Fin de siecle benefits.

Nov. 28

Jazz brunch at Palomino to celebrate the opening of "Chicago--The Musical" at the National Theatre. The brunch benefits the Leukemia Society of America. Tickets: $25. (Brunch guests are also invited to meet the cast of the musical at a post-preview reception at Palomino Nov. 30). Call 202-842-9800.

Nov. 30

The International Association of Fire Fighters Burn Foundation's annual theater party offers tickets to the opening night of "Chicago--The Musical" at the National Theatre and a private reception afterward at the National Press Club. Proceeds benefit the Fire Fighters National Children's Burn Camp and burn research. Call 202-824-1588.

Dec. 2 Reception in support of the Washington-based Adobe Foundation, a private organization that operates an orphanage in Romania, at the Army Navy Club. Tickets: $100 ($125 at the door). Call 800-642-6891.

The opening night of the Washington Jewish Film Festival offers a screening of "After the End of the World" at the Lincoln Theatre and a dessert reception with live swing music at the Reeves Center. Tickets: $25. Call 800-494-8497. On Dec. 12, the closing night of the festival, there is a screening of "Emporte-Moi" followed by a reception at the Canadian Embassy. Tickets: $15. Call 202-777-3248.

The Montgomery County Friends of the Library's Literary Feast features radio talk show host Diane Rehm, who will read from her new book, "Finding My Voice," at a private home in Bethesda. Tickets: $50 ($85 for two). Call 240-777-0019.

Dec. 3

The 1999 National Symphony Ball is at the National Building Museum. Tickets start at $375. Major donor events Dec. 3-4 are included for certain levels of participation. Call 202-416-8102.

Special Olympics of the District of Columbia's 15th annual Night of Trees Auction Gala is at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Tickets: $100. Call 202-544-7770.

Political satirist and comedian Mark Russell and Doc Scantlin & His Imperial Palms Orchestra are the featured entertainment for the fifth annual Basket Ball to benefit the Children's Charities Foundation at the Renaissance Washington D.C. Hotel. (The ball is held in conjunction with the BB&T Classic, a two-day nationally televised men's college basketball tournament Dec. 4-5 at MCI Center.) Tickets, starting at $500, include admission to all four games. Call 410-448-0700.

"Taste of Scotland" is just one of the events of the Alexandria Campagna Center's 29th Annual Scottish Christmas Walk, Dec. 2-4. Tickets: $35 ($40 at the door). Call 703-549-0111.

The preview party and private sale of the Audubon Naturalist Society's 30th Audubon Holiday Fair is at the Woodend mansion and nature sanctuary in Chevy Chase. Tickets: $30 ($35 at the door). (Tickets for children under 12 are $10, and are free for children under 2. The fair is Dec. 3-5. Call 301-652-9188.

The Alliance Francaise's 50th anniversary celebration at the French Embassy. Dinner and dancing to the music of David Wright's orchestra. Tickets: $70 ($55 for members). Call 202-234-7911 by Nov. 29.

Dec. 4

The Washington Chamber Symphony's holiday tea at the Austrian Embassy follows the symphony's annual Holiday Sing-Along at the Kennedy Center. Tickets to the concert are $33; tickets to the tea are $75. Call 202-452-1321.

The 9th annual Ryan White Youth Service Awards and benefit concert for Metro TeenAIDS starring Sandra Bernhard is at the Lincoln Theater. There is a reception before the show for guests purchasing tickets for $100. Call 202-966-0320. Tickets to the concert only: $40. Call 202-432-7328.

Dec. 5

The Montgomery County chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women is host of "The Road to Success," a fashion show and scholarship luncheon at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt. Tickets: $40 ($15 for children 11 years and younger). Call 301-649-5875 by Dec. 1.

The American Opera Scholarship Society's gala holiday dinner and concert with Ling Guang Lin, Jacqueline Ekstrom, Tim Augustin, Dennis Blackwell and Stephen Lay is at Christ Lutheran Church in Bethesda. Tickets: $35 ($60 for two). Call 301-530-8587.

Dec. 6

"Coda: A century of music" is the theme of the 14th annual Montgomery County Executive's Ball for the benefit of the arts at the Indian Spring Country Club in Silver Spring. The evening offers dancing to Gene Donati's Orchestra, a cocktail buffet, desserts and wines. Tickets start at $60 ($70 at the door). Call 301-530-6744.

Dec. 7

Queen Noor of Jordan is guest of honor at the Peace Links annual Peace on Earth Gala at the Capital Hilton. Music by the LaSalle Dance Orchestra. Tickets start at $250. Call 202-828-7044.

The Washington Association of Black Journalists' 1999 Awards reception and dance benefiting the Wes Moore Scholarship Fund is at Zanzibar on the Waterfront. Jazz vocalist Sunny Sumter is the entertainment. The honorees are Simeon Booker, Jet magazine bureau chief; Barbara Reynolds, Reynolds News Service; and Joe Madison, WOL-AM radio talk show host. Tickets start at $55 ($45 for WABJ members). Call 202-383-0007.

Dec. 11

The Walter Johnson High School Booster Club is host of the seventh annual silent and live auction at 7 p.m. at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. The club is an organization of parents who provide financial support to all extracurricular activities at the school. Call 202-337-6166.

Dec. 14

Former Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole, Leonard H. Goldenson, Daniel S. Goldin and Mayor Anthony A. Williams are being honored by Women of Washington Inc. for their support and advocacy of women and the issues important to women at a luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel. Tickets start at $125. Call 202-296-5922.

The Choral Arts Society's 19th annual Christmas Benefit begins with a concert featuring the 180-member symphonic chorus and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves at the Kennedy Center and is followed by a gourmet dinner, dancing to Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra and an auction at the Ronald Reagan Building. Tickets start at $250. Tickets to the concert only are $15-$44. Call 202-244-3669)

To be continued.