The Datebook column in the March 30 Style section incorrectly reported what senior citizens and Smithsonian associates would pay for tickets to the Smithsonian Craft Show April 24-27. The cost is $11. (Published 4/3/03)

Enjoy the cherry blossoms! (April 3) Squabble at Scrabble! (April 5) Dance to the Supremes with Mary Wilson! (April 12 and 26) Rub elbows with John Malkovich! (April 23)

April 1

The National Conference of State Societies' annual First Ladies Cherry Blossom luncheon is at the Marriott Metro Center. Tickets: $60. Call 1-800-494-8497.

Bread for the City's "Lucky Thirteenth" annual Art With a Heart benefit featuring live and silent art and gift auctions is at the National Press Club. Tickets: $125. Call 202-587-0539.

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Sarah's Sisters and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington are hosts of a women's seder at the Jewish Community Center in Rockville. A nontraditional seder meal will be served; music by Calliope. Tickets: $55 (which includes a $30 couvert and a donation to both the Jewish Federation and Sarah's Sisters), $45 for Federation campaign gift contributors and/or founding or sustaining members of Sarah's Sisters. Call 301-881-0100, Ext. 6797.

Sam Donaldson and Jan Smith Donaldson are hosts of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship's Ribbon of Hope Awards Gala at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Awardees: Cindy Melancon for her newsletter Conversations!; Fran Drescher for her book "Cancer Schmancer;" Robert Bazell, NBC News correspondent; and Carole Black, CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services. Tickets: $250. Call 301-650-9127.

April 2

An evening with Sen. John S. McCain (R-Ariz.) to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is at Smith & Wollensky. The emcee: George Stephanopoulos of ABC News. Tickets: $200. (A limited number of individual tickets are offered.) Call 202-371-0044.

April 3

Jelleff Boys & Girls Club's Basket Ball at the club, which is in Georgetown, is being catered by Ridgewells and will feature appetizers donated by a broad range of restaurants. Tickets: $100. Call 202-462-1317.

The National Cherry Blossom Festival gala dinner cruise aboard the Odyssey. Tickets: $125. Call 202-661-7584.

April 4

Preview Night Auction & Party to kick off the Junior League of Washington's Tossed & Found Rummage Sale, which is April 4-6 at the Skyline Mall in Falls Church. The evening offers a buffet, open bar, live and silent auctions, as well as first chance to buy top rummage. Tickets: $30 ($35 at the door). Shopping hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. April 5, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 6. $1 is suggested donation for general shopping. Call 202-337-2001, Ext. 18, or visit

The National Conference of State Societies' Cherry Blossom Grand Ball is at the Marriott Metro Center. A sushi reception precedes the ball. Tickets: $125. Call 800- 494-8497.

Hospice Caring's Casino Night is at the Marriott Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg. Tickets: $50 ($55 at the door). Call 301-869-4673.

April 5

The Seton Guild of St. Ann's Infant and Maternity Home 50th anniversary luncheon at the Indian Spring Country Club features a fashion show presented by the Hecht Co., a silent auction, jewelry sale, raffle and bake sale. Tickets: $50. Call 301-460-4932.

Putting Washingtonians to Work, the 16th Annual Community Family Life Services (CFLS) Benefit Auction, is at the J.W. Marriott Hotel. Special honoree: Marriott International. CFLS manages three employment programs and each year places over 300 individuals in area jobs. Tickets: $125. Call 202-347-0511, Ext. 414 or 415.

A Venetian Masquerade, the Corcoran Gallery of Art's 1869 Society (young professionals organization) spring gala at the Corcoran, offers viewing of the show "Whistler and His Circle in Venice," a Venetian masquerade ball, Italian hors d'oeuvres and desserts, music by East Coast Entertainment. Advance tickets: $130 ($100 for 1869 Society members and $169 for one 1869 membership and one member ticket). VIP tickets at $140, available to 1869 Society members, include a gala cocktail reception. Tickets at the door: $140. Call 202-639-1796.

Gilda's Scarlet Ball at the St. Regis is a fundraiser for Gilda's Club, an organization founded in memory of comedian Gilda Radner that provides social and emotional support for anyone touched by cancer. Tickets: $135 ($120 each for parties of two or more). Call 202-362-2900 or visit

The National Capital Area Chapter of Literacy Volunteers of America's Scrabble Squabble gala is at the Memorial Continental Hall, which is adjacent to Constitution Hall. Novelist David Baldacci is the guest of honor. The evening offers wine, food and games of Scrabble. Tickets: $75. Call 202-387-1772.

April 6

The Eleventh Annual Carnival of Chocolates to benefit the Dwelling Place, a transitional housing program for homeless families in upper Montgomery County, is at the BlackRock Center in Germantown. Tickets: $35. Call 301-916-4675.

April 9

Salute to the Parks, the National Parks Conservation Association's annual awards dinner at the Grand Hyatt Washington, honors David McCullough and Laurance Rockefeller. Tickets: $200. Call 202-454-3341.

House Speaker Dennis Hastert and Jack Valenti are the guests of honor at the Bryce Harlow Foundation's annual dinner at the Capital Hilton. Tickets: $325. Call 202-654-7812.

Night of Vision, the Prevention of Blindness Society of the Metropolitan Area gala, is at the Four Seasons Hotel. Honorees are Richard A. Falls and Delta Gamma Fraternity. Bob Jenets Upfront is the entertainment. Paul Berry is the master of ceremonies. Tickets: $190. Call 202-234-1010.

The Young Concert Artists of Washington gala is at the residence of the Japanese ambassador. The evening offers cocktails, a concert by violinist Shunsuke Sato, marimbist Naoko Takada and pianist Robert Koenig, a seated dinner and live auction. Tickets start at $300. Call 202-331-0405.

The Historical Society of Washington's Tribute to former mayor Walter E. Washington is at the new Washington Convention Center. Proceeds will go toward a portrait commission of Mayor Washington and a gift in his honor to the new City Museum. Tickets: $250 and $1,000. Call 202-338-3777.

The International Association of Fire Fighters Burn Foundation annual theater party offers tickets to "42nd Street" at the National Theatre followed by a private reception at the National Press Club. Proceeds benefit the Fire Fighters National Children's Burn Camp and burn research. Tickets: $500. Call 202-824-1506.

April 10

The NFL Players Awards Gala at the Hilton Washington honors 32 NFL players voted "Unsung Heroes" by their teammates and fans. Proceeds from the gala benefit Special Olympics D.C.; Troy Vincent of the Philadelphia Eagles is the recipient of the 37th annual Byron "Whizzer" White Humanitarian Award. Tickets: $250. Call 202-463-2247.

April 11

A Night in the Opera, a benefit for the Virginia Opera, is at the Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City. The evening features singing by principal cast members of "La Boheme," dinner and dancing, and music by Rendezvous. Tickets: $250. Call 703-352-7515, Ext. 102.

54 Once More, Adoptions Together's Seventh Annual Share the Care Gala honoring Maxine Baker, president of the Freddie Mac Foundation, and Leslie Scherr, is at the Indian Spring Country Club in Silver Spring. Tickets start at $200. Call 301-439-2900 or visit

The Black Student Fund Spring Benefit is a performance of "Ain't Misbehavin'," followed by a reception, at Arena Stage. The fund strives to assure equal access to educational opportunities. Tickets start at $150. Call 202-387-1414.

April 12

Do You Remember When Rock Was Young?, the 16th anniversary celebration of the Best Friends Foundation, which benefits Best Friends, Best Men and high school Diamond Girl Leadership youth development programs, is at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. Entertainment: the Supremes with Mary Wilson, Bobby Vee, and Paul Revere and the Raiders. Tickets: $350, $500 and $1,000. Call 202-237-8684.

Actress Fiona Shaw is the guest of honor at the Shakespeare Theatre's 16th Annual Will Award Gala at Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. There is a silent auction of costumes and props at this fundraiser for the Shakespeare Theatre's education and outreach programs and for the Free for All at Carter Barron Amphitheatre. Tickets: $500 and $750. Call 202-547-3230, Ext. 2329.

April 14

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies annual dinner is at the Hilton Washington. Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger will be the keynote speaker; former president Jimmy Carter will receive the inaugural Louis E. Martin Great American award. Tickets: $500. Call 202-789-6366.

April 15

The Naval Officers' Wives' Club fashion show is at the Sheraton Premiere, Tysons Corner. Fashions by Ognibene-Zendman of Milan and jewelry by Ann Hand are featured. Tickets: $58. Call 703-644-2015.

The fourth annual Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Gala in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall is followed by supper and dancing. Tickets start at $300. Call 202-636-8745.

April 16

Crossroads of Civilizations, the Mosaic Foundation's sixth annual benefit gala, is at the National Building Museum. Muhammad Yunus, founder of the Grameen Bank, is the evening's special guest. Mosaic will fund micro-finance programs in Arab countries through the Grameen Foundation USA. Simon Shaheen and his musical troupe provide the entertainment. Tickets start at $500. Call 703-288-4500.

April 17

An Evening with Larry King and Friends, a benefit for the Larry King Cardiac Foundation at the Ritz-Carlton Washington, honors Fannie Mae CEO Franklin Raines, and Tommy Lasorda, senior vice president of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tickets start at $1,000. Lionel Richie and Lewis Black will provide the entertainment. Call 703-522-0703.

April 22

18th annual Congressional Dinner of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington is at the J.W. Marriott. NBC's Tim Russert is the master of ceremonies. Tickets: $250. Call 301-562-2001.

April 23

The opening-night gala of the Washington International Film Festival at George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium features a screening of "The Dancer Upstairs" directed by John Malkovich, who will speak after the film. A champagne reception follows. Tickets: $40. Call 703-218-6500 beginning April 10 or visit

The Arab American Institute Foundation's Kahlil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards dinner at the Omni Shoreham Hotel honors Amnesty International USA, Mercy Corps, MTV, Mary Robinson and Helen Thomas. An address by Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.), a special appearance by actress Wendie Malick and a comedy performance by the Arabian Knights, Ahmed Ahmed and Aron Kader, are planned. Tickets start at $200. (Student tickets are $75.) Call 202-429-9210.

The Smithsonian Women's Committee gala preview of the 21st annual Smithsonian Craft Show, a juried exhibition and sale featuring 120 craft artists, is at the National Building Museum. The dinner, raffle and online auction (which starts April 19) benefit the Smithsonian's educational, research and outreach programs. The show is April 24-27. Gala tickets: $125. Show tickets: $12 ($9 for senior citizens and Smithsonian Associates; $9 each for groups of 16 or more; free for children under 12). Call 202-357-4000 or visit

April 24

The Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia's Servant of Justice Awards Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel honors Covington & Burling partner Peter Nickles and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Tickets: $350. Call 202-661-5964.

Former congresswoman Connie Morella receives the National Park Trust's Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award at the organization's dinner at the Hyatt Regency, Capitol Hill. Tickets: $125 ($95 for National Park Trust members). Call 202-548-0500.

Oscar de la Renta will receive Marymount University's Designer of the Year award at Portfolio in Motion, the annual student fashion show. The fashion show, luncheon and award presentation will be in the Rose Bente Lee Center on the University's main campus. Tickets: $65. Call 703-284-1540.

April 25

The Women's Committee of the Corcoran Gallery's 48th annual Corcoran Ball at the gallery includes a viewing of the exhibit "Whistler and His Circle in Venice," a seated dinner, and dancing to the Ward Marston Orchestra, the Bob Hardwick Orchestra and Right On. Tickets start at $400. Call 202-639-1781.

A Taste of Literacy: A Celebration of International Culture and Cuisine, a benefit for the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia, is at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Arlington. Vertamae Grosvenor, NPR cultural correspondent, is a special guest. A silent auction, international music and dancing are offered. Tickets in advance $40 ($75 per couple). Tickets at the door $45 ($80 per couple). Call 703-575-7900 or visit

To be continued.