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Competition seeks chess sets by students

    Maryhill Museum of Art invites young NW artists (kindergarten through 12th grade) to submit original chess sets for an upcoming exhibit. Sets can be based on a wide spectrum of inspiration and made from a variety of materials. For an entry form, call (509) 773-3733.

Cookbook benefits YWCA shelter

   Sales of The What to Fix for Dinner Cookbook by local chef Heidi Rabel will benefit the YWCA of Seattle-King County emergency shelter program. The unique book is for people who don't have a lot of time to devote to shopping. Recipes are also arranged so that many dishes make creative use of leftovers from previous menus. For information, call 461-4851.

Volunteers needed for native plant program

   Applications are being accepted for King County residents interested in becoming Native Plant Stewards, training in the identification and use of native plants in classes Feb. 23-April 12. Because of limited training places and the number of interested volunteers, anyone interested should apply immediately. Call 296-3900 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and leave your name, address, and phone number. Completed applications must be returned no later than 4:30 p.m. Jan. 5, 1996.

Winter aerobics begin through King County Parks

   King County Parks winter session aerobics will begin Jan. 2 at Westhill Elementary Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The class runs through Feb. 15 and costs $34 for the 14 sessions. For information or registration, call 296-2976.

Dog hero contest deadline

   Send a detailed description of canine bravery along with your name, address, and telephone number to: Heinz Pet Products Dog Hero of the Year, P.O. Box 1370, Barrington, IL 60011. The heroic acts must have occurred after Oct. 1, 1994. Entries must be postmarked by Dec.31, 1995.

Steelhead restrictions lifted

    As of Jan. 1, Washington Snake River steelhead fishers will be able to keep up to two hatchery steelhead of any size each day, as stated in the Washington Sport Fishing Rules pamphlet. Hatchery steelhead are marked by clipped adipose or ventral fins. All wild steelhead still must be released.