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In last Sunday's coverage of the Port...


In last Sunday's coverage of the Port Discovery party, I mistakenly said that the Classic Catering People had prepared the food for the seated dinner. In fact, this fine meal was the work of Linwood-Due Caterers.

Social calendar

Dec. 20: The Grant-A-Wish Foundation's annual holiday party for children who participate in the foundation's programs, and their families. Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Call 410-242-1549.

Dec. 31: "Bounce" in 1999 at the eighth annual Crystal Ball, which benefits the South Baltimore Homeless Shelter. 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the Clarence Du Burns Arena, 1301 S. Ellwood Ave. in Canton. $75. Dress is black and white festive or black tie. Music by Tony Berry and New Money and Totally Confused. Catering by the Brass Elephant. Complimentary beer; cash bar for spirits. Call 410-539-8019.

Dec. 31: The area's largest New Year's party is being sponsored by the city of Baltimore at the Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St.; the Harborplace Amphitheatre; and the Inner Harbor Ice Rink. Family-oriented parties and music at the Convention Center, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Admission is $10 adults and $7 for children 12 and under. If you prefer your music outdoors, the city is presenting the Turnstyles, a swing/ska band, from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Harborplace Amphitheatre. Free. And skaters can party on the ice rink from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Admission to the rink is $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Party hats and refreshments are included. Call 410-837-4636.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve at the Hyatt Regency features an evening of food, music and dancing. Black tie. $99. 8 p.m. to midnight. Call 410-528-1234.

If you'd like to have your social event listed here, please fax the information to Sylvia Badger at 410-758-1654.

Harbor Lights Festival of the Arts

A preview cocktail reception was held at the Baltimore Convention Center before the opening of the Harbor Lights Festival of the Arts. It was a festive benefit for the CollegeBound Foundation Scholarship Fund, which enables Baltimore City public school students to attend college.

Guests enjoyed an evening of wine, cheese and jazz and a look at hand-crafted items on display at the arts festival.

Sam Woodside is president of the CollegeBound Foundation board. Members include Bob Embry, the Abell Foundation; Robert Booker, head of the city school system; Don Hutchinson, Greater Baltimore Committee; Joanne Glasser, Towson University; and Carol Reckling, Child First Authority. With its huge, kid-delighting trains, the B&O; Museum was the perfect place for the annual holiday party of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Maryland. Nearly 300 people enjoyed a night of food, a visit from Santa and a chance to meet baseball great Elrod Hendricks.

Some of the BB/BS board members I met were David Diggs, Kahn, Smith & Collins; Jerry Smalley, the Rouse Co.; Tom Waxter III, Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Gray; and Craig Jackman, Black & Decker.

I also had the pleasure of chatting with Marjorie and Ray Cain. He's been a big brother since 1968. With him was Don Jenkins, his little brother, who has a 91 average at City College and plans to attend college.

Robin Tomechko, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters, told me that Ray Cain is an example of how a big brother or sister can make a difference in a child's life. Right now, 250 kids have either a big brother or a big sister and another 300 kids would like to have one. Tomechko says the Central Maryland group really needs men for children ages 8-12. So give her a call at 410-243-4000 if you are interested.

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