The Diet Workshop in Silver Spring issued a statement this week urging dieters not to panic in the face of the proposed ban on saccharin.

"It is important to remember that saccharin alone does not make successful weight loss," the workshop said. "It is a combination of balanced diet, nutrition education, exercise and behavior modification that takes weight off and keeps weight off."

The workshop's annual luncheon and "Before and After" fashion show, featering models who have won the battle of the bulge, will he held Sunday, April 24 at 1 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Bethesda.

Tickets are $7.50 per person with proceeds going ot the new Children's Hospital Call 587-DIET for information and reservations.

A vegetarian "Food Day Potluck Dinner", sponsored by six local organizations including the Vegetarian Society of D.C., will be held this Sunday at the Cedar Lane Unitarian Church in Bethesda at 1:45 p.m. Bring a "natural foods" dish for three times the number in your party, a copy of the recipe, your place settings, and your beverage. Arlin J. Brown of the Cancer Information Center, Morris Gisser of the Natural Hygiene Society and Jane Peters of the Vegetarian Society will be the speakers. Participants and that means no sugar, white flour, processed or refined foods, hydrogenated fats and presumably - no saccharin. Call 942-2109 for more information.

In chops! It kneads no introduction. L'Academie de Cuisine on Wilson Lane in Bethesda is offering a continuous three-hour demonstration of the Cuisinart Food Processor, Saturday form 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Both Cuisinart models will be demonstrated, as well as different blades and techniques for using the food processor correctly. No admission charge. Call 986-9490 for more information.

The Easter Food Fair, sponsored by St. Mark Orthodox Church, will be held this year on Sunday, April 3, from noon to 4 p.m. at 7124 River Rd, in Bethesda. Fresh home-made keilbasa, smoked keilbasa, freshly-made horseradish and Paska (Rissian Easter Cheese Cake) will be sold. And if they run out of your favorite dish, orders will be taken. Call 281-9631 for more information.

St. Andrew's Ukrainian Orthodox Church on 16th Street NW will hold a Ukrainian Bazaar this Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. The bazaar will feature homemade foods such as paska, babka, kobasa and ham, and crafts including Pysanky , (Easter Eggs) while they last