McKinley PTSA Meeting Set

The McKinley High School Parent Teacher Student Association will meet 7 p.m. Feb. 4 in the school auditorium. A parent-teacher conference will follow the meeting.

Training Course for Women Offered

Wider Opportunities for Women is sponsoring a free job training program for building repair and maintenance.

The 20-week course offers hands-on training in carpentry, electricity, mechanics, drywall installation and painting. In addition, it includes math, communications, record keeping and building safety. Trainees complete a month-long internship to gain experience.

Women who complete the course will be given help finding jobs and child care. Any woman who is at least 18 years old and a resident of Maryland, Virginia or the District of Columbia is eligible.

Orientation for the program begins in February, and classes begin in April. Classes meet from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, at WOW offices, 1325 G St. NW. Call 638-3143 for information.

Essay Contest Stresses Reading

Sylvan Learning Centers is holding a nationwide essay contest, "How My Life Would Be Different If I Couldn't Read."

The contest is open to children ages 5 to 18, with awards in three age categories: 5 to 10, 11 to 14 and 15 to 18.

The top essays will be sent to national educational and political leaders, to highlight the high rate of illiteracy in the United States.

Essays should be no more than 500 words long. Essays can be mailed to Support Literacy . . . Write Now! program, Sylvan Learning Center, 110 N. Washington St., Rockville, Md. 20850.

The deadline is Feb. 15. For more information, call 762-7882.

Help for Japanese Visitors

In 1987, more than 130,000 Japanese visited the nation's capital.

To help future visitors, the Washington D.C. Convention and Vistors Association now offers a brochure/visitors map in Japanese. For copies, call 789-7006.

Poetry Festival Begins Tomorrow

Mount Vernon College, 2100 Foxhall Rd. NW, invites the public to its 10th Annual Poetry Festival tomorrow from 4 to 6 p.m., at the college chapel.

Students from area high schools will read their poems to the audience and a three-poet judging panel. The first prize winner will receive $100 and publication in Quintessence, the Mount Vernon literary magazine.

U-DC Plans Anacostia River Study

With a $131,000 grant from the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, the University of the District of Columbia Water Resources Research Center will begin a two-year study aimed at restoring the Anacostia River.

The study will combine biological, chemical and physical investigations of the river, concentrated at its Maryland watershed. The goal is to restore the abundant supply of fish that lived in the Anacostia River.

Legion Auxiliary Party Planned

The James Reese Europe Unit No. 5, American Legion Auxiliary, will hold a Valentine's Day party at the Elks Home, 1844 Third St. NW, (at Rhode Island Avenue) on Feb. 14 from 4 to 8 p.m.

Dance contests will feature waltzes, jitterbug, twist and cha-chas. The donation is $5 per person or $8 per couple, to benefit the group's Youth Fund. Veterans with proof of service will be admitted free. For information, call Imagene B. Stewart at 275-3318, or 797-7460.