'TIS THE SEASON: With Christmas just about a done deal, we thought we'd fill you in on a couple of New Year's Eve bashes you might want to attend to ring in the new year on a charitable note.
First, the Baltimore Social Committee, a group of young energetic professionals who throw parties for various worthy causes, is hosting its second annual New Year's Eve Gala at the Enoch Pratt Free Library on Cathedral and Franklin streets.
This year, the American Heart Association will be the beneficiary. Dance to the music of Tony Berry & New Money and the Pawns while enjoying a gourmet buffet and open bar. Tickets are $65 in advance and it's black tie optional. Call (410) 235-3800.
THE BALTIMORE MUSEUM of Industry on Key Highway will set the stage for a festive New Year's celebration on the waterfront to benefit the South Baltimore Homeless Shelter.
Dance to the Shameless Mooks, sip on Sisson's home-brewed beer, nibble on Nick's Inner Harbor Seafood, and check out the midnight fireworks at the Inner Harbor. Dancing shoes are a must, black tie optional, and round-trip trolley service will be available from the museum to the Federal Hill shopping area. Tickets are $35 before Dec. 30 and $50 at the door. Call (410) 727-5512.
MORE THAN 10,000 participants of all ages turned out for last year's First Night Annapolis, a celebration of the arts in the town's historic district.
The annual event features entertainment and music, starting at 6:30 p.m., and culminates in a fantastic fireworks display at midnight to usher in the new year.
Sponsored by the "Maryland You are Beautiful" program, volunteers are being sought to help out with the event. Call Willie Boice at (410) 268-8553 if you're interested.
IF YOU'D RATHER stay closer to home, the city of Baltimore, Baltimore Convention Center and Service America are staging their annual "Party With a Pop!" at the Convention Center beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and Tourism, the admission price is $10 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and under and includes free food and Pepsi. The night features DJ "Dan the Man" Gladding, jazz rhythms of Moon August, jukebox oldies by the Mahoney Brothers, a capella sounds of Part Harmony and comedian Jeff Charlebois, et al.
Tickets are available at the Top of the World's ticket desk located in the lobby of the World Trade Center or at the door the night of the event.
MEDIA MONITOR: Skip Brown's Belt's Wharf in Canton will be featured in the nationally syndicated show "Success Stories, Inc." today on WJZ-TV (Channel 13) at 3:30 p.m. It's the first Baltimore company featured in the television showcase. . . . A public service campaign for the House of Ruth called "Till Death Do Us Part" was a finalist in the 1991 International Film and TV Festival of New York awards competition. . . . Marc Summers and Robin Marella, hosts of the TV game show "Double Dare," will bring their show to the Baltimore Arena on Jan. 5. The show will pit players from the audience against players who won chances to participate through a B-104 "Listen to Win" contest. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster outlets.
WE'VE HEARD: That Dr. Winifred King, health reporter for WMAR-TV (Channel 2), has teamed up with her husband, Dr. Robert Knight, to open their practice, the Plumtree Family Health Center, in Bel Air . . . that Darryl Wharton's "Support Black Filmmaking Comedy Jam" hosted by V-103's Jean Ross last week was so successful, they're planning another one to coincide with Martin Luther King's birthday.
THE GIRL SCOUTS of Central Maryland is asking community leaders for nominations for the 1992 Distinguished Woman Award to honor an outstanding woman for her executive leadership and civic involvement.
The recipient will be selected by a panel of judges and will be recognized at a reception and luncheon held in her honor in April. We'll keep you posted, natch, when they make their selection.