Still feeling buried by the winter doldrums after all that nasty snow we had? Well, it's time to start digging yourself out. It is April, after all.
What better way to get into the swing of spring than by going to a party or two (or three or four)? We did a little party hunting for you and got the goods on nearly 60 bashes. All are benefits, so if you like supporting a charity, you're good to go. No need to wait for an invitation in the mail. Just take your pick, make a phone call and say, "Count me in!"
"Steppin' Out Onto the Silver Screen - 25th Anniversary Celebration." Benefits TurnAround Inc. Business/cocktail attire. Beer, wine, specialty drinks, food stations from more than 40 area restaurants/caterers, live music, dancing, caricaturists. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Light St. 6 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-377-8111.
"Spring Soiree." Benefits Hampden Family Center. Business/casual attire. Beer, wine, "south-side" drinks, buffet dinner, live music. American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway. 6 p.m. Tickets $75. Call 410-467-8710.
"10th Anniversary Gala - A Cause for Celebration." Benefits Students Sharing Coalition. Black tie optional. Beer, wine, heavy hors d'oeuvres, student cabaret. Glass Pavilion, the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus, 3400 N. Charles St. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $75. Call 410-662-8999.
"Trends, Tulips and Tea." Benefits the Children's Guild. Casual attire. Afternoon high tea, fashion show, shopping bazaar, children's activities. The Children's Guild, 6802 McClean Blvd. 1 p.m. Tickets $35 adults, $15 children. Call 410-444-3804, Ext. 350.
"5th Annual March Madness." Benefits Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Young Professionals. Casual attire. Beer, wine, cash bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, televisions showing NCAA Final Four basketball games, live music, gaming wheels. Little Havana Restaurant & Cantina, 1325 Key Highway. 5 p.m. Tickets $30 in advance, $35 at door. Call 410-823-0073.
"Breath of Life Celebration." Benefits American Lung Association of Maryland. Black tie optional. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, food stations, live music, dancing. Honorary chair is executive television producer/writer David Simon. Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St. 7:30 p.m. Tickets $175. Call 410-560-2120, Ext. 235.
"Novel Night Gala." Benefits Foundation for Baltimore County Public Library. Cocktail attire. Wine, beer, martini bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music, dancing. Towson Library, 320 York Road. 8 p.m. Tickets $65 and $100. Call 410-887-4474.
"IND - Shining Through the Years." Benefits Institute of Notre Dame. Black tie optional. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner. Boumi Temple, 5050 King Ave., White Marsh. 6 p.m. Tickets $65. Call 410-522-7800, Ext. 222.
"Fashion Fever." Benefits Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital. Dressy-casual attire. Wine, brunch drinks, buffet brunch, Vasarri fashion show, shopping bazaar. Grey Rock Mansion, 400 Grey Rock Road, Owings Mills. 11:30 a.m. Tickets $60. Call 410-578-5040.
"Distinguished Women's Award Reception." Benefits Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Business attire. Beer, wine, food stations. Chestnut Ridge Country Club, 11700 Falls Road. 5:30 p.m. Tickets $50. Call 410-358-9711, Ext. 246.
"Fight for a Cure." Benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Business attire. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, 6 pro boxing matches. Wyndham Hotel Inner Harbor, 101 W. Fayette St. 6 p.m. Tickets $175. Call 410-576-8343.
"CancerCure Spring Concert & Reception." Benefits Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Dressy-casual attire. Wine, hors d'oeuvres, "meet the artists" reception, concert by Little River Band and Laura Branigan. Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, 1212 Cathedral St. 6 p.m. reception, 7:30 concert. Reception/concert open to groups of 10, 20 or 40 only. Tickets $1,250-$5,000 for groups. Individual tickets for concert only are $35-$75. Call 410-825-2500, Ext. 21.
"Double Feature - 20th Anniversary Party." Benefits Baltimore Chamber Orchestra. Business/casual attire. Open bar, heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music, preview of new shops and vendors at Belvedere Square Market, showing of silent films One Week and The Immigrant, accompanied by live orchestra music. Belvedere Square Market, York Road and Belvedere Avenue. 5:45 p.m. Tickets $150. Call 410-426-0157.
"Black & White Ball." Benefits Annapolis Symphony Orchestra. Black tie. Cocktail-hour open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner with cash bar, fashion show, live music, dancing. Loews Annapolis Hotel, 126 West St., Annapolis. 7 p.m. Tickets $125. Call 410-263-0907.
"Heart Ball 2003." Benefits American Heart Association. Black tie. Open bar, hors d'oeuvres, seated dinner, live music, dancing. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Light St. 6:30 p.m. Tickets $300. Call 410-685-7074.