Wonder pays surprise visit


PATRONS OF Berry & Elliot's restaurant at the Hyatt got an unexpected surprise Saturday night when none other than super star Stevie Wonder and entourage strolled in for a fashionably late dinner at 10 p.m.

Wonder told Berry & Elliot's manager Cary Attar he was in town visiting a friend. The group seemed to enjoy their stay, ordering four bottles of Dom Perignon -- with a fifth sent over from another table. (No bubbly for Wonder, however, who seemed content to sip pineapple juice throughout the evening.)

After dinner, the Hyatt's DJ put on a Stevie Wonder tune and the Grammy-award winner got on the dance floor and started singing. The group stayed until closing -- 2 a.m. Our kind of people.

EYE OPENERS: Roger Lyons, president of the Baltimore Urban League; Rosalie Streett, exec director of Friends of the Family; and Sylvia Canon, exec director of the Human Services Program of Carroll County Inc. were named the 1991 recipients of United Way Community Services' prestigious Awards of Distinction. The recent ceremony was attended by nearly 300 community leaders at the World Trade Center . . .

Bella and Michael Gutin of Randallstown, who emigrated from the Soviet Union 12 years ago, will be presented a Good Citizens Award for their help in aiding other Soviet immigrants for the past decade. A dinner party will be held tomorrow night in their honor at the Pikesville home of Sam and Stephanie Trivas.

County Councilman Dutch Ruppersberger will present the award.

BALTIMORE-BORN writer Peter Turchi, who's currently working on the screenplay of his first book "The Girls Next Door," will be in town to sign his newest release, "Magician," Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Waldenbooks in Cranberry Mall, Saturday at B. Dalton in Hunt Valley Mall at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Waldenbooks in Security Mall.

Turchi's also expected to tape an interview with WBAL-AM's Elane Stein.

HAPPY TOGETHER: If you haven't made plans for the Fourth of July weekend, listen up. On Sunday, July 7, 92-STAR will present a "Party for the Environment" at the Maryland State Fairgrounds. Live entertainment will include the Turtles in concert at 4 p.m. A family affair, adults pay $2.92 to get in, while children under 12 are free.

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