CASTING-OFF: CBS roving correspondent Charles Kuralt will be on hand for a fun-filled "Save Our Skipjacks" gala Nov. 2 at the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel.
The seafaring event is being organized by the Lady Maryland Foundation to help with the restoration of the 25 remaining historic skipjack vessels. There will be plenty of regional cuisine at the bash, plus three bands for an enjoyable evening. If you'd like to attend, call 685-0295.
REEL PEOPLE: Baltimore-based Laureen Benson-Hall, who owns and runs L. B. H. Seminars, an acting workshop business when she's not appearing in national commercials or feature films, has started a new venture. She's formed a film production company -- Laureen Benson-Hall Productions Inc. -- to produce a mystery-thriller she wrote, titled "Reflections of Evil."
She'll direct the film, by the way, which she tells us will be cast almost entirely out of Baltimore. "We have an enormous amount of talent right here at home," she said. She'll announce the production start date soon.
AROUND TOWN: Baltimore dentist Don Brotman travels to Seattle this week to lead the American Association of Dental Examiners' annual meeting. Don's the first Marylander to be elected president of the 900-member organization . . . After 21 years on TV Hill, Jack Gilmore took only one week off before launching his new business, the Gilmore Marketing Group, in Timonium. "I had to clear the old cobwebs," laughed the former WBAL-TV sales veep, "to make room for the new."
EYE OPENERS: All you Elvis Presley fans, listen up. Eastpoint Mall is sponsoring the first annual Elvis Presley Look-a-Like contest Thursday at 5 p.m. as part of the mall's weeklong 35th anniversary celebration. WJZ-TV's John Buren, who's a self-professed Elvis fan, will be there as will Elvis impersonator Mike El.
El's career began with an appearance on WJZ-TV's "People Are Talking," and the singer, a former Baltimore County police officer, has since performed to capacity crowds across the United States.
Other Elvis-related activities include a museum dedicated to the star, a video presentation of rare footage of Elvis in concert and Elvis' own 1977 Cadillac Seville.
THE KICKOFF for Sheppard Pratt's centennial, "Celebrating the Human Spirit," on Nov. 23 was held recently at the Hyatt Regency. With six weeks to go, 41 tables are already reserved. Call 938-3135 for tickets . . . Carl and Nancy Davis of Sykesville were the lucky winners of a trip to Nashville's Country Music Awards courtesy of WPOC-FM.
YOU MIGHT HAVE missed Johnny Mathis at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, but you still have time to get tickets for the Tony Bennett concert Oct. 24, 25 and 26 . . . Joey Chiu's Greenspring Inn has only been open a few weeks, but it's already become a big hit with the Greenspring Valley crowd. The elegantly appointed restaurant is the third for Connie and Joey Chiu, who own the Bamboo House in Timonium and Harborplace.
"We work 18 days a week," laughed Joey.
EYE YI YI'S: Local marketing whiz Gary Tavin has gotten some strange RSVP's to his "I Love Lucy" 40th anniversary bash he's hosting Tuesday. He invited guests to dress as their favorite "I Love Lucy" character or episode, and one invitee called to ask what color his carpet was. "I have a feeling I'm going to drip," she told him.
BOORDY VINEYARDS will celebrate the release of their Nouveau and Nouvelle wines with a balloon launch from the winery grounds Oct. 27 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The best news is that two lucky partygoers will get to be passengers.
Guests are eligible for the ride by entering their name in a random drawing. There'll be music and food and naturally plenty of wine at the Grand Release party. Reservations are required, and the all-inclusive admission is $15. Call 592-5015.
FIVE OF THE BALTIMORE Sister Cities Committees -- Gbarnga, Genoa, Piraeus, Rotterdam and Xiamen -- have joined to hold the First International Baltimore Sister Cities Ball Oct. 26 at Westminster Hall. The evening will include food and entertainment distinctive of the Sister Cities, as well as a live and silent auction.
Invited guests include the ambassadors or consul generals from the respective countries. Ilene Goldman is coordinating the event, which is black tie or ethnic dress. Call 396-5413 for info.