McKinley Band Leader Honored

Alumni and friends of the McKinley High School music program are looking for former members of the school's marching band, concert band and jazz stage band to participate in a dinner and program Nov. 30 honoring former band director Peter D. Ford.

Ford retired in 1985 after 16 years of teaching music classes and conducting band practices at the school in Northeast. Under his baton, the marching band earned national awards and recognition for participating in the Apple Blossom Festival parades in Winchester, Va., and in the Macy's and Gimbel's Thanksgiving Day parades in New York and Philadelphia.

The program and dinner will be from 7 to 10 p.m. at Hogate's Restaurant, 800 Water St. SE.

Tickets are $35 in advance and will not be available at the door.

For information, call Peyton Lively at 583-0802 or 575-4829.

Benefit for Homeless People

The annual entertainment benefit for "Christmas for the Homeless," which sponsors a Christmas party each year for more than 1,000 District homeless children and their parents, is set for Tuesday, Nov. 27 at the Willard Hotel, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

The event will feature political satirist Mark Russell on the piano.

Cocktails will be at 7 p.m., followed by the performance at 8 and a post-performance party at 9 in the hotel's Occidental Restaurant.

Tickets to the performance alone are $90; tickets to include the party afterward are $150.

For information, call 333-3253.

Artists Sought for Glen Echo Studio

The National Park Service is seeking competitive proposals from artists interested in fixing up a studio in Glen Echo Park and operating it under a cooperative agreement for up to three years.

The space will require an investment of $3,000 to $5,000 in materials and labor to frame, drywall, wire and insulate. In exchange, the artist will be offered use of the studio, but also will be expected to present demonstrations, workshops and formal classes for the public as part of the park's schedule of activities.

The deadline for submitting proposals is 4 p.m. Nov. 23. The park is off MacArthur Boulevard just north of the city.

For information, call 301-492-6266.