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.