Registration Begins for Soccer

Program Registration has begun for the seventh season of a soccer program run by the D.C. Department of Recreation and Parks. The season will begin Sept. 13 and run through Nov. 13; boys and girls ages 5 to 14 may register at any of the city's 68 recreation centers.

The program, sponsored by Snickers, is a public-private partnership introduced to teach urban youths the nation's fastest-growing sport. Besides the fundamentals of the sport, youths also learn the merits of fair play while engaging in competition.

All participants will receive a free uniform and will have the opportunity to compete in the citywide age division championship games on Nov. 13.

Parents and volunteers are needed to help. Those interested will receive training to become referees or coaches or perform other support roles.

For more information, call the Snickers City Soccer Hotline at 202-673-7655 or contact a neighborhood recreation center.

Back-to-School Events Set

Two back-to-school events will take place Saturday to provide safety and medical information to children in the District.

From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the District of Columbia Safe Kids Coalition will host a back-to-school Safety Expo at the Washington Convention Center. The event will feature a car seat check, home and pedestrian safety information, health and fitness booths, arts and entertainment, and a technology center. A bike rodeo with a bike helmet giveaway, along with a scavenger hunt, interactive booths and face-painting also will be featured.

D.C. Safe Kids Coalition is part of the National Safe Kids Campaign, an organization that seeks to prevent unintentional childhood injuries, the top killers of children ages 14 and younger.

Also on Saturday, the annual "It's Wise to Immunize" campaign will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during a Back to School Family Fun Fair at Trinity College, 125 Michigan Ave. NE. The event, hosted by Children's Hospital, will offer free vaccinations against measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, polio, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), Haemophilus influenza type B (HiB disease) and chickenpox to infants, toddlers and school-aged children.

Other sponsors of the event--which also will include entertainment, food, games and prizes--are the D.C. Department of Health Immunization Program and Wal-Mart.

Whitman-Walker Clinic Seeks Directors

The Whitman-Walker Clinic is seeking nominations for new members of its Board of Directors. Board members serve three-year terms and should be knowledgeable about the substantive issues that affect the communities Whitman-Walker serves. The duties include acting as "governors" of the clinic, establishing major policy, providing oversight, ensuring financial well-being, fostering community support and meeting fund-raising expectations.

The clinic also is seeking nominations for one of three board seats reserved for clinic clients. This position is a one-year term.

Nominations are due by Sept. 9 and should be submitted to: Board Nominations, c/o Michael Vann, Whitman-Walker Clinic, 1407 S St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20009.