“I love you because the earth turns round the sun; because the north wind blows north sometimes. I love you because the Pope is Catholic and most Rabbis Jewish; because winters flow into spring and the air clears after a storm; because only my love for you despite the charms of gravity keeps me from falling off the earth into another dimension.” Nikki Giovanni

“Oh yes it’s ladies night oh what a night.” Kool and the Gang The response was overwhelming when over 65 women joined me for a happier hour at Horseshoe Casino Guy Fieri’s restaurant. Caesar’s Vice President Alex Dixon and Executive Casino host Franklin James welcomed the ladies and arranged escorts for a private tour of Horseshoe providing impressive VIP treatment.

The guests enjoying the oversized ½ price entrees and refreshing 2-4-1 cocktails were Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Diane Hocker, Bea Grant, Jackie Golden, Karenthia Barber, Janet Johnson, Blanche Templeton, Marsha Jews, Pat Roselle, Libby Massey, Wanetah Wilkins, Everene Johnson-Turner, Jacqueline Richardson, Judge Yvonne Holt-Stone, Beverly Carter, Judge Marcella Holland, Sara Smalley, Rosemary Atkinson, Dr. Charlene Cooper-Boston, Honorable Salima Marriott, Wanda Watts, Joan Brown, Rita Cooper, Janet Nance-Richardson, Brenda Baker, Maxine Turnipseed, Jackie Robinson, Myra Queen, Kay Curry, Anne Davis and Eunice Jenifer-Robinson.

“When a lovely flame dies, smoke gets in your eyes” The Platters Friends and cigar aficionados gathered at Slow Burn Cigar Shoppe & Smoking Lounge to party with cigar diva Beverly Fauntleroy on her birthday. Over 100 people and dolls enjoyed cigars, cognac and dancing at the quaint shop located at 701 Frederick Ave. The unique party hosted by Baltimore 3 Cigar Divas and Troy of New Beginnings Barbershop started the evening off in the white tent with paint/sip and smoke where guests painted on canvas or wine glasses as they smoked their favorite cigar. The event catered by Chef Brian Hart’s delicious delectable allowed the guest to munch and mingle.

“Santa Clause is coming to town” The Friday Night Bunch, The JUGS and Baltimore City Pinochle Bugs are sponsoring a Toy Drive to collect new toys for AFRO’s Mrs. Santa to distribute to children for Christmas. Bring your new toys to Colin’s Restaurant 3653 Offutt RD in Randallstown on 6 to 9 p.m., Dec. 5 and Dec. 12. On Dec. 10, Mrs. Santa will be collecting toys on Antique Row at Phaze 10 Restaurant 855 N. Howard Street from 6 to 8 p.m.

“He’s the little boy that Santa Claus forgot and goodness knows he didn’t want a lot” Nat King Cole

Mrs. Santa needs your help so Santa won’t forget any boys and girls this Christmas season. A special thanks to Colin’s owners Dante and Candes Daniels and Phaze 10 owners John Carter, Tony Randall and William Hudson for supporting Mrs. Santa and their year round community  support and involvement.

“These are a few of my favorite things” Holiday shopping is easy at Creative Artisans Marketplace with local artisans  including photographer Anderson Ward and Trena Taylor-Brown Dec. 7 at The Summit Chase Clubhouse. Contact Rose McNeill beadornedjewelry@gmail.com

“And may the Lord make your love grow and overflow to each other and to everyone else, just as our love overflows toward you.” 1 Thessalonians 3:12

Happy 39th anniversary Donald and Judy Rainey, happy 25th anniversary John and Euvonne McKenney and happy 16th anniversary to Ursula and Mason Guthrie wishing you many years of “love and happiness”..

“If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” Winnie the Pooh

What a delight talking with my dear friend Bernice McDaniels when I called to wish her a happy 94th birthday; she said Val we never did get our lunch date. I’m going to surprise her soon with a lunch date.

Friends who joined Bernice for a birthday celebration were Michele Emery, Rita Cooper, Maggie Wiggins, Barbara Lambert, Barbara and Sam Owings, Audrey and Sam May, Eliza Johnson, Wilma Bowser, Laura Byrd, Eleanor Matthews, Leah Hasty, Dr. Elbert Strothers, Juanita Addison, Edna Smith, Denise Smith, Charles and Yvonne McDaniels, Blanche Beckham, and Jacqueline Richardson. Send cards of prayers and blessings to Bernice at 711 W. 40th St., Baltimore, Md. 21211. 

“Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life; each year has grown better than the last. Lawrence Welk

Happy birthday to the folks celebrating their  birthday, James “Peck” Bogan,  Gregory Simmons, Rosa “Rambling Rose” Trusty, Napoleon Sykes, Grace Grant,  Deartra Tarter, Ernestine Scroggins, Attorney  John Wood, Ellen Chittams, Michael Bowen Mitchell, Rudy Dillard, Attorney Harry “Sterling” Johnson, Ralph Wright, Willard Wright, Gwen Betts Wright, Mildred Harper, Beryl Johnson, state Del. Adrienne Jones, Tyronna Freeland, Attorney  Brittany Pritchett, Ackneil Muldrow ,Kenneth Patterson, Veris Lee, Bryant Jenkins, Joanne Pulley, Tyres Jones, Carolyn Chissell, Regina Clay and Sandi Matthews.

“Old friend, it’s so nice to feel you hold me again. No, it doesn’t matter where you have been my heart welcomes you back home again” Phyllis Hyman

Wanetah Wilkins informed  us that The Original McCullough Homes  is having a reunion Nov. 28 at the Arch Social Club,  one of the oldest operating clubs in the city.  Contact Steve at 443-825-5249.

Get well wishes to 95 year old Odessa Atkins, Arlene Adams, Bernice McDonald and Leah Goldsborough Hasty both recuperating at Keswick.

Condolences to Carolyn Cole on the death of her brother Raymond Holland, Sarah Holley on the death of her life partner George Wallace, Jacqueline and Felecia Taylor on the death of their mother Katie Taylor and to Addie Brown on the death of her husband Garland Brown.

Be Thankful and pray for calm for Ferguson Missouri

Valerie & the Friday Night Bunch Living for the weekend