Public Forum to Discuss

Employment in District

The District Workers Rights Board, an employee advocacy group in Washington, will hold a public meeting this evening to discuss the unemployment rate among District residents. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 2616 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE.

Community activists, religious leaders, union members and local elected officials have been invited to talk about low-income workers coping with the District's rising cost of living, and possible ways to create more job opportunities for District residents.

The District Workers Rights Board says it works for fairness in the workplace for employees who are District residents through investigations, hearings, news conferences, meetings and other events.

National Park Service

Offers a Healthful Hike

The National Park Service will mark National Trails Day at 8:30 a.m. Saturday with an educational event in the Fort Circle Parks area in Southeast. "Hike for Your Health" is a chance to walk through the parks and learn about their trails, resources and cultural history.

Participants will start at the Fort Dupont Activity Center in Fort Dupont Park, then go to the trail at the Battery Ricketts on Erie Street and Fort Place SE, where they will hike three miles with a park ranger.

The ranger is expected to discuss issues that are threatening the park's resources, the history of the Fort Circle Parks and the history of Anacostia. A live bird of prey demonstration will follow.

Those planning to attend are advised to wear long pants, long-sleeve shirts and hiking boots or tennis shoes because of the thick underbrush and poison ivy. For more information, contact Park Ranger Lavell Merritt at 202-690-5164 or

St. John's College

High School Commencement

St. John's College High School will hold its 2005 commencement activities at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Fourth Street and Michigan Avenue NE.

According to St. John's, 242 seniors will graduate, with 99 percent having been accepted into more than 200 colleges and universities.

In addition, the high school's graduates have been awarded almost $13 million in college scholarships and grants over the next four years.

-- Compiled by BRUCE C.T. WRIGHT