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It's hard to believe that John Berry, one of the hottest new stars in the world of country music, underwent a five-hour brain operation to remove a cyst in May and, within a few weeks of the operation, performed in Nashville's Fan Fare. Berry, best known for his hit song "Your Love Amazes Me," will be in town for a benefit performance at the Timonium Holiday Inn on Aug. 7 at 7:30 p.m. The concert, sponsored by Country Music Station WPOC-FM, will benefit the Kennedy-Krieger Institute.

Tickets are only $15 and include Berry's concert, the Pikesville Rye Band, light buffet, and a cash bar. Call Karen at (410) 252-7373 for reservations.

Lifesongs '94 definitely has the "Right one . . . uh huh" for its Oct. 16 concert at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Ray Charles and a 40-piece orchestra will headline this year's show, which will feature comedian David Brenner as the opening act.

Charles, winner of 11 Grammys, was recently honored with a Grammy for his "Lifetime Contribution to the Music Industry." All proceeds go to the Chase Brexton Health Services and you may call (410) 653-5520 for tickets, which range from $35 to $100.

Added Starters to this year's Rocky Gap Music Festival in Cumberland are two local gals. Former Miss Maryland Tamara Walker, who has a music degree from Towson State University, will be onstage with an all-star lineup that includes The Mavericks, Tracy Lawrence and Wynonna Judd, on Aug. 7. The festival, which prides itself on discovering country stars like Mary Chapin Carpenter, has picked Tamara as its featured rising country star . . .

Also on stage for the Sunday show will be Maria Rose & Blue Horizon. I hear that she and her group put on quite a performance at State Sen. Janice Piccicini's country western-themed fund-raiser last October, which stirred a lot of interest her singing . . .

Maria Spevak-Hess of Lutherville has published her third book, a poetry collection titled "Asylum of Cradles." In this book, she has endeavored to capture the delicate frailties and emotions of the elderly and the struggles of the "till death do us part" nursing home residents. Her books are sold at Borders Books in Towson . . .

Not to be missed -- Richard Hayman conducting the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra at Oregon Ridge on Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. It promises to be a family affair featuring everything from Hayman's "Old MacDonald's Funny Farm," to Henry Mancini's "Pie in Face" polka to a fireworks finale. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children 12 and under.

Tickets are still available for the premiere three-week season of the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival's production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

A gala grand opening is planned for Tuesday evening at the Cloisters Children's Museum. Geoffrey Hitch, who has worked at the Roundabout Theatre, The National Theatre in London and Circle in the Square, is directing the production, which is being performed outdoors in the museum's amphitheater. Call (410) 752-2812.

I call it a perk and Eddie Applefeld calls it work.

He's recently returned from a delightful Alaskan cruise on board Royal Caribbean's Nordic Prince, which his viewers will hear more about on one of his cable television shows. One of the highlights of the trip, and there were many, was when they dropped anchor in Ketchikan, Alaska, and there sat the Pride of Baltimore with the Maryland flag flying.

Thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Weinberg Foundation, a fund is being set up to cover the expenses of families unable to afford the $15-a-night fee at the Children's House. The house, a project of the Grant-A-Wish Foundation, was built as a "home-away-from-home" for families whose children are receiving vital medical care at the Hopkins Children's Center or the Kennedy-Krieger Institute.

Nottinham Properties and Ryan Homes joined forces to make a whopping $100,000 donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They are donating the profit they would have realized from the sale of one of their CastleStone at White Marsh townhomes.

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