Afro-American Twist On Christmas Tales

The Bethune Museum-Archives, 1318 Vermont Ave. NW, will hold "An Afternoon of Christmas Stories and Music in the Afro-American Tradition" from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Marita Golden will read from the works of Margaret Walker, Sharon Bell Matthews and Langston Hughes. The D.C. Youth Ensemble also will perform. Donation is $3. For information, call 332-1233.

Fund-Raising Dinner

A spaghetti dinner will be held Saturday at the Zaccahaeus Community Kitchen, 1522 14th St. NW. The event is a fund raiser to help the kitchen, which serves 300 to 400 poor and homeless persons each day, find a new home.

Dinner and music will be offered from 4 to 7 p.m. The donation is $5 plus one can of food. Tickets are available at the door, or at the Takoma Park-Silver Spring Co-op, 623 Sligo Ave., Silver Spring. For information, call 526-1374.

Young Musicians Sought

The D.C. Youth Orchestra, which plans to visit the Soviet Union this summer, has openings for musicians ages 11 to 19. Students in the metropolitan area can schedule an audition by calling 723-1612.

Summer Jobs Program

D.C. Art/Works will hold registration for its 1988 Summer Youth Employment Program from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 19 at 500 C St. NW, Room 103.

Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 21, and must bring a birth certificate, Social Security card, proof of District residence and documentation of family income.

The program will provide intensive training and experience in the arts and humanities, in a variety of disciplines including ballet, jazz, musical theater, production, arts administration and architecture. For more information, call Deborah Carrington at 727-3412 from 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.

Brightwood Sing-a-Long

The Brightwood Civic Association will hold its Fifth Annual Christmas Community Sing-a-Long in the Stevens Playground, 14th Street and Luzon Avenue NW, from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 17.

The Paul Junior High Instrumental Band will play and refreshments will be served.

The rain date is from noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 19. For information, call Iris Lewis, 829-3651.

Benefit for the Homeless

Arena Stage on Monday will host "Holiday Performance," a benefit to aid poor and homeless persons. This year's show will spotlight Sherlock Holmes on the 100th anniversary of his introduction by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Lloyd Rose, Arena Stage's manager, has adapted "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" for the stage. Holmes will be played by Robert Westenberg, who is appearing on Broadway in the Stephen Sondheim musical, "Into the Woods."

Admission to the performance is 10 pounds of nonperishable food, to be brought to the theater, at Sixth Street and Maine Avenue SW. Food collection will begin at 7 p.m., and doors will open at 7:30. For more information, call 638-2406, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

AIDS Benefit Tonight

At 8 p.m. today, Arena Stage will show Moss Hart's "Light Up the Sky" to raise funds to fight AIDS. Proceeds will benefit the Schwartz Housing program of the Whitman-Walker Clinic and the outreach and drug prevention programs of RAP Inc.

Tickets, which cost $16 or $19.75, can be charged by calling 488-3300. A TDD line for hearing impaired persons is available at 484-0247.

Genealogy Workshops Set

Workshops on genealogy are being held by the National Archives, Eighth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

The use of federal census records to learn the location, occupation, education and family structures will be taught from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today and Saturday in Room 503. The use of pension records will be taught at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. Each course costs $10, payable by check at the door. For further information, call 523-3347.

In addition, the National Archives will sponsor a free lecture on "Individual Rights in the Next Century," by Bill Neuborne, who teaches at New York University Law School. For information, call 523-3099.

Gospel Scholarship Concert

The Mayor's Youth Leadership Institute Parents Association will hold a Gospel Scholarship Concert at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Mount Sinai Baptist Church, Third and O streets NW.

Among the performers will be Jackie Ruffin and the Metro Interfaith Choir and the Woodson High School Concert Choir. Donations will aid the group's college scholarship fund. For information, call 727-2883.