Oct. 1

The Black Student Fund, celebrating its 40th anniversary, is host of the Washington premiere of the civil rights documentary "Standing on My Sisters' Shoulders" at the Kennedy Center. A benefactors and patrons reception precedes the film; a champagne and dessert reception follows it. Tickets: $150 and $250 ($250 tickets include the reception before the film). Call 202-387-1414.

Oct. 2

Cosmic Casino, the annual fundraiser of the Phillips Collection's Contemporaries for the purchase of black-and-white photography for the museum's permanent collection, is at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. Tickets: $65 ($55 for Contemporaries members). Call 202-387-2151, Ext. 4268.

The dinner, dance and auction of the Mautner Project, the National Lesbian Health Organization, is at the Hilton Washington. Entertainment by Karen Williams. Tickets: $150. Call 202-332-5536.

Oct. 3

Barbecue With a View, a benefit for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, is on the rooftop of the Freedom Forum World Center in Arlington. Tickets: $50. Call 703-807-2100.

The Montgomery Hospice Derby Duck Race at Seneca Creek State Park in Gaithersburg offers an afternoon of music, kids' entertainment and a race of 10,000 rubber ducks. Admission is free. Ducks can be adopted for $5 each. Call 301-921-4400 or visit www.montgomeryhospice.org.

Oct. 4

Tanya Snyder is chair of Taste of the NFL, a benefit for the Capital Area Food Bank, at FedEx Field in Landover. The event, sponsored by the Capital Area Food Bank and the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation, features Washington Redskins legends, cheerleaders, special guests and entertainment, a live auction and food prepared by Washington chefs. Tickets: $150. Call 202-526-5344, Ext. 225 or 230.

Oct. 5

Benefit luncheon for the 2005 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital at Restaurant Nora. The festival, March 10-20, will screen 100 documentary, feature, animated, archive and children's films, most for free. Tickets: $175. Call 202-342-2564.

Oct. 6

The Center for Security Policy's Keeper of the Flame dinner honoring Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Defenders of Freedom is at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. Tickets: $500 and $1,000. Call 202-338-6100, Ext. 114.

The Women's Leadership Group of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington's benefit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel offers cocktails, auctions, dinner and a talent showcase by the five winning acts of ICON 04, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington's recent talent search. Tickets: $275. Call 301-562-2003.

The Arts for the Aging Inc. benefit at the residence of the Japanese ambassador offers a tasting of international wines, a buffet and an exhibition of artwork created in senior day care centers. Tickets: $100 (for juniors), $200 and $300 ($300 tickets include an invitation to an additional embassy reception). Call 301-718-4990.

Oct. 7

Black, White & Jazz, the 36th annual Meridian Ball, a benefit for educational and outreach programs at the Meridian International Center, is at Meridian House. Embassy dinners precede the ball. Tickets: $500 ($900 per couple). Also offered is a fundraising luncheon Sept. 22 at which Jim and Kate Lehrer will discuss current issues and their recent books. Tickets to the pre-gala luncheon and Meridian Ball for two: $2,000. Call 202-939-5574.

Washington Area Women's Foundation's Leadership Awards Luncheon at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Cokie Roberts is keynote speaker. Eight nonprofit organizations will be honored. Tickets: $125. Call 202-347-6770, Ext. 208 or visit www.wawf.org.

Oct. 8

The Hispanic Committee of Virginia Gala 2004, "Growing Strong Against All Odds," is at the Hilton McLean. Hector V. Barreto, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, is keynote speaker. Tickets: $100 ($80 before Sept. 24). Call 703-671-5666, Ext. 138.

The Rev. Al Sharpton is featured speaker at the Human Rights Campaign dinner at the Washington Convention Center. The evening honors Jessica Lange, Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson and D.C. Council member David Catania. Tickets: $250. Call 800-494-8497 or visit www.boxofficetickets.com/hrc.

Oct. 9

The Washington Post's Music & Dance Scholarship Awards at the Warner Theatre features performances by the Urban Nation H.I.P.-H.O.P. Choir, Dance Makers and local high school seniors who are contestants for the 2004 Music & Dance Scholarship Awards. The event benefits Urban Nation Inc. and The Washington Post Co. Educational Foundation. Tickets: $11.50, $19.50 and $27.50. Call 202-829-3225, Ticketmaster at 202-397-SEAT, the Warner Theatre Box Office at 202-628-1818 or visit washingtonpost.com/musicawards.

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities' live auction of 41 PandaMania sculptures and 12 miniature versions at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel benefits arts programs in the District of Columbia. An online auction of 90 full-size and miniature versions of the sculptures began Sept. 13. Tickets: $100. Call 202-724-4281.

The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture's fundraising evening at Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom offers a wine tasting with Washington Post wine columnist Ben Giliberti and a dance featuring a battle between swing bands Tom Cunningham and Tuxedo Park. The wine tasting includes light fare and admission to the dance. Tickets: $125. Tickets to the dance only: $30 ($35 at the door). Call 301-320-7757 or visit www.glenechopark.org.

The Country Fair & Auctions, a benefit for Youth for Tomorrow, is at the organization's Bristow, Va., campus. Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for age 17 and under; free for preschool children. Joe and Pat Gibbs host. Call 703-631-3360 or visit www.youthfortomorrow.org.

Best Buddies Ball: A Harvest of Friendship at the home of Sargent and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, honors Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) with the Spirit of Leadership Award. Tickets: $500. Call 305-374-2233.

Oct. 12

Queen Noor and Clara Furse, chief executive of the London Stock Exchange, are honorees at the Women in International Security dinner at the Fairmont Hotel. Tickets: $150-$500. Call 202-687-2964 by Oct. 1.

Oct. 13

Threshold Services, which aids the mentally ill in Montgomery County, hosts an Australian wine dinner at the Irish Inn at Glen Echo. Tickets: $115. Call 301-229-6600.

Oct. 14

Wayne Newton is the honored guest at the USO World Headquarters' annual fundraiser at the Hilton Washington. The evening offers a reception, dinner, the USO Service Hero Award Ceremony and a USO Variety Show featuring Newton, Neal McCoy and the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders. Tickets: $1,000. Call 703-908-6459 or 703-288-8688.

Oct. 15

Fred Grandy is master of ceremonies at Hospice Caring Inc.'s 15th-anniversary gala at the Gaithersburg Marriott Washingtonian Center. Tickets: $100. Call 301-869-4673.

A Taste for Art, the Friends of the Torpedo Factory Art Center's benefit for art programs for at-risk youth and senior citizens, is at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria. Silent auction of work by Torpedo Factory artists, food from Alexandria restaurants and wine from Virginia wineries. Artwork for auction is on view Oct. 6-15. Tickets: $65 ($75 at the door). Call 703-683-0693.

Oct. 16

The National Italian American Foundation's 29th-anniversary awards gala is at the Hilton Washington. A partial list of honorees includes Luciano Pavarotti, Tim McGraw, Fedele Confalonieri and Joseph J. Plumeri. Tickets: $400. Call 202-939-3114.

Fired Up!, the Baltimore Clayworks annual gala, is at Evergreen House at Johns Hopkins University. Silent and live auctions, dinner and live music. Tickets: $125. Call 410-578-1919, Ext. 17 or visit www.baltimoreclayworks.org.

Tropicabana, the 2004 Holy Cross Hospital Celebration gala at Indian Spring Country Club, features the Fabulous Fantoms. Tickets: $225. Call 301-754-7130.

Oct. 18

The Young Audiences of the District of Columbia's gala is at the Four Seasons Hotel. Tickets: $250. Call 202-545-9232.

Oct. 19

The YMCA of Metropolitan Washington's annual dinner and campaign kickoff is at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. Tickets: $75. Call 202-745-5261.

Oct. 21

The benefit performance of Youth or Dare 2004, the annual Young Playwrights' Theater tour of professionally produced plays by Washington students, is at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. A reception follows. Tickets: $35-$140. Call 800-494-8497 or visit www.youngplaywrightstheater.org.

The Friends of Manna reception and silent auction is at the City Museum of Washington. Manna renovates and builds affordable homes for low- and moderate-income families. Tickets: $40. Call 202-832-1845.

Oct. 22

Fight for Children's School Night '04, a benefit for K-12 education in Washington, is at the Washington Convention Center. The evening offers a cocktail reception, dinner and entertainment by Kenny Loggins. Tickets: $1,000. Call 703 245-3567.

Great Starts/Big Finishes, the Jubilee Support Alliance's Wine Tasting benefit for Jubilee Housing, is at the American Gas Association. Suggested donation: $100. Call 202-328-2498.

Oct. 23

A benefit for the National Sporting Library in Middleburg, celebrating its 50th anniversary, offers the largest U.S. exhibition of horse-drawn road coaches and park drags, at the Upperville Horse & Colt Show Grounds. $10 per car. Call 540-687-6542 or visit www.nsl.org.

A benefit concert by the Richard Payne Trio for the Prince George's Music & Education Foundation is at the Queen Anne Auditorium of Prince George's Community College. A "meet the artists" reception follows. Tickets: $25 ($15 for students). Call 301-779-5151.

Latin Nights, the Arlington Free Clinic's gala, is at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. Tickets: $225. Call 703-979-1425, Ext. 12.

Passion for Caring 2004, Capital Hospice's gala at the National Building Museum, honors the Hitt family and HITT Contracting. The event features dancing by the Spanish Dance Theatre of Washington. The music of Vision follows the dinner and a silent auction. Tickets: $275. Call 703-460-9229.

ARTview 2004, St. John's Community Services' charitable art auction at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, features live music, a wine bar and hors d'oeuvres. The evening benefits disabled children and adults. Tickets: $75. Call 202-274-3406 or 800-869-3393 or visit www.sjcs.org.

Oct. 24

Great Chefs for Great Opera, a benefit for the Washington National Opera at Neiman Marcus Mazza Gallerie, features dishes by Jamison Blankenship of Nectar, Jamie Leeds of 15 Ria, Robert Weland of Poste and others. Tickets: $100. Call 202-295-2449.

Oct. 26

The Art for Life art auction/exhibit, a reception and live auction to benefit the Whitman-Walker Clinic's Latino Services, is at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. The artwork is at go mama go! through Oct. 9 and the Art Gallery of the Embassy of Peru from Oct. 12-21. Tickets: $75. Call 202-797-3545 or visit www.wwc.org.

Oct. 27

The Washington Monuments Luncheon: Memories Lost and Found is at the St. Regis Hotel. Sharon Percy Rockefeller, president and CEO of WETA, is the guest of honor. Also speaking is Trey Sunderland, a researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health. Call 703-359-4440 or 866-259-0042.

Oct. 29

Stanley Tucci is the keynote speaker at Planned Parenthood of Metropolitan Washington's Champions of Choice annual awards luncheon at the Hilton Washington. The event honors Cornelius Baker, executive director of the Whitman-Walker Clinic, John Vanderstar of Covington & Burling, and Calvin Cafritz, president of the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. Tickets: $100. Call 202-347-8500, Ext. 223.

Oct. 30

Denim and Diamonds, the Baltimore Opera Company's 2004 Grand Opera Ball, is at the Pikesville Armory and offers cocktails, a seated dinner, western music, an open bar, live and silent auctions. Tickets: $300 and $500. Call 410-625-1600, Ext. 315.

The Lombardi Gala at the Hilton Washington honors Richard Petty with the Lombardi Symbol of Courage Award; Andrea Roane with the Lombardi Symbol of Caring Award; and Sarah Boyer Jenkins with the Margaret L. Hodges Leadership Award. The event benefits Georgetown University Medical Center's Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. Silent and live auctions. Tickets: $400 and $2,000. Call 202-687-2604 or 202-687-1067.