PEOPLE ARE TALKING about the changes being made at the new Pimlico restaurant in Pikesville since catering cutie Charles Levine took the helm.
The nephew of owners Al and Reta Davis, Levine hopes to re-create the ambience of the old Pimlico (which for years was the absolute "in" spot to be seen in town).
"I can make it look better," Levine says, "but it has to stay big."
Changes include redoing the bar area (hopefully to be reminiscent of the old Owl Bar at the Belvedere) and offering a light fare menu.
"We may have a contest to change the name," he added.
SPEAKING OF CATERERS, Columbia caterer Gloria Goldman of Golden Gourmet has created cookie kits that weigh less than 2 pounds -- enabling them to be sent to the troops first class -- as part of a program called Operation Desert Morale.
IN SIMILAR SPIRIT, Studio 1209's Carol Frank and Adrienne Novak have produced Operation Valentine to help in the caring and sharing for the military families that have loved ones in the Middle East.
Five entrants, selected randomly, will receive a make-over and several photographs, which will be shipped overseas to family members -- free of charge. For details, call 244-0092.
SPEAKING OF VALENTINES, how'd you like to receive a 1991 BMW convertible as your Valentine's Day present?
Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Baltimore will be raffling off this super car on Valentine's Day at Hunt Valley Mall.
Only about 100 of the 600 tickets (which sell for $100 bucks a pop) are left, so if you'd like to take a chance on some super wheels, call 243-4000.
MUSIC MAKERS: Marcus Dagan is packing them in at Danny's on Charles Street, where he'll be playing Wednesday to Saturday nights through March. . . .
Russ Margo takes his one-man show, which features a 50-year retrospective of Frank Sinatra, to the Inn at the Colonnade from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 17. . . .
The Peabody Ragtime Ensemble will be joined by special guests Mel Spears, Ellis Larkins and Delores Lynn in a jazz concert celebrating Black History Month at the Maryland Historical Society Feb. 16 and 17. For tickets, call 685-3750.
COVER GIRL: Lynne Lockhart, who toils as a waitress at the Downtown Athletic Club, is also a talented illustrator and writer.
Her children's book "Rambling Raft" was recently published by Tidewater Publishers. She collaborated on the book with her mother, Barbara.
SCHOOL FOR THOUGHT: Towson University President Hoke Smith has been elected vice chair of the American Council on Education.
PARTY CIRCUIT: Car dealer Billy Creamer hosted a benefit cocktail party recently at his elegant Timonium digs on behalf of the Chase Brexton Clinic.
Some contributors to the cause, which raised $3,000, included Leinna Lenward, Carla Alexander, Marvin Miller, Danny Kyle, Enid Feinberg, Wilson Gorrell, Jay Jenkins and the illuminating Randy Dorman of Dorman's Lighthouse.
THE THIRD ANNUAL Helping Hands Dinner to benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Center was held recently at the Brass Elephant on Charles Street.
Among the supporters were WCBM's Rudy Miller and Chuck Allen; video producer Cari Stein, who created and donated a video for the cause; Milt Saulsbury and Carmen Divers; Jami and Tom McDonald; Julia Martin and Mike Keelty; B. J. Cowie; and Bob and Mary Ann Gray -- she's the upbeat development director at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
DINNER TIME: J. Willard Marriott Jr. and former Baltimore County executive Dennis Rasmussen will be honored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Maryland Chapter, at a testimonial dinner Friday at the BWI Marriott Hotel.
Music will be provided by Zim Zemarel. For reservations, call 821-8626.