While our Baltimore Orioles stay busy playing baseball, their wives stay busy raising money and awareness for that wonderful facility, the Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
I had a nice chat with Jill Olson, wife of Orioles relief pitcher Greg, about an upcoming fund-raiser, the Orioles Wives Auction, on Thursday at Oriole Park.
This is a great evening for sports fans and their families. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. with live bands, clowns and a children's corner. Or you might want to play the piano that Tom Hanks danced on in the movie, "Big," or you can sing with the karaoke machine. Jill said the machine was a big hit at a party Rick and Robin Sutcliffe had recently.
Since it's a night off for the Orioles, some of the players will be there from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to sign autographs, and some may even allow their photos to be taken with your family.
There's also a live auction, sponsored by Sports Boosters of Maryland, which begins at 7 p.m. and features more than 100 items, including 1992 World Series tickets and 1993 All Star tickets for the game that will be played in Baltimore.
I hear that Tom Clancy's daughters are coming to the auction so they can bid on Brady Anderson's jersey.
Tickets are $5 to get in. However, there are only 5,000 tickets, so call (410) 547-6140 for more information. Laurie Williamson is chairing the fund-raiser.
I don't know what you've been up to this summer, but I do know that Pam Malester, Dina Klicos, Joyce McCrystle and other members of the Junior League of Baltimore have been busy addressing more than 10,000 invitations to the opening night celebration of Nordstrom at Towson Town Center.
All of that work will be well worth the effort since the league is the beneficiary of the party Sept. 9. Tickets are $75 and league members are hoping to generate $150,000 to benefit their community service projects.
Lots of events are planned -- fashion shows, dance bands, good food and a chance to be among the first to explore this new store.
One of Billboard mag's nominees for 1991 Adult Contemporary Program Director of the Year is WLIF Lite 102's Gary Balaban. He's also been asked to participate in a panel discussion on soft adult contemporary stations at the National Association of Broadcasters convention in New Orleans in September. Well-known names Gary Owens, Deborah Norville and Tom Snyder will be guest speakers.
Kate Delano, public relations manager for the Gallery and Harborplace, has left the Rouse Co. to open her own public relations shop, Delano Communications. But she didn't leave empty-handed; she'll have her former employer as a client.
Singer, actor Gary Morris will be in the Owings Mills studios of Maryland Public Television Sept. 10 to star in Project Reach Out. This is a telethon in which you pledge time, not money, for area schools and other education-related programs.
Morris, who earned fame playing Jean Valjean in "Les Miserables," is a country-music singer with five top 10 albums. After Project Reach Out, he plans to return to Broadway to play Jean Valjean, again.
Baltimore singer-songwriter Karen Goldberg has been invited to perform in Vienna, Austria, Sept. 5 as part of "Volksfest, 500 years of the Americas." She'll be featured along with American Indian performers and groups from Brazil and Cuba.
Goldberg, whose fourth record on the Corbett label has just been released, will return to the Baltimore area Sept. 16 to appear at Towson State University. She'll leave there for a tour of East Coast colleges.
Shop till you drop for your benefit as well as the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. For four days, Aug. 6-9, the 4-H building at Timonium Fairgrounds will be transformed into a discount haven.
William Glazer, president of Gage Menswear, is chairing the August Mammoth Sale, and you may call his store, (410) 727-0763, for more information. I'm told that shoppers can count on receiving up to 80 percent off items from the Athletic Attic, Apparel Associates, Dan Bros. shoes, Elegance Fashion Jewelry, Hiken Formal Wear, Members Only and Gage Menswear. Admission is $1.