Children's Hospital has hired a second Spanish-speaking speech pathologist to work at the Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Language Disorders, which the hospital runs in Adams-Morgan.
The center, at 1630 Columbia Rd. NW, provides evaluations and therapy for children and people up to age 21 who have speech and hearing problems.
The center offers these services regardless of a family's financial circumstances. It is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For information or an appointment, call 939-4703.
Black Farmers Meeting
he National Black Farmers Harvest and Business Trade Corp. Inc. will hold a three-day national conference this weekend at the Howard Inn on Georgia Avenue NW to address the plight of the black farmer in America.
The year-old trade organization is composed of black farmers, professionals, religious leaders and restaurant and grocery owners whose aim is to unite black farmers in the South with black consumers in the North.
Agricultural census figures indicate that minority farmers have been going out of business at more than three times the rate of white farmers and that black farmers have suffered the most. Between 1920 and 1987, the number of white-operated farms in the United States declined 63 percent and the number of black-operated ones declined 97.5 percent.
The conference, open to the public, begins tomorrow and continues through Sunday. For more information, call 212-691-8264.
New Year Festivities
The Chinese lunar new year will be celebrated Sunday in Washington's Chinatown with a colorful parade of marching bands, dragon dancers, clowns and jugglers near the decorative archway at Seventh and H streets NW.
Festivities, sponsored in part by the D.C. Committee to Promote Washington, will begin at 1 p.m. with the lighting of firecrackers strung from a six-story crane to scare off evil spirits and initiate the Year of the Ram.
For Asians, the festival is a time to prepare traditional foods, close accounts, pay debts, clean house, honor ancestors and thank the gods for a prosperous new year. More than two dozen Chinatown restaurants will offer special lunches and dinners throughout the afternoon.
The celebration will be about a block from the Gallery Place Metro station.
For information, call 724-4091.
New regulations now require all children enrolled in D.C. public or private schools to have six immunizations -- one for measles, mumps and rubella and five others for influenza type b, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio.
Commissioner for Public Health Georges C. Benjamin said that although most District students already get these immunizations through their public or private health providers, it is important that families new to the area make sure their children get the required injections as soon as possible.
To help, the city is offering free immunizations from 4 to 8 p.m. every Thursday at a special clinic in the Reeves Municipal Center, 14th and U streets NW.
Free immunizations also are available from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays at the Commission of Public Health's neighborhood clinics.
For information, call 576-7130.
Program on AIDS
Arena Stage will offer a free program, "AIDS: A Decade of Denial, a Decade of Neglect," on Sunday afternoon.
The program will bring together health care experts, people with AIDS and actors from the current production of Cheryl West's "Before It Hits Home," a new drama about AIDS and its impact on a black family.
Panelists will include Arthur Neau White, a senior research scientist at the National Institutes of Health, and Jewel Robinson, an understudy in the production and the sister of TV news anchor Max Robinson, who died of AIDS.
The program, part of the theater's signature series, begins at 1 p.m. and is open to the public. No reservations are required.
For information, call 554-9060.