In the Garden

Friends of Friendship Park seeks volunteers starting at 9 a.m. on Oct. 23 to landscape "Turtle Park," at Van Ness and 45th streets NW. Volunteers with experience in horticulture, landscaping or timberwork are particularly needed, but anyone willing to help plant and mulch is welcome for this community project. Call Mary Gooderham, 202-362-2776.

The Healing Garden will be discussed at a free program at Meadowlark Gardens, Thursday at 7 p.m. Forty artists from the Vienna Arts Society exhibit artwork depicting plants from Meadowlark's Cancer Treatment Garden, and the garden's administrator, Keith Tomlinson, will lecture on "Plant Diversity: Searching for Cures Near and Far." Reservations required. Call 703-255-3631, Ext. 301.

The National Wildlife Federation and Wild Birds Unlimited will offer free training for volunteers interested in becoming habitat stewards in Prince William County. Volunteer stewards provide information and assistance to community groups to preserve a sustainable environment. Call 703-369-5292, Ext. 25.

Disaster Plans

The American Red Cross, National Capital Chapter, is recruiting volunteers who enjoy public speaking. Volunteers will make presentations to organizations and businesses throughout the metro area on Y2K preparedness and family disaster planning. Training will be held Oct. 18, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Fairfax Service Center, 7309 Arlington Blvd., Suite 201, Loehmann's Plaza Falls Church. To register, call 202-728-6489.

Consumer Mediation

Consumers who have disputes with local businesses are invited to use the free services of the Consumer Mediation Clinic at the George Washington University National Law Center. Supervised law students act as neutral mediators helping the parties negotiate a fair settlement without court action. Call 202-994-7260.

Book Sale

Browse through books, sheet music, art, stamps and collectibles at the 39th annual book fair sponsored by the Association of American Foreign Service Women on Oct. 16-17 and Oct. 23-24 in the Department of State Exhibition Hall, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The entrance is on C Street, between 22 and 23rd streets NW. Proceeds support District charities and a scholarship program. Call 202-223-5796.

Victim Assistance

Volunteers are needed for the Montgomery County Victim Assistance and Sexual Assault Program, which offers 24-hour crisis counseling and companion services for rape victims. Prospective volunteers must be county residents, have a valid driver's permit and be able to make a one-year work commitment. Call 240-777-1355.

Education Options

First Class Inc. offers a seminar titled "Alternative Ways to Earn a College Degree" on Oct. 18, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Discussion covers correspondence and online courses and how to turn life experience, military service and training courses into college credit. Fee is $37. Call 202-797-5102.

Send care packages to youths who were orphaned or in foster care and now attend college on scholarships. The Orphan Foundation asks for volunteer groups or individuals to send packages with snacks, school supplies, coupons for free or discount items and other gifts. Call Anne McVey or Beverly Burke, 703-281-4226 or e-mail:

The Black Student Fund presents a free School Fair on Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center, 900 Ninth St. NW. Parents and students in fifth grade or above are invited to attend and learn about private schools and financial aid for minority students ages 3 to 17. Representatives from 50 day and boarding schools will participate. Call 202-387-1414.

Benefit Events

There will be a reception and auction Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Pan American Health Organization, 525 23rd St. NW (near Foggy Bottom Metro stop) to raise funds for health care and education in Jamaica. The Eureka Alliance is sponsoring the exhibition and sale of more than 80 works of art from artists in 18 countries. Call 202-232-7623 or visit

The Woman's Club of Bethesda will sponsor its 51st Annual Antique Show on Oct. 21-22, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 5500 Sonoma Rd., opposite National Institutes of Health. Admission is $3.50. Proceeds support local philanthropies. Call 301-530-3546.