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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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  • WASHINGTON (AP) — One month after the inauguration, the stretch of Pennsylvania Avenue in front of Donald Trump's White House still is a hard-hat zone. Skeletal remains of the inaugural reviewing stands poke skyward. Random piles of plywood and cables are heaped on the ground inside crooked lines of metal fencing. The disarray outside the president's front door, though not his fault, serves as a metaphor for the tumult still unfolding inside. Four weeks in, the man who says he inherited "a mess" at home and abroad is presiding over a White House that is widely described as itself being a mess. At a stunning pace, Trump has riled world leaders and frustrated allies. He was dealt a bruising legal blow on one of his signature policies. He lost his national security adviser and his pick for labor secretary to scandal. He's seen forces within his government push back against his policies and leak confidential information. All of this has played out amid a steady drip of revelations about an FBI investigation into his campaign's contacts with Russian intelligence officials. Trump says his administration is running like a "fine-tuned machine." He points to the rising stock market and the devotion of his still-loyal supporters as evidence that all is well, although his job approval rating is much lower than that for prior presidents in their first weeks in office. Stung by the unrelenting criticism coming his way, Trump dismisses much of it as "fake news" delivered by "the enemy of the people" — aka the press. Daily denunciations of the media are just one of the new White House fixtures Americans are adjusting to. Most days start (and end) with presidential tweets riffing off of whatever's on TV talk shows or teasing coming events or hurling insults at the media. At some point in the day, count on Trump to cast back to the marvels of his upset of Democrat Hillary Clinton in the November election and quite possibly overstate his margins of support. Expect more denunciations of the "dishonest" press and its "fake news." From there, things can veer in unexpected directions as Trump offers up policy pronouncements or offhand remarks that leave even White House aides struggling to interpret them. The long-standing U.S. policy of seeking a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Trump this past week offered this cryptic pronouncement: "I'm looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I can live with either one." His U.N. ambassador, Nikki Haley, the next day insisted, "We absolutely support a two-state solution." Trump's days are busy. Outside groups troop in for "listening sessions." Foreign leaders call or come to visit. (Or, in the case of Mexico's president, cancel out in pique over Trump's talk about the planned border wall.) After the president signed two dozen executive actions, the White House was awaiting a rush order of more of the gold-plated Cross pens that Trump prefers to the chrome-plated ones used by his predecessor. Trump hands them out as souvenirs at the signing ceremonies that he points to as evidence of his ambitious pace. "This last month has represented an unprecedented degree of action on behalf of the great citizens of our country," Trump said at a Thursday news conference. "Again, I say it. There has never been a presidency that's done so much in such a short period of time." That's all music to the ears of his followers, who sent him to Washington to upend the established order and play the role of disrupter. "I can't believe there's actually a politician doing what he says he would do," says an approving Scott Hiltgen, a 66-year-old office furniture sales broker from River Falls, Wisconsin. "That never happens." Disrupt Trump has. But there may be more sound and fury than substance to many of his early actions. Trump did select Judge Neil Gorsuch to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, a nomination that has drawn strong reviews from conservatives. But the president is regrouping on immigration after federal judges blocked his order to suspend the United States' refugee program and ban visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries, which had caused chaos for travelers around the globe. Some other orders on issues such as the U.S.-Mexico border wall and former President Barack Obama's health care law are of limited effect. Trump says his early actions show he means to deliver on the promises he made during the campaign. "A lot of people say, 'Oh, oh, Trump was only kidding with the wall,'" the president told a group of police chiefs recently. "I wasn't kidding. I don't kid." But the Republican-led Congress is still waiting to see specifics on how Trump wants to proceed legislatively on top initiatives such as replacing the health care law, enacting tax cuts and revising trade deals. The messy rollout of the travel ban and tumult over the ouster of national security adviser Michael Flynn for misrepresenting his contacts with Russia are part of a broader state of disarray as different figures in Trump's White House jockey for power and leaks reveal internal discord in the machinations of the presidency. "I thought by now you'd at least hear the outlines of domestic legislation like tax cuts," says Princeton historian Julian Zelizer. "But a lot of that has slowed. Trump shouldn't mistake the fact that some of his supporters like his style with the fact that a lot of Republicans just want the policies he promised them. He has to deliver that." Put Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in the camp of those more interested in substance than style. "I'm not a great fan of daily tweets," McConnell said Friday, referring to the "extra discussion" that Trump likes to engage in. But McConnell was quick to add: "What I am a fan of is what he's been actually doing." He credits Trump with assembling a conservative Cabinet and taking steps to reduce government regulation, and promised: "We like his positions and we're going to pursue them as vigorously as we can." The challenge may be to tease out exactly what Trump wants in the way of a health care plan, tax changes and trade policy. At his long and defiant news conference on Thursday, Trump tried to dispel the impression of a White House in crisis, squarely blaming the press for keeping him from moving forward more decisively on his agenda. Pointing to his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, Trump said, "You take a look at Reince, he's working so hard just putting out fires that are fake fires. I mean, they're fake. They're not true. And isn't that a shame because he'd rather be working on health care, he'd rather be working on tax reform." For all the frustrations of his early days as president, Trump still seems tickled by the trappings of his office. When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visited the White House last week to discuss the national opioid epidemic over lunch, the governor said Trump informed him: "Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.'" Trump added: "I'm telling you, the meatloaf is fabulous." ___Follow Nancy Benac on Twitter at http://twitter.com/nbenac
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