High rollers, take heed. There is still time for you to be a kingpin in the second annual Bowling for Scholars at the Towson Fair Lanes on Sunday. The action begins at 4 p.m., when Walter Amprey, superintendent of Baltimore City Public Schools, will get things started by rolling out the first ball.
Carol and Arnie Kleiner, president and GM of WMAR-TV, are co-chairing this important fund-raising event, which they hope will make $30,000 for the Learning Bank's endowment fund. If you are not familiar with the Learning Bank, it is an adult literacy center in southwest Baltimore that offers tutoring, classroom instruction and computer-assisted instruction, free of charge. During the eight years the center has been open, many students have gone on to get their GEDs and attend college.
If you'd just like to participate in the bowling party, individual tickets are $35, which includes lots of bowling and food, or if you'd like to sponsor a few lanes, call Pam Lehman at the Learning Bank, 659-5452, for more information.
Around town: The movie-making industry in Maryland is certain to get a boost this year. Director Robert Townsend ("Hollywood Shuffle") will be in town at the end of May to begin filming a new MGM picture. Insiders say that this is just the beginning and at least five other productions are close to being signed and several more companies are scouting our area . . . The Zim Zemeral Orchestra got the nod from the Inner Harbor Hyatt Regency and will be playing its big band sounds every Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m. for your dancing and listening pleasure.
Midway through the Celebrity Series Concert at the Meyerhoff featuring the talented James Galway, Maestro David Zinman and the orchestra treated the audience to some favorite Mancini hits, "The Pink Panther" and "Pennywhistle Gig." Galway then telephoned Henry Mancini in Aspen and the whole Baltimore audience sang "Happy Birthday" to Mancini, who was celebrating his 67th.
There are many reasons why Baltimoreans should don their walking shoes Sunday for the March of Dimes Walk-A-Thon -- it's good exercise, you make new friends and see old ones -- but the best reason is that Baltimore ranks third in the nation in infant mortality. So get your pledges and check in at Memorial Stadium between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. for the 15-mile walk. Call 752-7990, for more information.
What's the scoop on Faidley's Seafood at Lexington Market? Busy, busy, since Alan Richman, who writes about food and wine for GQ magazine, gave its crab cakes a smashing review this month.
The review prompted an inquiry to Nancy Faidley Devine, the master crab maker, from a David Letterman producer. However, the late night invite didn't come and Nancy is off to Europe with her daughter, Eve, to oversee three parties and serve crabs this week.
On their agenda is a Maryland-style crab feast in Amsterdam as part of BWI's promotion of the KLM Baltimore-Amsterdam connection, followed by a Maryland Seafood Festival at the Hotel Lapevshoek and an annual crab festival at the Hotel Eden Parc in Germany.
They took about 14 bushels of crabs with them, and another 14 bushels are scheduled to be shipped.
How does an afternoon with First Lady Barbara Bush and First Dog Millie sound? According to Sandy Vogel, coordinator for Project Reach Out, it's a great way to spend a day.
Vogel and Michael Styer, vice president of broadcasting for Maryland Public Television, went to the White House with an MPT camera crew to tape a special message from Mrs. Bush on behalf of a three-hour Project Reach Out Telethon scheduled for Sept. 10.
What's so exciting about this telethon is that viewers will be asked to donate their time, not their money, to area schools and education-related programs.
And since it's good manners to take a present when you visit, the Baltimore contingent took Mrs. Bush an MPT goodie bag filled with T-shirts, mugs and an MPT country video for the president who loves country music. (MPT is the first family's public television station when they are at Camp David.)
In the whatever-happened-to department: David Green, former general manger at WITH-AM, and his wife, Gloria, who was the station's business manager and then the late Howard Head's administrative assistant, are busy working on the Maryland Draft Perot Committee.
There are 700 volunteers gathering signatures in front of most Giant stores on weekends between now and Aug. 4, when they will have to have 63,169 signatures to get Perot's name on the ballot. Should be a long, hot summer for the Greens.