Health Department Hearing

A public hearing sponsored by the D.C. Department of Health will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Towers Auditorium of Howard University Hospital, 2041 Georgia Ave. NW.

The meeting's purpose is to get public feedback on the health improvement goals for the District and to review the "Draft Healthy People 2010 Plan," which is intended to meet the health needs of District residents over the next 10 years.

The plan includes areas: diabetes control; environmental health; health care finance; HIV/AIDS; immunization and infection control; maternal, infant and child health; nutrition; primary care; public health infrastructure; sexually transmitted diseases; substance abuse; tuberculosis; and violence and abusive behavior. Individuals or organizations wishing to testify at the hearing should call Patricia Theiss at 202-442-9005 for more information by Monday.

Public Works Honors Students

The Department of Public Works honored more than 350 students who participated in the department's year-long program--Students Working for Educational and Environmental Partnerships, also known as SWEEP, JR.--at a ceremony at the Reeves Center on Friday.

More than 1,500 students from Barnard, Clark, H.D. Cooke, Kenilworth, Ketcham, McGogney, Patricia Harris, Park View, Savoy, Seaton, West and Wilkinson elementary schools participated in the program, which teaches students how to eliminate conditions that lead to rats.

The honorees were students who went beyond the program to do activities such as community cleanups or a walk through a neighborhood to analyze conditions. One school even adopted a vacant lot to keep clean until it was eventually bought.

The program, which will begin again in the fall, is an outgrowth of the Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Program, which provides educational materials to residents and businesses about sanitation practices.

Free Movies on the Mall

Humphrey Bogart, Judy Garland and James Dean will fill a big screen on the Mall this summer in a series of free movies, according to a National Park Service spokesman.

Called the "Screen on the Green," the event will run on five consecutive Monday evenings at dusk (sometime after 8 p.m.) beginning July 12. A 20-by-40-foot screen will be at 17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, spokesman Earle Kittleman said.

"Casablanca" is the first movie scheduled, followed by "The Wizard of Oz," "Citizen Kane," "King Kong" and "Rebel Without a Cause." The showings are sponsored by HBO and Banana Republic.

New Number for Newsline

Newsline for the Blind will have a new phone number beginning June 28: 240-777-0004. The free 24-hour newspaper reading service is available by subscription to people who are blind, visually impaired or unable to read a printed newspaper. It is made available by the Montgomery County Department of Public Libraries to people who live in the District, Montgomery and Prince George's counties and Northern Virginia.

For more information about the service call any Montgomery County library.