Evening with the author


How would you like to spend an evening with mega-best-selling author Robert Fulghum, who wrote "All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten," "It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It" and "Uh-Oh."

Well, it won't be just the two of you, but you can see him at Towson State University on Oct. 30. He's appearing with the Mill Mountain Theater Company, which will interpret selections from his new books as part of his "Twenty-two Cities, Twenty-two Causes, One Good Reason Tour" to promote his new book, "Maybe, Maybe Not," and raise funds for community organizations nationwide.

This will be a benefit for Maryland Special Olympics. Honorary chair is Robert "Butch" Michael, general chair Dave Imre, ticket chair Ricki Baker. There is an array of ticket prices, so call (410) 830-2244 to order yours.


Special congratulations to newlyweds Heather (nee Goss) and Charles Levine. This delightful couple met three years ago at a function where he was catering and she was waitressing. Heather is now a vice president of Charles Levine Caterers. The couple honeymooned in Los Angeles.

Not only is it great to have Heather in the company, but Charles is thrilled that Kenneth "Abbott" Albright, former general manager of Party Cloths in Washington, is the company's new general manager.


The Maryland Golf and Country Club in Bel Air was the scene of Essex Community College Foundation's fifth annual golf tourney. The foundation is approximately $18,500 richer, thanks to a sellout crowd which included guest of honor Chuck Thompson. Also on hand were Steve Burch, Comcast Cable; Scott Collins, Merry-Go-Round Enterprises; Bob Robinson, Service America/Daka restaurants; Mike Meagher, Central Motors; Bob Santoni of Santoni's Inc., who's the president of the ECC Foundation; Don Slowinski, president of ECC; and Andy McDonald, executive director of the foundation.


Welcome Susan Baukhages back to Maryland. I haven't seen her since she left her public relations job with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra to go to San Francisco to work for its symphony as well as a public television station there. Now, she's joined Maryland Public Television as the new manager of regional promotion, a post that was vacated by Joyce Winslow, who left for greener pastures with a national environmental group.


Local historian and raconteur Wayne Schaumburg knows all about Baltimore's famous and infamous who are buried in Green Mount Cemetery. And he tells all on his tours of the cemetery on Saturdays, Oct. 9, 16, 23 and 30, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

He'll lead visitors to the graves of Johns Hopkins, Enoch Pratt, Betsy Patterson, William and Henry Walters, John Wilkes Booth and many others. The tours cost $6 for Baltimore City Life Museum members and $10 for non-members. For more information, call (410) 396-3279.


Congratulations to Marion Pines, who has been named the recipient of the first annual John M. Middleton Service to Youth Award, named for a retired Boy Scout official and founding volunteer of the Department of Juvenile Services Foster Grandparent Program.

According to Gov. William Donald Schaefer, Mrs. Pines has been at the forefront of creating innovative programs such as the Futures and Blue Chip-in programs, plus she developed the Lafayette Court Family Development Center and the Harbor City Learning Center.

She'll get her award on Oct. 26 at the Youth Enrichment Service (Y.E.S.) Awards Program dinner at Martin's West, which is being co-chaired by the governor and former Baltimore Colt Lenny Moore. Call (410) 333-3870 if you'd like to attend.


I must tell you that a visit to the Baltimore Zoo should definitely be on your fall agenda. I stopped by recently with my young grandson, Gordy, for a first-hand look at the two Siberian Tiger cubs.

These playful gals are absolutely beautiful, and they look a lot like their mom, Alisa, and their dad, Frasier. At this point, the cubs are without names, so while you're at the zoo, drop your name suggestions in the orange and black boxes. Two winners will be announced on Oct. 31.

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