Sign Language Classes

At D.C. Public Libraries

The D.C. Public Library's adaptive services division will offer free American Sign Language courses at three D.C. libraries through November 30. Classes for young adults and adults will be held at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. Beginners classes will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Intermediate classes will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Conversation classes will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Classes for all ages will be held at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW, on Mondays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. and at the Northeast Neighborhood library, 330 Seventh St. NE, on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For more information, call the adaptive services division at 202-727-2145.

City to Solicit Ideas, Input

On Convention Center Site

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, in partnership with the Hines/Archstone-Smith development firm, will host a workshop to solicit community views on plans for the city's old convention center site. The workshop will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW.

After an initial project overview, participants will visit stations with information on affordable housing, jobs, traffic, parking, open space, retail, the new central library project, green building and environmental issues, and alternative layout plans for the site. For more information on the workshop, visit or call 202-727-6365.

Financial Aid Workshop

For High School Seniors

The District of Columbia College Access Program will host its annual college financial aid luncheon seminar for high school seniors and their parents on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Admission is free. For more information, call 202-783-3851.

In addition to a financial aid workshop, with representatives from Sallie Mae and the D.C. State Education Office, the afternoon includes a presentation of prizes to high school seniors in an essay contest on why they want to go to college and a keynote address by former Redskins linebacker Ken Harvey. The College Access Program will also present an award for high school counselor of the year to Arline C. Catchings of Dunbar Senior High.

The District of Columbia College Access Program is a nonprofit organization that provides counseling and financial aid to 12,000 public high school students, and tracks and mentors 5,500 District high school graduates in 400 colleges and universities nationwide.

-- Compiled by TERENCE MCARDLE