TODAY

The National Commission on Space holds a public forum to solicit comments on the future of the civilian space program, beginning at 9 a.m. in Room 2318 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Phone 453-8685.

Medicare patients' hospital discharge rights are the topic of a news conference with the director of the People's Medical Society and the national chair of the American Association of Retired Persons, beginning at 1 p.m. at the National Press Club. Phone 331-4323 for details.

The Informational Industry Association's three-day conference opens at the Shoreham Hotel with a plenary session at 10 a.m. on "Information: The Force and Its Future." Phone 544-1969.

Johns Hopkins University Soviet studies roundtable discussion features Dr. Galia Golan of Hebrew University on the U.S.S.R. in the Middle East, 12:30 p.m. at 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Phone 785-6802. TUESDAY

The National Association of Government Communicators' annual conference opens at 9 a.m. at the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel. Speakers include Rep. Major R. Owens (D-N.Y.), Jody Powell, press secretary to President Jimmy Carter, and Pulitzer prize-winning author Paul Starr. Phone 823-4821.

President Reagan meets with the Republican congressional leadership, hosts a Medal of Freedom presentation and accepts diplomatic credentials.

A Center for Responsive Politics news conference examines how national political parties raised and spent $15 million in "secret" contributions during last year's presidential elections, beginning at 10 a.m. at the National Press Club.

The National Transportation Safety Board releases a transcript of the cockpit voice recorder tape from the recent Midwest Express DC9 crash in Milwaukee.

The House Agriculture Subcomittee holds a public hearing on the export payment-in-kind program at 9:30 a.m. in Room 1302 of the Longworth Building. WEDNESDAY

The National Commission on Working Women presents its 1985 Women at Work Broadcast Awards and releases an analysis of the fall television season, beginning at noon at the Capital Hilton. Presenters include Betty Thomas of "Hill Street Blues" and actress Linda Lavin. Phone 337-0855. The National Archives sponsors a colloquium entitled "The Citizen's Right to Know and Press Responsibility," beginning with registration at 9 a.m. in the archives' fifth floor theater. The keynote speaker will be Daniel Schorr. Call 523-3099 for details.

William Penn Mott, director of the National Park Service, discusses his plans for the national parks at a noon National Press Club luncheon. Phone 265-2717.

Democratic National Committee Chairman Paul Kirk discusses Tuesday's election results at a 10:30 a.m. news conference, 430 South Capitol St. SE.

Rep. Don Bonker (D-Wash.) discusses improving the U.S. position in international trade at a U.S. Chamber of Commerce Association Insiders program, 8 a.m. at 1615 H St. NW. Call 225-3536.

The National Center for Public Policy Research sponsors a dinner for Assistant Attorney General William Bradford Reynolds at 6 p.m. in the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. Speakers include Attorney General Edwin Meese III, Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) and U.S. Civil Rights Commission Chairman Clarence M. Pendleton Jr. Phone 543-1286. THURSDAY

The Land Trust Exchange sponsors a "national rally" on the subject of local land conservation, beginning with registration Thursday at 8:30 a.m. in Baird Auditorium at the Museum of Natural History. Programs continue Friday and Saturday. Phone 345-1595.

The ABM Treaty will be discussed in a lecture by Rep. James A. Courter (R-N.J.) at noon in the Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium. Phone 546-4400.

Rep. Charles W. Stenholm (D-Tex.) speaks at a Chamber of Commerce breakfast brunch on economic and political consequences of the federal deficit, 8 a.m. 1615 H St. NW.

Transportation Secretary Elizabeth Hanford Dole addresses the annual meeting of the Highway Users Federation, 11:30 a.m. at the Madison Hotel. Phone 857-1200.

The Federal Reserve Board reports on money stock measures and factors affecting reserves of depository institutions. FRIDAY

A morning news briefing will feature former defense secretary Harold Brown of Johns Hopkins University Foreign Policy Institute discussing the Reagan-Gorbachev summit, 9 a.m. at 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

The Senate Finance subcommittee holds a hearing on a proposal for reform of Medicare capital payments, 9:15 a.m. in Room 215 of the Dirksen Building.

The Commerce Department reports on third-quarter merchandise trade, balance of payments basis. The Federal Reserve Board reports on the condition of large commercial banks.