Tonight, we realize, is your night to forget all . . . before tomorrow's plotting of the year ahead (or lamenting the one that passed). . . . But before the hats and horns take over, here is a synopsis of some of the information we've passed on to you in 1980, the stuff of your daily lives that we found most significantly struck a chord. And so we don't sound completely presumptuous, we will say you've asked for it. So clip away. . . . There could be something here for you to add riches, or enrichment; to deal with loneliness, or aloneness; to enhance your physical health, or mental; to build a family, or not; to take charge in an old job, or change to a new; to stretch your muscles, or unwind; to insulate your house, or to just have fun . . . in '81. Health
Poison: The NEW poison emergency hotline in the District, suburban Maryland and Virginia is 625-3333.
Wellness: Write: The Wellness Network, Dr. Elliott Dacher, P.O. Box 2531, Reston, Va. 22091.
Medical Self-Care, Dr. Tom Ferguson, P.O. Box 717, Inverness, Calif. 94937.
Relaxation skills for children, write QR Institute, 119 Forest Dr., Wethersfield, Conn. 06109.
Gastrointestinal problems: Call GUTLINE: In Washington metro area, 652-5524. Gastroenterologists are available to answer questions Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 7:30-9.
Cancer: For information and brochures on breast cancer, as well as other cancers, call the National Cancer Hotline; 800-638-6694. In Maryland only, the number is: 800-492-6600.
Miscellaneous free brochures: Bee and other stings: Write Pharmacia Diagnosis, 800 Centennial Ave. Piscataway, N.J. 08855.
Atherosclerosis: Write Arizona Heart Institute, Box 10,000, Phoenix, Ariz. 85064.
Nits and head lice: Nonchemical control. Write: Dr. Kevin Hackett, 10905 Fleetwood Dr., Beltsville, Md. 20705.
Medic Alert: An alerting device to hidden medical problems. Write Medic Alert, P.O. Box 1009, Turlock, Calif. 95380. Good Looks
Have a fashion professional select your personal wardrobe. Local clothing consultants include Barbara Blaes and Associates, 244-0760; Helen Moody, 291-6149; Nikki Nicodemus, 265-0562; Melody Gilsey, 652-2634; Laurice Jones, 265-0800 ext. 308; Fran Fedmon, 549-4800; Gus Palmer, 265-2508.
Conceal birthmarks, skin grafts, surgical scars and other disfiguring marks with a special corrective cosmetric called Covermark. For lessons in application call Face the Future/-The Covermark Application Center at 459-6333.
Color yourself beautiful with expert advice on which hues are most flattering to you. Major groups are: Color I Associates, Inc., 2211 Washington Circle NW, and Color Me Beautiful, Inc. P.O. Box 3241, Falls Church, Va. 22043. Coping
Can you tell the difference between a case of "the blues" and a more serious depression? The Woodburn Center for Community Mental Heath offers workshops on "The Blues, The Blahs and Depression." Call 573-0523.
For free evaluation of long-lasting depression, call the National Institute of Mental Health, 496-4037.
For burglary protection advice, contact your local police department. The D.C. Police, for example, will make free security examination of your home with tips on low-cost ways to keep burglars out. Under the Operation Identification program, they also will engrave your Social Security number on personal property for earsier identification if it is stolen.
Need somebody to do the chores while you're at work, or a fantasy fulfilled? Among the helping hands: Errands Plus (formerly Chores Truly), 589-6726; Irons in the Fire, 681-9081 or 593-8782.
Aswamp in clutter? For information, or a clutter technician to speak to a group, contact your city or county Cooperative Extension Service.
Interested in the movement to professionalize household workers? Contact Carolyn Reed, National Committee for Household Employment, 500 East 62nd St. New York, N.Y. 10021. Household technicians may call collect at 212-644-5592.
"Fat can be beautiful," is the slogan for the National Association to Aid Fat Americans. For information about the "fat rights" group that seeks to encourage fat people to improve their self-esteem to encourage fat people to improve their self-esteem, write NAAFA, P.O. Box 43, Bellerose, N.Y. 11426, tel. 212-776-8120.
Joining a perr-addict self-help group, experts say, is one of the best ways to conquer an addiction. Among the groups: Alcoholics Anonymous (Alanon/Alateen) 244-2274; Gambler's Anonymous (Gam-Anon) 585-2151; Overeater's Anonymous 451-8855; Pills Anonymous (212) 874-0700; Parents and Friends of Gays, 726-3223 (in Montgomery County, 652-7975).
Suffering from panic attacks? Two local clinics specialize in phobia treatment: Phobia Program of Washington, 468-8980; The Phobia Treatment Center, 836-7130. Private Lives
Are you considering not having children? For information about couples who are childless by choice, contact the National Alliance for Optional Parenthood, 296-7474.
Need information or counseling on infertility problems? Check with members of the D.C. chapter of Resolve, Inc., at 759-3007, 938-9317, 424-0163, 229-4315.
One way to a happier marriage is learning to communicate with each other. For help, consider Marriage Encounter groups: Catholic Marriage Encounter, 656-4828; Episcopal Marriage Encounter, 460-4205; Jewish Marriage Encounter, 299-5182; Ecumenical MarVa (for Maryland and Virginia), 649-4123.
Men's liberationists think it's time male issues got a hearing. For information on Free Men, call 723-3989 or 301-992-4050.
Among favorite meeting grounds for area singles: the discussion/social groups Discovery, 762-7666, and Connections, 363-6206; the Gourmet Group, 483-5252 or 569-0796; Ski Club of Washington, 527-1802; Parents Without Partners, 638-1320; Seminars for Singles, 363-6206.
A new Washington singles network, Singlesminded, will offer a directory of singles' groups, run seminars and hold parties. Call 299-8000.
Of the dozens of how-to books that crossed our desks this year, these seemed particularly helpful:
"The Working Mother's Complete Handbook," by JoAnn Miller and Gloria Norris: packed with tips on everything from how to get your husband and children to share the housework, to what to say during a job interview. (E.P. Dutton, 304 pages, $7.95).
"Love and Sex After Sixty," by Robert Butler and Myrna Lewis: Everything you need to know about sexuality in later life. (Harper and Row paperback, $1.95).
"The H & R Block Family Financial Planning Workbook," by Susan Kelliher Ungaro: Offers work-sheets and step-by-step instructions in managing home finances (Collier Books, $4.95).
"Kids and Cash: Solving a Parent's Dilemma," by Tom Taylor and Ken Davis: Sound advice on teaching children about money (Oak Tree Publications, 280 pages, $8.95).
"Stretching," by Bob Anderson: illustrates healthy stretches to keep your body limber and fit (Random House/Shelter Publications, 192 pages, $7.95).
"The Inflation Fighter's Guide to the Washington Metro Area," by Andrea Lubershane and Erik Kanin: Tells you where to buy quality goods locally at the cheapest prices (Andrik Associates, 428 pages, $5.95).
"Good Workers: A Guide to Social Change Careers," a Ralph Nader job-hunter's directory to 275 public interest groups (large and small) across the country (Center for the Study of Responsive Law, 289 pages, $22.50).
"The Inflation-Beater's Investment Guide," by Burton Malkiel, chairman of Princeton University's economics department: Easy-to-understand advice on Wall Street for the novice investor (Norton, 190 pages, $8.95).
"The Psychology of Love," by Nathaniel Branden: Thought-provoking advice on how a couple can achieve "romantic, passionate love" through mutual respect (Tarcher, 210 pages, $10).
"Al Ubell's Energy-Saving Guide for Homeowers:" Step-by-step introduction to the mysteries of home maintenance for the hesitant handyman or woman (Warner, 148 pages, $4.95).
"Working Smart: How to Accomplish More in Half the Time," by Michael LeBoeuf: Ofers thought-provoking ideas on time-management (Warner, $2.50).
"Working Couples," by Pat Koch Thaler and Hilary Ryglewicz: Practical advice for two-career families (Simon and Schuster/Sovereign Books, $9.95). Families
Thousands of "Special-needs children" are waiting to be adopted. Most are older, minority or disabled, and some have been abused or abandoned. For information, call the North American Council on Adoptable Children at 466-7570.
Teen-agers and their parents can learn to improve communications at home through programs offered at the IPA Family Education Center, 652-6611; Psychiatric Institute, 467-4538; Family Service of Prince George's County, 459-2121; Woodburn Center, 573-0523; Community Psychiatric Clinic Wheaton 933-2402, Bethesda 656-5220.
"Custody no longer has to be a win-lose proposition" say instructors of a workshop on "Custody: What's Best for the Child and Parent." For information on future workshops, call The Psychiatric Institute, 467-4538 or 467-4570.
Family council meetings provide an open forum for decision-making, problem-solving and information-sharing. Workshops on how to start one are offered by the Takoma Park Family Education Center, 589-9360 or 270-8921 after 5 p.m.
Unsure how to discuss sexuality with your child? Parent-education workshops are offered through MATH-TECH 657-1610, Cedar Lane Unitarian Church, 942-3802, Etc. 654-6655. Careers
"Never work without a contract," says Penny Garner of Taking Charge, who counsels clients on how to negotiate the best deal in a job interview. Phone 638-6315.
Don't let a fear of writing hamper your career. Courses in overcoming writers' anxiety are offered at Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale). Phone 751-4162.
Hunting for a job in an association? Try these numbers for information on how to do it, and for resume workshops: Association Personnel, Inc., 659-0812; Taking Charge!, 638-6315; Executive Employment Services of the American Society of Association Executives, 626-2733; Association Trends Jobseeker Service, 656-3544; Association Executive Referral Service of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 659-6197.
"You'll be happier at work if your abilities match your job," say Joan Bedell and John D. Anderson of Ability Potentials Inc., who adminster a battery of 18 tests to help determine what you are good -- and not so good -- at doing. Phone 699-1777.
Earn up to 30 credits for your college degree for life and work experience. Contact American University for information on Assessment of Prior Experimental Learning (APEL), 686-2500.
Thinking about changing jobs -- or looking for a first job -- but don't know what you want? Consider enrolling in a career-life-planning course offered at several Washington-area colleges.
Interested in starting your own business? Free and low-cost couseling and classes are offered by the Small Business Administration, 653-6958; S.C.O.R.E., 653-6958; Small Business Development Center, 636-7187. Classes are also offered by college adult education departments.
Catch on to the "new-girl" networks for contacts, advice and support. Among the many areas groups are the National Council of Career Women, 347-1401; National Hookup of Black Women, 523-8673; Federally Employed Women, 638-4404; Career Women's Division of the United Jewish Appeal, 652-6480. For listings of women's professional organizations, call the Federation of Organizations for Professional Women, 466-3545.
Job burnout can be overcome and prevented, says social worker Martha Bramhall who runs Burnout Prevention Workshops. Call 587-4059.
Re-entering the job market after years as a homemaker? Among the many organizations offering classes and counseling for women in transition: Wider Opportunities for Women, 638-3143; New Phase Career Readiness Center, 279-1800; New Ventures, Inc., 464-2622; Reentry Women's Employment Center, 750-0633; Hanna Harrison Career School, 333-3500.
Learn the inside secrets to landing or advancing in a federal job. Books and classes are offered by David Waelde through the Federal Research Service, 281-0200 or 397-7704, and Jim Hawkins at Federal Jobs, Inc., 471-1417. Money
Up to your neck in bills? Get free financial mangement help from the Consumer Credit Counseling and Education Service, in the District at 638-6996, Montgomery County 946-1011, Prince George's County 459-2121, Northern Virginia 591-9020.
Low-income persons can get legal assistance with bankruptcy at the George Washington University Consumer Help Bankruptcy Clinic 676-4871 and the Antioch School of Law Consumer Protection Clinic's Bankruptcy Division 265-9500, ext. 336.
Baffled by how to keep up with inflaton? Consider enrolling in one of the money-management or investing courses offered by most Washington-area colleges.
Try bartering your handyman/woman skills sfor someone else's expertise. For more information: Useful Services Exchange of Reston (860-3855) and Columbia, Md. (301-730-0873); The Barter Project, Volunteer: the National Center for Citizen Involvement, 1214 16th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.
Protect yourself against charity fraud. The Philanthropic Advisory Service of the Council of Better Business Bureaus has files on 10,000 fund-raising groups. Phone 862-1200. For a copy of "Give But Give Wisely," the quarterly update on charities, send $1 and a self-adressed business envelope to PAC, 1150 17th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036.
Will you face poverty in retirement? For information about pension plans, contact The Pension Rights Center, 296-3778; U.S. Dept, of Labor pension and welfare benefit programs, 523-8776.
Grant-seekers can attend a free orientation of The Foundation Center's library which houses resources on foundation funding. Call 331-1400. Fitness
Pedal pushers have united to form the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. Call 265-4317.
Ease your tired muscles with a relaxing massage, or learn the art of massage yourself. For information on classes: Potomac Massage Therapy Institute, 589-8142; Open University, 966-9606; Center for Healing Arts, 232-3040; Essential Therapy Center, 232-6663; YES, 338-6969.
Jumping on trampolines and bowling are just two activities senior citizens, students and volunteers participate in at the University of Maryland's Adults' Health and Developmental Program. For information on the program, which is designed to improve the physical and emotional well-being of older people, call 454-3295.