Community Foundation

Seeks Grant Applicants

The Common Ground Fund, a program of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, has grant funds totaling $150,000 available to give to area nonprofit organizations that work on social justice issues in racially diverse communities. The fund has awarded more than $1.5 million in the past. Applications are due by 5 p.m. tomorrow. For more information, call 202-955-5890.

Advocacy Group Formed

To Push for Bowie Police

A group of citizens in Bowie has established an advocacy group to campaign for a town police force. Citizens for Bowie Police, headed by Len Lucchi and Jeana Jacobs, is organizing a publicity effort aimed at gaining residents' support for a local police department.

Community Center Opens

At Forest Creek Complex

Forest Creek Apartments has opened a new community center equipped for children to work on their school assignments.

Five teachers from Samuel P. Massie Elementary School will spend 10 hours a week as tutors and mentors to the center's school-aged children. The center features four new computers plus tables and chairs.

In exchange, owners of the complex will provide the teachers with rent-free apartments. The same arrangement has been offered to five police officers; so far, one officer has agreed to participate. The exchange program was established as a way to help improve the quality of life at Forest Creek.

'Radiothon' Planned

To Aid Family Crisis Center

Howard University-owned radio station WHUR 96.3 FM will host "Give Me Shelter," a 12-hour broadcast to help raise money for the Family Crisis Center Inc. of Brentwood.

The third annual "radiothon" starts at 6 a.m. Sunday at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Rd., Landover.

The Family Crisis Center is a full-service shelter that assists victims of domestic violence. In the past two years, the radio station, sponsors and listeners have raised a combined total of $300,000 through the broadcast marathon. Cash donations as well as old and new cell phones will be accepted. This year's event is sponsored by SunTrust, Mattress Discounters, IAD Automall, Positive Black Men Coalition and M.D. Ski Express.

Knotts to Sponsor

District 8 Day

The fourth annual District 8 Day, an informational gathering aimed at helping citizens better understand their county government, will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Rosecroft Raceway, 6336 Rosecroft Dr., Fort Washington.

Sponsored by Prince George's County Council member Tony Knotts (D-Temple Hills), the event will include live entertainment, food and giveaways for children. Guests will be able to meet the people who handle daily county government operations as well as representatives from state agencies, community organizations and local businesses.

-- Compiled by Y.B. THOMPSON