A wave of sailing talent will be competing Thursday in the Inner Harbor in the third annual Santa Maria Cup Regatta, the world's first match race sailing event for women only. At noon, 10 teams of four will sail from HarborView Marina and Yacht Club on J/22s.
Skippers for this year's races are Julia Trotman, Olympic bronze medalist and Rolex yachtswoman of the year; Mary Brigden Snow, who placed fifth in the '92 Santa Maria Cup; Diane Burton, top-ranked single-handed sailor and member of the U.S. Sailing Team; Lynda Corrado, organizer of the first all-woman America's Cup team; Karen Johnson, member of the '88 Canadian Olympic team and Canadian Women's March racing champ in '92; Melinda Berge, top local J/22 sailor and '92 J/22 fleet captain; Paula Lewin, top women's intercollegiate skipper currently attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Hannah Swett, third place in two Santa Maria Cups and former intercollegiate All-American; Dawn Riley, '92 winner of Santa Maria Cup and member of the America's Cup and Whitbread Round the World Race; and Susie Madrigali, four-time Adams Cup finalist and a skipper in the '92 Santa Maria Cup.
The public is invited to watch and meet the competitors.
The Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons second annual Tennis Classic takes place at L'Hirondelle Club on Wednesday. From 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., you're sure to see some great tennis matches in a men's and mixed doubles round-robin format.
The popular event raises money for the Patrons' grant funds for city children and scholarship programs for Baltimore metropolitan junior tennis programs.
The association's honorary chairwoman, Pam Shriver, will join the players to give out awards at a cocktail party following the matches.
There's a new kid in the 1600 block of Eastern Avenue -- the Ashling Theatre Centre. Stage acting, playwrighting, poetry, stand-up comedy and on-camera performance are among the subjects the nonprofit theater studio will teach.
If you'd like to take a look at the center, its director, Don Kennedy, is having an ethnic-focused open house today from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $10 for a Middle Eastern lunch catered by Rotisseria and, of course, a tour. Call (410) 563-0507.
Johns Hopkins University grads will hear words of wisdom from Richard von Weizsaecker, president of Germany, at morning commencement exercises May 24 and from Oscar-winning Baltimore-born director Barry Levinson in the afternoon.
These two will join Richard Gelb, chair of Bristol-Myers Squibb; poet Josephine Jacobsen; Louis Kaplan, longtime president of Baltimore Hebrew College; Nobel laureate economist Merton Miller, University of Chicago; and Daniel Tosteson, dean of medicine at Harvard, to receive honorary degrees during the morning program.
"Murder Most Unholy" opened last weekend with a sizzling whodunit benefit for St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Fells Point. This audience participation murder mystery is performed by the Partners in Crime Repertory Theatre. Mary Cogley is director and founder of the Harford County troupe; her partners are George McCord and Bettianne Gravino.
St. Patrick's is raising money to cover damages to a stained glass window destroyed in a 1983 fire.
The show will continue at the church for the next two weekends. The $24.50 ticket also includes a buffet dinner. Call (410) 679-8091.
* More than 1,500 people are expected to attend Beth Tfiloh Community School's major fund-raiser June 8, featuring HBO comedian Elayne Bossler in a cabaret-style show.
* This week is the American Cancer Society's annual Jail and Bail. For $20, you can take out a warrant and have someone arrested. While in the "slammer" at Towson Town Center, the accused calls family, friends, etc., to raise bail money.
Why not have someone arrested from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday? Since I'll be the judge, I promise to find them guilty.