The Nov. 11 District Extra incorrectly said the Fall Energy Expo sponsored by the D.C. Office of the People's Counsel would be held Nov. 20. The event is today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Rooms 102A and B of the Washington Convention Center. (Published 11/13/04)

Signs Must Come Down

Political candidates have until Dec. 2 to remove their campaign posters from signposts and tree boxes across the city. Posters must be taken down within 30 days of an election, under D.C. law. Candidates whose posters remain up after the deadline risk a $35 littering fine for each sign left in a public place.

Inspectors with the Solid Waste Education and Enforcement Program of the city's Department of Public Works issue notices of violation for campaign posters as well as those advertising goods and services.

Child Seat Inspections

The D.C. police department and the District Department of Transportation will offer free child safety seat inspections from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays through Dec. 18 at various sites.

Inspections will take place:

* Saturday at 4900 Brooks St. NE.

* Nov. 20 at 2500 West Virginia Ave. NE.

* Nov. 27 at 4100 Georgia Ave. NW.

* Dec. 4 in the 2500 block of 14th St. NW.

* Dec. 11 at 3800 Chesapeake St. NW.

* Dec. 18 at 1900 E. Capitol St. NE.

Children should be secured in safety seats until they are 8 years old and weigh 80 pounds.

Garden Sets Holiday Hours

The U.S. Botanic Garden will extend its hours during the holiday season. The garden, which is regularly open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., will stay open until 8 on Dec. 16, 23 and 30. Live music will be performed.

From Dec. 10 to Jan. 9, a seasonal display in the conservatory called "A Sentimental Journey" will depict holiday images of 1948 and 1949, in a nod to the recently opened World War II Memorial.

World War II-era Christmas ornaments such as tinsel garlands, icicles, glass bells and colored lights in large bulbs will adorn a giant Christmas tree in the Garden Court. A model train display by designer Paul G. Busse of Applied Imagination will provide winter scenes.

The conservatory is at 100 Maryland Ave. SW. Admission is free. Call 202-225-8333 or visit

Expo on Home Energy Use

The Office of the People's Counsel, an independent agency of the D.C. government, will sponsor a Fall Home Energy Expo on Nov. 20.

The expo will feature demonstrations and workshops on how to make homes energy-efficient. Information will be provided on appliances, insulation, programmable thermostats, lighting and windows.

The event, which is free, runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. To register, call 202-727-3071.

Conference Looks at Family

The Conference on Strengthening Families will address an array of issues at workshops from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW.

Topics for parents will include relationships, child-rearing techniques, stress and anger management. Specific workshops for children will focus on identity issues, peer pressure and decision making. General workshops will cover emergency plans and bereavement. The event will feature a keynote speech by Neil Albert, deputy myor for children, youth, families and elders.

The conference is presented by the Coalition for Strengthening Families and sponsored by Parklands Community Center, Vinson & Elkins LLP, Fair Chance, Verizon Washington, Clark Construction, the Anacostia Museum and the Center for African American History and Culture.

There is no admission fee. Registration is available by phone at 202-678-6500 or in person starting at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event.