Undercover Work

Volunteer secret shoppers are invited to work for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Volunteers visit or call various county indoor recreation centers and report their experiences. Training and follow-up are provided. Volunteers who work four hours per week receive free access to facilities. Call Heike Harrup, 703-324-8730.

Family Events

Cable TV Montgomery and the National Institutes of Health are sponsoring a free outdoor film festival through Aug. 22 on NIH grounds after sundown, starting about 8:30 p.m. Films will include "West Side Story," tomorrow; "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory," Monday; "Singin' in the Rain," Thursday; and "Titanic," Aug. 21. Call 301-881-0143 or visit www.FilmFestNIH.org.

Hot Line Counselors

The D.C. Rape Crisis Center seeks volunteer hot line counselors and advocates for victims of sexual attacks. People who can work during the day are especially welcome. Training starts Sept. 23. Call 202-232-0789.

Back to School

"How to Survive the First Year of College" is a free workshop for college-bound students and their parents presented Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. by the University of Virginia's Northern Virginia Center, 7054 Haycock Rd., Falls Church. U.Va. Center Director Steve Gladis will talk about how to make the transition from high school to college. Reservations are required. Call 703-536-1146 or e-mail: robertr@virginia.edu.

Bishop O'Connell High School will hold a used book and uniform sale Aug. 24-25, from 2 to 7 p.m. Donations of used books and school uniforms will be accepted on Aug. 22-23, 2 to 7 p.m. at the school, 6600 Little Falls Rd., Arlington. Call 703-256-7814.

A free panel discussion, "Education: A Means of Access in the New Millennium," will be held 2 to 5 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Alexandria Black History Resource Center, 638 N. Alfred St. Educators, civil rights activists, scholars and concerned citizens will discuss the early civil rights movement in Alexandria. Call 703-838-4356.


The National Latinas' Council is recruiting adult women to serve as mentors for young Hispanic teens in junior and senior high school. Volunteer mentors must be college graduates who can make at least a year's commitment to the program. Orientation provided. Fax resumes to: 202-234-0028.

Living Wages of Washington helps adults who live in Southeast Washington with basic education and developing marketable job skills. Volunteer mentors tutor adults in reading, writing and math, and help them to become lifelong learners. Work just two hours a week for at least six months after training. Call 202-574-3961.

Brothers, a successful mentoring program in Montgomery County, needs an administrative volunteer to work 10 to 12 hours a week at Springbrook High School in Silver Spring. Hours are flexible. Call the Montgomery County Volunteer and Community Service Center, 240-777-2600.


The U.S. Navy Training Center (USNTC) Bainbridge Association seeks civilian and military personnel who worked or trained at Bainbridge. A reunion is scheduled for Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 at the center in Bainbridge, Md. The base property reverts to the state of Maryland at the end of 1999. For information, visit http://members.xoom.com/ Sailor6804/Bainbridge.html, call Paul Fleming, 302-633-0602, or e-mail: Sailor6804@aol.com.

Museum Work

The National Museum of American History is recruiting docents age 21 and older to lead tours and work in two learning centers, the Hands on History Room and the Hands on Science Center. Visitors come from all over the world, so volunteers should be comfortable speaking to people of all ages and backgrounds. Training starts this fall. Deadline for applicants is Aug. 24. Call 202-357-3207 or visit www.si.edu/nmah and select "volunteers."

Visitor Services volunteers at the Holocaust Memorial Museum near the Smithsonian Metro stop greet visitors, provide information and listen to comments. Volunteers age 16 and older are invited to apply for the next training course in November. Prospective volunteers will be interviewed prior to training and a one-year commitment is asked. Call 202-479-9738 or visit www.ushmm.org.

Smithsonian Behind-the-Scenes volunteers work with staff in archives, libraries, collections management and administrative departments. The time commitment is at least six hours per week during business hours. Volunteers must be at least age 16. Call 202-357-2700 or 202-357-1729/TTY.

Help Visitors

Travelers Aid Washington DC offers training to new volunteers who are interested in assisting travelers at Union Station and the two Washington area airports. Volunteers work 3 to 4 1/2-hour shifts on weekdays, evenings or weekends answering questions, providing information and helping stranded travelers. Prospective volunteers will be interviewed prior to training, which starts in October. A one-year commitment is required and volunteers receive free parking at the site where they work. Call 202-371-1966 for Union Station, 703-572-8296 for Dulles Airport and 703-417-3975 for Reagan National Airport.