Business Fair

The Howard University Small Business Development Center is hosting a Business Trade Fair today featuring exhibits by local and national black-owned businesses and other corporations interested in recruiting minorities.

The fair is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Blackburn Center of the main campus, 2400 Sixth St. NW.

Art Show and Sale

The work of 34 city and area artists will be on display at the annual Capitol Hill Day School benefit art show and sale Sunday at the school, 210 South Carolina Ave. SE.

The show of paintings, sculpture, photography, crafts and wearable art is from noon to 6 p.m. Proceeds will help finance special programs at the 22-year-old private school.

Choir to Play Cupid

he Thomas Circle Singers, a nonprofit choir that gives classical concerts several times a year to benefit local charities, is playing Cupid once again this Valentine's Day.

For $10, choir members will perform a singing telegram over the telephone to an old or new love. This Feb. 14, the singers are offering a repertoire of a dozen classic and contemporary melodies, including such favorites as the Beatles hit "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and Elvis Presley's "Love Me Tender."

Proceeds will be used to purchase sheet music, hire musicians and pay advertising fees for charity concerts. Organizers said proceeds from previous concerts have been donated to the Whitman-Walker Clinic, the Zacchaeus Medical Clinic and the N Street Village for the Homeless.

For information, call 301-656-8005.

Soldiers to Be Honored

Civil War enthusiasts will hold a special ceremony on Saturday honoring the memory of a group of free black Union soldiers buried in a small cemetery on the grounds of St. Elizabeths Hospital.

Beginning at 11 a.m., Civil War buffs dressed in traditional uniforms and armed with antique weapons will salute the courageous spirit of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, the first regiment of free blacks to serve during that war.

Their contributions were re-created in the Oscar-winning film "Glory," which told of their historic charge on Fort Wagner on July 18, 1863. Nearly half the regiment, which was led by Col. Robert Gould Shaw, was killed during the battle.

Black Arts Celebration

Music by Charles Woods' "Jazz-E" trio, readings by poet Josephine Campbell and dramatic selections by the Serenity Players will highlight a Black History Month celebration Feb. 15 at the Charles Sumner School Museum, 1201 17th St. NW.

Sponsored by Tomorrow's World Art Center Inc., the salute to the arts also will include a display of black memorabilia, African art, textiles and African artifacts.

The event will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., and refreshments will be served. The suggested donation is $12.50.