June 14: Congregation Anshe Emunah-Liberty Jewish Center hosts JazzFest '98 at the synagogue, 7000 Rockland Hills Drive, Pikesville. The four-hour program begins at 6 p.m. and features music of the Rhumba Club, Greg Hatza Organization and Front Door. Buffet dinner and dance instructions. Tickets $36; $30 for senior citizens. Call 410-653-7485.
June 18: A Night at Oriole Park at Camden Yards benefits the Kelly G. Ripken Program, devoted to outreach and education about thyroid disease. 6 p.m. reception followed by Orioles/Blue Jays game. $100. Call 410-955-3644.
June 20: Cirque du Science, a five-ring circus, will be the highlight of the Maryland Science Center's Solstice '98 celebration. The benefit for the Maryland Science Center will also feature gourmet dining, dancing and a silent auction. Black tie. $250. 6: 30 p.m. to midnight. Hyatt Regency Hotel, Light and Conway streets. Call 410-545-5982.
June 20: Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks bring their wacky brand of comedy to the Lyric Theater to benefit the Save-A-Heart Foundation. 8 p.m. Tickets from $25 to $250. Call 410-653-3131.
June 20: Fourth annual Baltimore Blues Festival will feature 25 national and regional blues bands on two stages. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the gate. 1 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Baltimore Yacht Basin, 2600 Insulator Drive. Benefits Hungry for Music, an organization that provides music-education programs for disadvantaged youths. Call 410-494-9558.
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More than 800 members and friends of the Sinai Health System's community attended "Sinai Hope," a gala black-tie fund-raiser at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. One of our community's most ardent volunteers, Carole Sibel, co-chaired this elaborate event with her husband, Hanan, and Joseph A. Cooper.
The party was a celebration of the opening of Sinai's ER-7, a state-of-the-art emergency facility. Events included recognizing past presidents and chairs of the boards of Sinai Hospital and Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, which together make up the Sinai Health System.
A funny video filmed and shown at the party and a performance by Motown sensation Mary Wilson, formerly of the Supremes, were well received. Wilson brought several of those famous Supremes gowns with her and they were exhibited for party guests.
Among those glimpsed in the elegant Hyatt ballroom were Warren Green, Susan and Barry Rosen, Lillian and Willard Hackerman, Anne and Sam Kahan, Barbara Himmelrich, Leonard Attman, Annette Cooper and Rosalee Davison. The sights, sounds and attractions of childhood were showcased at this year's Empty Bowls party to benefit the Maryland Food Committee.
Once again, the party was held in the Boumi Temple, a marvelous place that easily held the items of the playground theme. Attractions included a moon bounce, miniature golf, a shooting gallery, arts and crafts, clowns and a man on stilts.
Most guests took the lead of the chairs Jayme Weinstein (who was in her ballerina tutu), Martha Cahill and Kevin Bareham and dressed in all types of children's wear. The food merchants also got into the magic-of-childhood theme and decorated their food stations with little cars, train and wagons.
I joined the Jewish Times' Sandy Nagel and Nan Rosenthal to judge the creativity of the food vendors. The top winner was the Silver Diner, located in Towson Town Center. Its food was tasty, but it was the diner's creative caveman decor and dress (for workers) that got it the top billing.
Paul Wolman, owner of the P.W. Feats party-planning firm; Samantha Stern Davis; and honorary chairs Howard Weiss and Bill Couper are but a few who worked hard on this successful event. The sixth annual Brew Review, said to be Baltimore's oldest microbrew festival, was held at the popular Fells Point open-air bar Parrot Island. More than 1,500 lager lovers showed up to spend the afternoon among the bar's palm trees while tasting beers and enjoying a glorious view of the Inner Harbor.
As always, this event was a fund-raiser for the Maryland Lupus Foundation, which serves the more than 30,000 lupus suffers in Maryland. Jeri Falk, the foundation's president, was delighted that the event raised more than $20,000.
Beer aficionados partook of fruited ales, honey porters, pilsners, stouts, weizens and bocks, provided by nearly two dozen brewers. Entertainment for the day was the music of the Kelly Bell Band and Those Who Dare. 98 Rock personality Sarah Fleischer handled the emceeing duties.
There was a lot of excitement when Baltimore City State's Attorney Patricia Jessamy drew the name of Debora Williams as the winner of the raffle for a 1998 Volkswagen Beetle.