Free Taxi Rides Offered

Looking to rid the streets of potential drunken drivers this Halloween weekend, the Washington Regional Alcohol Program's (WRAP) annual SoberRide service will be in effect from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday and Sunday nights. The 12-year-old SoberRide program provides free taxi rides in the metropolitan area for intoxicated adults who otherwise would be driving. The ride must cost no more than $50.

Drivers 21 and older who have had too much to drink should call 800-200-TAXI. Cell phones with service provided by AT&T can dial #TAXI and receive the same free cab service.

According to WRAP, the following taxicab companies will be dispatching their fleets in the District this weekend for SoberRide: American Cab, Comfort Cab, Consolidated Cab, District Cab, Independent Cab, Liberty Cab, Premium Cab and Washington Cab.

Log onto WRAP's Web site at www.wrap.org or go to www.soberride.com for more information.

Health Fair Saturday

Residents of Southeast and Southwest Washington have been invited to the third annual "Healthcare on Wheels" health fair Saturday. Health screenings will be offered for children and adults.

Hosted in part by the Georgetown University Kids Mobile Clinic and the South Washington/West of the River Family Strengthening Collaborative, the health fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Lansburg Park at Delaware Avenue and K Street SW.

More than 50 health organizations are expected to be represented. Questions will be answered about health insurance, health care, substance abuse, teen pregnancy, immunizations and other topics.

This event was rescheduled to Saturday after Hurricane Ivan rained out an earlier date.

Tickets for Tree Lighting

Tickets for the annual Christmas Pageant of Peace Tree Lighting Ceremony will be available on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 8 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Ellipse Visitor Pavilion at the southwest corner of 15th and E streets NW. The free tickets will be distributed until the supply runs out.

The tree lighting is scheduled for 5 p.m. Dec. 2.

Everyone attending the event must have a ticket, including children and infants. No more than four tickets will be allotted each person waiting for tickets.

The National Park Service, which coordinates the event, will conduct searches of all items brought in. Laws prohibiting such items as bags, coolers, aerosols and weapons will be strictly enforced.

To find out more about the Christmas Pageant of Peace Tree Lighting Ceremony, call the White House Visitor Center at 202-208-1631.

Tree Plantings Set

The Casey Trees Endowment Fund, a nonprofit organization that restores and protects trees in the District, is planting trees throughout the city until Nov. 20. Volunteers will be needed to help with the upcoming plantings. The next one is scheduled for Saturday.

In addition, Casey Trees is accepting applications from individuals or groups who are interested in exploring the possibility of planting at least 10 trees in their neighborhood. The individuals should contact Casey Trees with a proposal no later than Dec. 15. Applications are online at www.caseytrees.org.

The dates and locations of next month's tree plantings are: Nov. 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at RFK Stadium Parking Lot 6, Oklahoma Avenue and Benning Road NE; Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Woodley Park, Woodley Road and 29th Street NW; and Nov. 20, 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Oxon Run, Fourth Street and Wayne Place SE, near Simon Elementary School.

For more information about the current series of tree plantings and about future tree plantings in the spring, call Casey Trees at 202-833-4010 or go to the Web site.

-- Compiled by

BRUCE C.T. WRIGHT