Renovation Shifts Traffic

At Wisconsin Ave. Bridge

Repair work has begun on the Wisconsin Avenue Bridge in Georgetown, which will alter traffic patterns during weekdays for about a year, according to the D.C. Department of Transportation.

The renovation of the bridge, which spans the C&O Canal below M Street, will force northbound traffic into a single lane from M to K streets NW, and southbound traffic will be rerouted to 29th, 30th and 31st streets NW. The work on Wisconsin Avenue, scheduled from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, will not affect pedestrian access.

Architects to Discuss

Library Design Plans

Beginning tonight, the D.C. public library system will hold a series of meetings to inform residents in four District neighborhoods of plans to rebuild their community libraries. Architects will present and seek comment on their partially completed designs.

The libraries are Anacostia, Benning, Tenley-Friendship and Watha T. Daniel/Shaw. The first meeting is 7 p.m. tonight at Benning Library, 3935 Benning Rd. The schedule for the rest of the meetings follows: 7 p.m. Monday, Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, 1701 Eighth St. NW.

More information about the library rebuilding project is available online at www.dclibrary.org/rebuilds/index.html.

Human Services Honored

For Food Stamp Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture last week issued a "high performance" bonus award to the D.C. Department of Human Services for becoming more accurate in administering its food stamp program.

The D.C. food stamp program received $588,000 for improving its "negative error rate" -- the accuracy of the department's determination of a household's eligibility for food stamps. Its error rate fell to 8.54 percent during the 2003 fiscal year, meaning that fewer than 9 in 100 food stamp applications or grants failed to meet strict federal requirements, a significant improvement over the previous year.

The city was one of the top two states recognized for improving its food stamp error rate in fiscal year 2003. For the purposes of food stamp administration, the District is considered a state.

Dumbarton House Seeks

Volunteer Tour Guides

A museum in Georgetown is looking for volunteer docents to conduct tours. Dumbarton House is a two-century-old Federal-period house museum showcasing architecture, furniture and decorative arts of that era. The museum includes seven rooms and an exhibit gallery.

Docents will be expected to work during weekdays only. More information is available online at www.dumbartonhouse.org, and by calling 202-337-2288, Ext. 222. Volunteers will be trained beginning next month.

Group Needs Women

To Be Mentors for Girls

A District-based mentoring program seeks to recruit women to act as mentors for girls from 8 to 14 years old. Teaching Evolves Around Mentoring (TEAM), founded in 2002, previously matched male mentors with male students. TEAM hopes to add 15 to 20 female mentors by the end of 2004.

TEAM mentors must be at least 21 years old, have at least one year of post-high school education and mentor a student once a week for an hour, with no less than a 10-month commitment. Other requirements include helping an assigned student with homework, teaching computer skills, learning new subjects, going on field trips and keeping in touch via e-mail.

To volunteer as a mentor, or for more information, contact Corey Poole at 202-312-7159 or cpoole@perryschool.org.

Bard College Offers

Free Low-Income Classes

Bard College is offering free college-level courses in history, philosophy, literature, art history and writing to low-income city residents. Child care is provided. The program, in partnership with the Latin American Youth Center, is designed to help residents acquire a college education. Students must be able to read an English-language newspaper and write an essay on why they want to take the course.

For more information about the program offered by Bard, a 144-year-old liberal arts and sciences institution in New York, call Mary Janney at 202-319-8643.

Appraisal Afternoon

At Chevy Chase House

Appraisal Afternoon, an event during which individuals can get antiques and jewelry appraised, will be held Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. at Chevy Chase House, 5420 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Individuals are encouraged to bring items to be appraised on the spot. There is a requested tax-deductible donation of $10, as well as a limit of five items per person. Proceeds from the appraisal will benefit IONA Senior Services, a nonprofit organization serving senior citizens.

The event is sponsored in part by Chevy Chase House, and auctioneers Sloans & Kenyon, who will be conducting the on-the-spot appraisals. For more information, go to www.chevychasehouse.com, or call the Chevy Chase House at 202-686-5504.

-- Compiled by

BRUCE C.T. WRIGHT