Sept. 7: Kickoff for the United Way Luncheon. Benefits United Way Community Campaign. Luncheon, introduction of Ravens football players, entertainment by Ravens cheerleaders, mascots and marching band. Baltimore Convention Center. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets: individuals $50; tables $750. Call 410-895-1519.
Sept. 9: Fall Into the Walters: Hardhats & Hops. Benefits Friends of the Walters Art Gallery. Dinner buffet, microbrew beers, tours of building renovations and of the Walters' jewelry collection. The Walters Art Gallery. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets: members $15; nonmembers $35. Call 410-547-9000, Ext. 287.
Around town Football isn't the only game in town for many Ravens players. When they're not kicking off, many kick back at home with a game of pool. So says Robert Kacagle. The owner of Owings Mills' Kacagles Billiards says he's been racking up sales of pool tables to players like Ray Lewis, Duane Starks, Jonathan Ogden and Eric Zeier. Kacagle comments that most of the Ravens request tables with a certain Baltimore bent: Forget the traditional green felt, these guys get their tables suited up in Ravens purple! Meanwhile, some of the new members of the team recently underwent an additional pre-season training session, necessary for the Charm City lifestyle. Sports agent Tony Agnone took Justin Armour, Scott Mitchell and Everett Lindsay over to the Barn in Carney, where owner Joe Slifka coached the guys in the local art of cracking crabs. All agreed the trick is to practice, practice, practice!