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Education

A.C.E. The Association in Cultural Exchangehas worked for 35 years to help people and organizations around the world create new connections and build interpersonal networks with those who speak other languages, and come from different cultural backgrounds. A.C.E offers before and after school enrichment programs in three school districts in Thurston County. Mailing address: 2110 Mark St. N.E., Olympia, WA 98516. Call 360-493-2388, or email: schelterdg@msn.com, for additional information. Web site: www.cultural.org.

Christian Homeschoolers of South Sounda group of families involved in home education who have come together to support and encourage one another according to Christian principles and biblical guidelines. We agree to work together to plan and organize group activities and provide a forum for the sharing of ideas, resources, methods, and information relating to home-based instruction. Mailing address: P.O. Box 8823, Lacey, WA 98509. Call Susan Escobedo, 360-273-2496 or log on to: www.chossfamilies.org, for additional information.

Community Enrichment Programan organization in the North Thurston Public Schools coordinated by volunteers that offers classes in health, gardening, cooking, dance, fashion modeling, foreign languages, reading, SAT prep, and more. Winter quarter for classes are Jan. 10, 2010 to Feb. 5, 2010. Mailing address: P.O. Box 5202, Lacey, WA 98509. Call 360-491-5654, to obtain a registration form, or for additional information about classes.

Fraternal

Beta Sigma Phi, Laureate Gamma XI Chaptera cultural, social, and community service group. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, at various member homes. Call Linda Clintworth, 360-943-4222, for additional information.

Harmony Lodge #18, F & M of WashingtonThe Freemasons can be found throughout the world, and nationwide, they give more than $2 million a day to charity. The lodge includes a broad cross-section of the community, and welcomes men over the age of 18, who want to improve themselves by association with like-minded peers. Address: 521 North St. S.E., Tumwater, WA 98501. Call 360-455-1453, or log on to: www.harmony18.org, for additional information.

McLane Grangea fraternal organization for the family, and its members age 14 and older. Youth, age 5-13, have separate meetings. The Grange works for the betterment of community, state and nation. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, with Junior meetings at noon, on the third Saturday of each month, at 931 Delphi Road., Olympia. Call 360-705-1537, or email: gramapickels@aol.com, for additional information, or to rent the hall.

The Olympia Elks Lodge #186one of the largest and oldest fraternal organizations in the country. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. each Thursday, at 1818 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. Call 360-753-0186, or log on to: www.olympiaelks.org, for additional information.

Gardening

Evergreen State Dahlia Associationa dahlia club organized to promote the growing and showing of the dahlia flower. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the first Monday of each month, October through June, at Lacey Church of God, 5005 Lacey Blvd. Mailing address: P.O. Box 4354, Olympia, WA 98501. Call John Mackey, 360-956-1614, for additional information.

Master Composterspresents workshops, compost bin sales, and in-depth composting training. Workshops on Green Cone Composting, yard waste composting and worm bins are offered from June-September at Olympia’s Farmers Market. Call 360-786-5445, ext. 7910 for enrollment information. Call 360-481-4204, or log on to: www.compostbins.thurstoncounty.com, to order compost bins

South Sound Fruit Societylocal chapter of Western Cascade Fruit Society, formed to promote the growing of tree fruits, nuts, and berries through education and support. Members consist of backyard growers and professional orchardists. Meetings begin at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month, at the Organic Farmhouse, The Evergreen State College, 2712 Lewis Road S.W., Olympia. Mailing address: 4219 Avonlea Dr. S.E., Lacey, WA 98503. Call Phil Vogel, 350-480-5383, or log on to: www.wcfs.org, for additional information.

WSU Thurston County Master Gardener Diagnostic Clinicsprovide answers to questions on soils, plants, insects, and gardening technique by trained Master Gardeners. Olympia Farmers Market Master Gardener Diagnostic Clinic is open the same hours as the market. The Master Gardener Clinic at Washington State University Thurston County Extension, is open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday. Address: 4131 Mud Bay Road S.W., Olympia. Call 360-786-5445, ext. 7908, or email: master@co.thurston.wa.us, for additional information. Web site: http://thurston.wsu.edu.

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