Street Festival Is Saturday The Barracks Row Fest on Saturday celebrates the revival of Eighth Street SE and the 2005 Great American Main Street Award from the National Trust For Historic Preservation. The festival will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the 400 to 700 blocks of Eighth Street SE. The event will include artists and vendors, live music and a children's play area. There also will be an open house at the historic Engine 18 firehouse in honor of its 100th anniversary. Admission is free.

Meeting Targets Violence

Community leaders and parents from across the city will hold an anti-violence conference Saturday to provide young people with information about educational and job opportunities to help steer them away from violence.

The "Stop the Violence and Value Life" conference will be held from noon to 5 p.m. at McKinley Technology High School, 151 T St. NE. Students from across the city will be able to share concerns about violence in their community.

Cherita Whiting, a PTA board member and one of the organizers, said there will be a panel with representatives from D.C. public schools, the police department and the mayor's office. Officials from various universities and employment services also will discuss available scholarships, jobs and mentoring programs.

Bridge Forums to Be Held

The D.C. Department of Transportation will hold public meetings next Wednesday and Thursday, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., on the 11th Street Bridges Environmental Impact Statement. Wednesday's meeting will be held at the ANC 6B offices, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, and Thursday's meeting will be held in the community room, lower level, of the Anacostia Professional Building, 2041 Martin Luther King Ave. SE.

The meetings are an opportunity for the public to hear from DDOT and to submit questions and comments about the project and its impact. The project is intended to improve traffic connections across the Anacostia River by replacing or reconstructing the pair of one-way bridges and providing a connection between the bridges and the Anacostia Freeway and the Southeast Freeway.

Additional meetings will be held in December, and a draft environmental statement is expected next spring. Go to For more information on the project, go to

Tree-Planters Needed

Casey Trees is seeking volunteers to help plant trees at Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School, 2427 Martin Luther King Ave. SE, Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tools, instructions and refreshments will be provided.

The Casey Trees Endowment Fund is a nonprofit organization created in 2001 by Betty Brown Casey to restore the District's trees. For more information, go to To volunteer, contact Karen Payne at 202-833-4010, Ext. 109, or e-mail her at

College Classes Offered

Bard College, a liberal arts college in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., is offering free classes for lower-income D.C. residents at the Latin American Youth Center, 1419 Columbia Rd. NW. The classes will meet from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays, starting on Nov. 7 and continuing through June 10, with a break for Christmas holidays.

The courses are in history, philosophy, literature, art history and writing. The classes count for academic credit with Bard College. There are no academic entrance requirements, but each prospective student must be able to read an English-language newspaper and write an essay on why he or she wants to take the course. Application deadline is Nov. 5. For more information, call Mary Janney at 202-319-8643.

Barracks Row, above, will be holding a street festival Saturday.