Northwest NEWS

September 6, 1999

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Exploring the Arboretum

   The Washington Park Arboretum Education Department presents Family Explorer Packs. Investigate the wonders of the Arboretum using a selection of easy-to-follow activities, complete with maps and field guides. Check out the Wetland Wonders pack and take a safari to Foster Island and the Waterfront Trail. Go on a scavenger hunt, collect aquatic insects, and conduct mini-experiments that demonstrate why wetlands are important. Family Packs are available year-round from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Graham visitors front desk. A two-hour rental fee is $5; free to Arboretum foundation members.

Little Bit needs volunteers

   Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center needs volunteers to assist children and adults with disabilities. The facility provides a unique form of therapy using horses. Volunteers must be 14 years of age and older to work in the arena. You may be an experienced horse person or have seen horses grazing on the side of the road. Training is provided for all volunteers. Other volunteer opportunities area also available. For more information, call Tracy at 425-882-1554.

Consumer University to be offered

   A coalition of state and federal agencies, in partnership with consumer advocacy group AARP, are hosting a daylong Consumer University at Overlake Christian Church on Wednesday, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Consumer University will offer a series of speakers and panelists providing information on consumer fraud, financial issues, Y2K preparedness, and health issues. Box lunches will be provided to pre-registrered participants. Overlake Christian Church is located at 9900 Willows Road NE, Redmond. Registration fees: AARP members, $4; non-members, $5. for more information, call 1-800-922-8716.

Dog assistance training available

   The public is invited to a program presented by the Delta Society for the Training of Assistance Dogs on Wednesday, September 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sammamish Valley Grange. The program will be explained with demonstrations with dogs and with a film showing. Call 425-483-2693 for information.