Holiday Helpers

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park celebrates the 150th anniversary of the canal in the year 2000. A commemorative calendar (12" x 12") with historic photographs of canal life is available for $9.95 plus $3 shipping. Proceeds go to the C & O Park. Orders should be sent to: C&O Canal Fund/National Park Foundation, P.O. Box 4, Sharpsburg, Md. 21782. Call 301-714-2233.

The Alexandria Volunteer Bureau has a list of holiday volunteer opportunities for individuals and groups. Assignments range from gift wrapping, delivering food, adopting a poor family or collecting toys. Call 703-836-2176 or visit their Web site:

The Latino Civil Rights Center in Adams-Morgan is holding a Holiday Food Drive through Dec. 20 for low income families. Donations of canned goods and other nonperishable food should be brought to the group's office at 2701 Ontario Rd. NW, second floor. The Center also welcomes names of individuals or families who need to receive food. Call 202-332-1053.

Small Business

A free program, "Small Business Owners Y2K Preparedness Seminar," will be held Wednesday, Dec. 15, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the D.C. Housing Finance Agency, 815 Florida Ave. NW. To reserve, call the Greater Washington Urban League, 202-265-8200, ext. 232 or 247.

Toast & Strawberries boutique, 1608 20th St. NW, at Connecticut and Q streets NW near Dupont Circlesponsors small business networking programs each month. The next program, featuring local fashion designer Venesa Corbin and others, will be Monday, Dec. 13, from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is $7. Call 202-234-1212.

Cocker Spaniel Rescue

Oldies but Goodies Cocker Rescue seeks volunteers to provide foster homes for cocker spaniel dogs, caring for them for one to four months until permanent homes are found. Dog food and vet fees are provided. Call Debbie Reitz at 703-263-9055 or visit their Web site: