Radio Work

Public radio station WPFW (89.3-FM) seeks volunteers for its fall membership drive Oct. 10-23. Volunteers work a few hours during the day, evenings or weekends. Tasks include answering phones, assisting with data entry, sending out mass mailings. Refreshments are provided. Call 202-588-0999, Ext. 344.

Volunteer Day

Join neighbors on Oct. 23 for the Volunteer Fest '99, a project of the Volunteer Center of Fairfax County. Families, corporate teams, groups and individuals are welcome to help. Tasks include gardening, repairing, painting, collecting food, sorting donated items in thrift stores, cleaning park paths, planting trees and more. Call 703-246-3460 or visit

Family Matters

The Parent Warmline, a free Rockville-based telephone service that provides information about children, needs volunteers with practical experience or knowledge of child development and behavior. Time commitment is about four hours a week after a 30-hour training course. Applications are due Tuesday. Call 301-942-5370.

Parents and students are invited to the fourth annual Parent Expo sponsored by the Greater Washington Urban League today from noon to 5 p.m. at the D.C. Armory. Exhibitors offer information on child health, education and parenting. Dental health screening and car safety seat checks offered. Admission is free. Call 202-265-8200.

The D.C. Chapter of the Mothers of Twins Club seeks volunteers and a chairperson for one year. Experience is not required. The club provides networking and practical information for multiple-birth mothers. Call Carolyn Carter, 301-933-6302.

Volunteers skilled in Web site management are needed at the Institute for Family Living, a nonprofit organization in Silver Spring that provides nutrition information for Montgomery County Head Start program participants at Volunteers should have experience with htlm files. Call 301-587-2795.

Focus on Education

The Perry School, 128 M St. NW, is dedicated to offering North Capitol Street area elementary schoolchildren after-school tutoring and mentoring programs. Volunteers are needed to work two hours a week, preferably from 3 to 5 p.m. tutoring children in basic reading, writing and arithmetic. Call Alverta Munlin or Joyce Jones, 202-789-0868.

Lead school tours at the Montgomery County Historical Society's Beall-Dawson House and Stonestreet Medical Museum in Rockville. Costumed volunteer tour guides share their knowledge about Montgomery County's history with fourth-grade students. Tours are offered Wednesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to noon during the school year. Guides work two or three mornings a month. Training will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Nov. 10. Call Emily Correll, 301-762-5115.

The Smithsonian Office of Education seeks volunteers to assist during the annual teacher open house Oct. 22. Shifts are available from 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. or 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Duties include greeting guests, stocking display materials and distributing evaluation forms. The event attracts more than 2,000 teachers and is held at the National Museum of African Art, the S. Dillon Ripley Center and the Smithsonian Institution Castle. Volunteers are welcome to attend before or after their shift. Required training will be held Oct. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. or Oct. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. Call Tania Said, 202-786-2403, Ext. 2.

Animal Lore

Award-winning wildlife photographer James Balog will present a slide show of recent work at a free program at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium, noon to 2 p.m. Friday. After the slide show and lecture about his recent travel in Borneo and China, Balog will sign copies of his new book, "Animal, a Photographer's Passage Through the World of Wildlife." Call 202-357-2700.

The Montgomery County Humane Society will hold a benefit "Dances With Dogs" on Oct. 22, from 8 p.m. to midnight at Indian Spring Country Club, 13501 Layhill Rd., in Silver Spring. The event features a buffet dinner, beverages, silent and live auction, a dog psychic, caricaturist and dance demonstrations. Leashed dogs are welcome. Tickets are $75 each, $135 a pair. Proceeds support Humane Society programs. Call 301-279-1969.

Mentors for Children

Immigrant children in the Silver Spring-Takoma Park area need mentors who will help them adjust to life in Montgomery County. The Interages Bridges program matches adult volunteers age 55 and older with schoolchildren. Mentors meet one hour a week with the children to develop an inter-generational friendship. Training provided; foreign language skills are not required. Call Wendy Morris, 301-949-3551.

This Weekend

Donate new or gently used children's books, bicycles and helmets and Halloween costumes for distribution to needy children. Nonperishable food and toiletry items are also being collected today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at stores in Congressional Plaza on Rockville Pike. Participating stores are Fresh Fields, Rachel's Hallmark, Appalachian Spring and Bikes USA. Tax receipts will be provided on site by representatives from the nonprofit agencies accepting the donations.