Grant Provides Language Lab For High School

Teachers at Bell Multicultural High School last week officially opened a new language laboratory made possible by a three-year grant from RJR Nabisco Inc.

The audiovisual lab, part of the school's new center for excellence in languages, has 20 stations to allow the school's 600 high school students to work independently to improve their English or learn another language.

"In the past, we just used tape recorders and mostly classroom activities," said teacher Ana Vasquez.

Students love it, Vasquez said.

"When another teacher is coming in with a group, they don't want to leave," Vasquez said.

The $80,000 for the new equipment was part of a $30 million grant by the company to encourage local efforts to improve schools. Conference for Parents

The D.C. public schools will hold a citywide conference for parents Oct. 26 and 27 at Eastern High School, 17th and East Capitol streets NE.

The theme of the weekend conference will be "Our Children, Our Future: Meeting the Challenge Through Parent Involvement."

The conference will feature addresses by school officials and various workshops on Saturday for parents.

Child care and some transportation will be available.

Friday's session will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Saturday's session will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For more details, call 724-4400. Investment in Africa

The second annual symposium on Trade and Investment in Africa will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn in Landover.

The symposium will feature workshops on business opportunities in Africa as well as an open session on the current investment climate, promising markets, free zone business and financing opportunities.

For more information, call 393-0150. Academic Talent

Seventh-graders with high verbal, mathematical or general intellectual abilities are eligible to participate in Johns Hopkins University's 12th annual talent search.

Conducted by the university's Center for the Advancement of Academically Talented Youth, the search covers the District of Columbia and more than 15 states, including Maryland and Virginia.

Seventh-graders or students in a higher grade who were born after Dec. 31, 1977, are eligible, and must apply by Nov. 14.

Applicants must have scored in the 97th percentile or above on national standardized aptitude or achievement tests.

Students who qualify to participate will take the College Board Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) in their home communities in January.

Students who qualify become eligible for several academic programs, including a summer in Geneva.

Some students in these academic programs enter college early. The program's thrust, however, is to enable talented youngsters to enter college at the usual age but with advanced standing.

For information, call 301-338-8427. Pageant Performers

The National Park Service is looking for volunteer choirs and instrumental groups interested in performing seasonal music at the 1990 Pageant of Peace.

The pageant opens this year with the lighting of the National Tree at 5 p.m. Dec. 13 on the Ellipse, south of the White House.

Groups performing will be scheduled for 30- or 60-minute segments from 6 to 9 p.m. nightly from Dec. 14 through Dec. 23 and Dec. 26 through Dec. 30.

Interested groups should call 202-619-7225, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.