There have been reports that former State Department spokesman Hodding Carter III is considering running for Congress. Carter said that while he was "honored" by the speculation that he is considering opposing Rep. Stan Parris of Fairfax County "I just do not see it as a possibility."

Carter, 50, who lives in Alexandria (which is part of Parris' district), said he met with a group that wanted him to run. He said he told them he was "morally and contractually committed" to "Capitol Journal," a weekly public broadcasting series he does, and to Mainstreet, a television production company he runs in partnership with Ron Goldfarb and Chris Koch. He said "Capitol Journal" is committed to run through next year. "But if they cancel it," he added, "I'll have to take a look at it running for office and what I'm doing with my life." Balanchine, the Wonder Woman Fan

Actress Lynda Carter has not been known as a dancer and that little spin she took before turning into Wonder Woman was hardly ballet. But to the legendary choreographer George Balanchine, it was pure beauty. He had a crush on the statuesque actress.

Carter said yesterday that she was aware Balanchine was a fan, although they had never personally met.

Ballet great Mikhail Baryshnikov said the late artistic director of the New York City Ballet had an autographed poster of Carter at his hospital bedside. As Baryshnikov said in an interview on "Good Morning America," "It was his fantasy of this big, beautiful and strong woman."

Carter said yesterday that she had sent Balanchine a poster autographed "To George with love." She also sent an autographed photograph and they wrote to each other. "I treasure those letters," she said. "I was extremely surprised and flattered. I was humbled that someone like that was talking about me." End Notes

When President Reagan returns from Geneva tonight he will be met at Andrews Air Force Base by House Speaker Tip O'Neill and Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, who will ride with him by helicopter to the East Plaza of the Capitol and escort him to a 9 p.m. joint session of Congress for his speech . . .

Syndicated columnist Ann Landers, whose real name is Eppie Lederer, will receive the $15,000 Albert Lasker public service award Friday at the St. Regis Hotel in New York. She's the first journalist to receive the prestigious medical award, which is being presented to her for pressuring Congress to approve millions of dollars for cancer research and for referring her readers to a wide variety of health-care agencies. Lederer plans to donate the money to the Hereditary Disease Foundation. Dr. Michael Brown and Dr. Joseph Goldstein of the University of Texas Health Science Center, who shared the 1985 Nobel Prize for Medicine, were awarded the Lasker prize for basic medical research . . .

It may have surprised tourists yesterday afternoon to see a 550-pound tiger walking around on the Mall, but it was only illusionist Doug Henning out for a stroll with one of his props. Henning, who is appearing through Sunday at the Warner Theatre, has been making publicity appearances around town with his fierce-looking but apparently controlled beast . . .

Jihan Sadat, the former first lady of Egypt, is to receive the title of "ambassador extraordinary" by the U.S. Committee for the U.N. Development Fund for Women Thursday at the Meridian House International. Among the expected guests at the presentation are former senator Charles Percy; Rep. Lindy Boggs and Pat Snyder, head of the U.N. Development Fund for Women . . .

Sen. Bob Dole once again showed he understands what makes Washington work. He issued a "get well, Joe" statement yesterday on what he said was deservedly the important story of the day: not the Geneva summit, but the "season-ending injury sustained by Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann." In wishing him well and wishing him a speedy recovery, Dole said, "If anyone can come back from a compound fracture of the leg, it's Theismann". . .