CHEERS FOR actor Ted Danson, who starred last week in a public service announcement for Towson Town Center's "Bay-nanza" benefit for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation set for Oct. 15.
Seems Danson, who's a strong advocate for the bay's preservation since visiting the area's waters last year, makes his "pitch" for the party from behind the "Cheers" bar, and organizers are crossing their fingers that his schedule will allow him to attend the bash in the flesh.
Proceeds from the $50 tickets go to Save the Bay, by the way. Call 494-8772 for yours.
"FOR YEARS he's been baking," opens the announcement of an Ad Club luncheon honoring the perpetually tanned W. B. Doner advertising maven Herb Fried. "It's time he was roasted," it concludes. Guess they'll be serving herb fried chicken, huh? Want to see Herb, ah, burned? Call 750-2974 . . . Our jovial state comptroller, Louis "God Bless Y'all, Real Good" Goldstein, will tee off at tomorrow's first annual golf shootout (benefiting the Babe Ruth Museum) at Sparrows Point, with none other than a baseball and a baseball bat!
TUNE IN TO the Joan Rivers show Wednesday to catch Baltimore's own veterinarian playboy Dr. Kim Hammond appearing with other former Cosmo Bachelors of the Month.
Meanwhile, the "Lemon Dog Bill," a dog purchase protection act, (which was initiated by Hammond) and introduced by Representative Ben Cardin, has gotten a big boost from actor Bill Cosby, who's agreed to endorse and make personal appearances in favor of it. Cosby's involvement was influenced by local producer Donna Quante, who's a camerawoman for "The Cosby Show."
ON THE HOMEFRONT, Quante has teamed up with other Maryland-based production talent, Loretto Gubernatis and Adrienne Newberg, to form their own production company. The team begins shooting their first feature film "Every Woman Bleeds the First Time" (written by Gubernatis) in Baltimore starting Oct. 14.
SPEAKING OF WOMEN in Film, this Saturday marks the third annual Women in Film and Video of Maryland's fall ball. Dubbed "The Bizarre Bazaar," it will be held at the B&O Railroad Museum. Call 247-6767 for ticket info.
. . . New G.M. starring at Paolo's at Harborplace is none other than Kevin Bonner, who's previous, er, credits include the Milton Inn, Jeannier's and Country Fare Inn.
WHAT DO FORMER first lady Nancy Reagan and local entertainment consultant Barbara Marder have in common? "We both have sons with late night TV shows," laughs Marder.
Her son, Jeff Marder, who started his stand-up comedy career in Baltimore years back, has been signed by CBS to host a national late night show (weeknights at 1 a.m.). Called "Night Games," the show, which Barbara describes as a sort of risque "Dating Game," will rely heavily on Jeff's ad-lib skills. Taping begins next week.
EYE OPENERS: Don't miss Raoul Middleman's pastels, which are on exhibit at the Artshowcase Gallery on North Charles Street. (The prolific artist also has a concurrent exhibition of his paintings at the Jewish Community Center.) . . . The much anticipated new works by area artist Susan Lowe will be exhibited through Oct. 18 at the Resurgam Gallery on South Charles Street . . .
Sugar Ray Leonard's autographed boxing gloves, golf ball sets signed by President Bush and Dan Quayle, and Earl Weaver's authentic uniform jersey are some of the items that'll be auctioned at the Jockey International/Jim Palmer CF Golf Classic Sept. 23, not to mention personal appearances by Boog Powell, Lenny Moore, Joe Washington, Pam Shriver and Peter Gammons to name a few. Call 771-9000.
NAME DROPPING: Educator-writer Jonathan Kozol, whose controversial book, "Savage Inequalities," presents a shocking portrait of the nation's public schools, will speak Saturday at the Sheraton Inner Harbor as part of the Enoch Pratt Library's book and author luncheon. Call 396-5494 for reservations . . . An evening of poetry and music to celebrate the initial publication of "Hindsight," the poetry of James Morgan, will take place tomorrow night at the Brewery on Fleet Street.