More December benefits.

Dec. 16

A dessert reception with Allida M. Black, author of "Casting Her Own Shadow: Eleanor Roosevelt and the Shaping of Postwar Liberalism," at a private home in McLean is a fund-raiser for the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Minimum donation: $365. Call 301-230-7204.

The Washington Chapter of the Women's National Book Association is host of a literary salon at the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The evening offers food and drink, a live band and the chance to meet local authors, whose books are available for purchase. Tickets: $15 at the door. Call 703-578-4023.

Dec. 19

A benefit for the Washington Ballet begins with a performance of "The Nutcracker" at the Warner Theatre and is followed by a tea party at the Willard Inter-Continental. Tickets: $100. Call 202-362-3606, ext. 125.

Dec. 28

The Snow Ball at the Grand Hyatt is held in connection with the Washington Auto Show, which is Dec. 26-Jan. 3 at the Washington Convention Center. Tickets: $150. Call 202-237-7200.

Dec. 31

"The Americas' New Millennium: A Cause to Celebrate," a New Year's Eve Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building, features the British Rock Symphony with Roger Daltrey and Darlene Love. Also, Latin recording star Obie Bermudez, Larry Elgart and the Hooked on Swing Orchestra, and Downtown Swing. The event benefits 20 of the area's charitable and nonprofit organizations. Tickets: $500 and $2,000. Call 703-556-4245 by Dec. 15.

An evening of champagne and song at the Studio Theatre features Angelina Reaux singing two performances (7 and 10 p.m.) of "'Round Midnight: An American Songbook." Tickets: $50. Call 202-332-3300.