Get Tropical I didn't really feel like writing this column this week. I'd much rather be on some Caribbean island soaking up the sun, drinking a fruit beverage, doing the limbo, wearing a flower in my hair and dancing barefoot in the sand. (Not all at the same time, of course; I'd spill my drink.) Unfortunately, I don't have time now to get away and get sand in my shoes. But I could go to the Karibbash next Sunday at the Bay Cafe and Marina and have a taste of the tropics, and so could you. From 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. dance to the music of local groups, including the Image Band, Uprising, Rhumba Club, T&T; Steel Band, Mama Jama and Mambo Combo. Enjoy Caribbean foods, shop in the Bimini Marketplace, get your hair braided. The athletic can come at 9 a.m. and run the 5-Karibbean Race. Runners get a tank top, suitable for the beach or a night out on the town. The entire event is a fund raiser for People Encouraging People, a nonprofit organization that offers services such as job placement and housing for individuals with serious, persistent mental illness. Karibbash '94, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. May 29 at the Bay Cafe and Marina, 2809 Boston St. Advance tickets are $10 and are available through TicketMaster. Call (410) 481-SEAT. Tickets at the door are $12. Call (410) 764-8560. For Swingers Only Step out with some real swingers this weekend. The Friday Night Swing Dance Club meets every week at the ROTC Building on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University. Join the group this Friday for a 1940s USO dance, with music by the O Tones. If you're feeling nostalgic, come in costume. If you're feeling uncoordinated, come early and get a free beginner's lesson. You don't need a partner to join in the fun; just show up and you'll be matched up. Friday Night Swing Club's 1940s USO dance with the O Tones, 9 p.m. to midnight May 27. Beginner's lesson from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. ROTC Building at Johns Hopkins University. Cost: $8 for club members, $10 for non-members. Call Chuck Alexander at (410) 235-0142. Change of life Tired? Stressed out? Bad Karma? Check out the Life Transformations Conference and Expo today at Towson State University. Billed as "the personal growth event of the year," the expo invites one and all to come and explore a myriad of paths to personal growth, spirituality and well-being. The event is sponsored by Baltimore Resources, a quarterly health and wellness magazine, and will feature more than 130 workshops, conferences and exhibits. Learn about herbal remedies, study tai-chi, look into acupuncture and massage therapy, take part in some spiritual drumming and singing, interpret your dreams, control your anger, get some advice from a shaman, or just learn how to relax more. By the end of the day, you should be feeling pretty groovy. Life Transformations Conference and Expo, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Towson State University's University Union. Admission is $20 at the door. Call (410) 337-5525.