Party to help the troops


IF YOU HAVEN'T made plans for New Year's Eve, listen up. Here's a way to welcome in the new year and salute the U.S. troops in the Middle East at the same time.

As part of a national effort, Baltimore's Original Sports Bar is dedicating its New Year's Eve celebration to the armed forces in Saudi Arabia and will serve as a collection center for goods needed by our military forces.

A $15 cover charge includes dancing to the progressive rock group Burst of Silence, a dinner buffet, Continental breakfast and a complimentary midnight toast.

WE NEARLY FLIPPED when we tuned into the tube the other night and saw Donald Trump arm-in-arm with his new girlfriend -- model Rowanne Brewer!

Why did we flip? Well, because we recognized Rowanne (who's from the D.C. area) as a contestant in Christopher's Calendar Girl competition, which we helped judge in 1987.

Rowanne, who was the calendar's centerfold, was chosen as Miss August. Christopher's Marc Loundas cringes as he recalls how the finished calendars weren't even delivered until mid-March. "We've got plenty left!" he laughs.

A CHOICE AFFAIR: UMBC's Michael Hooker and wife, Anna, played host recently to about 175 supporters of Baltimore's Choice Program, which provides services for inner city youth, at a reception and screening of Arnold Schwarzenegger's new film "Kindergarten Cop."

A short program, hosted by WJZ-TV's Andrea Koppel, preceded the screening along with a video welcome by Schwarzenegger. What's the connection? Well, Schwarzenegger is the brother-in-law of Choice Program Director Mark Shriver.

Among the assembled were Sargent and Eunice Shriver (parents of Mark and Maria) and UMBC's Dr. John Martello, who's executive director of Choice.

BIRD WATCHING: Several Orioles are keeping busy in the off-season. The O's Randy Milligan will man the WLIF-FM booth from noon to 1 p.m. today at Kenilworth Park to benefit Santa Claus Anonymous, then tonight he'll pinch-hit as guest auctioneer at the Printing Industries Auction for the same charity.

Friday night, Coach Ellie Hendricks will host a Baltimore Symphony Orchestra performance for employees of BG&E; and their families. And O's exec Calvin Hill will narrate "Peter and the Wolf" in a Children's Christmas Concert with the BSO at the Meyerhoff Saturday.

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