FAIR WEATHER FRIENDS: Learn how and where you can volunteer your time at the first Governor's Volunteer Day and "Strive for Five" Volunteer Marketplace Saturday and Sunday at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium.
More than 100 non-profit and government organizations from across the state will be recruiting people for positions such as literacy tutor, crisis counselor and foster grandparent. The governor is scheduled to present a special salute to Maryland's volunteers Sunday around 7:30 p.m., shortly before a free oldies extravaganza concert at the Grandstand featuring the Drifters, The Platters and The Shirelles. Oooowee!
SPEAKING OF THE fair, the Maryland Farm Queen Contest begins at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Cow Palace at the fairgrounds. The reigning Maryland Farm Queen, Miss Jenell Rinehart of Carroll County, will crown her successor.
EYE OPENERS: Kenny Curtis, host of Fox 45's Club House, and WMAR-TV's Tony Pagnotti will be on hand to help out with "CF Family Charity Night" tomorrow night at Glen Golf and Games in Glen Burnie. Hostess is WCAO's Brenda Bissett. All are invited to drop by and er, putter around.
AROUND TOWN: Debra Fries, Miss Maryland 1991, is readying to compete in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City next month. Debra, 26, was crowned Miss Maryland in Hagerstown in June. She's a teacher of the Hearing Impaired for the Charles County Board of Education.
EYE YI YI'S: Somebody give Owings Mills resident Karen Gatzke a job before she hurts herself! Karen, who was laid off from her job as a reporter for Countywide News in Carroll County a couple of months back, wasn't getting much response to the 100 or so resumes she sent out. So last week, she launched her own PR stunt to reach business people going into the city. Karen stood on the Coldspring Lane bridge overtop the JFX with a 20-foot sign reading, "Reporter seeks P.R. Job 356-4557." Several companies have already phoned Karen expressing interest so don't be surprised to see other unemployed souls trying similar tactics! Just a sign of the times, we guess.
NEXT MONDAY is a super busy day for the sports-minded set. Beginning -- yawn! -- at 8 a.m., the Sixth Annual Ronald McDonald House Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Eagle's Nest in Phoenix. Some of the celebs who'll be teeing off for the cause, along with top players from around the country, include Brooks Robinson, Jim Palmer, Tom Matte, Tom Mitchell, Kenny Cooper, Billy Hunter, Gary Williams and Chuck Thompson. In addition, trick shot artist Wedgy Winchester -- don't you just love that name? -- will entertain all with his golfing feats. For info, call 528-1010.
THAT EVENING, ORIOLE player Randy Milligan will be honored at a pre-game ceremony at Memorial Stadium sponsored by the Maryland Chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Milligan will receive the chapter's new poster at the ceremony from poster child Cara Gossart.
AND FINALLY, Gray Kirk/ Van Sant's ad agency copywriter John Patterson is having a bit of fun with the invites he's sending out for his upcoming wedding to Catherine Forbes. The invite opens with a disclaimer saying, "We couldn't invite you to our wedding until we saw who wasn't coming."
INSIDE WE FIND letters of regrets from The White House (George and Barb, natch), Buckingham Palace (the Queen, natch), Trump Towers (the Donald, natch), singer Mel Torme and NBC's David Letterman -- who's real sorry he'll "miss the shish-kabob." The invite holder is then informed that he's "in." Nothing like feeling wanted, huh?