Waste Collection Day

District residents can clear out household hazardous materials from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center, at the Carter Barron Amphitheater parking lot, 16th and Kennedy streets NW.

Items that can be taken include paint, car and appliance batteries, solvents, medicines, drain openers, chemistry kits, roofing tar, swimming pool chemicals, ammonia, nail polish, antifreeze, disinfectants, lighter fluid, mothballs, pesticides, varnish and car wax. Care Environmental, the contractor hired by the District to collect these items, estimates that each home has 50 to 100 pounds of household hazardous wastes.

Materials that should not be brought to the collection site include dioxins, gas cylinders, ammunition, explosives, radioactives and biologically active wastes. For more information on this program, call the citywide Call Center at 202-727-1000.

Hispanic Festival at Zoo

Friends of the National Zoo, the National Zoo and the Smithsonian Institution will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month this weekend from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW.

"Fiesta Musical" will feature Latin music and dance performances, animal demonstrations, craft lessons and crafts for sale, hands-on activities and Latin American food.

On Sunday, a Carnival-like parade of brightly costumed musicians and dancers will march through the zoo, beginning at 1 p.m. A brief in last week's section gave the parade time incorrectly.

For more information, call 202-673-4717 or visit FONZ's Web site at www.fonz.org.

Rock Creek Park's Birthday

The 109th birthday of Rock Creek Park will be celebrated in conjunction with National Public Lands Use Day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center at Glover and Military roads NW.

The day will include youth activities such as face painting, arts and crafts and entertainment by Blue Sky Puppet Theater and the children's singing group Banjo Man and Cody and BJ.

Other activities throughout the day include lectures and ranger-guided walks and hikes.

Also included will be a watershed cleanup starting at 9 a.m.

Those wishing to participate are asked to wear old clothes and sturdy shoes. Gloves will be provided.

Art Show Planned

The first annual Fall Tenley-Friendship Art Show is in need of local artists such as painters, photographers, sculptors, jewelers and printmakers to participate in an art show Oct. 16 through Nov. 28.

The show will be at the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW. Each artist is asked to contribute $10 to cover costs of organizing the show, and each artist is asked to bring finger foods to be served at the opening reception on Oct. 16.

To register, call Lena Frumin at 202-364-8166, Joan Oshinksy at 202-363-7253, or Elissa Cameron at 202-966-1091. The deadline to register is Oct. 1.