While the Orioles are warming up for their 7 p.m. game with the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, their wives will be collecting cans from fans for the Maryland Food Committee. Co-chairs of this year's Oriole Wives Food Drive are Wendy Tackett and Jacque Frohwirth, who want to top the more than 8 tons collected last year.
The fact that the O's are playing KAN-sas City should remind you to bring canned goods to the stadium. However, if you forget, you can always give a cash donation to any of the Oriole advocates or Food Committee-Food Bank volunteers, who will be helping the wives man the gates at the stadium.
Maryland Public Television treats its corporate sponsors to special events throughout the year, and the most recent one was a "Love (having you as an underwriter) Boat" breakfast on the Spirit of Baltimore.
Overseeing breakfast on the bay were MPT president Raymond Ho and vice presidents Mike Styer, Norm Silverstein and Joan Frangos.
Among those who got a preview screening of the coming fall programs and enjoyed a newsy talk by John Davis, MPT's "MotorWeek" star, were: Thomas Peet, vice president, Annapolis Federal Savings Bank; Alan Elkin, president, Advance Business Systems; Thomas Smyth, vice president, Albert S. Smyth Co.; William Frank, vice president, Maryland National Bank; William McCartin, treasurer of Noxell Corp.; Debra Botterill, brand manager, Old Bay Co.; and Roy Quinn, president, Pompeian.
The Cafe des Artistes has always closed for a couple of weeks in the summer. This August, however, owner Ann Clapp will close for the whole month. When it re-opens, the Cafe des Artistes, as we know it now, will be gone.
She won't say what she's planning, but one could speculate that a more casual bistro might be more successful than the cafe's formal atmosphere and French menu, good as it is.
Today, Baltimore's Hollywood Diner sits on the corner of Saratoga and Holliday, but Tuesday, it will sit on Hollywood Corner. No, it's not moving. The corner is being renamed at a dedication ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday by the city of Baltimore.
The Chesapeake Foundation for Human Development operates the diner through a lease agreement with the Department of Juvenile Services. Baltimore youths work there to learn marketable skills in the food service industry. If it's been awhile since you ate at a diner, try it. Call (410) 962-5379 for hours.
Alan Christian, a former talk show host who had a dream of building a radio empire, is slowly getting back into action. Christian, who was found guilty of misappropriating funds from investors in 1990, recently won a $14.5 million court judgment.
Although it's been a long, painful, expensive few years, he's now working for Diverse Dimensions, a marketing, advertising and communications firm that handles a radio commentary package for him. You can hear that commentary on WERQ, 1010 AM, at 7:25 a.m and 5:25 p.m.
It's definitely time for charitable organizations to become a little more creative in their fund-raising endeavors. For example, the Leukemia Society has come up with Sli Max '92 Gelatin Splash. Yep, gelatin. Here's the story.
At 2 p.m. Saturday, more than 60 people, who must arrive with at least $200 in pledges, will meet at Market Square at Broadway and Thames Street in Fells Point dressed in all kinds of outlandish costumes and ready to slide into 1,800 gallons of raspberry gelatin.
A host of banker-lawyer types will join Baltimore Blast coach Kenny Cooper, Baltimore Oriole Rick Dempsey, and former O's first baseman Boog Powell to experience the ultimate wiggle for leukemia. Leukemia Society poster child Jennifer Goldstein will be there to cheer for Stephanie Brown, her primary care nurse at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
If you'd like to join us (yes, I am debating it, if I can get some pledges), call Jenny McGill at (410) 825-2500. Or maybe you just need a laugh, so stop by and cheer us on.