seniors assistance in preparing their 2012 taxes.

Volunteers of AARP, trained by the IRS and the Maryland Comptroller's Office, will assist people over the age of 60 and those in low-income brackets in preparing both federal and state tax returns from 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 5 to April 15. AARP membership is not required. The service is free, but people must make an appointment by calling

Charlotte Cooper


at 410-636-7307.

Also happening at the library:

  • Join friends at the library from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Feb. 21 for Games Galore. People can bring collectible cards to play or trade, play a board games or one of the library's Wii or Xbox console games. All ages invited.
  • Storytimes for children ages 2 to 5 will take place at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2. Parents must remain in the branch during the program.
  • Kids of all ages can enjoy "sweetheart stories" and a themed craft during Valentine's Day Delight at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 14.

For details, call 410-222-6260.