Fourth Annual Summit on Aging

Optimal Aging, the fourth annual health and human services summit, will be held Monday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland, Shady Grove campus.

Those attending the free summit can learn about strategies to improve senior citizens' health, fitness and quality of life. Speakers will talk about the future of Medicare.

To register for the summit, call 301-217-4511.

Credits for School Equipment

Students in Virginia, Maryland and the District earned $1.25 million in credit toward educational equipment for their schools in Safeway's 1998-99 "Tapes for Education" program.

As part of the program, parents, relatives and friends collected Safeway cash register receipts and gave them to the participating schools of their choice. Schools redeem the receipts for credit toward supplies such as computers, audiovisual equipment, books and furniture.

District of Columbia schools earned $166,815. Virginia schools earned $469,115, and Maryland schools earned $619,589 in the program.

The 1999-2000 program will run from Sept. 12 through Feb. 27, 2000. Schools wishing to participate must register for the program by calling 800-352-4658.

African American Health Summit

The Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services African-American Health Initiative will hosts its second community-wide meeting Monday from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the University of Maryland, Shady Grove campus.

Four coalitions dealing with diabetes, oral health, infant mortality and HIV/AIDS will address their impact on African Americans.

For more information or to register, call 301-217-6529.

Donations for Kosovo Refugees

Donations of household items for Kosovo refugees are being accepted at all Montgomery County fire stations until the end of the month.

Items most needed include: tables, chairs, throw rugs, curtains, bed linens, strollers, cribs, bassinets, towels, lamps, clothing (underwear, diapers and shoes should be new), TVs, VCRs, educational tapes, radios, books, stuffed animals, soccer balls, soft luggage (backpacks or gym bags) and detergent.

The program, Drive for Supplies, is sponsored by Learn Shop Inc. of Wheaton, a volunteer, nonprofit organization working to combat hunger in the United States. The group and the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service are cooperating with the New Jersey National Guard to assist the 20,000 refugees staying at the guard's station in Fort Dix, N.J. In addition, five Montgomery County schools have agreed to donate school supplies collected during their end-of-the-school-year locker clean-outs. The schools are Wheaton High School and Gaithersburg, Redland, Julius West and Lee middle schools.

For more information, contact the Rev. Kevin Newcomer, of the Learn Shop, at 301-942-1074, or visit the group's Web site (members.aol.com/learnshop2/learnshop.html).