A brief in the Dec. 1 District Extra incorrectly said that D.C. Council member Sharon Ambrose's committee oversees the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. The committee that oversees that department is chaired by council member Jim Graham. (Published 12/8/2005)

Panel Seeks Nominees

For Arts Teaching Awards

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities is seeking nominations for its outstanding arts teacher award. The award recognizes K-12 teachers who have enhanced the quality of arts education for District youths. Arts teachers in all disciplines (visual arts, music, theater, dance or humanities-based) may be nominated by arts organizations, school principals, arts supervisors and other specialists. Awards will be given to elementary, middle and high school instructors in the D.C. public schools and public charter schools; the prizes include a $500 stipend for a special arts project benefiting the recipient's class. The winners will be honored at the Mayor's Arts Awards ceremony Jan. 9 at the Kennedy Center. The nomination deadline is Dec. 9. For more information, call 202-724-5613.

Old Newspaper Clippings

Available at King Library

The Washington Post clipping collection, approximately 30 million articles from the paper from 1940 to 1986, is available for public reference in the Washingtoniana Division of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

The original clipped stories are arranged by name, geography and subject headings. The files are housed alongside a collection of more than 1 million photographs and 13 million stories clipped from the Washington Star that date from the 1930s through the paper's demise in 1981.

The Post retains the title and copyright of its clippings, but the library may allow customers to make single copies of clips for educational and personal research. The clips are in room 307 at the library, at 901 G St. NW. For more information, contact the Washingtoniana Division at 202-727-1213.

The clippings have joined the division's collection of more than 25,000 books and other printed material on the District. There are more than 8,000 maps, printed and on microfilm, from 1612 to present; city directories from 1822 to 1973; telephone directories from 1907 to present; and cross-reference directories from 1975 to present.

School Mentor Program

Is Looking for Volunteers

Experience Corps, a community-based nonprofit organization, seeks volunteers 55 and older to tutor and mentor children in D.C. elementary schools. Stipends are available for those who can serve 16 hours or more. The organization is holding informational meetings for prospective volunteers next Thursday, Dec. 13 and Jan. 5, 11 and 19. For more information, call 202-797-1150 or send an e-mail to lberkowitz@experiencecorps.org.

Consumer Affairs Agency

Names Community Liaison

Patrick Canavan, director of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, has announced the appointment of Eric Rogers as the department's advisory neighborhood liaison, the position responsible for coordinating DCRA services with the advisory neighborhood commissions.

From 2003 to 2004, Rogers served as chief of staff for then-D.C. Council member Kevin Chavous (D-Ward 7). From 1998 to 2003, he was the legislative assistant to council member Sharon Ambrose (D-Ward 6), whose committee oversees the DCRA. Previously, Rogers served as an advisory neighborhood commissioner. He received a bachelor's degree in political science from the College of Wooster in Ohio.

Public Comment Sought

On Rock Creek Park Plan

The National Park Service is seeking public comment on the General Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement for Rock Creek Park. The plan will direct the general decision making for the park over the next 15 years, according to the Park Service.

The plan covers such items as visitor services and upgrading park facilities. It would continue the weekend and federal holiday closures of Beach Drive to motor vehicle traffic. The Park Service says public comment on alternatives included in the plan will be accepted through Feb. 15.

The public may comment on the plan in the following ways:

* Through the Internet at www.nps.gov/rocr/pphtml/documents.html.

* Via mail to Superintendent, Rock Creek Park, 3545 Williamsburg Lane NW, Washington, D.C. 20008-1207.

* By e-mail to rocr_superintendent@nps.gov.

The General Management Plan and the Environmental Impact Statement may be reviewed at the following libraries: Chevy Chase, Cleveland Park, Georgetown, Juanita E. Thornton-Shepherd Park, Langston Community, Library of Congress, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Mount Pleasant, Northeast, Petworth, Tenley-Friendship, Watha T. Daniel/Shaw and Woodridge.

The documents also can be viewed at the Web site mentioned above.

-- Compiled by TERENCE MCARDLE