Catholic Schools Week

The theme will be "Share the Spirit" as the Archdiocese of Washington celebrates Catholic Schools Week Sunday through March 12. Activities will vary from school to school, but include a neighborhood clean-up at St. Peter's Interparish School, 422 Third St. SE; a faculty-student jump rope contest at Holy Trinity, 1325 36th St. NW, to benefit the American Heart Association; a serenade of neighboring businesses by students of Sacred Heart School, 1625 Park Rd. NW; a role reversal at St. Gabriel's, 510 Webster St. NW, with eighth graders teaching classes and teachers dressed in school uniforms; an alumni day March 10 at Assumption Catholic School, 220 Highview Place SE; and music and art exhibits at St. Anthony's School, 12th and Lawrence streets NE.

For more information on Catholic schools in Washington, call the schools office at 853-4588.

Consumer Mediation Service

The National Law Center of George Washington University operates a free mediation service to resolve complaints by consumers in metropolitan Washington.

Consumers with complaints such as problems with a new or used car or with mail-order products may talk to the university's law students at the Consumer Help hot line between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 775-8567.

Consumers also may write to Consumer Help, 720 20th St. NW, Suite SL 101, Washington, D.C. 20052.

Energy Awareness

The D.C. Energy Office is accepting applications for grants from its community energy education program "Energy is You." The program offers grants of up to $3,000 to churches, community groups, educational institutions, businesses or individuals for energy fairs and other community affairs projects related to energy awareness. For information, call 724-2100 or visit the city Energy Office, 613 G St. NW, fifth floor.

Speech Competition

International Training in Communication's D.C. Midtown Club will hold its 12th annual speech contest, "An Articulate Celebration," at 6 p.m. today at the Disabled Veterans Building, 807 Maine Ave. SW. Admission is $6. The group trains its members in oral and written communications. For information, call 894-7107.

Cultural Celebration

The Union Temple Baptist Church invites churches, civic groups and other organizations to participate in its April 30 Unifest '88 festival to celebrate African American culture and to stress unity in the black community against drugs.

For information, call 889-1888 or 889-6868.

Benefit Exhibition

The Middendorf Gallery, 2009 Columbia Rd. NW, will sponsor an opening of an exhibition, "Hard Times: American Paintings, Prints and Photographs of the 1930s," from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The suggested donation is $2, and proceeds will benefit So Others Might Eat, or SOME, which feeds 1,000 needy people in Washington daily.

Included in the exhibition are works by Philip Evergood, Thomas Hart Benton, Ben Shahn, Walker Evans, Berenice Abbott, Jacob Lawrence, Jacob Kainen, Saul Levine and James Turnbull. The show will continue through April 2. For more information, call 462-2009.

Student Financial Aid

The Educational Opportunity Center, 2124 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, will hold two workshops explaining sources of financial aid for the 1988-89 school year. The classes will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday and at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Admission is free. For information, call 889-5300.

Homelessness Information

The Homelessness Information Exchange publishes a quarterly national newsletter on homelessness and solutions. For information, write the National Homelessness Information Exchange, 1120 G St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20005, or call 628-2990.

South African Drama

The Sanctuary Theatre, 1459 Columbia Rd. NW, will present a South African drama, "Statements After an Arrest Under the Immorality Act," from May 20 through June 12. The play was written by Athol Fugard, John Kani and Winston Ntshona, and is directed by Janet Wallis.

In addition, "The Tree Climber" by the late Egyptian playwright Tawfik al-Hakim will run May 5 through June 5.

Tickets cost $8 and $10. For more information, call 745-3666.

Public Schools Exhibits

The D.C. public schools will sponsor exhibits in the Sumner School Museum and Archives, 17th and M streets NW.

"Donald Cox: A Washington Artist," "Discoveries: West African Masks, Bronzes and Statuary," and "Black Women Organized for Change" will be displayed through March 28. "America's City Halls" will be shown through March 30.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call 727-3419.