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Jan 31, 2012 12:39AM ● By Anonymous

February 4th
OBI’s 14th Annual Mardi Gras Gala is Opportunity Builders, Inc.’s largest fundraiser. Come for an evening of great music, great food, and great fun with both silent and live auctions. At Opportunity Builders, Inc., Millersville. 6–10 p.m. $50. 410-787-0700.

55th BWCC Foundation Annual Gala benefits the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber Foundation’s Scholarship Fund. Featuring heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks, dessert, and entertainment provided by the fabulous Ron Pearson. Cocktail attire recommended. In the Horowitz Performing Arts Center, Howard Community College, Columbia. 6–11 p.m. $75. 301-725-4000.

Concert for All Ages featuring Pandemonia The Norwood Project, and The Wayside. All proceeds benefit BAVA, a local volleyball organization for players of all ages. At The Whiskey,Annapolis. 6 p.m–12 a.m. Ticket prices TBD.

February 6th
6th "DEW" it right Youth RALLY Dinner/Fundraiser benefits the Youth RALLY on March 24th, 2012 at Queen Anne’s County High School. At 4 Seasons Bistro, Chester. 6-9 p.m. $25 per person; $40 per couple. The snow date for this event is February 8th. 443-995-5367.

February 8th
Maryland Arts Day brings the many, varied voices of the artistic community together in support of state funding for the arts and the Maryland State Arts Council. At the Miller Senate Building, Annapolis. 410-467-6700.

February 15th
Arlo Guthrie Benefit Concert with his son Abe, grandson Krishna, and longtime collaborator Terry a la Berry. This concert will raise funds for Children’s Theatre of Annapolis. At Children’s Theatre of Annapolis,Annapolis. 8 p.m. $45-$55. 410-757-2281.

February 17th
29th Annual OC Seaside Boat Show invites you to see over 300 boats, including, sail, pontoon, inshore, and offshore boats, and wave runners. Boat accessories, crafts, and insurance and finance representatives will also be available. At this show, known as the “Boat Show that Works For Kids,” all proceeds go to area youth programs. At the Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Ocean City. Fri. 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Sat. 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Through 2/19. $9; $15 for weekend pass.

February 18th
Arts Council of Anne Arundel County’s Mardi Gras Gala is a festive evening with local talents providing a New Orleans experience for guests. At the Loews Annapolis Hotel, Annapolis. 7–11 p.m. $150 per person, $1,500 per table. 410-222-7949.

Third Annual “Small Works: Exhibit & Raffle” Gala Drawing of Winning Tickets with a celebrity host. This host will draw winning tickets for each work of art while attendees enjoy refreshments. Winners who are present may take artwork home at the end of the evening. Proceeds benefit the programming of the Queen Anne’s County Arts Council. At Centre for the Arts, Centreville. 6-8 p.m. Free to attend; $5 per ticket; $30 for seven tickets. 410-758-2520.

February 24th
Hospice Gala is a black-tie optional event featuring a seated dinner, music by Retrospect, and the announcement of Hospice of Queen Anne's Philanthropist of the Year and Junior Philanthropist of the Year. Benefits Hospice of Queen Anne's, which provides care to more than 180 patients and their families. At Annie's Paramount Steak and Seafood House, Grasonville. 6:30-10:30 p.m. 443-262-4106.

February 27th
All That Art Exhibit and Fundraiser benefits the visual arts program at Maryland Hall. The exhibition will feature juried work by more than 30 noteworthy artists in both the Chaney and Martino Galleries. At Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis. Through 3/2; live and silent auction of works on 3/2. 410-263-5544.

Mark Your Calendars for March

March 2nd
All That Art Fundraiser invites guests to attend a live and silent auction of works from the All That Art Exhibit. Other highlights include wine, music, and heavy hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds benefit the visual arts program at Maryland Hall. At Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts,Annapolis. 6–9 p.m. $75. 410-263-5544.

March 3rd
The Capitol Steps are an irreverent musical-theater troupe from Washington, D.C., and will perform a lively review of songs and spoofs that ridicule public figures across all party lines. Followed by a reception with the performers. Proceeds benefit student aid at St. John’s College. In the Francis Scott Key Auditorium, St. John’s College,Annapolis. 7:30 p.m. $55 in advance; $60 at the door. 410-295-4505.

Annapolis Rotary Club’s Black Tie and DiamondsGala benefits the Anne Arundel County Public Library Foundation. The event will include a cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, a raffle, and dinner and dancing to the music of NightLife, a high energy band with a reputation for keeping dancers on the dance floor. At The Westin Annapolis, Annapolis. 6–11 p.m. $150 per person; $1,500 for a table of 10. 877-333-9667.

2nd Annual Masqued Ball: Rio Carnival invites you to enjoy a spectacular evening of live entertainment, Brazilian-inspired cuisine, silent art auction, a mask contest, and more. Proceeds benefit Caroline County Council of Art programs. At the General James F. Fretterd Community Center, Denton. 7-11 p.m. 410-479-1009.

March 9th
Annapolis Finest 40 Under 40 Honoree Reception honors Annapolis’ most outstanding young professionals for their success in business, leadership in the community, and their fundraising commitment to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. All donations and proceeds from this event will directly benefit CFF supporting the treatment and research to find a cure for CF. At the Loews Annapolis Hotel, Annapolis. 6–9 p.m. $65. 410-628-0795.

March 10th
In Full Swing at Fifty is one of the most eagerly anticipated events of the year. Guests will enjoy a delicious three course dinner, open bar, silent auction, and dancing to a live big band. This annual black tie ball will benefit the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, and celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. 6:30–11:30 p.m. $225; $125 tax deductible. At the Loews Annapolis Hotel, Annapolis. 410-263-0907.

March 11th
2nd Annual Get Pumped for Pets 5K and 10K is a fast and fun course, a great early season race. Runners and walkers can take up to 4 minutes off of their overall times by competing in the "Get Pumped" portion of this event in the days prior to the race. Proceeds benefit Mid Shore Animal League, an organization that provides funding for rescue organizations and humane societies across the Eastern Shore. At Kent Island Cross Island Trail, Chester. 9 a.m. $35-$45. Registration closes 3/4. Registration available on

March 18th
Ballet Theatre of Maryland Dancers’ Gala has been a popular event for the past ten years. This annual benefit dinner will feature a short performance by company dancers, music, and live and silent auctions. At the Annapolis Waterfront Marriott, Annapolis. 4:30-9 p.m. $125 per person; $1,000 for table of ten. 410-224-5644.

March 21st
23rd Annual Ed Casey Youth of the Year AwardsDinner and Fundraiser is a celebration of the BGCAA’s Youth of the Year nominees, the organization’s six area clubs, partners, supporters, volunteers, and the community. At the Boys & Girls Club at Wiley H. Bates Heritage Park, Annapolis. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m.; dinner and awards at 6:30 p.m. $150. Bgcaa. 410-263-2542.

9th annual Cards and Games Party is hosted by the Friends of the Arts (FOTA), and features lunch, door prizes, and a 50/50 raffle. All games such as Bridge, Mahjong, Scrabble, etc. are encouraged. This event helps raise funds for the FOTA Scholar Program. At the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis. 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. $25. For tickets and/or more information, call Pat Brooks at 410-349-1497 or Kathy Nevel at 410-757-8028.

March 22nd
Heart & Music Gala Fundraiser will featuring the delicious catering services of Occasions Catering, and will benefit the Mental Health and Rape Crisis Center at For All Seasons, Inc. At the Talbot County Historical Society Auditorium, Easton. 6:30 p.m. $75. Heart & Music Performances will feature popular songs of all genres, interlaced with monologue stories of how clients have been assisted by FAS. Performances 3/23-3/25 at the Talbot County Historical Society, Easton. $ 5-$15. 410-822-1018.

March 24th
South River on the Half Shell is one party you don’t want to miss. The event will feature a live and silent auction. At Homestead Gardens, Davidsonville. 5-9 p.m.

Chesapeake Arts Center Believe in Magic! Gala at the Four Points Sheraton BWI Airport, Linthicum Heights. 7-11 p.m. $110. 410-636-6597.

March 31st
Masquerade Bash for METAvivor is a fun night of drinks, dancing, and masked fun with some of the finest in Creole flavors by Ken’s Creative Kitchen. The event raises funds for the METAvivor, which will allow them to continue promoting awareness and funding research and support for metastatic breast cancer in Annapolis and the surrounding areas. At the Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. 5–10 p.m. $85. 410-353-3733.

Hospice Gala supports the Hospice of the Chesapeake’s mission to improve the quality of life of those living with and affected by illness. This year’s gala honors philanthropists John and Cathy Belcher. At the Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport, Baltimore. 6 p.m.-midnight. $250. 410-987-2003.

5th Annual Sporting Clays Tournament will benefit the Tim Kern Memorial Foundation. The foundation raises community funds by hosting events in the spirit of Tim, who lost his life in a tragic accident in 2006. Following the tournament, everyone is welcome to participate in the post-event party to be held at Sunset Bar and Grill in Betterton. Tournament at the Hopkins Game Farm, Kennedyville. 10 a.m. registration; 12 p.m. shotgun start. $40; $10 for post-event party for those who did not participate in tournament. 410-778-4060.