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Published: 18 February 2009

Free Dental Appointments for Kids in February

Throughout this month, Washington dentists statewide are offering free dental care to children. Education and instruction is provided, with screenings, cleanings, X-rays and fillings available wherever possible, and referrals for those who need further care.
Here is a partial list of free care offered this month:

Thursday, Feb. 19 - Auburn
8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Carpenter Dental Clinic, 620 M St. NE
Dr. John Carpenter

Friday, Feb. 20 - Enumclaw
8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Ryning & McGonegle Family Dentistry, 2817 Griffin Ave.
Dr. Daniel Ryning, Dr. Jason McGonegle

Friday, Feb. 20 - Kirkland
7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Dentiste, 5726 Lake Washington Blvd. NE, S-2
Dr. Kate McKinney

Friday, Feb. 20 - Seattle
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., call for appointments, Grace Dental, 3213 NE 125th St, Suite B

Sunday, Feb. 22 - Bremerton
11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Safeway, 1401 NE McWilliams Rd.
Dr. Jessie Banks

New Resume Resource at Public Library

Looking for a job and need to polish your résumé? Be sure to check out Résumé Builder, a great new resource offered by The Seattle Public Library. This useful software program can help job-seekers create résumés, get interview help and more.
To find Résumé Builder, go to the Library's Web page at www.spl.org and click on "Databases & Web Sites." From there, click on "Jobs & Careers" and then scroll down to click on "Résumé Builder." Users who are not at a Library location will need to enter their Library card numbers and PINs.
Résumé Builder uses a step-by-step process to help users create résumés. Users fill in personal and employment information in forms and the program creates résumés based on the information. Throughout the process, the program provides examples of effective phrases and words. Job-seekers can also get sample interview questions and answers, videos of interviews, salary information, industry guides and more.
For more information, call The Seattle Public Library at 206-386-4636.

State's unemployed workers may qualify for extended benefits

Washington's unemployed workers could qualify for up to 13 weeks of additional jobless benefits, as a result of the rising unemployment rate.
Extended benefits will become available starting Feb. 15.  They will be paid out only after eligible workers have first used up their emergency unemployment compensation benefits.
The department is in the process of identifying workers who have run out of both their regular and emergency unemployment benefits and will be able to send application packets to them starting the week of Feb. 22, although benefits may be paid retroactively to Feb. 15.
Employment Security officials are asking potential applicants to avoid calling the state's unemployment call centers, which are already at capacity due to the state's high claims load.
Instead, unemployed workers are asked to wait until they receive an application packet in the mail and then mail applications directly to Olympia. After the applications for extended benefits are received, the department will notify workers if they qualify and how much their benefits will be.
The duration of the extended benefits will depend on the state's unemployment rate over the next few months.

Salary Commission Meets in Vancouver on Feb. 17

The Washington Citizens' Commission on Salaries for Elected Officials holds a public hearing at the Downtown Hilton in Vancouver Tuesday, Feb. 17 beginning at 6 p.m., to take public comment on a proposal freezing the salaries of state elected officials for 2009 and 2010. 
The Commission sets the salaries of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer, Auditor, Attorney General, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commissioner of Public Lands, and Insurance Commissioner; legislators; and Supreme Court justices and judges of the Court of Appeals, Superior Court, and District Court.
The public can also send comments via phone, mail, email, or fax, to Salary Commission, PO Box 43120, Olympia, WA  98504-3120; TWright@salaries.wa.gov; toll-free phone line 1-866-809-8116; or fax, 360-586-7544
Find out the salaries at the Commission's website, www.salaries.wa.gov.
A final salary schedule for 2009-10 will be adopted be the Commission at its May 19 meeting in Tacoma.

Big Brothers/Sisters Has New Website

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound has launched a new interactive web site offering the opportunity for people to become members and join the Big Brothers Big Sisters online community, at www.bbbsps.org. After signing up, members have access to exclusive content, and can also create a profile, post personal mentoring stories, participate in discussion boards, and access resources and information about mentoring. The new site also gives visitors the chance to send eCards or take a quiz that determines which of the mentoring programs is the best fit for them. For more information about Big Brothers and Sisters of Puget Sound or for ways that you can get involved contact Pamela Shields, at 206-763-9060 x202 or pamela.shields@bbbs.org.

GenerationBIG Community Information Sessions

GenerationBIG, expands on the School-Based Mentoring Program of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound by partnering with Senior Services to match schoolchildren with adults 55 and older.
New information sessions for local volunteers are Feb. 18, 2 – 3 p.m. and Feb. 24, 10-11 a.m. at the West Seattle Senior Center, 4217 S.W. Oregon; March 4, 1-2 p.m. and March 12, 1-2 p.m. at the Ballard Northwest Senior Center, 5429, 32nd Ave.; and March 6, 10-11 a.m. and March 12, 11 a.m.-noon at the Northshore Senior Center, 10201 E. Riverside Drive, Bothell.
Come learn how you can change the life of a child in your community. Giving back has never felt so good. Two hours a week and you can make a big difference in the life of a child. You will meet with your Little Brother or Little Sister one on one but you'll also be part of a team of mentors working together. Come to your Community Information Session to learn how you can become a part of GenerationBIG! Don't forget to tell your friends. 
For more information call Jesse Gilliam, director of advocacy and community engagement, at 206-763-9060, or email jesse.gilliam@bbbs.org.

Scholarship Luncheon Celebrates Education

The Seattle Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. sponsors its fourth biennial scholarship fundraiser luncheon, Trajectory to Excellence, on Saturday, Feb. 21, at the Double Tree Suites in Southcenter,16500 Southcenter Parkway.
The group gives scholarships annually to area high school graduates for post secondary   study. Since the inception of the chapter in the Seattle community, Seattle Alumnae has awarded more than $375,000 to seniors in Seattle high schools.
The speaker for the event is author and motivational speaker, Dr. Adolph Brown III. His message on "Real Talk:  Hope for Our Youth" supports the theme of educational awareness. 
This year's event also recognizes the members of the HB 2722 African American Advisory Committee for its tireless work to establish a statewide plan to closing the achievement gap for African American students.
Purchase tickets for the event at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information email dst_seattlealumnaette@hotmail.com or call 253-583-8146.

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