How to party and do good for the next three months

THE BALTIMORE SUN

For those of you wondering what to do the next few months, here are some parties and benefits planned for April, May and June.

APRIL

7: Rites of Spring preview party, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., kicks off three days of garden exhibits, plants, demonstrations at Timonium State Fairgrounds. Party tickets are $75. Call (410) 554-2662. Admission to the show and sale is $5; $4 seniors; children under 12 free.

10: First Alzheimer's Gala, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Polo Grill Restaurant. Wines from Pinehurst Gourmet and Spirit Shoppe, auctions and dinner. Tickets are $150. Call (410) 435-4933.

12: National Council of Jewish Women, Baltimore section, sponsoring an opening night of "The Sisters Rosensweig" at the Morris Mechanic Theatre. Pre-theater dinner at the Radisson Plaza, Lord Baltimore Hotel, will recognize local women. Dinner and show are $100. Call (410) 358-0707.

13: Art Blooms at the Walters opening night party at the gallery, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Preview tickets $50; Thursday and Friday day tickets $45 include lunch as well as the exhibit of 35 paintings and sculptures with interpretive floral arrangements. Call (410) 547-9000, Ext. 305.

16: The fourth annual BaseBall Gala, Ball IV, club level of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, 8 p.m. to midnight. Black tie or baseball attire. Tickets are $125. Call (410) 727-1539.

16: The Winner's Circle, annual black-tie fund-raiser for the League: Serving People with Physical Disabilities Inc., Stouffer Harborplace Hotel, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets $175. Call (410) 323-0500.

16: Harbor Hospital Center's HarborNights on the Rio Grande gala at the Hyatt Regency, 7 p.m. to midnight. Call (410) 347-3625 to reserve $150 tickets.

16: The 1994 Montessori Benefit Dinner & Auction, Hunt Valley Golf Club, 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Tickets $40. Call (410) 321-8555.

16: The Friends of the Baltimore Regional Burn Center is having its annual black-tie Baltimore Burn Ball, Harbor Court Hotel, 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Call (410) 550-0895 to reserve $140 tickets.

16: The Children's Cancer Foundation's annual Soap Opera Benefit, Pikesville Hilton, 7 p.m. to midnight. Black-tie optional dinner and auction. Call (410) 486-4744 to reserve $110 tickets.

17: An evening at the Maryland Science Center to benefit Franklin Square Hospital Center. Buffet dinner and exhibits, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., for $75. Call (410) 682-7980.

17: The second annual Restaurant Rally to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, noon to 6 p.m. Ride trolleys to 15 downtown restaurants and sample the food for $35. Call (410) 494-7106.

17: The 23rd Annual Historic Harbor House Tour, noon to 5:30 p.m., highlights 15 houses in the Federal Hill and Fells Point communities. Call (410) 675-6750.

19: The Baltimore Association for Retarded Citizens kicks off its capital campaign at a party at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. James P. O'Conor, chairman of O'Conor, Piper & Flynn Realtors, will be honored. Tickets $60. Call (410) 323-5600, Ext. 15.

20: The Greater Baltimore Committee's 1994 lunch with the Orioles at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 11:30 a.m.; $50 for members and $65 for non-members. Call Sharon Cooper at (410) 727-2820 for tickets.

21: Grant-A-Wish Foundation's benefit honors Tom Selleck, Peter Angelos and Tom Clancy at Martin's West. 5 p.m. VIP reception for holders of $200 tickets; 6 p.m. reception for $100 ticket-holders. Call (410) 242-1549.

22: The 18th annual Symphony Decorators' Show House (black tie optional) Preview Party, 7:30 p.m.; $85 ticket includes house tour and reception at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Public tour days, April 24 through May 22. Call (410) 366-5200.

23: Empty Bowls '94, a benefit for the Maryland Food Committee, Boumi Temple, 4900 N. Charles St., 7 p.m. Tickets are $100. Call (410) 366-0600.

23: A Sweet Deal at the Evergreen Carriage House, 4545 N. Charles St., benefits the Epilepsy Association of Maryland. Desserts prepared by 30 Baltimore chefs. Tickets $60. Call (410) 828-7700.

23: Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos will emcee the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation's gala at the Hyatt Regency. Tickets $175. Call (410) 337-1397.

23: The Chimes Second Country Western Festival at Timonium Fairgrounds has Tex-Mex menu, auctions and dancing lessons. Call (410) 521-1555 for $25 tickets.

23: The 1994 Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair opens with a preview party at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets $25. Call (410) 396-6345.

23: The Baltimore Children's Museum's annual gala, the Big Event, will be held at the Brokerage. Tickets are $75, and dress is black tie or big costume. Call (410) 823-2551.

25: Taste of the Nation hunger relief benefit, Baltimore Convention Center, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For $45, guests sample foods and wines from 50 of Maryland's leading restaurants and wineries. Call (410) 547-8480.

27: The Girl Scouts of Central Maryland honors Nancy S. Grasmick, state superintendent of schools, as its 1994 Most Distinguished Woman, at Martin's West. Breakfast tickets are $25. Call (800) 492-2521.

30: Shock Trauma gala special guests will be Sarah and James Brady, Towson Center, 7 p.m. Black tie or dress uniform. Tickets $200. Call (410) 328-8778.

30: The Exchange Club of Baltimore Art Show and Auction benefit for Child Abuse Prevention Center of Maryland will be at the College of Notre Dame. Preview 6:30 p.m.; bidding at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7.50, and there is a cash bar.

30: The Anne Arundel County Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (410) 821-6933 for $20 tickets.

MAY:

1: The St. Mary's County Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (410) 821-6933 for $20 tickets.

3: "Guess who's cooking the dinner for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland?" Harbor Court Hotel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; 15 chefs will do the honors with chef Michael Rork. Tickets are $100. Call (410) 558-0932.

5: The 12th annual Baltimore Museum Antiques Show, featuring 35 dealers, opens with a gala preview party-dinner, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at the museum. Tickets are $85. Show open to the public May 6-8; $8 daily admission includes a catalog. For information, call (410) 396-6314.

6: The Associated Italian-American Charities of Maryland honor Steve Palermo at their annual dinner dance, 7 p.m., Martin's West. For ticket information, call (410) 339-5146.

6: The Hispanic Apostolate's first gala dinner fund-raiser at 6 p.m. at Loyola College. Call (410) 522-2668 to reserve $30 tickets.

7: The Talbot County Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (410) 821-6933 for $20 tour tickets.

7: The Cathedral Ball will be at the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion (Engineering Society), 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets for this black-tie gala are $90. Call (410) 433-6204.

8: The Queen Anne's County Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (410) 821-6933 for $20 tour

tickets.

14: Eye Ball features cocktails, dinner, dancing and gaming at the Engineering Society at 8 p.m. Tickets are $100. Call (410) 752-2020.

14: The Washington County Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (410) 821-6933 for $20 daily tour ticket.

15: The Baltimore City Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage features the Mount Vernon area, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (410) 821-6933 for $20 ticket.

15: Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation of Maryland's 35th anniversary black-tie opening night gala and performance at the Morris Mechanic Theatre. Tickets, $100, include 6 p.m. buffet supper on the tented terrace of the theater, 8 p.m. performance. Call (410) 889-4464.

15: Mediterranean Night is the theme of the Cooley's Anemia Foundation's dinner dance, Martin's West, 7 p.m. Tickets, $35, include dinner, dancing and an open bar. Call (410) 252-7831.

18: The Third Annual Tennis Classic, presented by the Greater Baltimore Tennis Patrons, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Roland Run Club. Firms or individuals may sponsor mixed and men's doubles teams to play round-robin format. Cocktail party at 5 p.m., during which the championship finals will be played. Call (410) 339-7876.

19: Triple Crown Ball, black-tie gala, Hyatt Regency from 7 p.m. Tickets, $275, may be reserved by calling the Ronald McDonald House, (410) 528-1010.

20: The Auxiliary of Atlantic General Hospital, which serves Berlin and Ocean City, is holding its Crystal Ball in the Sheraton's Crystal Ballroom in Ocean City, 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the black-tie gala are $75. Call (410) 213-0898.

21: The Benedictine School for Exceptional Children's annual Spring Benefit at the Annapolis Marriott begins at 5 p.m. Auction tickets are $25. Call (410) 634-2292.

22: Penn-Mar Organization's black-tie gala will be held at the Milton Inn, 6 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and dinner prepared by the inn's chef, Mark Henry, and wine critic Robert Parker will select the wines. Tickets are $125. Call (410) 343-1069.

22: Tasting at the Station, an afternoon of tasting fine wines and foods at the Green Spring Station, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $35. Call (410) 837-7150.

26: A Night of Comedy to benefit the House of Ruth features comedian Jeff Marder and emcee Stephen L. Miles. Tickets are $25 for the 8 p.m. show at the Comedy Factory, Burke's hors d'oeuvres. All the money goes to the House of Ruth.

JUNE:

4: Black Tie/Blue Jeans Dinner Dance to benefit the American Heart Association at Harbor View Pier 500, 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tickets are $50 in advance or $60 at the door. Call (410) 296-2491.

5: The Jewish National Fund's Blue and White Gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel has as its guest of honor Tom Keneally, author of "Schindler's List." Tickets for this black-tie gala are $500 and $250. Call (410) 486-3317.

10: ZOOMERANG!94, 11th annual black-tie fund-raiser for the Baltimore Zoo, held on zoo grounds, 7:30 p.m. to midnight; tickets are $175. Call (410) 396-7102.

18: Maryland Athletes for Multiple Sclerosis will be hosts for the fourth Farm Fest 1994 at the Brennan Farm in Easton. From 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., guests play games, swim, and eat steamed crabs with an array of athletes from the NFL, NBA, lacrosse, baseball and power lifting. Advance tickets are $60 each and $100 a couple. Call (410) 822-7432.

18: The 1994 Copper Ball, to benefit the Copper Ridge Alzheimer's facility, will be held at the Sykesville facility at 7 p.m. Tickets are $125. Call (410) 795-8800, Ext. 3882.

18: Baltimore Opera Spring Gala fund-raiser at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ratrie. Dinner, dancing, casino games. Call (410) 825-7579 to reserve $125 tickets.

21: Take the "O Train" and benefit the Children's Guild. Tickets $60 for adults; $25 for children. Have drinks and dinner at Mount Washington Tavern from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., then board light rail to Camden Yards for the Orioles-Brewers game. Call (410) 444-3804, Ext. 122.

24: The American Diabetes Association of Maryland presents Midsummer's Eve: A Wine Affair at the Evergreen Carriage House, 8 p.m. to midnight. Hors d'oeuvres and California wines served. Call (410) 486-5515 for $40 tickets.

25: Summer Solstice -- '94 at the Science Center, 8 p.m., black-tie dining and dancing takes place this year at the Maryland Science Center. Tickets are $225 a person. Call Donna Foley at (410) 685-2370.

26: An afternoon of polo will benefit Franklin Square Hospital Center. The matches will be played by members of the Maryland Polo Club at their Ladew Gardens field. $10 general admission; $50 for champagne lunch. Call (410) 682-7980.

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