This season, several thousand Washingtonians are expected to participate in various Kwanzaa celebrations around the city. The United Black Community, an umbrella organization of six community service groups, has published a free Kwanzaa guide and calendar of events to help celebrators enjoy the holiday.

The brochures are available in District public schools, libraries, and at:

Nationhouse Watoto School, 503 Park Rd. NW.

August Moon Natural Food Store, 386 Euclid St. NW.

Ujamaa Sule, 1554 Eighth St. NW.

Ujamaa Bookstore, 902 Florida Ave. NW.

Or call Imamu Kuumba at 265-0965 or 232-2997.

Among the free Kwanzaa events:

Wednesday, Dec. 26: umoja (unity) day. The Temple of the Black Messiah will host a one-hour, candlelighting service at Ujamaa Sule, 1554 Eighth St. NW (8th and Q streets). Service begins at 6:30 p.m. A unity celebration will follow at 8 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 27: Kujichagulia (self-determination) day. The Lorton Reformatory will host a celebration. Visitors' passes are available by calling Michael Jones of the Lorton Cultural Awareness Club at 727-4000. Service begins at 6 p.m.

The Temple of the Black Mesiah will host a one-hour candlelighting service at Ujamaa Sule, 1554 Eighth St. NW. Service begins at 6:30 p.m.

The Republic of New Africa will sponsor a three-hour evening celebration at the Banneker Community Center, 2500 Georgia Ave. NW. Servic begins at 8 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 28: Ujima (collective work and responsibility) day. The Temple of the Black Messiah will host a one-hour candlelighting service at Ujamaa Sule, 1554 Eighth St. NW. Service begins at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 29: Ujamaa (cooperative economics) day. A childrens' Kwanzaa party will be held at Nation-house Watoto School, 503 Park Rd. NW from 3 to 5 p.m.

The Temple of the Black Messiah will host a one-hour candlelighting service at Ujamaa Sule, 1554 Eighth St. NW. An evening celebration will follow at 8 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 30: Nia (purpose) day. Body Ecology will sponsor a childrens' arts and crafts workshop, from 12 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at 1409 Emerson St., NW.

Candlelighting services will be held at the Bozum Dzemawodzi (an African shrine) at 5810 Georgia Ave. NW at 6:30 p.m.

Body Ecology will host an evening celebration at 1409 Emerson St. NW. Service begins at 8 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 31: Kuumba (creativity) day. Candlelighting services at the Bozum Dzemawodzi, 5810 Georgia Ave. NW at 6:30 p.m.

The United Black Community will hold a Karamu (feast) at the Mansion of Love, 1368 Euclid St. NW at 8 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 1: Imani (faith) day. The Lorton Cultural Awareness Club will hold a celebration at Lorton Reformatory from 6 to 10 p.m. Visitors passes are available by calling Michael Jones at 727-4000.

The High Celebration to culminate the weeklong events will be held at the Union Temple Baptist Church, 14th and U streets SE. Service begins at 8 p.m.