Bus Special Offered

Montgomery County's Ride-On bus service and Metrobus now allow passengers to ride as many buses as they wish on weekdays after 9:30 a.m., on weekends and on holidays for a single fare of $1.

Under the program, which started Oct. 1, passengers pay $1 when boarding a bus and receive a special transfer called the "Montgomery Mover." This permits them to transfer among Ride-On buses and Metrobuses at no additional cost for the remainder of the day.

The program is similar to the "Jingle Bus" system that ran during the Christmas season last year. County officials report that Jingle Bus produced an 11 percent increase in Ride-On ridership during the five weeks that it operated.

Montgomery Mover will be in effect throughout the year.

Minority Affairs Official

Jose C. Manduley has been appointed to the county's new Office of Minority and Multicultural Affairs.

Manduley, 42, will oversee the coordination of services to the county's ethnic population. The office, which has a budget of $319,000, includes three minority affairs coordinators serving as liaisons with the black, Hispanic and Asian communities.

Manduley, who has more than 12 years of experience in the development and management of multicultural and minority education and social service programs, will be paid $45,000 a year.

For two years, Manduley was director of the Institute for Intercultural Training and associate professor in multicultural education at New York University. For seven years, he worked for UNICEF in New York and overseas. He speaks Spanish, French and Portuguese, and has studied Farsi, Japanese and Korean.

Flu Immunization Clinics

The county health department is holding influenza immunization clinics throughout the county during October and November.

Vaccinations are recommended for all those over age 65, for people of any age with long-term heart or lung problems, and for those with kidney disease, diabetes or anemia. According to county health officials, the federal Centers for Disease Control also has recommended that flu shots be given to children who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy and to people with long-term heart or lung disease.

The vaccine available at the county clinics contains the strains A/Taiwan, A/Leningrad and B/Ann Arbor.

The health department recommends checking with a doctor before going to a clinic. The cost of a flu injection is $3.

For information on the vaccination schedule, call 279-1900.

Help for AIDS Patients

The Montgomery and Prince George's county health departments are seeking volunteers to help AIDS patients with day-to-day living tasks such as driving them to medical appointments and weekly support meetings as well as visiting them when they are hospitalized.

A training course for volunteers will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday and Oct. 22, and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Montgomery County Silver Spring Health Center, 8818 Georgia Ave. Participants should bring lunch to the Saturday session.

To register, call 386-0348.

ID Cards in Bethesda

Senior citizens and handicapped residents seeking photo identification cards can bypass long lines at the Motor Vehicle Administration and obtain the cards at a special clinic Wednesday, county officials announced.

Representatives of the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles will be at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Center, 7815 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to issue the identification. Residents can call Nancy Greene for an appointment at 986-4190.