TONY AWARD-winning dynamo Nell Carter took time out of her hectic schedule recently to tape a public service spot for the International Child Health Foundation, based in Columbia. The non-profit organization is dedicated to improving health care for children in developing countries and under-served areas of the United States.
It's a subject that's near and dear to the star of "Gimme TC Break," who appears in the PSA with 19 adorable toddlers, including her own two adopted youngsters.
The spots, which target the dangers of infant diarrhea, should be turning up nationally within the next few weeks.
HALL OF FAMER Jim Palmer has his medicine chest featured in December's issue of American Health. "If I'm in pain, I take Advil," he told the magazine.
Jim, by the way, keeps a Polaroid of wife Joni next to the throat lozenges, in case you're interested. What a pill!
By the way, Jim told us the other day that several networks are interested in his pilot TV show, "Living Today." Stay tuned.
WOW! LOCAL ARTIST/furniture maker David Klein is all over the place! His recent opening show at Nye Gomez Gallery (with fellow artists Joan Erbe and Van Smith) drew more than 500 enthusiasts and his "Big Bob" grandfather's clock is featured on this month's cover of Baltimore Magazine. This Saturday at 2 p.m. catch Dave giving a talk on his unusual crafts at the gallery in Federal Hill.
DESIGNING WOMEN: Beverly Matthai, the owner of the upscale women's shop Femme, is moving to a larger storefront location in Brown's Arcade this week.
She's celebrating the move to larger quarters with a three-day event, starting Thursday at 5 p.m., with part of the proceeds benefiting the Family Mentoring Program of the YWCA. . . . Meanwhile, the Mill Centre is celebrating the holidays next weekend with an open house from noon until 5 p.m. Be sure to check out handmade hats by Kate Burch, jewelry by Sandra Hamilton and twisted classic clothing by Janet Dabner in Suite 216.
QUICK TAKES: Nick Walters, the author of "Diabetes and Doing Your Best" and a 10th-grader at Towson Catholic High, received the George Washington Honor Medal from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge last week at the school. The award was presented by Dr. Andrew Dotterweich, the principal.
ADMIRAL STANSFIELD Turner, former director of the CIA, will give a free lecture Tuesday at noon at Westminster Hall as part of the University of Maryland at Baltimore's "Professionally Speaking" series . . . Former Colt quarterback Bert Jones will emcee the Restaurant Association's Gala Industry Awards tomorrow night at the Hyatt. Entertainment will be by the original Platters, which makes sense with all these restaurant folks, don't you think?
MEDIA MONITOR: WBFF-TV's weatherman Len Johnson and B-104's Jim Fox will be competing in the third annual Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis next Sunday at Hunt Valley Mall. . . . WJZ-TV's resident singer Lloyd Marcus got so many calls after his "Sunrise" video appeared on Marty Bass and Don Scott's morning show, he's decided to make the videos available. For $10, you can pick one up at Ron Barlow's vintage shop Retro in Fells Point. Proceeds benefit the homeless. . . . The Ruby Blakeney Gallery in Savage is featuring works on paper by the Maryland Film Commission's Jay Schlossberg-Cohen through Jan. 1.
FISH STORY: The National Aquarium in Baltimore's wonderful Marine Mammal Pavilion was the site of a special kickoff party Tuesday night for Baltimore's Aquarium Advocates, a group of young professionals interested in supporting the Aquarium's future success.
More than 100 turned out for the event, which was hosted by Aquarium executive director Nick Brown, board chairman Frank Gunther Jr. and Aquarium Advocate Jeff Amling.
Call Connie Parr in the Aquarium's Development Office at (410) 576-3865 if you'd like to join this worthy cause.
FINALLY, a brief reminder to all of you gala planners to send in ASAP, or fax us at (410) 664-5959, news of your coming fund-raising galas from January through June for our coming calendar, which will be published Jan. 7.