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District Community Events Sept. 9-16, 2004

BOOK CARE AND COLLECTING, Library of Congress curator Daniel De Simone and rare book conservator Terry Boone discuss the best ways to choose rare books to buy and care for them, 6:30 p.m., Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW. $15; reservations required. 202-965-0400, Ext. 109.

Wednesday 15

STARTING KIDS READING WORKSHOPS, learn how to set up book clubs and reading-aloud programs, find funding and more, sponsored by the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Early Childhood Development and other agencies, 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Peoples Congregational Church, 4704 13th St. NW. $10. 202-561-5736.

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AMELIA EARHART TALK, curator Dorothy Cochrane discusses the famous female aviator, noon, National Air and Space Museum, Sixth Street and Independence Avenue SW. Free. 202-633-1000.

CORCORAN JAZZ CONCERT, guitarist Ron Kramer, 12:30 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free. 202-639-1774.

CHILDREN'S CHESS CLUB, for ages 5-10, all skills, 4 p.m. Wednesdays, Southeast branch library, 403 Seventh St. SE. Free. 202-698-3377.

BUSINESS OWNERSHIP, a representative from the National Women's Business Center discusses how to establish and build a business and how to research business ideas, 6-8 p.m., the center, Suite 919, 1001 Connecticut Ave. NW. $25. 202-464-1400.

"TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD," film starring Gregory Peck and Robert Duvall, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free; reservations recommended. 202-707-5677.

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PARTISAN FASHION, museum curator Harry Rubenstein discusses clothing worn at functions supporting candidates, noon, National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000.

LATINO MUSEUM LECTURE, Anna Escovedo-Cabral, director of the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives, discusses the history of the center and its mission, noon, Library of Congress, Madison Building, Dining Room A, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. 202-707-3702.

POET'S READING, Margaret R. Drucker reads from her works, 7 p.m., Tenley-Friendship branch library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Free. 202-282-3090.

PRINCESS'S BOOK TALK, Princess Michael of Kent discusses her book "The Serpent and the Moon: Two Rivals for the Love of a Renaissance King," about how the love triangle of Henri II, his wife, Catherine de Medici, and his mistress, Diane de Poitiers, changed France, 7 p.m., Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $20. 202-639-1770.

LATIN JAZZ CONCERT, percussionist Frank Colon, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Kennedy Center, Terrace Gallery, 2700 F St. NW. $25. 202-467-4600.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER

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