Several new magazines have come to life in the Baltimore area. The women who brought us Maryland Family Magazine, The Best Darned Camp Guide Ever and The Guide to Area Services, Rudy Miller and Sylvia Shapiro, have published the premiere issue of Fifty Plus.
The fact that baby boomers are (finally) growing up and will be turning 50 at the rate of about 4 million a year soon, prompted Rudy's group to get on the early bandwagon. Fifty Plus is filled with interesting articles about your options should you lose your job and stories on finances, health, travel and sex.
It's a free quarterly magazine, available at about 350 locations in the metropolitan area. Check it out, Johnny Unitas is pictured on the first issue.
Another new mag is Girls Week, which targets girls ages 8 to 14. This is a slick looking 70+ page magazine that will be published six times a year right here in Baltimore by Monarch/Avalon Inc. on Harford Road. This magazine was the brainchild of New Yorker Karen Bokrum.
She was hard at work on the magazine until she learned the name she wanted belonged to Eric Dott, owner of Monarch/Avalon. So they did the sensible thing and formed a partnership, that is sure to be a winner. The mag is chock-full of fun, interesting stories for girls. If you can't find it on your newsstand, call (410) 254-9200 for a subscription.
This time last week, Sue Hess, president of Maryland Citizens for the Arts, and Patricia Thomas, executive director of Young Audiences of Maryland, were getting ready for their visit to the White House.
They were among the guests invited last Friday, by Presidenand Mrs. Clinton, to attend an awards ceremony and luncheon to honor 16 distinguished American artists, humanists and one arts organization, Young Audiences, which began in Baltimore in 1950.
The Maryland visitors were in great company, but I hear it was too crowded to really hobnob with honorees such as actor/singer Harry Belafonte, jazz musician/composer Dave Brubeck, actress Julie Harris, dancer Gene Kelly, and folk musician Pete Seeger.
More than 400 fans of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra showed up at An die Musik in Towson last Saturday to meet the BSO maestro David Zinman and cellist Yo-Yo Ma. This popular twosome spent hours chatting and autographing the BSO's latest recording which features Yo-Yo. The BSO leaves tomorrow for a month-long East Asia tour, which entails playing 18 concerts in 13 cities in Korea, Taiwan and Japan.
Congratulations to Leonard Attman and Lowell R. Glazer, brothers-in-law who will share the spotlight as this year's Menorah Lodge B'nai B'rith honorees. They will be feted at a dinner Wednesday, which will include presentations from Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg and Rabbi Joel Zaiman, as well as a performance by Cantor Melvin Luterman.
This one's for Baltimore's Hon population. The first annual "BIG Hair Contest" will be held at Denise Whiting's Cafe Hon in Hampden at 2 p.m. Oct. 30. The contest is open to anyone but the headless horseman.
The categories are Humongous Hair, Well-Accessorized Hair and the Ultimate BOOO-fant Halloween Hair. There will be prizes and the $5 entry fee goes to St. Thomas Aquinas Library Fund. Call Cafe Hon for an entry form, which must be in by Oct. 29.
Former presidential press secretary, Jim Brady, will be the luncheon speaker at the Maryland Head Injury Foundation symposium entitled "Preventing Brain Injury by Reducing Violence."
Others speaking at the Oct. 29 meeting are George Zitnay, National Head Injury Foundation; Dr. Jean Ogborn, Johns Hopkins Hospital; Mary Hampton, Shock Trauma; Capt. Howard Hall, Baltimore County Police Department; Brian Morangne-el, University of Maryland Baltimore County; Michelle Hughes, the League for the Handicapped; Ellen Schmidt, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene; Stephanie Sites, Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence; and Richard Willis, Maryland Against Handgun Abuse.
If you're interested in attending this event at the Great Room at Savage Mills in Laurel, tickets are $60. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call (410) 747-7758.