Office on Aging Seeks

Help in Running Centers

The D.C. Office on Aging is offering grants totaling more than $1 million for qualified individuals and groups to operate three city government-owned wellness centers for District seniors: the Model Cities Senior Wellness Center in Ward 5, the Washington Seniors Wellness Center in Ward 7 and the Congress Heights Senior Wellness Center in Ward 8.

Successful applicants for the Senior Wellness Program Grants must be able to promote health and wellness, disease prevention and medication management as well as develop a community outreach program and establish other community initiatives.

The grants are made available by the D.C. Office on Aging and other federal and local funds.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Aug. 24 and are available at the D.C. Office on Aging, 441 Fourth St. NW, Suite 900 South.

Group That Aids Children

To Hold Fair for Uninsured

DC Action for Children, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for District children, will host Covering Kids & Families "Back to School 2005" Community Health, Enrollment and Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Kennedy Recreation Center at Seventh and P streets NW.

The fair will provide information on available publicly funded health care coverage programs and assist parents of uninsured youths with the application process. District children, youths and families can apply for free health care coverage on-site despite employment status.

There will also be information on health care coverage, programs and services, parenting, health screenings, child development and mentoring programs as well as entertainment and children's activities.

Volunteers are needed for the event. For more information or to volunteer, call 202-234-9404.

Sales Tax 'Holiday'

Will Begin Aug. 6

The District's first sales tax "holiday" will run Aug. 6-14, during which time the city's 5.75 percent sales tax will not apply to traditional back-to-school clothing and supplies. Clothing and footwear bought during the holiday must cost less than $101 per item.

This is the first of two sales tax holidays in the District this year. The next scheduled sales tax respite is Nov. 25-Dec. 4.

More information can be found online at cfo.dc.gov/otr or by calling the Office of Tax and Revenue at 202-727-4TAX (4829).

-- Compiled by

BRUCE C.T. WRIGHT