Benefits taking us into the holidays.

Nov. 3

The Tenth Annual Center for Security Policy "Keeper of the Flame" dinner honoring General James L. Jones, 32nd commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, is at the Four Seasons Hotel. Tickets start at $200. Call 202-835-9077.

The National Women's Law Center 1999 Dinner honoring Lt. Gen. Claudia J. Kennedy, deputy chief of staff for intelligence, U.S. Army, is at the Washington Hilton. Tickets start at $150. Call 202-588-5180.

Nov. 4

The Washington Savoyards Ltd. is host of a reception for the D.C. Bar Association before the opening night performance of "Iolanthe" at the Duke Ellington Theater. Tickets start at $20. The show runs through Nov. 7. Call 202-965-7678.

"An Evening in Venice," the National Capital Area Chapter of the ALS Association (Lou Gehrig's disease) benefit, is at Teatro Goldoni. Tickets: $40 ($50 at the door). Call 202-331-1448.

Carl T. Rowan is the guest of honor at the National Press Club's Fourth Estate Award Dinner at the National Press Club. Tickets: $75. Call 202-662-7501.

The Gladney Center for Adoption dinner, "From Myth to Miracle: A Celebration and Conversation About Adoption" with Michael Barone, Marvin P. Bush and Margaret Bush, is at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City. Jack and Joanne Kemp are guests of honor. Tickets: $125. Call 703-533-8571.

The Junior League of Washington's opening night party for "Winter in Washington: A Capital Collection of Holiday Shops" is at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Tickets: $40. Call 202-337-8036. Shopping is offered through Nov. 7. Tickets: $10. Call 202-337-2001, press star-8, ext. 21. Nov. 6 "A Crystal Tea With Eleanor Roosevelt" featuring author Blanche Wiesen Cook is offered. Tickets: $40. Call 202-337-8036.

Michael Amante is the featured performer at "A Grand Evening of Opera" benefit for the Sons of Italy Foundation Charities at the Willard Inter-Continental. Tickets: $1,000. Call 202-547-3833.

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities' 25th anniversary awards reception and dinner is at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. Tickets start at $100. Call 804-924-3296.

Nov. 5

The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International Capitol Chapter's Fourth Annual Deutscher Abend, a beer tasting, auction, buffet dinner and more, is at the Germany Embassy House. Tickets: $100. Call 202-371-0044.

The Potomac Valley Section of the National Council of Negro Women Inc.'s Masquerade Ball is at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt. Tickets: $45. Call 301-384-7032.

Dance to the music of Peaches O'Dell and her Big Band at the Washington Chamber Symphony's gala at the Cosmos Club. Tickets start at $300. Call 202-452-1321.

The Phillips Collection's premiere of the film "The Eye of Duncan Phillips" at the Westin Fairfax Hotel is followed by cocktails, dinner and dancing at the Phillips Collection. Tickets: $225. Call 202-387-2151.

The "Brew Ha Ha" presented by the Hard Times Cafe offers a beer tasting (from 18 mid-Atlantic breweries), music and more at the Torpedo Factory. Tickets: $40 ($50 at the door). Call 301-657-8444.

Nov. 6

The annual gala of the Corcoran Gallery of Art young professionals organization, the 1869 Society, is at the Corcoran. A reception before the dinner at the Embassy of Portugal is also offered. Tickets: $80 ($69 for members of 1869) and $110 for the reception and the gala. Call 202-639-1753.

The third annual silent auction and awards dinner of Opportunities, Alternatives & Resources (OAR) of Fairfax County is at the Westwood Country Club, Vienna. OAR provides offenders and their families with opportunities, alternatives and resources to break the cycle of crime. Tickets: $35. Call 703-246-3033.

The D.C. Society of Young Professionals "Evening at the Embassy of Austria" offers an Austrian buffet, a wine-tasting, music by the Washington Symphony Orchestra and waltzing. Tickets: $80. Call 202-686-6085.

Alma Powell and Gwen Ifill are the speakers at the Florence Crittenton Services of Greater Washington's Perennial '99 Celebration, featuring a dinner and silent auction, at Georgetown University's Leavey Center. Tickets start at $75. Call 301-565-9333.

The Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects 1999 Awards Gala and dinner will be the first event at the new Italian chancery. Tickets: $100 (with $25 going directly to the Washington Architectural Foundation's Architecture in Schools program). Call 202-667-1798.

"Splendors of the Orient," the Holy Cross Hospital gala at the Omni Shoreham, will benefit wellness and educational programs offered by the hospital to area senior citizens. Tickets: $200. Call 301-754-7130.

The Episcopal Caring Response to AIDS is host of "A Night for Angels" benefit auction at the Hyatt Capitol Hill. Tickets: $40. Call 202-347-8077, ext. 12.

The Art Deco Society's Ball at the Omni Shoreham is a tribute to Duke Ellington and features the music of Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra. Tickets: $80 ($70 for members). Call 202-298-1100.

The closing night of the Hyman S. and Freda Berstein Jewish Literary Festival at the D.C. Jewish Community Center features "A Literary Evening With Amos Oz," followed by a reception. Tickets: $10. Call 800-494-8497.

Nov. 8

Former San Diego Chargers coach Don Coryell, martial arts champion and Tae-Bo creator Billy Blanks and Rep. Sam Gejdenson (D-Conn.) are the guests of honor at the Lab School of Washington's gala dinner dance at the Washington Hilton honoring learning-disabled achievers. Tickets start at $150. Call 202-965-6600.

Lou Rawls entertains at the American Cancer Society Founders Dinner at the French Embassy. Tickets: $3,000 a couple. Call 202-483-2600.

Nov. 9

The Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind third annual awards gala--a reception and dinner at the J.W. Marriott Hotel--honors Marriott International and Rep. Robert L. Ehrlich (R-Md.). Tickets start at $250. Call 202-462-0999.

Neiman Marcus is host of a cocktail reception and a St. John fashion presentation to benefit Childhelp USA and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Tickets: $125. Call 202-966-9700, ext. 2346.

Nov. 10

Capital Style magazine is host of Star Chefs of D.C. gourmet feast and live auction to benefit the March of Dimes at the Marriott at Metro Center. Tickets start at $75. Call 703-824-0111.

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Moonlight Cabaret with entertainment by Najee is at the Car Barn in Georgetown. Tickets--$200 and $500--must be purchased by Nov. 2. Call 202-789-3553.

Nov. 11

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan is the guest of honor at the 12th annual Salute to Armistice Day Fall Benefit for the Woodrow Wilson House, beginning with a reception at the Embassy of Belgium and continuing with a dinner at Woodrow Wilson House. Tickets start at $125 for the reception and $500 for the reception and dinner. Call 202-387-4062, ext. 15.

Nov. 13

The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria's dinner and silent auction is at the Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites in Alexandria. Tickets: $50. Call 703-838-4387.

"The Best of Bacchus"--the first Arena Stage wine auction--is at the Organization of American States Building. Tickets: $250 and $500. Call 202-554-9066, ext. 267.

The Arlington Symphony art show and auction, presented by Heisman Fine Arts Gallery, is at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association building in Arlington. Tickets: $10. Call 703-528-1817.

Nov. 14

The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International, Capitol Chapter, is host of "Taste of the Millennium," a wine tasting and fashion show at the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. Tickets: $30. Call 202-371-0044.

Nov. 15

The Best of Washington's wine dinner and silent auction to benefit the Capital Children's Museum is at the St. Regis Hotel. Tickets start at $250. Call 202-675-4144.

The premiere of the "The Cherry Orchard" at the American Film Institute's NationalFilm Theater at the Kennedy Center, which is followed by a buffet dinner at the residence of the Russian ambassador, is a benefit for the American Friends of the Russian Country Estate and the Society for the Preservation of the Greek Heritage. Call 202-363-4337.

Nov. 16

The Children's Defense Fund gala--Beat the Odds--is at the National Building Museum. Tickets start at $300. Call 202-467-6500.

The Young Audiences of the District of Columbia's "Blue Heart" benefit begins with a cocktail-buffet reception at the Eleventh Hour Restaurant and continues at the Studio Theatre with a performance of "Blue Heart"--a pair of plays written by Caryl Churchill. Tickets: $100. Call 202-944-2790.

The National Rehabilitation Hospital's eighth annual Gala Auction and Victory Awards are at the Sphinx Club. Tickets: $75. This year's honorees are "Dateline NBC" correspondent John Hockenberry, and, posthumously, Dion Johnson. Call 202-877-1776.

UPI White House Bureau Chief Helen Thomas is the keynote speaker at Leadership Fairfax's 1999 Northern Virginia Leadership Awards dinner at the Ritz Carlton, McLean. Tickets: $95. Call 703-749-0409, ext. 338.

The Humanities Council of Washington is host of the 1999 Public Humanities Awards with Bernice Johnson Reagon and NEH Chairman William R. Ferris at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Honorees are the Latin American Youth Center for the Latino Heritage Center, the Barry Farms Resident Council, Lee E. Epps and Ira Berlin. Tickets start at $25. Call 202-347-1732.

Nov. 17

United Seniors Health Cooperative's 1999 Distinguished Seniors Awards Banquet at the Capital Hilton honors Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), Loretta Carter Hanes of Reading Is Fundamental and Justin Dart Jr. Tickets: $150. Call 202-479-6610.

Nov. 18

The Women in Government Relations LEADER Foundation fashion show to preview the Doncaster Collection's holiday line is at the Washington Very Special Arts Gallery. Tickets: $45. Call 202-347-0437.

The Craft Show preview dinner at the Convention Center benefits the Washington Cancer Institute. Tickets: $150. Call 202-877-6558.

Nov. 20

The annual gala of Society Ties, the young professional volunteers of the Leukemia Society, is at Union Station. Tickets: $70 ($80 at the door). Call 703-960-1100.

Jazz vocalist and guitarist John Pizzarelli is featured at the National Museum of Natural History's first annual Living Fossil Award gala. Tickets start at $350. Call 202-786-2387.

Peaches O'Dell & her South American Swing Orchestra will entertain at the So Others Might Eat 14th annual dinner dance, at the Capital Hilton. Tickets start at $150. Call 301-229-1314.

Wynonna Judd is the featured performer at the National Kidney Foundation's Kidney Ball at the Washington Hilton. Tickets: $275 ($550 per couple). Call 202-244-7900.

Monsignor John Enzler is the guest of honor at the SOAR! (Support Our Aging Religious) benefit dinner at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner. Tickets: $175. Call 301-589-9811.

The 1999 Jewish Sports Hall of Fame "Dinner of Champions" honoring Abe Pollin, Adam Goldsmith, Jeff Agoos, Paul Goldstein, Marc Heyison, Phil Hochberg, Fulton Liss, Larry "Tex" Silverman and Jim Wexler is at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville. Tickets: $150. Call 301-230-3731.

Bid on Placido Domingo's limousine, a villa in Provence and more at the Washington Opera 1999 Auction at the Embassy of France. Tickets: $125. Call 202-338-2981.

G.T.E.V. Alpenveilchen, a nonprofit Bavarian Schuhplattler dance group, is host of the third annual Strauss Ball at the American Legion in Springfield. Tickets: $60. Call 703-768-0173 or 703-491-7392.

Nov. 21

Mark Cechini of Bloomingdale's is host of "Bloomingdale's Great Chefs: The Ultimate Fashion Plate," a fashion show and buffet dinner to benefit 10 local children's charities as part of the grand reopening of the Tysons Corner store. Tickets: $75. Call 703-556-4519 or 301-984-4519.