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Sept. 9

Touching the Heart of Every Neighborhood, Unity Health Care's 20th Anniversary benefit gala, is at the Hilton Washington. The organization serves uninsured and underinsured District of Columbia residents. Master of ceremonies: Washington Post columnist Courtland Milloy. The Jesse B. Barber Jr. Community Health Care Award and the Janelle Goetcheus Medically Underserved Advocacy Awards will be presented. Remarks by Christine Brennan, USA Today sports columnist and author. The evening offers dancing to music from the Johnny Artis Band and a performance by American tenor Ray Hornblower. Tickets: $175 ($300 per couple). Call 202-973-8707.

Sept. 10

Wine, Women and Song, a benefit for the Strathmore Arts Education and Community Program Fund, is at the Music Center at Strathmore and offers food and wine-tasting. Vocalist Anna Bergman will perform Broadway tunes and jazz favorites. Tickets: $125. Call 301-581-5133 or visit www.strathmore.org.

Board one of three spectator boats to watch Hospice Cup XXIV, a regatta on the Chesapeake Bay that benefits area hospices, and enjoy a shore party afterward at Manresa on the Severn River. Tickets start at $250. There is a VIP party Sept. 9 in Annapolis for major donors ($1,500 and above). For more information visit www.hospicecup.org.

Sept. 13

The National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts' Noche de Gala dinner is at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel. Hosts: NHFA co-founders Jimmy Smits, Sonia Braga, Esai Morales and Felix Sanchez. Honorees: anchor Elizabeth Vargas and actress Eva Longoria from "Desperate Housewives." Tickets: $1,250. Call 202-293-8330.

The Reyes of Comedy Night of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute is at the Warner Theater. Tickets: $150. Call 202-543-1771.

The Angels in Adoption gala of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute is at the Grand Hyatt Hotel. Honorees: Laura Bush, Jars of Clay and Victoria Rowell. Tickets: $300. Call 703-905-9838.

Sept. 14

Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and heroes selected from each branch of the armed forces will be honored at the USO Gala at the Hilton Washington. Entertainment: Neal McCoy and Harolyn Blackwell. Tickets: $1,000. Call 703-761-1504.

The Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's gala at the Washington Convention Center honors Rita Moreno, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Alonzo Cantu. Antonia Hernandez is keynote speaker. Entertainment by the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. Tickets: $500. Call 202-543-1771.

Helping Children Soar, the Children's Law Center's annual celebration and benefit, is at the Kennedy Center Roof Terrace Restaurant. Special guests include Chris and Kathleen Matthews and Stephanie Reed, this year's Distinguished Child Advocate. Tickets: $125. Call 202-467-4900, Ext. 567.

YouthAIDS presents a benefit gala at the Mandarin Oriental with a performance by Wynonna Judd. Tickets start at $1,000 per person. Call 202-572-4628.

The National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy's benefit dinner will be at Union Station's East Hall. Judy Woodruff is the master of ceremonies. The event honors Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Rep. Nancy Johnson (R-Conn.) and Vivian Berryhill, founder of the National Coalition of Pastors' Spouses. Tickets: $500. (Tickets for teenage guests: $250.) Call 202-572-4628.

Sept. 16

The Cosmopolitans singles cocktail dance, a benefit for the American Cancer Society and other charities at the Embassy of Austria, features music by the Deanna Bogart Band. The dance is for single professionals over 40. Tickets: $45 ($50 at the door if space is available). Call 703-522-5344, 703-379-6137 or visit www.cosmopolitandance.org.

The Arts Council of Fairfax County's 2005 International Children's Festival gala is at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. The event is held in connection with the International Children's Festival at Wolf Trap, Sept. 17 and 18. Tickets: $200. Call 703-642-0862, Ext. 2 or visit www.artsfairfax.org.

Sept. 17

The Washington National Opera's dinner at the Kennedy Center follows the premiere of Verdi's "I Vespri Siciliani" and celebrates the start of the 50th anniversary season. Dinner tickets start at $500. Opera tickets (purchased separately from dinner tickets) for orchestra seating range from $150 to $650. Call 202-295-2437.

Bickerstaff Sports and Entertainment's "Cruising for the Cure" aboard the Odyssey benefits many cancer organizations. Tickets: $175 Call 202-832-8560.

The 15th anniversary gala dinner, dance and auction of the Mautner Project, the national lesbian health organization, is at the Hilton Washington. Comedian Marga Gomez is emcee. Entertainment by the Fairfax Swing Band and DJs Nan & Cory. Tickets: $160. Call 202-332-5536.

Sept. 19

The Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition and gala at the Kennedy Center offers a performance by jazz guitar finalists accompanied by jazz legends Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Pat Martin, Earl Kluge, Russell Malone and others and a cast party. The event benefits the Thelonious Institute of Jazz programs. Tickets: $300 and $500. Call 202-636-8745.

Sept. 20

Tipper Gore is the recipient of the National Woman's Party's Alice Award, which will be presented at the Alice Award reception and dinner at the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum. Tickets start at $250. Call 202-546-1210, Ext. 10.

SneakerBall, benefiting the Greater Washington Sports Alliance, at Grand Hyatt Washington. Tickets: $250. Call 202-857-5995.

The Women's Committee of the Washington Ballet hosts a fashion show of evening wear at Saks in Chevy Chase. Members of the committee will model; music will be from the ballet's upcoming production of Twyla Tharp's "Nine Sinatra Songs." Tickets: $75. Call 202-362-3606, Ext. 125.

Sept. 21

The Women's Campaign Fund honors women chiefs of staff at Lounge 201. Tickets: $100. Call 800-446-8170.

Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Celebration of Leadership. Tickets: $50 (general admission); $250 (scholarship tickets). Call 202-263-2800 or visit www.2005ALC.com.

Sept. 22

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's Emerging Leaders party is at Sequoia restaurant. BET Style's Big Tigger and Melyssa Ford are the hosts and recording artist Vivian Green will perform. Tickets are $50 and $100. Call 202-263-2800 or visit www.2005ALC.com.

The Smithsonian Women's Committee's Advance Chance Party for the Smithsonian Trunk Show (to be held Sept. 23 and 24) is at the S. Dillon Ripley Center at the Smithsonian. Tickets: $25 in advance. Call 202-357-4000.

The Rev. William Wasson, founder of Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Our Little Brothers), will receive the Ivy Humanitarian Prize at the Ivy Inter-American Foundation's luncheon at the Willard InterContinental Hotel. The luncheon benefits charitable organizations including Growing Together in Washington. Tickets : $100. Call 703-556-0863.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society National Capital Chapter's Ambassadors Ball is at the Grand Hyatt Washington. Tickets: $500. Call 202-296-5363.

Sept. 23

From Sea to Shining Sea: A Celebration of America, the 2005 Wolf Trap Ball, is at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Tickets: $350 and $800. Call 703-255-4030.

The Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Evening Fashion Show and concert at the Washington Convention Center. Tickets: $120 (general admission) and $350 (scholarship tickets). Call 202-263-2800 or visit www.2005ALC.com.

Sept. 24

The Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Luncheon Fashion Show. Tickets: $75 (general admission) and $250 (scholarship ticket). Call 202-263-2800 or visit www.2005ALC.com.

The awards dinner of the Congressional Black Caucus is at the Washington Convention Center. Tickets: $750. The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's After Dinner gala at the Washington Convention Center features entertainment by Cameo, Chuck Brown and Kid Capri. Tickets: $60. Call 202-263-2800 or visit www.2005ALC.com.

The National Symphony Orchestra Ball at the Kennedy Center follows the orchestra's season-opening concert -- Music Director Leonard Slatkin conducting Emanuel Ax, Itzhak Perlman and Yo-Yo Ma). Concert and ball tickets start at $1,000. Call 202-416-8102.

Sept. 26

Lost and Found is the theme of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction gala at the Folger Shakespeare Library. The event offers a cocktail reception, readings by Stanley Crouch, Ha Jin, Shirley Hazzard, Elizabeth Swados, Maxine Hong Kingston, James Salter, Scott Simon, Tayari Jones, Jane Hitchcock, Rick Moody, David Anthony Durham, Richard McCann, Hilma Wolitzer, David Gates and Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, and dinner. Tickets: $400. Call 202-636-8745.

Sept. 27

Mark Russell is the featured performer at a benefit at the Renaissance Washington Hotel for the NYUMBANI Hospice/Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya. WJLA's Kathleen Matthews is the emcee. Tickets: $250. Call 703-934-8534.

Reading Is Fundamental's Achievement in Literacy awards gala is at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Honorees: Rebeca Maria Barrera, founder, National Latino Children's Institute; Gov. Phil Bredesen of Tennessee; the Committee for Economic Development; Hugh B. Price, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary; and James E. Rohr, CEO of the PNC Financial Services Group. Tickets start at $250. Call 703-556-9808.

The Salvation Army's luncheon and fashion show is at the Ritz-Carlton Washington. Lynn Leonsis is the guest of honor. Tickets: $100 and $500. Call 202-237-0090, Ext. 15. A luncheon to benefit the March 2006 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital is at Nora restaurant. Tickets: $175 and $300. Call 202-342-2564 by Sept. 21.

Sept. 28

Theodore Bikel in Concert, a benefit for the arts programming (including Theater J and the Washington Jewish Film Festival) at the Morris Cafritz Center for the Arts, will be at the Washington DC Jewish Community Center. A dinner precedes the concert. Tickets: $100 and $250. Call 202-777-3259.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence hosts Art Buchwald's 80th Birthday Party Celebration and Fundraiser at the Embassy of France. Tickets: $250. Call 202-289-5799.

Sept. 29

Caliente!, Flashpoint's Red Circle gala, is at the Flashpoint gallery and performance spaces in Washington. The evening offers performances by Sahara Dance and StepAfrika!, a viewing of the exhibit "Seth Adelsberger: Iconographic Sampler," Latin dance sounds provided by DJ Rob Blum and more. Tickets: $150. Call 202-315-1310.

Sept. 30

Rachael's Women's Center gala is at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Hors d'oeuvres, buffet dining and dancing with music by Bialek's Music Band, along with silent and live auctions. Tickets: $75 ($100 after Sept. 16). Call 202-682-2210.