WHO KNEW Mother Nature had a job on the side - as a party planner? Just as all the spring flowers begin blossoming, shindigs start popping up in Baltimore and beyond. The spring party season is upon us - with as much variety in its fetes as there is in the flora. Just take a whiff of this April, May and June bouquet.
"Cinderella Ball." Benefits the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland. Black tie preferred. Hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, dinner buffet, disc jockey, casino games. Baltimore Hilton and Towers, 20 W. Baltimore St. 8 p.m. Tickets $65, $55 students and seniors. Call 410-837-5445.
"Third Annual Wine Arts Tasting." Benefits Artscape. Business attire. Thirty-three wines and champagnes, with dinner buffet stations to match. The Cloisters, 10440 Falls Road, Brooklandville. 6 p.m. Tickets $60 in advance, $75 at the door. Call 410-396-4575.
"Decorators' Show House Preview Party." Benefits Baltimore Symphony Associates. Black tie optional. Show-house tour (Foxhall Manor), open bar, dinner buffet, live music. Rolling Road Golf Club, 814 Hilltop Road, Catonsville. 7 p.m. Tickets $125. Call 410-235-0641.
"Annual Gala/Silent Auction." Benefits Annapolis Opera. Black tie or opera costume. Cash bar, sit-down dinner, live music, dancing, performance of operatic arias by tenor Israel Lozano. U.S. Naval Academy Officer's Club, 2 Truxton Road, Annapolis. 7 p.m. Tickets $75. Call 410-267-8135.
"Center Stage Presents 2001 - Featuring Malcolm Gets." Benefits Center Stage. Black tie. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, performance by cabaret star Malcolm Gets, seated buffet dinner, band music. Center Stage, 700 N. Calvert St. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $250. Call 410-685-3200, Ext.434.
"Celebrity Brain Gala." Benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Black tie. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, sit-down dinner, live music, dancing, academic competition. Kossiakoff Center, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, 11100 Johns Hopkins Road, Laurel. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $250. Call 410-825-2500.
"Peace ... Hope ... Renewal." Benefits "A Living Memorial Park at Naharayim," being built on Israeli/Jordan border to enhance peace efforts. Business and cocktail attire. Champagne, pastries, art exhibit. Galerie du Monde, 1852 Reisterstown Road, Suite 207, Pikesville. 4 p.m. Tickets $75 in advance, $100 at the door. Call 410-486-5068.
"Everything Old Is New Again Gala." Benefits Gordon Center for Performing Arts. Cocktail attire. Open bar, dinner buffet, performance by singer/dancer Tommy Tune, dessert reception with Tommy Tune. Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave., Owings Mills. 6 p.m. Tickets $250 dinner and performance, $500 dinner, performance and dessert reception. Call 410-356-SHOW.
"Parents Council of Greater Baltimore Presents - For the Love of the Game." Benefits cystic-fibrosis programs at Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Business attire. Wine, hors d'oeuvres, dinner buffet, guest speaker Frank Deford. Boordy Vineyards, 12820 Long Green Pike, Hydes. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $100. Call 410-223-1726.
"MAP's Grand Opening Celebration." Benefits Maryland Art Place. Artful, casual attire. Tour of new MAP space, live music, light hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer. 34 Market Place. 6 p.m. Free. Call 410-962-8565.
"The Twilight Ball." Benefits Hospice of Baltimore. Black tie. Hors d'oeuvres, open bar, sit-down dinner, live music, dancing. Marriott Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $350. Call 410-512-8245.
"Gala 2001: Lasting Impressions." Benefits St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation. Black tie. Hors d'oeuvres, open bar, sit-down dinner, live music, dancing. Hyatt Regency Baltimore, 300 Light St. 7 p.m. Tickets $250. Call 410-337-1397.
"Fourth Annual Celebration of the Arts in Howard County." Benefits the Howard County Arts Council. Black tie optional. Dinner buffet, nonalcoholic drinks, entertainment by local and national artists, including the Capitol Steps and Wintley Phipps. The Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia. 6 p.m. Tickets $40, $75. Call 410-313-ARTS.
"Gala 2001 - Soiree of Survivors." Benefits Mildred Mindell Cancer Foundation and University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center. Black tie optional. Open bar, dinner buffet, live music, dancing. Marriott Waterfront, 700 Aliceanna St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $150. Call 410-486-2672, 410-484-0395 or 410-484-2199.
"Sixth Annual Sports Ball - A Gold Medal Event." Benefits the Family Tree. Black tie. Hors d'oeuvres, open bar, sit-down dinner, live music, dancing, honorees Cokie and Steve Roberts. Pimlico Race Course, Park Heights Avenue entrance. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $175. Call 410-889-2300.
"Distinguished Women's Award Reception 2001." Benefits Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Business attire. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, brief awards presentation. Woodholme Country Club, 300 Woodholme Ave., Pikesville. 5:30 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-358-9711, Ext. 247.