Read to Children

Adults and teenage volunteers are needed to assist the Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries' summer reading program, from June 17 to Aug. 31. Volunteers sign up by Tuesday, June 1, to arrange their schedules with a participating library. The libraries needing volunteers are Bethesda, 7400 Arlington Rd., 301-986-4300; Davis, 6400 Democracy Blvd., 301-897-2200; Gaithersburg, 18330 Montgomery Village Ave., 301-840-2515; Silver Spring, 8901 Colesville Rd., 301-565-7689; Olney, 3500 Olney-Laytonsville Rd., 301-570-1232; Rockville, 99 Maryland Ave., 301-217-3800.

SummerTime and Reading Together (START) matches adult volunteers with children ages 5 to 14 for an hour of reading each week during the summer. The meeting place and time are determined mutually. The organization provides literacy training, logistical support and books. Call 301-460-8166 or use e-mail: duffles@erols.com. The Rockville Book Fair will be held on Sunday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date Sunday, June 20) at the intersection of Maryland Avenue and Middle Lane, the site of the Rockville Farmers' Market. New and used books will be for sale. A bake sale, children's activities and musical entertainment are also featured. Call 301-217-3810.

Sports Outreach

A resident of Greenbelt is organizing a senior softball team to play in a 12-team league on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. Softball enthusiasts of any skill level, age 55 and older, are welcome. Call Burt Kerr, 301-474-9498.

The D.C. Department of Recreation and Parks offers slow-pitch softball, volleyball and tennis programs at several neighborhood recreation centers for varying fees. Hoops After Dark, a basketball league for adults age 18 to 25, plays from June 3 through August and costs $150 per team. For information call the Adult Sports Office, 202-645-3944.

A reader in Portsmouth, England, invites area residents and British expatriates who support the Portsmouth Football Club to form a Washington rugby enthusiasts club. For information write Johnny Moore, Chairman, Portsmouth Football Club Supporters Club, Victory Business Centre, Victory House, Somers Road North, Portsmouth, Hants, U.K. P01 1JP or fax: 44-1-1705-864-032.

Neighborhood Events

The Downtown Fairfax Coalition seeks vendors for the outdoor community market, which operates on Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., from May to October behind the Old Courthouse in Fairfax City. Vendors of fresh flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables, specialty foods and crafts are invited to rent vending space for the season. Call Brenda Synder, 703-430-6164.

Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 818 University Blvd. W. in Silver Spring, holds a community flea market June 5, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Baked goods, plants, crafts and bric-a-brac are for sale. Rain date is June 12. Call 301-593-3282.

The Columbia Association Art Center invites artists to create artwork that floats for the Columbia Festival of the Arts Lakefest on Lake Kittamaqundi, to be opened with a reception on Saturday, June 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. All media and styles are welcome. The artwork must float and withstand outdoor exposure for three days. For entry forms call 410-730-0075.

Requests for Donations

The Maury/Lyles Crouch Elementary School in Alexandria needs a new or gently used piano to be played by students and teachers. The PTA is coordinating the acquisition of the piano. Call Wendy Harper, 703-548-8136.

Mentor Inmates

Offender Aid and Restoration of Arlington County is recruiting volunteers to help inmates prepare to return to society. Tasks include tutoring and mentoring, teaching practical life skills and leading 12-step programs. Flexible schedules are offered. Call 703-228-7051.

Programs for Women

"Cures for the Navy Suit Blues: Stepping Into (and Out of) the Office in Style," an informal brown-bag lunch and fashion show, will be presented Tuesday, June 15, at 12:15 p.m. at the Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, 815 15th St. NW. The emcee is Rosemary Reed Miller, founder of Toast & Strawberries boutique. Tickets are $10. For reservations call Lisa Smith, 202-547-1293.

A separation and divorce workshop for women "How to Keep It Together When Everything's Falling Apart," will be held Saturday, June 5, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 801 N. Pitt St. in Alexandria. Kimberly Donahue and Mary Symmes, social workers and psychotherapists, present the program. The fee is $60. Call 703-535-3221.

Hospice Training

Hospice Caring of Montgomery County offers training for new volunteers from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. June 15, 16 and 17 in Gaithersburg. The course introduces volunteers to methods of helping people who face terminal illness or bereavement. Call the Montgomery County Volunteer and Community Service Center, 301-217-4949.