Continued from last week.

Sept. 18 The Historical Society of Washington's two-day OktoberFestival begins with a garden party in the Heurich House Museum and Victorian Garden. Tickets: $75 (they must be purchased by Sept. 15). On the 19th there is a street fair between noon and 5 p.m. Tickets: $3 for adults; $1 for children. Call 202-785-2068.

Watch the Hospice Cup XVII, "America's largest charity sailboat race," from one of the spectator boats on the Chesapeake Bay and then join other spectators and sailors at a picnic at a waterfront estate that benefits Hospice of Northern Virginia, Calvert Hospice, Hospice of Anne Arundel Medical Center, Hospice of Charles County, Hospice of Chesapeake and Montgomery Hospice. Tickets start at $250. Tickets to the shore party only are $60. Call 703-538-2062.

The Congressional Black Caucus Spouses luncheon fashion show is at the Grand Hyatt Washington. Tickets start at $85. Call 202-675-6730.

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual awards dinner and after-dinner soiree is at the Washington Convention Center. President Clinton and Vice President Gore are the speakers. The honorees are Alvin Brown, executive director of the Community Empowerment Board, Office of Vice President Gore; Julius L. Chambers, chancellor at North Carolina Central University; Rear Adm. Evelyn J. Fields, director of NOAA Corps Operations; and Tom Joyner, host and producer of the "Tom Joyner Morning Show." Tickets start at $500. Call 202-675-6730.

The gala fund-raiser for the Arts Council of Fairfax County's 1999 International Children's Festival (which is Sept. 18 and 19 at Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts) is at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Tickets start at $150. Call 703-642-0862.

The Young Benefactors of the Smithsonian Institution's 10th annual Blast-off Black Tie Gala is at the National Air and Space Museum. The event--which benefits educational programs of the Smithsonian Institution--offers music by Swing Speak and Back Street Blues, a silent auction and more. Tickets start at $75 (tickets at $100 and $115 include a special reception). Call 202-357-3030.

The Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer's "Embracing Community Gala" offers dinner, auctions, a comedy performance by Georgia Ragsdale, and dancing at the Washington Hilton. Tickets start at $100. Call 202-332-5536.

Sept. 21

The Jamestown Foundation, which was created to help educate the United States and the West about the nature and purposes of the Soviet Union, is host of the Freedom Awards 15th anniversary dinner at the Willard Inter-Continental that honors former president Ronald Reagan. (Jeane J. Kirkpatrick will be accepting the award on Reagan's behalf.) Tickets start at $200. Call 202-483-8888.

WAMU 88.5 and a benefit committee host the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the "Diane Rehm Show" to benefit the Diane Rehm Fund for Public Dialogue at WAMU. Tickets for the event at the Corcoran Gallery of Art start at $350. Call 202-636-8743.

Sept. 22

Al Franken is master of ceremonies at a benefit for the Congressional Hunger Center's Beyond Food/DC program, which directly serves hundreds of hungry and underprivileged people in the Washington area, at Palomino, the new restaurant at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Tickets: $100. Call 202-547-7022, Ext. 10.

Sept. 23

The National Capital Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's 21st annual Ambassadors Ball--which is always held in honor of the Washington diplomatic corps--at the Grand Hyatt Washington includes a silent auction. Tickets to the ball start at $300. Call 202-296-5363.

The 25th anniversary benefit dance of the House of Imagene shelter is at the Elks Home at 1844 3rd St. NW. By donation. Call 202-518-8488.

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of Neurofibromatosis Inc. benefit is at the Bethesda Marriott Hotel. Tickets: $60. Call 301-577-8984.

Sept. 24

"Passion for Argentina" is the theme of the 1999 Wolf Trap Ball on the Filene Center stage at Wolf Trap. Tickets start at $300. Call 703-255-1941.

Rachel's Women's Center's 20th anniversary gala--which offers an auction and music by blues musician Deanna Bogart--is at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Tickets: $100. Call Helen Stefan at 202-887-4747.

Sept. 25

Queen Noor is the guest of honor at the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship luncheon at the Willard Inter-Continental Hotel. Seats: $200. Call 202-872-0393.

The Fairfax Symphony Orchestra's opening night gala--a cocktail reception and gourmet dinner--at Mason Hall on the campus of George Mason University precedes the concert, which features pianist James Tocco. Tickets: $65. Call 703-642-7200. Concert tickets are an additional $17 to $34. Call 703-218-6500.

Sept. 26

The Capitol Steps perform at a barbecue to benefit the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on the rooftop of the Freedom Forum World Center in Arlington. Tickets: $50. Call 703-807-2100.

Sept. 27

The Friends of the Nyumbani Orphanage--the orphanage is in Nairobi, Kenya--benefit with Mark Shields is at the Columbus Club, Union Station. Tickets: $250. Call 202-872-0393.

Sept. 28 The 11th Annual Children's Inn at NIH Gala at the Capital Hilton features the first annual "From Every State" silent auction. Tickets: $1,000. Call 301-229-0064.

Sept. 29 The 15th Annual Hispanic Designers Fashion Show Gala & Benefit at the J.W. Marriott Hotel raises funds for educational programs, scholarships, seminar series and internships for Hispanic youth. Honorees this year: Brazilian designer Ocimar Versolato and SBA Administrator Aida Alvarez. Tickets start at $350. Call 202-337-9636.

The Women's Policy Inc. 1999 Awards Dinner at Union Station honors women pioneers, leaders and innovators. Tickets start at $250. Call 202-554-1880.

"Fashion for a Cause," a dinner buffet and men's formal wear fashion show given by the Sporting News Grille and Britches of Georgetowne, is at the Sporting News Grille. Tickets: $75. Call 202-371-0044.

John Mellencamp and the Mavericks will entertain at School Night '99 at the MCI Center. The event raises scholarship money for the AppleTree Institute for Educational Innovation; the Archdiocese of Washington Tuition Assistance Program; the Black Student Fund; Capital Partners for Education; "I Have a Dream" Foundation; the Latino Student Fund; the Norwood School; Pathways to Success; the Paul Berry Academic Scholarship Foundation; the Sheperd Foundation and the Washington Scholarship Fund. Tickets: $750. Call 703-714-8069.

Sept. 30

Vanguard Senior Chairman and Founder John C. Bogle Sr. (Princeton class of '51) will speak about Woodrow Wilson and the economy at the fourth annual Wilson and Princeton Dinner at Woodrow Wilson House. Tickets start at $125. Call 202-387-4062, Ext. 15.

Women in Film & Video of Maryland Inc. will honor documentary filmmaker Lisa Lewenz and her late grandmother, Ella Arnhold Lewenz, for their contribution to filmmaking, and Rebecca Jessop, co-producer and host of CineMaryland and director of special projects for the historic Senator Theatre, at an awards dinner at the Belvedere Hotel in Baltimore. Tickets: $40 ($35 for WIFV members). Call 410-685-FILM.