Free Eye Testing

The Eye Testing Station, a mobile center that tests low-income and uninsured residents for glaucoma and other optical maladies, is available to conduct free eye exams in neighborhoods across the city. The service is provided in part by Washington Hospital Center's National Eye Center as well as the Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation, which paid for the equipment in the van.

The Mobile Eye Testing Station makes rounds by request at nursing homes, forums, expos, and similar locations and events. The public can request an appointment by calling 202-865-6374 during regular business hours.

Anti-Lead Treatment

After two months of testing the use of a chemical to reduce lead in drinking water in Northwest Washington, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has authorized the addition of orthophosphate to all water treated at the District's two treatment plants. The EPA predicts it will be at least six months before lead levels and corrosion are reduced after the orthophosphate is added.

The EPA expects to begin administering the orthophosphate early next week.

The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority will be mailing letters to District residents advising them of the treatment. Two meetings have been planned to explain the procedure, the first at 6 p.m. today at Congress Heights United Methodist Church, 421 Alabama Ave. SE. A second is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, Meeting Room A-5.

Board Members Sought

Calvary Women's Services is looking for volunteers for its board of directors. Potential applicants should be able to oversee the status of the nonprofit group's finances and programs and procure donations of all types, among other duties.

Calvary Women's Services supports homeless women by providing housing and other services. For information or to apply, call Kris Thompson at 202-783-3318 or e-mail

DHS Schedules Fairs

The D.C. Department of Human Services (DHS) has announced a series of public fairs to inform District residents of free services offered by the department and other city agencies.

DHS officials want residents to know about food stamps, vaccinations, free baby car seats and college tuition assistance. In addition, information on topics such as after-school programs, health insurance, employment and senior services will be available.

Fairs are scheduled for Aug. 28 at Edgewood Terrace, 635 Edgewood St. NE; Sept. 25 at Benning Terrace, 4450 G St. SE; Oct. 9 at River Terrace, 34th and Dix streets NE; and Oct. 16 at the Marie Reed Learning Center, 2200 Champlain St. NW.

Information will be available not only about human services, but also about programs offered by the D.C. Public Library, Child and Family Services Agency, the D.C. Offices on Human Rights and on Aging, and the D.C. Departments of Mental Health and Parks and Recreation.

"Bet You Didn't Know," is the theme of the fairs, which are to be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call Nancee Lyons at 202-671-4424.