Higher Education Planning

The Mayor's Advisory Commission on Postsecondary Education, formed to prepare a master plan for higher education in the city, will hold two hearings for community input on higher education, job training and professional opportunities in the District. The first meeting will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Jan. 8 in the fifth-floor chamber of the District Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

The second will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 9 in the auditorium of the Fletcher-Johnson Educational Center, Benning Road and C Street SE.

For information, or to testify, call Adrienne Gillette at 727-0248. Written testimony should be sent to Rolin Sidwell, D.C. Office of Education, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 20004, by Jan. 22.

Poetry Readings Scheduled

The African-American Writers Guild will hold "A Poet on Every Corner," dedicated to the memory of Martin Luther King Jr., on Jan. 9 at the King Library, Ninth and G streets NW.

At 12:30 p.m., poets will meet in front of the library and read their works. At 2:30 p.m., performances will begin inside the library.

For more information, call 546-3229.

Skills Training Course Offered

A seven-week training course in practical skills needed in the retailing field is offered by the Retail Skills Training Center. Subjects include cashiering, customer relations, inventory operations, interview skills and earning promotions. Also provided are 30 hours of on-the-job training and job placement assistance. Call Mr. Palacios or Mr. Goodson at 332-2447, or visit the center at 2701 Ontario Rd. NW, Suite 3B.

Immigration Deadline Approaching

The May 4 deadline for immigrants to apply for legal status is now only four months away. Following is a list of organizations willing to help with legalization:

Associated Catholic Charities, 1504 St. Camillius Dr., Silver Spring, 434-5980; Associated Catholic Charities, 1618 Monroe St., Washington, 332-8666; Ayuda, 1736 Columbia Rd. NW, 387-4848; Casa San Miguel, 911 Oakland St., Arlington, 524-4716; Center for Immigration Policy and Refugee Assistance of Georgetown University, 1242 N St. NW, 687-7032; Ethiopian Community Center, 2607 24th St. NW, #3, Washington, 328-3102 or 328-3103; Ethiopian Community Development Council, 3213 Columbia Pike, Suite 101, Arlington, 685-0510.

Hogar Hispano of the Diocese of Arlington, 915 S. Wakefield St., 979-1705; Korean Community Services Center, 7720 Alaska Ave. NW, 882-8270.

Korean Community Service Center, 7601 Newcastle Dr., Annandale, 354-6345; Latin American Youth Center/Project Horizons, 2439 18th St. NW, 234-9085.

Legalization Assistance Center, 1113 22nd St. NW, #300, Washington, 223-0283; Legalization Coalition of Lutheran Social Services, Indochinese Community Center and Indochina Resource Action Center, 2635 16th St. NW, 265-0110, and 7401 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, 698-7120.

Mission San Juan, 5711 16th St. NW, 723-7555; St. Margaret's Church, 1820 Connecticut Ave. NW, 265-7817; Spanish Catholic Center, 1015 University Blvd. East, Silver Spring, 431-3773; Spanish Catholic Center, 2700 27th St. NW, 483-1520, 483-7080; Travelers Aid Society, 1015 12th St. NW, 347-0101.

Courses in English

The Spanish Education Development Center and the Hispanic Catholic Center will hold English classes Jan. 4 through March 3, Monday through Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at 2200 California St. NW. The cost is $35. In addition, the center will hold Conversational Spanish classes from Jan. 19 through March 10, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. This course costs $195. Both beginning and intermediate levels are taught, and classes meet with the English students for conversational exchanges. Call Hilary Stern at 462-8848.

Volunteers also are needed to work with students learning English. No Spanish language background is needed. Call Nora Acosta at 462-8848.