World Beat

The International Arts and Crafts Fair will be held Nov. 16-18 at the World Bank, 600 19th St. NW from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. near the Farragut West Metro stop. (The public entrance is on G Street between 19th and 20th Streets.) The fair offers crafts from many African countries, China, Peru, Russia, Syria, Scandinavia and Thailand. In addition, Brazilian semi-precious stones, Bulgarian icons, Indonesian fabrics and art works, clothing and jewelry from around the world will be for sale. Lunch and homemade baked items will be served daily. Proceeds finance scholarships to U.S. universities for qualified women from developing countries. Call 202-473-8751 or 202-473-8752.


The Alexandria Calendar 2000, produced by the Senior Citizens Employment and Services of Alexandria, is available for $7 at 121 N. St. Asaph St. The calendars feature pen and ink drawings of Old Town streets and historic buildings by Catherine Pierson DeCesare. Proceeds support programs to help older residents maintain independence and self-sufficiency. Call 703-836-4414.

The 2000 Mid-Atlantic Weekenders Calendar lists fairs and festivals at historic houses, museums and other venues in the area. The calendar costs $13.95 plus $5.50 shipping. Write Kanin Press, P.O. Box 1174, Portsmouth, NH 03802. Call 603-433-4775.

Y2K Preparation

The American Red Cross, National Capital Chapter, will offer a presentation on preparing for possible disruptions arising from Y2K. The free event will be at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 23 at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave. East, Vienna, Va. Topics include water storage and purification, emergency supplies and community safety. Call 202-728-6489.

Help the Homeless Walkathon

The first annual National Family Volunteer Day will be held Saturday, Nov. 20. The Volunteer Center of Fairfax County has selected Fannie Mae's Help the Homeless Walkathon as its project. Families are invited to volunteer for the 5K walk which starts at 10 a.m. at Freedom Plaza, on Pennsylvania Avenue between 13th and 14th streets NW. Participants pay a $20 fee or pledge, $10 for walkers under age 25. Call Wendy Nichols, 703-246-3460.

Foster Parents Needed

Foster parents living in Montgomery County are needed for children of all ages. Training and financial support provided. Visit their website:

childwelfare/foster2.html or call 240-777-1664.

Mentors and Teachers

Experience Corps in Northwest is recruiting men over age 55 to serve as mentors for 12-year-old boys in the sixth grade at Birney Elementary School, 2501 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE. Senior adult men and women are also needed to read to younger students, (K-Grade 2) at Scott Montgomery School, 421 P St. NW on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Training provided. Call Elizabeth Fox or Roberta Keller, 202-244-9878.

The Pathways Schools, a group of independent schools that serves children with emotional and behavioral disabilities, seeks volunteer teacher assistants for a math class that meets 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. weekdays at The Pathways School, Springville, 9525 Colesville Rd. in Silver Spring. Call Anthony Carvana, the school principal, 301-587-4221.

The Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court in Fairfax seeks a graphics art teacher over age 21 to volunteer at an alternative school in Falls Church instructing court-involved youth. The teacher should know Adobe Photoshop software for Macintosh computers. Time commitment is two hours a week between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., preferably on Thursdays. Call Carol Coile, 703-246-4908 or

Assist the Blind

Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind, 1421 P St. NW, will hold an orientation for new volunteers Nov. 20 from 10 a.m to noon. Assignments include reading mail, assisting with errands and guiding blind people during social activities. Call 202-462-2900.

Holiday Season

The Home for the Holidays bazaar takes place today from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1301 Collingwood Rd. in Alexandria. Crafts, baked goods, children's gifts and jewelry will be for sale. Call 703-765-6555.

St. Francis of Assisi Church, 6701 Muncaster Mill Rd., Derwood, holds a Holiday Craft Bazaar today from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Crafts, ornaments, baked items and bric-a-brac will be offered for sale. Children's activities include face painting, Santa pictures, making gingerbread houses and a reading area. Call 301-840-1407.

"Coping with the Holidays after the Death of a Loved One" will be presented from 7:30 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18 at Haven of Northern Virginia, 4606 Ravensworth Rd., Annandale. No charge. Call 703-941-7000.

Learn how to make holiday wreaths at workshops offered at Meadowlark Gardens, 9750 Meadowlark Gardens Ct. in Vienna. Workshops will be offered at 10 a.m., on Nov. 20 and Dec. 4. Fee is $20 each workshop. To reserve, call 703-255-3631.