Library Seeks Patron Feedback

D.C. Public Library staff will distribute survey forms from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Department of Motor Vehicles, 301 C St. NW.

The "Books, Bytes, Buildings and Added Benefits" surveys, which also are available at all D.C. public libraries until Sept. 25, were created to get feedback from District residents and others who use the library on how to better serve the community's needs.

Zoo to Host Exhibit and Fiesta

The National Zoo will be the setting for an international wildlife art exhibit Saturday and Sunday and for a Hispanic fiesta Sept. 25 and 26, according to a spokesman for the Friends of the National Zoo.

The free art exhibit, the fifth annual event, will feature the work of 75 artists, photographers and craftspeople from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Arts and crafts activities will be available for children.

On both days, at 1:15 p.m., the zoo's elephants will create their own artwork by putting foot to paint to paper. Those prints will be sold to benefit the Friends' Panda Conservation Fund, the spokesman said.

The following weekend, the zoo will hold a free fiesta to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, including Latin dance and jazz performances, traditional crafts and a Latin American food court from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. A carnival-like parade of musicians and dancers is scheduled for 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, near the Metro Red Line station at Woodley Park.

Anacostia Center Planned

The Bread for the City & Zacchaeus Free Clinic is launching a $1.65 million two-year fund-raising campaign this week to develop a service center in Anacostia.

The facility will be built on a vacant lot at 1640 Good Hope Road SE, which recently was acquired by the nonprofit organization, known as Bread & Zacchaeus for short. Like the headquarters facility in Shaw, the new center will offer a food pantry, medical clinic, clothing room, legal counsel and social service assistance. In addition, it will provide job training and counseling.

A kickoff party was scheduled for last night at a restaurant in Georgetown. Construction of the new facility will begin next year, and it is scheduled to open in late 2001.

The campaign also marks 25 years of work for the Zacchaeus Free Clinic, which was founded as one of the first free primary care health clinics in Washington. It joined with Bread for the City four years ago, and now the combined organization serves about 8,000 people a month.

Mentors and Tutors Sought

Capitol Kids, a tutoring and mentoring program that brings congressional staffers together with D.C. public-school children, is looking for volunteers for its tutoring sessions, which begin next month. Participating third- through sixth-graders will be assigned to mentors or tutors for the school year and will meet with them every Thursday from 12:30 to 1:30 in Senate office buildings.

The program is sponsored by Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-S.C.) and is a branch of the program "World Kids," which was originally established to enable military and civilian personnel from Department of Defense commands to work with students from D.C. public schools.

Those interested in participating in the program may call John Gastright in Thurmond's projects division at 202-224-1950.

Douglass Site Community Day

A second annual community day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 25, at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Anacostia, according to a National Park Service spokeswoman.

The free event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will feature entertainment and food and is open to the public. The Douglass mansion, former home of the 19th-century African American abolitionist, is at 1411 W. St. SE.