The phone number for the St. Francis Center was incorrect in Sunday's Style section Datebook. It is 202-363-8500. (Published 10/30/ 90)

November's datebook is a colorful medley of parties and benefits.

Nov. 3

The Shirelles and Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels will provide the music at the Food for All Seasons Foundation's Hot Wax Ball at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Tickets to the ball and seated buffet dinner are $100. Proceeds go to buy food for the needy in the Washington metropolitan area. Call 202-965-3620.

Nov. 5

Robert Fulghum, author of "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" and "It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It," is the guest speaker at the fifth annual benefit for the St. Francis Center, which provides services to people living with loss, illness and bereavement. The benefit, at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, marks the retirement of William A. Wendt, founder and executive director of the St. Francis Center. Reception follows the lecture. Tickets to the lecture, $10; tickets to the lecture and reception, $25. Call202-362-8500.

Nov. 9

The Haigs, the Zumwalts, the Kellys, the Joneses and the Graceys are some of the special guests expected at the Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind's "Sentimental Journey Gala," which salutes American veterans, at the Springfield Hilton. Dancing to the music of Zim Zemarel and his orchestra. Proceeds assist the visually impaired community in Washington.Tickets start at $125. Call 202-462-2900.

Nov. 10 Dixie Carter, one of the stars of CBS's "Designing Women," will give a cabaret performance at the Design Industries Foundation for AIDS, D.C. chapter, benefit "A Votre Sante," which this year salutes women in design. Funds raised from the dinner, which is at the National Building Museum, support programs for AIDS patients in the Washington area. Tickets start at $75. Call 202-387-0989. Nov. 11

Dana Delany, star of ABC's "China Beach," is guest auctioneer at this year's "DMZ to Delta Dance" given by the Vietnam Women's Memorial Project (VWMP) at the J.W. Marriott Hotel. The auction, prior to the dance, features Vietnam War memorabilia and souvenirs from "China Beach." Tickets are $20 and benefit the VWMP. Call 703-920-2179 or 703-385-0565.

Katharine Graham, chairman of the board of The Washington Post Co., is the keynote speaker at the gala opening of the International Women's Media Foundation's "News in the Nineties" conference; women journalists from more than 30 countries will be attending. The foundation's first Courage in Journalism Awards, of $5,000 each, will be presented to Maria Jiminez Duzan of El Espectador, Bogota, Colombia; Florica Ichim of Romania Libera of Bucharest; Caryle Murphy of The Washington Post; and Liliane Pierre-Paul of Radio Haiti-Inter and Television Francais Chaine 15 in Port-au-Prince. Tickets to the dinner at the National Museum of Women in the Arts are $500. Call202-857-1604.

Nov. 12

Marc Flanagan, writer-producer of "The Tracey Ullman Show," paleontologist John Horner and architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen are the honorees at the Lab School of Washington's sixth annual awards ceremony and dinner dance honoring outstanding learning-disabled achievers; at the Grand Hyatt, Washington, with Gene Donati and his orchestra. Tickets start at $150. Call 202-965-6600.

Nov. 14

Glenn Brenner, Gordon Peterson and Johnny Holliday are special guests at a gala celebration honoring the 90th birthday of Sister Marie Louise, whose prognostications on Redskins games are legendary, given by the Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School community to benefit the school's scholarship endowment fund; at the school. Tickets start at $150. Call 202-337-3350.

Nov. 16

The Rev. H. Beecher Hicks Jr. of Metropolitan Baptist Church is the guest speaker at the NAACP's annual Freedom Fund Dinner, which honors people who have made outstanding contributions to the community. Tickets are $75. Call 202-667-1700.

Nov. 17

The Washington Project for the Arts' 11th annual art auction at the Galleria at Lafayette Center features works by William Christenberry, Willem de Looper, Kevin MacDonald, Robert Colescott and others. Tickets for the fund-raiser and auctions are $50 and $125. The higher-priced ticket includes supper. Art to be auctioned will be on display in the Galleria from 10 to 4 p.m. beginning Nov. 14. Call202-347-4813.

"The Top Hat Club" is the theme of the Art Deco Ball by the Art Deco Society of Washington at the Capital Hilton Hotel; entertainers are The Royal Cocoanuts, one of Doc Scantlin's Bands, and vocalist Rosie Pink. Tickets start at $45 for members and $50 for non-members. Call 301-231-3793.

Jazz and blues singer Joe Williams will entertain at the Howard University Cancer Center's third annual Jack E. White, MD, Gala at the Washington Hilton. The Blues Alley Big Band will provide dance music. Tickets start at $150. Call Rosita Holsey, 202-829-5440.

Nov. 26

McClendon News Service reporter Sarah McClendon's 80th birthday and 46th year of covering the White House will be celebrated at "A Salute to Sarah" at the National Press Club. Funds raised by the evening's tribute will establish the Sarah McClendon Scholarship Fund for the Washington Fellows Reporting Program of the University of Missouri's School of Journalism. Bill Moyers will emcee the evening's program, which includes remarks by playwright Larry L. King, Rep. Ralph Hall (D-Tex.), satirist Mark Russell, UPI White House reporter Helen Thomas, McClendon and others. Tickets begin at $80 and include a champagne and cake reception following the program. There is a cocktail reception before the dinner for guests who purchase tickets at $150 and above. Call 703-527-1118.

Nov. 28

Nora Ephron, Gregory Hines, Walter Matthau, Sidney Poitier, Tim Robbins, Mary Steenburgen, Roger Rosenblatt and Susan Sarandon have stories to tell at "Tell Me a Story Too," the 1990 Children's Defense Fund Benefit dinner at the National Building Museum. Tickets start at $300. Call 202-628-8787, ext. 288 or 205.