Youth Science Program

The American Cancer Society is accepting applications from 10th- and 11th-graders in D.C. public and private schools interested in careers in science who would like to take part in an eight-week summer program. Students will work in area university and government medical research laboratories and get experience helping do tests, measurements and experiments.

Call 483-2600.

Gay Men's Chorus Holiday Concert

At 8 p.m. today through Saturday, the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington will present its annual holiday concert and sing-along, "Tidings of Joy," at Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St. NW.

The festivities will transform the church into a Santa's workshop pageant, as chorus members portray snowflakes, toy soldiers, toy cowboys, elves and angels.

Tickets are $11 tomorrow and $15 Friday and Saturday. For information, call 462-6969.

'Shoe In' Collects 1,500 Pairs

About 1,500 pairs of used shoes were collected for the homeless last Thursday at a "Shoe In" at the Bethesda Cinema and Drafthouse in upper Northwest. The event was sponsored by doingsomething, a network of volunteers organized to accommodate the schedules of busy working people.

The shoes will be delivered to six District emergency shelters.

'Season of Song' Ceremony Today

The city's annual "Season of Song" ceremony, kicking off the holiday season, is set for 4:30 p.m. today on the front steps of the District Building.

Christmas music will be performed by the D.C. Boys Choir of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts; the Washington, D.C., Male Chorale; and 12-year-old soloist Rasha Kilgore, a seventh-grader at Jefferson Junior High School. Mayor Marion Barry will light the city's Christmas tree.

Jarvis Opens Service Office

D.C. Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis (D-Ward 4) has opened a new community service office at 7416 Georgia Ave. NW designed as a location where she can meet with community groups and dispense information about city services.

Dawn Alexander, Jarvis's spokeswoman, said the office has information on subjects ranging from obtaining a driver's license to getting a Supercan trash container or requesting a traffic study for a new stoplight.

Volunteers are on duty in the office from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays. There also will be evening hours from 5 to 8 on Wednesdays and Fridays.

For more information, call 726-4566.

Deadline for Writing Competition

Tomorrow is the deadline for submission of entries for the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Award, honoring excellence in writing by black students in liberal arts colleges in the District. The winner of the award, established by local author Marita Golden, will receive $750 and the work will be published in Catalyst magazine.

Crafts Expo This Weekend

Tomorrow through Sunday, more than 125 artisans from here and around the country will sell their crafts at the Third Annual Washington Crafts Expo at the Sheraton Washington Hotel, Woodley Road and Connecticut Avenue NW.

Show hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $6; senior citizens, $5.