MARCH 17, 1997

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DDES classes

   The King County Department of Development and Environment Services (DDES) is offering a class to help private citizens and members of the real estate, architect, and construction professions learn how to apply for permits to construct single-family residences and other small projects in unincorporated King County on March 26 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Cost of the class is $30.
   Another DDES class to help members of the real estate, architect, and construction professions understand the environmental regulations in unincorporated King County will be held March 25 and 26 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The general public can also attend. Cost of the class is $119. Site for both classes will be the King County DDES building, 3600 136th Place SE Bellevue, WA 98006. Pre-registration is required. Call 296-7270 for information.

Ste. Michelle spring classes

   The first series of wine tasting classes for the spring at Ste. Michelle Winery will be held March 23, April 13 and 27, and May 11 and 25 from 1 to 2 p.m. The "Tasting the Components of Wine" classes include a logo glass. Cost is $5 at the door. Because space is limited, reservations are suggested. Call 1-800-866-6276.

Olympic plant sale returns

   Olympic Nursery will hold its second annual Community Benefit Plant, Tree, and Shrub Sale March 22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. All of the profits from the sale will benefit the Hollywood Hill Elementary Emergency Preparedness program and the Northshore Multi-Service Center.

Free screenings

   Screenings for children and adults suspected of having learning disabilities are being held at Hope Clinic's Bellevue location. Education, auditory integration, counseling, and vision screenings will be highlighted. Call 462-7800.

Phone friend

   Phone Friend, a Camp Fire program, provides a toll-free number for children who are lonely, afraid, bored, or just in need of someone to talk to. Hours for the service are 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 1-800-543-6233 (1-800-KID-TALK).

Tax tip

   BOAT/U.S. advises boat owners that interest paid on a secured boat loan is tax deductible if the boat meets the IRS criteria for a second home.

Tree facts

   Did You Know? Washington Tree Facts is available from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) community forestry program by calling 1-800-523-TREE and leaving your name and address.