An incorrect phone number for the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage appeared in the District in Brief section of the Sept. 2 Extra. The correct number is 202-275-2003. (Published 9/9/04)
ANC Ballot Deadline
District residents interested in running for the Advisory Neighborhood Commission must submit nominating petitions to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics by 5 p.m. Friday to ensure that their names are on the November ballot.
ANC jobs are nonpartisan and unpaid. Each member represents a single-member district that has about 2,000 residents. Potential ANC members are nominated and elected by registered voters who live in their district. Twenty-five signatures from registered voters in the district are required to get a name on the ballot.
ANC candidates must be registered to vote in the District, must have lived in their ANC district for 60 days prior to submitting the nominating petition, and must hold no other public office. Commissioners, who serve two-year terms, typically deal with issues such as public safety, economic development and liquor licenses.
Petitions should be delivered to the board's office at 441 Fourth St. NW, Suite 250 North. For information, call 202-727-2511.
Tax Bills Mailed
Property tax bills have been mailed to all District property owners, advising them when and where to pay their current and past-due taxes, according to the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue.
The deadline for payment is Sept. 15. There will be a 10 percent fee for past-due payments, as well as a 1.5 percent interest charge for each month payments are delinquent.
Property owners who have not received their tax bills should contact the Office of Tax and Revenue at 202-727-4829. For more information, visit www.cfo.dc.gov/otr and go to the Real Property Service Center section.
Festival Seeks Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for next month's First American Festival, a six-day event coordinated by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage to celebrate Native American traditions and contributions to society.
Scheduled to take place Sept. 21-26 on the National Mall, the festival will include music, dance performances and storytelling. Traditional Native American clothing and instruments, as well as arts and crafts from North, Central and South America, will be exhibited.
Volunteers will be responsible for crowd management, staffing information booths, administrative duties, translating and more. Those fluent in foreign languages are encouraged to apply.
For more information or to volunteer, call Diana Grose at 202-575-2003 or go to the Smithsonian Center's Web site at www.folklife.si.edu.
Volunteer tutors are needed for District students as part of a nonprofit organization's effort to help educate local children.
For Love of Children's Neighborhood Tutoring Program arranges structured one-on-one settings for tutors and students, with an emphasis on reading and math.
To volunteer as a tutor, call Jessie Muhm at 202-349-3512.
Pregnancy Prevention CD
"Cause 'N Effect," a new CD, is available as part of the D.C. Department of Human Services' (DHS) teenage pregnancy prevention campaign, "Be on the Safe Side."
The CD includes songs and skits about sex and pregnancy. The DHS hopes it will encourage discussions about abstinence, sexuality and pregnancy prevention among teens, as well as with their parents and guardians.
The free CD, which is being advertised on local radio stations, is available by calling 866-DC-YOUTH.
As part of an annual effort to recognize the achievements of District government workers, nominations are being accepted for the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Awards for Distinguished D.C. Government Employees. Citizens, community organizations and government employees are encouraged to submit nominations.
Eligible nominees should be full-time city government employees with at least five consecutive years of service. Successful candidates must demonstrate excellence in one or more of the following areas: superior problem-solving or achievement of a difficult objective; bringing positive recognition to the District as a result of a particular act; successfully setting in motion and carrying out a concept that yields a positive outcome; performing the job at a higher level than required; and demonstrating leadership qualities that boost employee morale and spirit.
Five winners will each receive a $7,500 award.
Nomination forms, which are due by Sept. 10, can be obtained at District government agencies, D.C. public libraries and other municipal offices, and online at www.cafritzawards.org. More information is available at 202-994-5385.
-- Compiled by
BRUCE C.T. WRIGHT