Kennedy Center chairman Roger Stevens yesterday accepted a bust of Hans Kindler, the founding father and first director of the National Symphony Orchestra. Kindler's daughter, Helen, who was at the presentation, said the bust was done by Kindler's friend, the noted British sculptor Sir Jacob Epstein, sometime in the late 1920s when the two were drinking buddies in London. The bust will reside in the box-tier-level room donated by Israel . . .

Helen Dewar, The Washington Post's chief congressional correspondent, has won the prestigious Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting of Congress in 1984. Dewar, who is the fifth reporter to win the award, will receive her $5,000 prize May 14 at a reception hosted by House Minority Leader Robert H. Michel. The award comes from the Dirksen Congressional Center, an educational institution in Pekin, Ill. . . .

Entertainer Jerry Lee Lewis, who was hospitalized April 27 with bleeding stomach ulcers, is back home in Memphis saying he hopes to be performing again by the end of the month . . .

To remind all those 1960s children that they're older than they think -- former Beatle Ringo Starr, at 44, is about to become a grandfather. His son Zak Starkey and daughter-in-law Sarah Menikides are expecting in early autumn and Starr is delighted . . .

It's all in knowing when it's time to say no. The 53-year-old actress Angie Dickinson turned down a Playboy magazine offer to pose nude as one of their over-50 centerfolds. "I'm too old for that sort of thing. I don't look as good as the rest of the women in the book any more and I'm not stupid enough to think otherwise. So if I can't be the best, why bother?" . . .