Maryland social lions have a plethora of fall activities to look forward to. Whether it's golf, polo, black-tie galas, concerts or bazaars, there's something for everyone and every charity. So balance your checkbook, get your glad rags out of mothballs and consult the following calendar to make arrangements for the fall social season.
* 8: Parents Anonymous of Maryland dinner honoring Nancy Grasmick, Maryland state superintendent of schools and special secretary for children, youth and families, at Martin's West. Tickets $100. Call (410) 889-2300.
* 8: Baltimore magazine presents its 18th annual celebration of the Best of Baltimore from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Stouffer Harborplace Hotel. Tickets are $25, and proceeds benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Center of Maryland. Call (410) 879-5169.
* 9: The House of Ruth is the beneficiary of an 8 p.m. Melissa Manchester concert at Pier Six. Call (410) 554-8441 for tickets.
* 10: Fall Fashion Focus at the Towson Hecht Company Store at 7 p.m. will benefit the Deaf Services Program. Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door. Call (410) 522-9534.
* 10: The American Heart Association's Great Gatsby Gala will be held at Ceresville Mansion in Frederick County. Tickets are $50 for a buffet dinner and cash bar. Guests are encouraged to dress in period costume. Call (301) 663-3189.
* 10: The Christopher T. Brehm Memorial Fund's second annual golf tournament begins at 8 a.m. at Mount Pleasant Golf Course. Entry fee is $75. Call (410) 574-4325.
* 11: The BSO Gala salutes the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The black-tie evening includes a concert, cocktails and a dinner dance at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Call (410) 783-8000.
* 11: Cocktails, supper and dancing at Gray Fox Farm, the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. Eugene Provost, will benefit the Mental Health Association of Queen Anne's County. Tickets are $40; call (410) 758-2423.
* 11: Rain or shine, the Downtown Baltimore Children's Centers Birthday Picnic at the Park Avenue Center is on from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call (410) 669-1010.
* 12: The Volunteer Auxiliary of the Greater Baltimore Medical Center is sponsoring "An Afternoon of Polo" at Ladew Polo Fields at 3 p.m. $35 ticket includes a buffet supper. Proceeds go to the hospital's cancer center. Call (410) 828-2050.
* 13: Fine food and wines highlight the annual Dinner for the Chesapeake held by the Chef and Restaurant Advocates for the Bay (CRAB). From 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., chefs from all over the country will cook alongside Maryland chefs at the National Aquarium. Tickets for this benefit for the Chesapeake Bay Trust are $200. Call (410) 563-9452.
* 14: Dress casually for the Boy Scouts of America's second annual Caribbean-style cruise on the Bay Lady at 7 p.m. Proceeds go to scouting programs. Call (410) 338-1700 for $125 tickets.
* 15: Author Tom Clancy will speak at the annual meeting of the Carroll County Children's Fund at 6:15 p.m. at Martin's Westminster. Call (410) 549-7421 for $25 tickets.
* 15: The Maryland Society of Association Executives Golf Tournament to benefit Combined Health Agencies Inc. begins at 1 p.m. at Wakefield Valley Golf Club and will be followed by dinner. Cost is $75. Call (410) 931-8100.
* 15: The Exchange Club of Baltimore will present Pat Baldridge, president of Profiles of Maryland, as the luncheon speaker at the Engineering Society. Call (410) 332-5378.
* 17: St. Martin's Community Theatre presents "Lend Me a
Tenor," which runs through Oct. 2 at 375 Benfield Road in Severna Park. Tickets are $8. Call (410) 956-2315. Proceeds go to the Arundel Habitat for Humanity.
* 18: City Slicker's Ball II offers all you can eat and drink from a Tex Mex menu, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at Signature Flight Support at BWI airport. Tickets are $25 and will benefit Roads to Recovery. Call (410) 945-6761.
* 18: Return to glamour at the fifth annual Fall Ball, sponsored by Women in Film and Video, at the Tremont Hotel. Creative black tie. Gourmet buffet and entertainment. For $35 tickets, call (410) 679-2116 or (410) 544-8444.
* 18: A Candlelight Walking Tour of Chestertown is the sole fund-raiser for the Historical Society of Kent County. From 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., visitors tour architecturally significant buildings for $15 a person. For $5 more, there's a lecture and slide show entitled "Native American Plantings in Eighteenth Century Gardens." Call (410) 778-3499 or (410) 778-5968.
* 19: Walk on the Wild Side at the Baltimore Zoo and help cure diabetes. The eighth annual Juvenile Diabetes Foundation walk starts at 10 a.m. Breakfast and lunch provided. Call (410) 356-4555.
* 19: "Sunday in the Park" at Oregon Ridge, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., benefits the Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens, Baltimore County Police Athletic League and the Oregon Ridge Nature Center and Park Council. It's $5 for adults and children over 12, and free shuttle buses will run from the Hunt Valley Mall.
* 27: The Community Assistance Network's first golf classic takes place at the Country Club of Maryland at 1 p.m. Entry fee is $110. Call (410) 285-4674.
* 30: Baltimore County Sheriff Rick Roberts and WBAL-TV's Jerry Sandusky will emcee the American Heart Association's Celebrity Waiter a la Heart at Martin's West. Tickets are $50. Call (410) 296-2491.
* 30: The Johns Hopkins 1993 Best Dressed Sale and Boutique begins and runs through Sunday at the Evergreen Carriage House. This is a must for clothing connoisseurs who want the best in recycled fashion. Free admission.
* 30: The Maryland Chapter of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America will honor Leonard "Boogie" Weinglass, Merry-Go-Round owner, at its annual Fall-de-Rol. A cocktail buffet begins at 5:30 p.m. at Camden Yards Warehouse before guests are seated in skyboxes. Call (410) 486-9501.
* 1: The Governor's Executive Advisory Council banquet at Martin's West will honor its chairman, Marshall M. Meyer. Tickets are $50; call (410) 225-4800.
* 1: The third annual Montana Logging and Ballet Company Benefit Concert and Art Sale takes place at Centennial High School in Ellicott City at 8 p.m. This is a benefit for the Howard County Sexual Assault Center. Tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; $7.50 for children under 12. Call (410) 964-0504.
* 1-3: The American Heart Association's 1993 Fine Wine Auction will be held at the Omni Inner Harbor Hotel all weekend and includes a wine and food walk-about, a black-tie dinner and a tasting of 1990 California cabernets led by noted wine expert Robert M. Parker Jr. The event culminates with an auction of rare and unusual wines. Call (410) 296-2491 or (800) 322-7074.
* 2: The American Heart Association's Fourth Annual Garden Party will be at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Dean Vassar and will feature cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dancing under the stars. Tickets are $100. Call (410) 893-3858.
* 2: The Race for Cure, a 5K run/walk for women and a one-mile Fun Walk for All, begins at 8:30 a.m. at Rash Field. Call (410) 433-RACE and help fight breast cancer.
* 3: The Edith Rosen Strauss Organization is sponsoring its fifth annual Walk for Kids to benefit Sinai Hospital's Pediatric Oncology Unit. Registration is at 9 a.m. at Pikesville High School. Call (410) 578-5864.
* 3: Supporters of Sinai Hospice will be sailing on the Spirit of Baltimore to raise money for program development. Cost for the dinner cruise and silent auction is $35. Call (410) 356-9112.
* 3: The eighth annual "Taste of Howard County" features food from 25 restaurants and caterers to benefit Hospice Services of Howard County. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., guests sample the food and bid on silent auction items. Tickets are $40. Call (410) 730-5072.
* 4: The Greater Baltimore Committee's fourth annual Technology Dinner takes place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Tickets are $75 for GBC members and $85 for non-members. Call Sharon Cooper at (410) 727-2820 for tickets.
* 4: The Epilepsy Association of Maryland's third annual Golf Classic Tournament takes place at the Towson Golf & Country Club (Eagle's Nest) at 11:30 a.m. Entry fee is $185 and includes lunch, golf and dinner. Call (410) 828-7700.
* 4: Local and national celebrities tee off in the third annual Jockey International Jim Palmer CF Celebrity Golf Classic at Turf Valley Golf and Country Club. Registration is $300 and includes cocktails, dinner, silent and live auction. Call the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at (410) 771-9000.
* 6: Dinner by Candlelight at Harbor Court Hotel is a benefit for the March of Dimes of Central Maryland and costs $150 a person. Call Cassandra Blakeslee, (410) 752-8152, to reserve tickets for this black-tie dinner.
* 6: Registration for Harborgolf '93, to benefit Harbor Hospital's surgical center, is 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Turf Valley Country Club. A $200 entry fee includes lunch and awards dinner. Call (410) 347-3625.
* 9: A Country Western Showdown & Silent Auction includes dinner and live band with dance lessons at Timonium Fairgrounds' 4-H arts building from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Proceeds benefit the Greater Baltimore Crisis Pregnancy Center. Call (410) 828-7255.
* 10: The Maryland Polo Club and the March of Dimes will have celebrity polo matches at the Elkridge Harford Hunt Club. A $75 VIP ticket includes the matches, pre-event lunch at noon and field-side reception after the matches. A $40 ticket includes the matches and the reception. Call (410) 752-7990.
* 11: Catholic Charities Sixth Annual Golf Classic will be at the Tournament Players Club at Avenel in Potomac. It's $1,000 to play. Call (410) 547-5490.
* 11: Jim McKay is chairing the second annual Legends of Sports Golf Classic at Chestnut Ridge Country Club. This $200-a-person golf tourney, a benefit for the Hearing and Speech Agency, includes a local celebrity golfer with each foursome. Call (410) 243-3800.
* 12: The Baltimore City Life Museums and the Mechanic Theatre are celebrating the opening of "The Madness of George III" with a gala benefit. People holding $150 tickets will enjoy a pre-performance buffet dinner and dessert and champagne with the cast after the show. Call (410) 396-3524.
* 15: 65 Roses: On the Town for a Cystic Fibrosis Cure is a progressive black-tie gala that travels -- cocktails at the Maryland Science Center, dinner and dancing at the Hyatt Regency, and dessert and dancing at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. Tickets are $150; call (410) 771-9000.
* 15: The ninth annual Forever Morgan, Morgan Forever Gala will celebrate the university's 125th anniversary at Martin's West. Call (410) 319-3040.
* 15: Golfers tee off at Pine Ridge Golf Course at 9 a.m. for the fourth annual Baltimore Junior Association of Commerce golf outing. The $100 entry fee includes golf, bull roast and prizes. Call (410) 998-7168.
* 16: St. Isaac Jogues is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a dinner dance at Martin's Eudowwood. Tickets are $32 and include open bar, dinner and dancing. Call (410) 661-0211.
* 16: Gala '93: Opening Night, a dinner-dance to benefit the Northwest Hospital Center, takes place at Stouffer Haborplace Hotel. Call (410) 521-5904 to reserve $150 tickets.
* 16: Downtown Baltimore Children's Centers will have a Wine and Dessert Tasting and a silent auction to benefit the center's scholarship fund. Event will be held at 7 p.m. at Hidden Waters on Old Court Road and costs $15. Call (410) 669-1010.
* 17: The Jewish National Fund's 21st annual gala has snared Gen. Colin Powell as the featured speaker. Tickets are $250 each, and all proceeds go to projects in Israel. Call (410) 486-3317.
* 17: The Muscular Dystrophy Association will benefit from the Restaurant Rally, noon to 9 p.m. Guests are invited to begin and end their taste trip at Bohager's, where parking is free. Ticket holders can visit 10 restaurants in the Federal Hill-Inner Harbor area and then 10 in the Little Italy-Fells Point area. Call (410) 252-5910 for $35 tickets.
* 19: The Advertising and Professional Club of Baltimore will honor Gov. William Donald Schaefer as Maryland's Outstanding Citizen. Tickets for the luncheon at the Omni Hotel are $30; write to Box 146, Baltimore, Md. 21203.
* 22: Tennis greats Jim Courier and Jimmy Connors star in the First National Bank's Tennis Festival, to benefit the Baltimore Community Foundation, at the Baltimore Arena. Tickets range from $9 to $75; call (410) 481-SEAT.
* 23: Splash!93 Rain Dance at the National Aquarium is a benefit for the aquarium's rain forest exhibit. From 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., 27 Baltimore restaurants will cater their delicacies. Dress the way you would in a rain forest. Tickets are $75. Call (410) 576-3877.
* 24: The Arthritis Foundation's Mini Grand Prix will be run at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Call (410) 602-0160 for information about the event or sponsoring a car.
* 24: Baltimore County Literacy Works will have a Book Bash fund-raiser at Borders Book Shop in Towson Commons. An evening of "glitterati and literati" will feature roving experts, silent auction, book signings, browsing, buying and light fare. Tickets are $25. Call (410) 887-2001.
* 24: The Baltimore Museum of Industry presents Bounty on the Bay, a waterfront celebration of Maryland food and wine from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children ages 6-12. Call (410) 727-4808.
* 27: Beers from around the world will be featured at the Bohager's Brew Review from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20, and all proceeds go to the Maryland Lupus Foundation. Call (410) 337-9000.
* 28: The St. Vincent's Child Care Center Auxiliary will have its annual fashion show at Martin's West. Fashions are by O'Ney's, and tickets are $27. Call (410) 667-1332.
* 29: Bid for Business Auction, the major fund-raiser for the Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce, takes place at the Towson Center from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets are $75 for open bar, dinner, silent and live auctions. Call (410) 825-6200.
* 30: Best-selling author Robert Fulghum will be the host for an evening of storytelling and song to benefit Maryland Special Olympics at 8 p.m. at the Towson Center. Call (410) 931-4100 for tickets: $20 for general admission and $12 for students, seniors and Towson State faculty.
* 30: The Soroptimist International of Towson's fashion show-luncheon at the Holiday Inn, Timonium, is 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fashions by Nordstroms. Call (410) 252-7675.
* 30: The Center Club and the Young Members Committee have planned an evening of Black Magic from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the club. Tickets, $65, are available for members and their guests; call (410) 727-7788. Costumes or black tie preferred.
* 30: The Sixth Annual Sugar Ball to benefit the American Diabetes Association takes place at the Hyatt Regency at 7 p.m. Costume or black tie is preferred for this $150-a-person dinner-dance. Call (410) 486-5515.
* 2: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation's pre-school will benefit from Mandy Patinkin's one-time performance at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall at 8 p.m. Tickets for "Mandy in Concert" are $30 to $100. The latter price includes a VIP reception. Call (410) 764-1587.
* 4: Maryland New Directions celebrates its 20th anniversary from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Tickets are $35 and may be reserved by calling (410) 235-8800.
* 6: The 1993 TriUMHph Ball & Casino at the Hunt Valley Inn from 7 p.m. to midnight will benefit cardiology services of the Union Memorial Hospital. Call (410) 554-2662.
* 7: Nostalgia buffs are invited to go Cruisin' the Fifties at the Silver Diner, Towson Town Center, and raise funds for the Mount Washington Pediatric Home and Community Center. Guests are encouraged to wear '50's attire for the bash, which begins at 7 p.m. Call (410) 578-8600.
* 7: The Epilepsy Association of Maryland will have a fund-raiser at Nashville's at the Timonium Holiday Inn from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 and include dance lessons and a buffet. Call (410) 828-7700.
* 7: The annual Steer 'N' Cheer Bull and Oyster Roast to benefit the March of Dimes takes place at the Boumi Temple from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $22.50 and include food, live entertainment, raffles and wheels. Call John Sibrea at (410) 828-0010 or Bob Edrington, (410) 584-3078.
* 7: The Fourth annual Road Rally begins in the Hunt Valley area with a driver and a navigator following clues to Camp Glyndon. Cost to participate is $100 per team, and proceeds go to Community Assistance Network. Call (410) 285-4674.
* 12: Friends of Johns Hopkins Hospital Pediatric Oncology are having a bull roast at Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood 7 p.m. to midnight. Guest of honor is author Tom Clancy, and tickets are $100. Call (410) 955-2583.
* 13: The American Council on Italian Matters of Maryland is having an International Ball at Martin's West. Tickets are $75 and will benefit the council's scholarship programs and local charities. Call (410) 321-7393.
* 13: The ninth annual Celebrity Ball at the Towson Center will benefit the Children's Cancer Foundation. Tickets are $150. Call (410) 486-4744.
* 14: Baseball, Babe & Bull at the Fifth Regiment Armory offers Tom Matte's Ribs, dancing, batting and pitching cages, raffles and auction from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $30 and will benefit the Babe Ruth Museum. Call (410) 727-1539.
* 19: The Maryland Lung Association's fifth annual Bid to Breathe Auction begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Towson Sheraton. Tickets are $15. Call (410) 560-2120.
* 19: Art '93's preview party kicks off an art exhibit and sale, Nov. 20-28, at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center. Party tickets are $40 and admittance to the sale is free. This is a benefit for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Call (410) 523-7070.
* 21: The Baltimore County League of Women Voters is bringing the Gross National Product, a political satire group, to Goucher's Kraushaar Auditorium at 4 p.m. Tickets are $30. Call (410) 828-8869.
* 4: Mount Clare, an 18th-century museum maintained by the Colonial Dames, opens its doors for a Christmas at Mount Clare, which includes tours and the sale of decorations, gifts and greens.
* 5: A spaghetti dinner, Christmas Bazaar and silent auction takes place at the Mount DeSales Academy noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $6 adults, $5 seniors and $4 for children under 12. Call (410) 744-8498.
* 4: A Class Act III will benefit Young Audiences of Maryland and honor Sue Hess, president of Maryland Citizens for the Arts, at Western High School. Tickets are $60; call (410) 837-7577.
* 4: The black-tie KinderGala to benefit the Kennedy Krieger Institute kicks off the weeklong Festival of Trees at Festival Hall. Tickets to the gala are $275 each. Call (410) 550-9460.
* 5: AIDS Interfaith Residential Services' holiday fund-raiser takes place at the home of Barbara and Edward Broady. Tickets are $40; call (410) 383-2133.
* 5: The Zionist Organization of America, Baltimore District, will // have its 50th anniversary Brandeis Banquet at 6 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency. Guest of honor will be Hawaii's U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye. Call (410) 602-1200 for tickets.
* 15: The Seniors of Catonsville are having a Christmas Party at the Elk's Lodge in Ellicott City from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets -- $20 -- include a hot buffet, cash bar and music by Al "Madman" Baitch. Call (410) 747-3855.