Lively Arts

Washington Performing Arts Society will hold auditions for the Children of the Gospel Mass Choir Thursday and Friday from 6 to 9:30 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Howard University's Department of Music, third floor, Room 3001, 2455 Sixth St. NW. Adult vocalists and children in grades 4 through 12 are eligible for auditions. To schedule an appointment, call Eric Torain, 202-833-9800, Ext. 130.

The National Campaign to Save Glen Echo Park will hold a benefit art auction Oct. 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sale items include art, art services and Glen Echo memorabilia. Proceeds will go toward the effort to secure government funding for renovation and maintenance of Glen Echo Park. Call Susan Belchamber, 301-767-0262 or Diane Leatherman, 240-777-0019.

Arena Stage, 1101 Sixth St. SW, has opportunities for volunteers to work weekdays helping with administrative tasks, stage door reception, painting and repairs. Evening and weekend volunteers are also needed. Training and free parking provided. Call A. Lorraine Robinson, 202-554-9066, Ext. 292.

Benefit Events

Feast on traditional German dishes -- sauerbraten, bratwurst, weisswurst, sauerkraut, spatzle, potato dumplings and assorted salads -- today at the fifth Annual German Dinner to benefit St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Walkersville, Md. Dinner is served from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Walkersville Volunteer Fire Company. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for children ages 5-12, free for children under 5. Walkersville is about 6 miles northeast of Frederick on Route 194. Call Ron Scherzberg, 301-845-2874.

The Washington, D.C., Chapter of Children's International Summer Villages is holding two yard sales to raise money for peace camps. The sales will be today, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 11711 Lisborough Rd. in Bowie, Md. and on Oct. 9 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 4416 Eastwood Court in Fairfax. The organization seeks families with children ages 11 and older who want to participate in peace camps in the United States and abroad. For information, call 301-424-2478.

Friends of the National Capital Chapter of the American Red Cross will have a fund-raising Oktoberfest party, Oct. 7 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., at Capitol City Brewing Company, 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE near Union Station Metro. German folk music, beer, wine and snacks will be featured. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Call 202-728-6469.


Free towing is offered for donated cars, trucks, boats, trailers, motor homes and motorcycles. Chesapeake Wildlife Sanctuary, which rehabilitates injured wildlife and offers nature education tours and classes, is land-rich with facilities in several area counties but cash-poor. Donated vehicles are auctioned and proceeds support the sanctuary. Tax receipt provided. Call 800-909-8908 or 301-390-7011.

Donate office furniture to Neurofibromatosis, Inc.-Mid-Atlantic, a Lanham-based education and support group for people afflicted by this genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves. They ask for a secretary's desk, filing cabinets, bookcases and office accessories. Call 301-577-8984 or e-mail:

A reader in Bethesda offers a Xerox 5113 photocopy machine to a non-profit group. The machine needs repairs (a new drum which costs $370) and replacement toner cartridges ($150 for two). Call Harvey Sherman, 202-588-8155.


Community Family Life Services needs adult and mature teenage volunteers to tutor homeless and low-income children after school. The students, K to 8, need help with school assignments. Volunteer mentors play educational or recreational games and offer friendship and guidance. Work one night a week for 1 1/2 hours throughout the school year at several sites in the District. Call Ann Marie Foley, 202-347-0511, Ext. 333.

Santa's Helpers

The Kids' Konnection Christmas Stocking project needs volunteers to make felt Christmas stockings and stuff them with gifts, small toys or candy. The stockings are given to needy children ages 13 and younger who live in D.C. public housing. Patterns and instructions are provided. Individuals and groups are welcome to volunteer. Call Theresa Mullen, 202-563-1720.

Sports Fans

The Fairfax County Special Olympics Ice Skating Program is recruiting volunteer coaches to work Saturdays from 3 to 5:15 p.m. starting Oct. 2 at Mount Vernon Recreation Center. Volunteers teach basic skating, speed skating and figure skating to disabled children and adults. Call Lindsey Brandolini, 703-266-9774.

A volunteer coordinator is needed for the Rainbow Center 4-H Therapeutic Riding Program in Manassas. The ideal candidate will have management and computer skills. The work requires about five to eight hours a week and can be done from the volunteers' home or at the organization's office. Call the Voluntary Action Center, 703-369-5292, Ext. 25.

Nonprofit organizations, schools and other community groups are invited to send announcements about events, volunteer recruitment and requests for equipment donations to: Anne's Reader Exchange, Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20071. Please do not phone or fax.