Volunteers needed for AmeriCorps

Federal Way Public Schools AmeriCorps team is seeking people who are willing to commit 11 months of service to improve literacy in the district. Members will receive training in skills such as tutoring, conflict resolution and team building, and will be assigned as volunteers in Federal Way schools four days a week for the 2002-03 school year.

One day a week is set aside for training and for community service projects.

In exchange for their service, members receive $4,725 to help finance their college education or vocational training, or to pay back student loans. Members also receive a living allowance of $800 per month, health insurance and childcare assistance where needed.

Applications are available at the Community Resource Center in SeaTac Mall. For more information, call Monda Holsinger at 945-2282.

Korean-American art to be judged

Korean-American Artist Association of Washington is sponsoring the annual Pacific Northwest Student Art Competition for kindergarten to 12th-grade students of all backgrounds. Participants are required to produce their artwork on-site for the juried competition from 1 to 6 p.m. May 18 at Titlow Park, 8425 Sixth Ave., in Tacoma.

Within three weeks of the competition, a panel of jurors will select the winning artworks. Awards include: (one) Governor’s Award, $500 U.S. Saving Bond and signed certificate by Gov. Gary Locke; (one) Consul General Republic of South Korea Award, $300 U.S. Savings Bond and certificate signed by Korean Consul General; (four) Gold Award, $200 U.S. Savings Bond; and (25) Special Award, $100 U.S. Savings Bond. Awarded artworks will be featured in traveling exhibitions in the Greater Seattle, Federal Way and Tacoma areas.

To enter, contact KAAW, Kay Hong, president, (206) 778-5229; or

Bloodmobile at Truman Center

Cascade Regional Blood Services, provider of blood to St. Francis Hospital, will have a bloodmobile at Truman Center High School from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10. The school is at 31455 28th Ave. S. For more information, call 945-7974.

Annual clean-up today at Decatur

Decatur High School students and community members can participate in the school’s annual Campus Beautification Day from 1 to 5:30 p.m. today. A barbecue is planned at the end of the event.

Jazz night benefit planned at Illahee

The award-winning Illahee Junior High Jazz Band will present its fifth annual jazz dinner and auction May 10 with special guest Bill Ramsey, former member of the Benny Goodman and Count Basie orchestras.

A silent auction will begin at 6:15 p.m., followed by dinner catered by Outback Steakhouse at 7 p.m. and the music program begins at 8 at the school, 36001 First Ave. S. Tickets are $12 for students and seniors age 60 and older, and $15 for adults, dinner included. Call 945-4667.

HCC plans festival for local students

Local high school students can attend Highline Community College’s fifth annual Spring Festival on May 10 at the Des Moines campus. The campuswide event is free and open to the public.

The festival features a Career Fair, with more than 40 local employers; a College Fair, with more than 25 representatives from Washington and out-of-state four-year colleges and universities; HCC academic program representatives; career- and college-related workshops; sports activities; and live entertainment. Activities are planned from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., centered at the Pavilion (Building 28). There will be a $1 barbecue lunch for high school students.

Local businesses participating in the event include Alaska Airlines, American Red Cross, City of Des Moines Parks and Recreation, Kent School District, King County Sheriff’s Office, KUBE 93, Nordstrom, Port of Seattle, Seattle Aquarium, Today’s Careers, United Parcel Service and Valley Medical Center.

HCC is at 2400 S. 240th St. in Des Moines.

FW High stages ‘Cocoanuts’

Set in 1925 at the Cocoanut Hotel in Florida, Schlemmer, Willie the Shill and Silent Sam devise a get-rich-quick land auction for wealthy guests to improve the hotel’s finances in “Cocoanuts,” a comedy that will be presented by drama and vocal music departments at Federal Way High School. at 7:30 p.m. May 16-18 and 3 p.m. May 19. Tickets are $5 and $6. Call 945-5533.

Students score high on French tests

Spring Valley Montessori School seventh and eighth-graders ranked high in results of the Le Grand Concours French Test.

In regional results, Tina Wahl won a gold medal, Kristianne Carrel, Amanda Priest, Erikka Fisk and Sarah Lorch earned silver medals, and Stephanie Sargent, Megan Sweeney and Amber Galster received bronze medals.

In national results, Wahl and Carrell ranked among silver medalists, while Priest, Fisk, Lorch, Sargent and Sweeney had a bronze standing.

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