ICE ONLY: Former Olympic champion Dorothy Hamill is slated to make her first area appearance in almost three years when she performs with the Baltimore skating ensemble, the Next Ice Age, at the Columbia Ice Rink April 2-7.
Hamill and the ice skating troupe previously worked together on her production of "Nutcracker on Ice," which was televised in 1989. Tickets are available at Ticket Center outlets, including Hecht's.
COCKPIT IN COURT, the state's largest summer theater, i staging a benefit performance of "Godspell" tomorrow night at Essex Community College. Proceeds will be used to help defray the cost of a trip for cast members and crew, who leave Friday to Odessa and Moscow, where they'll perform the musical.
The trip is part of a cultural exchange program that started last summer when a troupe from the Odessa Studio Theater visited Baltimore.
Tickets are $10 and a reception follows. Call 522-1269.
THE FIRST ANNUAL "Base Ball Gala" is shaping up to be whale of a good time, as veteran announcer Chuck Thompson might say.
Thompson's been tapped as emcee for the gala, which will be held on the night before opening day -- April 7 -- at the Hyatt Regency. O's manager Frank Robinson will be on hand as well as some former players, including Don Buford, Tippy Martinez and Willy Miranda. In addition, talk show host Larry King is expected to drop by.
One of the rare items that'll be auctioned off is a 1926 Yankees ball signed by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Tickets are $125 each and benefit the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation and the Baltimore Orioles Foundation. Call chairwoman Julie Wagner for tickets at 547-6140. Dress is, by the way, black tie or baseball uniform.
QUICK STUFF: Brian Lazarus, of Nard's Rock and Roll fame, ha joined some friends and opened Johnson's Bar & Grill at 36 S. Calvert St. Formerly Schaefer's Pub, it's open seven days a week . . .
Diana Botteon's custom earrings, made out of vintage beads from the turn of the century to the '50s, are turning the town on its ear. You'll find them at her Unicorn Studio on Broadway in Fells Point.
TICKETS TO 98 ROCK'S 14TH birthday party to benefit Deser Storm families at Painters Mill are sold out. The concert tomorrow night will feature the bands Facedancer, the Ravyns, and Child's Play with special guest Nelson.
BOOK SMARTS: Locally based author Harrison Livingstone whose last book, "High Treason," about JFK's assassination was on the New York Times best-seller list, is launching a new book called "Cry of the Invisible."
The book is a collection of writings of people who've been homeless or in mental institutions . . .
Baltimore writer Caroline Miller recently appeared on "To Tell the Truth" for her first book, "My Name is Caroline," which is due out in paperback this month.
Since the book dealing with eating disorders was published, Ms. Miller has received more than 10,000 letters . . .
National Book Award-winning novelist Joyce Carol Oates will lecture on April 2 at the Johns Hopkins University's Shriver Hall. Call 338-7157 for info.
BIG BIRTHDAY WISHES for Grace Cave, who'll turn 10 tomorrow. A resident of the Pikesville Nursing and Convalescent Center since 1979, the former seamstress will be receiving congratulatory messages from President George Bush and TV weatherman Willard Scott, who'll do a personal salute during tomorrow morning's "Today" show.
NATIONALLY ACCLAIMED poet Nikki Giovanni is staging a fre public poetry reading Friday at 7 p.m. at Dundalk Community College. Her reading will be followed by a book signing and reception.
AND, FINALLY, a hospitable bunch turned out for North Arunde Hospital's Silver Anniversary Ball recently at the Hyatt Regency -- about 850 to be exact.
A highlight of the gala black-tie affair was the presentation of a $100,000 check to the hospital's President-CEO Alfred J. Bryan Jr. and Chairman of the Board Wilfred T. Azar by ball chairman Joel Fedder, an attorney.
Some guests on hand? James and Carol Walker, Jack and Mary Sue Arnold, Dr. Walter Scheetz, Ron and Katherine McGuirk, Henry and Carol Hein and John and Rose Padussis.