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CHSW hosts adoptive family conference

   The Adoption Resource Center, a program of Children's Home Society of Washington (CHSW), is offering a conference for adopted families and those who work with them, Feb. 29, March 1 and 2 at the Stouffer Madison Hotel, Seattle. Keynote speaker is Barbara Tremitiere, Ph.D., who has raised 15 children, 12 of whom were transracially adopted children with special needs. For detailed information, call (206) 524-6020.

Ranger Explorer program offered

   The Snohomish County Parks and Recreation Department offers a COED Ranger Explorer Program for ages 14 to 20. Volunteers in the program assist parks rangers in educational programming, maintenance, administration, and enforcement in county parks. For more details, call 568-2274.

PEPS group forming

   PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) is forming a new group in Woodinville to begin April 1, meeting Monday afternoons in members' homes from 2-4 p.m. If your baby will be four months or younger as of April 1, and you are interested in meeting other families with babies of the same age, call the PEPS office at 547-8570.

Immunization reminder

   All children should be fully immunized by the age of two for diphtheria, polio, measles, tetanus, hepatitis B, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), Hib (can cause meningitis), and rubella. For more information and a list of locations where your child can receive immunizations, call Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies at 1-800-322-2588.

Plant sale hosted by Western Fruit Society

   The Western Cascade Fruit Society will hold its annual Rootstock Scion Wood and Fruiting Plant Sale March 2 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Puyallup. The one-day sale will feature classes and Scott Connor, KOMO radio garden show host speaking on using native plants in your edible landscaping. A $1 donation is suggested for admission. Children under 16 are free. The first 50 to register (one per family) will receive a free newly bench-grafted apple tree. The last hour of the sale, everything remaining will be 40 percent off. For information, call 868-8344.

Used book sale at the Arboretum

   The tenth annual Arboretum Foundation Used Book Sale is set for March 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Graham Visitors' Center. The sale features thousands of books on every subject with low prices, which get lower as the day progresses. Admission is free. If possible, bring your own bags. Call 325-4510.

Free rhody workshop

   King County Parks is sponsoring a free rhododendron workshop March 21 and 28 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Shoreline Library. Expert Warren Timmons will show slides and answer questions. Participants must preregister. Call 296-2976.

4-H tack sale in Monroe

   The Snohomish County 4-H Horse Leaders will hold their annual tack sale March 2 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and March 3 until 3 p.m. in the Commercial Building at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe. The event is free to the public. A wide variety of horse-related equipment and clothing will be available with special emphasis on silver items. There will be a 15 percent commission for consignments. All proceeds go to the Snohomish County 4-H programs. For information, call 360-794-9138.

Donation recognizes contribution of volunteers

   The Evergreen Community Home Health and Hospice volunteer program is the recipient of a $5,000 donation from the Chevron Companies. The volunteers provide the companionship and support needed for clients to maintain their independence and dignity in their own homes. Last year, they provided nearly 3,000 hours of service throughout King and South Snohomish Counties. Volunteer coordinator Corinne Hill says the money will be used to expand the program recruiting and training additional volunteers.

Master Builders announce new Web site

   The Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, now has its own World-Wide Web site at http://www.mba-ks.com. The site provides access to the latest association and construction information and links them to sites all over the world.