Elderfest '99 Scheduled at Freedom Plaza

The D.C. Office on Aging and Family and Child Services of Washington will host Elderfest '99 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. next Thursday at Freedom Plaza, at Pennsylvania Avenue, between 13th and 14th streets NW.

The annual senior citizens festival is free and will feature exhibits and demonstrations of the artistic and cultural diversity of the District's elderly community. Proceeds from the food booths and other exhibits will go to the Emergency Fund, which assists senior citizens in acute emergencies such as the lack of money for rent, telephone services, utility bills and prescriptions.

The honorary chairwoman of this year's event is Virginia Hays Williams, mother of Mayor Anthony A. Williams. A rain date is set for Sept. 10.

Football Classic Set for RFK Stadium

The Greater Washington Urban League Southwest Airlines Football Classic will be held at 4 p.m. Sept. 11 at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. The Howard University Bison will take on the Hampton University Pirates. Tickets are $20 for general admission or $10 for students and senior citizens. They can be purchased at Howard University or at the Greater Washington Urban League's offices, 3501 14th St. NW.

Radio personality Tom Joyner, of the "Tom Joyner Morning Show," heard locally on WHUR, will serve as honorary chairman and will participate in the ceremonial coin toss.

A 5K Run/Walk Against Illiteracy and a Kids 1K Fun Run will be held before the game. Registration starts at 8 a.m. in stadium parking lot 3. Advance fees are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Registration on race day will cost $20. Children 12 and younger participating in the Fun Run can race for free. The race is sponsored by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. For more information or to register, call 301-871-0400.

At 11 a.m. on game day, the Family Festival Tailgate Party will be held in parking lot 4 of the stadium. The event, which is free and open to the public, will include games, performances by the Eastern High School Marching Band and a variety of music groups including gospel, hip-hop, jazz and rhythm and blues. Howard University Hospital will provide free health screenings, and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education will also hold a jobs fair.

For more information, call the Greater Washington Urban League at 202-265-8200 or 1-888-250-PLAY.

Meetings Focus on Votes in Congress

Members of the Coalition for D.C. Representation in Congress will speak to several neighborhood associations in the upcoming weeks to advocate full voting representation in the U.S. House and Senate for the citizens of Washington. Each meeting is open to the public.

Coalition members will speak to Advisory Neighborhood Commission 8-A at 7 p.m. on Sept. 9 at the Old Nicholas School on Martin Luther King Ave. NW; to ANC 6-C at noon on Sept. 11 at Orr Elementary School, located at 24th Street and Naylor and Minnesota avenues NE; to the Public Interest Civic Association at 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 at Calvary Episcopal Church, 820 I St. NE; and to the Brookland Civic Association at 7 p.m. on Sept. 14 at Noise Elementary School, on Franklin Avenue NE between 10th and 12th streets.

For more information, call the coalition at 202-872-8683.

Swygert to Lead D.C. Business

LINC H. Patrick Swygert, the president of Howard University, was appointed chairman of the Washington chapter of BusinessLINC (Learning, Information, Networking and Collaboration) by President Clinton.

The program, headquartered at the Greater Washington Board of Trade, joins chapters in New York, Dallas, Boston, Chicago and the Mississippi Delta in attempts to spur economic growth in troubled communities by linking small businesses with large corporations.