We start with a few additional late October events before plunging into November's offerings . . .

Oct. 24

Africare's "Bishop John T. Walker Memorial Dinner" honoring Harry Belafonte is at the Hilton Washington. Tickets: $150 and $500. Call 202-328-5364.

The Diversity Gala of the Women and Diversity Leadership Summit & Gala at the Omni Shoreham Hotel honors leaders from 10 corporations. Hosts: Diversity Best Practices and the Business Women's Network. Tickets: $100. Call 202-463- 3790.

The Party Animals Gala Auction at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel benefits the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities' artist grants and arts education programs. Visit http://www.partyanimalsdcauction.org for information on pre-bidding, the online auction and more. Tickets: $100. Call 202-842-5387 or 202-724-5613.

KEENFest 2002 a benefit for K.E.E.N. (Kids Enjoy Exercise Now), an organization that provides free, one-to-one recreational opportunities for children and young adults with mental and physical disabilities, is at the Chevy Chase Maggiano's. Tickets: $55 at the door. Call 301-770-3200.

Oct. 30

The Whitman-Walker Clinic's ninth annual "Art for Life" Art Auction at the Organization of American States benefits the clinic's Office of Latino Services. Tickets: $50. Call 202-797-3514.

Nov. 1

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's "A Night of Hope Gala -- A Taste of Canada" at the Four Seasons Hotel honors diabetes researcher James Shapiro. Tickets start at $250. Call 202-371-0044.

Rockin' for the Kids, a benefit for Children's National Medical Center at the Lincoln Theatre, features performances by Joan Jett, Foghat, Lisa Loeb, Jonasay and Mike Birbiglia. There are two performances. Tickets: $40 and $125. Call 202-432-7328.

The St. Andrew's Society's 53rd Annual Tartan Ball at the Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner, benefits the society's charitable fund. The evening offers a cocktail reception, a gourmet dinner, a raffle, an auction, a performance by the St. Andrew's Society Pipe Band and dancing to the music of SwingTown. Tickets: $135. Call 202-686-1930.

Nov. 2

The "2002 Builders' Ball" at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center benefits the Jubilee Support Alliance for Jubilee Housing, the Academy of Hope, Housing Unlimited, CANSTRUCTION, FutureForceNow.com, and Second Chance Wildlife Center. The Fabulous Greaseband is the musical entertainment. Tickets: $250. Call 202-973-8677.

Singer Regina Belle will be performing at "Tribal Mosaic: Celebrating Our Past, Reaching for Out Future -- A Masquerade Ball with an African-American Flair," the annual black-tie gala of 100 Black Men of Washington, D.C., Inc., at the Almas Temple. Proceeds benefit college scholarships and mentoring programs for inner-city youth in the metropolitan area. Tickets: $125. Call 202-289-8884.

"Treasures of the Sea," the 17th Annual Lombardi Gala, which benefits cancer research at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center, is at the Hilton Washington. Champion jockey P.J. Cooksey; former NFL coach Don Shula, and Nancy Chistolini, senior vice president of Hecht's, are the honorees. Dancing to Black Tie. Tickets start at $350. Call 202-687-1067.

The 10th annual "Diamond Gala" of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Chapter, at the Bethesda Hyatt features casino games. Tickets: $135. Call 301-657-8444.

The Thomas Circle Singers's "Music in Time of Need" concert at the St. Columba's Episcopal Church, benefits Men Can Stop Rape. Tickets: $20 ($15 for students and seniors). Call 202-232-3353.

The sixth annual Art Auction of the Northern Virginia Chapter of Mothers & More, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of mothers through support, education and advocacy, is at the Williams Memorial Hall, Fairfax Fire Station. Tickets: $15 ($25 per couple). Call 703-361-9218.

Nov. 7

Fight for Children's "Fight Night," a "black-tie smoker" at the Hilton Washington offers a reception, a gourmet dinner, an auction, a laser show and professional boxing matches. The evening benefits children's charities. Tickets: $500-$700. Tables are $5,000-$50,000. Call 703-245-3566.

Knock-Out Abuse Against Women at the Ritz-Carlton, Washington, benefits the House of Ruth, Bethany House, and Crossway Community. Keynote speaker: Connie May Fowler, author of "When Katie Wakes." Tickets: $350. Call 703-245-3567.

Nov. 9

"Taste of Jazz," a benefit for diabetes research by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Capitol Chapter is at the Reston Sheraton Hotel. Entertainment by Double Digit and Joyce Cooling. Tickets: $40. Cash bar. Call 202-371-0044.

"Pearls of the Pacific," the Decade Society's 23rd annual Charity Ball at Sequoia, benefits the Washington Middle School for Girls, serving girls grades 5-8 in an underserved area of Washington, D.C. Entertainment by Black Tie. Tickets: $100 ($125 at the door). Call 202-965-2842.

"Tertulia: an Evening of Spanish Sounds, Tastes, and Culture,"sponsored by the 1869 Society (young arts patrons who support the Corcoran Gallery of Art) features a cocktail party in celebration of the exhibition, "The Shape of Color: Joan Miro's Painted Sculpture," at the gallery. Music by Salsa y Mas, cash bar, hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Tickets: $55 ($45 for 1869 Society members). Tickets after Nov. 1: $60. Call 202-639-1796.

Nov. 10

The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation and the Disabled American Veterans are hosts of the sixth annual LIFE's Presidential Unsung Hero Gala at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. This year's honoree is Thomas E. Bratten Jr., Maryland's Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Proceeds from the gala will be used to build a memorial here to honor disabled veterans. Tickets: $250 and $350. Call 202-314-5241.

Nov. 12

The National Rehabilitation Hospital's Gala Auction and Victory Awards will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Tickets: $200 ($350 per couple). Call 202-877-1776.

D.C. Central Kitchen's "Taste of the NFL," billed as "the Ultimate Tailgate Party," at the Marriott Wardman Park features the Nighthawks; silent and live auctions, Washington Redskins, Redskins cheerleaders, Hogettes, and tailgate cuisine prepared by top chefs. Tickets: $100. Call 800-955-5566.

The Alzheimer's Association, National Capital Area, presents the ninth annual Washington Monuments Luncheon and Auction at the Marriott Wardman Park. William B. Monroe, former producer and moderator of "Meet the Press" is the guest of honor; Zaven Khachaturian, former director of the Alzheimer's Association Ronald and Nancy Reagan Research Institute, will provide an update on advances in Alzheimer's disease research. Tickets: $100. Call 866-259-0042, Ext. 120.

Nov. 13

Judith Rodin, president of the University of Pennsylvania and a scholar on young women's health issues, is the guest of honor at the National Women's Law Center's 2002 Annual Awards Dinner at the Hilton Washington. Tickets: $150. Call 202-588-5180.

Nov. 14

The eighth annual Gala Preview Party of the Washington Crafts Show at the Washington Convention Center, benefits the Center for Breast Health at the Washington Hospital Center. Tickets: $150 ($75 for guests under 40). Call 202-877-6558. The Washington Craft Show, Nov. 15-17, features 185 exhibitors. Tickets: $11 ($10 for senior citizens). Call 203-254-0486 or go to www.craftsamericashows.com.

The Fashion Group International of Greater Washington Gala at the Sofitel honors Debbie Dingell, Grace Bender and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. The evening offers a dinner, though only a few dinner tickets remain, and a champagne/dessert reception following the dinner. There's a silent auction of original artwork by important international fashion designers. Dinner tickets: $300. Champagne/dessert reception tickets: $75. Call 202-625-7238.

The 25th Annual National Press Club (NPC) Book Fair and Authors' Night at the National Press Club features over 70 authors and benefits the club's Eric Friedheim Library. Tickets: $5 (free for NPC members). Call 202-662-7501.

Nov. 15

Singles cocktail dance (for singles over 40) to benefit the American Cancer Society and other charities is at the Embassy of France. Host: the Cosmopolitans, an organization that presents a series of cocktail dances for single professionals that benefit national and local charities. Tickets: $44 ($49 at the door if space is available). Call 703-522-5344 or 703-379-6137.

"A Capital Casino," the preview party of the Junior League of Washington's "A Capital Collection of Holiday Shops" at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel supports community programs, local grants and scholarships. Gala tickets: $80. Call 202-337-2001, Ext. 22. Tickets to shop (more than 65 merchants and artisans will be participating) Nov. 15-17 are $10 (ticket good for all three days). Call 202-337-2201, Ext. 21.

Nov. 16

"Noche Tropical," a benefit for Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, at the Homer Building features live music, dancing, a tapas buffet and silent auction. Tickets: $500 VIP; $125; $35 late-night. Call 202-483-8319, Ext. 306.

The 16th Annual Auction & Dinner Dance benefiting So Others Might Eat (SOME) honors Otto Ruesch, CEO of Ruesch International, Jeanne Ruesch, chief operating officer of Ruesch International, and Leland Brendsel, chairman and CEO of Freddie Mac. Dance to Peaches O'Dell and Her Orchestra. Proceeds support SOME's new affordable family housing project and SOME Place for Kids, an enrichment program for high-risk children. Tickets: $200. Call 301-229-0064.

African artist Tshitenge Mutombo, brother of NBA All-Star and former Georgetown Hoya Dikembe Mutombo, has an afternoon exhibit and sale of his paintings at the Melrose Hotel to benefit the Dikembe Mutombo Foundation, which is raising funds for a hospital in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Call 301-529-1463.

Nov. 18

Actor Billy Bob Thornton; Olympic gold medalist Jim Shea; Ben Carson, director of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital; and John F. Sandner, president and CEO of RBNH Financial Services, are the honorees at the Lab School of Washington's 18th Annual Outstanding Learning Disabled Achievers Awards Gala at the Hilton Washington . Tickets start at $150. Call 202-944-3076.

The Eisenhower Institute's Eisenhower Distinguished Public Service Award Dinner 2002 at the Four Seasons Hotel honors NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw. Tickets: $500. Call 202-628-4444.

Nov. 19

The 20th anniversary Gala of the Washington Revels -- every year more than 15,000 people attend the Christmas Revels performances and the Revels May Festivals here -- is at the St. Regis Hotel. A preview of this year's Christmas Revels (it has an 1890s Victorian London theme) is offered. (There is also an auction of the special limited edition lithograph of the original score of the Beatles' "Yesterday," which will benefit both the Washington Revels and the Sir George Martin Foundation, which is helping to rebuild the Caribbean island of Monsterrat.) Tickets start at $250. Call 202-338-3777.

"A Celebration of the Sacred in Song, Dance and Chant," the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington's 23rd Annual Interfaith Concert and fundraiser, will be held at the Washington Hebrew Congregation, and honors businessman and philanthropist R. Robert Linowes. Tickets: $15 ($18 at the door). Call 202-234-6300.

The Wendt Center for Loss and Healing's 17th annual benefit is at the Four Seasons Hotel. NBC/MSNBC/CNBC's Tim Russert is the featured speaker. Tickets start at $200. Call 202-624-0010.

Nov. 20

The East Coast premiere of the James Bond film, "Die Another Day" at the Senator Theatre, Baltimore, benefits the Dana and Albert "Cubby" Broccoli Center for Aortic Diseases in the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Johns Hopkins. Tickets start at $100. Call 410-502-8901.

A gala reception at the Woodrow Wilson House to open "Woodrow Wilson at Princeton: The Path to the Presidency," celebrates the 100th anniversary of the beginning of Wilson's term as President of Princeton University. A patrons' dinner follows at the ambassador of the Netherlands residence. Reception tickets: $125. Reception/dinner tickets: $250. Call 202-387-4062.

The National Press Club (NPC) will present Brian Lamb, chairman and CEO of C-SPAN, its 2002 Fourth Estate Award at a black tie dinner at the NPC. A portion of the dinner proceeds benefits the NPC Scholarship Fund. Tickets: $85. Call 202-662-7501.

Nov. 21

The Smith Farm Center for the Healing Arts, which serves people with cancer, hosts a champagne reception and art auction at the center. The evening benefits the center's Artist-in-Residence program. Tickets: $50 ($25 applied to your auction purchase). Call 202-483-8600.

Nov. 22

The Reptilian Cotillion XV benefit for the SEED Foundation at the National Press Club features dancing to the music of Johnny White and the Elite. Sponsors: Washington Life magazine, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and the Sports Club/LA. The foundation received a charter and in 1998 opened the SEED School of Washington, D.C., an urban public boarding school. Tickets: $80 before Nov. 20 ($90 at the door). Call 202-785-4123, Ext. 7.

The Washington Chorus will perform at a benefit evening at the residence of the ambassador of Spain. Tickets: $95. Call 202-342-6221.

The third annual "Taste of the Stars Gala," a wine auction and gala benefiting the Starlight Children's Foundation MidAtlantic, is at the Four Seasons Hotel. The evening also offers dinner and dancing to the Cityscape Orchestra. Tickets: $175. Call 301-664-9444.

Nov. 23

The National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area's 22nd annual "Kidney Ball" at the Hilton Washington features a performance by Chicago and dancing to the music of Glenn Pearson and the Floating Opera. Tickets: $300. Call 202-244-7900.

The 11th annual Greater Washington, D.C., Jewish Sports Hall of Fame Dinner of Champions at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington in Rockville honors Larry Bulman, Al Dugoff (posthumous award), Ron Goldman, Buddy Myer (posthumous award), Leonard Shapiro, Bert Sugar, Sy Wagman and Stephan Zack. Proceeds from the dinner help support the center's programs for children and adults with special needs. Tickets: $200. Call 301-230-3741.