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News briefs: Homeless women, universal health care, town hall meeting and a voice for businesses

Homeless women

All Saints’ Lutheran Church will host the Women of All Saints’ annual retreat Feb. 22-24 at the Dumas Bay Centre in Federal Way. This year’s service project involves creating hygiene kits for homeless women in Federal Way. The group will begin building kits at 11 a.m. Feb. 23 with items such as toothbrushes, soap, shampoo and more. The kits will be blessed, then donated to Federal Way Community Caregivers Network. To learn more or donate, call Cheri Staples at (253) 859-6401.

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Andy Foldi memorial

A special memorial service for Andy Foldi will be 2 p.m. Feb. 23 at Spring Valley Montessori School’s Justus Building, 37515 8th Ave. S., Federal Way. To learn more, call (253) 927-2557.

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Town hall meeting

State Rep. Skip Priest, R-District 30, will host a town hall meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 23 at the Federal Way Community Center, 876 S. 333rd St. No RSVP is necessary. The meeting is available for community members to share ideas and ask questions. To learn more, call (360) 786-7830 or e-mail priest.skip@leg.wa.gov.

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Universal health care

A free public screening of “Salud” will begin at 5 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Federal Way Regional Library, 34200 1st Way S. The film runs 93 minutes. A discussion on universal health care will follow. To learn more, visit federalwaymatters.org.

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Public Academy

Federal Way Public Academy will host an information night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at 34620 9th Ave. S. The Public Academy is a sixth- through 10th-grade school that aims to provide a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Visit http://schools.fwps.org/pa/ or call (253) 945-3270.

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Housing for seniors

The Federal Way Multi-Service Center will dedicate a new $17 million, 135-unit, low-income apartment complex for seniors in Kent this week. Radcliffe Place apartments are service enhanced and designed to help seniors live independently for as long as possible. Every unit will have a service package including meals, laundry and light housekeeping. Visit www.multi-servicecenter.com.

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Preschool music

Mainly Music, a program for pre-school age children and their parents, is hosting sessions in Federal Way. Children in the program focus and music and movement. Adults are invited to socialize and have tea and food. The Mainly Music group meets at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Our Savior’s Baptist Church in Federal Way. The cost to participate is $5 per family. Call Sharon Addis at (253) 835-7393 or e-mail sleeplessinseattle2005@hotmail.com.

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Voice for businesses

Tom Pierson, CEO of the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, was elected to the Western Association of Chamber Executives board of directors on Feb. 7. The WACE is the premier organization for education and professional development for chamber executives and staff. WACE represents over 800 chamber professionals in 17 Western states. The board consists of 30 members from the 17 states that WACE serves.

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