Calendar of Upcoming Events
Saturday, Oct. 12
10am-5pm. National Book Festival. "Events will include author readings and book discussions; performances by storytellers; book sales and signings; appearances by children's storybook characters." Free. On the Mall between the Capitol and Fourth Street NW. 888-714-4696. www.loc.gov/bookfest.
11am-6:30pm. Taste of D.C. Today, Sunday and Monday. "The largest international food and music festival on the East Coast." More than 40 restaurants and two music stages. Purchase five food and drink tickets for $6. Pennsylvania Avenue between Seventh and 14th Streets NW. 202-789-7002. www.washington.org/taste.
1-3:30pm. Black Voices for Peace. "National Witness for Peace With Justice protest." Black Voices for Peace demands money for education, health care, jobs at livable wages, affordable housing and reparations, instead of war against Iraq. White House/Lafayette Park, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Damu Smith, 202-232-5690.
3-5pm. When Race Becomes Real: Black and White Writers Confront Their Personal Histories. "Bring your own personal tales, and let's get real." Five writers, including Bernestine Singley, Julianne Malveaux, Tim Wise, Robert Jenson and Leonard Pitts Jr., lead an interracial dialogue about race. Sisterspace and Books, 1515 U St. NW. 202-332-3433. www.sisterspace.com.
8pm. Not What You Think, an ensemble of the Lesbian and Gay Chorus of Washington. Annual Fall Concert. Reception following concert. $10. Hill Presbyterian Church, 4th and Independence Avenue SE. LGCW, 202-546-1549. www.nwyt.org or www.lgcw.org.
Monday, Oct. 14
Columbus Day. Schools and school offices closed.
Tuesday, Oct. 15
10am. City Council Committee of the Whole. On the agenda: Bill 14-648, "Draft Master Plan for Public Reservation 13 Consideration Act of 2002," which pertains to the city's plans for the existing site of the D.C. Jail and D.C. General. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Committee, 724-8196. www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us.
4:30pm. Volleyball Game. Spingarn vs. Eastern, at Spingarn. Spingarn High, 202-724-4525. http://spingarn.k12.dc.us. Eastern High, 202-698-4500. www.easternhighschool.org.
5-7pm. Invisible Punishment: Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment. Reception and book signing by editor and chapter authors Marc Mauer, Angela Davis, James Forman Jr., Gwen Rubinstein and Jeremy Travis. Sponsored by Open Society Institute and Sentencing Project. At Open Society Institute, 8th floor, 1120 19th St. NW. RSVP: 202-721-5642 or email@example.com.
5:30-6:30pm. Silent Vigil for Peace, to ask U.S. leaders to "seek peace and pursue it" in regard to Iraq, to be held each Tuesday until further notice. Sponsored by Peace Committee, Langley Hill Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). "All people of faith are invited to come and join us in silent prayer and worship. Please do not bring any anti-U.S. banners, posters, or literature. ... No matter what is happening at the time of our vigil, we intend our silence to out-shout the war drums." U.S. Capitol, West Lawn.
6pm. Library seminar for adults seeking career guidance. "How to Figure Out What You Want to Do: Career Exploration for the New Millennium." College Info Center, Room 110. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 202-727-1111 or 202-727-1126. www.dclibrary.org/calendar/index.html.
Wednesday, Oct. 16
2pm. Registration begins for free computer workshops for adults, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library. The session goes from Oct. 21 to Nov. 2. Classes cover such topics as word processing, spreadsheets, the World Wide Web and e-mail. Workshops are at various times during the day. Registration is by phone only, 202-727-1298. www.dclibrary.org/computer-classes.
5:30pm. Northeast Library Chess Club. Grades K-12. Every Wednesday in October. "Learn to play chess. Beginners and advanced players welcome to join." Library, 330 Seventh St. NE, 202-698-3320. www.dclibrary.org/branches/noe.
6-8pm. Workers' Rights Clinic. Every Wednesday. D.C. Employment Justice Center. "Free legal advice for low-income workers. If you are having a work-related legal problem, come." At Bread for the City, 1525 Seventh St. NW, between P and Q Streets. Free parking. Metro: Shaw/Howard University, Green Line. Metrobus: 70 Line. No appointment needed. Ashley, 202-828-9675, ext 11. www.dcejc.org.
6:30pm. PSA (Police Service Area) 511 meeting. Meetings are held the third Wednesday of every month. Teacher's Credit Union, 9th and D Streets NE. "We will be talking about the kids and how to control them. Following will be an Orange Hat Walk." www.psa511.juniperdc.com.
6:30pm. Stated Board of Education meeting. On the agenda: final approval of cuts to school budget. Meets the third Wednesday of every month. Fifth floor board room, 825 North Capitol St. NE. 202-442-4289. www.k12.dc.us/dcps/boe/boe_frame.html.
Thursday, Oct. 17
3pm. JV Football Game. Eastern vs. Ballou, at Eastern. Eastern High, 202-698-4500. www.easternhighschool.org.
4pm. Type to Learn. Ages 12-19. Every Thursday in October. "Increase your typing skills. Learn proper keyboarding techniques by mastering a combination of alphabet, numeral and punctuation keys." Limited space available. Call to register. Northeast Library, 330 Seventh St. NE, 202-698-3320. www.dclibrary.org/branches/noe.
5:30pm. Volleyball Game. Eastern vs. Anacostia, at Anacostia. Eastern High, 202-698-4500. www.easternhighschool.org.
6:30pm. 29th Annual Conference on Washington, D.C., Historical Studies. "A three-day public forum on the diverse urban history of Washington." Free. Events today: A lecture on the early governance of the city. Reception follows. At Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. For more information, call 785-2068, ext. 100 or Historical Society, 202-785-2068. www.hswdc.org.
Friday, Oct. 18
10am. (all day). 29th Annual Conference on Washington, D.C., Historical Studies. See listing, Oct. 17. Events today: presentations on murals, emancipation of slaves, the Snow Riot, the Catholic experience and the public library buildings. At George Washington University Media and Public Affairs Building. 805 21st St. NW. www.hswdc.org.
10am-6pm. City Council hearing on the disposition and use of D.C.'s vacant school buildings and vacant firehouses. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Subcommittee on Human Rights, Latino Affairs and Property Management, Denise Wiktor, 202-724-8181.
4:30pm. Volleyball Game. Eastern vs. SWW, at Woodson. Eastern High, 202-698-4500. www.easternhighschool.org.
6pm. Varsity Football Game. Spingarn vs. St. Albans, at Spingarn. Spingarn High, 202-724-4525. http://spingarn.k12.dc.us.
7pm. Varsity Football Game. Eastern vs. Ballou, at Ballou. Eastern High, 202-698-4500. www.easternhighschool.org.
Saturday, Oct. 19
9:30am.-all day. 29th Annual Conference on Washington, D.C., Historical Studies. See listing, Oct. 17. Events today: presentations on the post-war sex panic; early architecture; history of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered community; and neighborhood associations. At George Washington University Media and Public Affairs Building, 805 21st St. NW. www.hswdc.org.
10am. City Council, Committee on Education, Libraries and Recreation holds a public oversight hearing on the city's public charter schools. Wilson Building Room 412, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave., NW. Committee, 202-724-8172. www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us. §