More autumn fetes.

Nov. 2

The National Museum of Women in the Arts' fall benefit, A Cabaret Evening With Christine Andreas, is at the museum. Proceeds benefit the Shenson Chamber Music Concerts. Tickets: $250 and $500. Call 202-266-2815.

Elizabeth Edwards will be the guest speaker at the 30th anniversary celebration of the Wendt Center for Loss and Healing, held at the Four Seasons Hotel. Tickets: $300. Call 202-624-0010.

The Copper Ridge Institute is host of the third annual William Proxmire Awards (spotlighting Alzheimer's research and care-giving) at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington. Sen. Paul Sarbanes (D-Md.) is the guest of honor. Tickets: $350. Call 202-872-0393.

Nov. 4

The Cosmopolitans' cocktail dance (for singles over 40) to benefit the American Cancer Society and other charities is at the National Press Club. Tickets: $45 ($50 at the door). Call 703-522-5344 or 703-379-6137.

The Heroines in Technology Gala, a benefit for the March of Dimes, is at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner. Tickets: $195. Call 703-824-0111, Ext. 21, or visit

The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop's Arts Ball 2005, at the Sewall-Belmont House, features music by DC Swing, hors d'oeuvres, drinks and auctions of artwork. Tickets: $85. Call 202-547-6839 or visit

Karen Hughes, undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs, is keynote speaker and guest of honor at the Women's Foreign Policy Group's 10th anniversary luncheon celebration at the Fairmont Hotel. Tickets: $200. Call 202-884-8597.

Nov. 5

The 25th anniversary celebration of WAMU's "Hot Jazz Saturday Night" is at the Clarendon Ballroom. The evening honors Rob Bamberger, creator, producer and host of the show. Entertainment is by Peaches O'Dell and her orchestra. Minimum donation: $100 ($88.50 for WAMU members). Call 202-885-8863 or visit

The American Women's Cancer Awareness Association's gala, "Breaking the Barrier of Silence," is at Martin's Crosswinds in Greenbelt. Tickets: $75. Call 240-353-7545.

"Midnight in the Garden of Good Deeds," Hospice Caring Inc.'s 2005 gala, is at the Bolger Center in Potomac. The event benefits Hospice Caring's bereavement programs. Tickets: $125. Call 301-869-4673 or visit

Richard Marx is the entertainment and J. Rock Tonkel of Friedman, Billings Ramsey Group is the honoree at the "Breath of Life Gala" of the metropolitan Washington chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The benefit is at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. Tickets: $1,000 (a limited number remain). Call 301-657-8444, Ext. 18.

The Family and Child Services of Washington gala presents An Evening With Ashford & Simpson at the Fairmont Hotel. Tickets: $200. Call 202-289-1510, Ext. 126.

The sixth annual "Best of America Auction," held by FACETS (Fairfax Area Christian Emergency & Transitional Services), is at George Mason University's Fairfax campus. FACETS serves Fairfax's homeless individuals and families with low incomes. Tickets: $20 ($25 at the door). Call 703-352-5090 or visit

Nov. 7

"Jazz to Cure," a benefit for Montgomery General Hospital's Comprehensive Cancer Center, is at the Olney Theatre Center. The event features Chris Vadala, the Don Junker Big Band and the Sherwood High School Jazz Ensemble. Tickets: $35 ($15 for students). Call 301-924-3400.

Nov. 10

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) is the keynote speaker at the National Women's Law Center's 2005 annual awards dinner at the Hilton Washington. Anne Ladky and Nancy Kreiter of Women Employed, a Chicago-based organization, are the honorees. Tickets: $250. Call 202-588-5180.

The National Press Club's 2005 Fourth Estate Award dinner honoring Austin H. Kiplinger is at the National Press Club. Tickets: $85. Call 202-662-7501.

Nov. 11

"An Evening in Paris," Knock-Out Abuse Against Women's 12th annual fundraiser, is at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Honorees: Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-Calif.), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) and D.C. Council member Kwame Brown. Tickets: $350. Call 202-725-5604.

Nov. 12

"Noche Tropical," a benefit by Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, is in the atrium of the Homer Building at Metro Center. The evening offers auctions and dancing with music by Orquesta la Romana. Tickets: $125 ($35 for guests arriving after 10 p.m.). Call 202-420-7052.

"An Evening of Rome in the Nation's Capital," the fourth annual Umilta Awards to benefit the Pontifical North American College (the American seminary in Rome), is at the John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington. The honorees are Cardinal William Keeler, the archbishop of Baltimore, and Jacques and Blanch Moore. Tickets: $150. Call 202-541-5411 or visit

So Others Might Eat's 19th annual auction and dinner dance at the Capital Hilton Hotel features entertainment by Stevie D. Shaun Sheenan of the Tribune Co. and the Rev. Ralph Kuehner (So Others Might Eat's co-founder) are the honorees. Tickets: $200. Call 301-229-2046.

Bob Schieffer is the featured speaker at the fifth annual "Celebration of Hope & Progress," a Sibley Cancer Center benefit at the Four Seasons Hotel. Tickets. $350. Call 202-537-4362.

Nov. 13

"Broadway Ball 2005," the Musical Theater Center's sixth annual gala, features entertainment by the Singular Sensations, a silent auction, dinner and dancing. Tickets: $125. Call 301-251-5766.

The Lady Anne Arundel chapter of the Daughters of the British Empire's tea party and fashion show are at the Sheraton Hotel in Annapolis. Proceeds benefit local charities and homes for the aged. Tickets: $28 (must be purchased by Nov. 4). Call 410-439-8593 or 410-280-2748.

Nov. 15

Former Washington Redskin Charles Mann is the guest speaker at Arlington Community Foundation's Spirit of Community 2005 Award luncheon at the Sheraton National Hotel. The luncheon honors youth mentor and benefactor Ralph Johnson of Johnson Associates. Tickets: $35. Call 703-243-4785.

The Lab School of Washington's 21st annual gala honoring outstanding achievers with learning disabilities is at the Hilton Washington. The event honors Charles Schwab, Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-Fla.), Mark Batshaw and others. Tickets start at $175. Call 202-454-2259.

The National Rehabilitation Hospital Gala Victory Awards at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center honors actress Geri Jewell and offers a special salute to U.S. troops. The evening includes cocktails, auctions and a seated dinner. Tickets: $400. Call 202-877-1776.

Nov. 16

"Harvest of Dreams," a benefit for the Hoop Dreams Foundation presented by PricewaterhouseCoopers, is at the Essential Grille in Vienna. Tickets: $70 ($75 at the door). Call 202-414-8322.

"Party for Life 2005," benefits Active Minds (, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (, CrisisLink ( and the National Mental Health Association (, is at Clarendon Grill and features entertainment by Gonzo's Nose. Tickets: $45 ($50 at the door). Call 703-338-2449 or visit

The March of Dimes' "Signature Chefs Auction of D.C." at the Renaissance Washington Hotel offers live and silent auctions and food prepared by more than 25 top chefs. Tickets: $150. Call 703-824-0111, Ext. 30, or visit

"Red, Heart & Soul," the fall gala of Devotion to Children (which provides child-care services for homeless and transitional families) is at the Waterford at Fair Oaks. Tickets: $75 ($85 at the door). Call 703-609-3381 or 301-806-8893 or visit

Nov. 17

The Project on Government Oversight's Beyond the Headlines & Partisan Leadership Awards ceremony honors Russ Kick, publisher and editor of the Memory Hole Web site, and Sens. John Cornyn (R-Tex.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). Suggested contribution: $35 ($55 for two). Call 202-347-1122.

The 14th annual Congressional Holiday Celebration for Horton's Kids, an organization that provides comprehensive services primarily to the children of Ward 8, is at the Sewall-Belmont House. Tickets: $45. Call 703-623-6243.

Nov. 18

The sixth annual "Taste of the Stars Gala," presented by the Starlight Starbright Children's Foundation, is at the Four Seasons Hotel. Music by the Cityscape Orchestra. Tickets: $250. Call 202-293-7827.

Nov. 19

Chaka Khan is the entertainer and Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner and his wife, Lisa Collis, are the guests of honor at the "Night of Hope Gala 2005," the National Capitol Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's benefit at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Tickets: $400. Call 202-465-4112.

Kool & the Gang will be the entertainment at the National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area's 25th annual Kidney Ball at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Tickets: $600 per couple. Call 202-244-7900.

"Tested," a fashion event featuring five Northern Virginia fashion designers and benefiting the Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry, is at Nation. The event features a reception, a live auction and dancing. Tickets: $35 and $100 (VIP). Call 703-533-5505, Ext. 13, or visit

The Arts for Arthritis Gala, presented by the metropolitan Washington chapter of the Arthritis Foundation, is at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The gala honors Henry Roth with the Marriott Lifetime Achievement Award and Mark B. McClellan with the Breakthrough in Arthritis Award. The evening offers a gourmet dinner, dancing, auctions that feature fine art and music by Truth Groove. Tickets: Call 202-537-6800, Ext. 3018.

Nov. 30

"Celebrando el Espiritu Latino," a benefit for the March of Dimes that honors Latino community leaders and offers a live auction and dinner, is at the Renaissance Washington Hotel. Tickets: $150. Call 703-824-0111, Ext. 19, or visit

Sen. Barack Obama will speak at the National Women's Law Center's annual awards dinner on Nov. 10. Former Redskin Charles Mann is the guest speaker at the Arlington Community Foundation's award luncheon, set for Nov. 15.