Northwest NEWS

February 8, 1999

Home & Garden

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Invest in kids, become a mentor

   Project Smart Turn and the King County District Court Mentor Program are canvassing the Woodinville/Duvall/Bothell area to recruit mature, caring adults to mentor children and teens impacted by child abuse and neglect, domestic violence, school drop-out, homelessness, substance abuse, teenage pregnancy/parenting, and learning disabilities. Mentors meet with a young person once a week, sharing valuable knowledge of tools needed to be successful in today's society. Minimum one-year commitment is required. Excellent training and guidance provided. Orientation is Friday evening, March 12 and Saturday, March 13. Call Donna Belin, Director, at (206) 205-7006 for details.

Literacy volunteers

   Eastside Literacy Council is looking for volunteers to work with adult students throughout the Snoqualmie Valley. Extensive training and support is provided. A one-year commitment is required of all volunteers. For more information, call the Duvall office at 425-844-2459 or 425-588-2459.

Deadline to purchase donor tiles

   The Washington State World War II Memorial Committee has announced Feb. 19 as the last day to purchase commemorative tiles that will be a part of the memorial to be built on the capitol grounds in Olympia. The 4" x 8" granite tiles can be purchased to honor anyone and will permanently surround the memorial. For a $75 donation, donors can have a message engraved on three lines of up to 20 characters per line. Only 2,000 tiles will be made available, with nearly 1,500 already sold. For more information, call 1-800-562-2308.

Free 'Tree and Forest Storm Damage' kit

   Property owners whose ornamental trees or forest stands have been damaged by recent rain, wind, and snowstorms may request a free information kit from the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR), or view the kit via the Internet. Specify eastern or western Washington when ordering. To download or to browse the kit electronically, access DNR's website at http://www.wa.gov/dnr,then click on "assistance/partnerships." To request that a paper copy of DNR's "Tree and Forest Storm Damage" kit be mailed to you, call 1-888-783-9548.

Assessments of Medicare health plans available

   For the first time in Medicare's history, beneficiaries and their families can now examine information assessing the quality of care provided by health plans contracting with the program as rated by other beneficiaries. The Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) has begun posting on the Internet (www.Medicare.gov) the results of a survey of more than 100,000 Medicare beneficiaries.

Be a caring neighbor

   In February, KCTS Television and Northwest Harvest will celebrate the 31st anniversary of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood by collecting new and gently used (clean) sweaters for the needy. Sweaters can be dropped off at the Everett Herald, 1213 California St., weekdays, 8a.m.-5p.m., and at the Channel 9 Store in Redmond Town Center, Mon.-Sat., 9:30a.m.-9p.m., Sundays, 11a.m.-6p.m.

A magazine for hikers, paddlers

   A free sample copy of Pack & Paddle, a magazine for hikers and paddlers in Washington, is available by calling 360-871-1862.

Stewardship training

   Apply by Feb. 16 for the Washington Native Plant Society's free native plant training offered in return for volunteer time educating others about native plants. Training will be on Fridays from March 12 to May 21. Call Sasha Shaw at 206-323-3336 or go to http://www.wnps.org.

Decorate with style

   Street of Dreams interior designer Stacie Weingarz will discuss principles of design and color Feb. 13 at 2 p.m. at Woodinville's Barnes & Noble. The event is free.