There's no reason to be lonely in October or November -- there are so many things to do that I have to save December's parties for a later date. So have fun, and I'll see you around.
1: Celebrity Small Talk, cocktail reception to benefit multiple sclerosis patients, lets guests meet and chat with area celebrities at the USF&G; facility in Mount Washington. Tickets $50. (410) 561-4411.
1: Race for the Cure, to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation; 8:30 a.m. at Rash Field. Entry fee $20. Call (410) 433-7223 (RACE) for forms and information about Saks Fifth Avenue pasta party the night before the race.
1: The Pink and Blue Ball, Turf Valley Country Club; 9 p.m.-1 a.m.; benefits Jack and Jill of America. (410) 669-0950.
2: Harvest the Taste of Life, prepared by 20 restaurants and caterers, to benefit Hospice Services of Howard County; Spear Center of Rouse Co. Building in Columbia; 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Tickets $35. (410) 730-5072.
3: Epilepsy Association of Maryland's 1994 Golf Classic, the Courses at Fort Meade. $175 for lunch, golf and awards dinner. (410) 828-7700.
6: Friends Committee of the Baltimore Regional Burn Center Foundation's Luncheon and Fashion Show; noon, at Eagle's Nest Country Club. Tickets $25. (410) 550-0895.
8: Fashions and lunch to benefit the League: Serving People With Physical Disabilities; noon, at Sheraton Baltimore North. Tickets $28. (410) 323-0500.
9: John Waters, in benefit stand-up/lecture in honor of the opening of the modern art wing at Baltimore Museum of Art; 2 p.m. Tickets $25. (410) 396-6314.
9: Benefit auction for Florence Crittenton Services; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Harborview Marina and Yacht Club. Tickets $35. (410) 366-4333.
10: Johnny Dee's seventh annual Grant-A-Wish Golf Tournament Piney Branch. $125 for golf, breakfast, lunch and dinner. (410) 242-1549.
13: Ruby Glover and Sanders, Kass & White perform in a Women's Housing Coalition benefit concert at LeClerc Hall College of Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25. (410) 235-5782.
14: The Duke of Mantua Ball, black-tie gala benefit for the Baltimore Opera Company, at Fifth Regiment Armory; 7 p.m. cocktail/dinner tickets $225; 9 p.m. dessert/dancing tickets $75. 625-1600 and ask for Susan Gray.
14: North Arundel Hospital Auxiliary's fall fashion show/luncheon; a.m. at La Fontaine Bleu. Tickets $20. (410) 647-2102.
15: Maryland Public Television 25th anniversary black-tie gala; 6:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. Tour MPT studios with MPT stars; see auction items. Tickets $150. (410) 581-4379.
15: Bull and Oyster Roast at Stella Maris, to benefit Southwest Vision. Tickets must be bought in advance and are $20. (410) 685-7340.
15: Beer aficionados can taste as many as 40 beers, if they're not driving, at Bohager's in Fells Point from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. during a benefit for the Maryland Lupus Foundation. Tickets $20. (410) 337-9000.
16: Hannah More School Benefit Auction, cocktail buffet, live and silent auction, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. Tickets $35. (410) 526-5000.
16: Lifesongs '94, to benefit Chase-Brexton Health Services; 7:30 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. Ray Charles and David Brenner to perform. Tickets $35, $60 and $100. (410) 653-5520.
16: Fall festival at Ladew Topiary Gardens; noon-5 p.m.; food and drink, music and handmade crafts. Tickets $5 adults, $4 students and seniors, $1 children under 12. (410) 557-9570.
17: Maryvale Prep Golf Tournament at 11:30 a.m. Mixed scramble format at Chestnut Ridge Country Club. (410) 252-2403.
21: Morgan State University Foundation Gala to honor Gov. dTC William Donald Schaefer, at Martin's West; 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 and $125. (410) 319-3040.
21: Baltimore County Chamber of Commerce Bid for Business Auction, Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn; 6 p.m.-11 p.m. Tickets $80. (410) 825-6200.
22: Splash '94, a National Aquarium in Baltimore benefit; 7:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m.; Caribbean attire. Tickets $75. (410) 576-3877.
22: Country Western Jubilee to benefit Greater Baltimore Crisis Pregnancy Center; 7 p.m.-11 p.m.; Timonium Fairgrounds; Western-style dinner; dance lessons. Tickets $25 advance or $30 at the door. (410) 625-0102.
22: Capitol Steps performs at the Head Theatre at Center Stage. Supper at 7 p.m. to benefit Pikesville Chamber of Commerce. (410) 484-2337.
28-30: The American Heart Association's Fine Wine Weekend, Stouffer Hotel. For times and ticket prices, call Susie Dance, (410) 296-2491.
30: B'nai B'rith Women Greater Baltimore Council celebrates 50th anniversary of Children's Home in Jerusalem with a luncheon honoring Phyllis Brotman at noon in the Stouffer Hotel. Tickets $30. (410) 655-1055.
30: More than 60 authors and experts participate in Glitterati & Literati, a Literacy Works benefit; 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at Borders Books and Music in Towson. Tickets $25. (410) 887-2001.
2: 38th Annual Carriage House Collection preview party; 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at Evergreen Carriage House. Tickets $50. This ,, kicks off three-day sale of unusual holiday presents; admission $5. (410) 955-9341.
5: National Kidney Foundation of Maryland's Ninth Annual Ball honors Dr. Elijah Saunders; 8 p.m.-midnight at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Black tie. Tickets $135. (410) 494-8545.
5: Howard County General Hospital professional staff's 15th annual dinner dance; 7 p.m. to midnight at the Hyatt Regency. Black-tie. Tickets $150. (410) 740-7544.
5: TriUMHph Ball, Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, will benefit Union Memorial Hospital's Oncology Center; black-tie dinner, dancing, casino and auction. Tickets $150. (410) 554-2662.
5: Gala Celebrity Sports Auction; 7:30 p.m.-midnight at Martin's Eastwind will benefit St. Dominic School. Dinner and open bar. Tickets $30. (410) 426-0797.
6: St. Vincent Center auxiliary will hold a benefit fashion show luncheon; 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Timonium. Tickets $25. (410) 252-2994.
6-7: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood will offer a mini-mall of holiday shopping at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation Temple. Free admission and parking.
11: ART94 Preview Party with artists, a Baltimore Choral Arts Society benefit; 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Sheppard Pratt Conference Center. Tickets $40. Art show and sale continue through Nov. 20. (410) 523-7070.
11: A Class Act IV to benefit Young Audiences of Maryland; 7 p.m.-midnight at the George Peabody Library; live entertainment, dinner and auction. Tickets $75. (410) 837-7577.
11: Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary's Christmas Doll Show, Marriott's Hunt Valley Inn, opens at 10 a.m.; luncheon at noon. $22. (410) 366-4997, Ext. 203.
12: The Chimes Hall of Fame will honor Nancy and Lou Grasmick, black-tie, Hyatt Regency; 6:30 p.m.-midnight. Tickets $150. (410) 602-4019.
12: American Council on Italian Matters of Maryland will hold its annual ball, Celebrazione dell'Arte, 7 p.m.-12:30 a.m. at the Pikesville Hilton. Tickets $75. (410) 339-7872.
12: A charity dinner and auction to benefit Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Institute; 6:30 p.m. at the Harbor Court Hotel. (410) 328-6523.
13: Polish Heritage Association of Maryland will hold its 20th Anniversary Dance; 7 p.m.-midnight at Martin's Eudowood. The event will benefit the scholarship fund. Tickets $35. (410) 668-7522.
13: The Covenant Guild's Red Ribbon Review will feature local talent; 2 p.m. at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation. The event will benefit AIRS (AIDS Interfaith Residential Services). Tickets $25 for reserved seats, $10 general admission. (410) 783-5443.
13: WJHU, Baltimore public radio, will hold its Fall Festival, featuring jazz and wine, at Bohager's in Fells Point. Tickets $40 WJHU members; $50 for non-members. (410) 516-6307.
17: Ben Vereen in concert; 8 p.m. at Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. The event is a fund-raiser for Maryland New Directions and includes champagne dessert reception before the concert. Tickets are $40. (410) 235-8800.
18: Tom Selleck and Orioles owners Tom Clancy and Peter Angelos will be at dinner-dance auction to benefit pediatric cancer research, the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center; 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Tickets $150 and $100. (410) 955-2583.
19: A black-tie gala and silent auction to benefit the Neighborhood Design Center will be held at the Engineer's Club. Tickets $50. (410) 515-1056.
19: A Black Hat Gala at the Evergreen Mansion will benefit the League for the Handicapped. Call Adam Cockey, (410) 433-7800, for information.
20: A Mother-Daughter Tea at Nan Duskin will benefit Sheppard Pratt Health System. Diane Gibson will speak on mother-daughter relationships. Donation $25. Call (410) 938-3136.