Powell to Address Birthnight Banquet

Gen. Colin L. Powell, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the George Washington Birthnight Banquet and Ball on Feb. 16.

The reception, dinner and dance-filled evening begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Ramada Hotel Old Town in Alexandria. After dinner and Powell's remarks, guests will move to Gadsby's Tavern Museum, where they will be greeted by another general -- George Washington.

The dance part of the evening will include a demonstration by the Colonial Cotillion and instructions in dances popular to Washington's era. Modern dancing will be held in the adjoining American Legion Wing Ballroom.

Tickets must be bought in advance for $32.50 a person. Call 549-8454. Women Today SeriesThe Alexandria Office on Women is offering a free Interviewing Skills Workshop from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St. in Alexandria. For information or reservations, call 838-5030.

In addition, the Women Today Series continues Feb. 15 with a seminar titled "Enhancing Your Health Through Nutrition," led by Kate Schumann, an independent nutrition consultant.

The program will be offered from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Campagna Center, 418 S. Washington St. For more information or reservations, call 549-0111. Washington Danced Here"George Washington the Dancer" will be the theme of the 44th annual George Washington Birthnight Celebration Supper and Ball on Feb. 17 at the Bellehaven Country Club in Alexandria.

Through dance interpretations, the Colonial Cotillion will commemorate the winter ball at Valley Forge, the victory ball at Yorktown and the first inaugural ball in New York.

The reception begins at 5:45 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Guests are asked to wear black tie or period costumes. Proceeds from the event, sponsored by the Mount Vernon Citizens Association, will be donated to the Mount Vernon Ladies Association for the upkeep and operation of Mount Vernon.

For information or tickets, call Toni McMahon at 780-1656 or 642-0862. Black History DiscussionsThe Arlington County Library is celebrating Black History Month with several events, including book discussions at three area libraries.

"Disappearing Acts," by Terry McMillan, will be discussed at 10:30 a.m. today at the Shirlington Library. There also will be a discussion of "Philadelphia Fire," by John Edgar Wideman, at 7 tonight at the Westover Library.

The Columbia Pike Library will have a video program featuring "James Baldwin: the Price of the Ticket" at 7 p.m. Monday.

The programs are free. Call 358-5990. Lyceum Film FestivalThe Lyceum, Alexandria's historical museum, is honoring President's Day, Black History Month and Women's History Month with a Wintertime History Film Festival, which begins at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow in the museum's Goldsmith Gallery.

"Camp David," a rare look at the second home of presidents, will be shown. The hourlong film will be repeated at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The film series resumes on Feb. 15 and 16 with "The Democrat and the Dictator," which takes a close look at the contrasting ideologies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and Adolf Hitler.

The series runs every Friday and Saturday through March 15 and 16. The weekend of Feb. 22 and 23 will feature "Black History: Lost, Stolen or Strayed" with Bill Cosby. Admission is free. For information call, 838-4994. Saturday Stock TalksSaturday morning Stock Talks will be held at 11 a.m. each week in February at the Aurora Hills Branch Library in Arlington. "Stock Market Update" with Brian Bogart of Prudential Bache opens the series Saturday.

"What You Should Invest In Now" is the title of the discussion on Feb. 16, and "What Is Happening With the Stock Market" is the topic of discussion Feb. 23. Admission is free. Call 358-5715. Library ListingsThe Glencarlyn Branch Library in Arlington will celebrate Tet, the Vietnamese new year, with a family day of songs, games and stories for children of all ages, at 3 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. For information, call 358-6548.

Romance writer Patricia McLaughlin will speak at the Shirlington Branch Library at 7 p.m. Wednesday. In "Happy Endings -- a Romance Writer's Beginnings," McLaughlin, who writes under the name of Patricia McLinn, will discuss her genre and how she got published. The program is free, but registration is requested. Call 358-6545. Pregnancy Loss GroupThe Family Center at Baileys Crossroads is conducting support groups for those who have experienced pregnancy loss. The Pregnancy Loss Support Group meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and noon to 1:30 p.m. Fridays.

A sliding pay scale is available and groups are covered by most insurance carriers. For further information or to register, call Ann Warshauer at 998-5606. --