Residents Can Hit City Pools

The D.C. Department of Recreation and Parks has opened 15 pools and is set to open the remaining five Saturday. Swimming season lasts through the end of August.

All outdoor pools open at 10 a.m. for organized swimming instruction. General swimming opens at 1 p.m. and closes at 8 p.m. On weekends, pools are open from noon to 7 p.m. Check with each pool for its days of operation.

Also opening this weekend are 15 "walk-to-pools," primarily for general swimming for children ages 14 and younger. These pools are open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays only.

Swimming is free at the pools except for five: Anacostia, East Potomac, Francis, McKinley and Upshur. At those pools, to cover the costs of recent renovation, admission is $1 for senior citizens over the age of 55 and for children ages 17 and younger; and $3 for adults. Seniors and residents under 18 may purchase a 10-swim pass for $8 or a season pass for $33. A 10-swim pass for adults is $24, and a season pass is $99.

Public Works Delivering New Trash Cans

The D.C. Department of Public Works began delivering new trash cans Saturday to residents of Ward 1. By this Saturday, residents in Ward 2 and Ward 6 also will receive new 32-gallon, green, heavy-duty plastic cans with attached lids. That means that all residents who receive twice-a-week collections from Public Works will have new cans, officials said.

The new cans, labeled "Clean City," are a part of the mayor's "Rid-a-Rat" campaign. Public Works suggests that residents receiving the cans paint their addresses on them; occasionally rinse them inside and out; pour a small amount of ammonia or bleach in the cans to deter stray animals; and avoid using them for hazardous waste.

Residents Are Asked to Water Trees

Because of the lack of rain this season, tree experts are asking residents to help water neighborhood trees. A statement released by the Committee of 100 on the Federal City's tree committee said street trees are especially vulnerable because they are surrounded by pavement and sidewalks that channel water into the sewers.

"We're asking homeowners, tenants and owners of commercial property to give trees in front of their property a good, slow, deep soaking twice a week, not a daily sprinkle," said Sally Boasberg, chair of the committee.

She also suggested that people do not use automatic sprinklers because they waste water, and she discouraged people from fertilizing trees because trees are not getting enough water to make use of fertilizer.

Girls Basketball Program Recruiting

Nike Jr. Mystics League, a basketball program for girls ages 7 to 18 set up through the Department of Recreation and Parks, is recruiting for its second year of play. The season begins Monday, and interested players can register for free at any of the District's 77 neighborhood-based recreation centers.

Teams will be formed by age group and will play against other teams in their age group, culminating with a championship game on Aug. 11 at MCI Center.

For more information, contact any recreation center or call the Sports Office at 202-645-3940.

Summer Reading Effort Seeks Volunteers

SummerTime and Reading Together Inc. (START), a local nonprofit organization that matches adult volunteers with Washington area children ages 5 to 14, is in need of volunteers to spend at least one hour a week throughout the summer reading to children. Meeting places and times are determined by mutual convenience.

Volunteers should attend one training session to be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. June 23 and June 30, at Akin, Gump, LLP, 1333 New Hampshire Ave. NW, fourth floor, near the Dupont Circle Metro station.

During the summer, START will provide additional training, books and other logistical support. For more information and to reserve a spot at the training session, call 301-460-8166.