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The perfect gift for NBA's No. 1 fan
November 26, 2000
The Houston Chronicle - Sunday 2 STAR EDITION

THE Sunday snooper: Are you ready for this? The National Basketball Association's new catalog offers a basketball fan a chance to step on the same court as the league's elite players. The NBA is selling the 2001 All-Star Game court, and the price tag is . . . $ 250,000! The floor will be lifted directly out of the MCI Center in Washington, D.C., after the 2001 NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 11 and installed at the location of the buyer's choice. Baskets aren't included, but they can be found in the catalog, too. To order the catalog, call 888-NBA-STUFF. I sure want to hear who, if anybody, buys this. . . . Tiffany Windsor, former host of TNN's highly rated daytime show "Aleene's Creative Lifestyle," will debut a new daytime show, "Inspired Lifestyles," in April. It will be done from Residence Montrachet, an estate in Los Angeles owned by David Epp, who will be Tiffany's co-host on the show. The show will be about crafts, collectibles, home decor, lifestyle and entertaining ideas. Houston interior designer Pamela Hoffer has been tapped to be a regular on the show. Said Windsor, "Pam adds a Southern culture to this national simple but elegant life." . . .

Tours of Enchantment's Gregory Patrick just returned from Maui and Oahu, Hawaii, where the TV show Extra followed him for a story about the self-described "experience designer." He created the trip for four guests, who agreed to be on the show. They stayed in the $ 25 million Paul Mitchell estate, had lunch with Don Ho and dined in the exclusive Captain's Cabin on the dry-docked battleship USS Missouri. On Dec. 6, Patrick is tossing a party at his swankienda to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his company, at which he'll have a viewing of the Travel Channel's piece on him and a trip to Italy he designed, titled "Secrets - Indulgent Vacations." As a benefit for Houston Children's Charity, Patrick has donated a week's trip to Hawaii for 12 people and has invited Dave Ward to auction it. . . .

The Cancer League of Houston's 22nd annual Christmas Luncheon extravaganza will be Dec. 8 in the Imperial Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency. It's dubbed "It's Gonna Be a Las Vegas Kind of Christmas," and the league's president, founder and luncheon co-chair, Dorace Allais, has, as always, written a skit for the entertainment. In it, Santa is opening the Jingle Bells Cabaret in Las Vegas. Jaclyn Smith will be the honored celeb this year and will attend the luncheon. She'll be named into the "Heart of Texas Hall of Fame." Since workers for the league are all volunteers, all the event's proceeds go directly to the charities. Dorace's co-chair is Nick Bowman; honorary co-chairs are Linda and Ken Lay. A few of the many organizations the league has worked for include the Stehlin Foundation, Texas Children's Hospital's Cancer Center and the Camp for All, a camp for chronically ill and disabled children. For information on the luncheon, call 713-975-6321. . . .

-- Maxine Mesinger

Copyright 2000 The Houston Chronicle Publishing Company

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