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.