The month of March may - as the saying goes - come in like a lion, and go out like a lamb. However - if we're talking parties - this April resembles an animal more along the lines of the Tasmanian Devil.You know, that whirling-dervish cartoon character? The spring party season comes on like gangbusters this month, and it stays strong through June, as many charities throw their annual fund-raisers.
So many parties to choose from. So little time!
The Magic of Life Gala: Benefits LifeBridge Health pediatric programs. Black tie. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, live music, dancing, performance by singer Natalie Cole. Towson Center, Towson University. 7:15 p.m. Tickets $500 and $1,000. Call 410-601-9328.
A Toast to Pickersgill Celebrating 200 Years - Bicentennial Gala: Benefits Pickersgill Retirement Community. Black tie. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, dinner buffet, live music, dancing. Green Spring Valley Hunt Club, 30 Greenspring Valley Road, Owings Mills. 7 p.m. Tickets $150. Call 410-842-0420.
Great Chefs' Dinner: Benefits the Family Tree. Business attire. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, five-course seated dinner prepared by James Beard Foundation Award winner, chef Craig Shelton. Center Club, 100 Light St. 6 p.m. Tickets $250. Call 410-889-2300.
Culinary Extravaganza: Benefits Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. Business attire. Open bar, food stations from 15 Baltimore-area chefs, live music. Harbor Court Hotel, 550 Light St. 6 p.m. Tickets $150. Call 410-558-0932, Ext. 3027.
Wine Arts Tasting: Benefits Artscape. Business or casual attire. Wine tasting, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music. The Cloisters, 10440 Falls Road, Brooklandville. 6 p.m. Tickets $75. Call 410-752-8632.
A Feast of Fashion: Benefits National Kidney Foundation of Maryland. Business attire. Open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, fashion show by Vasarri. Baltimore Museum of Industry, 1415 Key Highway. 7 p.m. Tickets $50 and $75. Call 410-494-8545.
Anniversary Gala: Benefits House With a Heart Foundation Inc. and Dr. Benjamin Carson's Benevolent Endowment Network Fund Inc. Black tie optional. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, live music, dancing. Martin's West, 6817 Dogwood Road. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $250. Call 410-823-5588.
Reception and Silent Auction: Benefits Hampden Family Center. Cocktail or casual attire. Beer, wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music. Creative Specialties, 1848 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville. 7 p.m. Tickets $45. Call 410-467-8710.
Memory Ball: Benefits Alzheimer's Association, Central Maryland Chapter. Black tie. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, live music, dancing. Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 W. Baltimore St. 7 p.m. Tickets $150. Call 410-561-9099.
Breath of Life Celebration - Cruising for Kids With Asthma: Benefits American Lung Association of Maryland. Black tie optional. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, international dinner buffet, live music, dancing. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Light St. Tickets $150. Call 410-560-2120, Ext. 233.
Symphony Rocks: Benefits Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Cocktail attire. BSO concert of contemporary works, open bar, martini bar, micro brews, hors d'oeuvres, food stations from more than 12 Baltimore-area restaurants, interactive musical games, disc jockey, dancing. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. 8 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-783-8000.
Blast Dinner, Dance and Silent Auction: Benefits Domestic Violence Center of Howard County. Business attire. Beer, wine, cash bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, live music, dancing. Ten Oaks Ballroom, 5000 Signal Bell Lane, Clarksville. Tickets $75. Call 410-997-0304.
An Evening at the Stage Door Canteen - Celebration of the Arts in Howard County Gala: Benefits Howard County Arts Council and the Jim Rouse Theatre for the Performing Arts. Cocktail or historic attire. Food stations from more than 20 Howard County restaurants and caterers, swing-dance lessons, musical and dance performances, live music, dancing. The Jim Rouse Theatre, Wilde Lake High School, 5460 Trumpeter Road, Columbia. 6 p.m. Tickets $40 and $75. Call 410-313-2787.
Distinguished Women's Award Reception 2002: Benefits Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Business attire. Wine, beer, food stations from more than seven Baltimore-area restaurants, award presentation. Chestnut Ridge Country Club, 11700 Falls Road, Lutherville. 5:30 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-358-9711, Ext. 247.
25 Years of Pride Gala: Benefits Pride of Baltimore Inc. Business attire. Open bar, international dinner buffet, musical performances, includes reunion of those involved in creation and construction of original Pride of Baltimore ship. Bo Brooks Restaurant, 2701 Boston St. 6 p.m. Tickets $100. Call 410-539-1151.
Steppin' Out to Disco: Benefits TurnAround Inc. Business attire. Open bar, food stations from more than 40 Baltimore-area restaurants and caterers, disco dancers, DJ, dancing. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Light St. 6 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-377-8111.