Walk for Literacy

The University of the District of Columbia State Education Agency and Booker T. Washington Public Charter School will host the Fifth Annual Walk for Literacy on Saturday. The 3K walk begins at TechWorld Plaza, 8th and K streets NW at 9 a.m. Walkers can register in person from noon to 2 p.m. tomorrow at Borders Books, 18th and L streets NW; by phone at 866-832-2289; or online at www.dcadultliteracy.org.

The walk will raise funds for more than 20 D.C. adult and family education centers that serve adult learners through such programs as the General Educational Development test, adult basic education and English as a second language. According to the agency, more than 130,000 adults living in the District do not have a high school diploma, and their language and math skills are below the elementary school level.

For more information, go to www.dcadultliteracy.org.

Arts Nominations Invited The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities is accepting applications for the 21st Annual Mayor's Arts Awards. Anyone may nominate an artist, arts organization or patron of the arts, provided that the nominee is a resident of the District or an institution whose primary place of business is in D.C. The application must be received by Oct. 21 and is available at www.dcarts.dc.gov; or call 202-724-5613 to request it by mail or fax.

The Arts Awards will be presented by Mayor Anthony A. Williams in a Kennedy Center ceremony in January. The categories for awards include excellence in artistic discipline, outstanding emerging artist, excellence in service to the arts, outstanding contribution to arts education and innovation in the arts.

Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

The D.C. Department of Public Works will hold its fall household hazardous waste and electronics recycling drop-off collection from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the Carter Barron Amphitheatre parking lot, 16th and Kennedy streets NW, and on Nov. 12 at the District Trash Transfer Station, 3200 Benning Rd. NE.

Household hazards include cleaning fluids, gardening chemicals, pesticides and poisons, solvents, roofing tar, used batteries and asbestos floor tiles. All computer monitors and television screens must be intact without punctures or cracks.

For more information, go to www.dpw.dc.gov.

Safety Volunteers Sought

The D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services and the nonprofit DC Safe Kids seek volunteers for home safety inspections in Ward 6. At the inspections, fire safety educators teach home safety, give out safety kits and check smoke alarms.

The safety kits include a flashlight, a potholder, a refrigerator magnet with emergency numbers, a sheet with evacuation information for the handicapped, a pamphlet on smoke detectors, a box of outlet caps, a small first aid kit, stickers for children with instructions on how to call the fire department and a bathtub thermometer.

For more information on the program, call 202-727-1778.

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