Forum to Discuss The Role of PTAs

A forum for parents of preschoolers to learn about the role of the PTA in District schools will be held at 7 p.m. July 26 at Brooks Mansion at Monroe and Newton streets NE, near the Brookland Metro station.

The free forum is sponsored by the Brookland Baby Sitting Cooperative, and is open to any District parent.

Leaders of the cooperative, a four-year-old group of about 60 families who offer each other baby-sitting services, said the forum is aimed at people who live in the Brookland area, but is open to anyone interested in knowing more about the PTA.

For information, call 269-9334.

Ethnic Bazaar Planned

he Sign of the Times nonprofit cultural workshop and gallery in Northeast is planning its annual ethnic bazaar in August and has space open for interested vendors to rent in a 7,500-square-foot tent.

For information, call 399-3400.

Boarder Babies Home

Freddie Mac, a mortgage funding corporation chartered by Congress, has donated one of its repossessed properties in the city, valued at $65,000, to the D.C. Boarder Baby Project.

The D.C. Boarder Baby Project is a nonprofit group dedicated to the care of infants, often the children of drug-addicted mothers, abandoned at birth in area hospitals.

The single-family home at 524 Irving St. NW will undergo renovation at a cost of $80,000 to 90,000 beginning later this month and is expected to be ready to house babies by mid- to late fall.

Money for renovation will come from fund-raising and donations of services and materials. When the house is completed, it will be able to handle up to six infants at once or about 24 a year. It will be staffed 24 hours a day by a house mother, nurses and volunteers.

Medical care for the babies will be donated by Karl Hammonds, director of Progressive Health Associates of Northeast.

Babies will come to the facility from the hospitals' intensive care units when they are about 6 to 12 weeks old and will stay for about three months.

For information, call 759-8509.

Russian Choir Concert

The Leningrad Boys Choir, the oldest musical establishment in the USSR, will present a concert at 2 p.m. today at the Capital Children's Museum, 801 Third St. NE.

The 37-member choir of boys ages 8 to 14 will perform Russian folk songs, sacred music, international choral classics and a tribute to the Beatles.

Admission is included in the $5 charge to visit the museum. For information, call 675-4128.

Garden Lovers Needed

The American Horticultural Society, a nonprofit organization for gardeners, is looking for volunteers to help with garden-related activities at its Fairfax County headquarters.

Volunteers are needed to staff the society's information service, assist with maintenance of its gardens and help with research and library work. The American Horticultural Society is at River Farm, a 25-acre estate once owned by George Washington at 7931 East Boulevard Dr., between Alexandria and Mount Vernon. The property contains test and display gardens, an herb garden, a wildflower meadow and an orchard.

For information, call 768-5700.

Library Pajama Party

The Woodridge Regional Library in Northeast will hold a pajama party and story hour for toddlers and their parents Wednesday evening.

The event is designed to interest preschoolers in books. The hourlong party begins at 7 p.m. The library is at 18th Street and Rhode Island Avenue NE.

For information, call 727-1401.