Old Trash, Recycling Bins

To Be Collected Aug. 31

D.C. residents who have received new trash and recycling carts can have their old trash cans and recycling bins collected Aug. 31 by the D.C. Department of Public Works. Only residents with twice-weekly trash collections have received the new carts, a blue one for recycling and a green one for trash.

Residents who want their old trash cans and recycling bins picked up should turn them upside down at the curb on the night of Aug. 30. A collection date will be set in mid-September for residents who want to return one or both of their new carts and keep using the old bins.

More information about the distribution and collection of trash and recycling bins is available at dpw.dc.gov or by calling 202-673-6833.

Classes to Show Bicyclists

How to Use City Streets

The D.C. Department of Transportation will offer a free three-hour class Aug. 27 to teach bicycle riders the skills they need to navigate city streets. The Confident City Cycling Class will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Mount Pleasant Library, 1600 Lamont St. NW, three blocks from the Columbia Heights Metro station.

An optional on-road session will be offered from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Those taking part must bring a bicycle, a helmet, water and a lock. The session will cover such topics as emergency repairs and accessory equipment.

The classes are being offered in partnership with Arlington County and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, using a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

More information about the classes and the city's bicycle program is available at www.ddot.dc.gov/bikeprogram and www.waba.org.

Police Release Sketch

In Kidnapping of Nun

D.C. police have released a composite sketch of a woman they believe helped abduct a Catholic nun from her convent in Southeast Washington this month.

The woman, in her 40s, was described as being 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing 140 pounds. At the time of the abduction, police said, she was wearing tight black pants, a light brown T-shirt and a pinkish-orange scarf on her head.

The nun, a member of the Missionaries of Charity, was hanging laundry outside her convent in the 3300 block of Wheeler Road SE when the abduction occurred about 6:30 a.m. Aug. 3. Police said the nun, 38, noticed a man and a woman on the convent's grounds. When she approached them, one of the assailants threw a blanket over her head, and the pair forced her into the back of a van. She was driven around town and released unharmed about 11 a.m., police said.

Police are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of a suspect. Anyone with information should call 202-727-9099.

Volunteers Are Sought

To Help Beautify Schools

Volunteers are needed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 27 to help out at their neighborhood schools for the first annual D.C. Public Schools Summer Beautification Day.

The event, which will take place at every public school, will include sweeping, weeding, planting and overall maintenance of the grounds. The goal is to have at least 10 volunteers at each school. Classes start Aug. 29.

To register, e-mail Marc Boberly at boberly@FixOurSchools.net or sign up online at FixOurSchools.net/aug27.

Organization to Distribute

School Supplies Saturday

World Vision, a religious organization serving children and families worldwide, will distribute backpacks and school supplies to children in need from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at MacFarland Middle School, 4401 Iowa Ave. NW.

Supplies will include pencils, notebooks, crayons and rulers. Children will also receive free dental, eye and hearing exams as well as lead screenings and immunizations.

-- Compiled by ARIANNE ARYANPUR, BRUCE C.T. WRIGHT and DEL QUENTIN WILBER

A woman in her 40s is being sought in the Aug. 3 abduction of a nun.