IT'S THAT TIME again, faithful party animals, to dust off your tux, scrape the clam dip off your favorite cocktail dress and find out if your checking account balance is sufficient to withstand some serious dipping into for this season's dizzying lineup of fund-raisers. If that doesn't make you a little weak in the knees, grab your scissors and clip this out for future reference.
LAST NIGHT'S BSO gala was, of course, the official kickoff of the social season, but don't fret 'cause there's plenty more. For instance, on Sept. 12, Harrison's Pier 5 will be the scene of the American Heart Association's "Capt. Buddy's Celebrity Waiter A Heart" benefit. Tickets are $35. Call 685-7074.
SUPERSTITIOUS? Then you won't want to miss the fourth annual Secret Engineer's Ball Friday the 13th of September at the Engineering Center on Mount Vernon Place to benefit its scholarship fund. Black tie is preferred and tickets are $45. Call -- 561-0100, Ext. 340.
CHAIR-ITY BEGINS at home when the Maryland Art Place stages its eighth annual Benefit and Chair-ity Extravaganza on Sept. 14, an outrageously fun affair hosted by the "Prince of Chintz," Mario Buatta. Proceeds from the evening, which pays tribute to the, ah, chair, will promote contemporary art in Maryland. Call 962-8565.
FALL DE ROL, a benefit for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America, will honor Henry Rosenberg at its gala on Sept. 16 at the Sheraton Inner Harbor. Call 486-9501.
TEE TIME: The fourth annual Maryland Lupus Foundation Golf Tournament & Banquet will be held on Sept. 16 at Chestnut Ridge Country Club in Lutherville. Funds raised will benefit research into the cause and cure of lupus. Call 337-9000.
A CELEBRATION FOR Baltimore and Annapolis area alumni and friends of the College of William and Mary is planned for Sept. 19 at the Center Club. Call (804) 221-2630.
COUNTRY MUSIC STAR Barbara Mandrell and the Starland Vocal Band will perform Sept. 20 at Merriweather as part of the fourth annual Hard Travelers and Friends benefit concert for cystic fibrosis. VIP tickets get you great seats and a backstage buffet reception. Call 771-9000.
HALL OF FAMER Jim Palmer will host a special golf classic and sports auction on Sept. 23 at Turf Valley Country Club. Proceeds will benefit cystic fibrosis. Call 771-9000.
FREE ADMISSION is offered to a charity auction at Hamburgers cloth
iers downtown on Sept. 26 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. to benefit the Johns Hopkins Children's Center. 955-8767.
AWARD-WINNING singer-dancer Ben Vereen will be joined by comedian Rita Rudner along with the troupe Forbidden Broadway for Lifesongs '91 on Sept. 28 at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The fourth annual concert-benefit will support the Health Education Resource Organization (HERO) and its fight against AIDS. Call 296-2414.
A GOSPEL CONCERT by the Towson Gospel Choir and reception by the BMA's Joshua Johnson Council takes place on Sept. 28 at the Baltimore Museum of Art in conjunction with the Martin Luther King exhibit there. Call 396-6310.
GALLOPING GOURMETS will gather at this year's glitzy March of Dimes Gourmet Gala at the Hyatt Regency on Oct. 4 featuring celebrity chefs. Call 752-7990.
BIRD TALK: The Oriole Advocates, in cooperation with The Baltimore Sun and the Baltimore Orioles, is presenting a luncheon salute to members of the "Orioles All-Time Greatest Lineup," as elected by the fans. Tickets are limited for this sporty event, which is slated for Oct. 4 at the Omni Hotel. For information, contact Ray Weinstein at 655-4204 or Richard Grubb at 252-0268.
SISTER MARY THOMAS, who's president of Mercy Hospital, will be honored by the medical staff at its sixth annual Mercy Magic Gala at the Hyatt on Oct. 5. Call 332-9874.
GUESTS WILL rock and roll, swing and rap with Baltimore's finest at this year's Saks Fifth Avenue/Owings Mills Gala to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on Oct. 5. Tickets to the black-tie gala are $150. Call 771-9000.
THE LAST ORIOLES game will be shown on televisions at the Grant a Wish Foundation's annual Bull and Oyster Roast at
Martin's West on Oct. 6. Tickets are $22. Call
A BENEFIT DINNER honoring Gov. William Donald Schaefer takes place at Hidden Waters Oct. 9 and will benefit the Children's Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Call 328-4400.
SAVE A HEART Foundation's old-fashioned Carnival Nite/Bull Roast/Crab Feast on Oct. 10 at Martin's West is all yours for $30. Call 653-3131.
AN ART AUCTION will be held on Oct. 10 at the Life of Maryland Gallery, celebrating the art of the dance. Proceeds will benefit the Maryland Ballet. Call 539-7900, Ext. 235.
LT. GOV. Mickey Steinberg emcees the black-tie Expansion Extravaganza Benefit for Baltimore County General Hospital at the Stouffer Harborplace on Oct. 12. Call 521-5904.
TOWSON TOWN CENTER WILL host a preview gala to benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on Oct. 15, the night before the grand opening of the exciting new Towson Town Center. Tickets to Baltimore's first "Bay-nanza" are $50. Call 494-8772.
LUNCH WITH WJZ-TV's Marty Bass is just one of the items to be auctioned at the Advertising Association of Baltimore's Great Adventures Auction on Oct. 17 at the Hyatt. Call Chic Davis at 727-1578.
MORGAN STATE UNIVERSITY celebrates homecoming weekend 1991 with a fabulous seventh annual Morgan Gala at Martin's West on Oct. 18. Call 444-3040.
HEART TO HEART: The second annual "Heartfest" event to benefit the Henry Ciccarone Center will be held on Oct. 25 at the Baltimore Grand. Ten of the area's top restaurants will showcase "heart healthy" dishes. Call 955-7376.
THE UPTON SCHOOL Foundation is staging a $2,000 raffle, dinner and dance at the Engineering Center on Oct. 25. Tickets are $60. Call 396-0775.
CHUCK THOMPSON, the inimitable voice of the Orioles and Baltimore Colts, will be honored at the Chimes Annual Hall of Fame, a gala tribute to be held at the B&O; Railroad Museum on Oct. 26. More than 750 folks are expected to join Chuck and other sports celebrities for dinner and dancing plus a program of speakers. Call 521-1555 for ticket information.
YOUNG AUDIENCES OF MARYLAND will repeat last year's acclaimed "Class Act" at Western High School on Oct. 26. The gala is a celebration of the performing arts in school classrooms and tickets are $50. Call 837-7577.
NB THE JOHN EARLY Society of Loyola will gather on Oct. 27 from 7
p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Baltimore Museum of Art for a private showing of the Monet exhibition. For info, call 323-1010, Ext. 2689.
HALLOWEEN IS THE night that the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods will meet in Baltimore with its parent body, the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. It opens its conclave with an award banquet on Oct. 31 at the Hyatt Regency. The event will honor the late Baltimorean Helen Dalsheimer. Call 764-1587.
ANTIQUE LOVERS won't want to miss a gala opening bash for the 14th annual Maryland Antiques Show at the Fifth Regiment Armory on Nov. 7. Call 685-3750.
THE CHILDREN'S CANCER FOUNDATION INC. will hold its seventh Celebrity Ball on Nov. 9 at the Towson Center. The gala will star singer Bobby Vinton. Tickets are $150. Call 486-4744.
DR. JOHN FREEMAN, a pediatric neurologist at Johns Hopkins Medical School, will be the honoree at the Epilepsy Association of Maryland's annual dinner on Nov. 9 at the National Aquarium. Call 828-7700.
A NIGHT IN VENICE is the theme for the Baltimore Opera Company's Grand Opera Ball set for Nov. 9 at the Stouffer Harborplace Hotel. Tickets are $225 a person. 727-0592.
FOOD FOR ALL to benefit the Maryland Food Committee and Bank is planned for Nov. 10 at Marriott's Hunt Valley. Tickets are $40. Call 947-4441.
THE SCHOOL FOR THE ARTS will be the scene of a preview party of works by the late Baltimore artist Glenn Walker on Nov. 21. Proceeds will benefit Downtown Baltimore Children's Centers. Tickets are $25. Call 669-1010.
A TASTE AND TOAST to benefit Concert Artists of Baltimore takes place on Nov. 22 at the Engineering Society. Tickets are $85. Call 323-6596.
TRAVEL BACK IN TIME in Victorian splendor at the Hyatt Regency on Nov. 23 for Sheppard Pratt's celebration to benefit its new Centennial House. Call 938-3135.
WJZ-TV'S BOB TURK will emcee the SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) Auction and Dinner at Harbor Court Hotel on Nov. 23. Call 328-4400.
FINALLY, Big Crab compatriots, if we happened to have missed an event that is near and dear to your precious little hearts, don't get yourself in a tizzy over it. Simply drop us the info (or fax us on the Eyes Hot-line at 664-5959) and we'll drop it in a future column. As usual, partying is such sweet sorrow.