Sept. 27

The 1999 Africare Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner honoring Graca Machelis at the Hilton Washington. Tickets start at $150. Call 202-328-5367.

Sept. 28

The American Indian College Fund gala honoring Richard "Skip" Hayward, vice chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation, is at the National Building Museum. Tickets start at $500. Call 202-467-6500.

Oct. 1

The Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra preview party of the 1999 NSO Decorators' Show House begins with a reception at the Congressional Country Club, followed by a tour of the house in Avenel and dinner at the club. Tickets: $175. Call 703-998-7154 or 703-836-1292. Show House dates are Oct. 3-31. Tickets: $15 ($20 at the door). Call 202-467-4600.

Oct. 2

Dance to the big band music of Roland Cumberland at "Lighting Up the Belmont for Children," a charity ball at the historic Belmont mansion. The party benefits For Love of Children and the Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders. Tickets: $75. Call 202-338-9246.

Oct. 3 "A Candlelit Dinner at Mount Vernon," is a re-creation of President John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy's only state dinner outside the White House--a dinner that honored the president of Pakistan--and benefits Mount Vernon's education programs.Tickets start at $1,000. Call 202-636-8743.

Oct. 4

A dinner celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies and honoring Ambassador George F. Kennan is at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. James A. Baker III is the guest speaker. The event benefits the Kennan Institute Endowment. Tickets: $250. Call 202-691-4175.

Oct. 6

Arts for the Aging's 11th-anniversary benefit gala at the residence of the Spanish ambassador offers auctions, a wine tasting and an art exhibit. Tickets are $150 and $300 ($75 for guests under 40). Call 301-718-4990.

The fifth annual Entrepreneurship Awards and Reception honoring women of the Americas by Dialogue on Diversity is at the Organization of American States. Call 703-631-0650.

Oct. 7

A celebration for the Texas Observer, honoring columnist Molly Ivins and Observer Editor Louis Dubose, is at the Art Club. $100 minimum donation. Call 202-293-0453.

The Institute for Policy Studies 23rd annual Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Awards at the National Geographic Society's Grosvenor Auditorium honors Juan E. Garces,and the Kensington Welfare Rights Union. Entertainment by John McCutcheon. Tickets: $35 general admission; $150 and up including dinner. Call 202-234-9382, Ext. 254.

Oct. 8

The Committee for Transplant Awareness is host of the fourth annual "Magic of Life Celebration" at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly. Tickets start at $125.Call 703-404-1715.

Oct. 9

Dennis and Judy Shepard, the parents of Matthew Shepard, the slain Wyoming college student, are special guests at the third annual Human Rights Campaign national dinner--with Nathan Lane and Michael Feinstein--at the Washington Hilton. Betty DeGeneres will receive the National Civil Rights Award and Martina Navratilova will receive the National Equality Award. Tickets: $250. Call 800-494-TIXS.

Oct. 10

"Tea With Puccini & Friends," a recital benefit for Virginia Opera, is at the George Washington Masonic National Memorial. Tickets: $45. Call 703-352-7515.

Wider Opportunities for Women's 1999 Women at Work Awardsis at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.The evening offers a reception, buffet, silent auctions and dancing. Tickets: $150.. Call 301-220-4199.

Oct. 12

The Studio Theatre's 1999 Fall Benefit: a dinner reception at the Eleventh Hour restaurant, which is followed by a performance of Tom Stoppard's play "Indian Ink" at the theater. Tickets: $100. Call 202-232-7267.

Oct. 13

The Washington Performing Arts Society's Patrick Hayes Tributeat the Kennedy Center Concert Hall features flutists James and Jeanne Galway, pianists Andre Watts and Leon Fleisher, and other performers and also includes cocktails and dinner in the atrium preceding the concert and a reception with the artists afterward. Tickets: $300--$25,000. Call 202-833-9800, Ext. 141. Tickets for the performance only are $10. Call 202-833-9800.

A concert by John McDermott at the National Theatre benefits the National World War II Memorial and Homeless Veterans. A vip reception with McDermott is offered. Tickets: $75. Concert tickets only: $21--$35. Call 800-872-8997.

Oct. 14

The annual Yacht Haven Garden Club luncheon and fashion show at the Fort Belvoir Officers Club offers a silent auction, a holiday boutique and more. Tickets: $25. Call 703-780-6346 or 703-360-4230.

Oct. 15

The 31st annual Meridian Ball at Meridian House is preceded by embassy dinners. Tickets: $325. There is also a Young Benefactors Dinner. Tickets: $125. Call 202-939-5522.

Oct. 16

Dance to the music of the Pan American Orchestra at "Mood Indigo--A Musical Tribute to Duke Ellington and the Big Band Era," presented by Friends Assisting the National Symphony, at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Tickets: $150. Call 202-416-8090.

The National Italian American Foundation's 24th-anniversary gala awards dinner at the Hilton Washington Hotel honors Matt LeBlanc, actor; Massimo Ferragamo, vice chair and president, Ferragamo USA; Patricia F. Russo, executive vice president, Lucent Technologies; Frederic Salerno, senior executive vice president and CFO, Bell Atlantic; Frank D. Stella, chairman and CEO, F.D. Stella Products Co.; and Jack Valenti, chairman and CEO, Motion Picture Association of America . Tickets: $350. Proceeds benefit the foundation's education programs. Call 202-387-0600.

National Campaign to Save Glen Echo Park auction and party at the Glen Echo Town Hall. Call 301-320-TALK.

The Literacy Council of Montgomery County will honor Clark Matthews II, president and CEO of 7-Eleven, and Benjamin Brundred Jr., retired chairman of the Kemper Open, at the "Bookmark Benefactors" black-tie gala at a local country club. Former Redskin Charles Mann will serve as emcee. Tickets: $250. Call 301-942-9292.

Oct. 18

"Endings," a gala at the Folger Shakespeare Library, benefits the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and features readings by Edward Albee, Rilla Askew, Judy Blume, Oscar Hijuelos, Chang-rae Lee, Calvin Trillin and others. Tickets: $375. Call 202-636-8745.

Oct. 19

Family and Child Services of Washington, D.C., annual awards dinner honoring businesswoman Michele V. Hagans and the Metropolitan D.C. chapter of the Links is at the Four Seasons Hotel. Tickets start at $200. Call 202-289-1510, Ext. 186.

Oct. 20

The Napa Valley Vintners Association tasting and silent auction of rare wines at the French Embassy benefits the Shakespeare Theatre. Tickets: $70 ($60 for Shakespeare Theatre members). Call 202-547-3230.

Oct. 21

The National Trust for Historic Preservation's 50th-anniversary gala at the National Building Museum, honoring first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, benefits the Trust's Independence Fund. Tickets start at $350. Call 202-872-0393.

Oct. 22

"Deuces Are Wild," a casino night sponsored by the Carl Freeman Companies, benefits the Olney TheatreCenter for the Arts and is at 18341 Olney Village Mart Dr. Tickets start at $45 ($75 per couple). Call 301-924-3400.

Dinner-dance and auction to benefit the community service and education programs of the Helen Hayes Awards at the Four Seasons Hotel. Tickets: $175. Call 202-337-4572.

Oct. 23

The 1999 WPA\Corcoran Art Auction at the Corcoran Gallery of Art features works by 150 artists, dining and dancing. Proceeds from ticket and art sales benefit the WPA\Corcoran's outreach programs and regional exhibitions. The auction exhibition is on view Oct. 14-23 at the Corcoran Gallery. Tickets: $190. (Tickets to the silent auction and party only: $60.)Call 202-639-1828.

The Best Buddies Ball at the home of Ethel Kennedy is a tribute to Muhammad Ali and features the Pointer Sisters. Tickets: $500. Call 305-374-2233.

Oct. 24

The 35th-anniversary celebration for the Black Student Fund, in conjunction with the Washington Performing Arts Society, offers a buffet supper and a concert by Wynton Marsalis at the Kennedy Center. Tickets: $250 to $50,000 (for $50,000 Marsalis will conduct a master class at the school of the donor's choice). Call 202-387-1414.

Oct. 26

The Don Imus Roast for Spina Bifida is at the Hyatt Regency Washington. Tickets start at $500. Call 888-837-8777.

Oct. 28

"Stop the Violence" benefit dinner for the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence features entertainment by Judy Collins and honors Gregory Peck. Tickets: $200. Call 202-218-4647.

The Alzheimer's Association Greater Washington Chapter's sixth annual "Washington Monuments: Memories Lost and Found" luncheon at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Guest speakers are Carl Rowan and Willard Scott. Tickets: $100. Call 301-652-6446.

Ballet 2000's annual benefit and auction for the Washington Ballet is at the Mexican Cultural Institute. Tickets: $55 ($45 for Ballet 2000 members). Call 202-362-3606, Ext. 125.

A gala to benefit Young Concert Artists of Washington at the Finnish Embassy offers a concert with Finnish cellist Jan-Erik Gustafsson, Russian violinist Anton Barachovsky and American pianist Wendy Chen, followed by a buffet dinner and a live auction. Tickets start at $250. Call 202-331-0405.

Oct. 29

"An Evening With the Joffrey," the National Museum of Women in the Arts' annual fall benefit, features a performance by members of the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago. The performance is preceded by cocktails and dinner. Tickets start at $175. Call 202-783-7367.

Oct. 30

Eric Davis of the St. Louis Cardinals and Hecht's and Irwin Zazulia, president and CEO of Hecht's, are the guests of honor at the 14th annual Lombardi Gala at the Hilton Washington to benefit Georgetown University Medical Center's Lombardi Cancer Center. The evening offers auctions, dancing to the Impact Orchestra, a reception and dinner. Tickets start at $300. Call 202-687-2604.

The Washington Opera's dinner immediately following the opening-night performance of "Le Cid," starring Placido Domingo, is at the Kennedy Center. Tickets start at $300. (Tickets to the opera are sold separately.) Call 202-295-2486.

Oct. 31

The Alexandria Arts Safari's Mask Ball and silent auction is aboard the Cherry Blossom paddleboat on the Potomac River, Old Town, Alexandria. Tickets: $50. Call 703-548-2531.